West presses Putin to back 'last-chance' Ukraine peace bid

Feb 8, 2015

West presses Putin to back 'last-chance' Ukraine peace bid

Western leaders challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday to prove he wants peace in Ukraine, warning both sides a new Franco-German peace drive may be a “last chance” to stop all-out war. In a dramatic gesture at a gathering of world leaders in ...

Bletchley Park recreates wartime Britain

Feb 7, 2015

Bletchley Park recreates wartime Britain

by Danica Kirka

As a tourist site, Bletchley Park has been something of a well-kept secret. That’s because it was a government secret as well. But the once-classified home of Britain’s World War II code-breakers is finally coming out of the shadows. Though eclipsed by attractions such ...

Feb 6, 2015

Abe could learn from Weizsaecker

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares a statement for this summer's 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he might take a cue from the words of the recently departed former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who faced up to Nazi German's ...

Merkel, Hollande head to Moscow for deal to pull Ukraine back from brink

Feb 6, 2015

Merkel, Hollande head to Moscow for deal to pull Ukraine back from brink

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande will press Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire in Ukraine on Friday as U.S. and Russian officials expressed skepticism that a quick resolution to stem the spiraling violence is possible. After meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, the German ...

Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

Feb 3, 2015

Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

PEGIDA, the anti-Islam movement born in Germany, drew hundreds of supporters and counterdemonstrators to the streets of Vienna when it held its first march in neighboring Austria on Monday. With 1,200 police officers deployed in Austria’s capital as a precaution, around 250 marchers carrying ...

Modern-day knights do battle in bone-crunching combat

Feb 2, 2015

Modern-day knights do battle in bone-crunching combat

The sound of swords crashing on to steel armor resonates around the municipal sports hall as two teams of knights commence a ferocious battle. One combatant launches himself into another, hauls his opponent to the ground, then regains his footing to smash his sword ...

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Feb 1, 2015

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany’s World War II surrender a “day of liberation” for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. ...