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Written By prayudi syamsa on Rabu, 28 Januari 2015 | 11.46

Elderly Auschwitz survivors urge world never to forget

For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities. Around 300 survivors, some wearing scarves in the blue-and-white stripes of their death camp uniforms, joined world leaders for an emotional memorial at the epicentre of the Nazi genocide of Jews. The commemoration at the gates of the cold and austere camp, which was blanketed in snow, comes amid concern over a resurgence in anti-Semitism in France, Germany and other parts of Europe. "We are in a place where civilisation collapsed," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski told those gathered as he paid tribute to the Soviet troops who liberated the camp, where 1.1 million people, nearly all Jews, were exterminated.


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Written By prayudi syamsa on Senin, 26 Januari 2015 | 11.46

Japan trade deficit swells to record in 2014

Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record $109 billion in 2014, data showed Monday, mostly because of huge post-Fukushima energy bills, but analysts said a recent drop in oil prices would shrink the yawning gap. The shortfall of 12.78 trillion yen, Japan's fourth-consecutive annual deficit, was 11.4 percent wider than 2013 and was the worst since records began in 1979, according to the finance ministry. Fuel costs have weighed heavily on Japan as the resource-poor country struggles to plug a huge energy gap after the 2011 atomic crisis forced the shutdown of nuclear reactors that once supplied more than a quarter of its power. In December alone, however, Japan's trade deficit almost halved over the previous year to 660.7 billion yen, largely thanks to falling oil prices.


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Written By prayudi syamsa on Minggu, 25 Januari 2015 | 11.46

Defence Minister Lungu wins Zambia's disputed presidential race

Zambia's defence minister Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front, has narrowly won the country's presidential race, the electoral commission announced after an election marred by delays. Lungu won 48.33 percent of the vote, beating his rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND), who garnered 46.67 percent. Lungu's victory was greeted with cheers and dancing after the chairwoman of the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Ireen Mambilima, announced the results of this week's vote, which Hichilema has denounced as a sham. Some of the celebrations in the streets of capital Lusaka got out of hand, with police using teargas to disperse excited PF supporters who tried to force their way into the conference centre where the announcement was made.


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Written By prayudi syamsa on Sabtu, 24 Januari 2015 | 11.46

Security Council delegation visits Haiti

United Nations Security Council members arrived in Haiti on Friday for a three-day visit aimed at pressing the government to hold long-delayed elections in order to stem a mounting political crisis. Envoys from the 15 member states of the international peace and security body are due to meet with President Michel Martelly and other government officials, as well as local UN representatives, political leaders and civil society. "With this mission, the Security Council looks to ... urge Haiti's political actors to work cooperatively and without further delay to ensure the holding of free, fair, inclusive and transparent legislative, partial senatorial, municipal and local elections," a statement from the UN's MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission said. The UN ambassadors visited MINUSTAH headquarters shortly after their arrival, and are due to tour various projects in the capital and elsewhere in the impoverished Caribbean nation still reeling from a devastating 2010 earthquake.


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Written By prayudi syamsa on Jumat, 23 Januari 2015 | 11.46

Auschwitz survivors relive atrocities, 70 years on

Mostly in their nineties now, some are still well enough to attend Tuesday's ceremonies marking 70 years since the Soviet Red Army liberated Auschwitz, the largest German death camp, on January 27, 1945 in what is now southern Poland. "You can't imagine the cries of someone who has been electrocuted," says survivor Zofia Posmysz, 91, describing how fellow prisoners chose to commit suicide by flinging themselves at the electric fence surrounding the camp. The memory still haunts this beautiful woman who spent three years at the Auschwitz and Ravensbruck camps: "I saw bodies hanging on barbed wire. It was horrific." "We were woken by these piercing screams," recalls Posmysz, who still bears the camp's tattoo -- prisoner number 7566 -- on her left forearm.


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Written By prayudi syamsa on Kamis, 22 Januari 2015 | 11.46

Google preparing to launch cellular service: media

Google is getting ready to sell wireless telephone services directly to US consumers after reaching deals with carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, US media reported Wednesday. The news was first reported by tech-news publication The Information and corroborated by an article in the Wall Street Journal. Google officials have been working on the wireless project for more than a year, the Journal reported, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Google is already in a powerful position in the wireless world, with its Android operating system running on more than 80 percent of the world's mobile phones.


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Written By prayudi syamsa on Selasa, 20 Januari 2015 | 11.46

Argentine prosecutor who accused president found dead

An Argentine prosecutor was found dead just hours before giving what was expected to be damning testimony against President Cristina Kirchner, in what appears to have been a suicide, officials said. The body of Alberto Nisman, 51, who had received threats, was found overnight in his 13th-floor apartment in the upscale Puerto Madero waterfront neighborhood of the capital Buenos Aires. "All signs point to suicide," said Public Safety Secretary Sergio Berni, an assertion backed up by initial forensic findings. Federal prosecutor Viviana Fein said Nisman died of "a gunshot wound to the temple" and "there was no role of additional parties (in the death)." However, there was no suicide note or witnesses, Fein added, calling for "caution," while the leader of one opposition party called it "an assassination." Investigators should look at whether Nisman was under pressure from anybody, and to whom the gun belonged, local media reports quoted Fein as saying.


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