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Cold War

Hal Needham: Film director who started out performing stunts and went

After thousands of film and television stunts in which he developed innovative techniques and technology, Hal Needham became Hollywood's highest-paid stuntman, commanding $25,000 a time. He also directed his own screenplay for the comedy-action film Smokey and the Bandit. It was one the highest-grossing films of 1977, beginning a franchise that saw two cinematic sequels and number of television movies.

NSA 'in bed' with German intelligence says US whistleblower Edward

The fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged on Sunday that the National Security Agency was “in bed together” with German intelligence despite claims by politicians in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition that they were shocked by the extent of American spying in Germany.

Germany jails Russian couple after 20 years of spying

They called themselves Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag and for more than 20 years, the unobtrusive Russian couple lived in Germany spying against the West - first for the Soviet Union and then for Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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Donna Hartley: Olympic sprinter and champion bodybuilder

Donna Hartley, who has died suddenly at the age of 58, was known as the "golden girl" of British athletics during the second half of the 1970s. She was not the first and would not be the last to receive this double-edged nomination – as she wryly acknowledged herself, being called a "golden girl" ultimately obliged you to win gold.