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Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2015.

Putin, following Trump, is throwing out a 31-year-old Cold War nuclear weapons truce

Russia and US both say the other country is not keeping up its end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. That could mean more new nukes.
Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman waits to cross the border from Pakistan into India after being released from Pakistani custody.

Indian fighter pilot returned by Pakistan after wild ordeal where he was shot down over enemy territory and reportedly ate sensitive documents to keep...

Pakistan on Friday returned Indian Wing Cmdr. Abhinandan Varthaman. Witnesses said he ate documents after he was shot down.
A video tweeted and later deleted by the Pakistan Information Ministry shows an Indian pilot blindfolded and with a bloody face.

Pakistan offers to de-escalate conflict with India that teetered on the brink of war by returning pilot who was filmed blindfolded after capture

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he would release the pilot, who had been shown blindfolded in an inflammatory video, as a 'show of peace' to India.
A still from a video that appears to show a downed Indian air force jet.

Thousands of flights were canceled or rerouted when Pakistan shut down its airspace after shooting down Indian military planes

Commercial airlines diverted or scrapped flights when Pakistan banned all air traffic after a military exchange with India over the Kashmir region.
The mushroom cloud from Ivy Mike rises above the Pacific Ocean over Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, during the world's first test of a full scale thermonuclear device, on November 1, 1952.

These are the 9 nuclear-armed countries and the 31 allies they’ve vowed to defend with the world’s most devastating weapons

All of these countries would need to make profound changes to reach the UN goal of a nuclear weapons-free world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the Russian Energy Week international forum in Moscow, Russia October 3, 2018.

In a fiery warning to rivals, Putin says any country that nukes Russia will ‘drop dead’

Boasting that Russia's nuclear arsenal has already surpassed its competitors, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a fire and brimstone warning to his nuclear rivals Thursday.

Stephen Hawking: Humans need to leave Earth or risk being annihilated by nuclear war or climate change

Stephen Hawking, who died in March, wrote a collection of essays that were published this week. Hawking believed humans need to leave the Earth to survive as a race. In one of the essays, he wrote that he is worried about the possibility of nuclear war and the devastating effects of climate change.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump are expected at Davos this week, but do not plan to meet.

Trump has Germany thinking about getting nuclear weapons, but some think it’s a ‘totally phoney debate’

Trump's apparent disdain for the US's European allies has many of them rethinking their defense capabilities. In Germany, that means a renewed round of debate over whether nuclear weapons are needed.
A test-launch of a North Korean ballistic missile.

Nuclear weapons are as confusing as they are deadly — here are 16 terms you keep hearing and what they actually mean

President Donald Trump and his administration is negotiating with Kim Jong Un over North Korea's program to develop nuclear warheads, bombs, and missiles. As talks proceed, it's helpful to define some of the most important (and misunderstood) words, phrases, and acronyms related to nukes.
A nuclear missile parades before John F. Kennedy at his inauguration in 1961.

9 times the world was at the brink of nuclear war — and pulled back

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 marked the end of the World War II, and the beginning of the age of nuclear weapons.