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Russia wheels out key missile in bid to save U.S. arms treaty

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Russian artillery chief Mikhail Matveevsky says the 9M729 missile's maximum range is 480 kilometers. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty bans missiles with a range above 500 kilometers.

INF TREATY. Russian Defense Ministry officials show off the new Russia's 9M729 missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

George H.W. Bush: Head of political dynasty, war hero

Dec 01, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The decorated war pilot, oilman, and diplomat who later became the 41st US President steered America through the end of the Cold War

BUSH 41. In a file photo taken on June 4, 1992, President George H.W. Bush answers reporters' questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo from Shutterstock

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

U.S. security chief, Russians in tough talks over nuclear treaty

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

John Bolton discusses the fate of the treaty with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and spends 'nearly 5 hours' in talks with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

US SECURITY CHIEF. In this file photo, US National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

NATO military exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 PM

NATO's Trident Juncture 18 exercise will bring 45,000 alliance troops, equipped with 150 aircraft, 70 vessels and around 10,000 land vehicles across northern Europe

NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint airborn military exercise at Bezmer airfield near the village of Bezmer on July 18, 2017.  The US led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise, part of the multinational 'Saber Guardian 2017' exercise, involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF

U.S. Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

May 06, 2018 - 12:30 AM

'Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,' says Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operations

US BASE. This file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (left) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise east of the Korean peninsula. Photo by Ryan Harper / US NAVY / AFP

Still standing beneath Washington, remnants of the Cold War

Apr 28, 2018 - 12:03 AM

It was under Oyster-Adams School, just 2.5 kilometers north of the White House, that a nuclear fallout shelter was built to protect more than a hundred people in the event of a catastrophic strike

COLD WAR ERA. A sign marks the location of a former Civil Defense fallout shelter beneath the Oyster-Adams School in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Russia promises 'tough response' to U.S. sanctions

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Russia responds to the new US sanctions against their most influential oligarchs

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

U.S. imposes sanctions on Putin's oligarch allies

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:49 AM

The United States' move is dubbed by some as the new Cold War

US SANCTIONS RUSSIA. The US imposes sanctions on 7 of Russia's most influential oligarchs. File photo shows US President Donald Trump during a joint press conference with President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania in the East Room of the White House on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP Photo

German veteran leader, EU visionary Kohl dies

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Helmut Kohl is known for helping Germany that was split during the Cold War make the transition to a unified democracy

HELMUT KOHL. This file photo taken on October 29, 2011 shows former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl poses during the awarding ceremony of the 'Pfaelzer Loewe' prize at the Hambacher Schloss Castle near Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, southwestern Germany. Uwe Anspach/DPA/AFP

Top UN court to decide fate of Marshall Islands' epic nuclear case

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The UN s highest court will rule on whether to take up a case brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race

The mushroom cloud of a 1945 nuclear bomb test at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. AFP photo/STF

Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West strains cloud talks

Feb 13, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Meanwhile Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko says at the Munich Security Conference: This is not a civil war in Crimea this is your soldiers who occupied my country

'NEW COLD WAR'? Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Munich, Germany, 13 February 2016. Andreas Gebert/EPA

Obama and Putin meet on Syria, remain divided on Assad's fate

Sep 28, 2015 - 11:51 PM

UPDATED The United States is prepared to work with any nation including Russia and Iran to resolve the conflict Obama said of Syria addressing the United Nations General Assembly

US President Barack Obama speaks at the opening session of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCUR

US further eases trade, travel restrictions on Cuba

Sep 18, 2015 - 9:53 PM

2nd UPDATE US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says it will help in efforts by the Cuban people to achieve political and economic freedom necessary to build a democratic prosperous and stable country

SPAIN'S EX-COLONY. The Cuban flag in Havana. File photo by AFP

Kerry calls for democracy in Cuba as US flag raised

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:27 AM

John Kerry the first secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945 says the shift in US policy does not mean Washington would stop pressing for change on the communist island

FLAG-RAISING. US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) watches the US flag being hoisted, during the flag-raising ceremony at the reinaugurated US embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Germany warns Ukraine truce turning 'very fragile'

May 30, 2015 - 9:32 AM

The truce has succeeded in containing the fighting but has failed to put an end to daily clashes around some of the most disputed hotspots

'FRAGILE' CEASEFIRE. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier answers questions of journalists during their joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, May 29, 2015. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move

May 30, 2015 - 8:44 AM

The move has deep political significance as the Cold War foes grapple for a rapprochement

US-CUBA TIES. National flags of Cuba and US fly at the International Nautical Club Hemingway of Cuba during a press conference in Havana, Cuba, May 15, 2015. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

US starts training Ukraine forces to fight pro-Russian militants

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:39 PM

The United States is one of Ukraine s biggest backers in a conflict that has dragged relations between Russia and the West to their lowest point since the Cold War

In this file photo, young Ukrainian officers stand line after they received their diplomas at the land forces Academy in western Ukrainian city of Lviv, Ukraine, 28 February 2015. EPA/IVAN BOBERSKYY

Obama moves to drop Cuba from terror blacklist

Apr 15, 2015 - 7:42 AM

Obama notifies Congress of his intent to rescind Cuba s inclusion on the blacklist after a lengthy review launched late last year as Washington openly began a rapprochement with its Cold War foe

HISTORIC. Handout picture provided by official media Estudios Revolucion showing US President, Barack Obama (R), talking with Cuban President, Raul Castro (L), during their meeting held at the VII Americas Summit held in Panama City, Panama, on 11 April 2015.

Obama, Castro hold 'candid' historic meeting

Apr 12, 2015 - 7:28 AM

In the first sitdown between leaders of both nations since 1956 Obama thanks Castro for his spirit of openness and courtesy during their interactions while the communist leader stresses that the negotiations will require patience

HISTORIC. Handout picture provided by official media Estudios Revolucion showing US President, Barack Obama (R), talking with Cuban President, Raul Castro (L), during their meeting held at the VII Americas Summit held in Panama City, Panama, on 11 April 2015.

Putin criticizes sanctions but says Russia doesn't want war

Feb 07, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Putin says the sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over Ukraine can t be effective although he admits they will cause damage on the economy

'NOT AT WAR'. File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama by Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Cuba's Castro to US: End embargo to mend ties

Jan 29, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Raul Castro: The establishment of diplomatic relations is the beginning of a process toward the normalization of bilateral relations but this won t be possible as long as the blockade exists

PATRIOTIC RALLY. Young Cubans participate in a rally to pay homage to national hero Jose Marti at the Revolution square in Havana, Cuba, 28 January 2015.  Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Top US official meets dissidents in Cuba

Jan 24, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Roberta Jacobson tells reporters the get together with dissidents allowed her to listen well to their discrepancies or support for the new policy

DIALOGUE. US Assistant Secretary for Latin America and Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson (C), talks with Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer (R), during a breakfast work meeting with Cuban oposition leaders in Havana, Cuba, on January 23, 2015. Photo by Raman Esponosa/EPA

US, Cuba move to end Cold War stand-off

Dec 18, 2014 - 12:20 AM

UPDATED The United States and Cuba bring their bitter Cold War stand off towards a historic close agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a 5 decade US trade embargo

The Cuban flag, on October 18, 2012 in Havana. Stringer/AFP

Fall of Berlin Wall spurs creative industries

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:45 AM

Berlin developed itself to a melting pot for the creative industries for people around the world a Chamber of Industry and Commerce coordinator says

25 YEARS AGO. A file photo dated November 10, 1989, shows people celebrating the opening of the border between East and West Germany on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. File photo by stringer/file/EPA

Thousands of balloons rise to sky to fete Berlin Wall fall

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:43 AM

Chancellor Merkel: We can change things for the better – that is the message of the fall of the Berlin Wall

CELEBRATION. People attend a street party organized by the German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germans, foreigners fete Berlin Wall's fall 25 years on

Nov 08, 2014 - 9:55 PM

People stream between key points of the Wall s former path where information boards recount the monumental events of November 9 1989

FALL OF THE WALL. A Belgian tourist takes photographs of the balloons that trace the course of the former Berlin Wall at the famous former 'Checkpoint Charlie' crossing in Berlin, Germany, 08 November 2014. Paul Zinken/EPA

Celebrations mark 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall

Nov 08, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Germany has kicked off celebrations marking 25 years since the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 1989

LIGHT INSTALLATION. A general view of the light installation Lichtgrenze (Light border) on the course of the former Berlin wall near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on November 7, 2014. Odd Andersen/AFP

Gorbachev allies feel betrayed by West, 25 years on

Nov 07, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Former top Soviet officials now say 25 years on they feel stabbed in the back by the West

EUPHORIA. A file photo dated 10 November 1989 shows people celebrating the opening of the border between East and West Germany on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Stringer/EPA

Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to 'defend Putin'

Nov 06, 2014 - 8:51 PM

The former Soviet leader says Washington did Moscow wrong and Putin was the best man for the job of protecting the country s interests

GORBACHEV. A man helps former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (front R) to put on a coat prior to a military parade marking the 69th anniversary of the victory over the Nazi Germany in the WWII in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia 09 May 2014. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

25 years on, Germany's east-west divide still palpable

Nov 06, 2014 - 5:45 PM

A town in the outskirts of Berlin encapsulates the ongoing albeit narrowing east west divide in reunited Germany 25 since the fall of the Berlin Wall

A restaurant called 'La Dolce Vita' (the sweet life) stands across of block of "plattenbau" concrete flats in Prenzlau, eastern Germany, on February 28, 2008. John Macdougall/AFP

The man who opened the Berlin Wall

Nov 06, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Former East German border guard Harald Jaeger – at the time loyal follower of the embattled communist regime – has gone down in history as the man who literally opened the Wall

PART OF HISTORY. Harald Jaeger, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the former east German secret police Stasi, poses in his home in Werneuchen, north of Berlin on November 4, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

Former Georgia president Eduard Shevardnadze dies

Jul 07, 2014 - 5:41 PM

The veteran statesman who died on Monday July 7 aged 86 won the highest praise for his time as former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev s chief diplomat

SHEVARDNADZE. A file picture dated 11 September 2002 shows then Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze during a news briefing in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo by EPA.

Poroshenko: From Ukraine's 'Willy Wonka' to president

Jun 07, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Petro Poroshenko who is sworn in as president of Ukraine on June 7 is a billionaire chocolate baron whose revolutionary zeal turned him into a political comet

UKRAINE PRESIDENT. President Petro Poroshenko greets Ukrainians during a flag raising ceremony after his inauguration. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

World leaders mark D-Day in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Jun 06, 2014 - 2:07 PM

UPDATED Around 1 800 veterans from Britain the United States France Canada but also Russia and Poland will honor the sacrifice of thousands of their comrades who fell on D Day

Changes at US embassy in Delhi offer chance to rebuild ties

Apr 01, 2014 - 9:22 PM

The reasons for her exit have been explained by the US State Department as her simply deciding to end her distinguished career early and retire to her home in Delaware state

How World War I shaped the 20th century and beyond

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:44 PM

A century on the world lives with the consequences of a peace accord that even at the time was criticized as making another war in Europe inevitable

IN THE BATTLEFIELD. A picture taken in 1916 shows Poilus, French World War I infantrymen, taking care of wounded soldiers on a battlefield, after an attack during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. The battle won by the French in November 1916 cost the life of 163,000 French soldiers and 143,000 German soldiers. AFP PHOTO

US and Iran leaders speak in historic phone call

Sep 28, 2013 - 11:22 AM

The stunning 15 minute call starting at 2:30 pm 2:30 am Manila time is the fruit of a diplomatic opening forged by Rouhani s election in June

A work of art: Repertory PH's 'Alice in Wonderland'

Sep 03, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Days later I caught myself with The Queen of Hearts song stuck in my head

ALICE CAN PLAY THIS GAME. A game of croquet with the deck of cards. All photos courtesy of Repertory Philippines

Alice awake: Repertory Philippines' ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Aug 27, 2013 - 9:00 PM

This staging hinges in large part on the audience participation of Filipino children

COME INTO HER DREAMS. Alice and her crew are back in Repertory Philippines' 'Alice in Wonderland.' All images from the Repertory Philippines Facebook page

Alice in Wonderland: Into the rabbit hole

Jul 23, 2013 - 3:50 PM

Real life is Wonderland too with real rabbits cats and caterpillars

THIS GENERATION'S ALICE. Dani Gana and a cast of revered thespians bring the Lewis Carroll classic back to life on stage. All images courtesy of Repertory Philippines

Laying bitter memories to rest in a Cold War graveyard

Jul 21, 2013 - 1:30 PM

The cemetery was established in 1996 as a final resting place for the remains of North Korean and Chinese soldiers that had been buried in small plots scattered around the country

COLD WAR GRAVEYARD. This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a tombstone for a North Korean soldier who died during the 1950-53 Korean War at a military-controlled cemetery in Paju near the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas. Photo by AFP/Jung Yeon-je

Berlin hails US ties 50 years after JFK's iconic speech

Jun 26, 2013 - 6:52 PM

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the historic speech remained unforgettable for us Germans

'ICH BIN EIN BERLINER' Picture taken on June 26, 1963 shows then US President John F Kennedy (L) giving a speech at the Schoeneberg city hall in Berlin, where he said his famous German sentence "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) to underline the support of the United States for West Germany and his empathy for people living in the divided city of Berlin. AFP

Did JFK tell Berlin he was a jam doughnut?

Jun 26, 2013 - 5:49 PM

The historical lore was that JFK was wrong to use the indefinite article ein and should have said Ich bin Berliner to declare his solidarity with the embattled Cold War city

'ICH BIN EIN BERLINER.' US President John F. Kennedy addresses the gathered crowd at the Rudolph Wilde Platz in Berlin, Germany, June 26, 1963. Photo by the US Army Signal Corps photo by PFC Wolf, 69th Signal Co, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston

'Cold War' heats up HK Film Awards

Apr 14, 2013 - 11:57 AM

The glitzy ceremony was held at the harbourfront Hong Kong Cultural Centre

BIG WINNER. 'Cold War' won in 9 categories at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Image from the 'Cold War' Facebook page

Thatcher funeral guest list includes US ex-presidents

Apr 11, 2013 - 9:08 PM

Some 2 000 guests are expected to attend the funeral of Brittain s Iron Lady

World leaders remember Margaret Thatcher

Apr 08, 2013 - 10:37 PM

World leaders were one in mourning the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher