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    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region as he condemned alleged atrocities in fighting there. Blinken's statement suggested growing frustration with the response so far from Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea to what America's top diplomat described as a "worsening humanitarian crisis." His remarks came a day after Amnesty International released a report accusing Eritrean forces of killing hundreds of civilians in Tigray in a 24-hour period last year, an incident it described as a potential crime against humanity. Eritrea rejected the accusations. "The United States is gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia," Blinken said. "We ask international partners, especially the African Union and regional partners, to work with us to address the crisis...
    The annual Grand Prize of the Belgian Cinematographers ‘Association went to Sam Mendes’ British-American film “1917” on Thursday evening. The film was preceded by “The Communion”, a play inspired by real events directed by John Comasa, “A Hidden Life in an Austria Under Nazi Occupation” by American director Terence Malik, “Milla” by Australian Shannon Murphy, first love of a teenage girl unlike others, and Chile Pablo Lorraine’s “Emma” decides to change her life by telling the story of a young dancer. “1917” “Provides an exceptional visual experience around the First World War, which marks its record, especially thanks to the originality of its arena, its realism and the reflection it can evoke in war”, greeted members of the Belgian Cinematography Publishing House, Seventh Art and Belgium from all over Belgium Received by about 100 critics and journalists. The film depicts a message that could have prevented the deaths of hundreds...
    A retired Army colonel and his former West Point roommate believe they have discovered a nearly forgotten — and possibly first — black unit in the Civil War and are spearheading efforts to see the history-making soldiers honored nearly 160 years later. The career soldiers-turned-amateur historians, retired Col. Chris Allen and retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, say the members of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent could be the first black soldiers to wear Union uniforms, perhaps a year before the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which was profiled in the acclaimed 1989 film “Glory.” Allen and Hodges presented their findings during a Jan. 27 virtual presentation for the Army Heritage Center Foundation titled, “The Union’s First Black Regiment and the U.S. Army’s Linkage to the Emancipation Proclamation.” The two are spearheading efforts to see the unit’s role put in proper historical context...
    Originally Published by: The Army doesn’t know how many extremists it has booted Some combat experiences — like ambushes or killing a civilian — more closely linked to suicide, study finds Nearly 1 in 4 active-duty sailors have gotten the COVID vaccine, officials say A retired Army colonel and his former West Point roommate believe they have discovered a nearly forgotten — and possibly first — Black unit in the Civil War and are spearheading efforts to see the history-making soldiers honored nearly 160 years later. The career soldiers-turned-amateur-historians, retired Col. Chris Allen and retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, say the members of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent could be the first Black soldiers to wear Union uniforms, perhaps a year before the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which was profiled in the acclaimed...
    A lawyer has claimed the FBI secretly discovered $400 million in stolen Civil War gold bars buried in a Pennsylvania forest. Harrisburg attorney William Cluck said Thursday he'd learned the name of the federal judge who ordered all records of the March 2018 excavation to be sealed. 'I got what I wanted,' Cluck told PennLive after submitting a Right-to-Know appeal. He said he can now apply to the judge in question to unseal the records in the case. Cluck's client is Finders Keepers LLC, treasure hunters who say they were banned from digging at Dents Run, where legend says gold bullion was buried. The FBI later carried out work at the forest but said they didn't find anything. According to the 155-year-old tale, a Union Army wagon train was carrying two tons of gold on a 400-mile journey between Wheeling, West Virginia, and Gettysburg. FBI agents and representatives of...
    In the early morning of April 12, 1864, a force of 1,500 Confederate cavalry under General Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked 600 Union soldiers at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. These were not just any Union soldiers. More than half were Black, most of them former slaves—a fighting force most rebel soldiers had never seen before. Though Black soldiers had fought in a handful of engagements in 1862 and 1863, their presence in combat was still relatively new. The fight did not last long. The callow Union commander, who was white, made several grave mistakes, which included refusing to surrender. His force was quickly overrun. Soon the slaughter began—the deliberate shooting by Confederates, enraged by the presence of Blacks, of unarmed soldiers who were either trying to surrender or had already surrendered. The carnage did not stop on the battlefield. Wounded and sick men alike were butchered in the hospital tents. By the...
    SAN DIEGO —  Two soldiers killed in an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash on San Clemente Island earlier this week were identified Saturday. Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, N.J., and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, were both Black Hawk helicopter repairers assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) with headquarters at Fort Campbell, Ky. “The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” Col. Andrew Graham, commander of the 160th regiment, said in a statement. “Our priority now is to ensure the Families of our fallen warriors receive our complete support as we work through this tragedy together.” The Army did not release any information about the crash, which occurred off the Southern California coast. Five soldiers were on the aircraft when it went down Thursday, a Defense Department official with knowledge...
    SAN ANTONIO – While school curriculums cover the major events during the Civil War era, there are some monumental events during that time that most students in Texas will probably never learn about in the classroom, a St. Mary’s University professor said. For instance, a relationship that Black union soldiers in Louisiana developed with Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in Texas during the 1860s that played important roles in liberation on both side’s of the border. KSAT-TV EXTRA: Watch an extended version of this story below and on the KSAT-TV streaming app. St. Mary’s University professor Teresa Van Hoy said after the Civil War, black union soldiers traveled from Louisiana and helped to liberate Mexico from French control. “After the war, they (union soldiers) snuck across to Mexico to help Mexicans and Mexican-Americans overthrow the French,” Van Hoy said. As seen in pictures from the Library of Congress, the aid pointed to...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A monument in Tennessee that recognizes both Union and Confederate troops was vandalized with red spray paint, officials said. A derogatory phrase about America was scrawled at the base of the Battle of Nashville Monument, The Tennessean reported. Battle of Nashville Trust President Tim Kay said the damage will cost at least $10,000 to repair and the organization is prepared to prosecute. The 30-foot obelisk is made of white granite and bronze and “honors the sacrifices of both Confederate and Union soldiers who fought in the December 15-16,1864, Battle of Nashville, as well as the American soldiers who fought in World War I,” according to the Battle of Nashville Trust website. “This is a treasure for Nashville,” Kay said. “The freedoms we have today to protest are built on those men giving their lives for our democracy.” Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A statue of a Union soldier honoring a volunteer regiment from upstate New York was smashed into pieces in a public park. Police said Wednesday the statue was likely destroyed overnight, and that they are looking for suspects. Photos show fragments of the statue littered across the grass of a park in Saratoga Springs, New York. The statue was more than a century old, having first been erected in 1875 to honor soldiers in the 77th NY Volunteers, who died in the Civil War. More than 200 miles away in Rochester, New York, a statue of Frederick Douglass was torn off its base on July 5, the anniversary of one of Douglass' most famous speeches. Statues depicting Confederate leaders have been toppled or vandalized recently around the nation. Saratoga Springs History Museum Executive Director James D. Parillo told the Times Union the statue was one...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — As much as President Donald Trump enjoys talking about winning and winners, the Confederate generals he vows will not have their names removed from U.S. military bases were not only on the losing side of rebellion against the United States, some weren’t even considered good generals. The 10 generals include some who made costly battlefield blunders; others mistreated captured Union soldiers, some were slaveholders and one was linked to the Ku Klux Klan after the war. Trump has dug in his heels on renaming, saying the bases that trained and deployed heroes for two World Wars “have become part of a Great American Heritage, a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.”ADVERTISEMENT However, there is growing support in the GOP- led Senate to remove the Confederate names and from former U.S. military leaders such as retired 4-star general David Petraeus, who wrote last...
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