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People attend a ceremony that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Budapest Jewish ghetto in Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. The ghetto was liberated by the Soviet Red Army during World War II on January 17, 1945. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

Hungary commemorates 1945 liberation of Budapest ghetto

Jan. 19, 2020 10:13 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's Jewish community on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Budapest ghetto, where over 70,000 Jews were confined near the end of World War II. While some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed during the Holocaust in Nazi-run death...

President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying commemoration ceremony for the 77th anniversary since the Leningrad siege was lifted during the World War Two at the Boundary Stone monument, around 50 kilometers east of St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Alexei Danichev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term

Jan. 18, 2020 11:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he opposes the idea of an unlimited term in office for the country's leader like the system that existed in the Soviet Union. Putin's comment at a meeting with World War II veterans in St. Petersburg came days after he called for...

Work begins on NW Indiana war memorial delayed by recession

Jan. 18, 2020 10:30 AM EST

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Work is underway in northwestern Indiana for a war memorial that was delayed for years by the Great Recession after the 2008 financial crisis. Crews began clearing trees Wednesday in Crown Point for the memorial, which will feature three separate monuments: one for World War I...

Soviets bonded with sailors in Virginia during WWII mission

Jan. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An aircraft on a secret mission for the Russians crashed into the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City almost 75 years ago. For decades it was kept secret. Elizabeth City locals knew little to nothing about it. The flight was part of a collaboration between President Franklin...

French government to grant knighthood to N Carolina veteran

Jan. 18, 2020 12:02 AM EST

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Paul Prewitt is adjusting to the idea of knighthood and having plenty of chuckles as his friends and fellow veterans rib him and genuflect in his honor. The 99-year-old, who served under Gen. George S. Patton during his 2½ years of duty in Europe during World War II, was made a...

Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Miller

Jan. 17, 2020 10:19 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller. The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. Miller was the first African American to...

The monument Levenslicht, or Light of Life, by artist Daan Roosegaarde, consisting of 104,000 light-emitting stones for the number of Dutch Holocaust victims is unveiled in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary, later this month, of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Glowing stones form new Dutch memorial to Holocaust victims

Jan. 16, 2020 2:05 PM EST

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A new memorial was unveiled Thursday made up of 104,000 light-emitting stones commemorating Dutch victims of the Holocaust ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. Artist Daan Roosegaarde said he drew inspiration for the work...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin during their meetingin the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Putin has named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Poland, Lithuania vow to resist Russian historical offensive

Jan. 16, 2020 11:38 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Poland and Lithuania are working together to defend themselves against a Russian historical offensive that seeks to minimize Soviet responsibility for the outbreak of World War II, their foreign ministers said Thursday. Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania and Jacek Czaputowicz of...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019 file photo security stand outside the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. A live mortar round was found in a vehicle late Tuesday at a gate to the sprawling Pearl Harbor military base, shutting down the base for hours and leading three people to be taken into custody, military officials said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. A base spokesman said that he doesn't know what the trio planned to do or where they wanted to go. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

3 who brought mortar round to gate at Pearl Harbor released

Jan. 15, 2020 5:21 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A mortar round was found in a vehicle at a gate to the sprawling Pearl Harbor military base, shutting down the base for hours and leading three people to be taken into custody, military officials said Wednesday. It's not clear what the trio planned to do or where they wanted to go when...

This Aug. 2, 2016 photo provided by Indiana Department of Natural Resources shows Bob Vollmer.  Vollmer, 102, who is Indiana's oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it's time to go.”  Vollmer plans to report to work for the last time Feb. 6, 2020, as a surveyor for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The southern Indiana man, whose mother lived to be 108, joined the state agency in 1962.  (John Maxwell/ Indiana Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Man who is Indiana's oldest state employee retiring at 102

Jan. 15, 2020 1:25 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 102-year-old man who is Indiana's oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it's time to go.” Bob Vollmer plans to report to work for the last time Feb. 6 as a surveyor for the Indiana Department of...