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Virus-battered Italy faces worst recession since WWII

Milan, Italy | AFP |  Facing its deepest recession since World War II and with business confidence collapsing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting Italy’s economy hard. Business confidence in the eurozone’s third largest economy in May plummeted to its lowest level since official statistics institute ISTAT started the index in March …

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Europe marks 75 years since end of WWII under virus shadow

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Europe marks 75 years since the end of World War II in a sombre mood Friday as the coronavirus pandemic forces the cancellation of elaborate ceremonies even as Berlin declares an exceptional holiday for the first time. Chancellor Angela Merkel will join President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in …

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The sportsmen who went to war

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Many sportsmen were forced to put their careers on hold to fight in World War II. The conflict cut short the lives of some, including England Test cricketer Hedley Verity and German Olympic long jumper “Luz” Long, but others survived to forge careers after the …

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Grandson reveals late ‘regret’ of Yugoslavia’s Tito

Belgrade, Serbia | AFP |  Before his death 40 years ago, Josip Broz Tito, the charismatic and controversial leader of former Yugoslavia, privately shared a “regret”, his grandson recalls. Speaking to AFP by phone, 72-year-old Joska, who proudly shares the name Josip Broz, summons the words of an illustrious grandfather who …

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Living in post-Nazi Dachau: painful childhood memories

Munich, Germany | AFP |  Jean Boehme still remembers the number of the Nazi concentration camp block where he lived as a child: 31C. He went to school in block 33, and recalls that a nearby watchtower was transformed into a makeshift bistro. Boehme, now 73, grew up on the site …

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Four things to know about Pope Pius XII’s archives

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  The unveiling on Monday of Pope Pius XII’s archives has been demanded for decades by Jewish groups and historians. They comprise 120 fonds — archival documents of the same origin — and are split into 20,000 units. They add up to millions of pages …

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