World War II

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 1:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday postponed next month's Victory Day celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, citing the worsening coronavirus pandemic for putting off the lavish festivities that have dominated the Kremlin's...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 1964, file photo, Japanese runner Yoshinori Sakai lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the nuclear weapon destroyed that city. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics are being remembered fondly following the postponement until 2021 of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The '64 Olympics were the first to be televised internationally using communication satellites. (AP Photo/File)
April 14, 2020 - 5:24 am
TOKYO (AP) — It was the year Cassius Clay won the heavyweight championship and became Muhammad Ali. When Roy Emerson of Australia and Maria Bueno of Brazil took the titles at Wimbledon, when Arnold Palmer claimed his fourth and final Masters, and when the Beatles arrived on a Pan Am flight from...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 9, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin walks to attend a military parade marking 74 years since the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Spring is not turning out the way Russian President Vladimir Putin might have planned it. A nationwide vote on April 22 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. But after the coronavirus spread in Russia, that plebiscite had to be postponed an action so abrupt that billboards promoting it already had been erected in Moscow and other big cities. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
April 13, 2020 - 2:47 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Spring is not turning out the way Russian President Vladimir Putin might have planned it. A nationwide vote on April 22 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. But after the coronavirus spread in Russia,...
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The head of Poland's ruling conservative party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, lays down a wreath during a scaled-down observance in memory of his twin brother, the late President Lech Kaczynski, and 95 other prominent Poles who were killed in a plane crash in Russia 10 years ago, at the late president's monument in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, April 10, 2020. The observances were scaled down to just a few people and no crowd, under social distancing regulations against the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
April 10, 2020 - 8:42 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others by demanding that Russia return the wreckage of the plane. Poland's Foreign Ministry said it had sent a diplomatic note to the Russian Embassy in...
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In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, photo, Kelly Adsero holds a family photo of her grandfather Bill Chambers that shows him when he was a young solider in the Canadian Army. Chambers, 97, died March 14, 2020, at an adult family home where he lived with four other World War II veterans. He wasn't obviously ill, but tested positive for the new coronavirus after he died. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 10, 2020 - 1:00 am
SEATTLE (AP) — In his final months, Bill Chambers couldn't walk, but he found peace in motion. Three times a week, his oldest daughter, Patty Cooper, would meet him at the adult family home where he lived with four other World War II veterans. The caretakers would load him into her Volvo SUV, and...
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A worker covers the statue of a Soviet World War II commander Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev after its been removed from its site in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, April 3, 2020. Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and large parts of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945. His monument, unveiled in the Prague 6 district in 1980 when the country was occupied by Soviet troops, has been a source of controversy. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
April 08, 2020 - 1:59 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s defense minister called on law enforcement officials Wednesday to consider filing criminal charges against representatives of other countries where World War II memorials commemorating the actions of the Soviet Union are demolished. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the...
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A statue of a Japanese Akita dog named "Hachiko" wearing a face mask is seen near Shibuya Station Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the new coronavirus. Hachiko has waited for his owner University of Tokyo Prof. Eizaburo Ueno at the same place by the station every afternoon, expecting him to return home for nearly 11 years even after Ueno's death at work. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 08, 2020 - 6:42 am
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. But this is no European or Wuhan-style lockdown. A look at what Japan's state of emergency entails: Q. WHY DID ABE...
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In this image taken from video and made available by Buckingham Palace, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II addresses the nation and the Commonwealth from Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Sunday April 5, 2020. Queen Elizabeth II made a rare address, calling on Britons to rise to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, to exercise self-discipline in “an increasingly challenging time”. (Buckingham Palace via AP)
April 05, 2020 - 4:51 pm
Britain needed a message of hope Sunday. The queen delivered it. Queen Elizabeth II offered support to a country locked down in the coronavirus pandemic, promising the nation that it would rise to the challenge and overcome the outbreak. In a rare address to the nation, the 93-year-old monarch...
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April 02, 2020 - 6:54 am
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Gomez Nieto, the last surviving member of a company of Spanish soldiers that fought with French forces in liberating Paris from Nazi occupation in 1944, has died of the new coronavirus, the French presidency said Thursday. He was 99. The presidency said Gomez Nieto died in...
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FILE - In this March 24, 1938, file photo, German standard bearers parade past Maj. Gen. Fedor von Bock, commander of all armed forces in the Austrian territory, center, on grandstand on the Kingstrasse in front of the Memorial of Honor, as the troops reach Vienna. Beside him wearing overcoat is Dr. Seysz Incuart. World War II references are now heard daily, not because another momentous 75th anniversary, Victory in Europe Day approaches in May but because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo, File)
March 25, 2020 - 3:05 am
LONDON (AP) — In the first week of June 2019, World War II was on many people's minds. It was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a week filled with events honoring the sacrifice and blood of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers that was spilled on the French beaches. Leaders from the United States,...
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