‘Joker’ tops Oscar nominations with 11

Todd Phillips’ “Joker” topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations, while Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ World War I tale “1917” all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece. (Jan. 13)

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‘1917,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ win best picture honors at Golden Globes

Sam Mendes’ World War I tale “1917” wins best picture, drama, and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” wins best film, comedy or musical at the 77th Golden Globes. (Jan. 6)

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Today in History for October 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Convicted Nazi war criminal Herman Goering commits suicide behind bars; World War I spy Mata Hari executed; Nikita Khrushchev ousted as Soviet Union’s leader; ‘I Love Lucy’ premieres on TV. (Oct. 15)

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WWI ghost fleet becomes first US national marine sanctuary since 2000 | AFP

In a quiet inlet halfway down the Potomac Rover in Maryland rest the skeletal remains of more than 100 wooden steamships, hastily built for World War I and then abandoned. Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has designated the area in which theY lie – Mallows Bay – a national marine sanctuary, the first designation since 2000.

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Today in History for August 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi police arrest Anne Frank and family; Britain declares war on Germany in World War I; Three civil rights workers found slain in Mississippi; The Bordens axed to death; Jazz great Louis Armstrong born. (Aug. 4)

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Today in History for August 3rd

Highlights of this day in history: Christopher Columbus sets sail; Europe slides further into World War I; A Cold War case heats up Capitol Hill; Air traffic controllers in the U.S. go on strike; NBA founded; Singer Tony Bennett born. (Aug. 3)

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Today in History for August 1st

Highlights of this day in history: A shooting rampage takes place at the University of Texas clock tower; Germany declares war on Russia in World War I; Adolf Hitler opens the Berlin Olympics; Author Herman Melville born; MTV debuts. (Aug. 1)

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Today in History for June 28th

Highlights of this day in history: An assassination in Europe sparks World War I; Elian Gonzalez and his father leave for Cuba; Boxer Mike Tyson disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear; Richard Rodgers and Mel Brooks born. (June 28)

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Today in History for May 7

Highlights of this day in history: The Lusitania sunk in World War I; Nazi Germany signs surrender in World War II; Vietnam’s Battle of Dien Bien Phu; Composer Peter Illych Tchaikovsky born; Glenn Miller records ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo.’ (May 7)

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Greece demands Germany to pay over $300bn in WW2 reparations

Greece’s parliament on Wednesday began debate on a resolution to demand the payment of German war crime reparations. The issue has long been disputed by Berlin. ‘These demands are always active. They were never set aside by Greece,’ parliament chairman Nikos Voutsis said earlier this week.

The chamber is expected to approve a resolution calling on the government of Premier Alexis Tsipras ‘to take all the necessary diplomatic and legal steps to claim and fully satisfy all the demands of the Greek state stemming from World War I and World War II,’ AFP reported.

A parliamentary committee last year determined that Germany owes Greece at least $305 billion for World War I damages and looting, atrocities and a forced loan during the Nazi occupation in World War II.

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SCOTUS weighs whether cross violates Constitution

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on the fate of the “Peace Cross,” a World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland that some say violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The case could impact memorials nationwide. (Feb. 25)

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Giant cross divides US city

At 12 meters high, a cross-shaped statue honoring those who died in World War I veterans stands at the center of controversy in the US state of Maryland. A group calling for its removal says it violates laws protecting the separation of church and state, but family members and veterans are putting up a fight that has taken the case to the Supreme Court, where it will be heard on February 27.

Peter Jackson understands ‘R’ rating for his WWI documentary

(19 Dec 2018) Peter Jackson’s innovative World War I documentary shows that many British soldiers made it to the front lines when they were just 15 or 16 years old. Teens that age now won’t be able to see “They Shall Not Grow Old” in theatres without a parent, but Jackson says he understands the MPAA’s R rating. (Dec. 19)

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US-France ‘Bromance’ on the rocks after Trump’s twitter tirade

On the heels of a rocky trip to Paris to mark the World War I centenary, Trump fired off a caustic series of early-morning tweets against French President Emmanuel Macron and renewed his frequent charge that America’s European allies in NATO spend too little on defense.

Canada PM Trudeau talks about US relations at Paris Peace Forum

A the Paris Peace Forum, a day after World War I commemorations with other world leaders, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the press about US relations, as well as the next steps in the investigation of the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi.

French President welcomes heads of state at Elysee Palace

French President Emmanuel Macron greets foreign leaders at the Elysee Palace, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. World leaders are gathering in Paris to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions. IMAGES

Today in History for November 11th

(10 Nov 2018) Highlights of this day in history: An armistice ends the fighting in World War I; Pilgrims sign Mayflower Compact; Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat dies; Author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and actor Leonardo DiCaprio born. (Nov. 11)

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John Kelly and General Dunford visit WWI Cemetery

(10 Nov 2018) White House Chief of Staff John Kelly John Kelly laid a wreath in honour of those who died in World War I at Aisne-Marne cemetery in France on Saturday. (Nov. 10)

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‘Welcome war criminals!’: Topless FEMEN activists protest in Paris ahead of WWI armistice centenary

Topless activists from the radical feminist organization FEMEN were arrested in Paris, on Saturday, after staging a protest in front of the Arc de Triomphe, ahead of the international commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. The protesters chanted ‘welcome war criminals’ in reference to visiting foreign leaders invited to the ceremony scheduled to take place on Sunday. Activists also painted slogans on their chests denouncing ‘fake peacemakers and real dictators’.

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“We want a strong Europe”, Trump tells Macron

“We want a strong Europe”, US President Donald Trump insists when meeting French President Emmanuel Macron for talks in Paris ahead of a weekend of World War 1 commemorations. SOUNDBITE

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(5 Nov 2018) Here’s the latest for Monday November 5th: Politicians make last-minute pitches before midterms; U.S. begins tough new sanctions on Iran; Beacons light up in London for World War I remembrance.

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Macron pays tribute to France’s World War I fighters

President Emmanuel Macron honours France’s World War I fighters in Lorraine, as part of a week of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which is set to mix remembrance of the past and warnings about the present surge in nationalism around the globe. IMAGES