One World Observatory: a sneak preview

May 21, 2015

One World Observatory: a sneak preview

New York’s One World Trade Center on Wednesday treated invited guests to a sneak peek at the panoramic views from the observation deck atop the newly opened tower, which rises 1,776 feet (521 meters) above the streets of Lower Manhattan. The “pre-opening” of the ...

China declares holiday to mark Japan's surrender

May 13, 2015

China declares holiday to mark Japan's surrender

China said Wednesday it would make Sept. 3 a national holiday this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The State Council, China’s Cabinet, said it in a statement posted on this website that it had set the ...

American flyovers commemorate end of World War II in Europe

May 9, 2015

American flyovers commemorate end of World War II in Europe

Old soldiers squinted up at a brilliant blue sky Friday, remembering battles fought and comrades lost, as the United States marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a spectacular flyover of iconic World War II aircraft. Several thousand spectators converged on Washington’s National ...

Europe marks end of WWII under shadow of new threats

May 9, 2015

Europe marks end of WWII under shadow of new threats

Europe on Friday marked 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany with somber ceremonies overshadowed by modern threats such as the war in Ukraine and Islamic extremism. The Victory Day commemorations in Europe were muted compared with Moscow’s planned display of its military ...

Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

May 6, 2015

Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up with tales of how his father battled the Nazis as a Red Army soldier and his mother lived through the punishing siege of Leningrad. The stories of suffering and survival were similar to those of millions of others ...

Poland recalls dark side of WWII victory

May 6, 2015

Poland recalls dark side of WWII victory

Poland on Thursday marks 70 years since the end of World War II, with an emphasis on the dark side of history: that victory over Nazi Germany triggered 45 years of Soviet domination. The anniversary comes as relations between the Kremlin and the West ...