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Russian rescue amid deadly blaze on two cargo ships off Crimea

Russian rescue amid deadly blaze on two cargo ships off Crimea

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 11 people have died in a fire involving two Tanzanian-flagged cargo vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait, authorities say.Russian rescuers are trying to reach sailors who jumped overboard. Fourteen people have so far been rescued.One ship is a gas tanker, and the fire reportedly followed an explosion, which set the other vessel on fire.They were named as the Kandy, with a crew of 17 from Turkey and India, and Maestro, with 14 sailors.The fire broke out when one vessel was transferring fuel to another, Russian maritime agency spokesman Alexei Kravchenko said, adding that this had then forced several crew members to jump overboard. Rescue workers reportedly witnessed a further three...
Facebook removes pages linked to Russian news agency

Facebook removes pages linked to Russian news agency

Technology
Facebook has removed 364 pages and accounts linked to employees of Russian news agency Sputnik from its platform. The social network's head of cyber security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post it had uncovered two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries in eastern Europe and the other specific to Ukraine.The pages and accounts were run by the first Russian network and operated in Baltic Sea states, central Asia, the Caucasus and central and eastern Europe.Based on a tip from US law enforcement, Facebook said it had separately removed 107 pages, groups and accounts and 41 Instagram accounts that originated in Russia and operated in Ukraine.In a statement, it said: "We didn't find any links between these operations, b...
Russian space telescope Spektr-R stops responding

Russian space telescope Spektr-R stops responding

Science
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Russian space officials said Saturday they're working to re-establish contact with the country's Spektr-R space radio telescope, which stopped responding to commands. Astro Space Center chief Nikolai Kardashev said that though the telescope stopped responding, it's still transmitting scientific information. The link went down Friday morning. "Specialists of the Main Operational Group of Spacecraft Control are carrying out work to remove the existing problems," Russia's state space corporation, Roscosmos, said. Russia launched the Spektr-R into space in 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The long-delayed project was expected to have a lifespan of five years. The telescope was meant to study black holes, pulsars and other deep-space objects. With a 30-foot-wid...
Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Technology
Russia's new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday. The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television. The new weapon "essentially makes missile defenses useless," he said. Borisov spoke a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw what he described as the conclusive successful test of the Avangard and hailed it as a reliable guarantee of Russia's security for decades to come. In Wednesday's test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. The Kremlin said it successfully hit a practice target on the Kura shooting range o...