Nikita Khrushchev

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Japan, Russia Move to ... End WWII

Putin, Abe say it's time to finally settle Kuril Islands dispute

(Newser) - Japan and Russia have decided to have another stab at forging a peace treaty that will bring World War II to an official end. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at the Kremlin yesterday, and the first top-level summit between the countries in about a decade... More »

JFK's 'Eyeball-to-Eyeball' Standoff Is a Myth

And it has messed up our foreign policy for decades: Michael Dobbs

(Newser) - It's modern political legend, in which JFK trumps Khrushchev: Soviet ships are heading toward Cuba—and potential war with the US—but they turn around at the last moment instead of confronting a US blockade. "We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked,... More »

World's Top Shoe Misusers

Footwear-throwing journalist al-Zaidi ranks no. 5

(Newser) - Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter who threw a shoe at George W. Bush, was released from jail yesterday, leading the Christian Science Monitor to reflect on other top “footwear misusers” through the years:
  1. Richard Reid: The would-be shoe bomber brought homemade explosives onto a flight from Paris to Miami
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US vs. Russia: Who's Won Summits Past?

(Newser) - As Barack Obama arrives in Moscow for his toughest diplomatic challenge since taking office, the Guardian looks back on earlier US-Russia showdowns to gauge who had the upper hand.
  • Kennedy vs. Khrushchev, 1961: The ultimate cold war summit, shadowed by the space race and the Berlin Wall. A draw, although
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JFK Negotiated (and Got His Butt Kicked)

1961 summit with Khrushchev holds lessons for Obama

(Newser) - On the campaign trail, Barack Obama often invokes a JFK maxim—"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate"—to back up his commitment to talk to America's enemies. But in a Times op-ed, two writers observe that Kennedy learned a tough... More »

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