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100 years since the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I

Paris - At 3:50 pm on June 28, 1919 crowds erupted in joy and salvos of celebratory gunfire rang out: the Treaty of Versailles had just been signed. World War I was finally over.

Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris: media

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had a brief but good conversation with US leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian media reported.

Serbia warns Kosovo against 'undermining' regional stability

Belgrade - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday accused Kosovo of "undermining regional cooperation and stability" by raising taxes on Serbian goods.

Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris: Russian media

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday he had a brief but good conversation with US leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian media reported.

Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rain

Paris - United in the rain, world leaders walked slowly up the Champs-Elysees in Paris to mark a century since the end of World War I -- but there were two notable absences, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Topless protesters held in bid to 'welcome' Trump to Paris

Paris - French police on Sunday arrested three topless rights protesters who approached the motorcade of US President Donald Trump on the Champs-Elysees in Paris heading to a ceremony marking 100 years since the end of World War I.

Macron snubs US arms in defence spat with Trump

Paris - Europe should not spend higher defence budgets on US-made weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview due to air Sunday, after a defence row with President Donald Trump.

World leaders mark WWI centenary in sombre Paris ceremony

Paris - US President Donald Trump, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and dozens of other world leaders joined France's Emmanuel Macron in commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I in a solemn ceremony in Paris on Sunday.

Poland holds centenary parade alongside far-right march

Warsaw - Leaders of Poland's right-wing government marked the nation's centenary with a military parade Sunday, which took place at the same time and along the same route as an annual independence day march organised by marginal far-right groups.

Trump-style nationalism comes under fire at WWI commemorations in Paris

Paris - World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN chief Antonio Guterres each warning that rising nationalism again poses a threat to ...

Sombre ceremonies from Wellington to New Delhi mark WWI armistice centenary

New Delhi - India, Australia and New Zealand paused Sunday on the centenary of the end of World War I to remember the more than 150,000 of their countrymen who died fighting on the other side of the world.

Fighting for France in WWI, Senegal's last rifleman

Dakar - Born in 1894 and enlisted after showing his prowess as a wrestler, Abdoulaye Ndiaye was a Senegalese villager who fought for France as a sharpshooter in World War I.

'Have you news of my boy?': Kipling's vain search for lost son

Paris - The British poet and writer Rudyard Kipling, an ardent supporter of his country's entry into World War I, did everything he could to make sure his only son would join the fight.

Trump under fire after cancelling WWI cemetery visit

Paris - US President Donald Trump came under fire on Saturday after cancelling a visit to an American World War I military cemetery in France because of rainy weather.

Macron and Merkel mark WWI armistice centenary

Compi - President Emmanuel Macron of France Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Saturday unveiled a plaque to their countries' reconciliation in the forest clearing in France where the armistice ending World War I was signed.

Trump calls off US military cemetery visit due to bad weather

Paris - US President Donald Trump on Saturday called off a trip to a World War I US military cemetery in France because of bad weather, the White House said.

History, modern-day tensions to mix at Paris WWI commemorations

Paris - World leaders will put on a show of unity this weekend as they commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I, but modern-day tensions will be bubbling under the surface at the remembrances in Paris.

Poland isolated, divided on centenary of independence

Warsaw - Poles mark a century of independence on Sunday in a deeply polarised country, isolated within the European Union, as a march organised by far-right groups in the capital Warsaw risks casting a shadow over celebrations.

Trump to snub Macron's 'Peace Forum' on Armistice weekend

Paris - US President Donald Trump is set to snub a peace conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron this weekend as part of World War I commemorations in Paris, organisers said Thursday.

Trump to snub Macron's 'Peace Forum' on Armistice weekend

Paris - US President Donald Trump will not attend a conference organised in Paris this weekend to discuss democracy and multilateralism, organisers said Thursday, in a snub to French President Emmanuel Macron.

France says no homage to Nazi collaborator Petain after outcry

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday there would be no official homage to Nazi collaborator Philippe Petain as part of World War I ceremonies this week, a day after sparking outrage by saying his inclusion would be "legitimate.

World War I: Mons graves hold first and last to fall

Mons - The graves at a cemetery outside the Belgian town of Mons hold the remains of both the first and last British soldiers to fall in World War I.

Poland's leaders call centenary march after far-right ban

Warsaw - Poland's president and prime minister on Wednesday called a march in Warsaw to mark the country's independence day centenary this weekend, hours after the capital's mayor banned one planned by far-right groups for the occasion.

Warsaw mayor bans far-right march for Poland's centenary

Warsaw - Warsaw's mayor on Wednesday prohibited a march planned this weekend by far-right groups to mark Poland's independence day centenary, but organisers vowed to defy the ban.

Macron stokes anger by calling Petain 'great' WWI soldier

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron faced a wave of criticism Wednesday after defending Nazi collaborator Philippe Petain, who led France's authoritarian Vichy regime, as a "great soldier" during World War I.

France addresses painful history of African WWI troops

Paris - Is France guilty of "amnesia" when it comes to the role of African troops who fought in World War I? The organisers of an exhibition on colonial fighters near Paris think so.

Macron urges European army to defend against Russia, US

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron called Tuesday for a "real European army" as the continent marks a century since the divisions of World War I, to better defend itself against Russia and even the United States.

Macron urges European army to defend against Russia, US

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron called Tuesday for a "real European army" as the continent marks a century since the divisions of World War I, to better defend itself against Russia and even the United States.

Bridges heal World War I wounds of Slovak-Hungarian city

- The bridges across the river Danube connecting Komarom in Hungary to Komarno in Slovakia are today the epitome of a borderless Europe -- but their appearance belies the tensions that stretch back a century, and which have only recently been calmed.

World War I in numbers

Paris - Millions of dead and millions more wounded, widowed and orphaned: the dizzying casualty tolls from World War I are an indication of the scale and horror of the 1914-1918 conflict.
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