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The London cemetery and extension in Longueval, France, where some of the soldier's who fought in the battle of the Somme which started on July 1  1916 are buried (PA)

July 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army

Tolkien’s The Hobbit played out the eternal struggle between good and evil (AP)

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War by Joseph Loconte, Nelson Books, £16.99 It cannot have been easy to shock Virginia Woolf, the Bloomsbury queen. Bohemian to the core, she presided over a circle of literary hedonists whose escapades the BBC deemed racy enough to turn into a television series earlier this year. And […]

John Hinton had previously worked at Time magazine and ITN

Our longstanding book reviewer has died aged 72. Here we publish one of the last reviews he filed before he passed away

The Bernardinis on the cover of Romeo Panciroli's book Una Coppia Exemplar

Eight of the Bernardinis’ children joined religious life

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Pope Francis meet in June 2013 (AP)

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, left, and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at a ceremony earlier this week (AP)

And, as friends, we ask them to recognise the Armenian Genocide

Sir Martin Gilbert remained serene before the record of history

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Sir Martin Gilbert was granted the greatest gift that a biographer could ask for, a subject truly heroic to write about

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Young adults have a complex view of just war

Cardinal Tauran speaks at the UN headquarters in New York in 2008 (CNS)

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A bride smiles during the joint wedding ceremony in St Peter's last month (AP)

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