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Lights Out as Britain commemorates WW1

Britain's most famous landmarks including the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and Gateshead's Millennium Bridge were plunged into darkness for an hour last night to mark the moment Britain first declared war on Germany in 1914.

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First Cross of Sacrifice to be unveiled in Dublin

Headstones in Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin. Credit: PA

Irish President Michael D Higgins and the Duke of Kent will today officially unveil the first Cross of Sacrifice ever erected in the Irish Republic to commemorate those who died in the two world wars.

The memorial to as many as 60,000 Irishmen and women killed in combat will stand in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery, the country's largest burial ground and resting place to many of the state's founding fathers.

It is the latest milestone in the recent official recognition of Irish citizens who fought in the wars, who for decades were forgotten, pilloried and blacklisted for joining the British armed forces.

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