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Swiss museum accepts Gurlitt art hoard, to return Nazi loot

Berlin - A Swiss museum on Monday accepted a German recluse's bequest of a spectacular trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, but pledged to restitute any looted pieces.

Erdogan slams ridicule of 'Muslims discovered Americas' claim

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence".

Greek police hurt in clashes with Athens protestors

Athens - Five policeman were injured in clashes with protestors in Athens as 18,000 took to the streets to mark the anniversary of a deadly student uprising that sparked Greece's return to democracy in the 1970s.

Over 30,000 march in Greece to remember student uprising

Athens - Some 32,000 people took to the streets of Greece on Monday to mark the 41st anniversary of a deadly student uprising that sparked the country's return to democracy in the 1970s.

German leader egged by accident at Czech revolution memorial

Prague - The German president was hit Monday by an egg meant for his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman at a protest in Prague against the Russia-friendly former communist 25 years after the Velvet Revolution.

Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

Historic photos of dead Che Guevara resurface in Spain

Madrid - Lost for half a century, historic photographs of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara shortly after his execution taken by an AFP photographer have come to light in a small Spanish town.

'Cold War' fears over Ukraine overblown, say experts

Paris - Secret "Russian subs" off Sweden, tit-for-tat sanctions, NATO fighters scrambling to intercept Russian warplanes: relations between the West and Moscow over Ukraine have sparked incidents reminiscent of the Cold War that terrified the world for decades...

Russia postpones final hearing on shutdown of top rights NGO

Moscow - Russia on Thursday postponed a final hearing on dissolving the country's most prominent rights group that chronicles Stalin-era repressions and defends activists, a case condemned by supporters as part of a crackdown on civil society.

Skeleton found in mysterious Alexander-era Greek tomb

Thessalon - A skeleton has been discovered in the mysterious, richly-decorated tomb from the time of Alexander the Great that has crisis-hit Greece on tenterhooks, the country's culture ministry said Wednesday.

Unique memorial, ceramic poppies to mark end of devastating WWI

Ablain-saint-nazaire - President Francois Hollande opened a huge, elliptical memorial Tuesday carrying the names of nearly 600,000 fallen soldiers of all nationalities in an emotional ceremony in northern France marking the end of the devastating First World War.

Reagan apologizes to Thatcher for Grenada invasion in new tapes

Los Angeles - Former US president Ronald Reagan personally apologized to Margaret Thatcher after US troops in 1983 secretly invaded Grenada, a Commonwealth island state in the Caribbean, according to newly-released tapes.

Thousands of balloons rise to sky to fete Berlin Wall fall

Berlin - Thousands of illuminated balloons sailed into the night sky Sunday from the former route of the Berlin Wall, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its fall 25 years ago proved that "dreams can come true".

Germany cheers 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall

Berlin - Germany marks 25 years since the euphoric fall of the Berlin Wall Sunday with more than a million people expected to join tributes, festivities and an open-air party with freedom icons and rock stars.

Germans, foreigners fete Berlin Wall's fall 25 years on

Berlin - Hundreds of thousands descended on the German capital Saturday for festivities to mark the Berlin Wall's fall 25 years ago, stirring emotions and bringing memories flooding back of its joyous toppling.

Celebrations mark 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall

Berlin - Germany has kicked off celebrations marking 25 years since the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall, set to culminate in rock stars and freedom icons joining millions at an open-air party.

Gorbachev in Berlin warns of new East-West tensions

Berlin - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned in Germany on Friday of new East-West tensions sparked by the Ukraine crisis, speaking ahead of ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Berlin Wall becomes global symbol of liberty

Berlin - From Seoul to the Vatican, the archipelago of Tonga to Los Angeles, remnants of the Berlin Wall have been installed around the world as paradoxical symbols of freedom 25 years after its fall.

Celebrations begin for Berlin Wall's fall 25 years on

Berlin - Germany kicked off celebrations Friday marking 25 years since the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall, set to culminate in rock stars and freedom icons joining millions at an open-air party.

Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to 'defend Putin'

Moscow - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on Thursday he would seek to defend Vladimir Putin's policies when he travels to Germany for ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall this week.

Merkel urges swift action over 'appalling' Dachau camp theft

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday for thieves of a gate to the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau to be swifty brought to justice, as she received an award from Holocaust survivors.

Outrage over theft of Dachau concentration camp gate

Dachau - Jewish leaders in Germany voiced outrage Monday over the theft of the gate to the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau with the chilling inscription "Arbeit macht frei" (Work will set you free).

Murakami says Japan ignoring WWII, Fukushima role: Report

Tokyo - Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in an interview published Monday.

Infamous 'Work will set you free' sign stolen from Dachau

Dachau - An iron gate with the infamous sign "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free") at the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau in southern Germany has been stolen, police said Sunday.

Merkel lauds courage of East Germany dissidents

Berlin - Angela Merkel on Saturday praised the "courage" of those who first opposed the former East Germany, emphasising their role in the fall of the Berlin Wall, ahead of 25th anniversary celebrations on November 9.

Australia, N.Zealand mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

Sydney - Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history".

Photo Essay: Streets of Cusco's historic San Blas neighborhood Special

Cusco - Clinging to the hillside just above the historic center of the city, the San Blas neighborhood is the oldest residential area of Cusco, Peru and a paradise on earth for those that love to walk.

Thousands mourn victims of Stalin-era purges in Moscow

Moscow - Thousands of Russians on Wednesday gathered outside the former KGB headquarters in central Moscow for an annual ritual commemorating the tens of thousands killed in Stalin-era repressions.

Warsaw museum sheds light on 1,000-year history of Poland's Jews

Warsaw - The Israeli and Polish presidents on Tuesday hailed a landmark Warsaw museum chronicling the vibrant 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish community, devastated during the Holocaust, as an investment in future ties between their countries.

Used to rebuild Warsaw, Jewish tombstones return to cemeteries

Warsaw - Two-year-old Krzys zooms down a slide in Warsaw and shrieks with delight, paying no mind to the workmen who are busy demolishing the playground walls. At first glance, there is nothing special about the old walls.
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