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1939–1945 global war between the Axis and the Allies

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World War II: 1939–1945 global war between the Axis and the Allies
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, 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, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, genocides including the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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Coronavirus divides lovers, friends at Swiss-German border fences [Video]

Coronavirus divides lovers, friends at Swiss-German border fences

Constance, Germany, and Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, are divided cities these days, with a strip of grass and two fences separating them after the countries closed their borders to slow the spread of the..

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'We'll Meet Again': Queen Elizabeth Spirit [Video]

'We'll Meet Again': Queen Elizabeth Spirit

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth told the British people on Sunday that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the..

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Carbon emissions falling - but for the wrong reasons [Video]

Carbon emissions falling - but for the wrong reasons

Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by the largest amount since World War II this year with global economies at a virtual standstill. Lisa Bernhard has more.

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Only known wartime film of Bletchley Park activities discovered [Video]

Only known wartime film of Bletchley Park activities discovered

The only known wartime film footage of a secret site connected to Bletchley Park has been donated to Bletchley Park Trust. World War Two veteran Geoffrey Pidgeon, who worked for MI6 Section VIII, on..

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104-year-old veteran's drive-by birthday celebration [Video]

104-year-old veteran's drive-by birthday celebration

When Ruth Gallivan couldn't go anywhere for her 104th birthday, she was surprised when her neighbors and friends in San Diego, California brought the party to her front door. Ryan Brooks has more.

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World faces 'most challenging crisis' since WWII -U.N. chief [Video]

World faces 'most challenging crisis' since WWII -U.N. chief

The COVID-19 pandemic is "the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War," said the United Nations chief on Tuesday. Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Coronavirus: Pandemic is biggest crisis for world since WW2, says UN [Video]

Coronavirus: Pandemic is biggest crisis for world since WW2, says UN

Coronavirus: Pandemic is biggest crisis for world since WW2, says UN

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Julie Andrews reminded of World War II unity amid coronavirus crisis [Video]

Julie Andrews reminded of World War II unity amid coronavirus crisis

Julie Andrews has found a silver lining amongst all the coronavirus gloom, insisting the pandemic is really bringing people together.

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Vera Lynn releases new video on 103rd birthday [Video]

Vera Lynn releases new video on 103rd birthday

Vera Lynn, who entertained British troops during World War Two with songs that captured a longing for home and peace, turns 103.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Angela Merkel calls pandemic 'the biggest challenge since WWII" [Video]

Coronavirus outbreak: Angela Merkel calls pandemic 'the biggest challenge since WWII"

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Decision agreed with IOC, sports bodies to hold Olympics as planned - Tokyo 2020 [Video]

Decision agreed with IOC, sports bodies to hold Olympics as planned - Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee have "confirmed" with sports federations that the Olympics will go ahead as planned.

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EU calls for continent-wide foreign travel ban [Video]

EU calls for continent-wide foreign travel ban

The European Union's leadership in Brussels is calling on member states to restrict all incoming travel from foreigners to the bloc for the next 30 days. Meanwhile, the UK is trying to galvanize..

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Italians sing on their balconies under lockdown [Video]

Italians sing on their balconies under lockdown

With cities under lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, self-isolating Italians found new ways to keep themselves entertained from their balconies.

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Princess Anne unveils train named after Odette Hallowes [Video]

Princess Anne unveils train named after Odette Hallowes

Princess Anne has unveiled a special train named in honour of Odette Hallowes. Odette was the most highly decorated woman during World War II and one of the few women to be awarded both the George..

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Tom Hanks war movie rescheduled for Father's day [Video]

Tom Hanks war movie rescheduled for Father's day

Sony bosses have bumped Tom Hank’s World War Two movie, Greyhound, to mid-June to capitalise on America's Father's Day and Flag Day holidays.

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Swiss villagers could be forced out of homes for a decade over weapons depot removal [Video]

Swiss villagers could be forced out of homes for a decade over weapons depot removal

A Swiss village may have to be evacuated for 10 years, after authorities decided a huge Second World War weapons store nearby needed to be removedView on euronews

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Dozens hurt as car plows into German carnival [Video]

Dozens hurt as car plows into German carnival

A German man plowed his car into a carnival parade in the western town of Volkmarsen on Monday, injuring 60 people including children, police said. Michelle Hennessy reports.

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German mass shooting reopens gun law debates [Video]

German mass shooting reopens gun law debates

Germany's government faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathisers, after the suspect in one of its worst mass shootings since World War Two was found to..

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California May Apologize To Japanese Americans Imprisoned After Pearl Harbor [Video]

California May Apologize To Japanese Americans Imprisoned After Pearl Harbor

California is expected to pass a resolution formally apologizing for putting Japanese Americans in prison camps during World War II. It was the largest single forced relocation in US history, with more..

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102-year-old Second World War veteran describes fighting off burglar [Video]

102-year-old Second World War veteran describes fighting off burglar

102-year-old Second World War veteran John Cox describes how he suffered cuts and bruises after the intruder tried to break into his Lincoln home. Lincolnshire Police said a 47-year-old man had been..

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75 years after Iwo Jima, Marine recalls second chance at life [Video]

75 years after Iwo Jima, Marine recalls second chance at life

104-year-old William White still has memories of the exploding grenade that nearly ended his solo reconnaissance mission during one of World War Two's fiercest battles. Colette Luke has more.

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Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old veteran [Video]

Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old veteran

William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year like never before, surrounded by a mountain of 70,000 love..

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German official: Wimbledon will be canceled this week — the first time since World War II

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