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Cuba's revolution generation: Few regrets

Havana - Communist Cuba's revolution has held sway for so long -- 56 years -- that those who remember no other system are nearing retirement age with a mixture of fond memories, and just a few regrets.

Italy sells off Mussolini buildings to fund Fuksas's cloud

Rome - Cash-strapped authorities in Rome are to auction off four Mussolini-era public buildings to fund the completion of a long-delayed but eagerly-awaited new conference centre by acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

Greek daily's Nazi cartoon of Schaeuble 'vile'

Berlin - A spokesman for Germany's finance minister Friday condemned as "vile" a Greek newspaper caricature that showed Wolfgang Schaeuble in a Nazi-era army uniform, alluding to the Holocaust.

Germany marks 70 years since Dresden's WWII bombing

Dresden - German President Joachim Gauck warned Friday against a cult of victimhood over the World War II destruction of the city of Dresden 70 years ago."We know who started the murderous war," the head of state said in a remembrance church service.

Cold War history fuels Europe, US clash over Ukraine arms

Munich - Far from the rubble-strewn streets of eastern Ukraine, a clash of titans is taking place as Europe and America tussle over visions for the post-Cold War era.

Race relations at crossroads in Mandela's S.Africa

Johanesburg - As a country that emerged from years of racial segregation, South Africa is often lauded for its reconciliation efforts, but cracks in the foundation of Nelson Mandela's "Rainbow Nation" are starting to show.

Russia unveils controversial 'Big Three' monument in Crimea

Yalta - Russia on Thursday defied critics by unveiling a monument to the watershed 1945 "Big Three" Yalta summit, despite objections from an ethnic group persecuted under Joseph Stalin's rule.

Bulgaria bids farewell to 'democracy hero' Zhelev

Sofia - Bulgaria bid farewell on Sunday to its first non-communist president Zhelyu Zhelev, hailed as a hero of freedom and democracy in the Balkan country.

Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president dies

Sofia - Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president and a humble hero in the toppling of communism, died on Friday aged 79, his family told AFP.

Britain pays tribute to Churchill as legacy lives on

London - Fifty years after Winston Churchill's death, Britain on Friday paid tribute to its wartime prime minister, who remains a touchstone of political life and a reminder of a faded age of global influence.

Hollande urges Turkey to 'break taboos' on Armenia WWI killings

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called on Turkey to take new steps towards the "truth" behind the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, saying "it is time to break the taboos".

Putin lauds Soviet army at Moscow's Auschwitz ceremony

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history and lauded the Red Army at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

From 'evacuation' to 'liberation': the Nazi death camps

Oswiecim - Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ageing survivors gathered at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday -- also International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- as world leaders called attention to rising incidents of anti-Se...

Elderly Auschwitz survivors urge world never to forget

Oswiecim - For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation Tuesday, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities.

Orban admits Hungarian 'shameful' Holocaust role

Budapest - Many Hungarians chose "bad instead of good" in helping deport Jews to Nazi death camps, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Monday in his first acknowledgement of his country's complicity in the Holocaust.

Europe's Jewish leader fears 'exodus' over rising extremism

Prague - Europe is facing a new Jewish exodus in the face of rising anti-Semitism and extremism, the head of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) said Monday."Jihadism is very close to Nazism.

Klay Thompson breaks NBA record

The Golden State Warriors' shooting guard Klay Thompson broke the NBA record for most points scored in a quarter with 37 points Friday night.

Seventy years on, a 'Soviet' liberator of Auschwitz remembers

Moscow - It was the silence, the smell of ashes and the boundless surrounding expanse that struck Soviet soldier Ivan Martynushkin when his unit arrived in January 1945 to liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

Auschwitz: Enduring testament to Nazi horrors

Paris - The Auschwitz concentration camp, one of the most haunting symbols of the horrors of Nazism, is today a firm fixture on the tourist trail.

Poland uncovers new names of former Auschwitz staff

Warsaw - Polish officials said Friday they had drawn up a list of 9,500 staff members at the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, thousands more than previous estimates.

Auschwitz survivors relive atrocities, 70 years on

Krak - The piercing screams of a woman electrocuted on a barbed wire fence, children sent to the gas chambers and the constant threat of death: Auschwitz survivors recall life in the world's most notorious death camp with remarkable clarity.

Turkey PM calls for 'new beginning' with Armenians

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday called for a "new beginning" in relations between Turkey and Armenians scarred by a bitter historical dispute over mass killings during World War I.

Protesters jailed for throwing holy water at Lenin mausoleum

Moscow - Two Russian performance artists were jailed for 10 days on Tuesday after throwing holy water at the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square and shouting, "Rise up and leave!

Hungarian Jews mark 70 years since Budapest ghetto liberation

Budapest - Hungarian Jews and Soviet army veterans gathered Sunday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Red Army of the Budapest ghetto in World War II.

'Swedish Schindler' mystery remains unsolved, 70 years on

V - Seventy years on, mystery still surrounds the disappearance of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, though his family is certain the answer lies with Russia.

Erdogan invites Armenian leader to join Gallipoli commemoration

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited his Armenian counterpart to attend commemoration ceremonies in Turkey marking the 100th anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli campaign this year, officials said Friday.

Elgin Marbles make campaign appearance in Greek election

Athens - Campaigning in the Greek elections took an unexpected turn on Wednesday when one deputy took aim at a school text book describing the removal of the famed Elgin Marbles from Athens in the 19th century.

Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend ceremonies in Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

Spear-carriers and chainmail warriors: Erdogan's palace welcome

Ankara - Spear-carrying guardsmen, warriors bedecked in chainmail, gleaming golden helmets and even a few fake moustaches thrown in for good measure -- Turkey's president has spared nothing in a dramatic remake of his palace ceremonial guard.

Abe says to stick to Japan apology in new WWII statement

Toukyo - Japan's conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would release a fresh statement on World War II this year, but would stand by previous apologies for wartime misdeeds.
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