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Polish fund to restore Europe's largest Jewish cemetery

Warsaw - Poland on Friday launched a multi-million euro investment fund to pay for the restoration of Europe's largest Jewish cemetery located in Warsaw and largely neglected since the Holocaust.

'Selling death': Australia cemeteries get new lease of life

Adelaide - From the graveside to the dinner plate, olive oil is being harvested from centuries-old trees at a Australian cemetery in a bid to shake up people's attitudes towards death and burial sites.

Poles honour the dead at Skull Chapel

Poland - From inside the tiny baroque Skull Chapel in southern Poland, Father Romuald Brudnowski offers up a prayer for thousands of nameless individuals whose bones line the walls of an unusual place of worship.

In Warsaw, youths rescue Europe's largest Jewish cemetery

Varsovia - Wielding axes, rakes and shears, young European volunteers with sweat on their brows have been sprucing up the continent's largest Jewish cemetery, a Warsaw site largely neglected since the Holocaust.

Eid holiday dedicated to 'martyrs' in Iraq's Valley of Peace

Najaf - The Valley of Peace cemetery in the Shiite holy city of Najaf is filled with mourners paying tribute to "martyrs" who have fallen in battles to expel the Islamic State group from Iraq's cities.

Traitors' graveyard: Where Istanbul plotters laid to rest

Istanbul - On a barren plot on the outskirts of Istanbul, where the stony ground bakes under the merciless summer sun, a lone sign gives a macabre hint to the purpose of the arid wasteland.

Three killed in mass brawl at Moscow cemetery

Moscow - At least three people were killed Saturday when a mass brawl involving hundreds of men broke out at a Moscow cemetery, officials said.

The grave-diggers of Maiduguri: burying Boko Haram and the past

Maiduguri - Even the dead weren't safe from Boko Haram when the Islamist insurgency erupted in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri nearly seven years ago.

Waiting to leave Libya's 'cemetery of the unknown'

Tripoli - On the outskirts of Libya's capital, Imad wipes the dirt from the tombstone of his brother, one of hundreds of migrants whose journey ended in the "cemetery of the unknown".

In Lesbos cemetery, nameless dead with no one to claim them

Mytilene - Shrouded in white, the little girl lies on the ground in the paupers' section of Lesbos cemetery. Strangers attend her burial, and she will forever rest next to an unknown woman who died with her.

'Canada's gallery' embraces its creative future Special

Toronto - The McMichael Gallery is home to some great artwork painted by the Canadian Group of Seven. It's broadened its scope with live music concerts, a photography exhibition, and an upcoming art installation with the former "Naomi Campbell of the art world."

Daily Relief: Tuesday 25 March

A light-hearted look at the odd events happening in the world. Today includes a father with 98 children, a gorilla playing with kittens, and a look at the reactions of those who think the world is ending.

Grave for fictional play character appears in Norway cemetery

Oslo - A grave site paying homage to a fictitious character in a play written by Henrik Ibsen was recently discovered on the grounds of Vår Frelsers cemetery.

British burial space may be gone within two decades

Pending a legal change, British citizens may not have anywhere to be buried when they die in the near future. An extensive BBC survey recently found that many burial sites will run out of space within a decade, while some are already out of space.

Woman decorates her house yard with stolen cemetery items

A woman steals 146 items from a cemetery in order to decorate her yard. Police locate and arrest her. She is taken to Osceola County Jail and faced with grand theft charges.

Serbian man lived in abandoned cemetery tomb for 15 years

A 42-year-old homeless Serbian man Bratislav Stojanovic has lived in an old abandoned cemetery in Nis, a city in southern Serbia for more than 15 years. The homeless man converted one of the underground tombs in the cemetery into a home.

Lindsey Stone flips off dead hero, posts to Facebook, in trouble

While visiting Arlington National Cemetery in October, Lindsey Stone snapped a picture of herself "disrespecting" the tomb of the Unknown Soldier," by giving the finger and pretending to yell next to a sign that says, "Silence and Respect."

Hurricane Sandy pushes coffins out of graves in Maryland cemetery

Crisfield - After wreaking devastation in New York City, Atlantic City and along the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy departed with an eerie Parthian shot for Halloween—it caused coffins to rise from their graves in a cemetery in Maryland.

WW II veteran buried in cardboard box sparks outrage in Congress

Bushnell - Less than a week after U.S war veterans were honored in Memorial Day celebrations, the discovery that a World War II veteran was buried in a shallow grave at the Florida National Cemetery in a cardboard box has sparked outrage in Congress.

Russian police find 29 mummified bodies in man's home

Authorities in Russia have made the gruesome discovery of 29 mummified bodies being kept in a man's apartment in the town of Nizhny Novgorod along the Volga River. The corpses were all females and had been exhumed from local cemeteries.

Bones protruding out of ground in Iowa cemetery

Heavy rains have caused major erosion to the grounds of an Iowa cemetery. The bones of once buried corpses are now becoming exposed to the world above.

Grave news for UK rapist

Lancashire rapist Gerald Greenwood will not be spending eternity next to his late wife due to a ruling by the Church of England court.

Elderly worker assaulted and robbed at graveyard

Greater Manchester Police have released pictures of a man who was assaulted and robbed while trying to lock up the cemetery that he worked in.

Award-winning Milwaukee veterans' cemetery used as a waste dump

Around $37,000 worth of trash was found in one America's most pristine veteran cemeteries, the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Milwaukee. The 105-acre cemetery had recently earned an award for its beautiful appearance in April.

World War II cemetery in Germany damaged by wild boar

Charlottenburg - Wild boar have caused severe damage to a cemetery in Germany which contains the graves of British and Commonwealth soldiers.

Golf course future as a cemetery awaits approval

Deerfield Beach - Tam O’Shanter golf course in Broward County, Florida is awaiting City Commission approval to turn the property into a cemetery.

Pensioner climbs wall for help after being locked in cemetery

A 67-year-old man was forced to climb the wall of a UK cemetery to get help after both the pedestrian and car gates were locked earlier than the posted closing time.

Group of Canadian Orthodox Jews to protest in Ottawa

Ottawa - A group of anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews will be on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Thursday protesting their opposition to Israel and the ongoing destruction -- permitted and encouraged by the Israeli government -- of an ancient Jewish cemetery in Jaffa.

Investigation reveals over 200 mistakes at Arlington Cemetery

An Army investigation concerning the operations at Arlington Cemetery found 211 troops' graves were misidentified or improperly buried.

Edinburgh pensioner robbed while tending daughters grave

Edinburgh - Police in Edinburgh are hunting a man who robbed an elderly lady in a cemetery while she tended to the grave of her daughter.
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General Cemetery in Valencia  Spain
General Cemetery in Valencia, Spain
The New British Cemetery in Harelbeke
The New British Cemetery in Harelbeke
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Neatly sheared European cypresses line the avenues of the Sara Braun Municipal Cemetery of Punta Are...
Neatly sheared European cypresses line the avenues of the Sara Braun Municipal Cemetery of Punta Arenas.
Cemetery in China.
Cemetery in China.
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Ray Gosling  a filmmaker and BBC presenter  admits he killed his gay lover
Ray Gosling, a filmmaker and BBC presenter, admits he killed his gay lover
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Historical marker for the Battle of Franklin cemetery
Historical marker for the Battle of Franklin cemetery
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These photos were taken on December 16  2012 at Fred Hunter s Cemetery in Hollywood  Florida. They w...
These photos were taken on December 16, 2012 at Fred Hunter's Cemetery in Hollywood, Florida. They were shot with a Kodak Easy-Share 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
Mausoleum of Sara Braun and her husband  Portuguese magnate José Nogueira. Mrs. Braun donated the f...
Mausoleum of Sara Braun and her husband, Portuguese magnate José Nogueira. Mrs. Braun donated the funds to build the Cemetery's Main Gate.
Main Cross  sorrounded by sculpted European cypresses at the Central Plaza of the cemetery.
Main Cross, sorrounded by sculpted European cypresses at the Central Plaza of the cemetery.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Main entrance to the Municipal Sara Braun Cemetery of Punta Arenas.
Main entrance to the Municipal Sara Braun Cemetery of Punta Arenas.
A cemetery in France
A cemetery in France
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Photograph of graves on the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery  Beijing  China. Taken 8 January 2012
Photograph of graves on the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery, Beijing, China. Taken 8 January 2012
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Mausoleum of the Croatian Mutual Aid Society.
Mausoleum of the Croatian Mutual Aid Society.
The Artists  Cemetery  on the grounds of the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg  Ontario.
The Artists' Cemetery, on the grounds of the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario.
McMichael Gallery

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