Germany and France Unite for Armistice Day

People around the world are honoring veterans and celebrating peace. Today is the 91st anniversary of the end of World War I. The leaders of Germany and France participated for the first time in a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris where German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy laid at wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Reuters.

“The Germans and the French, once bitter enemies, now stand united as neighbors in a way that nourishes hope and confidence that elsewhere in the world, too, deep trenches can be bridged and overcome,” Merkel said in her speech.

Today’s Armistice Day in the United Kingdom will be the first since the war ended in 1918 in which no veterans of World War I are present.  The UK’s last 3 remaining WWI veterans died earlier this year, BBC News.

Recollections and personal stories on Veteran’s Day in the United States, New York Times.

A German man who killed a pregnant Egyptian woman in a courtroom in July has been sentenced to life in prison, BBC News.

The cause of the massive power outrage that affected parts of Brazil and Paraguay last night is still undetermined, AFP.

Naval vessels from North and South Korea clashed yesterday off the west coast of the two countries. Disputes over the placement of the sea border occur regularly, but this was the first time in 7 years that shots were fired. The North Korean vessel retreated after being hit, Associated Press.

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