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Putin orders surprise Black Sea military exercises

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered surprise military exercises in the Black Sea region, to test the armed forces' battle readiness.</b><p>The president's spokesman said the exercises would involve 36 ships and up to 7,000 troops.<p>He added that Russia was not obliged to give warning of exercises …



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Cypriots wait anxiously for banks to reopen – video

Customers queue outside banks in Nicosia as they open for the first time in 12 days. Security is higher than usual, as banks prepare for a possible …

US nuclear-capable bombers complete training mission in South Korea

The US has taken the unprecedented step of publicly announcing that two of its nuclear-capable B-2 bombers have taken part in military exercises with …

Cyprus banks reopen amid tight security and tough curbs

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/965000/965942_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522211368_f0687b5a43a7a530ce994ef6c0490d8d<p><b>Banks in Cyprus have reopened after a two-week closure amid EU-IMF bailout talks, with orderly queues for cash and strict limits on daily …


Food aid being sold in Syrian stores, activists say

Since late last year, there have been reports of foreign food aid being sold in stores across government-controlled parts of the city of Homs.<p>An activist in the city now says more types of tinned fava beans have been found for sale at stores in the city.<p>The photo accompanying this post is one of …

Syria crisis: University of Damascus hit by mortars

<b>Mortar fire has hit the University of Damascus, killing 15 students, Syrian state media say.</b><p>Officials blamed rebels for the attack, saying a number of people had also been injured.<p>It said the mortars had hit the university's faculty of architecture.<p>The Syrian capital is in the grip of heavy …

Middle East

ACLU challenges 'stingray surveillance' that allows police to track cellphones

A secretive technology which lets police locate and track people through their cellphones in alleged violation of the US constitution will be …

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Seaside, Havana

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Pictures: Apollo Rocket Engines Recovered From Seafloor

Amazon.com founder retrieves components of two F-1 rocket engines once used to launch Apollo missions to the moon.

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The world’s best aphrodisiacs and where to try them

What better way to start married life than a trip to tantalise the tastebuds and, perhaps, stir a few other parts of your anatomy? From creamy avocados in California to bitter chocolate in Belize and nutty ants in Colombia, here’s our rundown of where and when to try the world’s best …


This is what happens when you fall in love with a place [vid]

Most of us have been there: hiking up a mountain to a 360-degree view, or kicking back on a white sand beach fronted by sapphire-blue water. You …

Pictures: Green Walls May Cut Pollution in Cities

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World’s most colourful cities

From a monochromatic blue in Spain to a full palette of hues in Buenos Aires, these five towns are a shade above the rest.

Buenos Aires

Kyrgyz Girls, Afghanistan

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On holiday in North Korea

Take a trip to the East Asian hermit kingdom to discover firsthand the land and its people behind the headlines.<p>The young woman waiting in the arrivals hall looks anxious, her small mouth pinched and unsmiling. Every button on the jacket of her pink tweed suit is done up, every hair on her head is …

North Korea

The Global Kraken

Earlier this year, the Discovery Channel released the first ever footage of the legendary giant squid in its natural environment. But did the crew manage to film <i>the</i> giant squid, or <i>one of the</i> giant squids?<p>The giant was first described by the Danish naturalist Japetus Steenstrup in 1857, who named it</i> …

Magnetic North: Filming on-location in Alaska

“All you need to know about fly fishing is…”<p>These words echoed in my head for the entire month I spent up in Alaska this past fall. I was there with …