Lavrov meets Kono amid tensions over disputed Kuril islands

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono amid increasing tensions around the disputed Kuril islands. A decades-long row over the islands lingers as Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace treaty after World War II due to the territorial dispute over the islands invaded by the Soviet Union in the final days of the war. IMAGES

Animated film to spotlight bear who served in WWII

An unusual soldier joined the Polish army during World War II: an orphaned brown bear who treated his unit like family.

Nation’s oldest World War II vet dies at age 112

(28 Dec 2018) Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be the oldest living man in the US, died Thursday in Texas, a family member said. He was 112. Overton was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack in 1941. (Dec. 28)

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Today in History for December 7th

(7 Dec 2018) On this date in 1941, Japanese forces attack the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii – prompting America under President Franklin D. Roosevelt to enter World War II. (Dec. 7)

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Bob Dole salutes George HW Bush’s casket

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has saluted President George H.W. Bush at the casket of the late president. Like Bush, Dole is a World War II veteran. (Dec. 4)

Putin’s Crimea & The War At Home | VICE on HBO (Trailer)

In 2014, Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in one of the most brazen annexations of territory since World War II. Aside from economic sanctions, that land grab has largely been forgotten by the international community. More than four years on, Russia’s grip on Crimea seems stronger than ever. Isobel Yeung investigates how Crimeans are really faring under Russian control, and how Ukrainians are clinging to the hope of reunification.

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On average, three women in the United States are killed each day by a current or former partner. With firearms greatly increasing the odds of homicide inside homes with reports of domestic violence, some states are making efforts to seize firearms from those with orders of protection against them. Meanwhile, other states have passed legislation making it easier for those who file protection orders to carry a weapon without a license. We sent Gianna Toboni to meet the women working to fix the shortcomings of a legal system that often fails to protect women.

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2 dead in vintage World War II fighter crash

(18 Nov 2018) Two people were killed when a vintage World War II fighter plane crashed into the parking lot of an apartment complex in Fredericksburg, Texas. (Nov. 18)

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Today in History for November 12th

(12 Nov 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Josef Stalin consolidates power in USSR; World War II’s naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins; Women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Actress-turned-royalty Grace Kelly and singer Neil Young born. (Nov. 12)

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Arrival of German Chancellor Merkel to meet Polish PM Morawiecki

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to meet Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for bilateral talks, just days after President Andrzej Duda repeated his country’s demand for Germany to pay reparations over World War II. 1ST IMAGES