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Poland backtracks on Nazi 'gold train' discovery

Varsovia - A regional governor in Poland voiced serious doubts Monday about the alleged discovery of a Nazi gold train, days after a deputy culture minister said he was "more than 99 percent sure" one had been found.

Polish 'gold train' city basks in Loch Ness Monster effect

Walbrzych - Polish tour guide and ex-treasure-hunter Andrzej Gaik cannot contain his excitement as he points to the train track slope that has left the world spellbound: hidden in its depths may very well be a Nazi gold train.

Polish official '99% sure' Nazi train exists

Varsovia - Poland's deputy culture minister said Friday he saw a ground-penetrating radar image of the alleged Nazi train that has set off a gold rush, adding that he is 99 percent sure it exists.

Rumoured discovery of Nazi train sets off Polish gold rush

Varsovia - The alleged discovery of a Nazi "gold train" in western Poland has perked up the ears of treasure-hunters to such a degree that the government felt the need Thursday to warn them it could be booby-trapped.

Major Western leaders shun China WWII military parade

Bejing - From Belarus to Vanuatu, China on Tuesday issued a list of world leaders attending next week's huge military parade to mark Japan's defeat in World War II that was notable for its absences.

China slams Japan after Abe's wife visits war shrine

Bejing - China on Friday hit out at Japan after the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, saying the country should "deeply reflect" on its history of aggression.

Polish media abuzz with rumoured discovery of Nazi 'gold train'

Varsovia - Local media are abuzz over the rumoured discovery of an armoured train car in southwestern Poland, which has revived old lore of trains full of gold and jewels stolen by the Nazis that vanished after World War II. "Has Hitler's gold train been located?...

South Korea's Park to visit China for WWII anniversary event

Seoul - South Korea said Thursday that President Park Geun-Hye would attend upcoming celebrations in Beijing to mark China's victory over Japan in World War II -- an anniversary that most world leaders look set to shun.

Queen leads Britain's VJ anniversary commemorations

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II led commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, joining veterans and former prisoners of war for a service in London.

S. Korea president says Abe WWII speech fell short

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Saturday urged Japan to match its words with deeds, after a speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressing remorse over wartime aggression fell short of Seoul's expectations.

China denounces Japan ministers' Yasukuni shrine visits

Bejing - China's foreign ministry on Saturday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine.

Japan marks end of WWII under criticism from China, South Korea

Toukyo - Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday under criticism from China and South Korea, which said nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to properly apologise for Tokyo's past aggression.

The legacies of World War II

Paris - The birth of the United Nations, the death of colonial empires and the first steps towards the European Union are all legacies of World War II.

Japan PM expresses WWII remorse, previous apologies "unshakeable"

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse Friday over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

Italian mother reunited with WWII baby after 71 years

Rome - A 92-year-old Italian has been reunited with her daughter after she was taken from her at birth 71 years ago, Italian media reported Monday.

Pentagon still searching for its lost WWII veterans

Washington - Long dead but little forgotten, US soldiers who disappeared across the globe during World War II are being reunited with their loved ones in a dogged push to find and bring home their bodies.

Pope says never again, recalling 'horrific' WWII atomic bombings

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings still evoked "horror and revulsion" 70 years on and called for a ban on nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.

Japan's Abe rapped as Nagasaki marks 70th anniversary of A-bomb

Toukyo - Japan on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki that claimed more than 74,000 lives, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire for his attempts to expand the military's role.

WWII shell found on glitzy French Riviera beach

Nice - One of the best-known beaches on the French Riviera was closed Saturday after a World War II shell was discovered in Nice six metres from the shore, officials said.

Wreck of U.S. WWII fighter unearthed in Germany

Frankfurt - German history buffs on Saturday unearthed the wreckage of a World War II US fighter that crashed in February 1945 with the remains of a young French pilot inside, DPA news agency said.

Japan PM says he will express 'remorse' over WWII

Toukyo - Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he would express "remorse" over World War II this month, as a government panel condemned the country's past aggression against its Asian neighbours.

Japan's Hiroshima ceremonies 'scheming': Chinese media

Bejing - A Chinese newspaper with close ties to the ruling Communist Party slammed Japan on Thursday for commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima without highlighting its own wartime aggression.

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Tens of thousands gathered in Hiroshima Thursday to mark 70 years since the dropping of the first atomic bomb, with opinion still divided over whether its deadly destruction was justified.

Japan to mark 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Japan on Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with the most senior official from Washington ever scheduled to attend memorial ceremonies.

Russia orders libraries to ditch 'Nazi' books by British historians

Moscow - Russian officials have ordered libraries to remove books by well-known British historians John Keegan and Antony Beevor, saying they promote Nazi-era stereotypes, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Last surviving Dambusters pilot dies in New Zealand

Wellington - The last surviving pilot of the top-secret World War II Dambusters raid on Germany has died aged 96, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association said Tuesday.

Tombstone of SS officer stolen from Normandy cemetery

La Cambe - The gravestone of a formidable Nazi SS tank commander has been stolen from a German cemetery in the small Normandy town of La Cambe, municipal sources said Tuesday."The tombstone will be replaced.

China shows off victory over Japan logo

Bejing - China on Monday unveiled its official logo for the forthcoming commemorations of victory over Japan 70 years ago, invoking both peace in the form of doves and robust nationalism with Communist colours and imagery of the Great Wall.

Japan's Mitsubishi apologizes to US prisoners of war

Los Angeles - Japan's Mitsubishi Materials made a landmark apology to US prisoners of war forced to work in its mines during World War II, seven decades after the conflict.

Remains of Nazi anatomy prof's victims found at French forensic institute

Strasbourg - Remains belonging to victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found at a forensic medicine institute in eastern France, local authorities said in a statement Saturday.
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