Leading article: A Cold War replay that speaks of warmer East-West relations

On one of the hottest days of the year, the scene at Vienna airport recalled some of the coldest days of the Cold War. Two planes, one flown in from New York, the other from Moscow, stood side by side on the tarmac. There was an exchange; the planes flew back with new passengers, and there was quiet satisfaction with a deal well done.

Andrew Marshall: Everyone benefits from a little espionage

Most world powers tacitly accept this trade-off: they spy on us, and we spy on them, and the world is a safer place as a result

Angry Putin issues warning to US over damaged relations

Ties between Russia and the United States were placed under an unexpected new strain yesterday as Vladimir Putin reacted angrily to the arrest of a ring of 10 alleged under-cover agents, telling the US: "Your police have let themselves go."

Mary Dejevsky: A spy mission left behind by history, or a new tactic by post-Soviet Russia?

Having worked as a reporter in Moscow, Washington and indeed London, I have learnt only two lessons from the periodic eruption of espionage dramas. The first is that, however seductive and meticulous the detail, things are seldom completely as they seem. The second is that, despite the end of the Cold War, pretty much everyone is still at it: note the terse "no comment" given by Britain's former ambassador in Moscow Tony Brenton when asked on the BBC Today programme yesterday whether Britain was still in the Russia spying game.

Russia says US spy accusations baseless

Russia angrily denounced the US arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies as an unjustified throwback to the Cold War, and senior politicians said some in the US government may be trying to undercut President Barack Obama's warming relations with Moscow.

The Korean War 60 years on: Images from the conflict

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. In tribute, we take a look at some of the remarkable images that have become part of the Korean conflict's visual legacy.

Russia wants to ban Cold War villains from games

Dismayed by the negative way it is portrayed in computer games, Russia is planning to promote itself with a series of patriotic titles based on the heroic deeds of its soldiers in the Second World War.

South Korea ends trade with North as frigate crisis escalates

Clinton calls on Pyongyang's ally, China, to defuse 'highly precarious' situation

Leading article: There is a strong case for not renewing Trident

Some of the liveliest exchanges in the first two leaders' election debates concerned the future of the Trident nuclear deterrent.

Obama and Medvedev sign nuclear deal in Prague

The United States and Russia signed a landmark strategic nuclear disarmament treaty today and said new sanctions may be necessary to put pressure on Iran to renounce its nuclear ambitions.

Leading article: An arms treaty and other reasons for East-West hope

But unrest in Central Asia shows that post-Soviet change is incomplete

MPs call time on the 'special relationship' with US

More than 60 years after Winston Churchill first coined the expression to describe Britain's alliance with the United States, MPs today finally called time on the "special relationship".

Nuclear bunker sold on eBay

A Cold War nuclear bunker has been sold on eBay for more than £20,000, it emerged today.

Cold war nuclear bunker for sale on eBay

Bids for an underground nuclear shelter in the Peak District, put up for sale on eBay with a starting price of £500, have soared to £18,000.

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