D-day remembered: a series of interviews on the 75th anniversary

The stories of those who were there on 6 June 1944 and others involved in this weeks commemorations Thousands of people are preparing to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings at commemoration events in the UK and France this week. Senior politicians and members of the royal family as well as hundreds of veterans will attend ceremonies to mark one of the main turning points of the second world war and the biggest amphibious invasion in military history. More than 200 veterans have boarded a cruise ship, MV Boudicca, charted by the Royal British Legion, to attend the events, while others are descending en masse on Portsmouth and Normandy. Here we hear the stories of those who were …

Who killed the prime minister? The unsolved murder that still haunts Sweden

The long read: Three decades ago, Olof Palme was assassinated on Stockholms busiest street. The killer has never been found. Could the discovery of new evidence finally close the case? On the last night of February 1986, the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme and his wife, Lisbet, were strolling home through downtown Stockholm. They had taken an impromptu trip to the cinema and decided, as they often did, not to bring bodyguards. Palme made a point of living as much as possible like an ordinary person; he did not want the fact that he was running the country to come between him and his countrymen. You saw him in the streets all the time, says the Swedish ethnologist Jonas Engman. …

Trump’s new Cuba crackdown puts US at odds with Canada and Europe

US will allow lawsuits against companies using property nationalised by the revolution, cap remittances and restrict non-family travel Donald Trump has taken another step towards reversing Barack Obamas Sign up for the US morning briefing It was condemned by Cuba as an attack on international law and by Canada and the European Union as regrettable, since their companies have significant investments in hotels, distilleries, tobacco factories and other properties on the island. Title III of the secretary told reporters. The issue has come to a head now as retorted on Twitter: I strongly reject the announcement of State Secretary Pompeo. This is an attack on international law and the sovereignty of Cuba and third states. Aggressive escalation of USA against …

Militias, chaos and starvation: Britain 10 years after Brexit

The Queen has fled, Polish workers have been forced out, and violent factions roam a broken land. Writer Jonathan Meades imagines the country The Great Chaos will create The Great Chip Shortage In 2019, older bigots and veteran xenophobes still recalled with pride the successful campaign Boston and the area of Lincolnshire around it waged in the 1960s against nutria. Once these shy, intelligent South American beasts got wind of their fate, they began to escape from the 50 or so farms that had imported them, head for wetlands, breed prolifically, guzzle crops (wheat, beetroot, turnip) and destabilise fen dykes by burrowing into their banks. The situation was later exacerbated by nutria fur falling out of fashion and the farms …

An exclusive look inside Russia’s Arctic military base

Kotelny Island, Russia (CNN)Six time zones east of Moscow, on the frozen landscape of the New Siberian Islands, a new military race is taking shape. Russia’s Northern Fleet moved into the base in 2016. There, military personnel don’t have to face the harsh Arctic weather unless on duty. The “closed cycle” base has its residential and operations blocks, interconnected and the only standalone building there is a tiny Orthodox chapel some 20 meters from the heart of the base. Russia is also tightening its grip on the Northern Sea Route, which falls into the Russian Exclusive Economic Zone and cuts the shipping time from Europe to Asia by 40% compared to Suez Canal route. This month, Moscow announced that foreign …

Why Hungary’s state-sponsored schoolbooks have teachers worried

Budapest, Hungary (CNN)Flick through a Hungarian history book for high school students, and you’re left in no doubt about the government’s view on migrants. Education ‘straight from the state’ The shake-up comes amid weeks of street protests against Orban’s hardline policies, signaling cracks in his grip on the central eastern European nation. Since Orban’s populist Fidesz Party swept into power in 2010, and most recently won a landslide victory again in April last year, it has been at the helm of a “major educational reform,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told CNN when it visited Hungary late last year. Previously, local municipalities oversaw the country’s public schools. But in recent years the state has taken over responsibility — and that includes …