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NATO Urges Calm After Russia Attacks Ukraine at Sea

Each side blames the other for incident that injures 2

(Newser) - Russia's coast guard opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine's vessels Sunday, wounding two crew members, after a tense standoff in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula, the Ukrainian navy says. Russia blamed Ukraine for provoking the incident, which sharply escalated tensions that have been growing... More »

'Incredible Find': World's Oldest Intact Shipwreck

Likely a Greek trading vessel, it dates to 500 BC

(Newser) - "A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over [a mile] of water, is something I would never have believed possible." Thankfully, lead investigator Jon Adams' expectations for a mapping project of the Black Sea have been upended along with our understanding of ancient shipbuilding and... More »

Russia Says Jet Kept a 'Safe Distance.' US Navy Says 5 Feet

Pentagon: Su-27 fighter jet buzzed American surveillance plane over Black Sea

(Newser) - US pilots called in a close call over the Black Sea on Monday, reporting that a Russian fighter jet zipped by in perilous proximity to their Navy surveillance plane. Per US defense officials who spoke to CNN , the Russian Su-27 performed an "unsafe intercept" that lasted about two hours... More »

Scientists Stumble on 'Astonishing' Ship Graveyard

Researchers were out to study sea levels, find 'complete bonus'

(Newser) - Archaeologists mapping the Black Sea floor have happily made a surprise discovery—a graveyard of more than 40 ancient ships, Quartz reports. The team, led maritime archaeologist Jon Adams of the University of Southampton, has been studying the historic rise of water levels along the Bulgarian coast. But in the... More »

Spooked NATO Intercepts Sudden Slew of Russia Jets

NATO countries intercept 19 planes in 24 hours

(Newser) - It's not clear what Vladimir Putin might be up to, but reports of a possible Russian sub spotted off Sweden are now followed by those of NATO, which says it yesterday intercepted at least 19 Russian fighter jets and bombers flying in three separate directions outside Russian airspace. Eight... More »

Putin Orders War Games in Black Sea

Military exercises could make Georgia, Ukraine uneasy

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin ordered surprise military exercises in the Black Sea today, in a move that could make neighboring Ukraine and Georgia a little uneasy, Reuters reports. Thirty-six warships and an unspecified number of warplanes will take part in the previously unannounced exercises, a Putin spokesman said. "The main goal... More »

Daring Divers Pull Off Rescue ... of Sex Doll

Turkish team heard warnings of floating body

(Newser) - Locals in northern Turkey were frantic when they saw a woman's body floating in the Black Sea, so they called in help and watched as officials cordoned off the beach and a team of divers made their daring rescue. So everyone was less than thrilled to find that the... More »

John the Baptist Found—in Bulgaria

Or so claim archaeologists of reliquary found last week

(Newser) - Archaeologists excavating the site of a 5th-century monastery on a Black Sea island claim they've found remains of John the Baptist. A reliquary found last week at the site on Sveti Ivan contains fragments of a skull, a hand, and a tooth. Archaeologists cite a Greek inscription on the reliquary... More »

Massive River Discovered on Sea Floor

Black Sea river world's sixth mightiest

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered a river whose flow is 10 times mightier than the largest river in Europe on the floor of the Black Sea, proving that previously mysterious channels visible on ocean floors are in fact formed by underwater rivers.The Black Sea river, the first-ever still-flowing underground channel to... More »

Ukrainian Pols Hurl Eggs in Messy Brawl

Smoke bombs tossed, too, over naval deal with Russia

(Newser) - Ukrainian lawmakers opposed to a naval deal with Russia made their objections known with eggs, smoke bombs, and fists in the country's parliament today. Dozens of politicians and aides scuffled over a huge Ukrainian flag in the center of the chamber as the parliament ratified a deal extending Russia's lease... More »

Cool and Weird Places to Swim

(Newser) - If you love swimming but tire of the ordinary and the chlorine-scented, consider these "unusual or cool places" uncovered by WebUrbanist :
  • The Dead Sea: Lie back and read a good book in the world's saltiest body of water, which will likely keep you afloat while delivering "an
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Apartment Blast Kills 19 in Ukraine

Gas explosion suspected as rescuers look for survivors

(Newser) - Rescuers could hear cell phones ringing in the rubble as they pulled bodies from an apartment building in southern Ukraine that collapsed after an explosion last night, Reuters reports. At least 19 people are dead and 24 missing after the blast, likely caused by oxygen stored in the basement. All... More »

Russia Keeps Troops in Poti

(Newser) - Russia says it will continue to patrol the key Black Sea port of Poti despite Western demands that it pull back to pre-conflict positions, Reuters reports. A Russian general said troops will continue "peacekeeping" operations there even though the city falls outside the perimeter agreed upon in the recent... More »

Turks Find Hitler's 'Lost Fleet'

Three German U-boats located in Black Sea

(Newser) - Three World War II U-boats, known as "Hitler's lost fleet," have been discovered off the Turkish coast, the Telegraph reports. A Turkish team combined archival research with sailor interviews and sonar technology to find the wreckage, part of the six-boat fleet that dogged Russian ships in the Black... More »

Noah's Flood Transformed Agriculture

Melting glaciers inundated Black Sea, scattered farmers

(Newser) - The real-life inspiration for the biblical flood may have been responsible for the widespread adoption of agriculture in Europe, according to a new study. About 8,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, ice sheets melted, causing massive flooding in the Black Sea basin. That forced... More »

Troops Join Black Sea Cleanup

Over 20 sailors missing; storm continues

(Newser) - Russian authorities have brought in troops to help with oil cleanup on the Black Sea. At least 20 sailors are listed as missing and 3 bodies washed up since a storm hit dozens of ships Saturday. Efforts to pump oil from a sunken oil tanker that's already leaked 1.3... More »

8 Sailors Missing in Black Sea

Storm claims 10 ships, at least 3 lives; rescue and cleanup efforts stalled

(Newser) - Eight sailors are still missing in the storm that claimed an oil tanker and up to 10 other ships yesterday in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Akov. Three bodies have been recovered. Four ships have sunk, including the tanker that dumped 1.3... More »

Tanker Dumps Oil Into Black Sea

(Newser) - A Russian oil tanker spewed more than 1.3 million gallons of oil into the Black Sea early today after breaking apart in violent storms it wasn't designed to withstand, reports the AP. Two other ships carrying sulfur sank, and both rescue and clean-up efforts were being hampered by continuing... More »

Putin's Russian Undressing

On Siberian fishing trip, Prez celebrates Olympic bid by showing off Grecian pecs

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin purged his shirt yesterday during a fishing jaunt in southern Siberia. The Russian president was celebrating the International Olympic Committee's election of Sochi, a Black Sea resort, to host the 2014 Winter Games. With him was Monaco's Prince Albert II—coincidentally enough a member of the International Olympic... More »

Sochi Wins 2014 Games

Putin speech helps Black Sea resort win Winter Oympics

(Newser) - The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi — thanks in part to personal intervention by Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, reports Reuters. Putin addressed a session of the International Olympic Committee in Guatemala City in English, French and Spanish, helping Sochi win a 51-47... More »

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