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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

Simon Read: An Australian 'frozen' pensioner speaks out

My report last week about 92-year ex-army veteran Vic Williams prompted a lot of response from readers. To remind you, Vic made a video for David Cameron - you'll find it here bit.ly/1d1mQ3t. In it he raises the issue of the pensions injustice that leaves almost half of our British pensioners who live abroad facing a frozen state pension while the rest get annual increases as if they still remained in this country.

Afro-American singer Josephine Baker

Black music: The European connection

Queen Victoria was a fan – and an African superstar’s grandfather an early performer. John Clarke looks back at the hidden history of Europe’s links to black singers and performers

British Army soldiers in Basra, southern Iraq, 2004

Code of conduct could improve armed forces’ links with politicians after dysfunctional relationship resulted in Iraq War blunder

Systemic failure across government led to thousands of British soldiers being killed or wounded, says report

Capita’s chief executive, Paul Pindar, had been defending his company against allegations that recruitment had slumped since it was put in charge of advertising

'We need more wars': Head of controversial private outsourcing firm blames lack of conflict for spectacular collapse in Army recruitment since it took charge

MPs outraged as Capita’s chief executive says potential new recruits have too little to do

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Security experts warn that increasing interest has driven up price of medals on online auction sites

Fears rise that WW1 centenary will spark crimewave against memorabilia

Security experts warn that increasing interest has driven up price of medals on online auction sites

Don McCullin, pictured in front of one of his powerful war pictures, says he wishes he had spent more of his life taking photographs closer to home

‘Forget foreign conflicts, chronicle Britain’ says war photographer Don McCullin

Celebrated war photographer urges next generation to record UK’s ‘social wars’

Birgitte Hjort Sorensen as Katrine in 'Borgen'

Book Review: David and Goliath, By Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is infuriating. As each new book arrives, you think that surely the pop sociologist will have learned from the sneering at the previous ones – The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers – and created something more than another riff on one idea with cheaply told examples to pad it out. No, and certainly not with David and Goliath.

‘We believe in David Cameron. He is God!’ PM mobbed by crowds on visit to Sri Lanka - but can he help?

Carry on in Colombo: Tamils have high expectations from the Prime Minister

Bower 2011; she made a passionate speech at this year’s Party Conference

Hetty Bower: Political activist whose membership of the Labour Party stretched back to the days of Keir Hardie

Hetty Bower, who has died at the age of 108, had a life remarkable both for its longevity and for decades of indefatigable campaigning on a range of anti-war and left-wing issues. Despite failing eyesight and hearing, until a few months ago she was still taking part in protest marches, often delivering inspirational speeches. She was not only one of the oldest women in Britain but also one of the country’s oldest political activists.

England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino fires past Daniel O'Shaunessy of Finland Under-21s

England U21s 3 Finland U21s 0: Gareth Southgate admits frustration despite win that sends Young Lions three points clear

England held a two-goal lead at half-time but were unable to push on as much as Southgate had asked for

Sri Lankan mothers from the 'Dead and Missing Person's Parents' organisation hold photographs as they takes part in a protest in Jaffna

David Cameron accuses Ed Miliband of 'rank hypocrisy' over Sri Lanka boycott call

PM said Labour had been in power when country was approved as Commonwealth summit host - months after bloody government crackdown there

A demonstration organized by Anonymous group was held to protest against the austerity measures adopted by the governement - some people in the crowd also feel at odds with political parties

Apathy? Alienation? How 'disengaged' four in ten voters reject ALL parties

Anti-sleaze watchdog that commissioned research believes findings pose worrying questions about future of democracy in Britain

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