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Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (1-31-07)
Visitors will have access to half of the palace, wandering through a maze of underground passageways, officials said Wednesday. They can also climb a 43-foot scaffolding and take a close look at the building's frescoed vaulted ceilings, as restorers and archaeologists work to clean the paint...
The sumptuous residence — also known by its Latin name, Domus Aurea — rose over the ruins of a fire that destroyed much of Rome in A.D. 64 and was completed in A.D. 68, the year the unpopular Nero committed suicide amid a revolt.
SOURCE: AP (2-1-07)
The surprising discovery of World Trade Center steel in the past week raises more questions about what was left at ground zero in the cleanup after the 2001 attacks and how the service road was created in the first place.
The steel, found during a dig for human remains that has yielded nearly 300 bones in the past three months, includes two heavy beams that were stacked horizontally in the landfill, as if moved and placed there, a person with direct knowledge of the discovery told The Associated Press. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the findings and insisted on anonymity...
Diane Horning, who lost her son on Sept. 11 and is a leading critic of the city's search for remains, said the steel discovery proves that the city ended cleanup too quickly and paved over the service road without searching it.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-2-07)
Scientists have taken blood samples from 93 people living in and around Liqian, a settlement in north-western China on the fringes of the Gobi desert, more than 200 miles from the nearest city...
Studies claiming that Liqian has Roman ancestry have greatly excited the impoverished county in which it is situated. The village is now overlooked by a pillared portico, in the hope of attracting tourists. A statue at the entrance of the nearby county town, Yongchang, shows a Roman legionary standing next to a Confucian scholar and a Muslim woman, as a symbol of racial harmony...
The town's link with Rome was first suggested by a professor of Chinese history at Oxford in the 1950s. Homer Dubs pulled together stories from the official histories, which said that Liqian was founded by soldiers captured in a war between the Chinese and the Huns in 36BC, and the legend of the missing army of Marcus Crassus, a Roman general.
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-1-07)
It is defying calls to take down the picture, seen by critics to be "honouring a Nazi".
The Left party in Germany has campaigned for the removal of the oil painting of the convicted war criminal Konstantin Freiherr von Neurath, but the government rejected its motion in the Bundestag.
It said that the painting was a "factual documentation" of the embassy's past. Neurath served as the German ambassador in Britain between 1930 and 1932. He was also foreign minister until 1938 and "Reichsprotector" of Bohemia and Moravia until 1941. He was jailed for 15 years for "crimes against humanity" at the Nuremberg trials in 1946.
He died in 1956 at the age of 83.
SOURCE: Telegraph (2-1-07)
Until Britain led the world in outlawing the transatlantic slave trade 200 years ago next month, countless Africans shuffled through here to cramped ships waiting beyond the pounding surf.
But hundreds of Ghanaian girls the same age as those on their school trip to Cape Coast still live in conditions echoing the 18th century plantations in the Americas.
An ancient practice still strong in the country's north and east allows mystic priests to demand virgin brides as servants as atonement from families deemed to have offended ancestral gods...
Name of source: Ken Gonzales-Day, in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, writing about his book.
In California, there is only one historical marker. It is located in Placerville, or "Hangtown," as it has long been known. The sign marks a spot that is just yards from where one of California's most infamous hang trees stood. The marker is in front of Hangman's Tree Bar, and inside, next to the jukebox, a small papier-mâché tree branch spouts from the wall and is said to mark the site of the original tree. As recently as 2005, a mannequin was tethered to the building with a hangman's noose and dangled above the bar's entrance. According to the bartender, this Western-clad creation must be relynched each year due to the bleaching effects of the sun. ...
The historical record clearly indicates that while telephone poles, bridges, corral gates, and, in at least one case, a wagon could be used to hang a person, the method of choice for lynch mobs and vigilantes usually involved throwing a piece of rope over a low-hanging branch of one of California's many native oak species....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (2-1-07)
A former mayor has built a bridge which creates a new route to the World Heritage site, threatening to bring more tourists and, some say, open up a new route for drug traffickers.
The 80-metre long Carilluchayoc bridge, which crosses the Vilcanota river near the base of the 15th-Century Inca citadel, is to be inaugurated in February, despite a court order prohibiting its construction and protests from the government and environmentalists.
SOURCE: BBC News (1-28-07)
According to Mr Mahameed, it is the first and only Arab run centre for promoting the study of the Holocaust.
The museum contains a collection of just 60 photographs depicting the genocide with Arabic captions explaining the scenes. The pictures were purchased from Yad Vashem - the Israeli national Holocaust memorial.
Mr Mahameed firmly believes that it is only by understanding the truth about how the state of Israel was created that Arabs can fully understand Jews and ultimately resolve the conflict between them.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (2-1-07)
The salaries are, however, “generally comparable to those at selected nonprofit organizations,” the acting inspector general, A. Sprightley Ryan, said in a report issued on Tuesday....
Lawrence M. Small, the Smithsonian secretary, earned $884,733 in 2006, while President Bush makes $400,000 a year. Edwin L. Rifkin, the Smithsonian’s under secretary for art, earned $440,000 in 2006. Sheila P. Burke, the deputy secretary and chief operating officer, earned $400,000.
SOURCE: NYT (2-1-07)
Yesterday it announced that it had sold “The Cello Player,” an 1896 portrait that it had owned since 1897 (and that until Sunday had been at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of the exhibition “Americans in Paris, 1860-1900”) to raise the money to pay for “The Gross Clinic,” a revered work the academy is buying with the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Thomas Jefferson University, a Philadelphia medical college, for $68 million.
Herbert S. Riband Jr., vice chairman of the academy’s board, would not say who had bought the painting or how much money the academy and the Philadelphia Museum of Art had raised toward paying for “The Gross Clinic.”
After Thomas Jefferson University agreed last fall to sell “The Gross Clinic” to the National Gallery of Art and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a museum being founded by a Wal-Mart heir in Bentonville, Ark., it gave Philadelphia institutions a chance to match the offer. In December, Wachovia Bank agreed to provide financing until all of the money had been raised.
Name of source: German Press Agency
SOURCE: German Press Agency (2-1-07)
Mozart's legendary treatise on violin playing - 237 years after it was first in print, the Austrian press agency reported on Thursday. Polzer, an art publishing house, published 3,000 linen-bound copies of a revised version of the comprehensive treatise written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father around 1756.
A team of musicians and historians carefully adapted Leopold Mozart's 334-page work for the 21st century.
One reason for the republication was that the previous second edition, published in 1769/70, could by now be obtained only with great difficulty and at great cost.
Outdated language and writing style proved to be further obstacles for modern reception, Kasparek said. The new edition was based on a
copy from Salzburg's Mozarteum foundation.
Salzburg art patron Donald Kahn acquired 2,000 copies and plans to give them to music schools in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The shop price will be 29.50 euros, the publishing house said.
Name of source: Dayton Daily News
SOURCE: Dayton Daily News (1-30-07)
The Dayton-based Aviation Heritage Foundation, created at the direction of Congress, collectively promotes nine regional sites that Congress recognized in 2004 as the National Aviation Heritage Area. Those independently operated sites are a diverse mix including the national aviation park, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta and the Wright B Flyer Museum at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miamisburg.
Name of source: Korea Times
SOURCE: Korea Times (2-1-07)
A similar resolution, drafted by Rep. Lane Evans, passed the committee last September. But it failed to go to the House's plenary voting session due to Japan's strong lobbying.
More than 200,000 ``comfort women'' suffered gang rape, forced abortions and other humiliations under Japan's colonial and wartime occupation of Asia from the 1930s through the duration of World War II, a statement posted on Honda's Web site said.
``These women's hope is a modest one: That the government of Japan acknowledges, apologizes and accepts full historical responsibility for this crime,'' Honda said.
The Japanese-American lawmaker said the purpose of this resolution is not to bash or humiliate Japan.
``This legislation, rather, seeks to achieve justice for the few remaining women who survived these atrocities, and to shed light on a grave human rights violation that has remained unknown for so many years,'' he said.
Daniel Kohns, Honda's spokesman, said a hearing will be held in the next couple of weeks.
The resolution is cosponsored by Reps. Edward R. Royce, Christopher H. Smith, Diane E. Watson, David Wu, Phil Hare and Delegate Madaleine Bordallo. It does not have the force of law but can place the Japanese government on the defensive.
Honda received the baton from Evans, who recently retired due to Parkinson's disease, to restart the legislative action.
The new resolution has a stronger tone than the previous version, pressing for Japan's formal apology as well as acknowledgment and responsibility for the sexual slavery and admitting that there was ``coercion.''
It also calls for an apology by the Japanese prime minister himself in his official capacity.
Last October, Prime Minister Shinjo Abe briefly told the Japanese parliament that he accepted a 1993 statement, under which Yohei Kono, then chief cabinet secretary, officially acknowledged and apologized for the enslavement of comfort women.
Japan established the Asian Women Fund in 1995 to help the victims of enslavement. But the fund is private and not a government fund.
Tokyo argues that the fund was established with cooperation from the government and the Japanese people, and that the government contributed funds for the organization's operating costs as well as its medical welfare support projects, according to a wire news report.
Historians say at least 200,000 young women, mostly Koreans but also from Taiwan, China, the Philippines and Indonesia, were forced to serve as sex slaves in Japanese army brothels.
Name of source: Radio Praha
SOURCE: Radio Praha (2-1-07)
"Many priests collaborated through different pro-regime organisations. They openly worked with the regime and it was clear to believers that they were not independent. But later there were priests who collaborated with the secret police in many different ways. They were agents, they provided flats...it depended on the agency they were involved with - whether it was intelligence or counter-intelligence."
Cardinal Vlk has called for measured and objective judgement of members of the clergy who collaborated, describing the methods of the StB as "very tough". But was the pressure put on them really so great?
"In some cases their methods were very, very tough. They applied pressure, sometimes using compromising materials or putting pressure on the relatives of priests. In some cases the priests came to regard collaborating as a normal part of their lives. I'd like to say also that many of the people in the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church used by the StB were lay people involved in the church."
Cardinal Vlk's new project is called Otevrena minulost - Open Past.
Name of source: Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
SOURCE: Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (2-1-07)
"It looks very good on your resume," said Herrmann, executive director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. "Also, it's a perk. The courses are very interesting and entertaining," covering material beyond the regular classroom.
Plus, there are no tests, grades or homework.
The Lehrman Institute is partnering with the Algiers Charter School Association to offer the free course for grades eight through 12. The series started Saturday and runs through March, covering World War II, the Civil War, the American civil rights movement and geography and technology.
Name of source: Mark Mardell's Europe Diary at the website of the BBC
SOURCE: Mark Mardell's Europe Diary at the website of the BBC (2-1-07)
On a hillside surrounded by snow-capped mountains, I am looking at the graves of those who died fighting for the Kosovo Liberation Army. A portrait of a young man in uniform is etched into the shiny marble head stone of each one, an Albanian flag flutters above every grave. The last person who lies here was killed only six years ago, the oldest grave is just 11 years old...
It was to stop the killing of Albanians who make up nearly 90% of Kosovo's population that Nato fought its last European war. Now the US and Britain believe that speed is of the essence in making Kosovo independent...
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (2-1-07)
Judge George B. Daniels of Federal District Court in Manhattan gave no explanation for ending the session that he had convened to determine the fairness of a settlement in which an Italian insurance company agreed to provide several million dollars to Holocaust victims. The company, Assicurazioni Generali, has repeatedly denied allegations that it systematically refused to pay billions of dollars in claims on insurance policies of Holocaust victims.
Name of source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch (2-1-07)
The committee accepted a substitute...which calls for the assembly to express "its profound regret for the commonwealth's role in sanctioning the immoral institution of human slavery, in the historic wrongs visited upon native peoples, and in all other forms of discrimination and injustice that have been rooted in racial and cultural bias and misunderstanding."
[Del. A. Donald] McEachin's measure originally called for the General Assembly "to atone for the involuntary servitude of Africans and call for reconciliation among all Virginians."
Yesterday he offered to change the word "atone," which he said could carry the implication of reparations - "and that's not what his resolution is meant to do" - to "contrition," which means "a sincere remorse for wrongdoing."
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (2-1-07)
The revised books for secondary school students will cease to refer to the mainland, or “our country” or “this country” and substitute the word China, emphasising the view that the island is not a part of China.
Yang Yi, the spokesman for China’s policymaking Taiwan Affairs Office, accused Taipei of playing tricks and insisted that Taiwan remained an inseparable part of China.
“We’ve noticed the developments. The political motive behind it is to transform the island’s education into an ideological one for ‘Taiwan independence’,” he said.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (2-1-07)
The 14 sites include the French port city of Saint-Malo and its fortifications, left; a royal fort on the Brittany island of Belle Île, renovated by Vauban in 1689; the citadel in the eastern town of Besançon; and a mountain fort in southeastern Briançon.
They were selected as some of the best preserved of about 150 fortified sites built by Vauban across France, a formidable legacy of walled towns, bridges and coastal observation towers.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (2-1-07)
The women in the packed community center commemorating Ashura, the anniversary of Hussein's death in A.D. 680, watched on a projection screen as a turbaned cleric described how Hussein set out with a small band of family and followers to confront a large army, then was filled with anguish when his favorite son was slaughtered before he himself was killed.
Beside the cleric, men huddled on the floor with their heads bowed, dabbing at their eyes with tissues.
To many of the region's historically persecuted Shiites, the death of Hussein in what is now Karbala, Iraq, the event that triggered the schism between Sunnis and Shiites, remains central to their lives. Shiite belief that Hussein and his descendants were robbed of their rightful succession as rulers of the Islamic world heightens their sense of persecution and victimization...