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Today in History for August 13th

(13 Aug 2018) 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

(11 Aug 2018) 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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Grammy-winning Bulgarian folk choir returns with modern twist

Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella singing, before the fall of communism threatened its survival. The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices ensemble conquered the international charts during the Cold War at a time when world music was beginning to gain popularity. Now the Grammy-winning choir from Sofia is back, having teamed up with Australian-born Lisa Gerrard of the music group, Dead Can Dance.

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Today in History for July 24th

(24 Jul 2018) 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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Today in History for June 26th

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Highlights of this day in history: President John F. Kennedy rallies West Berlin during the Cold War; The U.N. Charter signed; Scientists complete first rough map of the human genetic code; Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Gold Rush’ premieres. (June 26)

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N. Korea’s Kim arrives in Singapore for historic Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for an unprecedented summit with Donald Trump, an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the US president calling it a “one time shot” at peace. IMAGES of Kim’s convoy

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Oscar-winning Pawlikowski presents ‘Cold War’ at Cannes

Oscar-winning Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski presents ‘Cold War’ at the Cannes Film Festival, a black-and-white period romance set among the members of a touring folk group in the Eastern Bloc in the 1950s, which he says was largely inspired by the life of his own parents.

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‘Cold War’ on the red carpet, Poland back in Cannes

Oscar-winning Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski leads his cast down the Cannes red carpet for the premiere of ‘Cold War’, a tender black-and-white period romance which marks the return of Poland at the film festival. IMAGES

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Still standing beneath Washington, remnants of the Cold War

Stocked with “survival” crackers, barrels of water and medical supplies, a nuclear fallout shelter lies in basement of a DC school, a remnant from the Cold War-era when the United States was bracing for the possibility of a nuclear attack. Fast forward to today, and there’s grounds for similar unease — with the US and North Korea exchanging threats of “fire and fury” and boasts about nuclear buttons followed by an apparent thaw.