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Young royal blood must wait as Queen celebrates landmark

London - Queen Elizabeth II's longevity has helped anchor Britain during an era of unprecedented change, but has also left the royal family an ageing institution.

Polish military to look for fabled Nazi 'gold train'

Varsovia - Poland said Tuesday it would deploy the military to look for an alleged Nazi "gold train" that sparked global fascination after two anonymous treasure hunters claimed they had pinpointed where it is buried.

China's WWII military parade a show of strength

Bejing - Soldiers will march, gleaming hardware will roll, and warplanes will fly above Tiananmen Square at China's WWII anniversary parade, but major Western leaders are shunning the show as Beijing assumes an increasingly assertive role on the global stage.

Poland backtracks on Nazi 'gold train' discovery

Varsovia - A regional governor in Poland voiced serious doubts Monday about the alleged discovery of a Nazi gold train, days after a deputy culture minister said he was "more than 99 percent sure" one had been found.

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Bejing - Savagely beaten and accused of spying for Moscow, Xu Weiyi –- one of China's few citizens of Russian descent -- stared over the river separating his border village from the Soviet Union, longing for escape.

Polish 'gold train' city basks in Loch Ness Monster effect

Walbrzych - Polish tour guide and ex-treasure-hunter Andrzej Gaik cannot contain his excitement as he points to the train track slope that has left the world spellbound: hidden in its depths may very well be a Nazi gold train.

Polish official '99% sure' Nazi train exists

Varsovia - Poland's deputy culture minister said Friday he saw a ground-penetrating radar image of the alleged Nazi train that has set off a gold rush, adding that he is 99 percent sure it exists.

Rumoured discovery of Nazi train sets off Polish gold rush

Varsovia - The alleged discovery of a Nazi "gold train" in western Poland has perked up the ears of treasure-hunters to such a degree that the government felt the need Thursday to warn them it could be booby-trapped.

UK spooks kept files on Nobel author Lessing: Archives

London - Britain's intelligence services kept tabs on Nobel winning author Doris Lessing during the 1950s, fearing that her communist sympathies had been "fanned almost to the point of fanaticism", according to archived documents released Friday.

Archives reveal UK concern over Spanish Civil War fighters

London - Archived British files on high-profile Britons fighting in the Spanish Civil War, released Friday, reveal that radicals returning from foreign wars have long been a cause for concern for security services.

Polish media abuzz with rumoured discovery of Nazi 'gold train'

Varsovia - Local media are abuzz over the rumoured discovery of an armoured train car in southwestern Poland, which has revived old lore of trains full of gold and jewels stolen by the Nazis that vanished after World War II. "Has Hitler's gold train been located?...

Queen leads Britain's VJ anniversary commemorations

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II led commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, joining veterans and former prisoners of war for a service in London.

China denounces Japan ministers' Yasukuni shrine visits

Bejing - China's foreign ministry on Saturday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine.

Japan marks end of WWII under criticism from China, South Korea

Toukyo - Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday under criticism from China and South Korea, which said nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to properly apologise for Tokyo's past aggression.

The legacies of World War II

Paris - The birth of the United Nations, the death of colonial empires and the first steps towards the European Union are all legacies of World War II.

Japan PM expresses WWII remorse, previous apologies "unshakeable"

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse Friday over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

Pamunkey tribe of Virginia finally recognized by U.S.

King William - The Pamunkey people were the first native Americans British settlers made contact with after they set foot on the shores of what is now Virginia in 1607. It has taken over 400 years for us to recognize this tribe's role in our history.

Replica of General Lafayette's frigate returns to France

Brest - A replica of the French frigate that transported General Lafayette to America in 1780 to rally US rebels battling for independence arrived back in France on Monday after a four-month Atlantic voyage.

Pentagon still searching for its lost WWII veterans

Washington - Long dead but little forgotten, US soldiers who disappeared across the globe during World War II are being reunited with their loved ones in a dogged push to find and bring home their bodies.

WWII shell found on glitzy French Riviera beach

Nice - One of the best-known beaches on the French Riviera was closed Saturday after a World War II shell was discovered in Nice six metres from the shore, officials said.

Wreck of U.S. WWII fighter unearthed in Germany

Frankfurt - German history buffs on Saturday unearthed the wreckage of a World War II US fighter that crashed in February 1945 with the remains of a young French pilot inside, DPA news agency said.

Cyprus digs up the past with hunt for remains of Greek commandos

Nicosia - In the pre-dawn hours of July 22, 1974, a transport plane full of Greek commandos on a secret mission to Cyprus was shot down by friendly fire.

N. Korea puts back its clocks to adopt 'Pyongyang Time'

Seoul - North Korea announced Friday it was moving its clocks back 30 minutes to create a new "Pyongyang Time" -- breaking from a standard imposed by "wicked" Japanese imperialists more than a century ago.

Japan PM says he will express 'remorse' over WWII

Toukyo - Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he would express "remorse" over World War II this month, as a government panel condemned the country's past aggression against its Asian neighbours.

Russia orders libraries to ditch 'Nazi' books by British historians

Moscow - Russian officials have ordered libraries to remove books by well-known British historians John Keegan and Antony Beevor, saying they promote Nazi-era stereotypes, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech

Toukyo - The master recording of Emperor Hirohito's speech announcing Japan's World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Poroshenko honours Ukraine Church leader derided by Russia

L'viv - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday unveiled a monument to a Catholic Church leader derided by Moscow for initially welcoming Nazi soldiers during World War II.

Munich opts for controversial Holocaust memorial compromise

Berlin - Munich Wednesday gave its approval for plaques for individual Holocaust victims to be installed throughout the German city but upheld a ban on Europe's biggest memorial project after months of anguished debate.

Clues in the ruins where Britain's empire was born

Washington - Archaeologists have identified the remains of four men who were among the leaders of an early English settlement in Virginia's Jamestown.

Tombstone of SS officer stolen from Normandy cemetery

La Cambe - The gravestone of a formidable Nazi SS tank commander has been stolen from a German cemetery in the small Normandy town of La Cambe, municipal sources said Tuesday."The tombstone will be replaced.
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