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1939–1945 global conflict between the Axis and the Allies

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World War II: 1939–1945 global conflict between the Axis and the 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. Tens of millions of people died during the conflict due to genocides, premeditated death from starvation, massacres, and disease. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict which included the use of terror bombing, strategic bombing and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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Nazi submarine base in France repurposed for art space [Video]

Nazi submarine base in France repurposed for art space

Finding a new purpose, a WWII submarine base is transformed into a new digital art space.

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Eiffel Tower re-opens with new rules [Video]

Eiffel Tower re-opens with new rules

The Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed back visitors after the coronavirus outbreak forced the Paris landmark into its longest period out of action since World War Two.

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Russia's Putin hails Soviet role in WWII at military parade [Video]

Russia's Putin hails Soviet role in WWII at military parade

The world owes the Soviet Union a debt of gratitude for its contribution to Nazi Germany's defeat, Russian leader says.

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Artist lets public deface Hitler portrait [Video]

Artist lets public deface Hitler portrait

A portrait of Russia's Second World War foe Adolf Hitler appeared on a central Moscow street on Monday as an artist marked the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Russia.

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Artist tests public opinion with Hitler's portrait [Video]

Artist tests public opinion with Hitler's portrait

A portrait of Russia's Second World War foe Adolf Hitler appeared on a central Moscow street on Monday as an artist marked the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Russia.

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Putin watches WW2 parade before vote to extend his rule [Video]

Putin watches WW2 parade before vote to extend his rule

President Vladimir Putin spoke at a spectacular Red Square military parade on the eve of a nationwide vote that could extend his rule until 2036.

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Abuses of British Empire come under scrutiny [Video]

Abuses of British Empire come under scrutiny

During World War II, Britain recruited thousands of African soldiers to fight against Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Moscow [Video]

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Moscow

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Indian embassy in Moscow on June 23. Defence Minister is on a three-day visit to Moscow. He will attend a military parade in..

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Watch: Rehearsal by Indian contingent takes place ahead of 75th Victory Day Parade at Moscow [Video]

Watch: Rehearsal by Indian contingent takes place ahead of 75th Victory Day Parade at Moscow

A 75-member Indian contingent rehearsed in Russia's Moscow on June 22. They have come to Moscow to participate in the 75th Victory Day Parade. The military parade will mark 75th anniversary of the..

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Joint flypast commemorates WWII resistance [Video]

Joint flypast commemorates WWII resistance

The Red Arrows and La Patrouille de France soared over Paris on Thursday to mark the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle's radio address calling for resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during..

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Social distancing maintained as Johnson greets Macron [Video]

Social distancing maintained as Johnson greets Macron

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared an awkward bow with Emmanuel Macron as he welcomed the French president to Downing Street on Thursday.

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PM and Macron view wartime artefacts [Video]

PM and Macron view wartime artefacts

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron viewed artefacts from the Second World War at 10 Downing Street on Thursday. The President of France was visiting London to mark the 80th anniversary of General De..

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Vera Lynn, The Forces' Sweetheart, Dies Aged 103 [Video]

Vera Lynn, The Forces' Sweetheart, Dies Aged 103

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. Report by Dessentjacksonl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us..

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'Forces' Sweetheart' Vera Lynn dies aged 103 [Video]

'Forces' Sweetheart' Vera Lynn dies aged 103

Singer Vera Lynn, who became a symbol of hope in Britain during World War Two with her song "We'll Meet Again," has died at the age of 103. Edward Baran reports.

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Tributes flood in for Dame Vera Lynn [Video]

Tributes flood in for Dame Vera Lynn

Tributes to entertainer Dame Vera Lynn after he death at the age of 103. The Forces' Sweetheart stirred the hearts of millions with songs and a personality that brought hope and inspiration during the..

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BREAKING NEWS: Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103 [Video]

BREAKING NEWS: Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

Dame Vera Lynn, whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has passed away, aged 103.

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Second World War veterans on what Dame Vera Lynn meant to them [Video]

Second World War veterans on what Dame Vera Lynn meant to them

Second World War veterans George Batts and Robert Piper give an insight in to what Dame Vera Lynn meant to troops stationed away from home. Dame Vera has died aged 103.

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Trump plans to reduce U.S. troops in Germany [Video]

Trump plans to reduce U.S. troops in Germany

[NFA] The U.S. President says he wants to reduce troops in Germany to 25,000, accusing Berlin of not paying enough in military spending to NATO. Caroline Malone reports.

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UK marks anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 [Video]

UK marks anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72

UK commemorates the 2017 blaze in a public housing block that turned into the worst domestic blaze since World War II.

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Adele leads messages to mark third anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire [Video]

Adele leads messages to mark third anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire

Adele pays tribute to mark the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire. Sunday marks three years since a small kitchen fire in the west London high-rise turned into the most deadly domestic blaze..

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London braces for violence at Saturday protests [Video]

London braces for violence at Saturday protests

London's mayor called on people to stay away from central London on Saturday as the capital prepared for potential confrontation between anti-racism protesters and far right groups.

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Charles joins tributes to soldiers caught up in ‘forgotten Dunkirk’ [Video]

Charles joins tributes to soldiers caught up in ‘forgotten Dunkirk’

The Queen’s piper has led commemorations involving more than 500 players in a tribute to thousands of Scots killed or captured during “the forgotten Dunkirk” 80 years ago. The Second World War..

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German exports collapse in April as coronavirus wrecks demand [Video]

German exports collapse in April as coronavirus wrecks demand

German exports and imports slumped in April, posting their biggest declines since records began in 1990 as demand dried up in the coronavirus lockdown, adding to a gloomy outlook for Europe's biggest..

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