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Tillerson says 'too early' for direct talks with N. Korea

Cairo - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday it was "too early" to discuss direct negotiations with North Korea, after Vice President Mike Pence said the US was open to talks.

100 years ago today, jazz broke loose in Europe

Nantes - A hundred years ago in World War One, a group of American soldiers stormed Europe -- not to the boom of guns, but the swinging rhythm of saxophones, drums and horns.

The people who know no war: Afghanistan's most isolated corner

Tarin Kowt - "Taliban -- what's that?" asks Sultan Begium shyly from her freezing home in Afghanistan's mountainous Wakhan Corridor, a region so remote that its residents are untouched by the decades of conflict that have devastated their country.

Vietnam marks 50 years since launch of Tet Offensive

Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam marked 50 years since the audacious Tet Offensive on Wednesday, in a bittersweet ceremony featuring patriotic dance performances recalling the attacks that changed the course of the Vietnam War.

Unearthing dark history in Vietnam's war tunnels

Quang Tri - American bombs rained overhead as Ho Thi Giu was born in an underground tunnel on January 1, 1968, where hundreds of Vietnamese villagers carved out subterranean lives to escape the bloodshed of the country's brutal civil war.

Bazooka fire rocks the building: Tet from AFP's bureau

Paris - As Vietnam celebrated the 1968 Lunar New Year, tens of thousands of North Vietnamese communist troops and Viet Cong guerrillas launched attacks that changed the course of the war.

Tet Offensive: audacious attacks that changed the Vietnam War

Hue - On January 30, 1968 -- the eve of Vietnam's Tet lunar new year holiday -- communist soldiers from the north and Viet Cong rebels launched a shock offensive on more than 100 cities and outposts throughout southern Vietnam.

Behind enemy lines: Vietnam's female spies who helped change the war

Hue - By day Nguyen Thi Hoa sold conical hats on the streets of Hue in southern Vietnam, at night she funnelled secrets to Communist army handlers who were poised to launch an audacious assault on the city that would reshape the Vietnam War.

Germany to end search for WWII missing

Berlin - Germany's Red Cross on Tuesday said it would end its search for missing persons from World War II in 2023, leaving the fate of 1.2 million people a mystery.

Trump looks to the sky to force Taliban to the table

The war in Afghanistan may be entering its 17th year, but screams of military jet engines in the twinkling skies above Bagram Airfield show no sign of quieting.

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre

Nanjing - Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops.

China marks 80th anniversary of Nanjing massacre

Nanjing - China on Wednesday marks the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing massacre by Japanese troops, an enduring source of bad blood as present-day rivalry between the two countries keeps a spotlight on historical animosities.

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - The first Russian troops returned home Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, beginning a partial withdrawal from a mission widely seen as decisive in swinging the war in favour of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus.

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - The first Russian troops returned home on Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

Red Cross identifies remains of 88 Argentine soldiers in Falklands

Geneva - The Red Cross said Friday its forensic team had identified the remains of 88 Argentine soldiers buried in the Falkland Islands after being killed fighting against Britain over the territory.

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

Paris - A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday.

Vietnam vet craves glimpse of draft-dodging Trump

To his annoyance, US war veteran Mark O'Connor forgot his 'Make America Great Again' cap for the 8,000-mile journey to Vietnam, where he hoped Friday to clasp the hand of his hero Donald Trump, undeterred by his draft dodge and mocking of fellow servic...

'Chump' or saviour? Trump trip divides US war vets in Vietnam

Danang - When President Donald Trump lands in Danang, once a key US wartime air base, he'll receive a mixed welcome from American veterans who fought on Vietnamese soil but now call the coastal city home.

The devastating tolls of a new Korean war

Seoul - When the Korean War ended in 1953 millions of people were dead and South Korea was a smoking wasteland, Seoul having changed hands four times over the course of the conflict.

Internet of Battlefield Things starts to take shape

The U.S. Army has outlined plans for Internet of Battlefield Things, taking the advantages of connectivity developed for the home, via systems like Amazon Echo, into the warzone.

Poland tasks lawmakers with estimating German war reparations

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives have set up a parliamentary committee tasked with looking into the extent of World War II reparations they claim is owed by Germany, the new body's head said Friday.

AFP journalist Kate Webb featured on Australian stamp

Sydney - A crusading Agence France-Presse correspondent who enjoyed a storied career covering wars and other historic events has been commemorated on an Australian stamp.

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.
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