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Russia Victory Day

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Russian second world war veterans leave Red Square after the Victory Day parade on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said at the annual military procession that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Mr Putin’s short speech came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia’s most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of the second world war and showing off the country’s modern arsenal

Children play underneath some 1,200 colorful carp streamers flying above a riverside park in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture

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Children play underneath carp streamers – or koinobori – flying above a riverside park in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture in Japan, on Thursday to celebrate Children’s day. A total of 400,000 visitors are expected to attend the week-long event starting on April 29 to celebrate the annual holiday of Children’s day on May 5 – part of the “Golden week” holiday, which is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year. The streamers