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World War II: 1939–1945 global war
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 over 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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Dutch resistance fighter risked her life to save Jews, shelter fugitives

It wasn’t until 1978 that Diet Eman realised she had an obligation to reveal her story of heroism during World War II.
The Age - Published

Blast at Indonesian police warehouse holding World War Two munitions

An explosion went off on Saturday in an Indonesian police evidence warehouse containing munitions dating from World War Two, injuring one officer and prompting the evacuation of nearby residents,..
Reuters - Published

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Michael Kors hopes to spark optimism with his collection [Video]Michael Kors hopes to spark optimism with his collection

The New York native heads to Brooklyn to show his new spring 2020 collection. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

Painting believed destroyed during WWII found hanging in Connecticut house [Video]Painting believed destroyed during WWII found hanging in Connecticut house

Painting believed destroyed during WWII found hanging in Connecticut house

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:54Published

British PM Johnson says he will not contemplate resigning [Video]British PM Johnson says he will not contemplate resigning

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was not willing to contemplate a scenario where he would have to resign from office if he failed in his pledge to finalise Britain's exit from the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

Actress or spy? Gong Li unveils hidden layers in Actress or spy? Gong Li unveils hidden layers in "Saturday Fiction"

Chinese actress Gong Li portrays a film and stage star with a hidden agenda in "Saturday Fiction", a black and white historical spy drama set in the run up to the attack on Pearl Harbour. Rough cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:47Published

US military digs up farmer’s field to search for remains of missing WW2 airman [Video]US military digs up farmer’s field to search for remains of missing WW2 airman

The US military has dug up a farmer’s field in Essex to search for the remains of a Second World War airman who is unaccounted for after his plane crashed and exploded. The B-26 Marauder bomber took..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:39Published

London Mayor Warns Rise Of European Populists Resembles Dawn Of WWII [Video]London Mayor Warns Rise Of European Populists Resembles Dawn Of WWII

London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a stern warning at an event marking the anniversary of the outbreak of WWII in Gdansk, Poland. According to Reuters, Khan said Sunday that Europe is starting to resemble..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

World leaders mark 80th anniversary of WW2 in Warsaw [Video]World leaders mark 80th anniversary of WW2 in Warsaw

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence joined Polish leaders on Sunday (September 1) to commemorate 80 years since the start of World War Two in Poland, where the conflict..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

World War Two veteran breaks own scuba diving record at 96 [Video]World War Two veteran breaks own scuba diving record at 96

A 96-year-old World War Two veteran celebrated his birthday on Saturday (August 31) by breaking his own record as the world's oldest active scuba diver for the third year running.

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Trump skips Poland trip as Dorian nears Florida [Video]Trump skips Poland trip as Dorian nears Florida

President Donald Trump canceled a visit to Poland as Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to make landfall on the Atlantic coast Monday as a dangerous Category 4 storm. Freddie Joyner..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:33Published

Trump cancels Poland trip due to Hurricane Dorian [Video]Trump cancels Poland trip due to Hurricane Dorian

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he cancelled his trip to Poland this weekend and said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence would go in his place as Trump said Hurricane Dorian could be a 'very,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

Japan-South Korea dispute undermines trade ties [Video]Japan-South Korea dispute undermines trade ties

Alleged abuses of South Koreans by the Japanese during World War II is destabilising relations.

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South Koreans mark anniversary of end of Japan's colonial rule [Video]South Koreans mark anniversary of end of Japan's colonial rule

Anti-Japan protests have included renewed calls for an apology and compensation for forced sex workers during World War II.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

South Korean President urges talks with Japan [Video]South Korean President urges talks with Japan

On the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, South Korea's president on Thursday (August 15) urged Japan to contemplate its wartime past and offered to engage in talks to repair strained..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

S.Korea to drop Japan from its fast-track trade 'white list' [Video]S.Korea to drop Japan from its fast-track trade 'white list'

South Korea said on Monday it plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries with fast-track trade status from September, a tit-for-tat move that deepens a diplomatic and trade rift between the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

China's geopolitical play in debt-ridden Samoa [Video]China's geopolitical play in debt-ridden Samoa

Samoa's courting investors on both sides of the China-U.S.divide. That's unsettling Washington and its allies, who are weary of Beijing's growing influence on island nations in the South Pacific...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:16Published

Watch: Poles commemorate Warsaw Uprising with minute's silence [Video]Watch: Poles commemorate Warsaw Uprising with minute's silence

Poland is marking the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising during World War II.

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'I was prepared to do anything': Meet the 96-year-old veteran of the Warsaw Uprising [Video]'I was prepared to do anything': Meet the 96-year-old veteran of the Warsaw Uprising

It's 75 years since the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi regime during WWII. Bohdan Dembinski was one of those who took part in the bloody 63-day battle. He told Euronews about the day it all started.

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Warsaw Uprising: What happened during the WWII insurrection & how is it viewed today? [Video]Warsaw Uprising: What happened during the WWII insurrection & how is it viewed today?

Poland is marking the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising during World War II.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:17Published

Putin explores sunk Soviet submarine in Bond-style dive [Video]Putin explores sunk Soviet submarine in Bond-style dive

Russian President Vladimir Putin dived to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland aboard a submersible to explore a Soviet submarine which was sunk during World War Two.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

 

Putin rebuffs call by Japan's Abe to sign World War Two peace treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday that Tokyo's military ties with the United States and many other issues made it hard for Japan and Russia to sign a..
Reuters - Published

Churchill's grandson says Brexit is sending UK's influence into 'free fall'

Nicholas Soames, the grandson of World War Two leader Winston Churchill, said on Wednesday that Brexit is sending Britain's status into "free fall" after he was sacked from the Conservative Party for..
Reuters - Published

Churchill's grandson to be expelled from Conservative Party after defying Johnson

Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill, will be expelled from the Conservative Party after voting against Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit.
Reuters - Published

Winston Churchill's grandson to vote against PM Johnson, risking expulsion from party

Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill, said he would vote against Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit on Tuesday, a step that enforcers have warned would..
Reuters - Published

Bulgaria condemns Russian exhibit lauding WW2 'liberation' of Eastern Europe

Bulgaria lambasted a World War Two exhibition organized by the Russian Embassy marking "the liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism", saying the region had instead being subjected to a half century of..
Reuters - Published

Rise of populists in Europe resembles eve of WW2, warns London mayor

Europe is starting to resemble the situation on the eve of World War Two, with leaders using divisive language to win popularity and spreading hatred against minorities, London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned..
Reuters - Published

Germany asks for forgiveness as Poland marks 80th anniversary of war

Germany's president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed..
Reuters - Published

Poland marks 80th anniversary of start of World War Two

Leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday mark 80 years since the start of World War Two in Poland, with the conflict still a live political issue..
Reuters - Published

Greek PM says settlement of WW2 reparations claim would boost German ties

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday a settlement of a Greek reparations claim against Germany over Nazi occupation of the country could tighten relations.
Reuters - Published

The comic, the captain and the lawyer - who's who in Italy's political crisis

Italy is struggling to form its 67th government since World War Two. The fate of its latest political crisis will be determined by five politicians and a comedian, an eclectic group riven by..
Reuters - Published

Italy president begins talks to seek way out of government crisis

Italian President Sergio Mattarella begins two days of talks with parties on Wednesday to seek a way out of a political crisis that will lead to formation of the country's 67th government since World..
Reuters - Published

Reluctant war hero passionate about community, country and environment

Dudley Marrows, who died at the age of 101, was not only one of the RAAF’s most highly decorated WWII veterans, but also an exceptional Australian. Dudley contributed significantly to the development..
The Age - Published

A WW2 battle reverberates in Poland's national election campaign

A monument to a battle fought in the opening days of World War Two has become a new frontline in the fight between Poland's ruling nationalists and the liberal opposition in the countdown to a..
Reuters - Published

Australian Bravery Awards: Nauru Five honoured 76 years after WWII execution

Five Australians have posthumously received bravery awards 76 years after being executed by Japanese forces on Nauru during WWII.
SBS - Published

Bravery award for Aussies on Nauru in WWII

Five Australians have posthumously received bravery awards 76 years after being executed by Japanese forces on Nauru during WWII.
SBS - Published

South Korea urges dialogue with Japan in measured World War Two anniversary message

On the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, South Korea's president on Thursday urged Japan to contemplate its wartime past and offered to engage in talks to repair strained ties, while..
Reuters - Published

Japan's new emperor echoes father, expresses deep remorse over war

Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, expressed deep remorse over the country's wartime past and prayed for global peace on Thursday, echoing his father's words in remarks at an annual ceremony marking..
Reuters - Published

Japan PM Abe sends offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead: Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, Kyodo News said of a gesture..
Reuters - Published

Germany to put 92-year old man on trial for Nazi crimes

A 92-year old German man will go on trial in October charged with helping to murder 5,230 prisoners, many of them Jewish, at a Nazi death camp in World War Two, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

China denounces Australian lawmaker's World War Two Germany remark

China said on Thursday it "strongly deplores" comments by the head of Australia's parliamentary intelligence committee, who likened the West's attitude to China to the inadequate French response to the..
Reuters - Published

'I wanted to die': Last survivor of Australia's biggest prison breakout returns to Cowra

Teruo Murakami, 98, survived the Cowra breakout in World War II. Seventy-five years on, he has made what is likely to be his final journey to the regional Australian town where he almost lost his life.
SBS - Published

Trump says he will visit Poland

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would visit Poland, which is hosting events later this year in Warsaw to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Nazi invasion of the country during World War..
Reuters - Published

From Trump to Boris Johnson, strange memories from the time of forgetting

We live in an age when history's lessons are squandered. It is dispiriting for people who lived through WWII and found meaning in rejecting fascism and tyranny.
The Age - Published

South Korea rejects Japan call for arbitration over wartime labor dispute

South Korea on Friday rejected Japan's call for third-party arbitration over a court ruling last year ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation for using South Korean forced labor during World..
Reuters - Published

Japan to summon South Korea envoy over World War Two labourer row

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to summon South Korea's ambassador on Friday, his ministry said, in a deepening political and economic row over compensation for Korean forced labourers in the..
Reuters - Published

Poland says Trump to attend World War Two event in Warsaw

Poland said on Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump would attend events in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the country - though the White House said the trip was not yet..
Reuters - Published

Israel says EU's response on Iran recalls Nazi appeasement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a European Union response on Monday to Iran's breaches of nuclear limitations, saying it recalled failed diplomacy with Nazi Germany ahead of World..
Reuters - Published

German far-right party shaken by rising sway of hardliner Hoecke

Scores of senior members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party condemned on Wednesday the rising influence of a local leader who is militantly anti-immigrant and wants to highlight..
Reuters - Published

Japan denies imposing South Korean trade embargo at WTO

Japan denied imposing a trade embargo on South Korea on Tuesday, after a complicated diplomatic dispute that could disrupt global supplies of chips and smartphones erupted over forced labor in World..
Reuters - Published

WW2 bomb disposal to cause delays at Frankfurt Airport on Sunday

Passengers using Frankfurt Airport on Sunday should brace for possible delays as some routes will be altered while engineers dispose of a World War Two bomb, operating company Fraport said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Romania finds 'many' more human remains near site of Jewish mass grave

Archaeologists have unearthed "many human remains" in northeast Romania near an area where in 2010 they discovered a mass grave for more than 100 Jews killed by Romanian troops during World War Two,..
Reuters - Published

Still-life painting looted by Nazis to return to Florence

A still-life painting by the Dutch master Jan van Huysum which was looted by retreating Nazi troops in World War Two will be returned to Florence, the Italian government said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Dutch railway to compensate Holocaust survivors

The Dutch national railway NS said in a statement on Wednesday it would offer financial compensation to survivors and families of Holocaust victims who were transported via Dutch rail to Nazi..
Reuters - Published

Japan rejects Korean fund plan to compensate forced wartime labor

South Korea said on Wednesday it had proposed a joint fund with Japan to compensate South Koreans forced to work by Japanese companies during World War Two, but Japan rejected the idea out of hand.
Reuters - Published

Trump, Macron honour D-Day veterans who fought through "fires of hell"

France will never forget the sacrifice of the Allied troops who liberated it from Nazi Germany, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the D-Day operation that helped bring..
Reuters - Published

Trump arrives in France for D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Caen, western France, on Thursday to pay tribute to the Allied forces who took part 75 years ago in D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history that helped..
Reuters - Published

Leaders and veterans recall sacrifice of D-Day on Normandy's beaches

A lone piper playing atop the remnants of an artificial harbour on the Normandy coast on Thursday marked the hour the first British soldier landed in France 75 years ago on D-Day, the allied invasion..
Reuters - Published

British veterans parachute over Normandy 75 years after making D-Day jump

Two British war veterans in their mid-nineties parachuted over the fields of Normandy, northern France, on Wednesday, 75 years after they jumped behind German defences on D-Day in an operation that..
Reuters - Published

Russia to West: D-Day wasn't decisive in ending World War Two

Russia told the West on Wednesday the Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 did not play a decisive role in ending World War Two and that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated.
Reuters - Published

'Thank You' - Queen Elizabeth and world leaders applaud D-Day veterans

Queen Elizabeth was joined by world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, paying personal tribute to the veterans of the largest seaborne invasion..
Reuters - Published

Aussie airman helps 'sort out Hitler'

Laurie Woods' WWII service was recognised on Wednesday at a Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial a day before the D-Day 75th anniversary.
SBS - Published

'Bravery and sacrifice': World leaders gather in south England to remember D-Day

World leaders gather on the coast of southern England on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history and a feat that helped bring World War Two to an end.
Reuters - Published

PM to honour WWII dead, talk with Trump

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day by honouring the dead and urging leaders to resolve tensions to preserve the global order.
SBS - Published

Backstory:D-Day as lived by a Reuters correspondent

(Backstory is a series of reports showing how Reuters journalists work and the standards under which they operate. This one is part of a series marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day landings in WW II)
Reuters - Published

Queen gifts Trump a Churchill book on World War Two

Queen Elizabeth gifted Donald Trump a book by Winston Churchill on World War Two whilst Melania received a specially commissioned silver box with enamel lid during the visit by the President and First..
Reuters - Published

Replica Spitfire turns heads at London station, marking D-Day anniversary

Commuters at a London station got up close and personal with a World War Two icon on Friday, when a replica Supermarine Spitfire went on display on the concourse.
Reuters - Published

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, UN arms research chief says

The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an "urgent" issue that the world should take more seriously.
Reuters - Published

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