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2006-04-13 05:31:28

By Natalia Reiter WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland is trying to change the name of Auschwitz concentration camp to emphasize that Nazi Germans, not Poles, were responsible for the most murderous center of the Holocaust. The government has asked the United Nations to change the name of its World Heritage site from "Auschwitz Concentration Camp" to "the Former Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz," despite criticism of the move by some Jewish groups. Warsaw is incensed by references...

2006-04-05 08:20:51

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - The New Testament says that Jesus walked on water, but a Florida university professor believes there could be a less miraculous explanation -- he walked on a floating piece of ice. Professor Doron Nof also theorized in the early 1990s that Moses's parting of the Red Sea had solid science behind it. Nof, a professor of oceanography at Florida State University, said on Tuesday that his study found an unusual combination of water and atmospheric...

2006-02-17 13:11:44

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Foreign Minister Stefan Meller on Friday ruled out allowing any Iranian researchers to examine the scale of the Holocaust committed by the German Nazis on Polish soil during World War Two. Meller's remarks came after repeated denials of the Jewish Holocaust by Iranian officials and their suggestions that more research is needed to establish the truth about what happened to European Jews. "Under no circumstances we should allow something like that to take...

2006-02-15 09:37:38

LISBON (Reuters) - Iran's ambassador to Portugal told a Portuguese radio interviewer it would have taken the Nazis 15 years to burn the corpses of 6 million people, a remark reflecting the denials of the Holocaust made by his president. "When I was ambassador in Warsaw, I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau twice and made my calculations," ambassador Mohammed Taheri said in an interview with Portuguese state radio RTP on Tuesday. "To incinerate 6 million people, 15 years would be...

2006-01-27 11:18:32

By Wojciech Zurawski OSWIECIM, Poland (Reuters) - Survivors of the most infamous Nazi death camp, Auschwitz, on Friday marked the 61th anniversary of its liberation and looked to a May visit there by German-born Pope Benedict as a sign of healing. "No one can pass indifferently by the tragedy of the Shoah. This crime has stained all humankind, for all time," said Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, using the Hebrew word for the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews. More...

2006-01-12 10:03:57

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia must start enforcing its anti-extremism laws to stop a racist groundswell turning into mass bloodshed, Jewish leaders warned on Thursday, a day after a knife attack on Jews in a synagogue. They said it was a miracle that no one was killed on Wednesday evening when a knife-wielding man stabbed eight Jews at a city center synagogue, and said they hoped the attack would shock Russians out of their apathy. "The tragedy is unprecedented for...

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2006-01-05 07:35:00

JERUSALEM -- Discovery of an ancient village just outside Jerusalem has brought into question one of the strongest images of biblical times - the wholesale flight of Jews running for their lives after the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Just beneath the main road leading north from Jerusalem, archaeologists have found the walls of houses in a well-planned community that existed after the temple's destruction. It might lead to rewriting the history books if it...

2005-12-15 16:42:09

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Jewish leaders say they are increasingly worried that Christian conservatives want to turn America politically and culturally into a country that tolerates only their brand of Christianity. "There is a feeling on all sides that something is changing," said Abraham Foxman, director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League. "The polls indicate a very serious thing -- that over 60 percent of the American people feel that religion and...

2005-11-06 12:13:25

By Cynthia Johnston MEGIDDO PRISON, Israel (Reuters) - In a maximum-security jail just down the road from Armageddon, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed what they believe is the oldest church discovered in the land where Jesus was born. "This is one of the most important finds of early Christianity," archaeologist Yardena Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities told journalists on a tour of the excavation on Sunday. Remains of the church, which archaeologists date to the mid-third...

2005-11-05 16:15:02

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An ancient church dating back to the third or fourth century has been discovered inside one of Israel's maximum security prisons, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Saturday. Excavations inside Megiddo prison in northern Israel unearthed the remains of a structure which included a mosaic with inscriptions in Greek and murals of fish as well as an altar, the Authority said. Sharon Shouab, Megiddo prison commander, told Israel's Channel Two television that...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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