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Relatives and royals mark WWI Passchendaele centenary

Ypres - Britain's Prince Charles hailed the "courage and bravery" of soldiers who fought at Passchendaele as he led thousands of their descendants at centenary tributes for one of World War I's bloodiest battles.

Relatives and royals mark WWI Passchendaele centenary

Ypres - Britain's Prince Charles hailed the "courage and bravery" of soldiers who fought at Passchendaele as he led thousands of their descendants at centenary tributes for one of World War I's bloodiest battles.

British royal tributes to dead on WWI battle centenary

Ypres - British and Belgian royals led tributes Sunday to the soldiers who fell at Passchendaele as they marked the centenary of one of World War I's bloodiest and most senseless battles.

Prince William, Irish PM mark WWI battle in Belgium

Messines - Britain's Prince William and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny led a ceremony in Belgium on Wednesday marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Messines in World War I.

Trudeau says Canada 'was born' at French battle as he marks centenary

Vimy - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country "was born here" as he led commemorations in France on Sunday for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Trudeau leads Battle of Vimy 100-year commemoration in France

Arras - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will lead the commemorations on Sunday for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France, considered a founding moment in his nation's history.

Australia, New Zealand warn of Gallipoli terror threat

Sydney - Australia and New Zealand Thursday warned terrorists could target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey this month, and urged travellers to avoid Ankara and Istanbul.

A century later, plans underway for WWI memorial in Washington

Washington - How should the United States honor the wishes of the last American World War I soldier, who asked for a national monument to the country's role in the conflict? The answer is more complicated than it seems.

When America joined WWI and became a global power

Washington - When America entered World War I, a century ago this week, the European powers were bogged down in a grinding trench war that had killed millions and ravaged the European continent.

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.
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