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Germany opens national memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

Berlin - To the mournful strains of a single cello and tearful remembrances by family members, Germany on Tuesday inaugurated a national memorial to the 300,000 ill and disabled people systematically murdered by the Nazis.

Germany to open memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

Berlin - Germany will inaugurate the first national memorial to the estimated 300,000 ill and disabled people systematically murdered by the Nazis on Tuesday, at a ceremony with victims' relatives.

Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

Gdansk - Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday.

Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

Warsaw - Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine.

Guatemala Mayans: from victims of discrimination to perpetrators?

Guatemala City - Fearful of losing their culture and land, ethnic Maya people in Guatemala -- who have faced centuries of discrimination themselves -- drove out a group of 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, experts say.

France returns skull of New Caledonian chief, 135 years on

Paris - France returned the skull of a New Caledonian rebel chief on Thursday, 135 years after it was cut off in a battle between the people of the South Pacific island and their French colonisers.

Japan PM sends support message to war criminals service

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organisers said Wednesday, in a move that could prompt anger from Asian neighbours.

Paris relives joy of liberation, 70 years later

Pendreff - President Francois Hollande led tributes to the French Resistance on Monday, as Paris celebrated the 70th anniversary of its joyful liberation after four long and bitter years of Nazi occupation in World War II.

Baltics mark 25 years since anti-Soviet human chain

Riga - The Baltic states on Saturday marked 25 years since two million people joined hands in a landmark human chain linking up their capitals to demand freedom from the Soviet Union.

'Chilean Schindler's List' saved leftists from regime

Santiago - During the darkest days of Chile's dictatorship, a man named Jorge Schindler saved dozens of leftist militants by employing them undercover at his pharmacies, risking his own life like a different Schindler during another of history's nightmares.

Hollande to lead 'southern D-Day' tributes, 70 years on

Toulon - President Francois Hollande leads ceremonies on Friday to mark 70 years since the Allied invasion of southern France which, two months after D-Day, pushed the exhausted Nazi army back towards Germany and hastened the end of World War II in Europe.

France's 'Death to Jews' hamlet to mull name change

Paris - French authorities will next month consider changing the name of a tiny hamlet near Paris which is officially known as La-Mort-aux-Juifs ("Death to Jews") after a top Jewish group protested.

A century of hard work on the Panama Canal

Panama City - From painter Paul Gauguin's illness-ridden misadventure in the Central American rainforest to tugboat captain Eileen Vinueza's purple nail polish and sneakers, working on the Panama Canal has changed considerably in the past century.

Op-Ed: California's first woman rebel, sought to reclaim native lands Special

San Gabriel - Move over Pocahontas, Sacagawea, there is another native American that left her mark on American history. Few know of California's first woman rebel, Toypurina. Some scholars say she should be more prominent in the history book spotlight.

Jewish group urges name change for French hamlet 'Death to Jews'

Paris - Prominent Jewish group the Simon Wiesenthal Centre has sent a letter to France's interior minister to demand that a tiny hamlet south of Paris called "Death to Jews" be renamed.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

Tokyo - Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city's pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military.

Erdogan seeking place in history alongside Ataturk

Ankara - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to secure a place alongside Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the pantheon of great and transformative Turkish leaders, but critics accuse him of undermining the legacy of the founder of the modern republic.

French, German leaders pay emotional tribute to WWI fallen

Hartmannswiller - French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck paid emotional tributes Sunday to the millions of soldiers who died during World War I, exactly 100 years after Germany declared hostilities against France.

France, Germany remember first soldiers killed in WWI

Joncherey - Descendants of two soldiers from France and Germany who were the first fatalities of World War I gathered in eastern France on Saturday for a ceremony marking the centenary of their deaths.

Bones found near dictatorship torture chamber in Chile

Santiago - Human bones have been found near a military base in central Chile where political prisoners were tortured during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, officials said Friday.

Putin says world should draw lessons from WWI

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday slammed political ambitions that he said threatened peace in Europe as he paid tribute to Russian soldiers who died during World War I.

Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

La Paz - Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday.

Photo Essay: Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio Special

Toledo - The Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, shows the importance of the five Great Lakes in World War II, American Independence, commerce in the United States and throughout the world and recreation. Digital Journal took a tour of the museum.

Nazi 'poster baby' turns out to be Jewish

Jerusalem - A US Jewish woman has presented the Yad Vashem memorial to the Holocaust with a magazine cover of her as a baby that the Nazis had used as an Aryan poster child.

Video: Warship called 'Cursed' reveals lost treasure

Researchers combing the bottom of the Baltic Sea for new scientific information have turned their attention to the "Mars" and the ship has yielded a new discovery of a different kind.

Merkel praises would-be Hitler assassins

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute on Saturday to the army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler towards the end of the Second World War.

Sarajevo marks 100 years since shots that sparked Great War

Sarajevo - Bosnia marked 100 years since the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo that sparked World War I, but the divisive legacy of the gunman Gavrilo Princip meant Serbs shunned the event.

Sarajevo remembers spark for Great War

Sarajevo - Sarajevo marks 100 years since the assassination that triggered World War I on Saturday, but without the leaders of Europe and with its people still torn over the legacy of that fateful day.

French cave home to earliest drawings wins World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Sunday granted its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in southern France containing the earliest known figurative drawings.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.
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