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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    Paka Royal family! This day 100 years ago, the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.The Tsar had spent the Russian Civil War imprisoned by the Reds alongside his family and aides. Nicholas’s family alongside him in captivity were wife Tsarina Alexandra and their children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei. The Russian Civil War was fought between the Reds (communists) and the Whites (a loose connection of anti-communist forces). The Royal Family were near the town of Yekaterinburg when word was received that the Czechoslovak Legion was approaching. Allowing Nicholas to fall into enemy happens was not an option for the Reds as he and his family would act as a rallying point against the Communists and potentially give the Whites international recognition. n the eyes of the Reds this left 2 options: move them elsewhere or kill them. In the early hours of 17 July 1918, the Royal Family was awakened, ordered to dress and led into a basement. Suddenly, a firing squad entered with a shocked Nicholas asking "What?“. Nicholas, his family and their aides were killed by shooting and clubbing there.
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    Putin-Trump Meeting

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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    Gruesome original photo (16x10") of Quentin Roosevelt (Pres T. Roosevelt's youngest son) lying beside his destroyed 95th Aero Sqdn Nieuport fighter. This photo was reportedly taken by a German soldier who was severely chastised for his insensitivity. Small copyright text lower left reads: "c 1933 C.W. Field/Quentin Roosevelt - killed July 14, 1918"
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    Putin-Trump Meeting

    " Make no mistake what happened in Finland on Monday: An American President -- contrary to the unanimous findings of his intelligence community and the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee -- sought to split blame with a foreign adversary who actively interfered in an American election to help him and hurt his opponent. And he did so while standing next to the Russian President -- a man who heads a country that not only sought to sway the 2016 election through interference but also invaded and annexed Crimea and allegedly poisoned a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil. " " Yes, there is the possibility that the Russians have something compromising on him, something he is so embarrassed about that he is willing to ignore the clear and present danger posed by Russia to keep it from going public. Putin denied the existence of any sort of "kompromat" on Trump in the news conference Monday, arguing that he didn't even know Trump was in Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant in 2013. To which I would say: Ask yourself if a former KGB official who is now the president would be unaware of someone as wealthy and high-profile as Trump being in his country. I mean, -- come on."
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    Putin-Trump Meeting

    The Kremlin leader, a former KGB agent, scoffed at the notion that the Russian security services try to gather incriminating materials on businessmen, saying: "Do you really believe that we try to shadow every businessman?"
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    Haiti declares war on Germany, which is just adorable. So too have some residents of Bismarck, North Dakota, who want that name changed. Someone painted out the city’s name at the railroad station and put up a sign saying: “To hell with this blockheaded Hun. What did he ever do for us?”
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    Putin-Trump Meeting

    LMAO at the Thomas trolling in here. it must be hell working in the State dept under Trump. he changes his mind and/or stance depending on who he thinks will like him at whatever event or appearance he's involved in.
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    German government pretending that its not running out of absolutely everything... German Chancellor Georg von Hertling says Germany does not intend to annex Belgium, but only to use it as “a pawn for future negotiations.” (A few days later he’ll say he means he wants Germany’s colonies back).
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    WW1 Colourised Photos Lt. Col. Edwin Hautenville Richardson set up the British War Dog School and is seen alongside fellow soldiers and one of his dogs in a trench, photo is circa 1914. Lt. Col. Richardson and his wife Blanche, were asked to set up the British War Dogs training school at Shoeburyness, Essex, where they trained hundreds of dog for service in WWI and later WWII. Although Airedales were Richardson’s preferred breed, all dogs volunteered were physically examined, and given a “IQ” test, those dogs that were found suitable were trained for service. The history of the Lt. Col. Richardson and his War Dogs is in Richardson’s book titled Forty Years with Dogs (London: Hutchinson & Co, 1929). (Colourised by Royston Leonard)
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    World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    The US War Department insists that not only are its gas masks completely effective against mustard gas, but there’s a “neutralizing ointment” now. And special underwear. That’s what it says: “special underwear.”
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    Air Force to open without a DC?

    hes back in the league....
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    Congrats Thai Navy Seals

    yeah that was a "rescue hijack" all the way.