One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.
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Pope Francis has his feet on the ground but he may be too late to save the Church from the damage of sex abuse scandals
Thursday 23 January 2014
Is he doomed to play the role of Mikhail Gorbachev to an organisation long as secretive as the Kremlin?
Sunday 19 January 2014
Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more
Larry Speakes: Press secretary to Ronald Reagan who later admitted he had put words into the president’s mouth
Friday 17 January 2014
An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.
Wednesday 15 January 2014
Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan have twin convictions for cocaine trafficking and went by aliases
Friday 10 January 2014
New exhibition opens in London to commemorate Soviet film artists
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Wigmore Hall, London
Friday 03 January 2014
When planning a visit, it is often wise to check that your host will be in. It might be imagined that such niceties of etiquette would apply particularly when popping in on the Prime Minister – but not if you are Mikhail Gorbachev.
Tuesday 31 December 2013
Double bombings have killed at least 34 people
Friday 27 December 2013
Head of MI6 whose achievements included bringing the double agent Oleg Gordievsky out of the Soviet Union
Monday 23 December 2013
As the Russian engineer passes away, aged 94, here are five quick-fire facts to get you up to bullet-speed, pronto
Sunday 22 December 2013
Trivial Pursuit is our Christmas miracle, something that takes us back to a time when I was a toddler, the USSR was going strong, and Maggie Thatcher was at No. 10
Thursday 19 December 2013
The British coroner examining the death of an ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko has today ruled the question of whether Russia was responsible will be withdrawn from the scope of the inquiry.
Gardner Hathaway: Intelligence officer whose resourcefulness during the Cold War made him highly esteemed by his colleagues
Wednesday 18 December 2013
Gardner Hathaway was a CIA chief of counter-intelligence whose career took him to Cold War focal points ranging from Berlin to Moscow and placed him at the centre of many espionage episodes. Taciturn but courtly, "Gus" Hathaway was an undercover officer known for his mastery of espionage tradecraft and his aggressive efforts to best the KGB. "Gus was a risk-taker," said Jack Downing, a former CIA deputy director of operations. "We needed good intelligence, and we needed to be aggressive to get it. He was canny and smart."
Sunday 15 December 2013
Arguments and demands of president and his government “have no grounds in reality”
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
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- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall during coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness