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Veterans Day is officially Monday, November 11, 2013

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...r 10th and Monday, November 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value when they show valid military I.D. or other proof of service. California Pizza Kitchen On Monday, November 11, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to get any pizza from our menu for free (dine-in only). Please come in uniform...

Addressing an audience of young Germans in their own language in 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle said they were children of a great nation which had made great errors

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France President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are marking the 50th anniversary of an historic speech seen as a key moment in the post-WWII reconciliation between the two countries. Addressing an audience of young Germans in their own language in 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle said they were “children of a great nation which had made great errors”. Th...

Colonel Mikolaj Przybyl shot himself today in dramatic footage caught on film in his office after cutting short a news conference

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...ght on film in his office after cutting short a news conference Colonel Mikolaj Przybyl, the Polish military prosecutor who investigates the case of the plane crash that killed Poland’s president, shot himself today in dramatic footage caught on film in his office after cutting short a news conference. Moments earlier, Mikolaj Przybyl had defended a military investigation into leaks related to a...

Malala Yousafzai has received the EU's Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg

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Malala Yousafzai has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg. In a speech, the Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, dedicated the award to “the unsung heroes of Pakistan” and to human rights campaigners worldwide. European Parliament President Martin Schulz presented the award. Malala Yousafzai, 16, was s...

President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos passed the flame to Princess Anne, president of the British Olympic Association in the Panathenaic Stadium

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...UK, the flame will be used to light the cauldron in Stratford’s Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27 July. At Thursday’s handover ceremony, crowds in the stadium stood beneath multi-colored umbrellas as the national anthems of the UK and Greece were sung by a British school choir and a Greek tenor. President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capral...

Barack Obama has said he will put plans for a military strike against Syria on hold if the country agrees to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international control

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...k Obama said he would continue to press the US Congress to back a resolution authorizing him to take military action against Syria, but he implied the timeline for action had shifted. Barack Obama has said he will put plans for a military strike against Syria on hold if the country agrees to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international control “The stakes are high, but they are...

Egyptian parliament has briefly convened, despite the ruling military council ordering it to be dissolved

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Egyptian parliament has briefly convened, despite the ruling military council ordering it to be dissolved. President Mohammed Mursi had ordered the assembly to meet in defiance of the ruling. Earlier, the council said the decision to dissolve parliament must be upheld. The military closed parliament last month after a supreme court ruling. Its latest intervention is seen by some as a challenge an...

Hugo Chavez’s body has been laid to rest at a military museum in Caracas

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...prepared. The embalming process would take seven to eight months. Earlier in the day, political and military authorities joined Hugo Chavez’s relatives for a ceremony at the military academy where his remains lay in state for 10 days. “Thanks, comandante, for giving us back our fatherland,” said one of Hugo Chavez’s daughters, Maria Gabriela, in an emotional eulogy. “...

General Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina’s former military leader, has died aged 87 while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity

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General Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina’s former military leader, has died aged 87 while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity. Jorge Rafael Videla is reported to have died from natural causes in prison. The general was jailed in 2010 for the deaths of 31 dissidents during the 1976-83 military dictatorship, of which he was overall leader until 1981. Up to 30,000 people were tortured...

Spectators who attended a preview of the Olympic Games opening ceremony have been urged to keep the details secret and not spoil the surprise for others

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Spectators who attended a preview of the Olympic Games opening ceremony have been urged to keep the details secret and not spoil the surprise for others. Thousands of people who attended a rehearsal on Monday were asked not to circulate images or videos. Danny Boyle, the ceremony’s artistic director, reportedly addressed the audience to “save the surprise”. About 62,000 are set...

The Israeli military and militants in Gaza are continuing to trade fire, with the round of violence that has followed Israel's killing of Hamas's military chief showing no sign of abating

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The Israeli military and militants in Gaza are continuing to trade fire, with the round of violence that has followed Israel’s killing of Hamas’s military chief showing no sign of abating. Israel hit 200 sites overnight, including PM Ismail Haniya’s office. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel, including one at the city of Tel Aviv that was intercepted. Meanwhile,...

America is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights rally at which Martin Luther King Jr. made his I have a dream speech

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...for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights rally at which Martin Luther King Jr. made his I have a dream speech On Saturday, thousands of people, including Martin Luther King’s eldest son, marched to the Lincoln Memorial to mark the milestone anniversary. Half a century earlier, Martin Luther King led some 250,000 protesters down the same strip and delivered his famous speech from its steps. ...

Researchers have discovered that beluga whale vocalizations were remarkably close to human speech

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US researchers have discovered that beluga whale vocalizations were remarkably close to human speech. While dolphins have been taught to mimic the pattern and durations of sounds in human speech, no animal has spontaneously tried such mimicry. But researchers heard a nine-year-old whale named NOC make sounds octaves below normal, in clipped bursts. The researchers outline in Current Biology just...

Queen Elizabeth II has declared the London 2012 Paralympics officially open, during a spectacular opening ceremony watched by some 80,000 spectators

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...s lit up the stadium. Prof. Stephen Hawking and actor Sir Ian McKellen played prominent roles in the ceremony, which also featured a host of deaf and disabled artists, local children and performers newly-trained in circus skills. Some 3,000 volunteers took part in the event, which organizers entitled Enlightenment and said was “profoundly about science and humanity”. Throughout the cer...

The Algerian military operation to free hostages being held by Islamist militants at a desert gas plant is now over

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The Algerian military operation to free hostages being held by Islamist militants at a desert gas plant is now over, state news agency APS reports. State TV said four foreign hostages were killed in the operation. Others were freed, but there was no confirmation of how many survived. AFP news agency quoted officials as saying the army had not secured the whole site, which was being searched. Al-Q...

South Korea is staging its largest military parade in a decade

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...The situation on the Korean peninsula… is very grave,” President Park Geun-hye said in a speech at the event. South Korea is staging its largest military parade in a decade “We have to build strong deterrence against North Korea until the North abandons its nuclear programme and makes the right choice for the people of North Korea and peace on the Korean Peninsula,” she ad...

Barack Obama has warned Russia against any military intervention in Ukraine

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President Barack Obama has warned Russia against any military intervention in Ukraine. The US president said he was deeply concerned by reports of Russian military movements inside Ukraine. Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandry Turchynov has accused Russia of deploying troops to the Ukrainian region of Crimea and trying to provoke Kiev into “armed conflict”. Crimea’s pro-M...

Jill Kelley, who kicked off an FBI probe into General David Petraeus, watches TV coverage of his affair with Paula Broadwell

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Jill Kelley, the socialite at the centre of the David Petraeus sex scandal who sent thousands of “inappropriate” emails to General John Allen, “flirted outrageously” with a string of military chiefs, a friend claimed today. In a dramatic new twist in the David Petraeus sex scandal on Monday night, it emerged that General John Allen exchanged 20,000 to 30,000 messages – as many as 40 a day &...

Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite at the centre of the David Petraeus sex scandal, took multiple flights on military aircraft at taxpayers expenses

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...ley, the Florida socialite at the centre of the David Petraeus sex scandal, took multiple flights on military aircraft at taxpayers expenses, it was claimed today. Jill Kelley even reportedly flew to Washington D.C. with General John Allen – the military commander she is said to have exchanged tens of thousands of emails with while he was in Afghanistan. It is not known why Jill Kelley, 37,...

David Petraeus is urging members of Congress to support President Barack Obama's plan for military intervention in Syria

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David Petraeus is urging members of Congress to support President Barack Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is suspected of launching chemical attacks on his own people, killing more than 1,400, including hundreds of children. Former CIA director and retired Army General David Petraeus says military action in Syria is “necessary” to deter other...

A thunderstorm has forced Pope Benedict XVI to cut short his yesterday speech during a prayer vigil at the Catholic Church of World Youth Day 2011 festival in Madrid. (

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...merely delivered brief greetings in a half-dozen languages, skipping the bulk of his World Youth Day speech. A thunderstorm has forced Pope Benedict XVI to cut short his yesterday speech during a prayer vigil at the Catholic Church of World Youth Day 2011 festival in Madrid. (Getty Image) Despite the discomfort, the scene at the Cuatro Vientos airport was nevertheless festive and colorful, with p...

JFK enraged his former classmates by plagiarizing the line "ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country", which they had heard "time and time again" in a similar form at school

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...historians when Chris Matthews’ book is published this week. The “Ask not…” speech has long been thought to have written with the input o JFK’s poetic speechwriter Theodore C. Sorensen. Theodore C. Sorensen, who died in 2010, helped idealize and immortalize the JFK’s tragically brief administration. The speecwriter was best known for working with JFK on passage...

Queen Elizabeth II has declared the London Olympics officially open, before seven young athletes were given the honor of lighting the ceremonial flame

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...le, including David Beckham and Bradley Wiggins, and screen characters Mr. Bean and James Bond. In a speech watched around the world, Games chief Jacques Rogge said: “The Olympic Games are coming home tonight.” Flag-bearer Sir Chris Hoy earlier led out Team GB to cheers and applause. The identity of who was to light the symbolic flame was shrouded in secrecy ahead of the ceremony. The...

Margaret Thatcher will be given a funeral ceremony with full military honors before a private cremation on April 17

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Former British PM Margaret Thatcher will be given a funeral ceremony with full military honors before a private cremation on Wednesday, April 17. Officials and politicians from around the world will be in London to pay their last respects to Britain’s first female prime minister. Margaret Thatcher died at Ritz Hotel in London on Monday, April 8, after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 87....

London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony has started with a performance charting a journey through a day in the life of the capital city

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London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony has started with a performance charting a journey through a day in the life of the capital city. After 16 days of competition, the show, said to be a celebration of British people, music and culture, kicked off at 21:00 BST at the Olympic Stadium. More than 4,100 performers are taking part in A Symphony of British Music. The climax of the ceremony will see th...