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2006-05-12 10:37:04

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Jews, who for decades have been encouraged to leave for Israel, are changing tack with a new movement to develop their distinctive culture at home. But the moves to boost Russian Jews' self-confidence risk colliding with a resurgence of Russian nationalists, who have already staged several anti-semitic attacks this year. Leaders of the World Jewish Congress flew into Moscow this week for a "Limmud" -- talks with community leaders from all...

2006-04-25 10:36:37

By Christian Lowe KIEV (Reuters) - The world has failed to learn the lessons of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, according to the man who was in charge of the reactor that blew up 20 years ago this week. Former Chernobyl director Viktor Bryukhanov told Russia's Profil magazine in a rare interview that scientists had covered up the full truth about the design faults that helped cause the world's worst nuclear accident. Bryukhanov, who was jailed for negligence over the accident, was...

2006-04-21 01:35:00

By Olena Horodetska CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Olga Rudchenko cried every night for eight years, desperate to return home. Now she is happy, living once again in her town, Chernobyl. Rudchenko's family was among 200,000 residents evacuated after an explosion ripped through the Chernobyl nuclear power station on April 26, 1986 in the world's worst nuclear accident. She and her husband, Andriy, defied a government ban and returned 12 years ago to live on contaminated land. "It was a long time ago,...

2006-04-19 11:50:00

BRUSSELS -- The World Health Organization (WHO) should study how the Chernobyl nuclear disaster affected nations other than Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, a report said on Wednesday, citing a lack of data especially for western Europe. "Although areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were heavily contaminated, most of Chernobyl's fallout was deposited outside these countries," said the report, which was carried out by independent researchers and commissioned by Rebecca Harms, a German member of...

2006-04-18 08:10:00

LONDON -- The death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 20 years ago could be far higher than official estimates, with up to 93,000 extra cancer deaths worldwide, environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. Based on research by the Balarus National Academy of Sciences, the report said that of the two billion people globally who got touched by the Chernobyl fallout, 270,000 will develop cancers as a result, of which 93,000 will prove fatal. The International Atomic Energy Authority...

2006-04-13 07:49:34

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...

2006-04-13 07:46:22

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...

2006-04-13 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...