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Swedish 'Cold War' thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia

  • torpedo: His government will hope to do better than one incident in the 1992s, when a Swedish corvette fired a torpedo at a suspected submarine only to narrowly miss hitting itself.
  • submarine: Lithuania suspected a link between the submarine incident and a massive floating liquefied natural gas ( LNG) terminal that is due to sail to Lithuania from Denmark this week.
  • inlet: Swedish media said military intelligence was investigating a report that a man dressed in black had been spotted wading in an inlet between two islands, one of which, Korso, is used by the Swedish military and is off limits to the public.

Saudi Arabia Steps Up Beheadings; Some See Political Message

  • strenuous: His attempts to introduce more modern training for judges and a system of precedent to make sentencing more predictable have so far been blocked by strenuous opposition from conservatives.
  • sorcery: “Any execution is appalling, but executions for crimes such as drug smuggling or sorcery that result in no loss of life are particularly egregious ,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for Human Rights Watch.
  • witchcraft: While Saudi Arabia has joined U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and has deployed its senior clergy to denounce militant ideology, its public beheading of convicts, particularly for non-violent or victimless crimes like adul tery, apostasy and witchcraft, is anathema to Western allies.
  • intercede: Convicts from less wealthy backgrounds, or without tribal connections who might intercede with the family or tribe of the victim, are more likely to die because it is harder for them to arrange a blood money payment.
  • apostasy: While Saudi Arabia has joined U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and has deployed its senior clergy to denounce militant ideology, its public beheading of convicts, particularly for non-violent or victimless crimes like adul tery, apostasy and witchcraft, is anathema to Western allies.

Ukraine’s Euromaidan Reforms Reveal Deep Divisions

  • implosion: A huge factor in the implosion is the precipitous decline in industrial output, especially in the war-ravaged eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where significant steel and energy production is based.
  • accession: Poroshenko recently unveiled his" Strategy 2020," a six-year roadmap highlighting eight key areas for reform and specific economic targets he hopes will put Ukraine on the path for European Union accession.
  • plethora: He listed a plethora of candidates with “no appetite for dialogue, ” including dozens of fighters and other “military populists” such as captured female pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who, though held in a Russian prison, is number one on former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna ( Fatherland) party list.
  • overhaul: Ukraine also faces further looming disruption as calls mount to overhaul the country’s barely altered Soviet-style bureaucracy.

Sweden says credible reports of foreign submarine in its waters

  • archipelago: Reported sightings of one man dressed in black wading through waters led to speculation of Russian special forces in the archipelago, normally a popular holiday destination consisting of thousands of small islands.
  • archipelago: STOCKHOLM (Reuters)- Sweden released on Sunday a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm's archipelago, as the military hunted for a foreign submarine or divers in the country's biggest such mobilization since the Cold War.
  • submerge: The witness who took the photograph said the vessel then submerged-- one of three sightings that the military said were credible reports.
  • archipelago: Further encrypted radio traffic from a point in the archipelago and the enclave of Kaliningrad, home to the Russian Baltic fleet's headquarters, was intercepted on Friday evening after the Swedish search started, the newspaper said.