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Dictator or icon? Slovenians recall Tito in new exhibit

The late Tito, former Yugoslavia's communist strongman, has been largely ignored in Slovenia since its independence but historians insist that, good or bad, he should be remembered: and a new exhibit does just that. Josip Broz -- nicknamed "Tito" -- ruled over the former Yugoslavia from 1945 until his death in 1980, having been named president for life. But he has been a controversial figure in Slovenia, which broke free from the republic in 1991, with people divided between those who see him as a war criminal and others who remember happier times.

AFP Features and Focus Advisory

Duty editor: Nancy Shields Tel: +33 1 4041 4636 We will shortly move the following features and focus items, in additon to the latest in this month's 12-part global AFP multimedia lifestyle series. For these, please see our separate "AFP Special Lifestyle Advisory: TV Around the World". + 'Island of love' lures Israelis, Lebanese to tie knot + Egypt's first gay film, a sad affair that irks censors + Refugees from ex-Yugolsavia's wars forgotten in Serbia + Dictator or icon? In Slovenia, new show recalls Tito

Swedish King vows to keep supporting China-Sweden cooperation

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf said he valued Sino-Sweden relations highly, and would keep supporting bilateral cooperation when he accepted on Thursday credentials from the new Chinese Ambassador to Sweden. King Carl XVI Gustaf said he had visited China several times since the 1980s, when he was impressed by the "very industrious and creative" Chinese. He expressed his willingness to visit China again in future.

Japan emperor, empress attend banquet hosted by Indian president

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a banquet Monday night hosted by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at his official resident in New Delhi. In an address, the emperor touched on the couple's visit to the country 53 years ago and meetings with people who led the country from its independence days. "We felt a high ambition for nation building with pacifism in line with (Mahatma) Gandhi's thought as its ideal, and that impression is still engraved in us today," he said.

Japanese emperor's visit to India set to boost bilateral ties

The Japanese imperial couple's visit to India, set to begin Saturday, is a milestone in India's ties with Japan that will further boost bilateral relations, according to Indian officials and political observers. The weeklong visit, at the Indian government's invitation, will be the first by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the country since the emperor's ascension to the throne in 1989, and comes a year after Japan and India marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Spain's King Juan Carlos discharged after hip surgery

Spain's King Juan Carlos left hospital Monday, four days after surgeons replaced his left hip in the latest of a series of operations that have raised doubts over his future rule. The 75-year-old king, who has appeared in public this year on crutches and looking frail, waved at journalists from the front passenger seat as he was driven away in an official car from the private Quiron hospital in the western suburbs of Madrid.

Spain's troubled king gets new hip operation

Surgeons replaced Spain's King Juan Carlos's left hip for the third time on Thursday, the latest in a string of operations that have raised questions about the future of his reign. The 75-year-old king, who has appeared in public on crutches and looking frail this year, could be walking again unaided in no more than three months, surgeons said. Visiting doctors from a US clinic fitted a permanent prosthesis in a two-and-a-half hour follow-up operation to replace a temporary one that was implanted on September 24 after the previous joint got infected.

Spain's troubled king gets new hip operation

Spain's King Juan Carlos went into surgery for a hip replacement on Thursday, the latest in a string of operations that have raised questions about the future of his reign. The 75-year-old monarch waved from the window of the car as he was driven up to Quiron University Hospital in the western suburbs of Madrid, and joked with waiting reporters about the cold weather. Surgeons were due to fit a permanent prosthesis for his left hip, replacing a temporary implant they put in on September 24.

Spain's king arrives at hospital for new operation

Spain's King Juan Carlos arrived at hospital on Thursday for a hip replacement, the latest in a string of operations that have raised questions about the future of his reign. The 75-year-old monarch waved from the window of the car as he was driven up to Quiron University Hospital in the western suburbs of Madrid, and joked with waiting reporters, saying they were "prepared" to wait in the cold weather.

Federal workers rewarded with spa visits, jewelry, iPods, gift cards

OTTAWA - Gold necklaces, hockey tickets, camcorders, iPods, spa visits — even a gift card to the liquor store. This is some of the half-million dollars of booty that one federal department handed out to favoured workers in the last five years. The Treasury Board Secretariat, with about 1,900 employees, now spends well over $100,000 each year on rewards for staff. The annual value has quadrupled since 2006, when the Conservative government first came to power.
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