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'Saddest day' as Sri Lanka mourns blast victims

Negombo - Devastated relatives collapsed into the arms of bystanders at memorial services Tuesday, as Sri Lanka began burying victims of deadly weekend suicide blasts that claimed over 320 lives.

Gary Morris to pay tribute to Herb Kelleher at memorial service

On January 14, it was announced that singer and actor Gary Morris will honor the founder of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, at his memorial.

Strasbourg attack victims honoured

Strasbourg - More than 1,000 people gathered in Strasbourg Sunday to honour the victims of an attack on the city's popular Christmas market that left five dead.

Strasbourg attack victims honoured

Strasbourg - Several hundred people gathered in Strasbourg Sunday to honour the victims of an attack on the city's popular Christmas market that left four dead.

Russians mourn human rights icon Alexeyeva

Moscow - Russians paid their last respects to human rights icon Lyudmila Alexeyeva on Tuesday, with some mourners angered by President Vladimir Putin's attendance of a memorial ceremony.

Russians mourn human rights giant Lyudmila Alexeyeva

Moscow - Russians on Tuesday paid their last respects to human rights icon Lyudmila Alexeyeva, with President Vladimir Putin expected to attend a memorial ceremony despite the activist's criticism of his rule.

Ukraine marks five years since bloody Maidan uprising

Kiev - Hundreds of Ukrainians on Wednesday marked five years since the Maidan revolution, which ousted a pro-Moscow government but sparked war in the east of the country and led to Russia annexing Crimea.

Vietnam remembers, mourns former POW John McCain

Hanoi - Hanoi paid tribute Monday to former US Senator John McCain, a onetime foe who helped heal the wounds of the Vietnam War after spending years as a prisoner in the city.

Australia shelves MH370 memorial after relatives protest

Perth - Plans to erect a memorial honouring the passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were shelved by Australia on Sunday after protests by relatives of the victims.

Belgium names square after Congo independence hero Lumumba

Apo - Brussels inaugurated a square named after assassinated Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba on Saturday in what campaigners called Belgium's first major step towards tackling its dark colonial legacy.

German memorial to honour forced labourers of forgotten Nazi camp

Germany will on Friday inaugurate a memorial at the long-forgotten site of a World War II Nazi concentration camp where forced labourers built an aircraft factory deep inside a Bavarian forest.

US lynching memorial seeks reflection on racist history

Washington - A unique memorial remembering the thousands of black Americans lynched in public acts of torture opened Thursday in the southern US.

Belgium to name first square after Congo independence hero Lumumba

Apo - Belgium is set to name a square in Brussels after late Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, the first public place in the former colonial power to honour him, an official said Tuesday.

S.Africa bids emotional farewell to 'Mama Winnie' Mandela

Soweto - Thousands of mourners flocked Wednesday to the heart of South Africa's sprawling Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela's former wife and struggle hero Winnie Mandela.

Chechen police raid rights group for third time

Moscow - Chechen police raided the office of human rights group Memorial on Friday for the third time this week in connection to the internationally condemned arrest of its director, the group said in a statement.

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.
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An Air Force sergeant stands guard during the service.
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The World War II memorial over looks a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean.
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The World War Ii memorial that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
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The Lincoln Memorial
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Base of the Coal Miner Statue at the Capitol of West Virginia
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Two officers in Florida were killed this week
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An Agusta A109 flies the South African flag over the Air Force Memorial.
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Genocide Memorial Service in Edmonton.
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This plaque explains in part the story of the confederate soldier and how he is memorialized.
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