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.
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.
BEIJING — China has criticized Japan after two incidents in as many days reopened old wounds over atrocities committed during the Second World War.
Relations between the two largest powers in the Far East have been strained for months by territorial disputes and rising nationalism on both sides.
MOSCOW — Millions of people died in Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s gulag, but the 75th anniversary of the founding of one of the notorious forced-labour camps was cause for a celebration in Russia.
Russian news portals reported Tuesday that local officials and prison wardens threw a party last week honoring the Usolsky camp in the Urals, with music and dancing and speeches by former camp guards.
Thai security forces backed by armoured vehicles advanced on the "Red Shirt" anti-government protesters' camp in Bangkok Wednesday in what a senator said would be a "decisive" crackdown.The senator involved in failed last-minute peace talks warned of "unbearable" loss of life and said the government would close down the rally base, where thousands including women and children are still holed up.