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China, Russia to stage military drills in South China Sea

China, Russia to stage military drills in South China Sea

China and Russia were to start war games in the South China Sea on Monday, Beijing's defence ministry said, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant`s extensive claims in the area.

Russian fighter in 'unsafe' intercept of US spy plane: Pentagon

A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US spy plane over the Black Sea today, the Pentagon said, although Moscow quickly insisted the encounter was within "international rules."

Turkey can hold suspects without charge for up to 30 days

Turkey can hold suspects in detention without charge for up to 30 days under its state of emergency imposed in the wake of the failed coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an official statement said on Saturday.

Russia to deploy latest air Defence system in Crimea

 Russia will deploy its most advanced S-400 air defence systems to the annexed Crimea peninsula in August, a military official said Friday.

Turkey PM Yildirim says aims to develop relations with Syria, Iraq

Turkey PM Yildirim says aims to develop relations with Syria, Iraq

Turkey aims to develop good relations with Syria and Iraq.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits Vladimir Putin looking to warm ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in a bid to bolster ties and seek to resolve a decades-long territorial dispute.

Georgia to build $2.5-bn Black Sea port on China`s Silk Road

Georgia on Monday announced plans to build a new deep-water Black Sea port in a $2.5-billion project that aims to boost trade between China and Europe along the historic Silk Road route.

Despite tensions, Russia`s `Syria Express` sails by Istanbul

It`s an occasional but regular sighting in Istanbul. Out of the mist on the Bosphorus that divides Europe and Asia looms the hulk of a Russian warship purposefully making its way to the Mediterranean.

Kremlin admits TV stations showed secret nuclear torpedo plan

The Kremlin admitted on Wednesday that Russian television had accidentally shown secret plans detailing a nuclear torpedo system in development.

'Action man' Vladimir Putin plunges into Black Sea in a mini-submarine - Watch

'Action man' Vladimir Putin plunges into Black Sea in a mini-submarine - Watch

Russian President Vladimir Putin burnished his action man image on Tuesday by diving down in a mini-submarine to explore a shipwreck off the coast of the Crimea peninsula that Moscow seized from Ukraine last year.

Controversial Russian politician named deputy in Ukraine

The nomination of a Russian politician to a top post in Odessa has caused a flurry of controversy in the tense political atmosphere of the violent Ukraine conflict.

Ukraine names Georgia's Saakashvili as governor of Black Sea hotspot

Ukraine`s Petro Poroshenko has appointed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to be governor of Ukraine`s southern Odessa region, in a surprise move that is certain to raise hackles in Moscow.

Russian aircraft head off US destroyer in Black Sea: RIA

Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday, but the Pentagon denied any unusual behavior.

Russian divers report ancient ship find near Crimea

A group of Russian divers said on Wednesday they had found Byzantine-era ship wreckage in the Black Sea off Crimea that included a trove of 10th century pottery.

NATO worried by `wide-ranging` Russia Crimea build-up

NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a "wide-ranging" military build-up by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea peninsula.

Turkey launches new raids over Erdogan eavesdropping case

Turkish police on Sunday launched a new wave of raids seeking to arrest suspects accused of wiretapping the communications of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top officials.

Ukraine launches terror probe into new Odessa blast

Ukrainian police on Monday launched a terror probe into a blast in the government-controlled port of Odessa after an explosion outside a building housing a soldiers` support centre.

Ukraine secures cheap Russian coal, power supplies

Moscow promised on Saturday to resume shipping coal and provide electricity to Ukraine for the first time in three years despite Kiev`s failure to guarantee energy supplies to Russian-occupied Crimea.

Ukraine halts trains to Russian-held Crimea

Ukraine said on Friday it was suspending all rail service to Russian-occupied Crimea because of security concerns.

Russia, 4-ex-Soviet nations finalize new alliance

Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations have completed the creation of a new economic alliance intended to bolster their integration, but the ambitious grouping immediately showed signs of fracture as the leader of Belarus sharply criticized Moscow.