Today in History for February 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George Harrison born. (Feb. 25)

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Today in History for February 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Bruno Richard Hauptmann convicted in the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder; The World War II bombing of Dresden begins; Konstantin Chernenko becomes Soviet leader; Peter Gabriel born; Waylon Jennings dies. (Feb. 13)

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Pompeo pledges US support during Minsk visit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday the US was seeking to further strengthen relations with Belarus, as ties between the former Soviet republic and Russia become increasingly strained. (Feb. 1)

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Survivors mark 75 years since Auschwitz liberation

Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by the Soviet army. (Jan. 27)

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Today in History for January 27th

Highlights of Today in History: , Soviet troops liberate concentration camps; Paris peace accords are signed; Astonauts die on Apollo one;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born;Composer Jerome Kern born

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Footage of Auschwitz liberation in 1945 show horrific conditions | AFP

Images shot by the Soviet Red Army in January and February of 1945 show the horrific conditions which survivors of the holocaust were forced to endure until their liberation on 27 January by Soviet forces. More than a million people — most of them Jews, but also ethnic minority members, homosexuals and dissidents — were killed at the extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. N°1O61OEN°1O818R

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Today in History for January 17th

Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Today in History for January 12th

Highlights of Today in History: Congress authorizes military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait; Soviet forces begin large offensive against Nazi Germany; First woman elected to U.S. Senate; Writer Agatha Christie dies; ‘All in the Family’ debuts on CBS.

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Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in Afghanistan | AFP

Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan — and three decades since the conflict ended — the war’s legacy continues to claim lives across the country. A humanitarian organisation has been working in several Afghan provinces since 1999 to clear explosives left from a war most of the country’s current, young population never lived through.

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The women saving Afghanistan from Soviet explosives | AFP

Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan — and three decades since the conflict ended — the war’s legacy continues to claim lives across the country. A humanitarian organisation has been working in several Afghan provinces since 1999 to clear explosives left from a war most of the country’s current, young population never lived through.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time | AFP

Angela Merkel visits the former German Nazi death camp at Auschwitz for the first time in her 14 years as chancellor, as Germany grapples with a resurgence of anti-Semitism and the growth of the far-right. Merkel is only the third German chancellor ever to visit the camp in Poland, with her highly symbolic trip coming ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. IMAGES

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Uzbekistan looks to soften image of notorious cotton sector | AFP

Uzbekistan – an ex-Soviet nation of 33 million in Central Asia – is the world’s sixth largest producer of cotton. Since the Soviet period, centralised and later national production targets have led to forced labour. Uzbekistan’s current president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has denounced the use of forced labour and promised to eradicate state quotas by 2023.

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Today in History for November 10th

Highlights of this day in history: The Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior; Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev dies; Henry Stanley finds David Livingstone in central Africa; Film composer Ennio Morricone born; ‘Sesame Street’ premieres. (Nov. 10)

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Today in History for November 4th

Militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and seize its occupants; Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated; Soviet troops move in to crush the Hungarian Revolution in Eastern Europe; Baseball hall-of-famer Cy Young dies; Rapper and producer Sean “Diddy” Combs is born. (Nov. 4)

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Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space | AFP

The coffin of legendary Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov is brought out during his funeral in Moscow. Leonov was the first man to perform a spacewalk in 1965. He died in Moscow aged 85 after a long illness. IMAGES

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Today in History for October 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Columbus lands in Americas; USS Cole bombed in Yemen; Soviet leader Khrushchev bangs shoe at UN; Blast rips Bali nightclub; Opera’s Luciano Pavarotti born; Singer John Denver dies in plane crash. (Oct. 12)

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters form human chain | AFP

Thousands of people hold hands across Hong Kong in a dazzling, neon-framed recreation of a pro-democracy “Baltic Way” protest against Soviet rule three decades ago.

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Hong Kong protesters form human chain in creative show of dissent | AFP

Thousands of people hold hands across Hong Kong in a dazzling, neon-framed recreation of a pro-democracy “Baltic Way” protest against Soviet rule thirty years ago. IMAGES

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AP Top Stories August 21 P

Here are the top stories for Wed., August 21st: Trump takes swipe at Danish prime minister; Trump moves to forgive student debt of disabled vets; DHS announces plans to end limits on child detention; Czechs protest, remember 1969 Soviet invasion.

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Today in History for August 21st

Highlights of this day in history: Soviet coup against Mikhail Gorbachev fails; Exiled revolutionary Leon Trotsky murdered in Mexico; Nat Turner leads a slave rebellion; U.S. flag gets 50th star; Count Basie and singer Kenny Rogers born. (Aug. 21)

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Today in History for August 19th

Highlights of this day in history: Soviet hard-liners mount a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev; Nazi Germany ratifies Adolf Hitler’s powers; U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers convicted by Soviet tribunal; Comedian Groucho Marx dies. (Aug. 19)

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Amid violence and discrimination, Moscow’s Roma theatre plays on | AFP

With passionate songs, flowing dresses and wildly strumming guitars, a theatre in Moscow has staged colourful evocations of Roma culture since the early Soviet era.

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