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German, Polish presidents eye 'calm' talks on war reparations

Varsovia - The heads of state of Germany and Poland agreed Thursday that a "calm discussion" was necessary to address the question of reparations from World War II, the Polish presidency said.

Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations

Berlin - Germany on Friday dismissed Poland's threat to demand new talks over World War II reparations from Berlin, saying the issue had already been settled in 1953."Poland made a binding decision in August 1953...

Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat on bomb anniversary

Toukyo - Nagasaki must be the last place to suffer an atomic bombing, its mayor said Wednesday, marking 72 years since the devastating American nuclear attack on the Japanese city with a passionate call for denuclearisation.

Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

Toukyo - Japan on Sunday marked 72 years since the world's first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus.

Polish ruling party head in German war jibe

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing conservatives, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has accused Germany of "rejecting" its World War II responsibilities, going as far as to suggest Berlin should pay reparations.

Tears in rain: North Korea marks 'Victory Day'

Pyongyang - In heavy rain, North Koreans put down their umbrellas to bow before the mausoleum of founder Kim Il Sung and his son on Thursday as the country marked the end of the Korean War, which it calls Victory Day.

French Nazi collaborator Petain's tomb vandalised

Les Herbiers - The tomb of Marshal Philippe Petain, who led France's collaborationist Vichy regime under Nazi occupation, was vandalised on Saturday, the eve of the 66th anniversary of his death, police said.

Japan protests S. Korea's 'comfort women' heritage bid

Toukyo - Japan has lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea over its support for registering with the United Nations documents related to "comfort women" forced into World War II sexual slavery by Japanese troops, officials said Tuesday.

Slovenia hideouts spill Cold War secrets

Kocevje - Almost three decades after the end of the Cold War, secrets from the era of espionage and power games are now resurfacing in Slovenia.

Residents of historic Israeli settlement say they have returned home

Palestinian - For Yohanan Ben Yaakov, taking part in the creation of the first Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank in 1967 was like returning home, he says.

Residents of historic Israeli settlement say they have returned home

Palestinian - For Yohanan Ben Yaakov, taking part in the creation of the first Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank in 1967 was like returning home, he says.

Residents of historic Israeli settlement say they have returned home

Palestinian - For Yohanan Ben Yaakov, taking part in the creation of the first Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank in 1967 was like returning home, he says.

50 years after Six-Day War, Israeli-Palestinian divide widens

Jerusalem - Israelis and Palestinians mark 50 years since the Six-Day War next week as the gap between them further widens, with both sides deeply scarred by years of violence, failed negotiations and broken promises.

First Japanese to report Hiroshima atomic bomb dies at 86

Toukyo - Yoshie Oka, the first person to raise the alarm outside Hiroshima that the Japanese city had been hit by an atomic bomb, has died aged 86, media and acquaintances said Tuesday.

Warsaw museum spotlights remains of destroyed city

Varsovia - Curator Jaroslaw Trybus points to a glass display case with an ornate brass door handle inside.

Spain's Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombing

Guernica - Some 200 people gathered at a cemetery in the northern Spanish town of Guernica Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of its bombing by Nazi warplanes during the Spanish civil war.

Spain's Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombing

Guernica - Some 200 people gathered at a cemetery in the northern Spanish town of Guernica Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of its bombing by Nazi warplanes during the Spanish civil war.

Spain's Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombing

Guernica - Some 200 people gathered at a cemetery in the northern Spanish town of Guernica Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of its bombing by Nazi warplanes during the Spanish civil war.

Lebanon's Hezbollah says Israel boosting border defences

Naqoura - Lebanon's Hezbollah sought Thursday to show that Israel is building up defences in anticipation of another conflict, after a string of statements from Israeli officials warning of a potential confrontation.

Lebanon's Hezbollah says Israel boosting border defences

Naqoura - Lebanon's Hezbollah sought Thursday to show that Israel is building up defences in anticipation of another conflict, after a string of statements from Israeli officials warning of a potential confrontation.

Lebanon's Hezbollah says Israel boosting border defences

Naqoura - Lebanon's Hezbollah sought Thursday to show that Israel is building up defences in anticipation of another conflict, after a string of statements from Israeli officials warning of a potential confrontation.

Nepal convicts soldiers of killing girl during civil war

Kathmandu - Three Nepali soldiers have each been sentenced to 20 years in jail for the killing of a teenage girl, only the second ever conviction linked to crimes committed during the country's decade-long civil war which ended in 2006.

Australia, New Zealand warn of Gallipoli terror threat

Sydney - Australia and New Zealand Thursday warned terrorists could target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey this month, and urged travellers to avoid Ankara and Istanbul.

Japan emperor meets Vietnam kin of Tokyo's WWII soldiers

Hanoi - Japan's royal couple on Thursday listened to the tearful stories of Vietnamese children who were abandoned by their Japanese soldier fathers after WWII, a symbolic meeting in Hanoi aimed at healing wounds between the former war foes.

Japan emperor meets Vietnam kin of Tokyo's WWII soldiers

Hanoi - Japan's royal couple on Thursday listened to the tearful stories of Vietnamese children who were abandoned by their Japanese soldier fathers after WWII, a symbolic meeting in Hanoi aimed at healing wounds between the former war foes.

Japan emperor meets Vietnam kin of Tokyo's WWII soldiers

Hanoi - Japan's royal couple on Thursday listened to the tearful stories of Vietnamese children who were abandoned by their Japanese soldier fathers after WWII, a symbolic meeting in Hanoi aimed at healing wounds between the former war foes.

Telling stories of wartime childhood in Bosnian museum

Sarajevo - Ballet slippers, tinned food and drawings by a sister killed from shelling are found among the objects in a new Sarajevo museum used to tell stories of life during Bosnia's war through the eyes of children.

Steve Bannon in 2016: 'No doubt' U.S. will fight war with China

As Donald Trump's presidency begins with provocation of China and saber-rattling toward Iran, disturbing audio recordings of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon predicting war with China and the Middle East have emerged.

Symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' moves closer to midnight

Washington - Comments by US President Donald Trump on nuclear weapons and climate change have helped make the world less safe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned Thursday, moving its symbolic "Doomsday Clock" 30 seconds closer to midnight.

10-year-old girl used as human bomb in Nigeria New Year's Eve attack

Kano - One person was seriously injured when a suicide bomber aged around 10 blew herself up in a New Year's Eve attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses and aid workers told AFP Sunday.
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