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1919: Germans take war machines apart outside Berlin. Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles Germany was required to disarm. This tank is in fact a British tank, captured and put into service by the Germans. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“German economic life is to be annihilated . . . It amounts to the denial of the people’s right to existence.” (German foreign minister Count Brockdor(...)

January 18th: The Paris Peace Conference opens. The tone is set early. French president Raymond Poincare declares: “You are assembled to repair the ev(...)

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 (...)

Carlos Ghosn, former chairman  of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in  2017. File photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

In October 2016, Carlos Ghosn rented out the Grand Trianon in Versailles for his lavish second wedding. Hired actors in towering wigs and 18th century(...)

‘Yellow vest’ protesters  walk past the Louvre  in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

A driver died in southern France on Friday when his car hit a truck at a roadblock erected by “yellow vest” protesters, raising the death toll linked (...)

Camp Barentz. Photograph: Hurtigruten Svalbard

I’m just back from a place that doesn’t appear on most globes, as it’s obliterated by the bolt connecting the turning mechanism to the stand. It’s at(...)

Victorina Morales at her home in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/New York Times

During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Victorina Morales has made Donald Trump’s bed,(...)

Five great grand nephews of  Michael Walsh at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin with a display case containing his Purple Heart medal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One hundred years after he was killed in France in one of the final offensives of the first World War, Mayo man Private Michael Walsh has posthumously(...)

Images of Dan Breen from a police notice offering a £1,000 reward for the capture of the Soloheadbeg ambush organiser, “wanted for murder in Ireland” and described as having a “sulky bulldog appearance”.

There has been something of a lull in the decade of centenaries since 2016 but that tranquillity is likely to be disturbed in coming months. Novembe(...)

French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour: died in his home in Alpilles in southeastern France. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/AFP/Getty

Tributes are pouring in to Charles Aznavour, the great French popular singer, who died early on Monday at his home in southern France, aged 94. Know(...)

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