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Spain's first 'stolen babies' case comes to trial

Madrid - A former doctor will go on trial on Tuesday in Madrid for allegedly stealing a newborn baby from her mother and giving her to another woman, a practice thought to have affected thousands of families during Spain's dictatorship.

From Ataturk to Erdogan: Five things to know about modern Turkey

Ankara - The modern state of Turkey emerged out of the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire to become a powerful strategic nation that borders Greece to the west and Iran to the east.

From Ataturk to Erdogan: Five things to know about modern Turkey

Ankara - The modern state of Turkey emerged out of the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire to become a powerful strategic nation that borders Greece to the west and Iran to the east.

Spain's new government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum

Madrid - Spain's new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of "reconciliation" for a country still coming to terms with the dictator's legacy.

Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for 350,000 euros

Lyon - A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for 350,000 euros ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor.

On a bike, ex-child refugee retraces escape from Nazi Germany

Berlin - Paul Alexander was just a toddler when his mother handed him to a volunteer nurse on a train leaving Nazi Germany in 1939.

Dutch King, Lithuanian president honour unsung Holocaust hero

Kaunas - Lithuania's president and the King of the Netherlands on Friday unveiled a special light installation dedicated to a Dutch diplomat credited with saving over 2,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

Russia overturns 'not guilty' verdict for gulag historian

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday overturned the "not guilty" verdict in the high-profile trial of a historian on child pornography charges, forcing a retrial, his lawyer told AFP.

Jewish groups protest after French town renames street 'Nakba'

Pontoise - French Jewish groups and Israeli officials protested Tuesday after the mayor of a Paris suburb renamed a street to honour the thousands of Palestinians forced from their homes during Israel's creation in 1948.

After name row, Macedonia faces revising how to teach its history

Skopje - From piles of toys cluttering the attic of his family home in Skopje, Nikola Cvetoski eventually extracts the "Legend of Ancient Macedonia".

Archaeologists find new mass child sacrifice site in Peru

- A group of archaeologists has discovered the remains of more than 50 children who were ritually sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture on the northern coast of what is now Peru.

Russia orders Gulag records destroyed: researcher

Moscow - A Russian researcher said Friday he has discovered that Moscow has ordered the destruction of prison records including those relating to the Soviet Gulag, alarming historians and prompting a rights body to intervene.

US returns stolen copy of Christopher Columbus letter to Spain

Washington - After years of searching, the United States has returned to Spain a rare copy of a 1493 letter from Christopher Columbus, which had been stolen from a national archive in Barcelona.

Lessons in loathing at North Korea's museum to 'US atrocity'

- Every few minutes a new set of visitors arrives at the 'Revenge-Pledging Place' at North Korea's Sinchon Museum, where regime propaganda insists US troops massacred more than 35,000 people during the Korean War.

German president blasts far-right leader's Nazi past remarks

Berlin - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday blasted remarks by one of the leaders of the far-right AfD party seen as playing down the importance of the Nazi period and the Holocaust.

The Uzbek entrepreneur tapping paper's age-old power

Chilanzar - The passage of time seems to have slowed down at Zarif Mukhtarov's paper mill in a village not far from ex-Soviet Uzbekistan's silk road city, Samarkand.

Echoes of 1968 unrest in Senegal student protests

Dakar - The student demonstrations that have rocked Senegal in recent weeks recall the short-lived but intense unrest which sprung out of the country's universities half a century ago, almost bringing down the government back in May 1968.

German far-right leader sparks furore with Hitler remarks

Berlin - One of the leaders of Germany's far-right AfD party sparked outrage Saturday by downplaying the crimes of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, saying they were "just a speck of bird shit in over 1,000 years of successful German history.

Families of Tiananmen victims urge China's Xi to 're-evaluate' crackdown

Bejing - Families of Chinese democracy protesters killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown have urged President Xi Jinping to acknowledge their suffering and "re-evaluate the June Fourth massacre" as its 29th anniversary approaches.

Oxford unveils UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

Oxford - The University of Oxford was set to unveil Friday a "once-in-a-generation" exhibition of materials related to "The Lord of the Rings" author J. R. R. Tolkien, featuring previously unseen objects from several countries.

Germany and Turkey mark deadly 1993 neo-Nazi attack

Solingen - Germany and Turkey put aside their diplomatic tensions Tuesday to jointly remember the five ethnic Turkish victims of a murderous neo-Nazi arson attack a quarter century ago and warn against resurgent xenophobia and racist violence.

Tense Germany, Turkey mark deadly 1993 neo-Nazi attack

Berlin - Germany will hold memorial events on Tuesday for five ethnic Turkish victims of a neo-Nazi arson attack 25 years ago, at a time of resurgent xenophobia and simmering bilateral tensions ahead of Turkish elections.

Korean War hero doubtful of Trump-Kim peace prospects

Seoul - As a decorated war hero who once took out three machine gun nests with nothing but grenades, Choi Deuk-soo knows first hand what is at stake should US-North Korean peace talks fail -- and he is doubtful of an imminent breakthrough.

France weighs how to return Africa's plundered art

Paris - Half-man, half-beast, the tall African statues dominate a busy gallery in Paris' Quai Branly museum. But few of the visitors are aware they are looking at what might be considered stolen goods.

WWII bomb defused in Dresden after mass evacuation, fire

Dresden - A German bomb disposal team Thursday gave the all-clear after defusing an unexploded World War II bomb that forced a mass evacuation in the city of Dresden.

Germany's Nazi hunters in final straight of race against time

Ludwigsburg - Tucked away in the picturesque German city of Ludwigsburg, a tiny team of investigators tracks the last surviving Nazi war criminals across the globe and through the better part of a century, in an urgent race against time.

Hitler definitely died in 1945 according to new study of his teeth

Paris - Adolf Hitler definitely died in 1945 in Berlin, from taking cyanide and a bullet, according to French researchers who were given rare access to fragments of the dictator's teeth held in Moscow."The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt.

Deadliest recent mass shootings in the United States

Washington - At least eight people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday, officials said.

Germany loses Holocaust reminder as survivors dwindle

Frankfurt Am Main - Renowned for its relentless confrontation of its Nazi past, Germany's culture of remembrance faces new 21st-Century challenges as survivors of World War II and the Holocaust disappear and far-right politics reemerges.

Ex-Yugoslav strongman Tito's luxury car given new lease of life

Novi Sad - Years of dust has been wiped off, the engine replaced, the chassis once again gleams a dark blue and the wheel rims sparkle -- one of ex-Yugoslav strongman Josip Broz Tito's luxury cars has been given a new lease of life in Serbia.
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