Cold War: A New Temperature

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The outcome had seemed certain for days, but the suspense kept mounting. The tenth, and supposedly final negotiating session between the U.S., Britain and the Soviet Union over a nuclear test ban treaty was due to begin at 3 p.m. in Moscow's Spiridonovka Palace, but actually started at 4:30. Outside the yellow fake-Gothic home of a czarist merchant prince, a crowd of 60 reporters and photographers stood watch. A bevy of iron gargoyles glared down at them from atop the gates. At 6:25 p.m. the appearance of a familiar face...

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