North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photograph: AFP

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Soldiers from the 48th Infantry Group in training ahead of peacekeeping deployment in Golan Heights. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

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The Hiroshima atomic bomb blast, photographed by the US military on  August 6th,  1945. Photograph: EPA/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum 1:54

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Tanks and armoured vehicles on display at the Army 2015 military fair in Russia. Vladimir Putin announced the expansion of Russia’s nuclear arsenal at the fair. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

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A statue of Lenin in Tiraspol, the administrative capital of Transdniestria, an enclave in Moldova: for Moldovans who don’t believe in Russia, but have lost faith in the EU, there may be an alternative: Romania. Photograph: John Fleming

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The fall of the Berlin Wall more than 25 years ago transformed the political landscape in Europe, but its repercussions were felt much further afield.(...)

Governments everywhere are likely to come under pressure to adopt the German approach to subsidising renewables – placing all the burden of the Public Service Obligation on households – to protect the competitiveness of their industries

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“I’ve done what I had to do,” said Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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