Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on | AFP

Where guard towers and barbed wire once stood, runners will this weekend pound the 100-mile (160 kilometre) path along the former Berlin Wall in a race with victims of the Cold War relic at its heart. On the eve of the race a group of athletes visit a memorial dedicated to those who died trying to cross the border between East and West Germany.

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Today in History for August 13th

Highlights of this day in history: First steps toward building the Berlin Wall during the Cold War; Cuba’s Fidel Castro born; Spain’s Cortez captures what’s now Mexico City; Director Alfred Hitchcock born; Baseball’s Mickey Mantle dies. (Aug. 13)

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Today in History for August 11th

Highlights of this day in history: Start of the Watts riots in Los Angeles; President Ronald Reagan’s joke causes a Cold War flap; The Mall of America opens; ‘Roots’ author Alex Haley born; Painter Jackson Pollock killed in auto accident. (Aug. 11)

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NATO shuns “new arms race” after INF treaty scrapped | AFP

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance will avoid “a new arms race” with Russia and will not deploy new nuclear missiles on European soil after a Cold War missile pact ended. SOUNDBITE

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Today in History for July 24th

Highlights of this day in history: A key ruling during the Watergate scandal; Nixon and Khrushchev hold a ‘kitchen debate’ during the Cold War; Brigham Young and Mormon followers arrive in present-day Utah; Apollo 11’s crew returns home. (July 24)

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NATO says no sign of Russia backing down in missile crisis | AFP

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warns that the chances of saving a landmark Cold War arms treaty were decreasing day by day after talks with Russian officials failed to yield any breakthrough. SOUNDBITE

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Trump steps into North Korea in historic first | AFP

Donald Trump steps onto North Korean soil in a historic first as he meets Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un in a moment of high diplomatic drama on the world’s last Cold War frontier.

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