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March 5, 2019

Royal couples join Queen Elizabeth to celebrate Prince Charles’ anniversary

Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Cambridges and the Sussexes, nicknamed the royal “Fab Four,” joined together Tuesday to mark a milestone for Prince Charles. Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attended a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of Prince Charles’ investiture as the Prince of Wales. Queen Elizabeth II hosted the reception for her oldest son, t..
March 5, 2019

Italian town shows zest for history with ‘Battle of the Oranges’ food fight

Ranta Images/iStock(LONDON) -- Italians in the northern town of Ivrea, near Turin, celebrated the carnival season with a historic local tradition dubbed "The Battle of the Oranges" over the weekend. The town-wide fruit fracas pays homage to a local legend dating back to the 12th century and symbolizes a revolt against the noblemen of the area by the commoners. The modern-day tradition uses hundreds of tons of oranges that would otherwise be discarded that are shipped from Sicily to the north for..
March 4, 2019

Islamic State use of human shields slows final assault on ISIS-held town in Syria

AbdukadirSavas/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The final assault on the last Islamic State enclave in Syria slowed down after the discovery that ISIS was using civilians as human shields. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mustafa Bali acknowledged the operational slowdown in a tweet, but reaffirmed that "the battle to retake the last ISIS holdout is going to be over soon." On Saturday, President Donald Trump reflected U.S. optimism that the ISIS-held town of Baghouz would be retaken quickly telling..
March 4, 2019

Vatican to open WWII archives of Pope Pius XII

Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis’ decision to open the secret archives of one of his predecessors means scholars will soon have new insights into a question that has vexed the Roman Catholic Church since World War II: What role did the Vatican play in the Holocaust? The Vatican maintained a policy of neutrality during World War II, and never denounced fascism. Jewish groups have long accused the church or turning a blind eye to atrocities committed a..