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Britain and the EU: awkward marriage ends in divorce

London - Britain's messy break-up with Europe will be the culmination of decades of half-hearted and often hostile relations with neighbouring countries.

Timeline of Colombia's rebel conflict

Havana - After a half-century of conflict, the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government signed a definitive ceasefire and disarmament agreement on Thursday.

Turkey blocks German MPs' base visit after genocide row

Berlin - Turkey has barred a German delegation from visiting an air base used to fight jihadists in Syria, amid a bitter diplomatic spat between Berlin and Ankara, officials said Wednesday.

Pre-dawn Koran readings stoke fears over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

Istanbul - Before dawn in Istanbul, in the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. A turbaned Turkish cleric kneels on a prayer carpet and prepares to recite verses from the Koran.

Final Yugoslav president 'knew I would be last'

Zagreb - Even its last president did not have faith.Twenty-five years after the bitter collapse of Yugoslavia, the final leader of the communist federation believes the country was doomed following the death of its father figure Josep Broz Tito in 1980.

Britain and the EU: An awkward marriage of convenience

London - If Britain votes to leave the European Union on Thursday, it will be the culmination of decades of half-hearted and often hostile relations with neighbouring countries.

Japan atomic bomb survivors criticise Obama's Hiroshima speech

Toukyo - An association of Japanese atomic bomb survivors has criticised US President Barack Obama's speech last month during a historic visit to Hiroshima, saying he failed to mention US responsibility for the bombing.

Lasers uncover hidden secrets of Cambodia's ancient cities

Phnom Penh - Unprecedented new details of medieval cities hidden under jungle in Cambodia near Angkor Wat have been revealed using lasers, archaeologists said Sunday, shedding new light on the civilisation behind the world's largest religious complex.

South Africans unite to remember Soweto uprising

Soweto - Hundreds of South Africans, including for the first time white apartheid era conscripts, on Saturday united to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising.

Shock as Italy daily offers readers 'Mein Kampf'

Rome - A rightwing Italian newspaper was on Saturday giving away free copies of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" in a move which sparked both shock and condemnation.

EU, Germany hit back at Erdogan in genocide row

Berlin - German politicians hit back Thursday at Turkey's president for accusing lawmakers of Turkish origin of having "tainted blood" in a row over whether the Ottoman Empire committed genocide in World War I.

Turkey mulls retaliation in Germany genocide row

Ankara - Turkey is planning retaliatory steps against Berlin after Germany's parliament recognised the World War I killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as a genocide, the presidency said on Wednesday.

Auschwitz museum tracks down long-lost inmate belongings

Varsovia - The Auschwitz museum said Tuesday it has recovered 16,000 long-lost items belonging to Jews killed at the Nazi death camp, decades after they were stored away and forgotten by Poland's former communist regime.

France unearths bones from 6,000-yr-old Neolithic massacre

Paris - Archaeologists said Tuesday they had discovered the remains of victims from a 6,000-year-old massacre in Alsace in eastern France that was likely carried out by "furious ritualised warriors".

Major bomb attacks in Turkey

Istanbul - Following is a list of the worst bomb attacks in Turkey since 1986:- 2016 -June 7: At least seven police officers and four civilians die when a bomb rips through a police vehicle near the historic centre of Istanbul.

Germany hits back at Erdogan comments in Armenia row

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's office hit back Monday at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a blistering row over a German parliamentary vote declaring the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians.

Brazil's surfer prince urges return to monarchy

Rio De Janeiro - He surfs, dances in carnivals and can sound more revolutionary than royal, but Prince Dom Joao de Orleans e Braganca is serious about restoring the monarchy to save Brazil.

Turkey will never accept Armenian genocide 'blackmail': Erdogan

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Saturday Turkey would never accept charges the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians in World War I, saying the accusations were being used as "blackmail" against Ankara.

Germany-Turkey rift: Diplomatic storm or passing squall?

Istanbul - Turkey reacted with predictable fury to the passing of a resolution by the German parliament recognising as genocide the massacres of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire but it remains to be seen if the move will have wider repercussions.

Turkey, Germany seek to limit damage over genocide dispute

Istanbul - Turkey and Germany on Friday vowed their critical alliance would not be broken by a ferocious dispute sparked by the German parliament's resolution recognising the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide.

Nations that recognise the Armenian 'genocide'

Paris - A growing number of parliaments, mainly in Europe, have voted laws or resolutions explicitly recognising the Armenian "genocide", while others hold back from using the term which infuriates Turkey.

Turkey says German parliament genocide resolution 'historic mistake'

Ankara - Turkey on Thursday slammed as "null and void" and a "historic mistake" the German parliament's resolution recognising the World War I killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide.

Indonesian minister says suspected communists 'deserved to die'

Jakarta - Indonesia's defence minister said Thursday suspected communists killed in 1960s military-backed massacres "deserved to die", as a backlash mounts against efforts to resolve one of the darkest chapters in the country's history.

Turkey recalls envoy over Germany's Armenian 'genocide' decision

Berlin - Turkey recalled its envoy to Germany and threatened consequences Thursday, in a furious reaction over the Bundestag's decision to adopt a resolution recognising the World War I massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide.

Bones of Italian priest shed new light on Japan's Christian past

Toukyo - Disguised as a samurai in kimono and topknot, Italian missionary Giovanni Battista Sidotti stole ashore on a small Japanese island in 1708, daring to enter a land hostile to his Christian creed.

Germany to vote on Armenia 'genocide' to Turkish ire

Berlin - German lawmakers are preparing to pass a resolution Thursday that recognises the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, despite stark warnings from Turkey that the vote could hurt ties.

Roman writing tablets reveal early London life

London - More than 400 Roman writing tablets have been unearthed in the heart of London, shedding light on the commerce-driven life in what would become the City of London financial hub, archaeologists said Wednesday.

Erdogan urges 'common sense' over Germany's Armenia genocide bill

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Germany against the adoption of a parliamentary resolution recognising the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as "genocide", saying it would harm the countries' relationship.

Germany risks Turkey wrath with Armenian genocide vote

Berlin - Germany's parliament votes Thursday on a resolution that brands the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, drawing a clear warning from Turkey's president that it would harm ties.

Turkey marks Constantinople 'conquest'

Istanbul - Turkey on Sunday marked the 563rd anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul with huge parties and a fireworks show in the former Byzantine imperial capital once known as Constantinople.
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