Mar 24, 2014

Rancor over Exxon Valdez refuses to fade

On a cold March night 25 years ago, the supertanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons (42 million liters) of crude oil into the sea. Images of oil-soaked birds and fouled beaches horrified the United States, ...

WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Mar 9, 2014

WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Two lines of trenches face off across no man’s land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch. These are instantly familiar images of World War I — but this is Britain, a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields ...

Century after WWI, Europe divided

Dec 29, 2013

Century after WWI, Europe divided

by Laurent Maillard

Europe, badly shaken by a faltering economy and rising populism, is preparing to commemorate the centenary of World War I, the conflict still known as the Great War, which scarred the continent and shaped the 20th century. Commemorations for the 1914-18 war are planned ...

Dec 29, 2013

The Great War by the numbers

Millions of people were killed, and millions more were wounded, widowed or orphaned — the dizzying figures from World War I provide a small clue to the scale and horrors of the 1914-18 conflict. The lack of reliable statistical tools at the time makes ...

Iran rebuilding famed Bam citadel

Dec 27, 2013

Iran rebuilding famed Bam citadel

While Iran’s Bam citadel will never be returned to its past glory, experts who are painstakingly rebuilding the architectural masterpiece after an earthquake destroyed it a decade ago are hopeful they will be able to restore some of it. Situated about 1,000 km southeast ...

Families honor Lockerbie victims

Dec 22, 2013

Families honor Lockerbie victims

Families of some of the 270 people who died in an airliner bombing 25 years ago gathered for memorial services Saturday in the United States and Britain, honoring victims of a terrorist attack that killed dozens of American college students and created instant havoc ...

Dec 22, 2013

Lockerbie victims still seek justice

Britain, the United States and Libya on Saturday issued a joint call for justice over the Lockerbie bombing as services were held to mark the 25th anniversary of the attack, which claimed 270 lives. The three governments gave their “deepest condolences” to relatives of ...

Pearl Harbor survivor thrives at memorial

Dec 9, 2013

Pearl Harbor survivor thrives at memorial

Herb Weatherwax cruises the open-air grounds of the visitors center at Pearl Harbor on a motorized scooter dubbed “Herb’s Hot Rod.” When a woman notices his blue-and-white cap embroidered with the words “Pearl Harbor Survivor,” he coaxes her over. “Come get a picture,” Weatherwax ...

How news of the attack on Pearl Harbor broke on AP in 1941

Dec 9, 2013

How news of the attack on Pearl Harbor broke on AP in 1941

On Dec. 7, 1941, Eugene Burns, AP’s bureau chief in Honolulu, couldn’t get out the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor because the military had taken control of all communications lines. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock got word of the attack ...