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Band of Brothers cast to mark 70th anniversary of VE Day

Colleville-sur-mer - Cast members from the popular World War II drama, ‘Band of Brothers’ are planning a reunion in Normandy, France during 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II.

Court throws out case against former SS soldier

Cologne - A court in Cologne has thrown out the case against an 89-year-old former SS soldier who was accused of being involved in the largest massacre seen in France during World War Two.

D-Day remembered: How one G.I.'s bravery saved a French town

Mayenne - Today, the bustling town of Mayenne, situated on the river of the same name, in north-west France, gives little clue that, almost 70 years ago, it was the backdrop for one of the bravest acts of valour of the Second World War.

German prosecutors charge ex-SS soldier over 1944 French massacre

Cologne - Prosecutors in Germany have charged an unnamed 88-year-old man, identified only as Werner C., with participating in one of the worst World War II atrocities, which saw almost the entire population of a sleepy French village massacred.

WWII bomb explodes in Germany, killing digger driver

Euskirchen - During excavation work in an industrial area in Euskirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, a bomb from the Second World War has exploded. The digger driver was killed, according to a spokesman for the local fire department.

Simon Wiesenthal Center's most wanted Nazi dies, aged 98

Budapest - Laszlo Csatary died Aug. 10, at the age of 98. He was regarded by the Jewish human rights organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, as the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal still at large.

France tracks down last Marshall Petain street for re-naming

In France you’re never far from a street named after a national hero, but France has been erasing the names of streets commemorating one of its former heroes — later turned collaborator villain: Nazi-allied wartime leader Marshal Philippe Pétain.

Op-Ed: Canada has no national holiday for Remembrance Day — but should Special

It may surprise Canadians, and other nationals, to learn that Canada does not have a National Remembrance Day. Most provinces in the country have a statutory holiday for the day but 3 do not and nationally there's no holiday.

Hopes to find missing pilot after 70 years

Following the discovery of a missing WWII RAF Kittyhawk in the Sahara desert, plans are underway to locate the pilot's remains and recover the aircraft.

TopFinds: Building human homes on Mars, honouring D-Day veterans

Mars One wants to create human settlements on the Red Planet. A Digital Journalist photographs a D-Day memorial event in Toronto. An Indian village is overrun by giant venomous spiders. These are the top stories from across the world.

In Photos: D-Day Normandy Landings remembered at annual ceremony Special

Toronto - On Jun. 6, 1944, more than 150,000 allied forces invaded Normandy in Operation Overlord. Thousands of American, British and Canadian soldiers died and were wounded, their efforts changed the course of World War II. They shall be remembered and honoured.

George Washington voted Britain's greatest military enemy

Voters in a British contest named George Washington enemy number one followed by Ireland's Michael Collins, France's Napoleon, German Marshall Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey.

Pearl Harbor survivors share memories of the attack Special

Vancouver - Wednesday December 7, 2011 was the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust America into World War Two. In this video report, survivors recounted the horrific day.

Op-Ed: Comet Elenin, Nibiru - On science of fear and fearlessness

Should we fear Comet Elenin, Nibiru and other celestial phenomena and speculation? Is there a scientific basis for fear and fearlessness? Richard Hoagland claims the comet represents another plot like 9/11 to create mass fear (video).

Inclement weather hampers detonation of World War 2 mine

High tides and buffeting winds have scuppered plans by the Royal Navy to detonate a World War Two mine found dredged up on the Essex coast in east England on Friday.

Japanese government reiterates free trade partnership with Peru

Lima - In an effort to help reduce poverty in Peru, the Japanese government has reiterated its partnership with the South American country.

Nazis planned chemical warfare for UK invasion

London - After being classified for over 70 years, the British government has released reports on Nazi Germany's preparations for a planned invasion of the United Kingdom, with plans to use chemical weapons.

Early Hitler writings on 'Jewish threat' unveiled in New York

New York - A Jewish human rights organization has unveiled a document by Adolf Hitler believed to contain his first anti-Semetic writings.

Mayor, City Council commemorate 67th D-Day anniversary in Toronto Special

Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and several members of City Council commemorated the 67th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, otherwise known as D-Day. Hundreds gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to honour the fallen heroes.

Op-Ed: The secret story of the Jews saved by Corsica in WWII

Here is the wonderful and hitherto little-known story of how many Corsicans risked their lives to save most of the thousands of Jews who fled there from Nazi-occupied mainland France in order to escape deportation and death. It’s the irony of Omertà.

Op-Ed: France finally faced with Pétain’s role in the WWII Holocaust

The recent discovery of a document which proves the direct involvement of French WWII collaborationist leader Philippe Pétain in the Holocaust is forcing the French to see the truth. But that doesn’t mean they have to accept it, and many of them don't.

Op-Ed: The French, the Roma, the Church and the Nazis

If there is one group of European clergy who should not be comparing the French government’s policies on the Roma to those of the Nazis, it’s the Catholic Church. After all, they are very badly placed to give anyone any lessons on the subject.

WWII mortar bomb found in attic in east Belfast

Belfast - A woman in east Belfast got more than she bargained for when she called out exterminators to get rid of a wasps nest in her attic.

World War II mass grave found in northern Slovenia

Prevalje - Rumours have circulated in Slovenia for years of a mass slaughter that took place at the end of WWII in Prevalje forest in the north of the country. Now the finding of another mass grave in the area provides more information on these much denied claims.

Churchill memorabilia set to go under auctioneer’s hammer

Revealing letters, rarely seen photographs, an engagements diary from World War II and even an unsmoked cigar – all memorabilia of the wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill – will go under the auctioneer’s hammer this year.

Lyon commemorates the liberation of its wartime Nazi prisoners Special

Fort Montluc in Lyon was a Gestapo prison for two years in WWII. Thousands of resistance fighters, Jews and others were jailed, tortured, or executed there. Others were sent to concentration camps. It was liberated by the Resistance 65 years ago today.

Band of Brothers Darrel 'Shifty' Powers’ Death Memorialized

Darrel “Shifty” Powers, one of the great heroes of World War II featured in “A Band of Brothers,” died in June. Mainstream media only whispered the event when the death of a hero should be shouted according to Joe Galloway, and for good reason.

WWII Mass Grave Discovered in Former Yugoslavia

A mass grave containing the remains of 4,500 soldiers has been found in Croatia, according to a report in the Hungarian Népszava newspaper.

World War II Bomb Discovery Makes For Hasty Evacuation In Budapest

Thousands are being evacuated in Budapest after a bomb was found on a constuction site. The bomb dates back to World War II. The two-tonne bomb is one of the largest to be found in Budapest. During the war the nation was bombed heavily by the Allies.

The Ignoble End Of An Aging Warrior

Warriors have fought in man’s wars since time began. Many are wounded but live to fight another day. Eventually even warriors must pass on and the men that rode on these old warriors are saddened to see them, once proud and bold, pass into history.
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Operation Overlord - Normandy Landings:D-Day 6 June 1944. The British 2nd Army: Commandos of 1st Spe...
Operation Overlord - Normandy Landings:D-Day 6 June 1944. The British 2nd Army: Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade landing on 'Queen Red' Beach, SWORD Area, at la Breche, around 8.40 am, 6 June. The soldier nearest the camera is the brigade's bagpiper, Piper Bill Millin.
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Romanian tanks in WWII
Romanian tanks in WWII
The abandoned village Oradour-sur-Glane which was the site of the biggest German massacre in occupie...
The abandoned village Oradour-sur-Glane which was the site of the biggest German massacre in occupied France
Jews on a selection ramp at Auschwitz  are shown in this archival photo taken in May 1944
Jews on a selection ramp at Auschwitz, are shown in this archival photo taken in May 1944
Philippe Petain leader of Vichy France (far left) meets Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1940
Philippe Petain leader of Vichy France (far left) meets Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1940
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The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
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