Ceausescu bunker offers a window into Romania's brutal communist past

Jan 27, 2017

Ceausescu bunker offers a window into Romania's brutal communist past

The hermetically sealed heavy steel door to the bunker of Romania’s late communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, opens with a squeak, releasing a burst of cool air. The bunker sits two levels beneath a lavish villa in an upmarket neighborhood in Bucharest, Ceausescu’s private residence ...

First U.N. chief from Africa Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies at 93

Feb 17, 2016

First U.N. chief from Africa Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies at 93

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a veteran Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his country’s landmark peace deal with Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a single term as U.N. secretary-general, died Tuesday. He was 93. Boutros-Ghali, the scion of a prominent Egyptian ...

World has slipped into new 'Cold War': Russian PM

Feb 13, 2016

World has slipped into new 'Cold War': Russian PM

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a “new Cold War.” With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia’s backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: “All that’s left is ...

Doomsday Clock stays at 'not good news' 3 minutes till midnight

Jan 27, 2016

Doomsday Clock stays at 'not good news' 3 minutes till midnight

Nuclear threats and climate change pose strong threats to the planet and a symbolic Doomsday Clock will stay at three minutes to midnight, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said Tuesday. The clock serves as a metaphor for how close humanity is to destroying ...

Helmut Schmidt, steadfast ex-West German leader, dead at 96

/ Nov 11, 2015

Helmut Schmidt, steadfast ex-West German leader, dead at 96

Helmut Schmidt, the chancellor who guided West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tensions, stood firm against a wave of homegrown terrorism and became a respected elder statesman, died Tuesday. He was 96. Schmidt died at his house in Hamburg, according to German ...