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Don't laugh, but I'm off to the Black Sea

Not many tourists make it to Turkey's Black Sea coast. But that's what makes it so beguiling, moody and intimate, writes Jeremy Seal

Misery of dolphins trained to go to war

DOLPHINS trained by the Soviet military to be "watchdogs" at naval installations, and to lay or identify mines, are suffering in inadequate dolphinariums around the world, or have died in transit, according to a report.

Black Sea returns to life

FOR the first time in 10 years Romania's Black Sea coastline has been flooded with thousands of shellfish - a sign it's getting cleaner, a marine official said.

Shevardnadze blames attack on oil politics

THE RUTHLESS and hugely lucrative politics of Caspian oil may lie beneath the latest attempt on his life, the shaken but unharmed Georgian president, Eduard Shevardnadze, claimed yesterday.

Film: Free radical

Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin so alarmed a British government worried about naval mutiny that the film was banned. Now, 100 years after the director's birth, we can appreciate Eisenstein's genius afresh, writes Richard Gott

Noah's flood may have begun in the Black Sea

The Bible story of Noah and the Ark may have had a real basis, scientists have discovered. But it was not the world that was devastated - it was early farmers around the Black Sea.

Can a study cruise and a noble scrap of paper save the Black Sea?

A Huge Greek ship is steaming slowly round the Black Sea. Its cargo is not oil or wheat, golden fleeces or Trojan horses. The E. Venizelos, a 38,000-ton ferry from Crete, is loaded with intellectuals.

When cultures collide

THEATRE With Love from Nicolae Bristol Old Vic

Chechen executions spark outcry

Heads hanging, a man and a woman shuffle forward and are handcuffed to a wall. Before them is a firing squad of five men. Beyond is a crowd of onlookers who appear unmoved by what is about to occur.

Avoid the sea. Explore the world on a river

Sea cruises can be a drag - take to the river instead. You'll learn more and tour a country without changing hotels.

China's rulers go swimming with sharks

Reform and opening up in China has its limits, and never more so than when the country's top leaders take their summer holidays. Over the past few days, the most powerful men in China have disappeared en masse, exchanging the oppressive climate of the capital city for the heat of political intrigue at the seaside resort of Beidaihe, about 150 miles east of Peking.

Yeltsin's visit to Ukraine mends fences

Boris Yeltsin will today hammer another large plank in his fence-mending foreign policy with his first state visit to Ukraine, where he is expected to sign a crucial friendship treaty in the hope of ending the downward slide in relations with his Slavic neighbours.

FOLK Muzsikas / Marta Sebestyen Barbican, London

According to Hungarian humorist George Mikes, everyone is Hungarian. And so it seemed at the Barbican's Hungarian-themed presentation on Sunday night, featuring Hungary's leading folk group Muzsikas, legendary chanteuse Marta Sebestyen and a host of minor Magyars and honorary Hungarians clamouring for the public ear. The sprightly 80-year-old Toni Arpad gave a rousing cimbalom zither performance which seemed, eccentrically, to include the Bohemian equivalent of an East End pub singalong as well as renditions of "Happy Birthday" and other virtuoso gypsy rhapsodies; the Vaganti Players, economic refugees from the concrete wastes of, erm, Greater London, ran through their selection of tunes "from Budapest to the Black Sea" before oud / percussion virtuoso Raph Mizraki joined them to show off his instrumental skills and Egyptian wardrobe; and finally, for the main course, Muzsikas and Marta Sebestyen appeared before a capacity crowd in the main auditorium.

Los Angeles: a few prejudices shattered and a Scottish hero remembered

The university campus had become a tented city. Under the shade of sub-tropical trees, eucalyptus and Australian fig, the avenues of bookstalls had been set out. The famous American and European publishers, the small publishers of California, the book shops of Los Angeles and every pedlar of ideas and ideologies in the city were all there.

Russia squares up to Albright

As Russia's leaders braced themselves to lock horns with the US Secretary of State, Mad-eleine Albright, blows began to rain down on Moscow from another quarter yesterday - the republic of Ukraine.
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