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Switzerland bans face coverings in public

Switzerland, a wealthy country in the heart of Europe, has a population of 8.4 million people, 5.4% of which are Muslims, mostly originating from...

Heinrich Harrer, venturesome tutor of the young Dalai Lama

Austrian explorer, mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, author and tutor of the young 14th Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer, died on January 7th 2006 in Friesach, a...

The ephemeral Treaty of Sèvres

After more than fifteen months of preparations, on August 10th, 1920 the short-lived Treaty of Sèvres was signed in the Paris suburb of Sèvres...

Austria becomes free, sovereign, neutral and democratic

In July 1955, Austria became the free, sovereign, neutral and democratic state that the world knows.

150 years ago: beginning of the Franco-Prussian War

Beginning exactly 150 years ago, the European balance of power began to shift significantly.

Otto Skorzeny: liberator of Mussolini and Mossad agent

Vienna-born Otto Skorzeny, who died in Madrid 45 years ago, was an enigmatic daredevil who served various masters.

Another ruling imposed from above in Taiwan

A clear majority of Taiwanese isn’t in favor of a recent constitutional interpretation about adultery.

The British Army and the betrayal of the Cossacks

At the end of World War II, tens of thousands of Cossack troops and their families were forcibly transferred to the Soviets.

Bleiburg 1945: the beginning of a mostly forgotten tragedy

The atrocities committed by the Independent State of Croatia during World War II are quite well-known, but what happened immediately after it collapsed in 1945 remains mostly in the dark.

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