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Thursday
Jan102013

St. Petersburg Unveils Steve Jobs Monument

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) -- The Russian city of St. Petersburg has unveiled a new monument to Apple founder Steve Jobs shaped like -- wait for it...a giant iPhone.

The six-foot-tall memorial can't make phone calls, but it has a functioning touch screen that is designed to work even when it's raining or cold outside. It will display videos and photos documenting the legendary innovator's life.

The new monument stands in front of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.

Apple devices are hugely popular in Russia, though they're far too expensive for the average citizen of the country to buy.

The Siberian city of Novosibirsk is also planning to build a memorial to Jobs. The city is still collecting the funds to complete the project.

Russia is not the only country paying homage to the tech icon. Budapest, Hungary and Odessa, Ukraine already have monuments honoring Jobs.

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Thursday
Sep202012

Obama Administration Official at Libyan Memorial: Death of Diplomats ‘Truly a Shared Loss’

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/GettyImages(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- At a memorial service in Tripoli attended by at least 200 people, nearly all Libyans, top government leaders paid tribute in Arabic to the man they called their friend, Ambassador Chris Stevens.  A large picture of Stevens was a centerpiece at the service, with pictures of the ambassador operating in various locations around Libya hanging throughout the hall, some with the words “Thank You” written underneath.

The president of Libya, Mohammed el-Megarif, said that Ambassador Stevens had “gained the trust” of the Libyan people. A member of the Libyan Parliament, Moneim Alyaser, was so moved by the death of a man he referred to as his “close friend” he requested he be allowed to speak.

Under Secretary of State William Burns represented the U.S. at the ceremony and was the only American to speak. Burns was the most senior Obama administration official to visit Libya since last week’s attack on the Benghazi consulate that killed Ambassador Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

“This is truly a shared loss,” said Burns. "I can see that sense of loss on the faces of all those gathered here this evening . . . the loss of a tireless friend and advocate, a man who dreamed your dreams and wanted deeply to help you achieve the dignity you deserve, after so many decades of tyranny.”

Burns spoke about the night Stevens and the others were killed, and how Libyans fought shoulder to shoulder with the Americans, the same way they were mourning Thursday.

“I could see that sense of loss, as well as a profound sense of honor and decency, in the bravery of the Libyans who risked their lives to try to fight off attackers and rescue Chris … in the grief-stricken faces of the doctors and nurses who did all they could to try to save his life,” said Burns, who talked about “the simple, heartfelt, hand-printed signs of ordinary Libyan citizens, urging the world to understand that the extremists who did this do not speak for them and do not speak for Libya.”

He urged the crowd to use this tragedy as motivation to continue the work of Ambassador Stevens and the other diplomats to strengthen Libya’s democracy by building stronger democratic and security institutions.

“Chris would not have let the profound sense of loss we feel tonight obscure the hopes we share, or the responsibilities we must accept,” said Burns.  “The best way to honor his memory, and the memory of Sean and Tyrone and Glen, and the memory of all the Libyans who have sacrificed so much for the revolution, is to renew our shared determination to build a free Libya, ‘Libya al-Hurra.’ We owe them -- we owe ourselves -- no less.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec222011

23rd Memorial Service Held for Lockerbie Bombing Victims

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Wednesday's commemoration for the victims of the December 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people -- most of them Americans -- was slightly different this year.

With Col. Moammar Gadhafi now dead -- the victim of Libyan rebel forces who overthrew his regime earlier this year -- White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said the families of the bombing victims can take some solace knowing that the infamous dictator is no longer around.

A Libyan agent was eventually convicted for planting the explosives on Pan Am Flight 103 but the U.S. blamed Gadhafi for ordering the attack.

During a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery, Brennan said Gadhafi's death added poignancy to the occasion.  While his regime took some responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing, Gadhafi would never say that he personally gave the orders.

Brennan also told mourners that the U.S. will keep after the Libyan government to bring Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of planting the bomb, to justice.  He was released by Scottish authorities on compassionate grounds two years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.  But al-Megrahi returned home to a hero's welcome, and is still alive, residing somewhere in Libya.

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Wednesday
Jan262011

Moscow Mourning Airport Bombing Victims

Photo Courtesy - ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Wednesday was a day of mourning in Moscow in honor of the airport bombing victims. Thirty-five people were killed and over 100 injured by at least one suicide bomber.

At Domodedovo Airport, a makeshift memorial is growing as more flowers and candles are left.

Security has now been beefed up there with people being screened 'before' they enter the airport terminal.

There's a security reshuffle in Moscow in the wake of the bombing.

The Russian president has fired the top police chief in charge of security for the entire transportation system in the greater Moscow area. And lower down the chain, the head of transport police at Domodedovo Airport and two officers there have also been relieved of their duties.

It's the transport police that are responsible for guarding access to the specific part of the airport where the blast occurred.

No terror group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in the arrivals hall of Domodedovo airport -- a space that, like in American airports, is open to the public and not subject to security screening.

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