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On Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, double the peace, love and music

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, one of the watersheds of the 1960s counterculture movement, will be celebrated in August with two competing events. FILE PHOTO: Janet Huey displays her original ticket at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, U.S. August 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer Michael Lang, the co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival, announced on Wednesday that the official Woodstock Music and Arts Fair would take place from Aug 16-18 at a motor -racing venue in upstate…

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Pope Francis urges peace in conflict zones in Christmas address

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Pope gave his fifth Christmas message from the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Bascilica balcony The Pope has used his annual Christmas message to appeal for peace in conflict zones including Yemen and Syria. The two countries have both been ravaged by civil war for years, pushing their people into humanitarian crises. “My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity. Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture,” Pope Francis said on Tuesday. The Pontiff was giving his yearly “Urbi et Orbi”…

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Yemen war: Can ceasefire deal finally bring peace?

Image copyright EPA Image caption The war has pushed millions to the brink of starvation A ”forgotten war” is now in the eyes of the world. Beyond all expectations, a week of talks, brokered by the UN at a postcard-perfect Swedish castle, took Yemen a step closer to its elusive peace. ”Our collective achievements this week were a significant step forward,” UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council in New York the day after warring sides agreed a ceasefire in the vital Red Sea port of Hudaydah and…

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South Korea president unveils ‘peace gift’ puppies

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSouth Korea’s President Moon Jae-in: “The dogs are designated as national treasures in North Korea” South Korea’s president has revealed the first pictures of puppies mothered by one of North Korea’s “peace gift” dogs, Gomi. The North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, sent the two dogs to his counterpart Moon Jae-in in a bid to promote peace amid thawing ties on the Korean peninsula. Gomi, a Pungsan hunting dog, gave birth to three female and three male puppies. President Moon shared photos of the…

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The women keeping peace… in the deadliest place

Image copyright Xaume Olleros The United Nations wants to recruit more women as peacekeepers, but only a small proportion of its Blue Helmets are female. In Mali, Jennifer O’Mahony meets some of women trying to bring stability to the region. Superintendent Catherine Ugorji is settling in for another 24-hour shift monitoring UN patrols in the troubled Malian city of Gao. This formidable Nigerian policewoman cracks jokes with colleagues from Burkina Faso and Tunisia in fluent French, and scans her computer screen for the evening’s planned routes. As a woman, she…

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Zeppelin crash victims’ relatives make peace

The great-grandson of a Grimsby trawler captain who left 16 Germans to die on a crashed Zeppelin has met a relative of one of those who perished. Pat Thompson wanted to meet Emile Specht, whose uncle Heinrich drowned in the North Sea in 1916. Mr Thompson’s grandfather William Martin found the airship while fishing off the coast of Grimsby, with the Germans still alive and clinging to the wreckage. He ordered his trawler to turn away rather than save the men, who all died. Source link

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Nobel Peace Prize for anti-rape activists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2014, Ms Murad became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to campaigners against rape in warfare Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said the pair were “crucial” in fighting the crimes. Ms Murad is a Yazidi woman who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants. Mr Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who has treated victims. Some 331 individuals and organisations were nominated for the prestigious…

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Rust in peace: Soviet-era cars fill Russian mechanic’s field

Chernousovo, Russia (Reuters) – In the remote village of Chernousovo, retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets tends to more than 300 ramshackle, Soviet-era cars, remnants of a once vibrant auto industry that crumbled with the fall of the Soviet Union. Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are displayed at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles in the village of Chernousovo, Tula region, Russia August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov His open-air museum, some 260 km (161 miles) south of Moscow, draws a handful of car lovers and nostalgia seekers in the…

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Kirkuk bookshop uses English to promote peace in divided Iraqi city

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – All are welcome to attend free English language discussions and lessons in Sami Sulaiman’s bookshop – on the strict condition that they steer clear of politics and religion and refrain from speaking their own languages. Iraqi students take an English language exam at a bookstore in Kirkuk, Iraq, July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed The bookshop, Al-Tareeq (‘The Road’ in Arabic), is in the multi-ethnic northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, long riven by nationalist and sectarian tensions that have pitted Arabs against Kurds and Turkmens and Sunni…

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Scallop row: French police pledge more boats to keep peace

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFrench and British fishing fleets have come to blows over when and where they can catch scallops France has said it is ready to send more police boats to its north coast to prevent further clashes between French and British fishermen over scallops. Authorities said they would increase the police presence “if necessary” to prevent a repeat of clashes in which boats collided and stones were thrown. French fishermen sent nearly 40 boats to confront UK rivals they accuse of depleting scallop…

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