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Fears of intolerance grow under Croatia's conservatives

Zagreb - "Nostalgia" for a pro-Nazi past, spurning of ethnic minorities and pressure on the press: Croatian activists say an alarming climate of intolerance is taking hold under a new conservative government.

600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town

Seville - Construction workers have found 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials said Thursday.

Russian novelist Ulitskaya attacked at awards ceremony: rights group

Moscow - Activists on Thursday attacked prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, schoolchildren and other participants at a prize ceremony organised by rights campaign group Memorial, which exposes Stalin-era repression.

My name? Make it simple: Czechia!

Prague - Czech Republic and/or Czechia? Ever since gaining independence after their peaceful split with Slovakia in 1993, the Czechs have been poring over a correct short form for their country's name.

Rio exhibit celebrates Brazil's 'first' man in flight

Rio De Janeiro - One of Brazil's most famous and eccentric heroes, the aviation pioneer Santos Dumont, lifts off again with an exhibition in Rio's new Museum of Tomorrow.

Mussolini museum project awakes demons of Italy's past

Predappio - Tiptoeing through pigeon droppings in a building where Benito Mussolini once barked out orders, the mayor sighs wearily as he recounts his long battle to get agreement on what do with the crumbling structure.

Anzac Day honours heroes of WWI's Western Front

Villers-bretonneux - Some 3,000 Australians marked Anzac Day on Monday with a sombre dawn service in northern France to honour their forebears who fought in the Battle of the Somme a century ago."Today we come together...

George Clooney in Yerevan for Armenian genocide commemorations

Yerevan - Hollywood star and rights advocate George Clooney on Sunday joined emotional ceremonies in Yerevan marking the 101st anniversary of the World War I-era Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

German orchestra accuses Turks of pressure in 'genocide' row

Berlin - A German orchestra said on Saturday that Turkey attempted to pressure it and the EU to keep the term "genocide" out of a concert marking the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Japanese lawmakers, Cabinet minister visit Tokyo war shrine

Toukyo - Dozens of Japanese lawmakers including a Cabinet minister visited a Tokyo war shrine on Friday in a ritual angering China and South Korea, where memories of Japan's military and colonial record remain raw.

Gorbachev urges West to stop 'isolating' Russia

Moscow - The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday urged the West to stop isolating Russia and take a more "constructive" approach in response to President Vladimir Putin's moves towards normalising relations.

Did volcano eruptions tip Europe into Dark Ages?

Vienna - Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-6th century darkened Europe's skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented Friday at a science conference in Vienna.

India accused of flipflop on Koh-i-Noor diamond

New Delhi - India's government has said it will make "all possible efforts" to get back the Koh-i-Noor diamond, part of the British Crown Jewels, sparking accusations of a u-turn after the solicitor general said the priceless gem was given to Britain.

India says Koh-i-Noor diamond belongs to Britain

New Delhi - A priceless diamond that is part of the Queen Mother's Crown was given to Britain and not stolen, India's government on Monday told the Supreme Court, which is hearing a suit seeking its return.

Op-Ed: Taking a lighter look at paying taxes through the ages

In the United States, paying income tax is a right of passage once a person becomes old enough to work and draw a salary. We also earn the right to complain about how much we have to shell out to the government every year. But we have it easy.

Jews commemorate 'Croatian Auschwitz', fearing far-right surge

Jasenovac - Jews mourned victims of Croatia's most notorious World War II death camp on Friday, boycotting next week's official commemorations as they accuse authorities of failing to respond to a revival of pro-Nazi ideology.

Nazi-era Jewish remains laid to rest in Hungary

Budapest - The remains of Jews murdered during World War II and found in the Danube river in 2011 were buried in Budapest on Friday, laying to rest a long-running saga over their identity and cause of death.

Back to the future: Role-reversal from 1975 Brexit vote

London - A time traveller from 1975 would find Britain's EU referendum strikingly familiar -- except that the two main parties have swapped roles on whether or not to remain in the bloc.

'Unfinished business' 20 years after S.Africa's truth commission

Johanesburg - South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was meant to be the healing balm for a nation traumatised by the horrors of apartheid.

Rotterdam's WWII letter of surrender found 70 years on

Den Haag - More than 70 years after the Nazi bombing blitz of Rotterdam turned the port into "a sea of fire" and forced the Netherlands to surrender, a historian has found the city's long-lost letter of capitulation.

Lawsuit seeks to end 'We Shall Overcome' copyright

Los Angeles - Lawyers are seeking to put "We Shall Overcome," the emblematic song of the US civil rights movement, in the public realm after successfully fighting the copyright of "Happy Birthday to You.

Poland's Walesa views files alleging he was a communist spy

Varsovia - Poland's Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa on Wednesday viewed the secret police files that allegedly prove he was a paid communist spy, prosecutors said, adding that the former president again denied their authenticity.

Loch Ness monster find turns out to be film prop

London - A marine robot deployed in the waters of Scotland's Loch Ness has found the remains of a monster but it turned out to be a prop from a movie shot in 1970.

Gaza's architectural heritage fades, but one man resists

Gaza - A surprise awaits beyond a black door adorned with a silver lotus flower at the end of a tangle of alleyways in Gaza's chaotic Old City.

Austria wants to seize Hitler's birth house

Vienna - Austria said Saturday it wants to seize Adolf Hitler's birthplace from its private owner in a bid to end a bitter legal battle and stop the house from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

Serial Holocaust memorial vandal jailed in Austria

Vienna - A homeless Austrian man who vandalised dozens of memorials to victims of the Nazis in Salzburg was on Friday sentenced to five years in jail.

Ex-Auschwitz guard dies a week before German trial: Court

Berlin - A 93-year-old former guard at Auschwitz has died one week before he was to stand trial in Germany, the court due to hear the case said Thursday.

Austria museum settles feud over Nazi-looted art

Vienna - Vienna's famous Leopold Museum on Thursday settled a long-running feud over five Nazi-plundered drawings by Austrian painter Egon Schiele with the descendants of the works' Jewish former owner.

Putin launches bid to rehabilitate Soviet legacy

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the creation of a national foundation to "popularise" history, seen as the Kremlin's latest bid to rehabilitate the Soviet legacy.

Infamous UK spy Kim Philby talks of 'treachery' in secret video

London - The only known footage of Britain's biggest Cold War traitor, Kim Philby, discussing his life as a double agent has been unearthed in Berlin, the BBC said Monday.
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