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LGBT campaigners called Mr Duncan's comments "inappropriate"

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

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German infantry advance through Belgium in August 1914

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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.

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

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Pro-Russian troops surround a military base in Perevalnoe

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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

Barack Obama used the summit to toughen is rhetoric on the Ukraine crisis

Ukraine crisis: Russia is a regional power – but US is most powerful nation in the world, Obama warns Putin

The US President, Barack Obama, has issued a warning to Russia’s Vladimir Putin to keep his troops out of Ukraine or face even tougher sanctions, calling Russia a “regional power” which would struggle to compete with America’s global influence.

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Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

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Mad Men returns for a final fling

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Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit