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Putin leads ceremonies at 75th anniversary of Stalingrad battle

Putin leads ceremonies at 75th anniversary of Stalingrad battle

World
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin led celebrations Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II's pivotal Battle of Stalingrad.Putin laid wreaths at monuments and was the guest of honor at military parades and memorial observances. His major address concentrated on Russian patriotism and sacrifice for the country.The battle between defending troops of the Soviet Union and invading Nazi Germany lasted seven months in the winter of 1942-1943. The city's proximity to oil fields and the symbolic attachment to overtaking an area named for Soviet leader Josef Stalin were the Nazi motivations to invade the city.Stalin refused to evacuate the citizens of the city now named Volgograd, and civilian casualties were high. Many died of starvation. Nearly 2.2 million peo...
Does Hugh Jackman win battle of Barnums?

Does Hugh Jackman win battle of Barnums?

Entertainment
You know how it is, you wait years for a musical about entertainment impresario PT Barnum and then two turn up at once.A new film about the infamous circus owner opens in cinemas on Boxing Day at the same time as a major theatre revival of Barnum the musical is playing in London.On screen, Hollywood superstar Hugh Jackman stars alongside Zac Efrom in an all-singing, all-dancing original musical called The Greatest Showman.Video:Rubbish gifts! Celeb Christmas confessionsOn stage, comedian Marcus Brigstocke is taking on the iconic ringmaster role that Michael Crawford won plaudits for back in 1981.But in the battle to play Barnum, who comes out on top? We compare the leading men's vital statistics.Hugh Jackman, 49, is an actor, Broadway star and film producer. He was nominated for an Oscar i...
Transfer BATTLE! Juventus to rival Liverpool for Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij in January

Transfer BATTLE! Juventus to rival Liverpool for Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij in January

Sports
Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij is in-demand ahead of the January transfer windowMonday, October 23, 2017Juventus are ready to battle Liverpool for Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij.The Dutchman is into the final year of his contract and is so far refusing to pen an extension.It means the centre-back can leave for free at the end of the season and Liverpool are looking at snapping him up.But, according to Calciomercato, Juventus are also tracking De Vrij and could move for him next summer.Like Liverpool, the Italian champions have been alerted to the 25-year-old's contract situation and they are keen to bag a bargain.However Juve are reportedly unwilling to sign De Vrij unless they can nab him for free, meaning Liverpool could win the race if they make a cash offer in January.Let's block ads!...
Battle 'over' against Islamic State in Raqqa

Battle 'over' against Islamic State in Raqqa

World
Military operations have ended against Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, say the Syrian Democratic Forces.Clearing operations were continuing to flush out the remaining fighters and locate landmines and booby traps.Dozens of fighters were making a last stand in the city's stadium - also being used as its weapons' store - and some may still be holed up in its warren of tunnels.About 100 fighters are left in the city, the US military estimated.:: Raqqa 'broken in every sense' after IS occupation:: The rise and fall of Islamic State in RaqqaEarlier on Tuesday, the SDF said they had killed 22 fighters as they captured the city hospital, being used by IS as its headquarters.The US-backed SDF is made up mainly of Kurdish fighters, but also Arab and other militias.It has been battl...
'Final' battle to oust IS fighters from Raqqa

'Final' battle to oust IS fighters from Raqqa

World
US-backed fighters say they are engaged in a "final" battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, the extremist group's de facto capital in Syria.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurds, say jihadists are still putting up resistance in a number of neighbourhoods in their one-time stronghold and the fighting could take hours or days.It comes amid reports the city could be "liberated" by Sunday.Around 100 IS fighters have surrendered in the past 24 hours and were "removed from the city", said a spokesman for the US-led coalition.Video:British fighter: UK must do more against ISSyrian IS fighters and their families have left Raqqa and buses arrived to evacuate foreign fighters and their families under a deal brokered by the SDF, the coalition and IS.The Kurdish YPG militia ...