Versailles

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The Eiffel Tower. Photograph: iStock

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A woman admires Maurice the rooster as he sits in the arms of his owner, Corrine Fesseau (not pictured),  in Rochefort, western France, on July 4th. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

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Padraig Griffin at the launch online of his research, and that of other local historians,  marking the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

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Carlos Ghosn, former chairman of Nissan Motor. Photographer: Keith Bedford/Bloomberg

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An aerial shot of Mount Etna taken during visit by the Trinity team.

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Brian John Spencer self-portrait, in the style of Sir John Lavery

When artist and political cartoonist Brian John Spencer requested permission to attend and sketch a meeting of Belfast City Council, in preparation fo(...)

The great hall at Versailles was the site of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which imposed swingeing terms on Germany and blamed it and Austria-Hungary for starting the first World War.

In mid-January 1919, amid revolutionary chaos in much of east-central Europe and a fierce civil war in Russia, the Paris Peace Conference convened to (...)

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