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Jewish Games to be held at Nazi-era German venue

Berlin - Seventy years after the end of World War II, Berlin from Monday hosts the European Maccabi Games, dubbed the Jewish Olympics, at the site of the 1936 "Nazi Games".

Poland learns to love Stalin's unwanted gift

Varsovia - Polish TV presenter Robert Bernatowicz used to hate Warsaw's colossal Palace of Culture, an unwanted gift from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that opened 60 years ago this week. But that was before he broke into the building.

Ex-head of notorious Romania Communist prison given 20-yrs jail

Bucharest - The former commander of one of the most notorious prisons under Romania's ousted Communist regime was given a 20-year jail term Friday.

Romania labour camp commander given 20-year term

Bucharest - Alexandru Visinescu, who ran one of the most notorious labour camps under Romania's ousted Communist regime, was given a 20-year jail term Friday.

Kiev plans Soviet 'occupation of Ukraine' museum

Kiev - Kiev risked drawing further Moscow fury on Thursday by approving the construction of an open-air museum devoted to seven decades of Soviet "occupation" of Ukraine.

Japan's Mitsubishi apologizes to US prisoners of war

Los Angeles - Japan's Mitsubishi Materials made a landmark apology to US prisoners of war forced to work in its mines during World War II, seven decades after the conflict.

Remains of Nazi anatomy prof's victims found at French forensic institute

Strasbourg - Remains belonging to victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found at a forensic medicine institute in eastern France, local authorities said in a statement Saturday.

Dispute deepens over Madagascar's 'pirate shipwreck'

Antananarivo - Documentary makers following the marine archaeologists who say they found 17th-century pirate William Kidd's sunken ship defended the team's work on Wednesday after a UNESCO report dismissed their claims.

Explorer's 'pirate wreck' claim false, says UNESCO

Antananarivo - UNESCO on Tuesday threw cold water over an American explorer's claims that he had discovered the sunken treasure of infamous 17th-century pirate William Kidd off the coast of Madagascar.

Russia seeks to identify and bury remains of last Tsar's children

Moscow - Russia has launched a new drive to confirm the identity of and bury remains thought to be those of the last tsar's daughter and only son, which have been stored in state archives for nearly a decade.

From Red Army to Afghan jihad museum: a soldier's tale

Herat - Former Soviet soldier Bakhretdin Khakimov came to Afghanistan to fight the mujahideen more than three decades ago. Today he has a new life as caretaker of a museum celebrating the jihadists' victory over the Red Army.

Argentine torture suspect arrested in Brazil

Bras - An Argentine man alleged to have been a government torturer during the country's military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983 has been arrested in Brazil and could face genocide charges, police said Wednesday.

Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war

Bejing - Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule.

Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms

Toukyo - Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.

Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status

Berlin - The UN's cultural body on Sunday conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing.

Veterans gather as Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

Hsinchu - War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict.

Italy Holocaust memorial shelters migrants from 'indifference'

Milan - Camp beds, biscuits and bottles of water: each night dozens of asylum seekers find refuge in an unusual yet highly symbolic place, Milan's Holocaust memorial.

'English Schindler' Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

London - Nicholas Winton, a Briton who saved hundreds of Jewish children in Prague from the Nazis in the run-up to World War II, has died at the age of 106, his family said on Wednesday.

Rare images of Armenian genocide survivors on show in Italy

Bologna - Rare, moving images of survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide will be shown in Bologna on Thursday as part of the 29th edition of the city's "Cinema Ritrovato" (Rediscovered Cinema) festival.

China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

Bejing - Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported.

Assassin who sparked WWI gets statue in Belgrade

Belgrade - A statue of a Bosnian Serb nationalist whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 101 years ago sparked World War I, and who is seen here as an icon of Serb patriotism, was inaugurated here Sunday.The two-meter (6.

Queen Elizabeth visits Nazi concentration camp

Berlin - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II made her first trip to a former Nazi concentration camp Friday, visiting Bergen-Belsen just over 70 years after it was liberated by British forces, on the final day of her state visit to Germany.

Japan may consider South China Sea patrols

Toukyo - Japan's military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation's top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role.

The Confederate flag — Heritage, history, subjugation of a race

Gov. Nikki Haley, as well as U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, have advocated for the removal of the Confederate flag that flies from a pole in front of the South Carolina capitol. They blame this flag on the hatred that caused nine people to die.

S. Korea 'comfort women' seek $20 mn lawsuit in US

Seoul - South Korea's ageing victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery said Tuesday they would file a $20 million lawsuit next month at a US court to seek financial compensation from Tokyo.

Tensions flare in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

Itoman - Japan's premier Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the US military's continuing presence.

After killings, Obama toughens tone on U.S. racism

Washington - For a frustrated President Barack Obama, last week's slaughter of nine black churchgoers proves once again that the United States has yet to exorcise its racist demons.

Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on

Itoman - Seventy years after the Battle of Okinawa, Yoshiko Shimabukuro still has terrifying nightmares of watching friends and Japanese soldiers die as they hid in caves to escape fierce American shelling.

Paintings by Hitler sold at German auction for $450,000

Berlin - Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about a century ago were sold at auction in Germany at the weekend for nearly 400,000 euros ($450,000), organisers said.

Turkey slams Belgian PM over 'Armenian genocide' remarks

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday lashed out at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for recognising the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I as genocide.
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