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Rescued violins bring back Holocaust 'escape' tales

Telavi - Tucking the violin beneath his chin, the instrument's wood glistening under the packed auditorium's spotlights, Guy Braunstein's hand trembled from the weight of history.

South Korean gets 4 years for Tokyo shrine blast

Toukyo - A South Korean man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for detonating a homemade pipe bomb at a controversial Tokyo war shrine.

Does the US really need a vice president?

Washington - There is an old joke that goes something like this: A woman had two sons. One went off to sea, the other became vice president of the United States. Neither was ever heard from again.

Historic Russian ship returns to mooring after refit

Sanktpeterburg - Russian cruiser Aurora, whose salvo against the Winter Palace sounded the start of the 1917 revolution, returned to its mooring in Saint Petersburg Saturday after a year-and-a-half of restoration work.

Wrecking ball or supermarket for Hitler's house

Vienna - Austria's cabinet approved Tuesday legislation that will see the state seize ownership of the house where Hitler was born, although the government appeared divided on what to do with the building.

Poland condemns anti-Semitism on pogrom anniversary

Varsovia - President Andrzej Duda on Monday pledged to fight racism and anti-Semitism 70 years after dozens of Polish Holocaust survivors were massacred in a brutal pogrom.

Bullet scars as Uganda remembers Israel's Entebbe raid

Entebbe - Skimming above the choppy waves through the dark the four planes swooped in low over Lake Victoria, packed with more than 200 elite Israeli commandos on a daring raid to free hijacked hostages.

Napoleon's last horse to strut his stuff after makeover

Paris - Visitors to the Army Museum in Paris are being treated to the rare sight of two taxidermists at work restoring a stuffed horse -- the last one ridden by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dies

Jerusalem - Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel peace laureate who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died aged 87, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust center said.

Poles mark 70 years since brutal post-Holocaust pogrom

Kielce - Seventy years after dozens of Polish Holocaust survivors were bludgeoned to death in the Kielce Pogrom, psychologist Bogdan Bialek is intent on reconciling Poles and Jews.

French MPs vote to criminalise denial of Armenian genocide

Paris - French members of parliament voted unanimously Friday to criminalise the denial of all crimes against humanity, including failure to admit that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces was a "genocide".

Rome's Colosseum gets makeover

Rome - The first phase of a multi-million-euro makeover of Rome's Colosseum was completed Friday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledging cash would be made available to spruce up other crumbling historic sites.

Britain, France mark 100 years since Battle of the Somme

Thiepval - Britain and France recalled the horrors of the Battle of the Somme on Friday, 100 years after their troops fought and died together in one of the defining offensives of World War I.

Major bomb attacks in Turkey

Istanbul - At least 41 people died in a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul's international airport on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed at least 260 lives over the past year.

Major bomb attacks in Turkey

Istanbul - Following is a list of the worst bomb attacks in Turkey since 1986:- 2016 -June 28: At least 36 people are killed in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.

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.
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