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Ex-Auschwitz SS guard, 93, faces trial in April

Berlin - A 93-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp will stand trial in April on a charge of accessory to murder, a German court said Friday.

Hundreds of Soviet regime victims reburied in Ukraine

L'viv - The remains of more than five hundred apparent victims of the Soviet regime were reburied on Wednesday at a cemetery in Ukraine's western city of Lviv, local authorities said.

Albania to auction off 40 Communist-era aircraft

Tirana - Albania will this month auction off some 40 military planes and helicopters from the Communist era, whose historic value has attracted interest of museums and private collectors, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Cecil Rhodes statue to remain at Oxford college despite race row

London - A statue at Oxford University of 19th century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes will not be taken down despite protests, the college at the centre of the dispute said Friday, to the fury of campaigners.

Romania struggles to confront Holocaust past

Bucharest - More than 70 years after the Holocaust, the suffering of survivors in Romania is often overlooked or played down, even if the country has taken some steps towards recognising what happened, historians and survivors say.

Lithuania opens war crimes trial over Soviet crackdown

Vilnius - Lithuania on Wednesday launched the trial of 65 former Soviet officials over a deadly 1991 crackdown by Moscow during he Baltic state's independence drive.

Former Korean sex slave blasts Japan over 'comfort women' deal

Toukyo - A South Korean woman forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers more than 70 years ago heaped scorn on Wednesday on an agreement between Tokyo and Seoul aimed at settling the so-called comfort women issue.

Israel releases Eichmann plea letter on Holocaust day

Jerusalem - Israel made public on Wednesday a decades-old handwritten plea from Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann for clemency for his role in the Holocaust, dated just two days before he was executed.

Poland's Walesa to publicly debate communist spy allegations

Varsovia - Poland's former president and Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa will publicly defend himself against allegations that he was in league with the Soviet era communist police, the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) said Monday.

Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday revealed he has kept his USSR Communist Party membership card, and still has a soft spot for socialist ideals.

Merkel opens Holocaust art expo with anti-Semitism warning

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday opened a major exhibition featuring works by Jewish concentration camp prisoners, as she pledged to combat a feared rise in anti-Semitism in Germany linked to a record influx of refugees.

Lenin watches on over increasingly indifferent Russians

Moscow - To reach the gigantic statue of Vladimir Lenin that overlooks Moscow's October Square, pedestrians can stroll down streets named after the Bolshevik revolutionary's wife or mother, or cross Lenin Avenue that intersects with a road named after his broth...

European culture capital San Sebastien kicks off 'peace' festivities

Donostia-san Sebasti - San Sebastian kicked off its year as the European Capital of Culture Saturday with a concert on the beach as the northern Spanish city pushes a banner of peace years after being hit by waves of violence.

Auschwitz survivor triumphs in sell-out dance duet at age 90

Budapest - "It's never too late," smiles Eva Fahidi, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who, at the age of 90, is currently starring in a sold-out duet production with a much younger dancer.

Israeli Holocaust survivor could be world's oldest man: Guinness

Jerusalem - An Israeli Holocaust survivor may be the world's oldest man at 112, Guinness World Records said Thursday, providing he can find the documents to prove it.

Culture capital San Sebastian pushes peace to heal ETA wounds

Donostia-san Sebasti - Few cities have savoured peace in recent times as much as Spain's San Sebastian, which becomes European culture capital just a few years after Basque separatist group ETA ended decades of killings and kidnappings.

Holocaust survivor donates tiny 'freedom shoes' to Auschwitz museum

Varsovia - Ninety-year-old Auschwitz survivor Batszewa Dagan on Wednesday said she had donated a pair of miniature shoes that helped her live through the Holocaust to the museum at the site of the former Nazi German death camp.

S. Korean academic pleads not guilty to defaming 'comfort women'

Seoul - A South Korean academic accused of writing a book that defamed wartime sex slaves denied the charge in court on Wednesday, insisting her work was in the public interest.

Montenegro to turn ex-concentration camp into luxury hotel

Podgorica - Montenegro has defended its decision to allow an island fortress and wartime concentration camp to be transformed into a luxury resort, a move that has sparked anger among relatives of its former prisoners.

Greater demand than thought for 'Mein Kampf' German reprint

Berlin - The first reprint of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved more popular than expected, its publisher said Thursday, with pre-orders almost four times above its first print-run.

Egyptian column becomes memorial to Istanbul attack victims

Istanbul - An ancient Egyptian obelisk has become a makeshift memorial for the 10 German tourists killed in this week's suicide bombing in Istanbul, with people laying carnations, messages and even football scarves to remember the victims.

Japan lawmaker says 'comfort women' were 'prostitutes'

Toukyo - A Japanese lawmaker Thursday said wartime sex slaves forced to work for Japan's Imperial Army were "professional prostitutes", before he was forced to retract the remarks and issue an apology, local media reported.

3,000-year-old preserved artifacts show how people lived

Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be the most well-preserved remains of 3,000-year-old houses ever found in Britain.

'Sophisticated' ancient Roman toilets helped spread parasites

The ancient Roman empire had what was considered advanced engineering at the time. They created public baths, aqueducts, fountains, sewer systems and toilets. Despite the technology, parasites were widespread.

Family of Yugoslavia's Tito await news of inheritance

Belgrade - For 35 years since the death of communist Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, tens of thousands of the extravagant strongman's belongings have been the subject of legal wrangling.

Female pilot lands in Sydney after epic journey from Britain in 1942 aircraft

Sydney - Adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor on Saturday completed her epic flight from Britain to Australia, landing her vintage, open-cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman in Sydney.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' reprints hit German bookstores

Munich - New copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" hit bookstores in Germany Friday for the first time since World War II, unsettling some Jewish community leaders, as the copyright of the anti-Semitic manifesto expires.

Historic South Korea-Japan deal stumbles over statue

Seoul - A landmark deal between South Korea and Japan to end a decades-old feud over wartime sex slaves is struggling to overcome a diminutive but daunting obstacle in the form of the small statue of a teenage girl.

Shakespeare, Battle of Hastings on 2016 British coins

London - William Shakespeare, the Great Fire of London and the Battle of Hastings will appear on British coins this year, marking major anniversaries in the country's history, The Royal Mint announced Friday.

In Israel, Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' an enduring taboo

Jerusalem - The controversy over the upcoming re-publication of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany is having particular resonance in Israel, where memories of the Holocaust run deep and the book remains taboo.
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