Russia holds grand WWII parade in Red Square ahead of vote on Putin reforms | AFP

Russia’s military parades through Red Square as President Vladimir Putin oversees grand World War II commemorations to stir up patriotic fervour ahead of a vote on extending his rule. Forced to postpone the country’s traditional May 9 Victory Day celebrations by the coronavirus pandemic, Putin rescheduled the parade for just a week ahead of a July 1 public vote on controversial constitutional reforms.

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Vladimir Putin and officials arrive ahead of grand WWII parade in Moscow | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets foreign officials arriving for a parade through Moscow’s Red Square marking 75 years since the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany. IMAGES

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Eastern Russian city of Vladivostok holds WWII parade | AFP

Russia marks 75 years since the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany by holding military parades in several cities. Forced to postpone the country’s traditional May 9 Victory Day celebrations by the coronavirus pandemic, Putin rescheduled the parade for just a week ahead of a July 1 public vote on controversial constitutional reforms. IMAGES

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Russia WWII survivor aids needy during lockdown

As a child during the World War II siege of Leningrad, Galina Yakovleva learned how to make the best of fearful times. (May 8)

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Angela Merkel attends ceremony marking 75 years since end of WWII | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attend a ceremony in Berlin marking 75 years since the end of World War II. IMAGES

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WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday

WWII veteran Lawrence Brooks celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. (Sept. 12)

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Merkel, Pence and other officials arrive at WWII commemoration ceremony | AFP

Officals, including Germany’s Angela Merkel and United States’ Mike Pence, arrive at the official ceremony in Poland to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Thursday, July 18th: The U.S. claims it shot down an Iranian drone; Epstein denied bail; Food aid to resume in Yemen; Possible remains of WWII service men returned.

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Why Lobster Is So Expensive | So Expensive

Lobster went from prison food to a well-known delicacy. Seafood was left out of rationed foods during WWII, and with the advent of railway transportation, lobster became known as an exotic delicacy.

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D-Day survivor moved by Trump tribute

When President Donald Trump singled out 98-year-old Ray Lambert in his Normandy speech at the 75th-anniversary commemoration of D-Day, the WWII survivor took it as a tribute for all the men who fought that day. (June 6)

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D-Day anniversary: tourists and veterans flock to Normandy | AFP

“It’s wonderful to come back here, to see where I landed and where I fought”: 95-year-old Eugene is in Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944. Like him, hundreds of veterans and thousands of tourists have flocked to Northern France, to commemorate the turning point of WWII.

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How Benihana Transformed America

Benihana’s founder Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, beat his stacked odds by opening a Japanese restaurant in post-WWII America. WWII made Americans fear and resent Japanese culture. Aoki, at first, deliberately banned anything that seemed fishy or slimy, and focused on the main proteins of the American diet, chicken, steak, and shrimp.

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