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Skeleton found in Russia believed to be one of Napoleon Bonaparte's generals

A one-legged skeleton unearthed by a team of archaeologists is believed to be one of Napoleon Bonaparte's generals, Charles-Etienne Gudin, according to a French historian and former soldier. A team of French and Russian archaeologists discovered the 200-year-old skeleton in July during an excavation in the Russian city of Smolensk, which lies about 250 miles west of Moscow. Pierre Malinowski, who led the dig, told CNN that after he unearthed the remains he flew overnight with part of the skeleton's femur and teeth inside his suitcase from Moscow to Marseille to compare the DNA with that of the general's mother, brother and son. "A professor in Marseille carried out extensive testing and the DNA matches 100%," Malinowski told CNN...

Bits of the Berlin Wall make global art, memory

For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall encircled West Berlin, built by communist East German authorities ostensibly to protect the country from "fascists," but in reality to prevent their own citizens from fleeing into the democratic half of the divided city, a portal to the rest of the free world. For a barrier meant to prevent travel, chips, chunks and full segments of the 156.4 kilometer (97.2 mile) -long reinforced concrete Berlin Wall have done a pretty good job themselves getting around Germany and the rest of the world in the past 30 years. The Berlin Wall divided the city from 1961 until it was first opened on Nov. 9, 1989 , though it took much longer to be removed entirely. In Berlin today , some symbolic segments st...

Over 40 migrants found alive in refrigerated truck: Greek police

THESSALONIKI, GREECE: Forty-one migrants were found alive in a refrigerated truck in northern Greece on Monday, said police, who arrested the driver. The migrants, of apparent Afghan origin, were mostly in good condition but seven received first aid in hospital, the police said. "The truck contained men and boys. Identifying their nationality will require a couple of days," a police source told AFP. The truck was stopped by police on the Egnatia motorway between the towns of Xanthi and Komotini. The driver, a man from Georgia, was arrested. Local media reported that police were also seeking a second man from Turkey in connection with the incident. The discovery came after 39 people, all believed to be Vietnamese nationals, were fo...

Anti-police violence surges in the tough suburbs of Paris

A resurgence of anti-police violence has emerged in the long-troubled towns around Paris, signs that lawlessness still simmers in French urban hotspots that exploded in three weeks of rioting in 2005. Violence on Saturday night in Chanteloup-les-Vignes and recent flare-ups in other tough neighborhoods west of Paris have not matched the intensity or destructiveness of the unrest that spread to hundreds of towns in 2005. But French authorities are alarmed because the violence appears pre-planned, with ambushes deliberately set to target police. Police union officials suspect that rival gangs from different tough neighborhoods are competing for bragging rights in their attacks and are reveling in the media coverage they’re generating, even e...

Chinese pilot banned from flying after passenger cockpit photo

A Chinese pilot has been banned from flying after a photo went viral showing a female passenger in the cockpit. The photo was taken in January on an Air Guilin flight from Guilin city to Yangzhou city, state media said, but was widely shared this week - causing the airline to take action. It shows a woman posing in the cockpit with refreshments laid out next to her. Air Guilin said in a statement the pilot had violated air safety regulations. 'Thanks to the captain' The incident took place on 4 January on flight GT1011 from Guilin city to Yangzhou city, according to state media outlet The Global Times. But it was brought to the airline's attention on Sunday after screenshots of the alleged passenger's post started being shared widely o...

Protests toppled two governments in three days, but the fight is only beginning

For weeks, loud and angry demands reverberated across Iraq and Lebanon, rattling their political leadership. Elites publicly acknowledged the popular indictment against them, and serious political concessions appeared inevitable. It signaled a shaking up of the powers that be that would've been unimaginable even a month ago. Then, in the span of just three days this week, governments in Iraq and Lebanon have agreed to resign. Protesters have rejoiced, but many also recognize that a long and complicated road lies ahead. Unlike much of the Arab world, Iraq and Lebanon are not ruled by autocrats, and a change in government rarely spurs a shift in domestic policies. Instead, demonstrators say these countries are governed by democratically-elec...

Italian town of Cammarata offers free houses to lure new residents

Over the past few years, numerous towns in Italy have resorted to selling homes for just over a dollar in a bid to revitalize their dwindling communities. Zungoli near Naples and Sicily's Sambuca were the most recent Italian destinations to get in on the act, launching schemes promoting dilapidated properties for just over a dollar with the hope of attracting new residents. Now, the Sicilian town of Cammarata has gone one step further -- offering homes for absolutely nothing. Desperate to save his hometown from depopulation, mayor Vincenzo Giambrone has spent the last three years convincing owners who've long abandoned their family homes to hand over the empty, crumbling buildings to newcomers for free. "I can't stand to see this gorge...

Brazil oil spill: Where has it come from?

The source of the oil spill washing up on thousands of kilometres of Brazil's coastline over the past few weeks remains the subject of a great deal of speculation. We've been asking experts on shipping routes and the types of crude oil produced in different countries to try to identify the most likely source of the spill. First detected in early September, crude oil has continued to appear on the beaches and pristine mangroves of north-east Brazil. Nine states have been cleaning thick sludge from their shores. More than 1,000 tonnes of oil have been removed so far. Where did the oil originate? Crude oil has very distinct characteristics, depending on its origins. The Brazilian environment ministry says the oil is not Brazilian and that...

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into Sea of Japan

North Korea has fired two unidentified "projectiles" into the sea, the South Korean military says. According to Japan's Defence Ministry, the objects "appeared to be ballistic missiles". If confirmed as a missile test, it would be the North's 12th such launch this year. Earlier this month, North Korea test-fired a new type of missile which is thought could also be launched from a submarine. That missile was, in theory, able to carry a nuclear weapon. Being launched from a submarine can make missiles harder to detect, and allows them to get closer to other targets. Thursday's projectiles were fired into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. The launches are thought to have come from South Pyongan province, ac...

36th Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie Francophone Solidarity highlights at Opening Ceremony

"The holding of this meeting in Monaco is for us a happy moment.This is due to the importance we attach to the International Organization of La Francophonie, which the Principality of Monaco is honored to have been one of the founders, and of which she is today an active member and a faithful support "... With these words, HE Mr. Serge Telle, Minister of State of the Principality, opened today the 36 th Ministerial Conference Francophonie (CMF) which is being held for two days at the Grimaldi Forum. Before the representatives of 88 States and Governments with French in common, many Monegasque personalities including Archbishop Bernard Barsi, the Councilors of Government-Ministers Mrs. Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, MM. Laurent Anselmi,...

The world's largest entertainment exhibition has started in Cannes on 14th of October

MIPCOM From blockbuster programming to groundbreaking partnerships, every October, the global media and entertainment industry converges in Cannes to turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of exchange and networking, meetings, screenings and conferences, into lasting business. MIPCOM is the largest TV market in the world; it is the unrivalled cornerstone of business development for the global media and entertainment industry. With an exhibition zone of over 24,712m² and 2,047 exhibiting companies, MIPCOM is the home to all key media figures from every continent. “HBO”, “Netflix” “Sony” “BBC Studios” “Discovery” “Walt Disney” “ALJAZEERA”, “Amazon” etc. This year Armenian company "Hybrid Solutions" presents ...

Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin chairs the Monaco Organic Food Festival in India

The Principality's Tourism Board (DTC) and the Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), in association with the Hotel Oberoi's Vetro restaurant, organized the "Monaco Organic Food Festival" chaired by Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin, 26-29 September, Mumbai. This showcase of Monegasque gastronomy, with its sign "From Monaco with love", soon conquered its audience in the "Indian city of all dreams" also known as Bombay, thanks to the talent and the personality of the appointed Chef of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. For four days, the Monaco Organic Food Festival offered exclusive gastronomic tables for influential celebrities, industry personalities and other leading companies, as well as media representati...