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Xi pens friendship letter to North Korea before rare visit

Bejing - Xi Jinping will burnish China's fragile alliance with North Korea by making his first trip to Pyongyang as president this week -- and on Wednesday he sealed their friendship in ink, offering a "grand plan" for regional stability.

Man's first steps on the Moon, reported live by AFP

Paris - It was 10:56 pm at mission control in Houston on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the Moon.

After conquering Broadway, 'Hamilton' eyes global tour

New York - After triumphing on Broadway, the lower 48 states and London's West End, "Hamilton" is eyeing its first non-English production as well as tours throughout Europe and Asia.

Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic

Moscow - A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said.

The first transatlantic flight 100 years ago

Paris - When two British pilots steered a biplane across the vast Atlantic 100 years ago, battling frozen sleet and thick fog for more than 16 hours, they were making aviation history.

The first transatlantic flight 100 years ago

Paris - When two British pilots steered a biplane across the vast Atlantic 100 years ago, battling frozen sleet and thick fog for more than 16 hours, they were making aviation history.

UN labour body, survivor from League of Nations, turns 100

Geneva - Of all the institutions set up in Geneva under the League of Nations after World War I, only one, the International Labour Organization, survived the rise of fascism and World War II.

Trump lauds 'unbreakable' transatlantic alliance on D-Day

Colleville-sur-mer - President Donald Trump told the US's rattled allies that the bonds between them were "unbreakable" as they marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in northern France.

World leaders mark 75 years since D-Day on Normandy's beaches

Caen - US President Donald Trump landed in France Thursday to join other world leaders on the beaches of Normandy in a tribute to the veterans and dead heroes of the D-Day landings that shaped the outcome of World War II.

France ramps up bid to return stolen WW2 Jewish assets

Paris - The French government said on Wednesday it had launched a project to return cultural artefacts stolen from Jews in World War II.

US D-Day veterans find 'second family' in modern Normandy

Sainte-m - Three quarters of a century ago, they came to Normandy's beaches as young men, many still in their teens, braving German fire to free France from Nazi occupation and help win the war in Europe.

Spanish court suspends exhumation of Franco remains

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the exhumation of the remains of dictator Francisco Franco while it considers an appeal from his family against the move, which divides opinion in a country still conflicted about the nationalist regime.

Spanish court suspends exhumation of Franco remains

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the exhumation of the remains of dictator Francisco Franco while it considers an appeal from his family against the move.

After years, Baghdad's emblematic 'Green Zone' reopens

Baghdad - It was long the seat of Saddam Hussein's iron-fisted rule, then a sealed-off symbol of US occupation and, more recently, out-of-touch politicians. On Tuesday, Baghdad's emblematic "Green Zone" fully reopens.

Last known survivor of Sobibor Nazi death camp dies

Jerusalem - Semion Rosenfeld, the "last known survivor" of the Nazi death camp Sobibor, has died aged 96, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency said Monday.

Pope apologises to Roma for Catholic Church's 'discrimination'

Pope Francis apologised to the Roma people on Sunday for the Roman Catholic Church's "discrimination" against them as he wrapped up a visit to Romania.

Khomeini's legacy looms over Iran 30 years after death

Tehran - Thirty years ago millions of mourners crowded the streets of Tehran for the funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and today the founder of the Islamic republic remains a guiding figure in Iran.

Who won WWII? Russia's role gets short shrift in France

Paris - When world leaders gather for D-Day commemorations, Vladimir Putin's absence will be a sign of how Russia's huge sacrifices in World War II have gone missing in most French minds.

Rwanda's Kagame stars in DR Congo Tshisekedi ceremonies

Apo - Rwandan President Paul Kagame was the surprise guest at ceremonies in DR Congo Friday to honour deceased opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi hosted by his son Felix, the country's president.

Repatriation from Belgium of body of DRC's Tshisekedi delayed: official

Apo - The repatriation of the body of former Congolese Prime Minister and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi from Belgium to DR Congo was postponed at the last minute on Wednesday, an official source told AFP.

12th-century Afghan minaret saved, for now, after floods

Herat - The minaret of Jam, a revered Afghan historical treasure, has been saved from imminent danger after hundreds of workers diverted surging floodwaters that were gnawing at the 12th-century tower, officials said Monday.

Spain fights to revive international reputation

Madrid - Spain is fighting to improve its international reputation, which has taken a hit from criticism of its handling of Catalonia's independence bid and its colonial past.

Jews slam Polish PM for calling WWII restitution a win for Hitler

Warsaw - The World Jewish Congress on Monday condemned the Polish prime minister for saying that holding Poland liable for the restitution of Jewish property seized by the Nazis during WWII would hand a "posthumous victory" to Hitler.

Mass movement: scientists adopt new kilogram definition

Paris - How we measure the world underwent a quantum leap on Monday as scientists adopted new hyper-accurate definitions for units of weight, electricity and temperature derived from the universal laws of Nature.

Cambodia marks genocide atrocities with Day of Remembrance

Phnom Penh - Black-clad students reenacted the horrors of the Cambodian genocide at the "Killing Fields" on Monday to commemorate the two million people killed by the Khmer Rouge's murderous, Maoist regime.

The European Union: 60 years of twists and turns

Paris - From economic union via the euro to a migration crisis and Brexit, here is a look at 60 years of ups and downs in the European Union.

Germany to return 15th-century seafarer Cross to Namibia

Berlin - A German museum was set to announce Friday that it would restitute to Namibia a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, as part of Berlin's efforts to face up to its colonial past.

Rare footage of life in Warsaw Jewish ghetto shown in Poland

Warsaw - Scenes of starving Jewish children smuggling food, a dead body on the sidewalk, were captured in never-before-seen footage of Warsaw's wartime ghetto by an amateur fillmmaker in 1941.

Microscopic remains of Nazi victims buried in Berlin

Berlin - More than seven decades after World War II ended, more than 300 tiny pieces of human tissue from political prisoners executed by the Nazis were finally buried Monday at a Berlin cemetery.

Microscopic remains of Nazi victims to be buried in Berlin

Berlin - More than seven decades after World War II ended, over 300 tiny pieces of human tissue from political prisoners executed by the Nazis will be buried Monday at a Berlin cemetery.
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