Note: This article contains spoilers about "The Crown." - - - In the new season of "The Crown," the sixth episode opens with a different set of British royals than the ones the Netflix show has followed for five seasons. It's 1917, and King George V is at the breakfast table with his wife, Queen Mary, and eldest son, the future King Edward VIII. A letter arrives from the prime minister, informing the king that the government plans to send a ship to rescue Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family, but since the czar is the king's cousin, they don't want to do so without his permission. The king, with a parrot on his shoulder, seems more interested in collecting stamps than dealing with affairs of state, and he defers to the queen. The scene ends before we learn her decision. Next we're transported to Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where the czar, his wife, four daughters and son are being held. Tricked into thinking they are about to be rescued - by "cousin … [Read more...] about Fact-checking ‘The Crown’: Did Britain’s royals abandon Russia’s royals in 1917?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 LONDON (AP) — Seven decades after Britain detonated a nuclear bomb in the Indian Ocean, troops who took part — sometimes unknowingly — in the country’s atomic weapons tests are being recognized with a medal. The U.K. government's announcement on Monday of the Nuclear Test Medal is a victory for veterans and their families, who have campaigned for years for recognition. Now, many want recognition of the health problems they believe they suffered as a result of exposure to radiation. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the medal was “an enduring symbol of our country’s gratitude” to the test veterans. “Their commitment and service has preserved peace for the past 70 years, and it is only right their contribution to our safety, freedom and way of life is appropriately recognized with this honor,” he said. Sunak attended the first-ever ceremony for … [Read more...] about Veterans of UK nuclear weapons tests win battle for medal
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 KHERSON, Ukraine - Few people paid attention to the drab concrete building, tucked away on a quiet residential street, that had long housed unruly youths behind a high wall and a spool of barbed wire. But after Russian soldiers swept into Kherson in early March, the anonymous building quickly became infamous. Black sedans with tinted windows and missing license plates arrived at all hours, disgorging Ukrainian detainees with bags over their heads. Screams began to escape the three-story structure, piercing the once-calm neighborhood, residents said. Sometimes, the gates would open, and a detainee would be dumped on the street, physically and mentally broken. Other captives were sent to a larger prison, or never seen again. "If there is a hell on Earth, it was here," said Serhiy, 48, who lives across the street and whom The Washington Post is only identifying by first name … [Read more...] about Witnesses recount detentions, torture, disappearances in occupied Kherson