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JERUSALEM (AP) — Jack Angelides was about to board a flight out of Israel's international airport when he was given a curious choice that baffles him to this day. Traveling with a laptop and a stack of printed reading material, he was told to part with one or the other, due to unspecified security concerns.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.
Simferopol (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin militia fired warning shots as unarmed foreign observers tried to enter Crimea on Saturday while Russia stepped up its Cold War-style standoff with the West over Ukraine by threatening to keep Washington from checking on its nuclear arms. The dangerous escalation in the flashpoint Black Sea peninsula that Russia effectively seized from Ukraine last week saw 40 gunmen in balaclavas and military fatigues fire warning shots above a car moving in front of a convoy of 57 civilian and military observers from the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). A source with the monitoring mission said "probably three shots" were fired as the OSCE buses tried and failed for the third successive day to check on the frozen conflict that has pitted overwhelmed Ukrainian troops against what they say are Russian Black Sea Fleet soldiers and Kremlin-backed militias.