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Croatia leader visits site of wartime massacre of Muslims

SARAJEVO: Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic made an unexpected visit Thursday to the site of a massacre of Muslim civilians by Bosnian Croats during the country's 1990s war, an atrocity that led to several war crimes convictions. Grabar-Kitarovic, on an official visit to Bosnia, paid her respects to 116 Muslim civilians, among whom 33 children and women, killed by Bosnian Croats in the village Ahmici in central Bosnia in April 1993. Such gestures are still rare among leaders in the former Yugoslavia, torn…

UK wartime codebreaking center becomes cyber education college

BLETCHLEY, ENGLAND:┬áIt was once the home of Britain's codebreakers during World War Two. Now more than 70 years later, Bletchley Park is preparing to host the UK's first national college of cyber education, with a first intake of students starting in September 2018. Work is under way to revamp several derelict buildings on the site where mathematician Alan Turing cracked Nazi Germany's "unbreakable" Enigma code. The new school for 16- to 18-year-olds, which will sit beside the historical attraction and the National…

Assad declared landslide victor in wartime Syrian election

BEIRUT: President Bashar al-Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election that was condemned as a sham by his opponents but demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war. Parliamentary speaker Mohammad al-Laham said Assad secured 88.7 percent of votes cast in the election, which was held mainly in the central and western parts of the country, where his forces hold sway. "I declare the victory of Dr Bashar Hafez al-Assad as president of the Syrian Arab Republic with an absolute…