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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, March 30, 2017

International

Auschwitz Museum reports more than 2 million visitors in 2016, the most in the history of the museum

More than 2 million people from all over the world visited the Auschwitz Museum in 2016.

The 2,053,000 visitors is a record number in the history of the museum, which this year will mark the 70th anniversary of its creation, the museum said in a statement on its website.

The top ten countries from which visitors came were Poland, with 424,00; the United Kingdom, with 271,000; the United States, with 215,000; Italy, with 146,000; Spain, with 115,000; Israel, with 97,000; Germany, with 92,000; France, with 82,000; the Czech Republic, with 60,000; and Sweden, with 41,000.

The numbers include 61,000 organized tour groups, and individually

Germany's interior minister is proposing a security shake-up that could include creating "federal departure centers" to ease the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers and centralizing the country's domestic intelligence agency.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere's suggestions in a guest article Tuesday in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung followed last month's attack on a Berlin Christmas market.

The government has promised to examine whether laws need to be changed following the

France rejects Defense Minister's comparison of peace conference without Israeli or PA representative to Dreyfus trial.

France rejected the Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s comparison of next month’s Middle East peace summit in Paris to the anti-Semitic Dreyfus trial.

French Foreign Ministry officials said Monday that the Jan. 15 meeting was being held to “re-affirm” the international community’s commitment to a two-state solution.

Avigdor Liberman told a meeting of his Yisrael

Russia says a recent U.S. decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels is a "hostile act" that would jeopardize Russia's forces and its other interests in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized the policy change Tuesday, telling the Reuters news agency that "...the possibility of supplying them with weapons, including mobile anti-aircraft complexes, has been written into this new bill." She was referring to a defense measure signed recently by U.S. President

Turkey has begun the trial of 29 police officers accused of helping the failed July coup that led to 270 deaths and launched a massive government crackdown.

Prosecutors say those on trial in Istanbul aided the plot by not carrying out their duty to protect President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's residence.

Twenty-one of the officers are facing life prison terms if convicted of attempting to overthrow the government, while the others face potential sentences of up to 15 years for membership in a