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Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (11-11-10)
The census, which began Saturday, is expected to close on November 19. Togo's last census was in 1981, a lapse that violates United Nations Development Program directives for countries to hold a national count every 10 years.
In all, 7,000 trained census-takers have been going from house to house.
Togo's minister for planning, Dédé Ahoefa Ekoué, said the census will cost about 3.7 billion CFA francs ($7.4 million), with funds provided by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Program....
SOURCE: CNN (11-11-10)
On Veterans Day in recent years, Buckles would stop by Arlington National Cemetery to visit the grave of Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, the commander of American troops in that conflict.
He would also visit Washington's World War I memorial, a tall marble gazebo on the National Mall. The monument, dedicated in the 1930s, lists the names of men from the District of Columbia who served.
Today, Buckles is pushing a bill naming both the Washington site and one in Kansas City, Missouri, as official national monuments of the conflict. Buckles says he considers it his duty as the last man standing to represent his colleagues....
Jim Morrison had been performing with the band at a typically raucous concert at Miami's Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969 when the incident took place. Reportedly drunk and slurring obscenities at the crowd, he was accused of unzipping his pants and simulating a sex act, a charge he denied.
Despite being acquitted of lascivious behavior and drunkenness, Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure and open profanity and sentenced to six months in jail. He was still appealing the verdict in 1971 when he died in Paris at the age of 27.
Four decades on and the outgoing Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, has said he may consider an official let-off for the legendary hell-raiser....
The ex-dictator carried a legacy of being one of the most brutal enforcers during the country's "Dirty War," in which the military government sought to purge leftist factions in the country.
At the time of his death he was not convicted of any charges, though previously he had been sentenced to life for human rights violations. That sentence was dropped as part of an amnesty declared in the 1990s. The amnesty was later repealed, but Massera's health had deteriorated to the point that he was found unfit to stand trial.
He died of a respiratory failure, said doctors at the Naval Hospital where Massera was being treated said. He was 85....
This is home to some of the great characters of American literature, from books such as "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "A Gathering of Old Men." To author Ernest Gaines, it's his home and the home of "my early heroes" -- the aunt who raised him, his brothers, his neighbors, his friends.
Sacred ground lies in the middle of the cane fields, a tranquil cemetery where five generations have been buried. About 80 vaults sit amid lush green grass. More people are buried here, in unmarked graves. Two giant pecan trees shade the grave sites. A third snapped in half during Hurricane Gustav; its trunk juts into the sky.
About 50 family members, friends and former students gather in Mount Zion River Lake Cemetery. Some descendants of the plantation are also on hand. They've come for the 13th annual cemetery beautification, held every October on the Saturday before All Saints' Day.
Gaines and his wife, Dianne Saulney Gaines, saved the cemetery in the early 1990s. They formed a nonprofit organization, and 16 heirs of the plantation transferred ownership....
Name of source: Montreal Gazette
SOURCE: Montreal Gazette (11-11-10)
Volodymyr Viatrovych, a historian popular with Ukrainian nationalists in both his own country and in Canada, was ousted from his job at the Prison at Lonsky museum after Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's pro-Moscow president, took office this year.
Viatrovych was responding, at the request of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, to historians' complaints that Harper was shown only exhibits focusing on atrocities committed in June 1941 by Soviet secret police against Ukrainians, Poles and Jews....
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The massive Temple of Venus and Roma, in the heart of the Roman Forum and a stone's throw from the Colosseum, was designed and commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD.
It was so large that a huge bronze statue of the Emperor Nero – known as the Colossus – had to be moved to another site.
The restoration of the temple was particularly welcome in a week in which a house used by gladiators prior to combat collapsed into a pile of rubble at Pompeii, prompting a national debate on Italy's management of its ancient sites....
Name of source: AP
The trove is made up of small figurines and jewelry, including a miniature bronze dog, a sphinx-shaped bracelet ornament and a necklace, said antiquities chief Zahi Hawass.
"Thanks to the generosity and ethical behavior of the Met, these 19 objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun can now be reunited with the other treasures of the boy king," Hawass said....
Archaeologists lowered the remote-controlled, camera-equipped vehicle into the 12-foot-wide (4-meter) corridor and sent wheeling through it to see if it was safe for researchers to enter. The one-foot (30-cm) wide robot was called "Tlaloque 1" after the Aztec rain god....
The suit claims Jala Petree's teacher at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights read excerpts from Julius Lester's "From Slave Ship to Freedom Road" that contain racial epithets and racist characterizations, The Macomb Daily reported.
The suit against Warren Consolidated Schools was filed Nov. 3 in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens, according to court records. It was filed by Jala's father, Jamey Petree, and seeks more than $50,000 in damages.
SOURCE: AP (11-8-10)
The terra-cotta and bronze statues were found during a dig to lay down a new subway line. They belonged to a collection of 15,000 works condemned by Hitler's regime for containing "deviant" sexual elements, anti-nationalistic themes or criticizing Nazi ideology.
The sculptures mainly depict women — a woman holding grapes, a mother and her child, a full-figured woman stretching — the other three are of males.
Ten of the pieces will go on display Tuesday in Berlin's Neues Museum. One, a male terra-cotta head, is too fragile for display....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-10-10)
The trenches, used to train recruits of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, were found in Stirling's Kings Park after a tip-off from a retired park keeper....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-10-10)
Mr Malins, who fought the Japanese in Burma, will be bestowed the top Japanese honour at a special reception lunch at the ambassador's London residence later this month.
Confirming the award to Kyodo News, he said: "My reaction on getting the award is one of amazement. It has come as a total surprise and, of course, in receiving it, I'm conscious that many others made great efforts for reconciliation."...
An ex-Winston Churchill Daimler DB18 Drophead Coupé forms the highlight of the Historics at Brooklands auction on Saturday December 4, and is currently on display at the Brooklands Museum.
Built in 1939 and featuring coachwork by Carlton Carriage Co., the Daimler was used by the British Prime Minister during his election campaigns in 1944 and 1949.
One of eight of the 23 DB18 Drophead Coupés planned (the rest were abandoned due to Daimler's Coventry plant being bombed in the Blitz of 1940), this car, chassis 49531, is also the only one known to have survived - four were destroyed during the Blitz bombing, one scrapped and the whereabouts of the remaining two are unknown....
Bush's "Decision Points," out Tuesday, packs his eight years in the White House into about 500 pages full of anecdotes and assessments of world leaders, some kind, others brutal, and a few perhaps designed to settle old scores....
Only when, during the presentation, his chief of staff Andy Card whispered in his ear that a second plane had struck, and that "America is under attack", did the fact that an act of terrorism had taken place cross his mind.
It was then that "instinct kicked in". Though Mr Bush faced criticism for reacting slowly, he says his press aide Ari Fleisher held up a sign saying not to say anything yet and that he agreed it was best to let the lesson end and learn all the facts before saying anything to the nation....
Nearly 120 billion Reich marks – over £12 billion at the time – was plundered from German Jews by laws and looting.
The official study commissioned by the ministry examined the years from 1933 to 1945. Hans-Peter Ullmann, a Cologne history professor, said the tax authorities under the Nazis actively worked to "destroy Jews financially" and to loot wealth in the nations the Germans occupied.
Even Jews who managed to escape from Germany before the Holocaust had to leave part of their wealth behind in the form of an "exit tax". Tax laws discriminated against Jews from 1934 onwards....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-7-10)
The design by Nick Hancock, an architect, was chosen from hundreds of entries in a public contest, backed by The Sunday Telegraph, to create a permanent tribute to the Spitfire in Southampton, the city where it was designed and first built.
Mr Hancock, 36, who has a studio in north London, said he was "over the moon" after learning his concept will be used for a stunning new landmark on the city's waterfront.
His winning entry features a polished steel Spitfire appearing to rise high above the coastline, supported by a steel mast attached to its tail. It was picked from a shortlist of seven by the Spitfire Tribute Foundation, which is organising the memorial....
Name of source: The Age (AU)
SOURCE: The Age (AU) (11-10-10)
Netzer was leaning on a wooden safety rail when it gave way, sending him tumbling six metres. He was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem with critical injuries and died there three days later.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his death as ''a loss for his family, for scholars of Israel's history and for archaeology''.
Netzer, who born in Jerusalem, was professor emeritus of archaeology at Hebrew University and led high-profile digs across the country. He had helped educate several generations of Israeli archaeologists....
Name of source: CNN.com
SOURCE: CNN.com (11-10-10)
The mighty ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on November 10, 1975.
A day earlier, the 729-foot behemoth, operated by mineral company Oglebay Norton, had chugged away from port in Superior, Wisconsin, on a course that would take it across the length of Lake Superior, through the Soo Locks and down Lake Huron to Detroit, Michigan, a journey that should have taken about 48 hours.
With the storm bearing down on them the next morning, the Fitzgerald and another freighter, the Arthur M. Anderson, took a northerly route, hoping the Canadian shore would provide a buffer. Icy rain was driven sideways by hurricane-force wind and monstrous 25-foot waves crashed over the main deck, which rode less than 12 feet above the waterline....
SOURCE: CNN.com (11-9-10)
In the 481-page book, Bush shares his thoughts on the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and what he calls the "worst moment" of his presidency.
The 43rd president also takes responsibility for giving the go-ahead for waterboarding terror suspects, which has touched off a new round of criticism of Bush and calls for his prosecution. He says that he decided not to use two more extreme interrogation methods, but did not disclose what those were....
Name of source: AOL News
SOURCE: AOL News (11-11-10)
Very big model airplanes.
The Historic Aircraft Restoration Project, dubbed HARP by its members, is a program that allows former servicemen and aircraft lovers of all ages to spend their days rebuilding and refurbishing antique airplanes, from propeller-powered trainers to Vietnam War-era jets....
Name of source: BBC News
Culture Minister Sandro Bondi faces a vote of no confidence in parliament over the collapse of the "House of the Gladiators" on Saturday in heavy rain.
The opposition accuses the government of letting Pompeii fall into neglect.
Staff at museums, libraries and other institutions plan to strike on Friday over budget cuts to culture.
Mr Bondi, one of three national co-ordinators of Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, has admitted that more buildings at Pompeii are in danger.
But he added that it would be wrong for him to quit over what he said were long-standing problems at the site.
Mr Berlusconi no longer has a majority in the lower house of the Italian parliament since his former ally Gianfranco Fini formed his own party, Freedom and Future for Italy.
While Mr Fini's bloc is unlikely to vote against Mr Bondi, it could use the occasion to send a message to Mr Berlusconi, possibly by abstaining....
In 1916, a Church of England clergyman serving at the Western Front in World War I spotted an inscription on an anonymous war grave which gave him an idea.
That moment of inspiration would blossom into a worldwide ceremony that is still being replicated in the 21st Century - the grave of an unknown warrior, symbolising those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The Reverend David Railton caught sight of the grave in a back garden at Armentieres in France in 1916, with a rough cross upon which was pencilled the words "An Unknown British Soldier"....
The evidence is found in 1.2-billion-year-old rocks from Scotland.
These rocks retain signatures of bacterial activity known to occur when there is copious atmospheric oxygen.
The microbes' behaviour is seen 400 million years further back in time than any previous discovery, the researchers tell the journal Nature.
The team is not saying complex life existed 1.2 billion years ago, merely that the conditions would have been right for it to start to take hold.
"We're recording a key stage in the evolution of life on Earth," said Professor John Parnell from the University of Aberdeen.
"The evidence relates to a particular group of microbes that have been very successful through Earth's history and are now found everywhere from glaciers to the deep ocean floor....
After looking through medical records, University of Manchester professor Stephen Parker found Brecht suffered from rheumatic fever as a child.
Documents showed the illness attacked his heart and motorneural system, triggering chronic heart failure.
There has long been speculation about Brecht's sudden 1956 death, officially attributed to a heart attack.
Rheumatic fever was a little understood condition in the early 1900s.
As a result, the future poet and theatre director was simply labelled a nervous child with an enlarged heart.
But records show Brecht, born in Bavaria in 1898, also suffered from Sydenham's chorea, a disease linked to rheumatic fever.
Further research showed his condition was compounded by urological complaints....
The cartoon-style painting, sold to an anonymous telephone bidder at Christie's in New York, features a woman on the phone with a speech bubble containing the title.
The sale of contemporary and post-war works fetched $272.8m (£169.1m) in all.
Yet an Andy Warhol piece expected to fetch up to $50m (£31m) went for less than half that amount.
Big Campbell's Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) was sold for $23.9m (£14.8m) at Wednesday's auction.
On Tuesday, a Warhol canvas of a black-and-white Coke bottle sold for $35.4m (£21.9m) at rival New York auction house Sotheby's.
The Lichtenstein sale smashed a previous record for the artist set in 2005, when his work In the Car fetched $16.2m (£10m)....
SOURCE: BBC News (11-9-10)
The objects will go under the hammer at Dominic Winter auction house as part of a sale of military, aviation and motoring memorabilia.
The leather flying jacket was owned by one of the notorious 'Flying Tigers', made up of United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps pilots who defended China against Japanese forces in WWII.
It features a sewn on 'blood chit' with a Chinese Republic flag over an inscription which translated reads; 'This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue and protect him.'...
Sotheby's said Coca-Cola  (Large Coca-Cola) "is a landmark in the artist's creation of his pop art style".
The artwork surpassed its original estimate of $25m (£15m).
On Monday, Warhol's Men in Her Life, a multi-image depiction of actress Elizabeth Taylor, sold for $63.4m (£39.6m) at a Phillips auction.
The Sotheby's auction saw 54 works go under the hammer and total sales amounted to $222.4 million (£139 million).
Other highlights included a pair of works by Gerhard Richter that fetched $13.23 million (£8.27 million) and $11.3 million (£7 million)....
SOURCE: BBC News (11-9-10)
The CIA destroyed 92 tapes of al-Qaeda operatives Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Nashiri being waterboarded in 2005.
Jose Rodriguez, a former clandestine officer, approved the move out of concern the tapes could harm the CIA.
The investigation has spanned nearly three years.
Mr Rodriguez's order to destroy the tapes, which were held in a safe in a secret Thailand prison where the two al-Qaeda members were interrogated, countered instructions given to him by CIA lawyers and the White House....
Name of source: NY Daily News
SOURCE: NY Daily News (11-9-10)
Six of the alleged scam artists worked for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and helped orchestrate 5,500 bogus applications over 16 years. prosecutors charged.
"If ever there was a cause that you would hope and expect would be immune from base greed and criminal fraud, it would be the Claims Conference," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
The conference administers funds to those who fled Nazi persecution or survived concentration camps. Among those charged was Semyon Domnitser, a former director of the conference who was fired last February.
SOURCE: NY Daily News (11-9-10)
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and the FBI announced charges against 17 people involved in the rip-off.
Court papers said employees of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which administered the accounts, were behind the long-running scheme.
The scammers submitted fraudulent applications in exchange for a percentage of the money disbursed, the papers said....
SOURCE: NY Daily News (11-7-10)
Ruth was struck on her back with billy-clubs and Toni still has the scar on her forehead from being pushed down the stairs by Nazi agents on Nov. 9, 1938, known as Kristallnacht, "the night of broken glass."
"I cannot forget, never," said Ruth, 80, who lives in Brighton Beach, a few doors down from Toni, now 85.
The sisters vividly remember their father's expensive silk cloths and other fabrics he used in his high-end tailor shop set afire by the Nazi soldiers....
Name of source: Star Tribune
SOURCE: Star Tribune (11-10-10)
But 70 years later, the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard still has a firm hold on the Minnesota imagination, perhaps because it was the last truly old-fashioned blizzard.
"I'm old enough to remember it," said weather historian Tom St. Martin of Woodbury, who recalled snow blowing under the doors and into the kitchen of his family's farmhouse in western Minnesota. "The forecasts of the day were just not good. People were unprepared for it.
"My guess is, like most historical events, it will fade a bit as time goes on," he said. "But as far as I know, it was one of the last ones with significant casualties."...
Name of source: Deutsche Welle (Germany)
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (Germany) (11-10-10)
On a grey November morning, Manfred Gellert's red fire brigade car rolled along a cobblestone street in Oranienburg.
The streets were eerily empty, and there was no one to be seen in the well-kept gardens and houses in this eastern German town.
This was good news for the 57-year-old deputy head of Oranienburg's fire brigade, since it meant local residents had obeyed orders that required them to evacuate this part of town as of 8 o'clock that morning.
Residents were generally "calm and composed in view of the evacuations," he said.
After all, it was the 159th bomb that has had to be removed in 20 years, and since this time about 4,500 people had to leave their homes "the numbers were not unusually high."
Most went to work as usual, or went to stay with friends and family outside the no-go area. Temporary shelters were arranged for the people with no where else to go in a church and buildings owned by the municipality.
During World War II, Oranienburg was the target of massive bombing raids flown by the United States and Britain....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (11-10-10)
Germans take the business of remembering very seriously, and so Nov. 9 has always presented a bit of a challenge — how to celebrate the joy of the wall’s coming down while at the same time commemorating the night of terror known as Kristallnacht, or the night of broken glass.
Initially, remembrance trumped celebration. But that seems to be changing.
“I think it’s the beginning in the shift in narrative, and that is a concern,” said Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Berlin office. “It’s a concern of what young people know about this day.”...
SOURCE: NYT (11-10-10)
[This tale was] among thousands of similar accounts given in the name of elderly immigrants who were seeking reparations from the German government through a fund established to provide help to survivors of Nazi persecution.
But many of the stories were works of fiction or embellishment of facts, perpetrated by a group that included six employees and custodians of the fund, which is based in New York, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. Eleven other defendants were outsiders who recruited and funneled applicants to the programs....
SOURCE: NYT (11-8-10)
“Every day is like, what am I going to find today?” said Grayson Dantzic, the archivist for Atlantic Records in New York. With colleagues at Warner Music Group, Atlantic’s parent, he is part of an ambitious project to recover the company’s story — and a good chunk of American cultural history as well — by excavating the contents of nearly 100,000 boxes from warehouses around the globe, whose accumulated photographs and other memorabilia track popular music from the Edwardian and Victorian ages to disco and jazz, from Beethoven to Miles Davis....
SOURCE: NYT (11-8-10)
His wife, brother-in-law and many of his neighbors also work there, and feel the same way. “There is nothing else here,” Mr. Merkulov said. “Without the factory, I don’t know what we would do.”
But the factory is wheezing, and may not survive to employ another generation. And if it goes, will the town, too?...
Name of source: Daily Mail
SOURCE: Daily Mail (11-9-10)
Tourism in the troubled Middle Eastern stat is growing rapidly, with airline and hotel capacity on the increase, according to the report released at World Travel Market, a major travel conference being held in London.
Millions of pounds have been invested in Iraq’s tourism infrastructure since the end of the US-led war in 2003.
Seven hundred new hotels are expected to have opened in the country by 2014.
Airlines, including Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, have also started flying to the Middle Eastern country.
Iraq boasts some of the finest archaeological sites in the world and some of the holiest places in Islam....
Name of source: BBC
He said the congress, to be held in April next year, would address Cuba's economic problems.
The party congress is supposed to be held every five years but has been repeatedly postponed.
Since taking over from his brother Fidel in 2006, Raul Castro has taken steps to reduce the state's almost total control of the economy....
Donald Mackenzie, 47, from Lewis, was reported missing by a friend on 14 October after he failed to return from an expedition on Mount Ararat.
Mr Mackenzie travels to the mountain every year to pursue his passion of searching for the ark.
The Bible identifies the mountains of Ararat as the ark's resting place after the flood.
The traveller was keen to return this year after a Chinese group claimed to have found the remains of the vessel....
Scientists from London's Natural History Museum (NHM) aim to record biodiversity in the Dry Chaco region.
An open letter from Iniciativa Amotocodie (IA) to the NHM has highlighted a dilemma: how to balance the need for research against the risks of disturbing indigenous communities.
IA says the trip should be called off.
But the museum, which is collaborating with Paraguayan colleagues in the project, said it was taking measures to ensure that the expedition would not threaten indigenous tribes....
Name of source: BusinessWeek
SOURCE: BusinessWeek (11-9-10)
The 90-year-old told the Munich state court in a rare statement Tuesday that he belongs "in the hospital and not the courtroom."...
Name of source: The Atlantic
SOURCE: The Atlantic (11-8-10)
Name of source: WTOP
SOURCE: WTOP (11-7-10)
This Civil War battlefield straddles Spotsylvania and Orange counties in Virginia. It's where Civil War giants Grant and Lee clashed for the first time. Now there's a modern day clash - Walmart versus concerned citizens.
The battle will play out in court in January. A lawsuit was filed to stop Walmart from building a superstore on land that an expert says was part of the Civil War battlefield. But Walmart contends the land is not part of the site....
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (11-8-10)
Flight Lieutenant Henry Lacy Smith was shot down by the Germans five days after D-Day on a mission supporting the Allied invasion in Normandy.
His last radio message to comrades was: ‘I’m going to put this thing down in a field.’
But the Australian’s plane then nose-dived into the sea and he was designated ‘missing believed killed’.
Now, however, the puzzle has been solved after locals spotted something sticking out of the mud in the Orne estuary near Caen at low tide and decided to investigate....
Name of source: Scotsman
SOURCE: Scotsman (11-6-10)
He fell victim the first time to a Soviet shell blast; the second to vultures who are at work plundering the graves of fallen warriors like him for money.
Thousands of German and Russian corpses recovered from the battlefields around Berlin have been stripped of medals, papers, rank badges, ID discs and other items to feed a worldwide multi-million pound military souvenir industry....
Nazi-era insignia and papers are much sought after. Medals, particularly Iron Crosses, are torn off to fetch up to £500 a time....
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (11-5-10)
Unearthed between 2004 and 2005 in a cemetery in York, England, the remains belong to 80 individuals, almost all males, who died violently at ages ranging between 19 and 45.
At least 46 of them had been carefully decapitated, with their heads placed by or between their legs or pelvis.
Believed by some to be gladiators, losing their heads after their last fight, the heavily built men were buried in one of the most prestigious cemeteries of York during the 2nd and 3rd century A.D....
Name of source: b92.net
SOURCE: b92.net (11-5-10)
Commenting on reports that he, unlike Serbian President Boris Tadić, did not apologize for the victims, Josipović said he was glad that such media were few.
“I think they weren’t listening carefully, watch the recording again,” he added.
The Croatian president repeated that Tadić’s visit to Vukovar and Paulin Dvor was extremely successful and pointed out that Croatia deserved good neighbors and that they deserved good Croatia....