New York’s KGB museum offers Cold War nostalgia fix

Assassinations in broad daylight. Ruthless agents plotting undercover. Bugging devices in every Western capital. Three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the specter of the notorious KGB still looms large in the public imagination.

Now, a Manhattan museum offers a time-traveler's plunge into the world of the Cold War-era spy agency, complete with portraits of Vladimir Lenin on the walls, military music in the background and high-tech espionage devices galore.

New York’s KGB museum offers Cold War nostalgia fix
New York’s KGB museum offers Cold War nostalgia fix

New York’s KGB museum offers Cold War nostalgia fix

Assassinations in broad daylight. Ruthless agents plotting undercover. Bugging devices in every Western capital. Three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the specter of the notorious KGB still looms large in the public imagination.

Trump deepens public row with his ‘naive’ intelligence services

Trump deepens public row with his ‘naive’ intelligence services

US President Donald Trump upped the public row with his own intelligence services Wednesday in tweets slamming them as “naive” on Iran and in need of schooling.
Colder than Antarctica: brutal deep freeze grips US Midwest

Colder than Antarctica: brutal deep freeze grips US Midwest

A life-threatening deep freeze gripped the American Midwest on Wednesday as weather colder than Antarctica grounded flights, disrupted travel and brought life to a standstill for tens of millions.
Trump confidant Roger Stone, indicted by Mueller, pleads not guilty

Trump confidant Roger Stone, indicted by Mueller, pleads not guilty

Stone, 66, is charged with lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction in relation to his contacts with WikiLeaks.
Wurst night ever? Taste takes a holiday at German sausage hotel

Wurst night ever? Taste takes a holiday at German sausage hotel

Sausages on the menu, sausage motifs on the wallpaper, sausage mobiles hanging from the ceiling, and a sausage-shaped pillow on your bed.
Venezuela’s Maduro ‘ready to negotiate’ with opposition

Venezuela’s Maduro ‘ready to negotiate’ with opposition

The president has called for early parliamentary polls, according to the Russian state news agency.
Huawei charm offensive runs into buzzsaw of US charges

Huawei charm offensive runs into buzzsaw of US charges

Fraud, obstruction of justice and cloak-and-dagger trade theft — a US rap sheet alleging systematic skullduggery by Chinese telecom giant Huawei has deepened the company’s problems just as it sought to win back global trust.
Grenade attack kills two at southern Philippines mosque

Grenade attack kills two at southern Philippines mosque

A grenade attack on a mosque in the troubled southern Philippines killed two people early Wednesday, authorities said, just days after a deadly Catholic cathedral bombing and a vote backing Muslim self-rule.
Five engineers arrested in Brazil over deadly dam collapse

Five engineers arrested in Brazil over deadly dam collapse

The state prosecutors said their probe was ‘evaluating the criminal responsibility of the Vale company’ in the disaster.
Venezuela protests have left more than 40 dead: UN

Venezuela protests have left more than 40 dead: UN

In addition, the UN rights office believed ‘at least 850 people were detained for protesting between January 21 and 26’.
‘French Spiderman’ arrested after scaling Manila skyscraper

‘French Spiderman’ arrested after scaling Manila skyscraper

The freeclimber was taken into custody when he reached the ground after the roughly two-hour climb.
US envoy confirms ‘draft framework’ with Taliban: NYT

US envoy confirms ‘draft framework’ with Taliban: NYT

Experts quickly hailed the development as a milestone, noting it indicated willingness on both sides to find a way out of the conflict.
New documentary claims SA mercenaries ‘planned’ spread of HIV

New documentary claims SA mercenaries ‘planned’ spread of HIV

Keith Maxwell wrote about hopes for a plague that would decimate black populations, cementing white rule and bringing back conservative religious mores, according to papers collected by film-makers.
Pope winds up World Youth Day events in Panama with giant mass

Pope winds up World Youth Day events in Panama with giant mass

Pope Francis winds up a global gathering of young Catholics on Sunday with a giant open-air mass for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims before leaving Panama.
SA opposed to ‘undue or unconstitutional’ change of government in Venezuela – ambassador

SA opposed to ‘undue or unconstitutional’ change of government in Venezuela – ambassador

SA has called on all parties to participate in a national dialogue process to ensure unity and reconciliation.
UK’s Prince Philip apologises to woman injured in car crash

UK’s Prince Philip apologises to woman injured in car crash

Britain’s Prince Philip has said he is ‘deeply sorry’ about the injury suffered by a woman in a car crash he was involved in over a week ago, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.
Blackmail letters with suspected cyanide sent to Japanese firms

Blackmail letters with suspected cyanide sent to Japanese firms

Nine Japanese companies, including drugmakers and a newspaper, have received blackmail letters containing white powder suspected to be cyanide, police and local media said Sunday.
17 dead as twin bombing hits southern Philippines church

17 dead as twin bombing hits southern Philippines church

At least 17 people were killed as two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said Sunday, just days after a regional vote for a new Muslim autonomous region.
Over 68 people killed in Indonesia flash floods

Over 68 people killed in Indonesia flash floods

In December, more than 400 were killed in a volcano-triggered tsunami in western Java, while thousands died in a quake-tsunami disaster around the city of Palu on Sulawesi island in September.
Holocaust museum stokes controversy among Hungary’s Jews

Holocaust museum stokes controversy among Hungary’s Jews

As the world prepares to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, Hungarian Jews find themselves divided in a bitter dispute over the long-delayed opening of a new Holocaust museum in Budapest.
Rescuers recover body of Spanish boy who fell down well

Rescuers recover body of Spanish boy who fell down well

Rescuers early on Saturday found the body of a two-year-old boy who fell into a deep well nearly two weeks ago in southern Spain, triggering an unprecedented rescue operation fraught with glitches that had kept the country on tenterhooks.
YouTube demotes flat-earthers, conspiracy theorists

YouTube demotes flat-earthers, conspiracy theorists

YouTube will stop recommending specious videos such as those claiming the earth is flat or promoting bogus theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Trump announces deal to reopen US government

Trump announces deal to reopen US government

US President Donald Trump announced a deal to temporarily reopen the US federal government, shut down for a record five weeks.
Brazil dam collapse releases huge flow of mud; deaths feared

Brazil dam collapse releases huge flow of mud; deaths feared

The Ibama environmental protection agency estimated the collapse had released a million tons of water and mud, according to Estadao newspaper.
Sudan opposition head backs protesters’ call for Bashir to go

Sudan opposition head backs protesters’ call for Bashir to go

‘A period of transition will come soon… we are supporting this (protest) movement,’ said Mahdi, leader of the opposition Umma Party.
Crocodiles snapped up at world’s tallest statue

Crocodiles snapped up at world’s tallest statue

Indian foresters have begun relocating around 300 crocodiles to allow a seaplane service for visitors to the world’s tallest statue, the newly erected 182-metre (597-feet) Statue of Unity.

 

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