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Former member of Captain Philippe Kieffer's Free French commando, 91 year old Leon Gautier, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy. Gautier landed on the beach of Ouistreham with Kieffer's special forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

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Former member of Captain Philippe Kieffer’s Free French commando, 91-year-old Leon Gautier, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy, France. Mr Gautier landed on the beach of Ouistreham with Kieffer’s special forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This week marks the 70th anniversary of that event.

A worker of Security Services Archive searches files in The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. When Czechs threw off Communism in 1989, they adopted strict rules marginalising anyone with ties to the repressive old regime. But now they are asking whether it's time to move on. The soul-searching has been stirred by Andrej Babis, a businessman-turned politician poised to join a new coalition government despite allegations - which he denies - of past collaboration with the Communist secret police.

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A worker of the Security Services Archive searches files in the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. When Czechs threw off communism in 1989, they adopted strict rules marginalising anyone with ties to the repressive old regime. But now they are asking whether it’s time to move on. The soul-searching has been stirred by Andrej Babis, a businessman-turned-politician poised to join a new coalition government despite allegations – which he denies – of past collaboration with the communist secret police.

Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston...Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts July 4, 2013. People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security following the Boston Marathon bombings. Spectators waving U.S. flags and wearing red, white and blue headed for public gatherings in Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta and other cities under the close watch of police armed with hand-held chemical detectors, radiation scanners and camera surveillance, precautions sparked by the deadly April 15 bombings.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

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Re-enactors march away from the Old State House after a public reading of the US Declaration of Independence, part of July 4 Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday. 

Huge statues are shown in the early morning at the tomb of King Antiochus on top of Mount Nemrut near Adiyaman, southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. Nemrut (Nemrut Dagi) is a 2,134m high mountain, notable for its tomb, which was probably built for king Antiochus Theos of Kommagene who believed he was a descendant of Apollo in the first part of the first century BC. On two sides of the mountaintop terraces were set up for statues representing Apollo, Fortuna, Heracles and Zeus. The Mount Nemrut ruins were discovered in 1881 and declared a UN World Heritage Site in 1987.

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Huge statues are shown in the early morning at the tomb of King Antiochus on top of Mount Nemrut near Adiyaman, southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. Nemrut (Nemrut Dagi) is a 2,134m high mountain, notable for its tomb, which was probably built for king Antiochus Theos of Kommagene who believed he was a descendant of Apollo in the first part of the first century BC. On two sides of the mountaintop terraces were set up for statues representing Apollo, Fortuna, Heracles and Zeus. The Mount Nemrut ruins were discovered in 1881 and declared a UN World Heritage Site in 1987. 

Conservator Susan Bickerton holds the original ship's bell of the Mary Rose onboard a ship at the location of it's 16th century sinking on Thursday in the Solent off Portsmouth, England. The Mary Rose was a warship of the Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. She sank in the Solent on 19 July 1545 during an invasion by the French fleet. The wreck of the Mary Rose was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in 1982. The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard is the new home to warship, and some of the 19,000 artifacts that sank with her. The museum opens on Friday, 30 years after the hull of Mary Rose was raised from the sea off Portsmouth, England. The Mary Rose was a warship of the Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. She sank in the Solent on 19 July 1545 during an invasion by the French fleet. The wreck of the Mary Rose was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in 1982. The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard is the new home to warship, and some of the 19,000 artifacts that sank with her. The museum opens on Friday, 30 years after the hull of Mary Rose was raised from the sea.

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Conservator Susan Bickerton holds the original ship’s bell that belonged to the Mary Rose, on board a ship on Thursday at the location of it’s 16th century sinking in the Solent off Portsmouth, England.