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'Lawrence of Arabia's saddlebag' goes on display for first time

Among all the treasures in the vaults of the Bank of England, a spectacularly battered, zinc-lined leather case, soon to go on public display for the first time, has been carefully preserved for almost a century.<p>The tattered label sheds no light on its original contents, but identifies it as the …

Photo Gallery from Kiev

Protest

The birth of the War Graves Commission - and the furious controversy it sparked

On 4 August next year, "senior British and German politicians" - almost certainly David Cameron and Angela Merkel - will meet at the end of a …

World History

When 50,000 Irishmen gathered to commemorate the First World War

As I wrote last week, I had not thought commemorating the centenary of the First World War need be a matter of controversy. But one of the reasons why it is worth doing – and worth doing <i>properly</i> and on a large scale – is that the First World War is <i>complicated</i>.<p>Consider the photograph at the top of …

Associated Press News

What Nirvana Means Now

Pop culture writer Rob Sheffield on Nevermind, the power of lip-synching, and why Taylor Swift is the new Kurt Cobain<p><b>Twenty years after In Utero and their MTV Unplugged, Esquire.com is spending all this week remembering Nirvana.</b><p><b>In the beginning of the nineties,</b> no one expectedthe explosion of …

Self-Proclaimed King of Germany Rules His Very Own Made-up Kingdom

Peter Fitzek is a self-proclaimed king of a made-up state called the Kingdom of Germany which promises to “not serve capitalism, but the people.” …

North Korea: inside 'the most amusing destination on earth'

Sombre music leaked from somewhere above, or possibly below; women in brightly coloured chiffon dresses that flared from the bust glided towards us on a moving walkway. A companion later asked if I'd noticed how "glassy" the women's eyes were.<p>The women were on their way in. The group I was with had …

UN and French forces in 'large-scale' operation in Mali

<b>French, Malian and UN forces have launched a "large-scale" operation in Mali, France's military says.</b><p>Spokesman Col Gilles Jaron told the AFP news agency that several hundred French soldiers were involved in the mission in the north of the country.<p>It was aimed at preventing a resurgence of …

Best road bikes under £1,000 for 2018

The best road bikes under £1,000 are a great place to start if you’re new to cycling or if you're unsure how much riding you’re actually going to be …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

World's oldest bog body hints at violent past

<b>Cashel Man has had the weight of the world on his shoulders, quite literally, for 4,000 years.</b><p>Compressed by the peat that has preserved his remains, he looks like a squashed, dark leather holdall.<p>Apart, that is, from one forlorn arm that stretches out and upward and tells us something of the …

9 Very Rare (and Very Expensive) Video Game Cartridges

If you've ever collected baseball cards, comic books, stamps, or maybe those limited edition commemorative plates, you understand the concept of the …

Retrogaming

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 7

Apple released iOS 7 to the public this week, providing a new design and a handful of cool features to iPhone- and iPad-lovers everywhere, but some …

Kit Harington promises more deaths than ever before on Game of Thrones season 4

If you’ve been watching all three seasons of <b>Game of Thrones</b>, you’ve probably lost count over the number of characters who’ve met with grisly ends, …

Eerie plane wrecks contain forgotten stories of survival

At first glance, "Happy End" may not seem like the most natural title for pictures of wrecked planes in forbidding landscapes, but German photographer Dietmar Eckell has a very positive outlook on what these photos represent. As described by Eckell, these pictures document 'miracles' in aviation …

A Creative Scooby-Doo And Zombie Photo Shoot

<b>‘Jinkies!’</b> Pittsburgh-based photographer Jeff Zoet has taken a creative and fun photo shoot that mashes the characters from ‘Scooby-Doo’ with …

UK forces in Afghanistan begin vast equipment salvage operation

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/994000/994492_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534484999_91f04884d79045ba618fd3ba5541f7c1<p><b>It is a car-wash with a difference. In 46.9C heat, British troops at the vehicle wash-down at Camp Bastion use pressure hoses to wash away the dust of</b> …