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'English Schindler' Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

London - Nicholas Winton, a Briton who saved hundreds of Jewish children in Prague from the Nazis in the run-up to World War II, has died at the age of 106, his family said on Wednesday.

Tensions flare in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

Itoman - Japan's premier Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the US military's continuing presence.

Defense Dept: Mustard gas experiments done on WWII soldiers

National Public Radio has announced the U.S. Department of Defense has finally admitted they carried out race-based tests on American troops during WWII as part of its research on the effects of mustard gas.

Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on

Itoman - Seventy years after the Battle of Okinawa, Yoshiko Shimabukuro still has terrifying nightmares of watching friends and Japanese soldiers die as they hid in caves to escape fierce American shelling.

Greek resistance hero to step down from European parliament

Atenas - Greek wartime resistance hero Manolis Glezos on Wednesday said he was stepping down as a member of the European parliament for the ruling radical Syriza party after a year in the post.

Luxembourg apologises to Jews for WWII 'injustice'

Luxembourg - Luxembourg apologised to the Jewish community Tuesday for its "suffering" during the Nazi occupation in World War II, in the first such gesture since the conflict ended 70 years ago.

Denying 'comfort women' stains Japan honour: Ex-deputy PM

Toukyo - Japan must face up to the truth over its wartime system of sex slavery if it is to purge the stain of its past wrongs, the man who issued a landmark apology said Tuesday.

Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz in 2016

Varsovia - Pope Francis will likely visit the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz when he comes to Poland next year for a major Catholic festival, an archbishop from the devout country said Friday.

France honours four Resistance fighters among Pantheon heroes

Paris - France inducted four Resistance fighters into the illustrious Pantheon mausoleum on Wednesday for their contributions to fighting the Nazis during World War II.

German city evacuates 20,000 people to defuse WWII bomb

Berlin - German authorities evacuated around 20,000 people from their homes in the western city of Cologne Wednesday before defusing a World War II bomb unearthed during construction work.

German police find Hitler's long-lost horse sculptures

Berlin - German police Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell.

Wiesenthal Centre urges Croatia to end pensions to Nazi allies

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday urged Croatia to stop paying pensions to people who served in the country's World War II Nazi-allied armed forces, labelling the policy an insult to their victims.

Nazi letter to Soviet wartime agent found in Japan

Toukyo - A birthday letter from a Nazi foreign minister to a legendary spy credited with helping turn the tide of Germany's advance on Moscow has been found in Tokyo, a book dealer said Tuesday.

Croatian leader pays tribute to killed pro-Nazi collaborators

Zagreb - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic paid tribute Thursday to the country's pro-Nazi collaborators and civilians who were killed by communist partisans in Austria and Slovenia after the end of World War II.

22,000 mark 70 years since Nazi camp liberated

Vienna - More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen in Austria, one of the Nazis' biggest concentration camps, organisers said.

Putin defends notorious Nazi-Soviet pact

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the infamous pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that agreed to divide up eastern Europe, during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel urges Russia cooperation after paying respects to WWII dead

Moscow - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday paid tribute to Soviet soldiers killed in WWII as she called for cooperation with Russia amid tensions over Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels stage WWII parade as Kiev holds low-key event

Donetsk - Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine Saturday as pro-Russian insurgents feted 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.

Latvia's Russians mark 70 years since Soviet 'victory'

Riga - Latvia's large Russian minority gathered in the capital Riga Saturday to mark 70 years since the end of World War II and to commemorate the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

500,000 Muscovites march in memory of WWII victory

Moscow - Brimming with pride and clutching portraits of relatives, more than 500,000 Russians flooded central Moscow on Saturday to commemorate 70 years since Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, in the biggest march of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Putin brushes off Western snub at huge WWII victory parade

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin shrugged off a boycott by Western leaders at a huge military parade Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in WWII before joining mammoth crowds for a commemorative march.

Athens metro screens films demanding German WWII reparations

Atenas - Screens across Athens' metro, usually reserved for weather forecasts, have shown more controversial subject matter this month with the broadcast of a government-backed film demanding German reparations for World War II.

For Lithuanian resistance, Soviet WWII win meant new war

Kavarskas - Jonas Kadzionis was just 17 when the Soviet Union celebrated victory in WWII. But for him and thousands of other Lithuanians, it only marked the start of another brutal conflict.

Europe marks WWII victory under shadow of new threats

Paris - Europe on Friday marked 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany with sombre ceremonies overshadowed by modern day threats, such as the war in Ukraine and Islamic extremism.

Putin meets China's Xi as leaders head to Moscow for WWII parade

Moscow - China's Xi Jinping flew into Moscow Friday as some two dozen world leaders headed to Russia for a grandiose World War II victory parade that has been snubbed by the West.

Germany hails 'liberation' from Nazis 70 years on

Berlin - Germany on Friday celebrated its "liberation" from the Nazis 70 years ago, with the speaker of parliament Norbert Lammert hailing the willingness of the country's neighbours to forgive.

Ukraine breaks with Russia as it marks WWII anniversary

Kiev - A new symbol, date and even name: Ukraine is distancing itself from Russia as it marks 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in World War II while locked in a brutal conflict with pro-Moscow rebels.

Ukraine's Poroshenko slams 'appeasement' of Moscow

Gdansk - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday criticised what he termed a policy of appeasement towards Russia in the context of the separatist conflict in Ukraine's east.

German FM marks WWII anniversary at site of Stalingrad battle

Volgograd - Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday laid a wreath at the site of the Battle of Stalingrad as part of commemorations to mark 70 years since the defeat of Nazi forces in WWII.

Flemish nationalist leader De Wever disowns WWII Nazi collaboration

Brussels - Right-wing Flanders leader Bart De Wever has disowned Flemish nationalist collaboration with the Nazis in World War II, still a hugely sensitive issue in a sharply divided Belgium.
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