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All 'Original Seven' American astronauts now dead

Miami - John Glenn's passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history.

France to unveil copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

Paris - The last of four boys who discovered the Lascaux cave paintings, a stunning display of prehistoric art in southwest France, will visit a new replica of the site Saturday.

Nazi camp cash counterfeiter Adolf Burger dies at 99

Prague - Adolf Burger, the last of the concentration camp inmates forced by Nazi Germany to churn out phoney British money, has died at the age of 99, media reports said Thursday.

WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic "Free French" took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders.But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia.

Identifying Pearl Harbor's dead, 75 years on

Washington - Seventy-five years after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403 Americans, a group of forensic scientists in Hawaii is still working to identify the remains of the dead.

Russian film sparks uproar by glorifying Soviet WWII 'myth'

Moscow - In a controversial new Russian film, 28 Soviet soldiers facing sure death defend the frontline outside Moscow against an onslaught of Nazi tanks in 1941.

Stolen Dachau 'Work will set you free' gate found in Norway

Munich - An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free") stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau in Germany two years ago has been found in Norway, police said Friday.

Barefoot and brave: Castro's ranch life

Santiago De Cuba - Nobody in Fidel Castro's village expected the boy who liked to walk barefoot and jump in the river to leave the comforts of his family's ranch to launch a revolution.

In Morocco's Fez, world's oldest library holds gems

Fez - Nestled in a labyrinth of streets in the heart of Morocco's ancient city of Fez, stands the world's oldest working library.

To kill or defend Fidel: the Bay of Pigs from both sides

Miami - In Miami, Julio Gonzalez Rebull ruminates over the failed attempt to invade Cuba in 1961. In Havana, Alberto Casanova boasts of the victory won by the Revolution. One wanted to kill Fidel Castro, the other wanted to protect him.

Wife of Putin aide shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine

Moscow - The wife of President Vladimir Putin's spokesman faced a storm of criticism on Monday for performing a Holocaust-themed ice-dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms.

Cuban missile crisis among Castro legacies

Havana - Fidel Castro was the last of the three main protagonists in one of the Cold War's scariest episodes: The 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which raised fears of a global nuclear war.

Croatian president poses with pro-Nazi regime symbol

Zagreb - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic sparked online debate Saturday as it emerged she posed for a photo during her recent Canada trip with a flag carrying a symbol of her country's wartime pro-Nazi regime.

Bay of Pigs: America's Waterloo in anti-Castro fight

Havana - America's failure to overthrow Fidel Castro during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion lionized the Cuban leader in his country as a leftist David battling an imperialist Goliath.

Body politics: famous preserved corpses

Manila - Filipinos paying their respects to the preserved body of dictator Ferdinand Marcos were looking at a wax mask, his mortician has told AFP.

Spain 'obstructing' civil war, dictatorship probes: Amnesty

Madrid - Amnesty International on Wednesday accused the Spanish authorities of systematically obstructing probes into crimes committed during the 1936-9 civil war and Francisco Franco's subsequent dictatorship.

Israeli scientists unearth rare 'thinker' figurine

Jerusalem - A "unique" 3,800-year-old figurine showing a seated person, apparently deep in thought, was unveiled in Israel on Wednesday.

Indonesia agrees to help solve mystery of missing shipwrecks

Jakarta - Indonesia has agreed to work with the Netherlands to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- from the bottom of the Java Sea, the Dutch prime minister said Wednesday.

Back to 1930s nationalism? Historians battle over comparison

Paris - In the 1935 novel "It Can't Happen Here", an ignorant American demagogue called Buzz Windrip becomes president, promising to make a depressed and fearful country proud, rich and safe again.

1930s nationalism all over again? 10 quotes on the subject

Paris - Donald Trump's election in the United States and a surge in far-right groups in Europe have led to a fierce debate among historians and commentators about the parallels between the current decade and the 1930s.

Descendants of Myanmar's last king mark his exile by Britain

Mandalay - More than a century after the British expelled Myanmar's last king, descendants held an emotional ceremony in Mandalay's Golden Palace on Tuesday in a watershed moment for a country rediscovering its royal heritage after decades of colonialism and mili...

Exhume Marcos, Philippine court asked after hero burial

Manila - Campaigners launched legal action Monday to exhume the body of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, just three days after his burial in a national heroes' cemetery triggered street protests.

Danish bishop's 300-year-old poo offers whiff of history

Copenhagen - A 300-year-old lump of faeces from a Danish bishop has shown researchers that he had a cosmopolitan diet that included grapes, figs and pepper, a Danish archaeologist said on Friday.

Around Auschwitz, Holocaust items rescued from oblivion

Poland - Things are looking good for a group of unusual treasure hunters who have already removed dozens of items from a small wooden cabin in southern Poland.

Greeks march to commemorate anti-junta uprising

Athens - Thousands of Greeks marched under tight security on Thursday to commemorate a student uprising that helped bring down a US-backed junta in 1974.

Indonesia says not to blame for missing WWII shipwrecks

Jakarta - Indonesia refused to take the blame Thursday for the disappearance of at least six British and Dutch World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- that investigators believe could have been salvaged for scrap.

Warsaw gets new church after 225 years of waiting

Varsovia - Worshippers in the capital of ultra-Catholic Poland finally celebrated the consecration of the city's highest church on Friday -- after a mere 225 years of waiting.

Turkey's Erdogan hails Ataturk on death anniversary

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday hailed the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on the 78th anniversary of his death but added the country's influence should go well beyond the borders of the state he created.

Bobby Fischer and the 'K's: a history of modern chess

Paris - US chess champion Bobby Fischer and the two "K"s -- Garry Kasparov and Anatoli Karpov -- have co-written the modern history of the game, with a chapter devoted to East-West confrontation.

Tug of war over China's founding father Sun Yat-sen

Zhongshan - China's ruling party is marking the 150th birthday this week of the man who ended millennia of imperial rule by trumpeting republican revolutionary Sun Yat-sen as a proto-Communist and a symbol of unification with Taiwan.
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