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Civilians near the Austrian lines in Serbia are strung up – probably as a reprisal for guerrilla resistance to the invaders

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Austro-Hungarian army executes civilians in Serbia

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German infantry advance through Belgium in August 1914

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Donald Tusk, Poland's Prime Minister, speaks to the Belgium PM

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Nato will strengthen its presence in Poland within weeks as the military alliance seeks to allay fears along Ukraine's western border over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The spread of the TR4 fungus represents an expanded threat to global banana production

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Disease spreads from Asia to Africa and may already have jumped to crucial plantations in Latin America

Fifty-two hostages were taken at the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979

America outraged as Iran’s choice of UN ambassador is man linked to 1979 hostage crisis at US embassy in Tehran

Hamid Abutalebi was once a member of the group which held 52 Americans for 444 days

Pro-Russian troops surround a military base in Perevalnoe

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His statement came before the Romanian President said the US plans to increase the number of troops stationed at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base

A photo taken on 5 Jan2014 shows three dead minke whales on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru, in the Southern Ocean.

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Japan hunts around a thousand whales in the Southern Ocean each year

Mr Stoltenberg called the crisis with Russia over Ukraine 'a brutal reminder of how important Nato is'.

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Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has confirmed Norway's former premier Jens Stoltenberg will succeed him as new chief of the military alliance in October.

Institutional investors are being urged to back renewable energy projects like wind farms

Britain one of the lowest producers of renewable energy in the EU

A report shows that the UK outperforms only Malta and Luxembourg

Pope Francis warns President Obama of excesses of capitalism

Obama is the ninth US president to make an official visit to the Vatican

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