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South Africa's Zuma honours black WWI soldiers in France

Longueval - One hundred years after they fought together in World War I, white and black soldiers are finally being honoured equally at South Africa's memorial on the former battlefields in northern France.

Britain, France mark 100 years since Battle of the Somme

Thiepval - Britain and France recalled the horrors of the Battle of the Somme on Friday, 100 years after their troops fought and died together in one of the defining offensives of World War I.

Hollande, Merkel call for European unity at Verdun centenary

Verdun - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed Sunday for Europe to unite to face its current challenges as they marked the 100th anniversary of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I.

Hollande, Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun battle

Verdun - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Sunday stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I.

Green legacy of WWI carnage: The riches of Verdun forest

Verdun - The little blue flowers that have grown for a century now in France near the graves of the war dead at Douaumont can easily be mistaken for local forget-me-nots.

Hugs and tears: Obama meets A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima

Yokogawa - Two men who suffered horrific injuries in the world's first nuclear strike seven decades ago came face-to-face Friday with the present-day commander-in-chief of the country that launched the attack. And one of them got a hug.

WWI soldiers live on in cave graffiti near Battle of the Somme

Naours - A century after World War I, an archaeologist exploring ancient tunnels in northeast France made a moving discovery -- thousands of scrawlings by Allied soldiers, notably Australians, as they took a break from the hell of the Battle of the Somme.

Anzac Day honours heroes of WWI's Western Front

Villers-bretonneux - Some 3,000 Australians marked Anzac Day on Monday with a sombre dawn service in northern France to honour their forebears who fought in the Battle of the Somme a century ago."Today we come together...

Slovenia invites Putin to WWI event despite EU tensions

Ljubljana - Slovenia said on Monday it has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend a World War I commemoration event in spite of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Assassin who sparked WWI gets statue in Belgrade

Belgrade - A statue of a Bosnian Serb nationalist whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 101 years ago sparked World War I, and who is seen here as an icon of Serb patriotism, was inaugurated here Sunday.The two-meter (6.

Reconciliation spirit heals pain on Gallipoli's sands

Kayseri - Australian retired major Robert Freebairn, his jacket festooned with medals, looks out across the sands of Gallipoli at the rising sun and thinks of his great uncle charging into Ottoman lines as a member of the Anzac regiments 100 years ago.

Thousands remember Anzac heroism on Gallipoli centenary

- Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday thronged the beaches of Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula to remember the heroism and sacrifice of their forefathers in the World War I campaign against the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago.

Police out in force for Anzac ceremonies in Australia

Sydney - Police Friday vowed a heavy security presence as Australia prepares to honour its war dead at Anzac Day commemorations a week after an alleged terror plot was foiled.

Turkey pays homage to Allied 'heroism' at Gallipoli

Istanbul - Turkish leaders on Thursday paid homage to the "heroism" of Allied troops who lost to forces of the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago at the Battle of Gallipoli.

Gallipoli battlefield place of veneration for modern Turks

- Osman Eksi, a 28-year-old Turkish firefighter, surveys the World War I monuments on the Gallipoli peninsula and wonders if there would have been a post-Ottoman Turkey if his forefathers had not shown such heroism.

Belgium marks anniversary of WWI gas attack

Brussels - Belgium marked the 100th anniversary Wednesday of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons on the battlefield with calls for greater efforts to ban the use of poisonous gas.

The disastrous WWI Gallipoli campaign

Istanbul - A century ago, Allied troops waded ashore on the Gallipoli peninsula at the start of an ill-fated land campaign to wrest the Dardanelles Strait from the Ottoman Empire.

Chinese war hero Australia's top Gallipoli sniper

Sydney - Billy Sing earned the nicknames "The Murderer" and "The Assassin" as a deadly sniper who shot more than 200 Ottoman troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I.

WWI Ypres gas attack sears the memory 100 years on

Ypres - One hundred years ago, a green cloud of chlorine gas drifted gently towards Allied trenches around Ypres, promising an agonising death as Germany sought to break the bloody stalemate World War I had become.

Pope in New Year call for peace, teases 'noisy' Mexicans

- Pope Francis ushered in 2015 in typically unpredictable style on Thursday, launching an appeal for an end to war before light-heartedly teasing the many Mexicans in the crowd at St Peter's Square.

Unique memorial, ceramic poppies to mark end of devastating WWI

Ablain-saint-nazaire - President Francois Hollande opened a huge, elliptical memorial Tuesday carrying the names of nearly 600,000 fallen soldiers of all nationalities in an emotional ceremony in northern France marking the end of the devastating First World War.

Australia, N.Zealand mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

Sydney - Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history".

'Miracle' of the Marne: the WWI battle that changed history

Paris - At the start of September 1914, after just one month of war in Europe, the German army were at the gates of Paris. The word on the street was that emperor Wilhelm II had already booked a dinner table on the Champs-Elysees.

World leaders mark outbreak of WWI

Li - World leaders on Monday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I by warning of lessons to be learned in the face of today's many crises, including Ukraine.

World leaders to mark WWI outbreak in Belgium

Li - Government leaders and royalty will gather in the Belgian city of Liege on Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, a small Balkans conflict that went global with the German invasion of neutral Belgium in August 1914.

French, German leaders pay emotional tribute to WWI fallen

Hartmannswiller - French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck paid emotional tributes Sunday to the millions of soldiers who died during World War I, exactly 100 years after Germany declared hostilities against France.

France, Germany remember first soldiers killed in WWI

Joncherey - Descendants of two soldiers from France and Germany who were the first fatalities of World War I gathered in eastern France on Saturday for a ceremony marking the centenary of their deaths.

Putin says world should draw lessons from WWI

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday slammed political ambitions that he said threatened peace in Europe as he paid tribute to Russian soldiers who died during World War I.

Sarajevo marks 100 years since shots that sparked Great War

Sarajevo - Bosnia marked 100 years since the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo that sparked World War I, but the divisive legacy of the gunman Gavrilo Princip meant Serbs shunned the event.

Sarajevo remembers spark for Great War

Sarajevo - Sarajevo marks 100 years since the assassination that triggered World War I on Saturday, but without the leaders of Europe and with its people still torn over the legacy of that fateful day.
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