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Putin unveils monument to victims of political repression

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled Monday the first national memorial to victims of Soviet-era political repression, but critics accused him of hypocrisy over a continuing crackdown on activists.

Life after death? Companies weighing up digital technologies

The companies maintaining the presence of someone after they have died may not immediately spring to mind when it comes to digital transformation; however several startups have services to maintain a person’s social media presence.

Mourners return to Mali resort hit by jihadists

Bamako - The debris of the jihadist attack is still scattered for all to see: broken tea cups, charred mobile phones and upended chairs strew the once idyllic surrounds of this Malian ecolodge following last Sunday's violence.

Controversial Utoya massacre memorial to be rethought

Oslo - Norway's government said Wednesday that a controversial memorial for the victims of Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre would be rethought, in order to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit by local residents.

A century later, plans underway for WWI memorial in Washington

Washington - How should the United States honor the wishes of the last American World War I soldier, who asked for a national monument to the country's role in the conflict? The answer is more complicated than it seems.

Memorial of S.Africa icon turns into anti-Zuma protest

Johanesburg - A memorial service Saturday for anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada was transformed into a fierce attack on South African President Jacob Zuma, under fire after a controversial cabinet reshuffle.

Dutch families plant first trees at MH17 memorial park

Vijfhuizen - Relatives of those killed when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine in mid-2014, on Saturday planted the first trees in a Dutch memorial park not far from where the ill-fated plane departed."Today is a very important day for all the next of kin.

Cubans sign 'oath' to Castro's revolution

Havana - In hundreds of schools, hospitals and public buildings, Cubans signed a "solemn oath" on Monday to defend the revolution following the death of communist leader Fidel Castro.

Monks, survivors remember Thai student massacre

Bangkok - Buddhist monks opened an emotionally charged commemoration Thursday on the 40th anniversary of a massacre of student protesters in Bangkok, as survivors reflected on a battle for democracy that appears lost in junta-run Thailand.

Monks, survivors remember Thai student massacre

Bangkok - Buddhist monks opened an emotionally charged commemoration Thursday on the 40th anniversary of a massacre of student protesters in Bangkok, as survivors reflected on a battle for democracy that appears lost in junta-run Thailand.

Worn down by terror grief: Paris cleans symbolic statue

Paris - Paris city workers on Tuesday set to scrubbing a monumental bronze statue which has become a battered rallying point for France's secular republic after a string of terror attacks.

Munich mourns victims of shopping mall shooting

Berlin - The city of Munich on Sunday paid tribute to nine victims of a shooting rampage, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck attending the memorials that called on people to resist slipping into fear and hatred.

President Hollande vows to protect overstretched French police

Versailles - French President Francois Hollande vowed Friday to improve the protection of a police force reeling from a terror attack and under pressure from violent protesters and football hooligans."Police officers risk their lives.

Long lines for tickets to Muhammad Ali's memorial service

Louisville - People formed long lines Wednesday for a chance to get tickets to the memorial service honoring Louisville's most famous native son, boxing and civil rights legend Muhammad Ali.By 7 am the line snaked around the KFC Yum!

Egyptian column becomes memorial to Istanbul attack victims

Istanbul - An ancient Egyptian obelisk has become a makeshift memorial for the 10 German tourists killed in this week's suicide bombing in Istanbul, with people laying carnations, messages and even football scarves to remember the victims.

Ukraine famine memorial unveiled in US capital

Washington - A monument commemorating the millions of Ukrainians who died during a Soviet-era famine was unveiled in the US capital, in a ceremony that brought back horrific memories for survivors.

MSF staff honour colleagues killed in U.S. raid at Kunduz

Ginebra - Chants of "stop bombing hospitals" rang out at a memorial Tuesday for the staff of Doctors Without Borders killed in a US airstrike on an Afghan hospital last month.

Berlin memorial for Roma victims of Nazis defaced

Berlin - Vandals scrawled Nazi swastikas and the words "gas them" on Germany's memorial to the half million Roma and Sinti murdered by the Nazis, the foundation behind the monument said Thursday.

Pope Francis prays at 9/11 Memorial in New York

New York - Pope Francis on Friday visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York, where he prayed and laid a white rose at one of the reflecting pools, before he is to lead a multi-faith service for peace.

Berlin Holocaust Memorial a top tourist draw 10 years on

Berlin - Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, controversial when it opened 10 years ago, has become one of the city's top tourist draws and confounded fears it would be a target of neo-Nazi protesters.

Germanwings victims remembered in Barcelona memorial service

Madrid - Some 1,500 people attended a memorial service Monday at Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral, and paid homage to the 150 people killed in last month's Germanwings plane crash.

Mourners join memorial service for Germanwings crash victims

Cologne - Grieving relatives joined political and religious leaders Friday at a sombre German memorial service for the victims of last month's Germanwings crash in the French Alps, blamed on a depressed co-pilot.

Israelis stand in silent tribute to Holocaust dead

Jerusalem - Israeli Jews stood in silence as sirens wailed across the country on Thursday marking Holocaust memorial day and 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

Hungary to launch memorial year for Gulag victims

Hungarian Minister for Human Resources, Zoltán Balog, has announced the start of a year of remembrance for the victims of the Soviet mass deportations to the Gulag in 1944 and 1945.

Atheists will sue school unless angels are removed from memorial

Ravenswood - A West Virginia middle school is standing firm on not removing some angels etched into a memorial to a beloved teacher, despite the threats of an Atheist group to hit the school with a lawsuit on constitutional grounds.

Australia to erect permanent memorial for Sydney siege victims

Sydney - Australia will build a permanent memorial to remember the victims of the Sydney cafe siege, officials said on Sunday as they vowed never to forget the two hostages who died in the stand-off.

Op-Ed: Police spokesman calls Brown memorial a pile of trash'

Ferguson - Ferguson Police Officer Timothy Zoll, the apparent spokesman for the police department was quoted by the Washington Post as saying the memorial to Michael Brown destroyed on Christmas was a "pile of trash."

Sea of blue mourns slain New York cop

New York - Tens of thousands of officers paid tribute to one of their own at a New York funeral Saturday, as emotions ran high over recent protests against police violence.

Prayer vigil held in New York for slain police officer

New York - Thousands of people paid tribute in New York to one of two officers killed in an anti-police attack a week ago.

Op-Ed: Facebook becomes way to share loved ones final days Special

Round Lake - In life's final days, my childhood friend used Facebook to share the last moments she spent with her grandmother. Increasingly, we see Facebook being used as a memorial tribute for loved ones who pass.
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The Veterans Run for the Wall stopped in Hurricane West Virginia.
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Remembering Jack Layton at Nathan Phillips Square a year after his death
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Lieutenant General Denis Earp, Korean War veteran and former Air Force commander. .
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Tsunami Memory Stone, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture.
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The names of over 400 servicemen lost during WWII are inscribed upon the granite wall that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
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Tsunami Memory Stone, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture.
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This memorial has come together outside the Carson City IHOP, where a shooting took place on September 6, 2011.
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Remembering Jack Layton at Nathan Phillips Square a year after his death
The South African Infantry memorial at Fort Klapperkop  Pretoria.
The South African Infantry memorial at Fort Klapperkop, Pretoria.
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