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Vietnamese admits he helped agents to kidnap ex-executive in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man has admitted that he helped his country's secret services to kidnap a former oil executive in broad daylight from a Berlin street and smuggle him back to Vietnam, where the businessman has been jailed for life for corruption.<p>The confession to a German court …

Oil & Gas Industry

Cold War-themed board game Twilight Struggle feels more relevant than ever

On a recent Monday afternoon, Jason Matthews, age 47, walks into Labyrinth, a board-and-card-game store on Capitol Hill. He sports a trendy blazer with no tie, a trim goatee and a well-groomed head of hair. Normally, the store is closed on Mondays this time of year, but he's made special …

Board Games

The U.S. Government Had Nelson Mandela on Terrorist Watch Lists Until 2008. Here's Why

A full 100 years after Nelson Mandela’s July 18, 1918, birth, he is remembered around the world as a symbol of peace and freedom, for ushering South …

South Africa

Victims of 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' land in ICU after Putin freakout -- Here's my prescription

As soon as President Trump concluded his successful summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, the Washington swamp and liberal media launched a concerted effort to falsely portray our president’s positive foreign policy achievement in the most negative light possible.<p>The …

Donald Trump

First CIA Officer killed in the line of duty #MonumentalAmerican

In light of President Trump's affronts to our own intelligence community, we're honoring a special intel officer as our Monumental American today. …

Donald Trump

Cold War

Pawel Pawlikowski’s formidable romantic drama features two musical performers in post-war Eastern Europe whose discontinuous love story is hindered …

Cold War

My favourite film: Blow-Up

It was a real thrill, aged 16 and seeing Blow-Up, with its depiction of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, swinging London style. My enjoyment of the film's celebrated sex scenes was, however, considerably tempered by the presence of my mum and dad. Still, I was grateful to my parents for introducing me …

Amazing nuclear bomb tests carried out 60 years ago show how little was known about deadly weapons

An amazing video of an early nuclear bomb test in the 1950s shows how little was known about the deadly weapon sixty-years ago.<p>Produced as a …

Could The Roman Empire Have Survived?

No empire, from Sargon’s Akkadian Empire to the Soviet Union, lasts forever. There’s always an expiration date.<p>Internal contradictions and structural …

Watch: Ronald Reagan and his ‘War on Drugs’

<b>An American tragedy in three acts</b><p>On October 14, 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared a “war on drugs,” doubling-down on an initiative that was …

Recreating The Aroma Of The Ancient City: Incense In The Ancient Mediterranean

What did the ancient Mediterranean smell like? How could scent be used to speak directly to the Gods? Where did the frankincense and myrrh given to the infant Jesus come from? These questions and many more were asked this weekend at a conference at the British School at Rome and the École française …

Rome metro excavations unearth 3rd-century 'Pompeii-like scene'

Archaeologists find remains of building and skeleton of a crouching dog that appears to have died in the fire that destroyed it<p>Digging for Rome’s new underground network has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that …

Flying in a Fortress

My father flew a B-17 Flying Fortress during WWII. Now it's my turn.<p>My father flew 36 missions over Europe during World War II before he was 20 years old. He lived for 81 years, yet rarely talked about his service as a U.S. bombardier. I learned everything I know about the war studying books, …

The Minute - Obama's own personal cold war

1 Russian bombshell<p>Barack Obama received an “intelligence bombshell” from the CIA last August, warning him that Vladimir Putin was directing a hacking campaign to tip the presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, the Washington Post reported on Friday.<p>Tentative tactics<p>The report said the …

Photos of Berlin’s freaks and fringe outsiders over 30 years

The underground icon has spent his life giving a platform to those existing on the outside; whether it’s the dangerous, sexual energy of pre-gentrification NYC, or the horrifying plight of Russia’s homeless community, Zownir’s oracular, monochrome stills shift their viewer’s gaze to worlds that go …

Street Photography

Frank Lloyd Wright-Approved Usonian Home Is on the Market in New York

Frank Lloyd Wright is famous for building expensive, splashy buildings like Fallingwater, the Marin County Civic Center, and the Guggenheim Museum, …

Frank Lloyd Wright: fantasist or genius?

As an exhibition in New York marks 150 years since the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, is it time for a reappraisal of this flawed hero of modernist architecture?<p>“June 8 1869 will for ever mark the beginning of a new epoch for the world,” gushed Olgivanna, third wife of Frank Lloyd Wright. On this …

Is This Putin's Secret Hideout? The Bond Villain Style Fortress Russia Built at the Top of the World

It's become very obvious at this point that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a full transformation into a James Bond villain.<p>He has one of …

Coast Guard

The North Korean nuclear threat, explained

Experts are urging Trump to act now, while he still can.<p>North Korea has been showing off its latest range of ballistic missiles by launching them into the Sea of Japan and parading them around. The missiles appear to be getting more advanced — and that has a lot of people wondering how far these …

U.S. Naval Institute

<b>While we are not quite yet in a full blown “Cold War,” the outlines of one are emerging, and an important scenario will be at sea.</b><p>In 1984, as the …

These 11 declassified maps show how the CIA saw the world at the height of the Cold War

Perhaps more so than any other tool used by the clandestine services, an accurate map can mean the difference between success and failure — or between life and death.<p>The CIA, renowned for its secrecy, has long kept its maps and cartographic methods under wraps.<p>In honor of the agency's Cartography …

Cold War

This Russian Submarine Had One Super Special Trick: It Could Outrun Torpedoes

<i>The USSR paid dearly for this performance. Nicknamed “golden fish,” the Alfas strained even the massive Soviet submarine building budget. Moreover,</i> …

Cold War data reveals impact of nuclear tests on space weather

The Cold War may have been over for a quarter of a century, but its effects that reached far beyond just geopolitics are still being uncovered. One …

Cold War nuke tests warped Earth’s magnetosphere

NASA have released chilling details about how Cold War nuclear weapons tests affected our planet.<p>Several nuclear tests were carried out by the US and …

My Father Was a Spy Who Helped Keep the Cold War From Heating Up

As we enter into a murky new Cold War 2.0 with Russia, his story has lessons for us about the human cost of conflict.<p>Former CIA chief of the …

That time when Americans and Germans fought together during World War II

It was the last days of the war in Europe on May 5, 1945, when French prisoners, Austrian resistance fighters, German soldiers, and American tankers all fought in defense of Itter Castle in Austria.<p>In 1943, the German military turned the small castle into a prison for "high value" prisoners, such …

World War II