AP - Protesters who have camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral in central London for six days have forced the venerable cathedral to close to visitors for the first time since World War II, church officials said Friday.
In a letter to Russian officials, British star Paul McCartney expressed his support for Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Pussy Riot punk band who was sentenced to two years in jail after the scandalous performance in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral last yaer.
Japan will raise military spending this year for the first time in over a decade under a ruling party plan, an official said, as Tokyo summoned Beijing's envoy amid a territorial row. The national defence task force of the newly-elected Liberal Democratic Party will increase the defence budget request by more than 100 billion yen ($1.15 billion) in response to an emboldened China, a party official told AFP.
Controversial anti-protest laws which sparked unprecedented riots in Ukraine entered force on Tuesday as the latest standoff between thousands of protesters and anti-riot police in Kiev moved into a third day.
World War II Today: Luftwaffe pilot Heinz Knoke:
On 14th October, 13th and 15th November, we are sent into action against formations of heavy bombers over the Rhineland ; but no further successes are won by the Flight. Every time we become involved in dog-tights with the escorting Thunderbolts, Mustangs and Lightnings.