An excavator demolishes a five-storey apartment block in Moscow. City authorities have initiated a plan to demolish low-rise housing. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

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People attend celebrations on the main square of the Crimean city of Simferopol yesterday after Russian president Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

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President Vladimir Putin arrives to sign a treaty in the Kremlin yesterday with Crimean leaders on reunification with Russia. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

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Ernest Hemingway on the cover of Picture Post in 1954. Photograph: Earl Theisen/Picture Post/IPC/Getty

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President Kennedy signs a proclamation for the interdiction of the delivery of offensive weapons to Cuba at the White House on October 23rd, 1962.

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