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Declassified Cold War papers show UK funded news agency

Jan. 14, 2020 12:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Newly declassified documents reveal the British government secretly gave the Reuters news agency funding during the Cold War so it would expand coverage of the Middle East and Latin America. The British Foreign Office documents made public this week show the plan was set up during the late...

FILE - This Aug. 5, 2006 file photo shows Czech-born film director Ivan Passer during a press conference presenting his movie

Ivan Passer, a leading Czech New Wave filmmaker, dies at 86

Jan. 10, 2020 1:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivan Passer, a leading filmmaker of the Czech New Wave who with Milos Forman fled Soviet-controlled Prague and forged a celebrated career in Hollywood, has died. He was 86. Passer died Thursday in Reno, Nevada, said a friend of the family, Amina Johns. An attorney for Passer, Rodney...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2006, file photo, a portrait of former President John F. Kennedy, framed by Christmas decorations, hangs in the White House in Washington. A copy of Kennedy's 1961 letter reassuring an 8-year-old Michigan girl, who had written him concerned that Santa would be killed if Russia tested a nuclear bomb at the North Pole, is being featured in December 2019 at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

JFK letter promising Santa safe during Cold War on display

Dec. 25, 2019 8:44 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In the throes of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was planning to test a massive nuclear bomb in the Arctic Circle. But in a letter to then-President John F. Kennedy, a young Michigan girl was most concerned about the North Pole's most famous resident. “Please stop the Russians from...

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend an annual meeting with top military officials in the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.Putin said that Russia is the only country in the world that has hypersonic weapons even though its military spending is a fraction of the U.S. military budget. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin says Russia is leading world in hypersonic weapons

Dec. 24, 2019 7:59 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia has got a strong edge in designing new weapons and that it has become the only country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons. Speaking at a meeting with top military brass, Putin said that for the first time in history Russia is now...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, a man watches President Donald J. Trump's inauguration speech on television, as he sits under photographs of Cuba's President Raul Castro, top right, Fidel Castro, top center, and Camilo Cienfuegos, in Havana, Cuba. Trump has spent roughly as much time undoing detente as former President Barack Obama spent constructing it, and relations between the two countries are at one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

5 years after detente with US, Cubans say hope has dwindled

Dec. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — At midday on Dec. 17, 2014, the sound of church bells echoed in Havana as presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced that the United States and Cuba would reestablish diplomatic relations and end nearly 60 decades of hostility. Five years later, it feels almost as if that...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a meeting about the budget 2020 of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany’s Merkel says it’s essential to preserve NATO

Nov. 27, 2019 5:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — NATO is at least as essential today as it was during the Cold War, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, renewing a pledge to keep raising Germany’s defense spending and arguing that it is important to keep Turkey in the alliance. Merkel told the German parliament before a NATO...

3 former top Czech communist face misuse of power charges

Nov. 26, 2019 11:38 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police are investigating three former Communist leaders who face charges of misuse of power. Police say the three are former secretary general of the Communist Party Milous Jakes, former Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal and former Prime Minister Vratislav Vajnar. Police say they are...

Pope Francis blows out after lighting a candle as he visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope in Hiroshima: Use and possession of atom bomb ‘immoral’

Nov. 24, 2019 7:16 AM EST

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday to demand that world powers renounce their nuclear arsenals, declaring the use and possession of atomic bombs an “immoral” crime and a dangerous waste. Standing before survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings,...