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Mauritanian president announces re-election bid

Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said on Wednesday he would stand for re-election in the northwest African country's presidential polls. In a widely expected announcement, he told journalists in the capital Nouakchott that he expected the vote to go ahead as scheduled on June 21 despite a row over the timing and opposition demands for electoral reform.

Pay rise helps Taiwan make progress towards volunteer military

Efforts to make Taiwan's military an all-volunteer and more professional service -- which suffered a setback after the death of a young corporal -- have regained momentum following a pay rise, officials said Tuesday. "Now we feel relatively optimistic. The outlook is turning brighter after our efforts," defence ministry spokesman David Lo told AFP. The ministry said its full-year recruitment target of more than 10,000 soldiers had almost been met in the first four months.

Mauritania sets June 21 date for presidential election

By Laurent Prieur NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania will hold presidential elections on June 21, according to the presidency, despite a lack of agreement on the reform of election rules that some opposition leaders argue will likely ensure the return to power of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Mauritania's presidential poll set for June 21

The mostly desert nation of Mauritania will go to the polls to pick a new president on June 21, the official news agency said on Monday. "The electoral college is convened on Saturday June 21, 2014, and in the event of a second round, on Saturday July 5," the agency reported, citing a government decree. Candidates have until May 7 to file applications to run for the highest office, and campaigning will take place between June 6 and June 19, according to the text.

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.
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