The colonial troops who fought the Allies' war

Aug 4, 2014

The colonial troops who fought the Allies' war

by Alice Ritchie

The skies above Flanders, 1917 — Indian pilot Hardutt Singh Malik is guiding his single-seater biplane fighter up through thick cloud behind his Canadian flight commander, William ‘Billy’ Barker, in search of enemy aircraft. Their dangerously blind ascent finally ends as they emerge into ...

Aug 4, 2014

Outbreak of WWI marked in Belgian city

Government leaders and royalty were to gather in the Belgian city of Liege on Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, a small Balkans conflict that went global with the German invasion of neutral Belgium in August 1914. ...

Aug 4, 2014

South Korea to issue 'comfort women' white paper in 2015

South Korea’s Gender Equality and Family Ministry will issue a white paper on the wartime “comfort women” around the end of 2015 and distribute it worldwide, it said Sunday. In the report, the ministry will refer to documents and studies on Japan’s wartime prostitution ...

Temporary grave of English King Richard III opens to public

Jul 27, 2014

Temporary grave of English King Richard III opens to public

The grave of King Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare as one of history’s great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England. The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of ...

Jul 27, 2014

Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday. The workers found the remains last week as they started construction on a new building in ...

Jul 24, 2014

Britain felt Japan's WWI support 'adequate'

by William Hollingworth

Britain appreciated Japan’s assistance during World War I but felt Tokyo could have done more and sometimes questioned its loyalty, according to today’s historians. With the world marking 100 years since the start of World War I, Ian Nish, a professor emeritus of international ...

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

Jul 23, 2014

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine has stirred memories of a 1983 incident when a Korean passenger jet was shot down by Soviet fighters in what then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan called a midair “massacre.” As with the Malaysian plane, the loss of ...

Jul 20, 2014

Iraq's ancient Christian population of Mosul flees ISIL

The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the ...