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Germany No former SS getting pensions in Belgium

BERLIN — German authorities say no former Nazi SS soldiers are receiving disability pensions in Belgium, responding to concerns raised by lawmakers there. The Labor Ministry said Wednesday that 18 people in Belgium are receiving war disability pensions but “there … more

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Lithuania detains 26, including judges, in corruption probe

VILNIUS, Lithuania — A Lithuanian official says 26 people, including eight judges in different courts, have been detained in a corruption probe, suspected of “large-scale bribery, trading in influence and abuse of powers in the court system.” Zydrunas Bartkus, head … more

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Cyprus to EU Speed up granting name protection for halloumi

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus is urging the European Union to speed up the process granting full name protection to halloumi cheese, the east Mediterranean island nation’s top culinary export. Cyprus government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told The Associated Press on Wednesday … more

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  • The Barber of Seville's Disastrous Debut (1816)
    on 02/20/2019 at 5:00 am

    In 1816, Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini produced The Barber of Seville, based on the comedy by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais. Though Rossini created much of the opera's music in just weeks, it resounds with his brilliant arias, ensemble numbers, and famous crescendos. Still, several on-stage accidents and constant jeers from the audience, […]