Black Sea

Report: Obama knew of Russia election interference, hesitated on countermeasures

The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported Friday.<p>The intelligence shocked the White House and put US security chiefs on a top-secret crisis …

Russia

5 percent of world population recently abused drugs: UN

VIENNA (AP) — About 5 percent of the world's population abused drugs at least once in recent years and nearly 30 million people could be dependent on narcotics to the point of needing treatment, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.<p>The annual report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime …

Population

Russia–US Talks Cancelled, 4 Reasons Why Russia Won’t Leave Crimea | International Business Times

Russia on Wednesday cancelled a meeting planned between its officials and the U.S. that was aimed at resolving problems between the two countries. …

Russia

She-devils on horseback: in search of the fabled Amazons

The ancient Greeks shuddered at the thought of man-eating viragos. But there’s little evidence that they ever existed<p>Rumour will run wild about a society of warrior women, somehow free from the world of men. We all feel we know the Amazons, even if we struggle to connect them with the planet’s …

Anthropology

Győr-Gönyű National Public Port Control Building / sporaarchitects + Térhálózat

<i>From the architect.</i> In the middle of the path where the North and the Black Sea meet, at the 1,794 km mark of the Danube River and the Mosoni-Danube …

Architecture

Ardbeg Colludes with Russia on Its New Limited-Edition Single Malt

Ardbeg Kelpie is matured in an unusual oak from the Black Sea.<p>Ardbeg may not be the best-known single malt from Islay—the region of Scotland famed …

Single Malt Whisky

7 facts about a sumptuous English palace on the Black Sea coast

The Vorontsov Palance – an English castle in Crimea – was Churchill's residence and Beria's dacha. RBTH has collected the most interesting facts about an architectural gem of the Crimean coast.<p><b>1. It was built to the design of the British Royal Court architect</b><p>The first owner of the palace, …

History

Russian fighter jet flies within 5 feet of US plane

A Russian jet flew within five feet of an Air Force recon plane over the Baltic Sea, per Fox News. And it happened just one day after Russia told the …

Russia

A taste of Russian wood in a new scotch from Ardbeg

Islay scotch, famously potent and smoky, is at the global nexus of both tradition and evolution.<p>When peat is used as the fossil fuel to dry malted barley, the resulting whisky is infused with phenolic smoke. This Islay-born peated approach is expanding out from Scotland to other world producers, …

Russia

No racism in Sochi, mayor insists after racism row at parade

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The mayor of the Russian city of Sochi's has promised football fans there is no racism in the 2018 World Cup host city after FIFA denounced a parade featuring people in blackface.<p>The procession in the Black Sea resort featured costumes of the Confederations Cup participants …

Racism

The Black Sea is now turquoise thanks to a massive plankton bloom

Residents living around the Black Sea were treated to a rare sight in June when the waters were turned into a stunning blue-green hue thanks to a …

Russia

Ardbeg Kelpie Whisky

Named after a legendary water demon said to lurk off the shores of Islay, Ardbeg Kelpie is matured in rarely used oak casks for an intense, deep …

Russia

Triton wants to explore the deepest 2% of the ocean and it will use this submarine to do so

Triton's subs will explore the oceans' hidden depths<p>This submarine can take two people 2,000 metres beneath the surface of the ocean - and its makers …

Royal Navy

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Waters Have Turned Turquoise Blue

The waters of Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait which divide Europe from Asia have turned a Caribbean like turquoise from their normal dark blue color. …

Russia

Untested Germans seek Confed Cup thrills at theme park site

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Beyond one goal, there's the beach. Behind another, a theme park with its roller coasters and fairytale castle.<p>Germany's youthful Confederations Cup squad certainly isn't short of distractions away from the training pitch in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. And with the …

Soccer

Algae Are Painting the Black Sea With a Huge, Turquoise Swirl

You can see it from space.<p>In the early summer, the Black Sea belies its name. As currents swirl in from the Danube and the Dnieper, they bring in …

Russia

These organisms are turning Istanbul’s waters turquoise

The waters around Istanbul have turned a striking shade of turquoise.<p>A natural phenomenon called a “phytoplankton bloom” has turned the normally dark …

Lifestyle

The Strait That Separates Europe and Asia Turned a Brilliant Turquoise

A NASA satellite has spotted something brilliant from space: a stunning turquoise color in the Black Sea and the Bosphorus, the strait which …

Phytoplankton

UK praises pilots for stopping 'Russian threat' in Black Sea

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Britain's defense minister on Wednesday praised Romanian and British pilots for protecting the Black Sea region from …

War

An underwater bloom has turned part of the Black Sea a brilliant turquoise that can be seen from space

Parts of the Black Sea and Bosphorus Strait have turned a swirling, brilliant turquoise.<p>According to NASA, which captured an aerial image of the phenomenon with its Aqua satellite on May 29, the cause is an ongoing bloom of phytoplankton.<p>The microscopic creatures make their own food from sunlight …

Oceans

The Black Sea Turned Turquoise, Thanks to a Phytoplankton Bloom

The Black Sea isn’t black, and it’s not usually turquoise either. But a huge bloom of phytoplankton has illuminated it — and the connected Bosporus and the Golden Horn of Istanbul — with beautiful swirls of milky blue-green. This aquatic artwork appears every summer, but this year’s bloom is one of …

Oceans

Watch Plankton Turn Turkey's Bosphorus Bright Blue

The popular tourist attraction has never been so photogenic.

Turkey

Oligarch Buys Independent Russian News Outlet RBC

RBC announced Prokhorov was selling the company in April 2017, sparking speculation that Kremlin pressure may have prompted the decision.<p>Three of the …

European News

Plankton is turning the Bosphorus blue, and it looks incredible

Blue and tranquil, the busy waters of the Bosphorus are good-looking enough at the best of times. But this week they’re even more Instagrammable than …

Russia

Turkey: Spectacular images show plankton bloom turning Istanbul's Bosphorus idyllic turquoise

Turkey's Bosphorous strait has turned turquoise blue, surprising the residents of Istanbul. Experts say that the sudden change in colour is due to …

Russia

British defense minister: Russian aggression to NATO growing

Britain's defense minister says Russian aggression toward NATO is increasing and the alliance was right to have agreed to a "very high readiness …

Russia

Scientists Solve Turkey’s Turquoise Puzzle in Bosporus: A Plankton Invasion

The new color stretches along Istanbul, all the way to the Black Sea.

World News

News story: 1,500 British troops exercising with NATO allies in Europe

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has today visited some of the 1,500 British personnel currently exercising across five countries in Europe, …

Amazons in all Shapes, Sizes, and Colors: What the Wonder Woman Movie Got Right

<i>by Adrienne Mayor</i>Were Amazons—and their real-life counterparts in antiquity—really as diverse as they appear in <i>Wonder Woman</i>?<i>Wonder Woman</i> opens with a …

Ancient History

Surfing's Great Emerging Nations; Afghanistan, Turkey, China, Greece & Senegal - Wavelength - Europe's First Surf Magazine

A few weeks ago the ISA World Games in Biarritz played host to more nations than ever before, as surfing’s inclusion in the Olympics looms and the …

Surfing