Latest Remembrance Day News

Armenian leader says Ankara denies 'genocide' but Turks not enemy

By Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan accused Turkey of "utter denial" of what Armenia s…

  • On This Day: Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess captured by British troops
    On This Day: Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess captured by British troops Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    The Holocaust’s biggest killer, who had turned his concentration camp into the Nazi regime’s most formidable death factory, was found hiding in northern Germany. More »

  • Islanders afraid to go home 60 years after Bikini Atoll H-bomb
    Islanders afraid to go home 60 years after Bikini Atoll H-bomb Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    The Marshall Islands marks 60 years since the devastating US hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll Saturday, with angry exiled residents saying they are too fearful ever to go home. More »

  • Jewish leader fears right-wing bloc ahead of European elections
    Jewish leader fears right-wing bloc ahead of European elections Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    By Derek Brooks and Georgina Prodhan VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Jewish Congress fears far-right gains in upcoming European elections and believes a grouping presenting itself as simply populist and eurosceptical is just as dangerous as out-and-out extremists, the EJC's president said. Some analysts forecast that a group of anti-euro parties could capture 20 percent of seats in May's European parliament elections as high unemployment, austerity and anaemic growth offer prime conditions for fringe parties to flourish. The group, trying to work as a bloc for the first time in a bid to attract EU funds, consists of the Freedom parties of Austria and the Netherlands, France's National Front, Italy's Northern League, the Sweden Democrats, Belgium's Vlaams Belang and Slovakia's National party. EJC President Moshe Kantor said, however, he did not believe their rejections of extremism, challenging them to clean up their own ranks if they were serious. More »

  • Hungary's World War II memorial under fire
    Hungary's World War II memorial under fire Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    Critics say the project minimises the role the Hungarian government played in the Holocaust during German occupation. More »

  • Israel's Knesset at Auschwitz to mark liberation
    Israel's Knesset at Auschwitz to mark liberation Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    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. More »

  • Vial of John Paul II's Blood 'Stolen by Satanists' in Italy
    Vial of John Paul II's Blood 'Stolen by Satanists' in Italy Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    A vial containing the late Pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen from a small church in central Italy along with a cross, according to reports. More than 50 Carabinieri, the national military police of Italy, are involved in a manhunt along with sniffer dogs around the church of St Peter of the Ienca, near Aquila, in the mountainous Abruzzo region. According to the Osservatorio Antiplagio, a watchdog on media scams, the vial theft could be related to Satanism. More »

  • Outrage in Italy at pig's head sent to Rome synagogue Sat, Jan 25, 2014

    Offences against Jewish targets in Rome including a pig's head sent to the city's main synagogue caused outrage in Italy on Saturday in the run-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day next week. "This is a vile and cowardly act which offends the Jewish community and all Romans on the eve of the memorial day," Nicola Zingaretti, president of Lazio, the region in which the city of Rome is located. The pig's head was sent in a parcel to Rome's Grand Synagogue on Friday and similar packages were also addressed to the Israeli embassy in Rome and to a museum holding an exhibition on the Nazi Holocaust. Holocaust remembrance day is January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945 by Soviet troops. More »

  • Protesters arrested at right-wing party's Vienna ball Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    Several protesters were arrested during violent demonstrations against an annual ball in Vienna's imperial Hofburg palace that traditionally draws right-wing figures, Austrian police said on Friday. Police estimated that 6,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the Austrian capital to protest against the so-called Academics' Ball, part of the annual Viennese ball season, which was hosted by the far-right Freedom Party. "We have several arrests and also injured police officers," a police spokeswoman said. The head of the party in Vienna, Johann Gudenus, told a news conference on Tuesday he defended the right of protesters to demonstrate but said this did not include the use of violence. More »

  • French Comedian Dieudonne Backs Down in Anti-Semitism Row
    French Comedian Dieudonne Backs Down in Anti-Semitism Row Sun, Jan 12, 2014

    Controversial French comedian Dieudonné has announced that he is changing his act, after the French government began a concerted attempt to ban his shows across France for spreading hatred of Jews. However, the publicity has led to a spike in Dieudonné's popularity, with scores posting pictures of themselves online imitating his 'quenelle', described as a reverse Nazi salute, which was controversially used by West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka as a goal celebration. More »

  • UK Muslim activists face 'terrorism' scrutiny
    UK Muslim activists face 'terrorism' scrutiny Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    Islamists step up protests as trial wraps up in the May killing of a British soldier. More »

  • France, Spain seek European push for jobs, growth
    France, Spain seek European push for jobs, growth Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    French President François Hollande (right) is welcomed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy upon his arrival at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on November 27, 2013 More »

  • French leader seeks ally in Spain for European growth
    French leader seeks ally in Spain for European growth Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    French President François Hollande (right) is welcomed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy upon his arrival at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on November 27, 2013 More »

  • Anger At Call To End Troubles Prosecutions
    Anger At Call To End Troubles Prosecutions Wed, Nov 20, 2013

    The Attorney General for Northern Ireland has called for an end to all prosecutions, inquests and inquiries related to the so-called Troubles. John Larkin QC said he believes a line should be drawn under crimes linked to terrorists before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Mr Larkin has denied he is proposing an amnesty, telling the Belfast Telegraph: "Amnesty can be an emotionally loaded word and it is misleading to refer to my proposal as an amnesty. It is not an amnesty, it is a stay on prosecutions." More »

  • Croat veterans bar government from Vukovar memorial ceremony
    Croat veterans bar government from Vukovar memorial ceremony Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    By Zoran Radosavljevic VUKOVAR, Croatia (Reuters) - Croatian war veterans barred state officials from ceremonies marking the anniversary on Monday of the capture of Vukovar by Serb rebels, highlighting divisions in the new European Union member state lingering from its 1991 breakaway from Yugoslavia. The conservative veterans have since February opposed the Social Democrat-led government's efforts to put up signs in both the Latin script used for Croatian and in Serb Cyrillic, in Vukovar, where inter-communal tensions still smoulder. On November 18, 1991, Yugoslav federal army forces and regional Serb militia who refused to accept Croatia's independence captured the market town on the banks of the River Danube after reducing it to rubble in a brutal three-month siege. Vukovar's fall became a cornerstone of Croatia's modern history and every year since 1991 government delegations have participated in its "Remembrance Day". More »

  • Irish president to make historic state visit
    Irish president to make historic state visit Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    President Michael D. Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make a state visit to Britain, in another symbolic step forward for relations between the neighbouring countries. More »

  • Sunday to mark day of remembrance for road collision victims
    Sunday to mark day of remembrance for road collision victims Fri, Nov 15, 2013

    People are being encouraged to consider their behaviour as a mark of respect to those who have lost their lives on Irish roads. More »

  • Wrong Britannia: Council forced to apologise after producing Remembrance Day …
    Wrong Britannia: Council forced to apologise after producing Remembrance Day … Wed, Nov 13, 2013

    The faulty flag was flown above Manchester's Central Library in the city centre on what was meant to be a sombre occasion More »

  • French leader hits back as winter of discontent looms
    French leader hits back as winter of discontent looms Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    French President Francois Hollande hit back at his critics Tuesday as the country's most unpopular president on record battled to contain a rising tide of social discontent amid rumours of an imminent cabinet reshuffle. More »

  • Brad Pitt director sorry for Remembrance Day Nazi battle scenes
    Brad Pitt director sorry for Remembrance Day Nazi battle scenes Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    The director of Brad Pitt's new movie has apologised after filming battle scenes with actors dressed as Nazis in an English village on Remembrance Sunday. More »

  • Brad Pitt Director Sorry For Poppy Day Filming
    Brad Pitt Director Sorry For Poppy Day Filming Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    The director of Brad Pitt's new film has offered "heartfelt apologies" after filming Nazi war scenes in the English countryside on Remembrance Sunday. David Ayer staged explosions in the early hours of Sunday morning and had extras act out scenes dressed as German soldiers before posting a fiery picture of the battle scene on Twitter. The team behind the film, which is called Fury, reportedly refused to stop filming over the weekend, despite a plea from nearby Watlington Parish Council. The film, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, tells the tale of a US tank crew on a mission in Nazi Germany and comes out late next year. More »

  • Hollande booed at war dead commemorations in Paris
    Hollande booed at war dead commemorations in Paris Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    A solemn event presided over by French President Francois Hollande to remember those who died in World War I turned into a shouting match Monday after protesters booed the unpopular leader. More »

  • Toronto's crack smoking mayor resumes official duties
    Toronto's crack smoking mayor resumes official duties Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    Toronto's crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford, was back at work Monday, bolstered by supporters while speaking at a Remembrance Day ceremony after last week deflecting calls for his resignation. More »

  • Britain falls silent to remember wartime fallen
    Britain falls silent to remember wartime fallen Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    Britons paused to remember the nation's war dead Monday during a two-minute silence marking the moment the World War I guns stopped. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Sun, Nov 10, 2013

    Everyone’s talking about a stabbing in Limerick, Remembrance Day and devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan. More »

  • Remembrance Day Services Honour Veterans
    Remembrance Day Services Honour Veterans Sun, Nov 10, 2013

    Remembrance Day services have been held around the UK to commemorate those who served the country in two world wars and in more recent conflicts. Senior royals, including Second World War veteran the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge - with wife Kate watching from a nearby balcony - joined the monarch and politicians, military leaders, veterans and serving personnel in laying wreaths of poppies at the monument. Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband all placed wreaths at the Cenotaph. Troops in Afghanistan were joined by the Duke of York and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who both laid wreaths during a service held at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province. More »

  • Gilmore marks Remembrance Day in Belfast
    Gilmore marks Remembrance Day in Belfast Sun, Nov 10, 2013

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins also took part in ceremonies today. More »

  • Queen leads nation in honouring Britain's war dead
    Queen leads nation in honouring Britain's war dead Sun, Nov 10, 2013

    Queen Elizabeth II led Britain in paying tribute to its war dead as the country fell silent on Remembrance Sunday. More »

  • Poll: Should Irish people wear poppies to honour the war dead?
    Poll: Should Irish people wear poppies to honour the war dead? Sun, Nov 10, 2013

    Today the leader and deputy leader of Ireland will pay their respects to the roughly 57,000 Irish people who died in two World Wars. Should we as a nation do the same? More »

  • Bertie Ahern assaulted by man with a crutch in Dublin pub
    Bertie Ahern assaulted by man with a crutch in Dublin pub Sat, Nov 9, 2013

    The man who attacked the former Taoiseach was arrested by gardaí. More »

  • 'I will never give up': Britain's long-serving poppy seller has been raising …
    'I will never give up': Britain's long-serving poppy seller has been raising … Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    Olive Cooke, 91, has raised thousands for the much-loved organisation over eight decades More »

  • Tánaiste to meet Peter Robinson to discuss sport and peace
    Tánaiste to meet Peter Robinson to discuss sport and peace Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    The Tánaiste will be going to the SDLP conference tomorrow and the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Belfast on Sunday. More »

  • Kate And William Support London Poppy Day
    Kate And William Support London Poppy Day Thu, Nov 7, 2013

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have surprised hundreds of commuters by joining poppy sellers at a London Tube station. The couple travelled on a 1960s Routemaster to High Street Kensington station where they met military personnel and volunteers supporting London Poppy Day. Some 2,000 uniformed personnel, veterans and their supporters have gone out on the capital's streets for the Royal British Legion (RBL) appeal ahead of Remembrance Sunday. William and Kate were swamped by members of the public taking photographs as they walked along the high street to the station's entrance hall. More »

  • The Poppy Girls To Perform For The Queen
    The Poppy Girls To Perform For The Queen Thu, Oct 24, 2013

    Five girls whose fathers are in the armed forces are following in the footsteps of Military Wives by forming a group which will perform for the Queen. More »

  • Poets, presidents and polls: The Seanad through the decades
    Poets, presidents and polls: The Seanad through the decades Sun, Oct 6, 2013

    IRELAND’S UPPER CHAMBER first came into existence in 1922, but was abolished entirely by Eamon DeValera in 1936 after it delayed a number of Government proposals. The Seanad in its current form was established the following year after the adoption of the Constitution. Often maligned as either a ‘retirement home’ for ageing TDs or a ‘creche’ where up-and-coming politicians could burnish their profile, the upper house has also given a platform to a wide variety of unique political voices over the years… More »

  • Shot killed British soldier in Afghanistan: inquest
    Shot killed British soldier in Afghanistan: inquest Tue, Sep 24, 2013

    A British soldier killed by a rogue member of the Afghan army as he played in a Remembrance Day football match died instantly from a gunshot wound to the chest, an inquest heard Tuesday. More »