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Kosovo celebrates '20 years free' with Clinton visit

Pristina - With celebratory speeches, a new statue and a visit from former US president Bill Clinton, Kosovo will on Wednesday mark 20 years since the NATO intervention that ended its war with Serbia and cleared a path for independence.

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.

50 years later, Montreal celebrates Lennon-Ono 'bed-in' for peace

Montr - John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent a week in pajamas in 1969 at The Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal, welcoming journalists and recording "Give Peace a Chance" as the Vietnam War raged.

At 17, Bill Sisk fought from the shores of Normandy to Germany

Lynchburg - Bill Sisk was 17 years old when he stormed Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day and 18 when he witnessed firsthand the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp, but the former GI wouldn't call himself a hero."I was too young.

Spain divided over 80th anniversary of end of civil war

Madrid - Spain on Monday marked the 80th anniversary of the 1936-39 civil war which ushered in the dictatorship of Francisco Franco with the country still divided over the issue.

Lebanon sees eastern EU refugee hardline as model to follow

Prague - Lebanon said on Wednesday it wanted to follow the example of eastern EU states that have largely rejected refuging its own refugee crisis as a way of resolvs.

Karadzic trial to close, but Bosnia's divides remain open

Srebrenica - Widows of the Srebrenica massacre hope he will die in prison, while Bosnian Serbs have honoured Radovan Karadzic with a university dorm in his name.

Srebrenica survivors hope Karadzic gets life sentence

Tuzla - Survivors of Bosnia's Srebrenica massacre said Monday they hoped a UN court would sentence convicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic to life in jail when he receives his final verdict next week.

US, China 'miles and miles' from resolving trade conflict: US official

Washington - Washington and Beijing are "miles and miles" from resolving their trade war, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday.

Bosnian Serbs parade for 'national holiday', angering Muslims

Sarajevo - Thousands of Bosnian Serbs cheered parading security forces in celebration of the "national holiday" of their entity, Republika Srpska, on Wednesday, despite a legal ban and objections of Bosnian Muslims who view it as a provocation.

From arrows to M16s: PNG tribal fights get ever deadlier

Port Moresby - Tribes in Papua New Guinea's rough and rugged highlands have fought each other for centuries, but a recent influx of automatic weapons risks turning minor beefs into all-out war.

Sombre ceremonies from Wellington to New Delhi mark WWI armistice centenary

New Delhi - India, Australia and New Zealand paused Sunday on the centenary of the end of World War I to remember the more than 150,000 of their countrymen who died fighting on the other side of the world.

November 9: a fateful day in German history

Berlin - So many momentous events happened in Germany on November 9 during the 20th century that it has become known as the country's "day of fate".

November 9: a fateful day in German history

Berlin - So many momentous events happened in Germany on November 9 during the 20th century that it has become known as the country's "day of fate".

Former Croatian PM convicted of war profiteering

Zagreb - Croatia's former premier Ivo Sanader was convicted on Monday of war profiteering, in a re-trial that found him guilty of taking a bribe from an Austrian bank during the country's 1990s conflict.

Biopic tribute to slain war reporter Marie Colvin as journalism comes 'under attack'

London - A biopic of war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died in Syria in 2012, is a celebration of journalism as it increasingly comes "under attack", according to the film-makers.

Norway mourns WWII resistance fighter who halted Nazis' nuclear drive

Oslo - Norwegian World War II hero Joachim Ronneberg, who led a major sabotage operation against the Nazis in his occupied homeland, died on Sunday, aged 99.

Over 60 world leaders to attend Paris WWI commemorations

Paris - More than 60 world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, will travel to Paris next month for commemorations of the end of World War I a century ago, French officials said Thursday.

Norway apologises to mistreated war-time 'German girls'

Oslo - Norway on Wednesday officially apologised for the "shameful treatment" of Norwegian women targeted for reprisals for their intimate relations with German soldiers during the country's war-time occupation.

Norway apologises to mistreated war-time 'German girls'

Oslo - Norway's government on Wednesday officially apologised to Norwegian women targeted for reprisals by authorities for having intimate relations with German soldiers during the country's war-time occupation.

Macron honours Algerians who fought for colonial France

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron announced honours on Friday for Algerians who fought alongside French troops in Algeria's war of independence, part of fresh moves to confront France's painful legacy in north Africa.

Mistrust hampering S.Sudan peace, UN says as Amnesty flags 'war crimes'

Juba - The United Nations warned Wednesday that entrenched suspicion was clouding a newly-minted deal to restore peace to South Sudan, as Amnesty International accused government forces of war crimes."There's currently a key ingredient that is lacking.

John McCain's Hanoi Hilton jailor recalls 'stubborn' POW

As a prisoner of war in the "Hanoi Hilton", navy pilot John McCain was known as uncompromising, frank and an avid reader who fiercely debated the war with his Vietnamese jailors.

Vietnam communist war hero turned dissident Bui Tin dies aged 90

Paris - A Vietnamese former colonel and revolutionary war hero who became disillusioned with the communist regime and defected, becoming one of its most vocal and influential critics, died in France at age 90.

Trump praises Kim over return of war dead amid summit skepticism

Washington - Amid skepticism over his rapprochement with Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump praised the North Korean leader on Friday for returning remains believed to be those of more than 50 US servicemen.

North Korea marks war anniversary as US remains flown out

Pyongyang - In mist-covered hills, North Korean soldiers, sailors and civilians gathered Friday at a heroes' cemetery to commemorate their brothers in arms on the anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

US plane heads to N. Korea for war remains: report

Seoul - A US aircraft flew to North Korea Friday to collect the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, the latest step in ongoing diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang.

Korean War: summit raises hopes for treaty to end frozen conflict

Seoul - Tuesday's unprecedented US-North Korea summit could finally pave the way for the longest ceasefire in history to be replaced by a peace treaty -- formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War nearly seven decades after the guns fell silent.

China denies setting target to cut US trade surplus

Bejing - China said Thursday it has not set a target to cut its trade surplus with the US but will seek to increase imports after the two sides stepped back from a potential trade war.
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