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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, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances known as the Allies and the Axis. In a state of total war, 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, causing 70 to 85 million fatalities, with more civilians than military personnel killed. Tens of millions of people died due to genocides, premeditated death from starvation, massacres, and disease. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict, including strategic bombing of population centres, and the only uses of nuclear weapons in war.

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Europe's Muslims being treated like Jews before WWII, says Erdogan [Video]

Europe's Muslims being treated like Jews before WWII, says Erdogan

Turkey's president calls for a boycott of French products in a growing row over Emmanuel Macron's remarks about IslamView on euronews

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Noodle aid: A treat for Manchester's isolated students [Video]

Noodle aid: A treat for Manchester's isolated students

Students at Manchester Metropolitan University's Cambridge Halls receivenoodles delivered in a Second World War tank from noodle brand Chopstix.Cambridge House was one of the residences which hit the..

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Second World War bomb explodes in Poland [Video]

Second World War bomb explodes in Poland

A British Second World War bomb exploded while being made safe underwater bynavy demolition specialists in northwestern Poland on Tuesday. The 5.4-tonTallboy bomb was found in September 2019 beneath a..

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Biggest WWII bomb found in Poland explodes [Video]

Biggest WWII bomb found in Poland explodes

The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water on Tuesday as navy divers tried to defuse it.

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Polish navy bid to defuse one of WWII's largest bombs near Baltic coast [Video]

Polish navy bid to defuse one of WWII's largest bombs near Baltic coast

The bomb — nicknamed "Tallboy" and capable of causing a small earthquake — was dropped by the British in 1945.

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Sunken ship may solve decades-old mystery [Video]

Sunken ship may solve decades-old mystery

Polish divers say they have found the wreck of a German World War Two ship which may help solve a decades-old mystery - the whereabouts of the Amber Room, an ornate chamber from a tsarist palace in..

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Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life heads for the big screen [Video]

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life heads for the big screen

Captain Sir Tom Moore is getting the big screen treatment following a fiercebidding war. The life story of the centenarian, who raised more than £32million for the NHS by walking laps of his..

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Battle of Britain heroes ‘should be celebrated whatever your politics’, says Second World War veteran [Video]

Battle of Britain heroes ‘should be celebrated whatever your politics’, says Second World War veteran

A 97-year-old former radar operative has said the heroes of the Battle ofBritain deserve to be celebrated “whatever your politics are”. Kath McLeodjoined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in..

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Soviet WWII propaganda revised to hail detained Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova [Video]

Soviet WWII propaganda revised to hail detained Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova

The artwork has gone viral.View on euronews

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Sunken WW2 cruiser found off Norway [Video]

Sunken WW2 cruiser found off Norway

The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle, Norwegian power grid operator Statnett and a maritime..

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Sunken WW2 battleship found off Norway [Video]

Sunken WW2 battleship found off Norway

The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle, Norwegian power grid operator Statnett and a maritime..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published
Trump talks up strength in tackling US protests [Video]

Trump talks up strength in tackling US protests

President Donald Trump talked up his administration's record in tacklingviolent protests in Portland and cities across the United States. Trump wasspeaking before a sizable crowd, including at least 25..

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Pierce Brosnan to play WWII veteran in The Last Rifleman [Video]

Pierce Brosnan to play WWII veteran in The Last Rifleman

Pierce Brosnan has signed on to star in the World War II film The Last Rifleman, with the production scheduled to commence shooting this winter in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Debate reignited over Japanese buildings in South Korea [Video]

Debate reignited over Japanese buildings in South Korea

September 2 marks the 75th anniversary of the formal surrender of Japan - and the moment that brought World War II to an end.

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