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Kleintje Pils say the performance will be a 'signal'

Russia troops still in Georgia after pullout

Russian soldiers held positions deep inside Georgia's heartland today, drawing accusations from Washington that Moscow's military pullback did not match up to what it had promised.

Russia seizes US vehicles

Russian soldiers today held blindfolded Georgian servicemen at gunpoint and commandeered US Humvees in a dramatic sequence of events in Poti, a key Black Sea port.

Istanbul: Inside strait

Magnificent palaces, mosques and markets are Istanbul's most obvious attractions. But while revisiting the city, Linda Cookson instead faced seawards – and found a world of surprises on the waterway that divides East and West

19 killed in Ukrainian helicopter crash

A helicopter belonging to Ukraine's state gas company crashed as it tried to land on a Black Sea drilling platform, killing 19 people, officials said today.

Hitler's 'lost fleet' of U-boats found in the Black Sea

For years, German submarines U-19, U-20, and U-23 were a terrifying presence beneath the waves, preying on British and Russian shipping. Then, 60 years ago, they suddenly vanished to the bottom of the Black Sea.

How one ancestor helped turn our brown eyes blue

Everyone with blue eyes alive today – from Angelina Jolie to Wayne Rooney – can trace their ancestry back to one person who probably lived about 10,000 years ago in the Black Sea region, a study has found.

Toulouse's long trek nears a happy end

Ntamack sees a bright tomorrow at last for aristocrats of French rugby

Sanatoriums: Collective memory

Twenty years ago, any Russian taking their holiday in one of the sanitoriums that line the Black Sea's rocky coast would have been the object of great envy. Now, the former playgrounds of Politburo members and the KGB are all but abandoned. Jason Oddy went to the Crimea to record their decline in words and pictures

Books: Nietzsche and Plato got it all wrong

In the Dark Places of Wisdom by Peter Kingsley Element pounds 12.99

Books: Nostalgia for a lost Europe

Thursday Book: MICROCOSMS BY CLAUDIO MAGRIS, TRANSLATED BY IAIN HALLIDAY, HARVILL, pounds 13

Fury as Nato halts Russian Kosovo force

TALKS WILL take place in Moscow today between Nato and Russian officials after the United States forced Moscow to postpone a deployment of peace-keepers to Kosovo. They were due to fly to the former war zone yesterday.

Letter: Television terror

Sir: Philipp Blom's article on MedTV (24 March) is chiefly notable for its omissions. MedTV broadcasts in several Middle Eastern languages, and about 40 per cent of its output is in Turkish.

World's worst nuclear site gets UK aid for clean-up

THE FOREIGN Secretary, Robin Cook, promised pounds 3m towards an ecological clean up after he saw yesterday the dire state of Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula, once the pride of the Soviet navy, but now said to be the world's biggest nuclear dumping ground.

Aren't they cute? Except when they're trying to blow you up...

Bizarre as it seems, dolphin `soldiers' were parachuted from helicopter s above the sea by the Soviet Navy and were the US Navy's deadly agents in the Gulf. By John Davison
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BBC heads to the Californian coast

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