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Hungary remembers Holocaust amid boycotts, protests

Hungary began 70th anniversary commemorations of the Holocaust on Wednesday amid boycotts and protests by Jewish groups which accuse the government of whitewashing the country's role in the mass deportations of Jews in 1944. Marking the day when Hungarian Jews were first placed in ghettoes in 1944, ceremonies were held around the country as part of "Holocaust 2014", a programme of events organised by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.

Dutch Holocaust monument to bear names of 102,000 victims

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Holocaust monument will be erected in the Dutch capital next year naming 102,000 victims of the Nazi occupation, giving long overdue recognition to those deported to death camps, campaigners said on Wednesday. The "Holocaust Names Monument", the first of its kind in the Netherlands, will be designed by Jewish American architect Daniel Libeskind. It is to be completed in 2015, 70 years after the end of World War Two, authorities in the city, home of Anne Frank's house, said in a statement.

Hungarian Jews mark 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany invasion

Several thousand Hungarian Jews marked the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's invasion of Hungary on Wednesday with a memorial service outside the Grand Synagogue in Budapest. The service, organised by Mazsihisz, the country's largest Jewish organisation, was the first in a series of events marking the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of some 600,000 Hungarian Jews, most deported to Nazi death camps.

Three suspected former Auschwitz guards arrested in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three suspected former guards of the Auschwitz death camp run by the Nazis during World War Two have been arrested in southwestern Germany, the public prosecutor's office in Stuttgart said on Thursday. it said the three accused, aged 88, 92 and 94 years old, are believed to have been involved in the murder of prisoners at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Libya to compensate women raped during 2011 uprising

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya will offer compensation to women raped during the 2011 NATO-backed uprising which toppled Muammar Gaddafi, its justice minister said on Wednesday, touching a taboo subject. Hundreds of women may have been raped during the eight-month conflict, according to the International Criminal Court, which has collected evidence that pro-Gaddafi forces used rape as a weapon to spread fear among its opponents. No exact figures for the number of women raped are available.

Libya to compensate women raped during 2011 uprising

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya will offer compensation to women raped during the 2011 NATO-backed uprising which toppled Muammar Gaddafi, its justice minister said on Wednesday, touching a taboo subject. Hundreds of women may have been raped during the eight-month conflict, according to the International Criminal Court, which has collected evidence that pro-Gaddafi forces used rape as a weapon to spread fear among its opponents. No exact figures for the number of women raped are available.

Hungary Jews slam 'whitewashing' of Holocaust in memorial year

Jewish leaders in Hungary threatened Tuesday to boycott official Holocaust memorial events this year claiming the government was whitewashing the country's role in the deportations of Jews to Nazi camps. Last year the government announced a series of events in 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of the deportations which led to the deaths of around 450,000 Hungarian Jews. Local Jewish organisations however have complained that they haven't been properly consulted and that some of the events are misguided.

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.

Poland opposition wants jail for use of term 'Polish death camp'

Poland's conservative opposition on Friday called for use of the erroneous term "Polish death camp" in reference to Nazi German facilities to be punishable by jail time. Users of the term could get up to five years in prison, according to a bill introduced in parliament on Friday by the Law and Justice (PiS) party. Lawmakers voted to have it sent back to committee for more work.

Taiwan soldiers get pay raises amid recruitment woes

Taiwan on Thursday announced pay rises for its professional soldiers to try to boost recruitment as it moves towards ending conscription. From January 1, volunteer soldiers and sergeants will receive an additional monthly allowance of up to Tw$4,000 ($133), according to the cabinet. This will bring the lowest-ranked private's monthly salary to Tw$33,625 ($1,120). Special allowances for servicemen stationed in Kinmen islet and on the Spratly islands in the South China Sea will be increased by 23-62 percent to Tw$12,000-Tw$20,000 a month.
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