An attempted coup against President Gorbachev was one of the key events in the fall of the Soviet Union. Communist hardliners tried to force out the president, but their failure ultimately paved the way for even more radical reforms.
Europe is too dependent on American defense spending, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday, citing the drastic change in the breakdown of defense expenditures under NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The Obama administration has high hopes of passing the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia during this lame duck session of Congress. In spite of overwhelming support from across the political spectrum, Republican leaders in the Senate show a reluctance to vote on the measure.