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Kiev's last survivor of Nazi 'path to death' at Babi Yar

Kiev - "We were gathered here, and sent along 'the path to death'," says Raisa Maistrenko, pointing to a Kiev ravine that 75 years ago witnessed one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

World's oldest man turns 113, readies for Bar Mitzvah

Jerusalem - The world's oldest man turned 113 on Thursday and the Holocaust survivor living in Israel readied for the Bar Mitzvah he was denied a century ago, his family said.

Austria's Hofer wants broader Visegrad group of central EU nations

Prague - Austria's far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer said Monday he wants a broader Visegrad group of central European countries that would have a stronger voice within the EU.

Austria far-right's Hofer wants Hitler house torn down

Vienna - The far-right candidate in Austria's troubled presidential election wants the house where Hitler was born demolished as well as to improve relations with the Jewish community, according to comments published Sunday.

Live long and endure: How China's Mao was preserved

Bejing - Days after Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong died 40 years ago the problem of what to do with his corpse was becoming increasingly heated -- literally.

Body politics: famous preserved corpses

Bejing - The embalmed body of Mao Zedong lies at the symbolic centre of the Chinese Communist Party, an object of veneration for loyal cadres, and of fascination for foreign tourists.

Woman in famous WWII kiss photo dies at 92

Washington - The woman dramatically kissed by a sailor celebrating the end of World War II in an iconic photograph seen around the world has died, according to The New York Times. She was 92.

Mickey Mouse figurine resurfaces near Auschwitz

Varsovia - A porcelain Mickey Mouse figurine that once belonged to a child the Nazis deported to the Auschwitz death camp has been rediscovered after more than 70 years, a local foundation told AFP on Friday.

Loyalists pine for Mao 40 years after death

Bejing - Throngs of pilgrims lined up at Mao Zedong's mausoleum Friday to pay tribute on the 40th anniversary of his death, but state media were notably quiet on the founder of Communist China.

Mao's long shadow: A difficult discussion for China

Bejing - Forty years after his death, Mao Zedong's presence remains impossible to escape in China, yet difficult to discuss.

Mao concerts split Australian Chinese community

Sydney - Concerts planned to honour Mao Zedong in Australia on the 40th anniversary of his death have been cancelled amid warnings they could spark disturbances, illustrating a generational divide in the Chinese community over the Communist icon's legacy.

Catalonia starts DNA project to ID Spain war victims

Barcelona - Spain's Catalonia region said Wednesday it had launched the country's first public DNA profiling project to try to identify some of the 114,000 people who disappeared during the nation's civil war and subsequent dictatorship.

No tears for Mao: 1976 death an imperial fall

Bejing - The death of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong 40 years ago this week was akin to the demise of an emperor and helped pave the way for the modern nation, says one of the few Westerners in Beijing at the time.

Japan sends 1bn yen to S. Korea 'comfort women' foundation

Seoul - Japan sent Thursday a promised one billion yen ($9.6 million) to a South Korea foundation for former sex slaves for wartime Japanese soldiers, as part of a controversial deal struck last year aimed at settling the "comfort women" issue.

Nazi beach resort ruin transforms into luxury playground

Prora - One of the biggest relics left behind by the Nazis is undergoing a radical transformation on a German island, harnessing a property boom to become a luxury tourist destination.

Five key points on five decades of conflict in Colombia

Estanzuela - Here are five key points on Colombia's five-decade conflict, after the FARC rebels and the government began a historic ceasefire Monday:- Disputed origins -There is disagreement on when and why war broke out.

Czech NGO seeks justice for Germans killed under communism

Prague - A Czech non-profit organisation on Friday said it had filed a criminal complaint against dozens of individuals, including two former Czechoslovak communist leaders, for the deaths decades ago of five Germans killed while trying to cross the Iron Curtai...

Five decades of conflict in Colombia in five points

Estanzuela - Here are five key points on Colombia's five-decade conflict, after the FARC rebels and the government reached a historic peace accord.- Disputed origins -There is disagreement on when and why war broke out.

Polish dig turns up no sign of fabled 'Nazi gold train'

Varsovia - Two treasure hunters who have been digging for a Nazi gold train believed to be buried in southwest Poland said on Thursday they had given up after two weeks and zero results.

Ukraine marks 25th independence day with show of force

Kiev - Tanks rumbled across Kiev on Tuesday as Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a show of force against an increasingly assertive Russia and a war simmering in the pro-Kremlin separatist east.

25 years after 1991 coup, Russia wallows in Soviet nostalgia

Moscow - Communists waving Marxist pamphlets and Twitter storms praising the Soviet Union are probably not what the thousands of Russians who rallied in 1991 against a coup by anti-democracy hardliners expected to see 25 years later.

Argentine judge to probe murder of Spanish poet Lorca

Madrid - An Argentine judge known for investigating crimes committed during Spain's civil war will probe the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca, a victims' association said Thursday.

The burkini: rare but controversial in France

Paris - The burkini, a body-concealing swimsuit worn by Muslim women that has provoked a national debate in France, is little worn in the country with Europe's largest Muslim community. Where is the burkini from?

Heady days fade for Russians who halted 1991 coup

Moscow - It was a desperate plea from then Russian leader Boris Yeltsin that drew Gennady Veretilny to the barricades going up around the White House in central Moscow. "I wasn't a supporter of Yeltsin, I wasn't a liberal or a Communist.

Warsaw seeks jail time for 'Polish' death camps term

Varsovia - Poland's rightwing government on Tuesday said it would seek fines or jail terms of up to three years against anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.

Tsipras vows to keep up pressure for German war payments

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Tuesday to do "whatever is necessary" -- including taking legal action -- to get Germany to pay damages for the wartime atrocities of Nazi troops.

Interview: Matthew Mayfield talks 'History' single, 'Recoil' CD Special

Singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield chatted with Digital Journal about his new single, the ballad "History," which is off his upcoming CD "Recoil."

Attacks, coup bring change to Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue

Istanbul - For centuries, it has been the main commercial artery running through the heart of Istanbul, attracting thousands of people every day for shopping, entertainment or historic sightseeing.

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Havana - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance as he turned 90 on Saturday in an island transformed from the one he led for half a century.

The last woolly mammoths died of thirst

London - The last woolly mammoths to roam the Earth probably died of thirst, according to new research from the Natural History Museum in London.
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