Romanian minister who denied Holocaust attends memorial ceremony

A Romanian government minister who had denied the Holocaust spoke of the need to commemorate the tragedy at a ceremony in Bucharest.

Dan Sova, Romania’s minister for national projects and infrastructure, addressed a crowd of dignitaries on Oct. 9 in the Romanian capital at a ceremony held on Romania’s national Holocaust Memorial Day – a date marked officially for the third time since its introduction in 2010.

Earlier this year, Sova apologized for statements he made during a 2012 television interview in which he said that “no Jew suffered at the hands of Romanians” during the Holocaust.

“Commemoration of Holocaust victims should sensitize us to the tragedy and suffering of millions of people, but also empower us to firmly reject any xenophobic manifestation,” Sova wrote on his blog at the time.

Sova “has come a long way … after visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and numerous discussions with the founding director of MCA Romania, the Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism in Romania,” the center’s founding director, Maximillian Marco Katz, wrote in a statement. He said Sova seemed “sincere” in his regret.

“But there was something missing,” Katz added in his account of the ceremony: “The right audience to hear and to grasp the spoken words and to feel the sorrow expressed in the well-prepared speeches.”

He said that “unlike the first and second years of commemoration, there were no school students present at this event.” There were also “just a very few, maybe 10,” Holocaust survivors in attendance.

Romanian minister who denied Holocaust attends memorial ceremony

Villar: “A la Selección no se renuncia, se la defiende con el corazón”

El golero de la Selección Nacional habló en la mañana de hoy con la prensa, comentó cómo encarará el equipo el último juego de Paraguay por las eliminatorias Brasil 2014, que se disputará el martes ante el combinado de Colombia, en Asunción.

Villar: “A la Selección no se renuncia, se la defiende con el corazón”

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Bomb blast in Ethiopian capital kills two

ADDIS ABABA – A bomb blast in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa killed two people on Sunday, state radio said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Ethiopia says it has thwarted plots of attacks in the past two years and blames rebel groups based in the south and southeast, as well as Somalia’s al Shabaab insurgents.

“A bomb blast occurred at a residential house in the Bole district and killed two unidentified individuals,” a report on national radio said, quoting the National Security and Intelligence Service.

The explosion occurred in the city’s upscale Bole district, about 5 km (3 miles) from a soccer stadium where thousands of fans were queuing for tickets to a World Cup qualifier against Nigeria and gathering at squares in the capital to watch the match on giant screens.

The radio did not mention any suspected link to the match.

It quoted the security service as saying it was investigating the incident and gave no more details.

Bomb blast in Ethiopian capital kills two