Latest Cold War News

Danish ex-foreign minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen dies at 80

Jun. 19, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, who was Denmark’s foreign minister for more than 10 years from the early 1980s and was considered one of the Nordic region's key politicians in the end phase of the Cold War, has died. He was 80. The conservative-liberal Venstre party, which...

'Worrying trend': Post-Cold War drop in nukes could be over

Jun. 13, 2022 04:42 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish arms watchdog says the world’s stockpiles of nuclear weapons are expected to increase in coming years, reversing a decline seen since the end of the Cold War. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said Monday that all nine...

McDonald's era in Russia coming to a close, restaurants sold

May. 19, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

McDonald’s is selling all of its restaurants in Russia 30 years after the burger chain became a powerful symbol of easing Cold War tensions between the United States and Soviet Union. The company shuttered hundreds of locations in March after Russia invaded Ukraine, which has cost...

German intel chief says espionage at Cold War levels

May. 19, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service said Thursday that levels of espionage are as high as during the Cold War, or even higher. Thomas Haldenwang, president of the BfV intelligence agency, also warned of the increased risk of sabotage against the...

Czech arts collector, patron Meda Mladkova dies at 102

May. 03, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Meda Mladkova, a Czech arts collector, patron and historian who was an impassioned promoter of Frantisek Kupka and supported artists in communist Czechoslovakia while she was in exile behind the Iron Curtain, has died. She was 102. The Kampa Museum, a modern arts...

Madeleine Albright honored by Biden, other world leaders

Apr. 27, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veritable who's who of Washington's political and foreign policy elite gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to the late Madeleine Albright, a child of conflict-ravaged Europe who arrived in the U.S. as an 11-year old girl and became America's first female secretary of...

Russia's damaged Black Sea flagship sinks in latest setback

Apr. 14, 2022 21:47 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, a guided-missile cruiser that became a potent target of Ukrainian defiance in the opening days of the war, sank Thursday after it was heavily damaged in the latest setback for Moscow's invasion. Ukrainian officials said...

The Moskva, sunk off Ukraine, served in wars hot and cold

Apr. 14, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

The missile cruiser Moskva, named in honor of the Russian capital, was launched during the Cold War, saw service during conflicts in Georgia, Syria and Ukraine, and helped conduct peacetime scientific research with the United States. Now the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet has...

EXPLAINER: Russia is not a 'most favored nation.' What now?

Apr. 07, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress voting to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil, President Joe Biden's action to tighten the U.S. squeeze on Russia's economy now can intensify. The action Thursday by the U.S. House and Senate to revoke...

UK charges guard at Berlin embassy with spying for Russia

Apr. 06, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A security guard at the British Embassy in Berlin has been extradited from Germany and charged with spying for Russia, U.K. police said Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police force said David Ballantyne Smith, 57, was sent back to Britain on Wednesday. He faces nine...