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Sequel to Mandela's 'Long Walk' autobiography launched

Johanesburg - The sequel to Nelson Mandela's celebrated autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be published Thursday after his unfinished, hand-written draft was completed by a South African novelist.

Secret files show US knew about Indonesia purges of 1960s

Jakarta - The US government was fully aware of a bloody anti-communist purge by the Indonesian army in the 1960s, with one diplomat at the time describing the bloodletting as "widespread slaughter", recently declassified documents have revealed.

Ukraine's nationalists mark 75th anniversary of insurgent army

Kiev - Thousands of far-right activists gathered in the heart of Ukraine’s capital on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), for them a model of nationalism and resistance.

St. Helena's isolation ends as air link opens

Jamestown - The first regular commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation.

Picasso's mansion fails to find new buyer

Nice - A New Zealand financier has two months to come up with 20.1 million euros ($24 million) to buy Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's mansion on the French Riviera after no new bidders emerged Thursday.

After 46 years, S.Africa rules police murdered apartheid opponent

Pretoria - An anti-apartheid activist who died in police custody 46 years ago did not commit suicide but was murdered by officers, a South African court said Thursday in a historic ruling for campaigners.

S. Africa court to rule on activist's death 46 years on

Johanesburg - A South African court will rule Thursday on whether the suspicious 1971 death of an apartheid-era activist in custody was suicide, as police officers claimed, or actually a regime killing.

Catalans' last brush with statehood: 10 bloody hours in 1934

Madrid - Spain has threatened to suspend Catalonia's autonomy if its leader follows through a declaration of independence that is suspended pending talks with Madrid.If and when Catalonia -- a 7.

Gold leaf from Napoleon's crown to go under hammer

Paris - A golden laurel leaf from Napoleon's crown is to go under the hammer next month, an auction house said Wednesday.

Mata Hari, femme fatale executed 100 years ago

Paris - Exotic dancer and suspected double agent Mata Hari was executed in Paris 100 years ago but her name endures today as that of the ultimate seductive spy.

Ancient pools near Jerusalem set for renovation

Al-dawha - Ancient pools that provided water to Jerusalem around the time of Jesus are to be restored under a $750,000 renovation funded by the United States, officials said Tuesday.

Bolivia's Morales lauds Che on 50th anniversary of death

Mairana - Bolivian President Evo Morales lauded Ernesto "Che" Guevara on Monday as he led commemorations 50 years to the day since the Cuban revolutionary leader was killed by CIA-trained Bolivian troops.

Nazi-looted Pissarro painting at centre of legal tussle

Paris - A painting by impressionist master Camille Pissarro that was seized from its French Jewish owner during World War II is at the centre of a court battle beginning Tuesday in Paris after surfacing at an exhibition.

Historians jog buried memories of Thai massacre

Nakhon Pathom - Tears flow freely as Chumpol Thummai stands in front of the rusty gate where his brother was lynched by royalists 41 years ago, an act that set off a chain of events that ended in a student massacre.

Another Spanish king's speech in troubled times

Madrid - King Felipe VI's stern television statement Tuesday, denouncing Catalonia's bid for independence, recalls a similar dramatic broadcast by his father 36 years ago.

Key dates in Catalonia's push for independence

Madrid - Spain is facing its worst political crisis in decades as Catalan threatens to declare independence following a chaotic referendum branded illegal by the central government in Madrid.Here are the key dates in the wealthy region's independence drive.

'Christ-like' Che Guevara 'wanted to die a martyr'

Paris - Ernesto "Che" Guevara was not just a guerilla fighting for his ideals, he was a man "haunted by death" according to Argentine-born author and academic Marcela Iacub.

Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race

Korolyov - When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington.

AFP reporter's encounter with the body of Che Guevara

Paris - On October 10, 1967 the Bolivian army presented the body of iconic Marxist guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara to journalists in a makeshift morgue in a small town.

Nobel Literature Prize: controversy, fame and flops

Paris - Ahead of the announcement Thursday of this year's Nobel Literature Prize laureate, here is a look at some of the controversies down the years since the prestigious title was first awarded in 1901.

Worst mass shootings in the modern United States

Washington - After a gunman killed more than 50 people at a Las Vegas concert Sunday, here are some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States in the past 25 years.

Key dates in Catalonia's push for independence

Madrid - Authorities in Catalonia were pushing ahead with a banned independence referendum Sunday as dozens of protesters were injured in clashes with police, with the central government in Madrid vowing to halt a vote it has branded a "farce".

Moscow reveals cables sent to USSR by British double agent

Moscow - A new exhibition in Moscow has made public for the first time secret documents that British double agent Kim Philby sent to his Soviet handlers.

Poland tasks lawmakers with estimating German war reparations

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives have set up a parliamentary committee tasked with looking into the extent of World War II reparations they claim is owed by Germany, the new body's head said Friday.

US court rejects Croatia WWII victims billions suit

Zagreb - A US court has rejected a suit filed by victims of Croatia's pro-Nazi WWII regime and their relatives who were seeking $3.5 billion (2.9 billion euros) in damages, Croatian authorities said Friday.

Underground air-raid shelter feeding London restaurants

London - Under an anonymous back street in south London lies a vast underground air-raid shelter that has been turned into a pioneering urban farm supplying supermarkets and restaurants in the capital.

Centuries of friction between Catalonia and Spain

Madrid - The crisis pitting Spain's government against leaders in Catalonia over an independence referendum banned by Madrid is but the latest episode of centuries of friction between this region and central authorities.

Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun

Moscow - Workers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon.

Russia unveils controversial Stalin bust

Moscow - A bronze bust of Joseph Stalin was unveiled in Moscow on Friday amid increasing concerns in Russia that the authorities are seeking to whitewash the Soviet dictator's crimes.

Key dates in Catalonia's push for independence

Madrid - Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday for a second day after police detained key members of the team organising the October 1 Catalan independence referendum which Madrid deems illegal.
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"The Music of Our Lives" exhibit at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale, Ark. Feb. 18, 2011
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Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. Built in the nineteenth century by Lockwood and Mawson for Titus Salt.
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An artistic representation of Salt's mill by the Yorkshire artist, David Hockney.
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Statue of King Louis XIV, Place Bellecour, Lyon France
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Bartholdi's statue, Lyon France
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Statue Detail, Lyon France
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Tons of history still available to see throughout the Loblaws, including this historic mural
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Missile launchers aboard the USS Iowa
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I took my new camera on a test drive...
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I took my new camera on a test drive...
Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. Built in the nineteenth century by Lockwood and Mawson for T...
Saltaire. A Unesco World Heritage site. Built in the nineteenth century by Lockwood and Mawson for Titus Salt.
Steamship Louisiana lleaves Saint Nazaire bound for Mexico in 1862
Steamship Louisiana lleaves Saint Nazaire bound for Mexico in 1862
Ecomusee Saint Nazaire
The Dell  the house of Alfred Russell Wallace.
The Dell, the house of Alfred Russell Wallace.
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A wall of televisions at the MZTV Museum of Television & Archive in downtown Toronto.
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