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  • ** FILE ** In this Tuesday, May 12, 2009, file photo, Eduard Shevardnadze, former Georgian president and ex-Soviet foreign minister, speaks to The Associated Press in Tbilisi, Georgia. Shevardnadze died Monday, July 7, 2014, at the age of 86, his spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov, file)

    Shevardnadze, ex-Georgian president, dies at 86

    Eduard Shevardnadze was a key figure in revolutions abroad and the victim of one at home. As the Soviet Union's foreign minister, he helped topple the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War, but as the leader of post-Soviet Georgia his career in the public eye ended in humiliation when he was chased out of his parliament and forced into retirement.

  • President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin share a lukewarm greeting during the Group of 20 summit last year in Mexico. U.S. intelligence community sources say they have been keeping a close eye on the Russian government's attempt to retain power over the former Soviet states, including Ukraine. (Associated Press)

    LOZANSKY: A sound U.S. policy toward Russia

    What is a sound U.S. policy toward Russia? I started to think about this 25 years ago when, in October 1988, I received an invitation from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's science adviser, Yuri Ossipyan, to visit Moscow.

  • FILE - In a June 30, 1982 file photo, President Ronald Reagan signs an expansion of the 1965 Voting Rights Bill during a ceremony in  the East Room of the White House. The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections. North Carolina has a new law scaling back the period for early voting and imposing stringent voter identification requirements. It is among at least five Southern states adopting stricter voter ID and other election laws.  (AP Photo, File)

    EDITORIAL: The ignoble affront

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Given the recent American laureates — Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Barack Obama — there's little likelihood that the American president who did more to promote and preserve peace will follow those usurpers. Still, it's not too late to do the noble thing, to posthumously recognize Ronald Reagan.

  • ** FILE ** In this Dec. 15, 1984, file photo, Mikhail S. Gorbachev poses with Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

    Mikhail Gorbachev bows out of Margaret Thatcher funeral due to health issues

    A spokesman for the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said he cannot attend the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral because of poor health.

  • HBO is moving forward with plans to produce a dramatic movie based on the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, with the former Soviet Union president collaborating as a consultant.

    Inside the Beltway: GOP not going to pot

    The old hippies would be pleased. A new Pew Research Center survey heralds this headline: "For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A new national survey finds that 52 percent say that the use of marijuana should be made legal." And as the old hippies would say, "groovy."

  • **FILE** Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev speaks at a news conference in Moscow on April 17, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Russian row: Gorbachev suggests Putin a scaredy-cat

    Mikhail Gorbachev, who led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its dissolution in 1991, had a few words of advice for Russian President Vladimir Putin: Quit being so scared of constituents.

  • China’s new leader given broad powers

    Long-anointed successor Xi Jinping assumed the leadership of China on Thursday, as the ruling Communist Party confronts slower economic growth, a public clamor to end corruption and demands for change that threaten its hold on power.

  • Gorbachev issues new book, laments illnesses

    Mikhail Gorbachev says he's feeling the effects of old age, but aims to stay active as long as he can.

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    The Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the Unification Church and founder of The Washington Times, died early Monday in South Korea. He was 92.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Revive Middle East excellence

    Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate and challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." He could have made those remarks at the United Nations or even on the White House lawn, but he chose the perfect spot to shine the light on the stark contrast between the robust economy of West Berlin and the failed economy of East Berlin. He didn't need to point out the differences between communism and democracy -- the backdrop spoke for itself.

  • Nobel Peace laureates gather in Chicago for rights summit

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  • Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is running for his former job as president, addresses a conference of the Union of Industrialists in Moscow on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Gorbachev: Putin has 'exhausted' his potential

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has "exhausted" his potential as Russia's leader, Mikhail Gorbachev declared Thursday, saying Mr. Putin's inability to change the Kremlin's political system might prompt more massive anti-government protests.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Eight Pieces of Empire'

    Lawrence Sheets is a foreign correspondent whose bravery exceeds one's comprehension. For two decades, he risked death covering the violent chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. The multiple "wars" he covered were not set-piece battles but disorganized carnage by guerrillas and remnants of national armies that smashed cities throughout the old USSR and slaughtered uncountable thousands of people. He survived. And he has produced some of the most gripping war correspondence I have ever read.

  • Protesters shout slogans during a protest against alleged vote rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections on Sakharov avenue in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

    Gorbachev urges Putin to step down after protests

    Mikhail Gorbachev, who resigned as Soviet president 20 years ago Sunday, has urged Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to follow his example and step down.

  • Opposition activists (left) and members of pro-Kremlin youth movements scuffle during demonstrations in Triumphal Square in Moscow on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a new vote in Russia

    Russian authorities should annul the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev urged Wednesday as popular indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud.

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  • The ceremony came exactly 20 years after President Reagan visited the Berlin Wall and called on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear it down.

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  • "And, therefore," he added, "I'm immensely grateful for what America did, for your generosity, for your foresight and wisdom, for your compassion and your perseverance."

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