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US Navy reactivates Cold War era fleet for Atlantic

WASHINGTON: A top US navy admiral announces the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet — a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 — to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia. The chief of US Naval Opera­tions, Admiral John Richardson, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony on Friday in the Atlantic naval port of Norfolk, Virginia. “Our National Defence Strategy makes clear that we’re back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more…

Sharks and jellyfish slow British man’s attempt to swim Atlantic

A British man aiming to be the first person to swim across the Atlantic said on Thursday he is grappling with sharks, jellyfish stings, choppy water -- and a sea moth that tried to nest in his left ear. Ex-policeman Ben Hooper, 38, says he embarked on the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200 km) crossing from Senegal to Brazil to prove that nothing is impossible, inspired by explorers like Ranulph Fiennes, who crossed the Antarctic on foot. But since setting out on Nov. 13 he has only swum 67 nautical miles, meaning that at the…