Ronald Reagan statue unveiled in London

A statue of former US president Ronald Reagan has been unveiled to mark 100 years since his birth.

Zapadnaya seeks listing on UK stock exchange

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Chinese minister in 'Taiwan honeytrap'

It's the sort of thing we haven't really seen since the Cold War. But US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks allege that China's former finance minister Jin Renjing had to resign in 2007 because he was caught in a honeytrap with a spy from bitter rival Taiwan.

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On 25 June 1950, communists from the north of Korea invaded the south, thereby starting the first major proxy war between western powers and the communist bloc.

Our Kind Of Traitor, By John le Carré

Still the emperor of espionage in a world of new wars, Le Carrré both sticks to his guns and moves with the times. This latest plunge into the rotten entrails of the secret state begins on a Caribbean tennis court.

The Moment, By Douglas Kennedy

Love in a time of paranoia

Cannes Diary: How Jodie got her man

Jodie Foster said yesterday it was "natural" for her to ask Mel Gibson to star in The Beaver. She said: "I've been friends with Mel for over 15 years and we've had many, many long discussions about life and so it was a natural place to go."

North Korea hands over remains of British pilot

The remains of a British pilot shot down during the Korean War have been handed over, the government said yesterday.

The 10 best new history books

The best writers can bring the past to life in vivid detail – whether the subject is the Cold War or the Cavaliers. Any of these tomes is worthy of shelf space.

Space: The day the Earth stood still

Exactly 50 years ago, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. His journey to the heavens was a pinnacle of human achievement – and, argues Rupert Cornwell, the defining triumph of the Soviet Union

Rupert Cornwell: Cold War rules still apply in tricky game of switching sides

Their most recent heyday was the Cold War. But defectors have been around as long as states have been fighting each other. Think, for example, Benedict Arnold or Rudolf Hess. Now this eclectic company has been joined by Moussa Koussa, until lately foreign minister of Libya, and now a guest at a "secret undisclosed location" of Her Majesty's Government.

An Exclusive Love, By Johanna Adorján, trans. Anthea Bell

An Exclusive Love is Johanna Adorján's homage to her grandparents, Istvá* and Vera, who, on 13 October 1991 committed suicide at their home in Denmark. Hungarian Jews, and survivors of the Holocaust, they were forced to flee their native country with two small children during the uprising of 1956.

A Day That Shook The World: Construction begins on the Berlin Wall

On 20 August 1961, East German soldiers suddenly began work on a project that would become the most potent symbol of the divisions of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall.

Leading article: Le Carré: top secret no longer

For all the broad hints from this Government about charitable giving, it is rare these days for a renowned cultural figure to donate his or her archive to a British institution rather than auctioning it to the highest bidder – usually American. But it now emerges that the master of the spy novel, John le Carré, has followed Alan Bennett – a writer of an equally English, but quite different stamp – in making over his archive to the nation. It will be kept by the Bodleian Library at Oxford University – described by le Carré, referring to his most famous creation, as "Smiley's spiritual home, as it is mine".

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