AP Explains: India’s Kashmir move foretold China standoff

SRINAGAR, India — Indian and Chinese officials are holding talks Thursday to try to resolve a months-long standoff along their disputed frontier, where the two countries have deployed tens of thousands of soldiers. More than a dozen rounds of talks so far have failed to break the impasse.   Experts say India’s actions in Kashmir a year ago exacerbated existing tensions with China, culminating in the deadliest clash between the Asian giants in more than four decades. The ongoing standoff …

Telephone service begins between UAE, Israel amid deal

Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel has begun as the two countries opened diplomatic ties   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel began working Sunday as the two countries opened diplomatic ties, part of a deal brokered by the U.S. that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex West Bank land sought by the Palestinians for a future state. Associated Press journalists in Jerusalem and Dubai were …

Iran, Turkey lash out at UAE over agreement with Israel

Iran and Turkey are lashing out at their regional rival the United Arab Emirates over its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, accusing it of betraying the Palestinian cause   JERUSALEM — Iran and Turkey lashed out at their regional rival the United Arab Emirates on Friday over its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, accusing it of betraying the Palestinian cause, even as much of the international community welcomed the move. Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the U.S.-brokered …

The Last Attempt to Stop Japan’s Surrender in World War II

  The Japanese refer to the attempted coup d’état on Aug. 14, 1945, the last night of the Second World War, as the “Kyujo Incident.” Ringleaders Kenji Hatanaka and Jiro Shiizaki, officers at the army ministry, led a battalion of rebels into the Imperial Palace. Lying brazenly, Hatanaka and Shiizaki told the commander of the Second Imperial Guard Regiment that the top brass had ordered the palace sealed off from the outside. The guards, believing that a broader revolt was …