The visit of  Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to Flanders in Belgium coincides with a programme of commemorative events that is planned to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce, where British and German soldiers played football in no man’s land. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Northern Irish Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to travel to Belgium on Saturday on a historic official visit to commemorate the centenary o(...)

Candles  placed in front of the graves during a first World War centenary commemoration  in Ploegsteert, Belgium, on October 17th . Events commemorating the war are continuing in Belgium and further afield. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Last Friday evening, quietness descended over a corner of northern Europe as Belgium paused to remember the 600,000 victims of the first World War who(...)

A record attempt for the largest number of Hot Air Balloons to take off simultaneously in a single line will take place at Waterford Airport on Monday, September 22 at 7am as part of the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships. Photograph: Patrick Browne/In-Line

All-Ireland football finalsKerry and Donegal will contest both the 2014 minor and senior All Ireland football finals at Croke Park on Sunday. Kerry ar(...)

War weary: British soldiers at Mons in August 1914. Photograph: Mansell/Life/Getty (Digitally enhanced)

Driving along the quiet, secluded roads of southern Belgium, the towns of Liège, Dinant and Namur chequer the landscape, stopping points on the roa(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II distributing iron crosses on the Western Front in the first World War in 1916. Only days before the outbreak of the war in 1914, Serbs hoped a conflict could be averted. Photograph: PA

TODAY’S SITUATION Yesterday was one of Belgrade’s most interesting and important days. The situation was very serious but Belgrade stayed dignified, c(...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie leave Sarajevo City Hall on June 28th, 1914, the day of their assassination. Russia’s ambassador to Serbia, moments before his own sudden death, denied that he had responded to the archduke’s murder with other than deference and decorousness. Photograph: JU Sarajevo Museum/Handout via Reuters

Herr v Hartwig has died suddenly. Friends warned him against continuing a lifestyle that could only end in an early death. He had a disposition to ob(...)

 The French statesman, Georges Clemenceau (1841–1929) circa 1919. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Repercussions... The bomb and revolver shots of Sarajevo could not have reverberated more cruelly through the entire expanse of the Empire. When m(...)

Instruments of prisoner torture in a prison room in Zenica, Bosnia, where members of Mlada Bosna (Young Bosnia) served their sentences for the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. A Serbia newspaper said of the assassins after their arrest: ‘Now those faces are in a dungeon, and even paler under torture. But their mouths have said nothing.’ Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Eleven days after Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, Serbs received news about the fate of his alleged killers.– Daniel McLaughlinIn a Sarajevo Dungeon(...)

The bloodstained undershirt worn by Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria at the time of  his assassination on June 28th, 1914, in Sarajevo,  on display at the museum of military history in Vienna. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

MEASURES TAKEN BY THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT AGAINST SERBIAN IRREDENTISM IN BOSNIA Vienna: Just after 11 o’clock yesterday morning, the [Austrian] cabine(...)

Britain’s Prince Albert with Alexander, crown prince of Serbia, in London on 1916, two years after the beginning of the first World War. British newspapers did not immediately appreciate the significance of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June 1914. Photograph: PA

Archival series: The significance of the events in Sarajevo that were soon to plunge the world into war had still not permeated to British newspapers (...)