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World War II: 1939–1945, global war between Axis and Allies
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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Germany reopens hate speech, gun law debates after shisha bar killings

Germany's government faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathizers, after the suspect in one of its worst mass shootings since World War Two was found to..
Reuters - Published

Phoenix Trump rally attendees carry 100-year-old World War II veteran to his seat

A 100-year-old World War II veteran was carried to his seat by two men at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
USATODAY.com - Published

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German mass shooting reopens gun law debates [Video]German mass shooting reopens gun law debates

Germany's government faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathisers, after the suspect in one of its worst mass shootings since World War Two was found to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:04Published

California May Apologize To Japanese Americans Imprisoned After Pearl Harbor [Video]California May Apologize To Japanese Americans Imprisoned After Pearl Harbor

California is expected to pass a resolution formally apologizing for putting Japanese Americans in prison camps during World War II. It was the largest single forced relocation in US history, with more..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:44Published

102-year-old Second World War veteran describes fighting off burglar [Video]102-year-old Second World War veteran describes fighting off burglar

102-year-old Second World War veteran John Cox describes how he suffered cuts and bruises after the intruder tried to break into his Lincoln home. Lincolnshire Police said a 47-year-old man had been..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:38Published

75 years after Iwo Jima, Marine recalls second chance at life [Video]75 years after Iwo Jima, Marine recalls second chance at life

104-year-old William White still has memories of the exploding grenade that nearly ended his solo reconnaissance mission during one of World War Two's fiercest battles. Colette Luke has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:48Published

Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old veteran [Video]Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old veteran

William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year like never before, surrounded by a mountain of 70,000 love..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:09Published

Cheers and tears as the clock strikes Brexit [Video]Cheers and tears as the clock strikes Brexit

Brexiteers got their long-awaited celebration late on Friday, but for remainers, it was a bleak moment Britain leaves the EU divided over one of the most dramatic shifts in its recent history. Lucy..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

EU Council bids goodbye to Britain's union jack [Video]EU Council bids goodbye to Britain's union jack

Officials removed British flags from the European Council on Friday, leaving the 27 flags of the European Union's remaining member states hanging away from the renowned union jack on Brexit day.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

A dis-United Kingdom enters the Brexit unknown [Video]A dis-United Kingdom enters the Brexit unknown

Britain takes a historic leap into an uncertain future with Brexit this week, which will expose internal divisions that put the United Kingdom at risk. Lucy Fielder reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:55Published

‘We take everything for granted’: 93 year-old Auschwitz survivor warns future generations [Video]‘We take everything for granted’: 93 year-old Auschwitz survivor warns future generations

Siegmund Listwa had spent five and a half years in concentration camps during World War II, including two years at Auschwitz. This week marks 75 years since the Nazis’ most well-known extermination..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:47Published

‘Leave history research to historians, not politicians': Israeli President in Auschwitz [Video]‘Leave history research to historians, not politicians': Israeli President in Auschwitz

The presidents of Israel and Poland call for the end of historical revisionism on Holocasut memorial day, after Vladimir Putin's latest comments regarding World War II. Adam Reed reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Liberator or Persecutor? How Poland sees the role of the Soviet Union in World War Two [Video]Liberator or Persecutor? How Poland sees the role of the Soviet Union in World War Two

Liberator or Persecutor? How Poland sees the role of the Soviet Union in World War Two

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:47Published

Italy regional elections: Salvini fails in left-wing stronghold [Video]Italy regional elections: Salvini fails in left-wing stronghold

League party looks set to lose in Emilia-Romagna, which left has traditionally governed since end of World War II.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published

Dutch PM's apology for country's role in Holocaust [Video]Dutch PM's apology for country's role in Holocaust

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday (January 26) he was sorry for his country's role during the Holocaust and the lack of action against the persecution of Jews, becoming the first Dutch..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

75 years after, Holocaust survivor struggles to recover property in Poland [Video]75 years after, Holocaust survivor struggles to recover property in Poland

Lea Evron saw much of her family die during the Holocaust. Now living in New York, she is seeking restitution for the property her family once owned.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:15Published

Pence and Netanyahu criticise 'anti-Semitic Iran' at Holocaust memorial event [Video]Pence and Netanyahu criticise 'anti-Semitic Iran' at Holocaust memorial event

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both accused Iran of being anti-Semitic as world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:43Published

The awkward moment Prince Charles misses a handshake with Mike Pence [Video]The awkward moment Prince Charles misses a handshake with Mike Pence

Britain's Prince Charles failure to shake hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the start of a World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem memorial centre in Jerusalem on Thursday raised..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

Auschwitz-Birkenau as it's never been seen before [Video]Auschwitz-Birkenau as it's never been seen before

Drone footage captures the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau as the museum on the site prepares to mark 75 years since the camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army during the closing months..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Four suspected unexploded WW2 bombs force evacuation of 14,000 in Dortmund [Video]Four suspected unexploded WW2 bombs force evacuation of 14,000 in Dortmund

Authorities in the German city of Dortmund moved around 14,000 people from homes and buildings due to four suspected unexploded WW2 bombs View on euronews

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City pays respects to D-Day hero 'who taught people what Normandy was all about' [Video]City pays respects to D-Day hero 'who taught people what Normandy was all about'

More than 100 members of the public turned out to show their respects to D-Day veteran John Jenkins as his funeral procession passed the museum where he volunteered and the football club he loved. Mr..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:05Published

 

‘Church has no reason to fear history’: Vatican to open wartime archives of Pius XII

More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his..
France 24 - Published

Frydenberg citizenship challenged in court

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is facing a court challenge on his eligibility to sit in parliament because of his mother's flight from Hungary after WWII.
SBS - Published

Battle of Iwo Jima 75 years on

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which saw some of the bloodiest fighting of World War Two take place on a small Japanese island 1,200 km (745 miles) south..
Reuters - Published

Love Letters From World War II Reveal Promises Made and Broken

A museum in New Orleans dedicated to World War II has a vast collection of letters from soldiers, sailors and the women who loved them.
NYTimes.com - Published

German far-right reopens trauma of Dresden bombing

german far-right reopens trauma of dresden bombing
Germany was yesterday to mark 75 years since the destruction of Dresden in World War II, with the far-right seeking to inflate victim numbers and play down Nazi war crimes. German President..
WorldNews - Published

Polish PM seeks visit to Russia for plane crash and Katyn anniversaries

Poland's prime minister said he wants to visit Russia to commemorate the victims of a World War Two massacre and 2010 plane crash, amid heightened tensions with Moscow after recent comments by Vladimir..
Reuters - Published

German president warns of racist 'poison' at Dresden WW2 bombing ceremony

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Germans they must reject racism and anti-Semitism at a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Allied bombing raids on Dresden, which killed 25,000 people near..
Reuters - Published

WW2 bombing commemorated in far-right stronghold Dresden

Germans on Thursday commemorate 75 years since Allied bombing raids on Dresden killed 25,000 people just three months before the end of World War Two in an operation that still fuels the surging..
Reuters - Published

Today in History for February 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Bruno Richard Hauptmann convicted in the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder; The World War II bombing of Dresden begins; Konstantin Chernenko becomes Soviet leader; Peter..
USATODAY.com - Published

Germany marks 75th anniversary of Dresden bombing as far-right seeks to downplay Nazi crimes

Germany will mark 75 years since the destruction of Dresden in World War II on Thursday, with the far right seeking to inflate victim numbers and play down Nazi crimes.
France 24 - Published

UK's Big Ben tower more badly damaged by Nazi bombs than thought

Britain's Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament was more badly damaged by German bombs during World War Two than originally thought, experts said on Thursday, as the bill for its restoration rose..
Reuters - Published

Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old in tribute to military veterans

William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine's Day this year like never before, surrounded by a mountain of 70,000 love letters..
Reuters - Published

The most horrifying thing about Trump’s State of the Union? The 2 words he never ...

the most horrifying thing about trump’s state of the union? the 2 words he never ...
Imagine that it’s January 1941, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt is delivering his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The planet is literally on fire from the Big..
WorldNews - Published

Japan PM Abe vows Russia peace treaty talks at rally for disputed islets

japan pm abe vows russia peace treaty talks at rally for disputed islets
BREAKING NEWS: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to visit Moscow in May to attend a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Russia's victory over Germany in World War II and hold talks with..
WorldNews - Published

76 years after WWII: 300 more war claims cleared, checks out on Thursday, Friday

76 years after wwii: 300 more war claims cleared, checks out on thursday, friday
More than 300 additional World War II survivors with adjudicated claims will receive their advance war compensation checks on Thursday and Friday, after the U.S. Department of the Treasury confirmed..
WorldNews - Published

Soho evacuated for second consecutive day after another part of Second World War bomb found

Evacuations taking place on Dean Street, Richmond Mews, Meard Street and St Anne's Court
Independent - Published

Yalta: World War Two summit that reshaped the world

As World War Two was ending the leaders of the UK, US and USSR met to plan post-war peace.
BBC News - Published

Soho evacuated after 'unexploded Second World War bomb' discovered

Police cordon off major roads after device found on building site
Independent - Published

Bafta honours cinema that World War Two shut on opening day

The team behind The Plaza - a community cinema since 1997 - will win a special prize at the awards.
BBC News - Published

Robots pose biggest Risk to the poorest countries

robots pose biggest risk to the poorest countries
In the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, many Western policymakers assumed that globalization was irreversible and would lead to rising incomes for all. In 2005, then-U.K. Prime..
WorldNews - Published

Brexit at last: Britain leaves the EU for an uncertain future

The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Friday for an uncertain Brexit future, turning its back after 47 years on the post-World War Two project that sought to build the ruined..
Reuters - Published

Britain Brexits - United Kingdom leaves the European Union

The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Friday for an uncertain Brexit future, turning its back on post-World War Two attempts to unite the once warring nations of Europe into a..
Reuters - Published

Final countdown to Brexit as Britain prepares to cast off from EU

The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday with a mixture of joy, anger and indifference, casting off into the unknown after nearly five decades and dealing a blow to Europe's drive to..
Reuters - Published

UK flag lowered in Brussels as Britain cuts loose from EU

The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday with a mixture of joy, anger and indifference, casting off into the unknown in one of the biggest blows yet to Europe's attempt to forge unity..
Reuters - Published

Britain cuts loose from EU with delight, anger and indifference

The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday with a mixture of joy, anger and indifference, casting off into the unknown in one of the biggest blows yet to Europe's attempt to forge unity..
Reuters - Published

UK's no-deal Brexit ad blitz did not leave Britain better prepared: watchdog

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to launch one of the biggest advertising campaigns since World War Two to get Britain ready for a no-deal Brexit was largely ineffective, according to a report..
Reuters - Published

VIDEO: A chilling tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

More than 1.1 million men women and children – most of them Jews – perished at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was the largest of the thousands of concentration camps dotting Nazi-occupied Europe during..
France 24 - Published

Sorrow and triumph, an Auschwitz survivor's journey back to a former hell

Jona Laks could smell the burning flesh as she walked towards death at the Auschwitz crematorium. More than 75 years later, aged 90, she has returned to what was the most notorious Nazi death camp of..
Reuters - Published

'It's overwhelming': 104-year-old WWII vet receives thousands of cards for Valentine's Day

Maj. Bill White retired from the Marines 55 years ago after serving active duty for 30 years. He's also believed to be the oldest living Marine.
USATODAY.com - Published

British plane from Second World War found after 70 years submerged in lake

A family member of the veteran has contacted Consett Police since they shared an appeal on social media
Independent - Published

In southern Poland, archaeologists discover WW2 plane wreck

Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a U.S.-made bomber flown by the Soviet Red Army in World War Two, along with the remains of four crewmen killed when it crashed in southern Poland, private..
Reuters - Published

Introducing ‘Beyond the World War II We Know’

Here are five articles from The Times you might have missed.
NYTimes.com - Published

French unions warn Macron pension strikes will drag on for months

France's hardleft trade unions on Friday threatened industrial action for months to come, as they searched for a way to force President Emmanuel Macron to ditch the biggest overhaul of the country's..
Reuters - Published

Germany still dealing with 'same evil' that led to Holocaust, president says in Jerusalem

Germany has still not learned "once and for all" its lesson from the Holocaust, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday, as he expressed sorrow for his country's role in the murder of..
Reuters - Published

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