Russia establishes seaborne lifeline for Syrian allies

The Alexandr Tkachenko, an ageing ferry with a canary-yellow hull, usually carries people across the Kerch Strait, a bustling sea route and the only connection between Russia and Crimea, the peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year. But the crossings stopped abruptly in late August when the Russian government chartered[…]

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South Koreans remember victims of ferry disaster

Grief, anger and political tension are marking the first anniversary of South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster. Relatives mourning the 304 dead, mostly schoolchildren, are accusing top officials of indifference to the tragedy. Bowing to a key demand of the victims’ families, President Park Geun-Hye used the anniversary on Thursday to[…]

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