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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…

Gunman arrested after deadly Los Angeles store hostage standoff

LOS ANGELES: Police in Los Angeles arrested a man who took hostages and barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe’s grocery store on Saturday, ending a three-hour standoff during which he fatally shot a woman, authorities said. The man, who was chased by police after he was suspected of repeatedly shooting his grandmother and another woman in a separate part of the city, crashed his car outside the Trader Joe’s, where he exchanged gunfire with police and entered the crowded store. He was shot in the arm and talked with police…

First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened. Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump’s presidency began without a fully functioning government. Democrats stuck to demands that any short-term spending legislation must include protections for young…

China says Indian drone invaded its airspace, crashed

BEIJING: An Indian drone has "invaded" China's airspace and crashed, China's defence ministry said Thursday, months after the neighbours ended one of their worst border standoffs in decades. "The Indian move violated China's territorial sovereignty. We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition," deputy director of the army's western theatre combat bureau, Zhang Shuili, said in a statement. Zhang did not give details about when or where the incident happened. Chinese border troops "took a professional and…