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Ten Russian bikers reach German border ahead of WWII rally

Berlin - Ten pro-Kremlin Russian bikers, part of a larger group on a controversial World War II victory ride through Europe, reached the German border late Sunday, the Bavarian authorities said.

Merkel in anti-Semitism warning as marks Nazi camp's liberation

Dachau - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Sunday that society must "never close its eyes" to anti-Semitism as she joined Holocaust survivors to mark 70 years since the liberation of the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau.

Mauthausen: The 'camp of no return' that built the Third Reich

Mauthausen - In 1942, a farmer living next to the Mauthausen concentration camp, in northern Austria, filed a police report about detainees getting shot in the camp's quarry and left to die.

Vietnam PM attacks 'barbarous U.S. crimes' on war anniversary

Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam's premier on Thursday hit out at the "barbarous crimes" of its wartime American foe as the nation marked four decades since the fall of Saigon, an event that delivered a communist victory and a painful blow to U.S. moral and military prestige.

Vietnam marks 40 years since fall of Saigon

Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam marked the 40th anniversary of Saigon's fall Thursday with a huge military parade celebrating the moment communist forces ended a decades-long conflict and delivered a painful blow to American moral and military prestige.

Russian MP demands probe over sex shops' use of WWII medal

Moscow - A Russian MP on Wednesday asked prosecutors to investigate a sex shop chain for using a depiction of a World War II medal on price tags for vibrators ahead of next month's 70th victory anniversary.

Russian minister slams Merkel, Hollande WWII parade snub

Moscow - Russia's Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky on Wednesday slammed French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for snubbing Moscow's World War II victory parade, saying the move was "ill-considered"."It surprises me a lot.

Abe makes symbolic visit to U.S. World War II memorial

Washington - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington's World War II memorial Wednesday, hoping to appease criticism of his stance on his country's brutal past ahead of a landmark speech to Congress.

Japan's diplomatic issues in Asia: Key answers

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday and his speech will be carefully analysed for what he says about Japan's past.

'Fascists' or heroes? How WWII history divides Ukraine

L'viv - He fought alongside the Nazis, then against them. He tried to drive the Soviets out of his native Ukraine, and spent 11 years in a prison camp in Russia.What does that make Oles Gumenyuk -- a fascist? Or a hero? It depends on who you ask.

Evil resident: Hitler birth house haunts Austrian town

Braunau Am Inn - "Every year it's the same circus," mutters a resident at the sight of dozens of anti-fascist protesters stomping toward a large weatherworn building in the small northern Austrian town Braunau am Inn."Nazis out!

'Comfort woman' invited to attend Abe's speech to US Congress

Washington - South Korean "comfort woman" Lee Yong-Soo, forced into sexual slavery serving Japan's war time imperial army, has been invited by US lawmaker Mike Honda to attend Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's historic speech at US congress Wednesday.

Nazi camp survivor recalls liberation of Dachau, 70 years on

Berlin - French former World War II deportee Clement Quentin had lost all hope and was simply "waiting to die" when US forces liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau on April 29, 1945.

40 years later: Communism's hollow victory in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh - Forty years after it won the war, the Communist Party still rules Vietnam with an iron fist. But with crony capitalism, corruption and inequality now rife, many claim its victory was a hollow one.

Pro-Putin bikers heading for Berlin barred at Polish border

- Ten pro-Kremlin bikers on a controversial ride to Berlin to celebrate Soviet victory in World War II were on Monday denied entry into Poland at the Belarusian border, Polish border guards said.

Banknotes or airport? Singapore mulls Lee Kuan Yew tribute

Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew International Airport? A banknote with the founding Singaporean leader's face on it? A new national holiday?

Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated

Natzwiller - European leaders on Sunday remembered the atrocities of concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France.

Pro-Kremlin bikers ride for Berlin defying bans from Germany, Poland

Moscow - Dozens of bikers from pro-Kremlin gang the Night Wolves on Saturday set off on a ride to Berlin ahead of the anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, despite Poland and Germany barring the riders.

Reconciliation spirit heals pain on Gallipoli's sands

Kayseri - Australian retired major Robert Freebairn, his jacket festooned with medals, looks out across the sands of Gallipoli at the rising sun and thinks of his great uncle charging into Ottoman lines as a member of the Anzac regiments 100 years ago.

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

Yerevan - The leaders of France and Russia joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, a hugely emotional event that remains a diplomatic minefield.

Thousands remember Anzac heroism on Gallipoli centenary

- Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday thronged the beaches of Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula to remember the heroism and sacrifice of their forefathers in the World War I campaign against the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago.

Polish ex-foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93

Varsovia - Auschwitz survivor and two-time Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski died Friday at the age of 93, his biographer said.

German foreign minister rejects Armenia 'genocide' label

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he would not call the mass murder of Armenians that began 100 years ago Friday a "genocide", one day after the German president used the controversial label.

Poland denies entry to pro-Putin bikers planning WWII victory ride

Varsovia - Poland on Friday said it had denied entry to a Russian biker gang backed by the Kremlin that plans to ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union's role in the World War II victory over Nazi Germany.

Turkey 'condemns' Putin comments on Armenia genocide

Ankara - Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I.The foreign ministry said "we reject and condemn...

Key facts on the disputed Armenian genocide

Yerevan - Armenians around the world mark the centenary of the start of World War I mass killings of their kin by Ottoman Turks in what they insist was a genocide -- a term fiercely rejected by Turkey.

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

Yerevan - The leaders of France and Russia on Friday joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, a hugely emotional event that remains a diplomatic minefield.

Police out in force for Anzac ceremonies in Australia

Sydney - Police Friday vowed a heavy security presence as Australia prepares to honour its war dead at Anzac Day commemorations a week after an alleged terror plot was foiled.

Leaders pay tribute to Gallipoli fallen on centenary

- Turkey and the former World War I Commonwealth foes of the Ottoman Empire on Friday joined together to honour the tens of thousands killed at the Battle of Gallipoli 100 years ago in one of the most futile yet emblematic campaigns of the conflict.

Armenians to mark 100 years since Ottoman massacre

Yerevan - Armenians worldwide will mark the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people on Friday, as tensions over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point.
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