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Meet Winston Churchill in new exhibition at Blenheim Palace
A life-size sculpture of Winston Churchill has been unveiled as part of Blenheim Palace’s new Churchill exhibition.
Young people present future visions on Europe Day in Strasbourg
Europe Day has been celebrated in Strasbourg with young people presenting their visions for the future of the bloc
Victory Day: Russia’s Putin warns ‘Nazi-era ideologies’ remain strong
The Russian president spoke at the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the Second World War’s conclusion
VE Day commemorated across Europe
France, Poland, the Czech Republic and other countries have marked the day, 76 years ago, which represent the victory of allied forces against the Nazis.
Bomb squad scrambled to German forest for sex toy
A suspected WWII hand grenade found in a Bavarian forest was actually a rubber sex toy, German police have said.
Sweden's ex-PM angers Norway and Denmark with Nazi resistance tweet
"The defence forces of Sweden in 1940 weren’t stellar, but still stronger than Norway and in particular than Denmark," Carl Bildt said. "Had [Adolf] Hitler decided to invade Sweden it would have been a fight."
French village inherits fortune from Austrian Jew it housed during WW2
In Chambon sur Lignon, only one person remembers Erich Schwam, who died at the end of December at the age of 90 in Lyon, leaving no relatives behind.
Nazi concentration camp secretary charged with complicity to murder
It is believed to be the first time for several years that a woman has been charged in relation to wartime Nazi atrocities.
George Blake, notorious Soviet Cold War double agent, dies at 98
Blake was jailed in the 1960s for betraying the British foreign intelligence service but escaped and spent the rest of his life behind the Iron Curtain.
World’s first supersonic fighter pilot Chuck Yeager dies aged 97
The first man to fly a plane faster than the speed of sound, Charles “Chuck” Yeagar, has died aged 97.
Swiss to evacuate village threatened by vast WWII explosive depot
A risk assessment of the underground depot carried out over the previous two years said it presents "unacceptable" risks based on current safety regulations.
It's 50 years since Willy Brandt knelt to apologise for Nazi crimes
The gesture forms the foundation of modern relations between Germany and Poland.
Nuremberg trials: 75 years on from world's first war crimes tribunal
Nuremberg: How the world's first war crimes trial revealed the scale of the Nazi Holocaust
Watch: Macron leads Armistice Day commemorations in France
While France usually observes the public holiday with a parade in Paris as well as several other events around the country, this year will be different as the nation is under a national lockdown.
France pays tribute to 6-year-old wartime resistance hero Marcel Pinte
Known as "Quinquin", and celebrated as France's youngest resistance hero, he carried messages under his shirt to leaders of the movement against Nazi occupation.
Watch: Huge WW2 bomb detonates underwater during Polish navy operation
The bomb — nicknamed "Tallboy" and capable of causing a small earthquake — was dropped by the British in 1945.
Facebook to ban posts about Holocaust denial
The move is the company's latest attempt to take action against conspiracy theories and misinformation ahead of the US presidential election.
Following the tracks of the Tour de France on Vercors' balcony roads
The hair-raising lanes that were cut into the sides of sheer rock walls using dynamite pass through deep gorges, undulating hills, and huge wooded expanses; a serene alternative to the soaring, gnarly landscape of the Alps.
Nazi warship found 80 years after being sunk off Norwegian coast
The shipwreck was detected by an energy company using sonars to inspect undersea power cables.
Did Poland's WWII grievances delay German ambassador's approval?
Poland finally accepts the appointment of the German ambassador after an unusually long delay.
WWII memorial defaced in massacred French village
On June 10, 1944, troops from the SS "Das Reich" division brutally killed 642 villagers. They were herded into barns and a church before the town was set on fire.
Liechtenstein demands Prague stop recognising its citizens as German
Prague recognition of Liechtenstein citizens as German allows it to retain property seized after the Second World War.
VJ Day: UK marks 75th anniversary of 1945 Japanese surrender
Boris Johnson laid flowers of remembrance and observed a two minute silence at the National Memorial Arboretum.
‘Deep remorse’: Japan marks 75th anniversary of WWII surrender
Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed “deep remorse” over his country’s wartime actions, pledging to reflect on the war's events and expressing hope that the tragedy would never be repeated.
Japan marks 75 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks
Here is how events unfolded and the pleas of the ageing survivors for a nuclear bomb ban.
Johnson hosts Macron in London for de Gaulle anniversary
Boris Johnson hosts Emmanuel Macron on the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's famous speech from WWII