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US engineer Martin Cooper holds the world’s first handheld cellular phone, which he invented in 1973, alongside his current mobile phone at a conference in Oviedo, Spain. The original allowed 35 minutes of talk time and weighed 1kg

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Who really brought down the Berlin wall?

There was an undignified moment in November’s celebrations of the fall of the Berlin wall, when two Nobel peace laureates seemed poised for a full-scale war over who had been most influential in 1989. Talking to German magazine Der Spiegel, Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa downplayed Moscow’s role in the thaw and called…

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