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Israel's Knesset at Auschwitz to mark liberation

The largest ever Knesset delegation to leave Israel toured Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday to mark the 69th anniversary of the Nazi German death camp's liberation and honour the dwindling number of survivors. The 55 members of the Israeli parliament walked through the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" wrought-iron gate of the camp, which the Nazis set up in the southern city of Oswiecim after occupying Poland in World War II.

Israel's Knesset at Auschwitz to mark liberation

The largest ever Knesset delegation to leave Israel toured Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday to mark the 69th anniversary of the Nazi German death camp's liberation and honour the dwindling number of survivors. The 55 members of the Israeli parliament walked through the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" wrought-iron gate of the camp, which the Nazis set up in the southern city of Oswiecim after occupying Poland in World War II.

Olympics: Wagner's rough ride in Sochi after selection row

Now that a chaotic season has ended with a controversial Olympic team berth, US figure skater Ashley Wagner is aiming to make the most of her chance in Sochi. If that means taking a big risk, the 22-year-old former "Army brat" is willing. Less than three weeks before the Games, Wagner has jettisoned her "Romeo and Juliet" long program in favor of a retooled version of the "Samson and Delilah" routine in which she excelled last season.

Greece to put 4-million-euro bounty on extremists

Greece will offer a four-million-euro ($5,4-million) reward for the arrest of several wanted extremists, the minister in charge of the police said on Wednesday. "During the day, a reward of four million euros for terrorists' arrest will be announced", Citizen's Protection Minister Nikos Dendias said during a visit to the police headquarters. "Terrorism constitutes a challenge to our country, to justice and to our efforts to boost the economy, to attract investment... Greek authorities will do whatever it takes to fight terrorism", Dendias said.

Polish Church uncovers hidden painting to foster religious ties

Poland's Catholic Church on Thursday unveiled a painting kept hidden because of its controversial depiction of Jews murdering Christian children, saying it wanted to foster interfaith dialogue. The 18th-century painting by Italy's Charles de Prevot entitled "Ritual Murder" was put on display at the cathedral in the southern town of Sandomierz to mark the Church's annual Judaism Day. It is being displayed with a plaque explaining that it is historically incorrect and that Jews could not have committed ritual murder because their faith forbids it.

Greece investigation after migrant loses ear in 'attack'

Greek authorities are looking for any possible racist motives in a three-man attack on an Iranian migrant in which his ear was bitten off, a justice source said Thursday. The 34-year-old victim, identified only as 'Said', says he was assaulted by three dark-clothed men in October while in a run-down Athens neighbourhood. "I was walking on the street and talking on the phone when three men dressed in black attacked me. They hit me," the Iranian told the Greek branch of Doctors of the World in a video posted online.

Leading Austrian neo-Nazi loses appeal

A leading figure in Austria's far-right scene since the 1970s lost a final appeal in the country's highest court Wednesday against his conviction for glorifying Nazism. But Gottfried Kuessel, 55, who has denied the Holocaust took place and who has praised compatriot Adolf Hitler, had his jail sentence trimmed to seven years and nine months from nine years. Kuessel was originally found guilty a year ago for creating a neo-Nazi blog and website but appealed. Two accomplices also had their convictions upheld and their sentences cut on Wednesday.

Leading Austrian neo-Nazi loses appeal

A leading figure in Austria's far-right scene since the 1970s lost a final appeal in the country's highest court Wednesday against his conviction for glorifying Nazism. But Gottfried Kuessel, 55, who has denied the Holocaust took place and who has praised compatriot Adolf Hitler, had his jail sentence trimmed to seven years and nine months from nine years. Kuessel was originally found guilty a year ago for creating a neo-Nazi blog and website but appealed. Two accomplices also had their convictions upheld and their sentences cut on Wednesday.

Greece stepping up crackdown on neo-Nazi party

Authorities in Greece are renewing their efforts to neutralise aggressive neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, which is under investigation for murder and other crimes, observers say. Over the weekend, three more Golden Dawn lawmakers were placed in pre-trial custody, joining party leader Nikos Michaloliakos and two more senior members behind bars. A third of Golden Dawn's 18 lawmakers are now in prison and half have been indicted on charges of belonging to, or running, a criminal organisation since the investigation began last year.

Three more Greek far-right party MPs arrested

ATHENS (Reuters) - Three more far-right Golden Dawn lawmakers have been detained pending trial in Greece on charges of belonging to a criminal group, as part of a crackdown on the party following the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by one of its supporters last year. The stabbing of Pavlos Fissas in September, to which a Golden Dawn sympathizer has confessed, provoked protests across the country, a shake up of the police and a broad investigation into the party.
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