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Bones, silver found in 18th-century Dutch wreck off UK

London - Maritime archaeologists said Friday they have begun excavating the wreck of a Dutch ship that sank off the English coast in 1740, recovering leather shoes, silver and the bones of its lost crew.

S.Africa blocks release of anti-apartheid hero Hani's killer

Johanesburg - South Africa's top court on Friday blocked the release from jail of Polish immigrant Janusz Walus who shot dead anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani in 1993.

Russian court to hear plea for files on vanished Swedish diplomat

Moscow - Russia on Thursday set a hearing date next month for descendants of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished after being jailed in the Stalin-era USSR, as they sue the security service for access to its archive.

Japan's Abe donates to controversial war shrine on anniversary

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday sent a cash donation to a controversial war shrine as the country marked the anniversary of its defeat in World War II.Yasukuni Shrine honours about 2.

US-NKorea crisis tests Cold War's nuclear deterrence doctrine

Paris - The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world's two superpowers seemed hellbent on "mutually assured destruction".

Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for four years

London - Britain's much-loved Big Ben will fall silent for four years from next week as conservation work is carried out on the famous 19th century bell in a clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament.

Partition at 70 — the numbers that divided a subcontinent

New Delhi - As India prepares to mark 70 years of independence from the British, and Pakistan the anniversary of its birth, we look at some of the numbers behind this defining event known as Partition.

Historians race to preserve dying memories of Partition

Karachi - Sitting in her Karachi home, Jamshed Jahan Ara looks straight into the camera as she explains in a trembling voice how her family fled India during Partition in 1947.

Partition key battleground in India, Pakistan textbook wars

Islamabad - Pakistani high school student Noman Afzal knows "traitorous" Hindus are to blame for the bloodshed that erupted when British India split into two nations 70 years ago. His history textbook tells him so.

World's oldest man dead in Israel at 113: media

Jerusalem - Israeli Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, certified last year by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man, died on Friday aged 113, Israeli media reported.

Avoiding a Greek tragedy for Athens' modernist architecture

Atenas - Although in the shadow of its ancient hilltop Parthenon, Athens is also home to elegant architectural gems from the 19th and 20th centuries which marked its emergence as modern Greece's capital.

Ancient sites turned refugee camps as millions fled Partition

New Delhi - The Partition of India sparked one of the greatest mass migrations in modern history, with millions seeking sanctuary from the violence inside ancient tombs and forts -- transforming them into sprawling refugee camps.

'Unexploded WWII bomb' found at Japan Fukushima nuclear plant

Toukyo - A suspected World War II bomb was found Thursday on the premises of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said, with police called in to investigate.The 85-centimetre (2.

Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat on bomb anniversary

Toukyo - Nagasaki must be the last place to suffer an atomic bombing, its mayor said Wednesday, marking 72 years since the devastating American nuclear attack on the Japanese city with a passionate call for denuclearisation.

S.Korean court orders Japan's Mitsubishi to pay over war labour

Seoul - A South Korean court ruled Tuesday that Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries should pay compensation to former wartime slave workers.

Birthplace of Apostle Peter found in Israel: archaeologist

Tiberias - Researchers may have found the home town of Peter and two other apostles of Jesus near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, an archaeologist said Monday.

Macedonia aims to solve protracted name row with Greece

Skopje - After a quarter-century-long dispute that has blocked its entry to NATO and the European Union, Macedonia seems determined to end the row with Greece over its name.

Chinese tourists detained in Berlin for Hitler salute

Berlin - Two Chinese tourists were detained in Berlin for making the straight-armed Hitler salute for photos in front of the Reichstag parliament building, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

Toukyo - Japan on Sunday marked 72 years since the world's first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus.

Partition key battleground in India, Pakistan textbook wars

Islamabad - Pakistani high school student Noman Afzal knows "traitorous" Hindus are to blame for the bloodshed that erupted when British India split into two nations 70 years ago. His history textbook tells him so.

Scientists crack mystery of the luckless apostles of Paris

Paris - Having lost their heads, been pulled from their plinths, smashed and even buried, things are at last looking up for some of the unluckiest statues in Christendom.

46 years on, S.African activist's family call for murder charge

Pretoria - A South African policeman present at the suspicious death of an anti-apartheid campaigner in 1971 should be charged with murder, a court heard Wednesday as the official version of events came under harsh scrutiny.

'To see Stalin': Latest WWII film aims to stir up Russians

Voskresensk - A group of Soviet mechanicsslog through a muddy forest on a mission that would eventually help change the course of World War II: reaching dictator Joseph Stalin.

SAfrican activist jumped to death, ex-guard tells apartheid probe

Pretoria - A South African policeman present when an anti-apartheid operative plunged to his death more than 40 years ago insisted on Monday that the victim had jumped to his death.

Relatives and royals mark WWI Passchendaele centenary

Ypres - Britain's Prince Charles hailed the "courage and bravery" of soldiers who fought at Passchendaele as he led thousands of their descendants at centenary tributes for one of World War I's bloodiest battles.

Relatives and royals mark WWI Passchendaele centenary

Ypres - Britain's Prince Charles hailed the "courage and bravery" of soldiers who fought at Passchendaele as he led thousands of their descendants at centenary tributes for one of World War I's bloodiest battles.

A game of thrones in Pakistan's dynastic politics

Islamabad - Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has passed the leadership baton to his brother, ensuring the continuation of a dynastic political system in a country where government has long been run as a family enterprise.

British royal tributes to dead on WWI battle centenary

Ypres - British and Belgian royals led tributes Sunday to the soldiers who fell at Passchendaele as they marked the centenary of one of World War I's bloodiest and most senseless battles.

Poles revive ancient tradition of timber floating

Poland - A group of Poles have assembled tree trunks into a long raft and are streaming down the country's longest river, the Vistula, to revive the ancient tradition of timber floating.

Polish ruling party head in German war jibe

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing conservatives, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has accused Germany of "rejecting" its World War II responsibilities, going as far as to suggest Berlin should pay reparations.
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