Part of an exhibition in Liège entitled “I was 20 in 14” shows a trench during the first World War. Photograph: Yves Herman.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will take part in an international commemorative ceremony in Liège in Belgium today to mark the begin(...)

Every spring farmers in the Ypres salient dig up thousands of unexploded shells and leave them by the side of the road for the Belgian army to collect. These German shells have been found near the old British trenches five kilometres south-east of Ypres.  Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

A hundred years after the start of the first World War, the ground where bloody battles were fought continues to yield up dead(...)

King Albert II (right) of Belgium, watched by his son Crown Prince Philippe (left), wipes his eyes after signing an act of abdication during a ceremony at the Royal Palace on Belgian National Day in Brussels. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Belgium has a new king after Philippe succeeded his father, Albert, following the monarch’s abdication. Earlier today, 79-year-old Albert, Belgium’s s(...)