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Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Researchers have found that film is an incredibly powerful tool for teaching children about the past which can greatly increase historical knowledge.
However, it is so powerful that if the facts are wrong, pupils are more likely to believe them even if they are told otherwise by text books or teachers, they say.
Mr Butler, who published in the journal Psychological Science, recommends that teachers carry on showing films in classrooms but before it starts make a point of telling the children to look out for particular mistakes.
Both were considered to be among the sharpest minds of their generation. Both could also be seen as outsiders who took on the ruling elite of the day, before being banished on foreign exile.
Cicero's multi-faceted career as a lawyer, philosopher and statesman could also be said to have been imitated recently by Lord Mandelson.
The finding by a team of Brazilian, German, Chinese and British researchers in China backs up the theory that the reptiles that dominated the skies from up to 220 million years ago, were not just basic gliders.
A new technique that involves shining ultra-violet rays on the well-preserved fossil found in Inner Mongolia brought out a detailed view of the tissue in the wing of the pterodactyl, also known as pterosaurs, researchers said at a news conference on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro.
They also found hair-like fibers different from any other animal's that covered the creature's body and part of its wings. This could have helped the animals control their body temperature and shows they were warm-blooded, said Alexander Kellner, a paleontologist at Brazil's National Museum in Rio.
A stone tablet found in a cave in Abauntz in the Navarra region of northern Spain is believed to contain the earliest known representation of a landscape.
Engravings on the stone, which measures less than seven inches by five inches, and is less than an inch thick, appear to depict mountains, meandering rivers and areas of good foraging and hunting.
A team from the University of Zaragoza spent 15 years deciphering the etched lines and squiggles after unearthing the artefact during excavation of the cave in 1993.
A letter he wrote to the state's governor Lew Wallace will be available for public viewing in the Santa Fe library for the first time.
Billy the Kid was being held in the Santa Fe jail at the time he wrote the letter. Just four months later, the Kid was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett.
But the head of the prison - the first senior Khmer Rouge figure to face trial in the UN-assisted tribunal - denied it.
Up to 16,000 people were tortured under Duch's command at S-21 prison and later were taken away to be killed during the Khmer Rouge's 1975-1979 rule of Cambodia. Only a handful survived.
Mr Patch, 111, the 'Last Tommy', who did not want a state funeral, was honoured at a service at Wells Cathedral.
Last week hundreds of people queued outside the cathedral for several hours to get one of the 1,050 tickets to the funeral which were allocated to the public.
Two Akula class submarines have been patrolling 200 miles off the US east coast but remained just inside international waters, the Pentagon said.
The mission, the first of its kind for at least 15 years, recalled many underwater confrontations of the Cold War when the United States and the Soviet Union regularly stationed submarines off each other's coast to steal military secrets.
The deployment is the latest in a series of developments reminiscent of the Cold War. In the past two years, Russian bombers have resumed patrols in international airspace, forcing the Royal Air Force to scramble jets on dozens of occasions. Russian naval vessels have also conducted exercises close to the Bay of Biscay and the coast of Florida.
The court in Lower Saxony cleared the way for the debt-ridden hotel's receiver to evict the neo-Nazis, who had been occupying the premises amid a tense standoff with police and local anti-Nazi protesters.
Hours before the decision, German commandos had raided the hotel after hearing what they thought to be gunshots.
The court decision came as the far-right Collegium Humanum organisation prepared to appeal to the federal court on Wednesday to have its ban overturned.
Germany's Interior Ministry outlawed the 46-year-old group last year on the grounds that it opposed the German constitution, denied the Holocaust and glorified National Socialism.
The statue of Padre Pio, who was canonised in 2002 by Pope John Paul II and has a huge worldwide following, will be built on a hill in southern Italy, close to the town where he is commemorated.
It will cost several million pounds, with the money to be raised from his followers around the world.
The statue will be coated in a special photovoltaic paint which will enable it to trap the sun's heat and produce solar energy, making it an "ecological" religious icon, according to the Ansa news agency.
Hours before the decision, German commandos had raided the hotel after hearing what they thought to be gunshots.
They found several fake firearms, a concealable truncheon and pepper spray. Twelve neo-Nazis were on the premises, four of whom were minors and were handed over to youth services.
A follow-up study of more than 46,000 people caught up in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, found one in 10 had been diagnosed with asthma five or six years after the disaster. None of these 4,600 individuals had a previous history of the disease.
There was a strong association between exposure to the choking dust cloud generated by the collapse of the towers and asthma, the study found.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (8-7-09)
Not many years ago, anyone who went into a Norwegian bookshop and asked for one of Hamsun's books was likely to get a frosty reply from across the counter. And yet he was, to be blunt, the only world-renowned novelist that country has yet produced.
This week, the town of Hamaroey, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where Hamsun grew up, has been celebrating six consecutive "Hamsundagene" (Hamsun Days), with seminars, meetings and exhibitions dedicated to the writer, to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-6-09)
The accusations, including a claim that the company founder Erik Prince either murdered or had killed former employees co-operating with federal investigators, are contained in sworn affidavits lodged at a Virginia court on Monday night.
The company was the most prominent of an army of private security companies employed by the Pentagon and State Department to protect military convoys and guard US diplomats in Iraq.
The accusations against Mr Prince are being made by two former employees, including a former Marine, who have sworn them anonymously as John Doe No 1 and John Doe No 2, because they said they feared for their lives if their identities were revealed.
In one of the statements, John Doe 2, who worked for Blackwater for four years, alleged that Mr Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe” and that his companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life”.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-5-09)
John Salisbury-Baker, 62, who spoke for the Armed Forces in the North East, said that he had struggled to cope with a stress-related condition for the past two years. He is based at the Imphal Barracks in York.
He is pursuing a claim for disability discrimination on the grounds that the stress of the job has effectively left him physically disabled.
Mr Salisbury-Baker is expected to tell a tribunal panel later this year that he had to defend the “morally indefensible” when telling the media that army vehicles such as Snatch Land Rovers were capable of withstanding roadside bombs.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-5-09)
Kenny MacAskill met with Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, at Greenock Prison, as part of ongoing deliberations about his future. It is thought to be the first time a senior Holyrood minister has visited a convicted killer in jail.
In May, Libyan authorities applied for al-Megrahi's repatriation under the terms of a controversial prisoner transfer deal agreed by Tripoli and the UK. That request was followed last week by a separate application for al-Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds. He is suffering from prostate cancer and his condition is now said to be terminal.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (8-6-09)
The house was put up for sale in July after the owner said she failed to find an institution interested in preserving the building's legacy.
Gandhi is thought to have lived there for three years from 1907 - when he began to formulate his philosophy of non-violent resistance.
SOURCE: BBC (8-6-09)
The medals and the tag, from Stalag 1VB, belonged to the late DLS Hamer of Kerry, near Newtown, who was a driver in the Army Service Corps.
He was captured in 1943 and spent the rest of the war in captivity until the camp was liberated by the Russians.
The memorabilia was expected to make about £200, but was sold for £80.
SOURCE: BBC (8-5-09)
But while the tales of adventure, betrayal and mole hunts have proved a source of rich inspiration for thriller writers, did they actually make a difference to the outcome?
It is difficult to know the answer.
One reason it is hard to make a judgement is that much of the intelligence collected was military or tactical in nature, and would only have proven useful if the Cold War had gone hot.
SOURCE: BBC (8-5-09)
But critics said the trial was farcical and Russia's Supreme Court ordered a retrial over procedural violations.
Ms Politkovskaya was a staunch critic of the Kremlin - her supporters allege official involvement in her death.
The Kremlin has dismissed such claims.
Archaeologists found shrapnel from mortar shells close to where frontline infantry had stood.
Sites where fallen government soldiers were buried have also been discovered.
University of Glasgow's Dr Tony Pollard, who edited the book, said large pieces of shrapnel were found close to where the Barrel's and Munro's regiments were lined up against the Jacobites during the battle, near Inverness, in April 1746.
He said:"Mortar shells were being dropped very close to the government troops and the risk from friendly fire must have been very high, and something not likely to be recorded in government accounts.
"It suggests the government troops on the left were under huge pressure and the mortars were fired on the Jacobites to break up their charge.
"There is a reference which we found late on that tells of mortar known as 'royals' being brought forward to break up the Jacobite charge as it was starting to fall back."
Dr Pollard said the precise location of where fallen government soldiers may be buried was a breakthrough as the graves had been previously unknown...
... Researchers also uncovered clues which suggest the Jacobites were well armed with muskets - dispelling a myth that Charles Edward Stuart's forces were mostly equipped with sword and targe...
About 250 original images, including work by 19th century pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron, will go on display in London.
Curator John Falconer said it would examine the history of photography.
The British Library's collection of 300,000 images includes pictures taken in the fields of science, anthropology and archaeology.
Trial records newly released by the National Archives and put online have lifted the lid on a brutal penal system and showcased some of the most infamous criminal cases.
Executions were public spectacles, with the wealthy hiring balconies to get better views, and it did not take much to book yourself a spot at the gallows.
The death sentence also applied to pickpockets, the destruction of turnpike roads, general poaching, stealing from a shipwreck and being out at night with a blackened face, which made people assume you were a burglar
The issue could not be more topical than in the Italian capital, Rome, where no less a person than the prime minister has immersed himself in the debate.
The ancient city centre, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, is home to some of the most stunning monuments and architecture to be found anywhere in the world.
From the Trevi Fountain to the Coliseum, from the Pantheon to Bernini's Four Rivers creation in Piazza Navona, it has a rich fabric of history that many believe is gradually being unpicked by the sprayers.
But now the situation is becoming increasingly dangerous. And Germany seems to have found itself unwillingly dragged into a war.
Back home, meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel last month awarded four soldiers the Bundeswehr's new cross of honour.
It was the first time since the end of World War II that Germany had awarded medals for bravery - a remarkable change in attitude considering post-war Germany's traditional wariness of military symbols.
John Hodgson found what is believed to be bar shot - metal balls, linked together by an iron bar - at his home in Morven.
Retired marine archaeologist Dr Colin Martin said the ammunition was designed for tearing a ship's rigging.
But he said it could be from one of two warships that attacked Morven in 1746.
SOURCE: BBC (7-30-09)
L/Cpl Joe Glenton, of the Royal Logistic Corps, delivered his letter to 10 Downing Street on Thursday.
He said: "I know that the Afghan people are very resilient. I can't see us getting much further."
The soldier, who lives in York, faces a preliminary court martial on Monday for refusing to go back to Afghanistan.
In his letter he claims the war in Afghanistan is being fought in the interests of US foreign policy.
L/Cpl Glenton is believed to be the first serving soldier to speak out against the government's policy.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-6-09)
Rouxel said the event helped to ease a lifetime of rejection and humiliation in a country whose wartime occupation remained a taboo topic for a long time.
"I'm German. I'm not a bastard any more. I'm a child like all the others. At last I've got the second half that I was so cruelly missing," Rouxel said.
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-6-09)
"An academic and historically critical edition needs to be prepared today to prevent neo-Nazis profiting from it," Kramer said. "An aggressive and enlightening engagement with the book would doubtless remove many of its false, persisting myths."
The scholarly edition would be accompanied by a critical introduction and footnotes explaining and challenging Hitler's assertions, according to Munich's Institute for Contemporary History (IFZ), which applied this week for permission to reprint the work.
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (8-1-09)
U.S. archaeologists have found an extremely rare 2,000-year-old limestone cup inscribed with 10 lines of Aramaic or Hebrew script near the Zion Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Although the script itself is not eroded or otherwise degraded, he said, researchers are not yet able to decipher it because the text is in an informal cursive script and is apparently deliberately cryptic. They know it contains the Hebrew word for God, YHWH or Yahweh, indicating it was probably important to the priests who used it in rituals. Gibson expected it to take two to six months to understand its meaning.
Name of source: ABC News
SOURCE: ABC News (8-2-09)
They reported the discovery of a new species of human, one that lived as recently as 12,000 years ago, at the same time as modern humans.
But others disagreed, arguing the one-metre-high skeleton was a modern human that suffered from a deformity known as microcephaly.
Name of source: The Times (UK)
SOURCE: The Times (UK) (8-6-09)
The science-fiction writer, who invented a religion now followed by celebrities such as Tom Cruise, awarded himself a PhD from a sham “diploma mill” college that he had acquired, the diplomats found.
Such was the climate of fear and paranoia surrounding Scientology that the U.S. believed the sect had sent bogus doctors to declare a high-ranking legal investigator mad and then taken his papers relating to the case.
Scientologists threatened to sue the British Government for libel after it acted in 1968 to ban followers from entering the country to visit the sect’s world headquarters in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
Name of source: Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (8-5-09)
The U.S. Agriculture Department said in its annual report that the value of all land and buildings on U.S. farms averaged $2,100 an acre Jan. 1, down 3.2% from last year. The decline in farm real-estate values was the first since 1987, the agency said.
Farm real-estate values had been climbing steadily over the past decade, reaching record levels last year amid soaring grain prices and a growing interest in using corn and soybeans for biofuels. The rural boom also attracted speculators and investors looking to profit from the rise in land prices across the Farm Belt.
But a deflation of the commodity markets and the overall wilting of the economy are now trickling down to the farm.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (8-6-09)
"Our people want unity... and an end to blood and killing," said Mr. Erdogan, describing the hourlong meeting with Democratic Society Party head Ahmet Turk as "very, very important."
More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died since the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. The war has cost the country an estimated $300 billion and fueled opponents within the EU to Turkey's membership bid.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (8-5-09)
The five-day conflict left hundreds dead, Georgia's army crushed and two parts of its territory on the border with Russia -- Abkhazia and South Ossetia -- under Russian occupation. It also left the West struggling with how to respond to Russia's determination to assert a sphere of influence. But the core questions left by the war -- who was to blame, why it was fought and whether genocide was committed -- remain in dispute.
Underlining rising tensions around the war's anniversary and the danger of renewed conflict, Russian officials said Tuesday that their troops in Georgia's enclaves had been put on alert after alleged Georgian "provocations," which Georgian officials denied. Also Tuesday, Russia President Dmitry Medvedev discussed "lessons to be learned from the Georgia crisis that took place one year ago" in a telephone call with President Barack Obama, according to a Kremlin statement.
An international fact-finding mission, headed by a Swiss diplomat, has delayed its report on the war until the end of September, from the original due date of July 31. Pressure on the head of the commission, Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, who served in Chechnya, Bosnia and Moscow in the 1990s, and for four years until 2006 as the head of the United Nations observer mission in Abkhazia, is immense: Her conclusions could have lasting repercussions, diplomats and analysts say.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-6-09)
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fromme, now 60, is set to be released on parole August 16.
For years, she was one of Manson's few remaining followers, as many other "Manson Family" members have shunned him. A prison spokeswoman would not say whether Fromme continues to correspond with Manson.
SOURCE: CNN (8-2-09)
U.S. Navy Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher was shot down in an F/A-18 Hornet on January 17, 1991, the first night of the war.
An Iraqi civilian told U.S. forces in Iraq in early July about the location of the crash that killed Speicher, according to the statement. U.S. Marines in Anbar province went to the site and spoke to another Iraqi who told them he witnessed Bedouins burying Speicher's remains in the desert after the crash, the statement said.
A search of the area uncovered the remains, which were flown to Dover Air Base last week and positively identified as Speicher's by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the statement said.
Recovered remains included bones and skeletal fragments, and positive identification was made by comparing Speicher's dental records with a jawbone recovered at the site, the statement said.
SOURCE: CNN (8-4-09)
That famous phrase from George H.W. Bush came as he accepted his party's presidential nomination at the Republican National Committee convention in 1988.
Pushing forward to 2009, another president may have trekked onto the same territory.
On Monday, the White House sought to shoot down concerns that middle-class families may face a tax increase in order to combat rising deficits and a struggling economy after its two top money men floated the idea that tax increases to fund the nation's economic recovery could extend beyond the wealthiest Americans.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (8-4-09)
The suggested opening bid for the auction is $300,000, which is less than an individual condominium goes for in many of the surrounding downtown buildings...
... The behemoth, which is nine stories tall with 14-story corner towers, is several blocks southwest of the Loop, the downtown central business district. It was designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White in a Neoclassical/Art Deco style and built in phases from 1921 to 1932. (Graham, Anderson is the firm responsible for Chicago landmarks like the Wrigley Building, the Civic Opera House and Union Station.) The total cost was $22 million.
A peculiarity of the building is that it was built using air rights over railroad tracks that terminate several blocks to the north, at Union Station, and so it has no basement. In addition, the Congress Expressway literally passes through the structure. The two-story-high tunnel carries six lanes of traffic.
The building is often described as the world’s largest post office. At its peak, 5,000 workers processed more than 35 million letters annually, using 10 miles of conveyor belts and 48 elevators. Every day, more than 125 trains and 6,000 trucks arrived at the facility...
SOURCE: NYT (8-3-09)
The figure, Karlheinz Schreiber, an arms dealer and lobbyist, returned to Germany after a 10-year legal battle to remain in Canada, his adopted homeland.
Coming six weeks before national elections, Mr. Schreiber's arrival in Germany throws fresh light on an unwelcome chapter in the history of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, and its Bavarian affiliate, the Christian Social Union...
SOURCE: NYT (8-3-09)
Then as now, the United States was rallying international support for sanctions against the North. Tensions spiked as North Korea warned it would consider any sanctions an "act of war."
There is, however, one key difference. In 1994, the United States was prepared to attack the North Korean nuclear complex, says Kim Young-sam, who was South Korea's president at the time. That prospect prompted South Korea to reject any moves against the North....
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (8-4-09)
The second part of the research project was carried out by Naomi Tickle, an international personologist and author of You Can Read a Face Like a Book, who identified the key facial characteristics that epitomise heroism. To test her theory, she applied these characteristics to a portrait of Viscount Horatio Nelson in order to ascertain whether or not he displayed the traits and whether they were common among today’s heroes and leaders. According to Tickle, Nelson had a Roman nose, a square forehead that was also high and sloped back, set back ears, a pointed chin, oval eyebrows and exposed eyelids. The outer corners of his eyes were also lower than the inner corners and his head was wider at the back. All these traits are allegedly symbols of heroism. A Roman nose reveals, for example, management skills and an ability to delegate and oversee people. A pointed chin is a sign of stubbornness and tenacity and oval eyebrows show that Nelson was good at bringing ideas together, organising his thoughts and expressing them clearly.
Name of source: bloomberg.com
SOURCE: bloomberg.com (8-4-09)
The Bavarian authorities this week reaffirmed a 64-year-old ban on the book after the Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History, or IFZ, applied for permission to reprint the work. State officials said that extremist groups could have legally promoted the book if the ban had been lifted.
"Scholarly as the aims of the institute are, we won't lift the ban as it may play straight into the hands of the far- right," Horst Wolf, a spokesman for the Bavarian Finance Ministry, the legal guardians of the state's copyright, said today in an interview."Prohibition is recognized and highly regarded by Jewish groups and we mean to keep it that way."
Written by Hitler in 1924 as he languished in a Munich prison, Mein Kampf, or My Struggle, combines autobiography with the Nazi leader's political manifesto. It last rolled off authorized German presses in 1945 before being banned that same year after World War II ended.
Name of source: Tallahassee.com
SOURCE: Tallahassee.com (8-5-09)
It comes on the heels of a Tallahassee civic-rights group's relentless pursuit — which has included filed complaints, letters to Gov. Charlie Crist and a filed lawsuit to the state attorney general — for more to be taught.
Black history is being taught already in Leon County. But some school officials admit some teachers do more than others.
The Tallahassee Inter-Civic Council has strongly disagreed with the district's level of commitment to teaching African-American history, especially as a result of the 1994 Florida law that requires school districts to teach black history in all public schools.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (8-4-09)
Kurt Gutmann, 82, has been chosen as one of a handful of co-plaintiffs who will testify against John Demjanjuk, who is accused of taking part in the murders of 27,900 people at the Sobibor extermination camp in occupied Poland.
Kurt’s brother Hans and his mother Jeanette died there in 1942, two of 250,000 Jews killed at the camp.
'It is the last thing I wish for,' said Kurt, a former translator who now lives in Berlin.
'Perhaps I don’t have much more time. But I still want to experience one more thing: just punishment for John Demjanjuk.'
Name of source: The Independent
SOURCE: The Independent (8-4-09)
The big question as more than 2,000 delegates gather in Bethlehem is whether the secular group on which the world pins any remaining hopes for a peace deal with Israel can cast off the taint of corruption, regain its legitimacy and put forward new faces who can take back the ground lost to the Islamic fundamentalist Hamas movement...
...The group's downturn began with the death of Mr Arafat in 2004, which set the stage for twin disasters under Mr Abbas: the unprecedented loss of parliamentary elections to Hamas in 2006 and the seizure of the Gaza Strip by Hamas the following year.
Name of source: Michael Hirsh at the website of Newsweek
SOURCE: Michael Hirsh at the website of Newsweek (8-4-09)
At the time, the United States and North were tantalizingly close to a deal to stop all North Korean missile exports, and for Pyongyang to cease development, testing, and deployment of missiles. In exchange, the North would get full diplomatic recognition, billions in aid from Washington and Tokyo, and, above all, a visit to Pyongyang by the U.S. president. That's according to an account of the talks given to me by Wendy Sherman, a former senior aide to secretary of state Madeleine Albright, and other officials.
Sherman and other North Korea specialists say Kim was plainly eager for the Clinton visit, which would have given his regime the stamp of legitimacy and a guarantee of security the North Korean leader has long sought. At a secret meeting in Washington in October 2000 between Clinton and Marshal Cho Myong Rok, who was second only to Kim in North Korea, Cho had delivered Kim's personal invitation to the president to visit Pyongyang. Albright's historic visit to Pyongyang a week later was an attempt to secure a deal that would justify such a presidential visit. While in North Korea, the secretary appeared with Kim at a stadium spectacle, during which a mass of performers flipped colored placards that together depicted Kim's Taepodong I missile taking off for its first test in 1998. According to Sherman, who was there, an ebullient and apparently hopeful Kim turned to Albright and said, "That was the first launch of that missile, and it will be the last."
The moment marked a high point for diplomacy between the two countries, a culmination of spotty talks that had been going on since 1994, when Clinton came to an Agreed Framework deal with Pyongyang. Under that 1994 pact, Clinton obtained a commitment to freeze plutonium reprocessing in exchange for aid and a civilian nuclear plant. Notably, that agreement began with a visit by former president Jimmy Carter, which was also described by the White House at the time as private.
But the Clinton-Kim missile talks foundered over Pyongyang's demands that smaller Nodong missiles, used as a deterrent against South Korea and Japan, be fully exempted from the missile moratorium, and Clinton grew otherwise occupied with a final effort at Mideast peace (which also failed). ...
Name of source: thisisgloucestershire.co.uk
SOURCE: thisisgloucestershire.co.uk (8-4-09)
Steve Taylor, from Hatherley, stumbled across the treasure, part of an ancient sword handle, while metal detecting on a farm near Cirencester.
The bronze head, which would have been fitted to the end of a Celtic sword to keep the blade in place, is worth about £5,000.
Steve has given the artefact, which dates from 200-400BC, to Cirencester's Corinium Museum as part of a long-term loan arrang- ement.
Museum bosses have described the find as "extremely important" and have given the exhibit pride of place in the facility's Iron Age section.
Name of source: france24.com
SOURCE: france24.com (8-3-09)
About 16,000 residents in Brest were evacuated Sunday to make way for a major operation to rid the northern French city of unexploded ordnance dating from World War II.
Sirens wailed as some 400 police officers and firefighters fanned out to ensure everyone had left the designated security zone in downtown Brest before mine-clearing experts were sent in to begin work.
The evacuation was decided last month and many residents had decided to leave their homes on Saturday and stay with friends during the security sweep.
City officials had set up temporary shelters for evacuees left homeless during the operation from 7:00 am (0500 GMT) to 10:00 pm (2000 GMT).
An important German naval base during World War II, Brest was heavily bombed by Allied forces in August and September 1944.
Experts estimate that some 10 percent of the 30,000 tonnes of explosives that rained on the city during the allied campaign still pose a threat.
Name of source: Spiegel Online International
SOURCE: Spiegel Online International (7-31-09)
After a long search, the ancient city of Altinum -- considered to be the predecessor of Venice -- has been discovered. In a report published this week in Science, archaeologists at the University of Padua also report that the most popular of Venetian tourist attractions, the Grand Canal, was flowing through the Roman trade town as long as 1,500 years ago.
Altinum plays a major role in Venice's history -- it was one of the richest Roman settlements but inhabitants fled before the advance of the armies of Attila the Hun. Then as water levels rose, the abandoned city sank into the lagoon. Its walls remain covered by fields today. And this is why the ancient city has remained undiscovered for such a long time.
On a modern map, Altinum is situated seven kilometers north of Venice, near the Marco Polo airport. It is the only large Roman city in northern Italy and one of the few in Europe that was not buried beneath medieval or modern towns...