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Aria that cost Marie-Antoinette her head is sung again at Versailles

Versailles - The last time the strains of the aria "Oh Richard! Oh my king!" echoed around the Opera Royal at Versailles it was for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette just before they were dragged off to Paris and their doom by their revolting subjects.

No building permit needed for Franco exhumation, Spain's Supreme court rules

Madrid - The Spanish government does not need a building permit to remove the remains of late dictator Francisco Franco from a grandiose mausoleum near Madrid, Spain's Supreme Court said in a ruling made public Monday rejecting an appeal against the exhumation ...

Portugal parliament slams 'insulting' dictator museum

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament has voted to denounce a planned museum dedicated to ex-dictator Antonio Salazar, branding it an "affront to democracy".

Poland feeling its WWII wounds seeks German reparations 80 years on

Warsaw - Eighty years after the first Nazi bombs fell on Poland, echoes of the blasts can be heard in the bickering between Warsaw and Berlin over the possibility of billions of euros in war reparations.

Sidney Rittenberg, former American advisor to Mao, dies at age 98

Washington - Sidney Rittenberg, a former American advisor to Mao Tse-tung who spent long spells in prison as he fell in and out of favor with China's communist leaders, has died in the state of Arizona, the New York Times reported. He was 98.

Paris marks 75 years since Liberation with Freedom Parade

Paris - Flag-waving Parisians in period costume thronged the streets Sunday as armoured vehicles rumbled through the city in a re-enactment of the liberation of the capital from Nazi Germany 75 years ago.

Macron honours 'spirit of resistance' in WWII Provence landings

Saint-rapha - President Emmanuel Macron saluted Thursday a French army "that emerged from the shadows and exile" during the Allied landings on the Mediterranean coast 75 years ago, praising the sacrifices made by fighters from France's former colonies in Africa.

The other D-Day: France marks 75 years since 'its' WWII landing

Paris - It's the lesser-known D-Day, one launched two months after the Normandy landings on the other side of France, with French forces this time playing a premier role.

Colossal dinosaur bone find in France thrills scientists

Angeac-charente - Scientists have unearthed a huge two-metre (6.5-foot) dinosaur bone in a winegrowing village in southwestern France dubbed a "national treasure" for its prehistoric gems.

'One giant leap': US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

Cape Canaveral - Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 crew returned to its fabled launch pad Tuesday to commemorate "one giant leap" that became a defining moment in human history.

Paris's Notre-Dame holds first mass since devastating blaze

Paris - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris hosted its first mass on Saturday exactly two months after a devastating blaze, with priests and worshippers wearing hard hats to protect themselves against possible falling debris.

Paris's Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire

Paris - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host its first mass on Saturday, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked France and the world.

Only 9% of millions pledged for Notre-Dame handed over

Paris - Less than a tenth of the hundreds of millions promised to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris has been donated, the French culture ministry said Friday.

Notre-Dame of Paris to celebrate first mass since fire

Paris - The Notre-Dame cathedral will host its first mass this weekend since a fire ravaged the Paris landmark almost two months ago, the city's diocese said Tuesday.

French leader of long-overlooked D-Day force gets his due

Ouistreham - France honoured Thursday the officer who led a small yet symbolic French force that stormed the Normandy beaches alongside Allied forces 75 years ago, a feat long overlooked in the country's standard narrative of its liberation from Nazi Germany.

Inflatable tanks and 'fake news': the little-known side of D-Day

Paris - On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops invaded the northern French coast, marking the start of France's liberation from its Nazi occupiers.It is remembered as a defining moment of World War II.

Poland marks landmark vote that rang the Soviet bloc's death knell

Gdansk - European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday hailed the Polish election 30 years ago that heralded the peaceful demise of the entire Soviet bloc, holding it up as a reminder that China's bloody Tiananmen crackdown that same day was not the only po...

Poland marks 30 years since election of first non-communist govt

Gdansk - Thirty years after Poland's election that heralded the peaceful demise of the entire Soviet bloc, anti-communist icon Lech Walesa on Tuesday warned against the dangers of demagoguery, populism and income inequality in capitalist societies today.

Inflatable tanks and 'fake news': the little-known side of D-Day

Paris - On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops invaded the northern French coast, marking the start of France's liberation from Nazi occupiers.It is remembered as a defining moment of World War II.

Angolan rebel leader Savimbi gets funeral in reconciliation bid

Luanda - In what is being billed as a rare moment of national unity, the historic leader of Angola's rebel UNITA movement, Jonas Savimbi, will get a public funeral on Saturday, 17 years after he was killed in a shootout with government soldiers that spelt an en...

Bernard Dargols, French GI who fought at Omaha Beach, dies at 98

Caen - Bernard Dargols, the only French soldier to fight in an American uniform as Allied forces stormed the coast of Normandy at Omaha Beach in a battle heralding the end of World War II, has died aged 98, the Caen Memorial war museum said Tuesday.

Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun

Montr - Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM).

South Africa still waiting on post-apartheid promises

Johanesburg - The election 25 years ago of South Africa's first black president, the late Nelson Mandela, who inspired the struggle against apartheid, was a time of soaring hope that the bruised country would reconcile after decades of discrimination and inequality....

On American hard drives, a precise 3-D model of Notre-Dame

Washington - At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece.

On American hard drives, the most accurate 3-D model of Notre-Dame

Washington - At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece.

Serbia marks 20 years since NATO bombing campaign

Belgrade - Serbia on Sunday marked 20 years since the NATO air strikes that forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, ending a conflict that claimed more than 13,000 lives.

New York's KGB museum offers Cold War nostalgia fix

New York - Assassinations in broad daylight. Ruthless agents plotting undercover. Bugging devices in every Western capital. Three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the specter of the notorious KGB still looms large in the public imagination.

Czechs pay tribute to student who set himself on fire 50 years ago

Prague - Several thousand Czechs on Wednesday took part in a torchlit march through Prague in tribute to a student activist who set himself on fire 50 years ago to protest the Soviet-led occupation of then Czechoslovakia.

Gloomy German left remembers murdered Rosa Luxemburg

Berlin - Germany's sharply divided left-wing parties, deep in a period of historic weakness, on Sunday commemorated the larger-than-life revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg on the 100th anniversary of her murder.

Black heritage museum, 'crucible of creativity', opens in Dakar

Dakar - A museum showcasing black heritage from the dawn of time to the modern era opened in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Thursday.
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