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Russian servicemen marching on Red Square during a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Photograph: Ilya Pitalev/Host photo agency/AFP via Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin has rallied Russian national pride during a huge military parade to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, ahead of (...)

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Oh, come on, everybody remembers Italia 90. Do they, though? Yes. What, all of it? Well, not all of it, obviously. Go on then, what do you remember?(...)

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. W

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t have a cheap(...)

Protesters march against proposed new security laws in Hong Kong   on Sunday.  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Beijing effectively announced last week that it had lost all patience with Hong Kong and was going to drop any pretence of tolerating true autonomy fo(...)

James Ryan is looking forward to being back on a rugby field. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell reckons more seasoned players will reap the biggest benefits from this extended break. Players in their late 20s and 30s, who’ve been o(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches honour guards of the Presidential Regiment marching to mark the 75th anniversary of  victory over Nazi Germany in the second World War, in Sobornaya Square at Moscow’s Kremlin.  Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP/Getty

President Vladimir Putin told Russians on Saturday they are invincible when they stand together, as he presided over celebrations of victory in the se(...)

Then Irish Times editor RM Smyllie  got his revenge on the Irish government censors by rearranging the front page of the newspaper to make a V for victory sign.

At 1.25pm on May 7th, 1945 Germany surrendered to the Allies in the town of Rheims in France, the headquarters of Allied supreme commander Dwight D Ei(...)

A woman walks past a portrait of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai. Photograph: Aly Song/File Photo/Reuters

It is difficult to know the future implications of a moment in history while you are still living through it. But one of the most striking indication(...)

 Yuli Edelstein: adjourned parliament until Monday.  Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty

The speaker of Israel’s parliament, an ally of prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, resigned on Wednesday, sharpening a battle with the supreme court ov(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks to supporters at a rally in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 20th. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images.

When voters in Nevada choose their candidate to become the Democratic nominee for president on Saturday at caucus sites across the state, one presiden(...)

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