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European rights court rejects bid to halt Franco's exhumation

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) denied a bid Thursday to halt the Spanish government's plans to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a grandiose mausoleum.

Ex-SS guard, 93, 'sorry for what he did', German court hears

Hamburg - A former SS guard, 93, said he was sorry for his actions as he went on trial in Germany on Thursday for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

Japanese minister visits controversial Tokyo war shrine

Apo - A Japanese minister on Thursday visited the Yasukuni war shrine at the centre of long-running tensions with regional neighbours -- the first cabinet-level official visit in over two years.

Spanish prior at Franco mausoleum refuses to allow exhumation

Madrid - The prior of the mausoleum where Spanish dictator Francisco Franco is buried said Wednesday he would prevent the dictator's remains from being exhumed from the grounds, even though the courts and the Church have approved the project.

Main points of Northern Ireland's Good Friday Agreement

London - Britain's new proposals to break the Brexit deadlock largely focus on arrangements for the border between the Irish republic and Northern Ireland after the country leaves the EU.

From Hitler to Michael Jackson, unlikely names for Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - Eighty years ago on the brink of the bloodiest conflict in history, Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, illustrating that literally anyone can be nominated.

UK particle accelerator to reveal secrets of 2,000-year-old papyrus

Didcot - A leading science facility in the English countryside is helping in a bid to decipher Roman-era scrolls carbonised in the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

Coming home? 132,000 descendants of Spain's exiled Jews seek nationality

Madrid - More than 500 years ago, they faced a bleak choice: convert to Catholicism or be burned at the stake. The only other option was exile.

Hidden for 21 years, Ethiopian crown set to return home

Rotterdam - A priceless 18th-century Ethiopian crown is set to be returned from the Netherlands to Addis Ababa after a one-time refugee found it in a suitcase and hid it in his apartment for two decades.

Britain's 'regret' at Maori killings when Cook landed

Wellington - Britain's top diplomat in New Zealand made a low-key "expression of regret" to Maori on Wednesday over deadly clashes that occurred when Captain James Cook's arrived in New Zealand 250 years ago.

More than 132,000 Sephardic Jews apply for Spanish nationality

Madrid - Over 500 years after their descendants were expelled from Spain in 1492, more than 132,000 Jews have applied for Spanish nationality under a limited-term offer, officials said Tuesday after the deadline expired.

Russian cadets pose for selfies at Kalashnikov exhibition

Moscow - Dozens of youngsters from Russia's Youth Army have been getting up close and personal with perhaps the world's most iconic firearm as their country prepares to mark the centenary of the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov, maker of the legendary rifle.

Renia Spiegel, 'Poland's Anne Frank', gets her due

Warsaw - Barely a year after celebrating her first kiss, wartime Jewish teenager Renia Spiegel took to her diary in June 1942 to pray for her life.

Albania's endangered Jewish museum reopens

Berat - Albania's sole Jewish history museum reopened in southern Berat on Sunday thanks to a businessman who rescued it from the brink of closure.

Spanish Church says will not oppose Franco exhumation

Madrid - Spain's Catholic Church said Thursday it would not oppose the exhumation of the remains of late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and their removal from a huge state mausoleum outside Madrid.

30 years on, German MPs to decide fate of vast Stasi archive

Berlin - The German parliament will decide Thursday on the fate of the vast Stasi archive, with critics warning against jeopardising its critical work 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

From the mouths of babes: bottles that weaned prehistoric infants

Apo - Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence that our prehistoric ancestors in Europe weaned their infants much the way we do now, using specialised baby bottles to feed them animal milk.

US treasure hunter's dig in Chile runs into trouble

Santiago - A government green light allowing a US adventurer to use heavy drilling equipment in his quest for 18th century pirate treasure in the South Pacific has sparked a row in Chile.

Spain court approves exhumation of Franco's remains

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the green light for the government to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum, rejecting an appeal against it by the late dictator's descendants.

Reburying the dead: cases of controversial leaders

Paris - Settling on a final resting place for deceased controversial leaders, such as Spain's dictator Francisco Franco whose remains the government wants moved from a state mausoleum, has been troublesome for many countries.

Go East: Germans return home 30 years after Wall's fall

Glindenberg - For years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the mantra for millions of former East Germans was to "Go West" for better jobs and opportunities.But three decades on, an increasing number are returning to their roots to seek a fresh start.

November 9, 1989: the day that changed the world

Berlin - Guenter Schabowski scratches his head, puts on his glasses, hesitates, then fumbles with his handwritten notes.

Paris Tutankhamun show sets new record with 1.42 mn visitors

Paris - A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

Austria's oldest Holocaust survivor dies at 106

Vienna - The oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor, who lived through four concentration camps, has died at the age of 106, Vienna's Jewish Community organisation (IKG) said Friday.

Court hearing for Bloody Sunday ex-soldier murder trial

Londonderry - A former British soldier charged with murdering two civilians in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings faces an initial court hearing on Wednesday.

Gabon's sole train a lifeline for its people and economy

Franceville - The sky turns from indigo to ebony as the tropical night falls, and the train patiently thrusts through the jungle towards its destination, still hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.

Czechs summon Russian envoy amid Soviet-era statue row

Prague - The Czech foreign ministry summoned Russia's ambassador Friday amid a row over a controversial Soviet-era statue in Prague that city authorities want to replace with a World War II memorial.

Archbishop of Canterbury prostrates over 1919 India massacre

Amritsar - Britain has never apologised for the 1919 massacre at Amritsar in India but the head of the Church of England prostrated himself to say sorry in a personal capacity and "in the name of Christ".

Spanish court to rule on Franco exhumation on Sept 24

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court said Tuesday it will announce on September 24 its ruling on the government's plans to remove the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a state mausoleum, a move fiercely opposed by his descendants.

In Belgrade, a struggle to excavate an urban Nazi camp

Belgrade - Moments after she was born in a wartime Nazi concentrationcamp in Belgrade, Estera Bajer was furtively smuggled out in a bag.
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