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Insurgents to hold vote in east Ukraine

...The referenda are similar to the one in Crimea in March that preceded Russia's annexation of that strategic Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. Like the one in Crimea, they are regarded as illegitimate both by Kiev and the West.

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-05-09/insurgents-hold-vote-east-ukraine
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Luge dreams live on in family of Georgian who died

...his first Olympics halfway around the world in Canada.The 2014 Winter Olympics in neighboring Russia are just up the Black Sea coast from Georgia, but the geographical proximity has not helped to create enthusiasm for the games. Most Georgians...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-01-24/luge-dreams-live-family-georgian-who-
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The negatives:

...German President Joachim Gauck are not going to Sochi, either.WEATHER WORRIES: Sochi is a subtropical resort on the Black Sea. Temperatures on the coast, where the indoor ice events will be held, will be mild. That's fine, but there is uncertainty...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-01-07/negatives
Sports
An Olympic city that did it right

...investment. In fact, it seems very likely that five ice arenas and the main stadium - all clustered together along the Black Sea, far from the city center - will become a complex of white elephants as soon as the torch is extinguished.Not so in...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2013-12-29/olympic-city-did-it-right
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For Alaskans, orca film might stir memories of '80s-era controversy

...it had denied the Georgia Aquarium's request to import 18 beluga whales from a research station located on Russia's Black Sea coast. The process offers insight into how the public can affect federal policy. In this case, the 60-day public comment...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2013-08-15/alaskans-orca-film-might-stir-memories-80
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Boston bombs raise worries for Olympics, World Cup

...Palestinian gunmen that killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Games. The focus now falls on Sochi, a Black Sea resort that will host Russia's first Winter Olympics next February. Security was already a concern because of Sochi's...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2013-04-17/boston-bombs-raise-worries-olympics-wo
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Azerbaijanis study state's permanent fund

...foreign investment has picked up and Caspian Sea crude crosses the small country of 8 million through a pipeline to the Black Sea. By the end of the year, 1 million barrels a day are expected to flow through a new 1,100-mile pipeline from Azerbaijan...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071205/sta_20050712014.shtml
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This Day in History

...a 17-day-old strike. In 1986, the Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both vessels to sink; up to 448 people reportedly died.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/083106/sta_20060831007.shtml
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This Day in History

...Russian airliner flying from Israel to Siberia was accidentally shot down by a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile over the Black Sea, killing all 78 people on board. In 2005, Americans John L. Hall and Roy J. Glauber and German Theodor W. Haensch...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100406/sta_20061004011.shtml
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This Day in History

...bombing of North Vietnam. In 1992, President Bush embarked on the final foreign trip of his term in office, heading to a Black Sea summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, with a stopover in Somalia to visit U.S. troops helping famine victims...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/123002/loc_thisday.shtml
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