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

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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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Our Kind Of Traitor, By John le Carré

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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.

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Space: The day the Earth stood still

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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.

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Leading article: Le Carré: top secret no longer

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