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Anti-war novel banned by Nazis revived through German eyes

Banned by the Nazis for its anti-war message, the classic novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" is getting a Netflix revival with lessons for a new troubled age.. But its subversive message saw the work banned in Germany and targeted in the 1933 book burnings by the Nazis, who accused it of "betraying soldiers".

Kremlin announces Ukraine annexation ceremony for Friday

Russia will formally annex four regions of Ukraine its troops occupy at a grand ceremony in Moscow on Friday, the Kremlin has announced, after it suggested using nuclear weapons to defend the territories.. "Tomorrow in Saint George's Hall at the Grand Kremlin Palace at 15:00 (1200 GMT) a signing ceremony will take place on the incorporation of the new territories into Russia," Peskov told reporters.

Iran arrests reporter who covered Amini funeral: lawyer

Iran on Thursday arrested a reporter who covered the funeral of Mahsa Amini, her lawyer said, the latest of a growing number of journalists to be detained since protests erupted over the young woman's death.. The Washington-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says at least 25 journalists have been arrested since the protests erupted.

'Help how we can': Kazakhstan welcomes Russians fleeing draft

Emergency housing, paperwork support and a bit of compassion: Kazakhs were trying to aid an influx of Russians who have fled to avoid being called up to fight in Ukraine.. Kazakhstan has seen an unprecedented influx and by Tuesday said 98,000 Russians had arrived since Putin's call-up of 300,000 reservists to contribute to Moscow's war in Ukraine.

Fourth leak detected at Russian gas pipeline to Europe

A fourth leak has been detected in undersea gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard said Thursday, after explosions were reported earlier this week in what NATO called "reckless" sabotage.. The Swedish Coast Guard confirmed Thursday there were four leaks in total on the pipeline in the Baltic Sea -- two on the Swedish side and two on the Danish side.

Crowds build for reopening of Windsor Castle

Hundreds of people lined up on Thursday outside Windsor Castle, as the landmark royal residence and its historic St George's Chapel, where Queen Elizabeth II was buried last week, re-opened following her death.. Royal palaces and residences have been closed since the death of the queen on September 8, including Windsor, west of London, where she spent much of her time.

Taliban fire into air to disperse women's rally backing Iran protests

Taliban forces on Thursday used gunfire to disperse a women's rally in the Afghan capital supporting protests in Iran over the death of a woman in morality police custody.. An organiser, speaking anonymously, told AFP the rally was staged "to show our support and solidarity with the people of Iran and the women victims of the Taliban in Afghanistan".

Catalan separatists in crisis 5 years after referendum

Josep Lluis Rodriguez has not given up hope of an independent Catalonia.. But shopkeeper Magda Artigas has lost any hope of seeing the emergence of an independent Catalan republic, despite voting for one in successive referendums in 2009, 2014 and 2017. 

'Humiliated' and 'harassed': Ukrainians recount life under occupation

Surrounded by kittens unmoved by the far-off sounds of war, 72-year-old Maria Syzhuk recalled the terror she lived through during Russia's six-month occupation of her village in southern Ukraine.. Syzhuk was one among a handful of the village's 4,000 residents who stayed throughout Russia's hold on the area after it invaded Ukraine in late February.

'Better than killing people': Russians flee into Mongolia

On a bright morning in Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar, a young Russian fleeing Moscow's first military call-up since World War II had a stark answer for why he had left: "I don't want to kill people.". "At first, I thought I knew what was happening," another young Russian said of the Ukraine war.