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Russia and Ukraine involved in Black Sea naval standoff

MOSCOW: Russia and Ukraine accused each other of breaking international law on Sunday after Russian border guards tried and failed to stop two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels circumnavigating Crimea en route to a Ukrainian port. The incident in the Black Sea reflects rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev around the Sea of Azov which both countries have the right to use. Russia and Ukraine, whose relations remain acutely strained after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing for a pro-Russian insurgency in…

Plane nearly falls into sea after skidding off runway in Turkey

ANKARA: A passenger plane with 168 passengers onboard skidded off the runway in Trabzon, Turkey on Saturday, coming within feet of plunging into the Black Sea. All 168 passengers, along with the crew and captain, were safely evacuated, with only three reports of minor injuries. The plane was a Pegasus Boeing 737, and reports from the area say it took extensive damage in the accident. Images show the aircraft on its belly and at an acute angle just above the water. If it had slid any further along the slope, the…

Russia mourns 92 killed in Black Sea jet crash, hunts for black box

MOSCOW: Russia held a national day of mourning on Monday, a day after a Syria-bound military plane crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 people on board, and expanded a search operation to try to recover passengers' bodies and the jet's black box. The plane, a Russian Defense Ministry TU-154, was carrying dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members to Syria where they were meant to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year. Nine Russian reporters were also on board as well as…