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Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace

Brussels (AFP) – NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

The Ilyushin IL-20 “intelligence collection aircraft”, which took off from the Russian Baltic coast enclave of Kaliningrad on Tuesday, was first intercepted by Danish F-16 jets when it approached Denmark, NATO said in a statement.

It then flew north towards non-NATO member Sweden which also sent jets to intercept the plane.

Nearly four hours later the plane flew towards NATO member Estonia and was detected in Estonian airspace “for a period of less than one minute, which represented an incursion of about 600 metres (yards) into NATO airspace,” it said.

Portuguese F-16s spotted the Russian propeller plane and escorted it out of NATO airspace, the alliance said.

The Ukraine crisis has produced the worst east-west tension since the end of the Cold War.

NATO has stepped up its Baltic air patrols due to what it says is a surge in intercepts of Russian warplanes near Polish and Baltic airspace since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March.

The Swedish Navy meanwhile has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week, although it said Wednesday it was pulling back some of its ships.

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A Russian spy plane briefly entered NATO airspace Tuesday, the first reported incident of a Russian military aircraft encroaching on territory patrolled by the alliance since the Ukraine crisis began.

The spy plane entered Estonian airspace near the island of Saaremaa for a period of less than one minute and flew less than half a mile into the countrys territory after Danish and Portuguese fighter jets steered it away from Denmark, NATO spokesman Lt. Col. Jay Janzen said.

NATO officials identified the spy plane as a Russian Ilyushin-20, which was designed to gather intelligence, Lt. Col. Janzen said. Officials tracked the spy plane from its launching point from the Russian seaport city of Kaliningrad and watched it kind of doing a circuit around the Baltic before the aircraft headed into Estonian airspace, he said.

NATO increased its policing efforts in the Baltic Sea region this year in response to concern among NATO allies like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in southern Ukraine.

Lt. Col. Janzen said the incursion, while brief and relatively minor, was the first since Russias aggressive behavior in Ukraine this year strained relations between Moscow and the alliance.

Since the Ukraine crisis started, there havent been any incursions into the areas that NATO patrols as part of its air policing mission. This was the first one, he said.

Estonian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mari-Liis Valter said Wednesday that Estonia considers the violation serious and demands an explanation for why the spy plane entered its airspace, according to The Associated Press.

The Foreign Ministry summoned Russias ambassador Wednesday and presented him with a diplomatic note of protest, said Estonian Embassy spokeswoman Maria Belovas in Washington.

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied entering Estonian airspace, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ministry officials told local news agencies that the spy plane departed Kaliningrad on a routine training mission in international airspace, the newspaper reported.

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The Faroe Islands, part of the Kingdom of Denmark, wont observe European Union sanctions the country says make no economic sense as its fish farmers predict a surge in exports to Russia.

I have a responsibility to my people and I dont believe in boycotts, Home Rule Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen said yesterday in a phone interview. They always end up hurting the wrong people.

The north Atlantic archipelago, settled by Norse Vikings, has stayed outside the European Union and, unlike non-EU member Norway, has ignored the sanctions against Russia. That means it hasnt been hit by President Vladimir Putins retaliatory trade ban. Bakkafrost P/F (BAKKA), based in the Faroese town of Glyvrar, predicted last month the development will more than triple its fish exports to Russia.

Criticism from abroad has been very muted, 50-year-old Johannesen said. Ive explained the situation to Brussels, to Danish lawmakers and to the Obama administration when I traveled to Washington and New York recently.

Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said he doesnt want to be the umpire in this matter, in a brief interview today. Its no crime not to be a member of the EU nor is it a crime not to be the subject of a boycott. On the other hand, its clear that the EU expects that others dont take advantage of the situation to capture market from countries impacted by the boycott.

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A fishing boat unloads its catch at the dock in Klaksvik, the second largest city in the Faroe Islands.

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A fishing boat unloads its catch at the dock in Klaksvik, the second largest city in the Faroe Islands.

Russia, which accounts for about 7 percent of global Atlantic salmon demand, imposed its food ban on countries backing sanctions at the beginning of August. The standoff has left the Faroes, which supply about 4 percent of world output, in a unique position to provide Russians with fresh salmon.

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By Brock Vergakis The Associated Press October 7, 2014

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Members of NATO’s military committee began meeting in Virginia on Tuesday to get an update from the alliance’s only command in North America and discuss the creation of a quick-reaction force in Europe.

Officials from the military committee are visiting NATO’s Allied Command Transformation through Wednesday.

The Norfolk-based command serves as a type of think tank for the alliance and looks for ways to address current and emerging threats impacting the 28-nation alliance. The committee’s visit to the command occurs once a year. While the discussions are classified, NATO officials said they would focus on developments from a recent NATO summit in Wales, an initiative that calls for interoperable forces as well as the planned quick-reaction force that’s intended to counter Russian aggression in eastern Europe.

“We must make sure that all the nations are aligned with those projects and this is a unique occasion we have to do that in a very open, very frank manner,” said French Air Force General Jean Paul-Palomeros, NATO ACT’s supreme commander.

Details of the quick-reaction force will be worked out in February at a NATO ministerial meeting, but it is expected to consist of 4,000 to 5,000 troops. Among other things, NATO officials are still working out where those troops will be located.

The military committee is made up of senior military officers from each NATO member and is the primary source of military advice to NATO’s civilian decision-making bodies – the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group.

Along with the spearhead force, the Readiness Action Plan approved by President Barack Obama and leaders of the 27 other allied nations includes stepped-up intelligence sharing, an upgrade of defense plans and more military exercises on short notice.

“This is an important event for the military committee because it ensures that the decisions taken by the heads of states and government taken at the Wales summit last month are properly operationalized and we stay focused on our work,” said Danish Army General Knud Bartels, chairman of the military committee, at a news conference at Allied Command Transformation headquarters.

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Is the world getting tired of bitcoin? The popular but controversial cryptocurrencys price rose slowly on Monday, after falling to an 11-month low over the weekend.

Experts say the price drop is a sign that investors looking to make a quick buck are losing interest, but that might not be a bad thing for bitcoin. Its price plunge the currency lost more than 18 percent of its value on Sunday ended after buyers scooped up $7.8 million worth of bitcoins that were selling for $300 each on Bitstamp’s exchange Monday morning, according to CoinDesk, a bitcoin resource and news site.

All the guys who are in it for the money in the short term are getting bored. Theyre losing their patience with bitcoin, which is a good thing for people who want to see it catch on as a currency, Lars Holdgaard, a software developer and former director of the Danish Bitcoin Foundation, said.

The buzz surrounding bitcoin piqued the interest of investors and the mainstream media last year, driving the digital currencys price to over $1,100 a unit in November, and again in December. EBay CEO John Donahoe called it the future of online payments before announcing that the companys mobile transaction service, PayPal Here, would allow users to spend bitcoin at participating merchants in September.

PayPals involvement gave bitcoin a brief boost, but it has continued to fall in value since late last year. The global market is still trying to determine what the value of a bitcoin should be, and as some investors sell off large swathsof them, bitcoin miners use powerful computer rigs to release more online.

It’s worth remembering that the currency is still inflating, and will do so for many years to come. So new coins constantly come onto the market that must be soaked up by new demand, according to Mike Hearn, a software developer and former Google engineer who says he now devotes most of his time to bitcoin. Volatility, he added, “has been ‘normal’ for bitcoin so far — giant spikes in price caused by press cycles, followed by quieter periods in which the price slowly falls until it steadies out.”

Despite its price volatility,bitcoin hasbecome popular for Asianslooking for ways to avoid taxes and fees like the 10 percent charged by Western Union for money transfers. Bitcoin also faces a major obstacle in its regulation:Russia plans to ban bitcoins use for payments much like China has, preventing financial institutions from dealing with it in the mainland. Strict regulations could halt bitcoin’s development, Holdgaard said, but if history has taught us anything, it is that “technology usually prevails.”

And while some short-term investors may be losing interest, Tokyo-based angel investor Roger Ver said that bitcoin’s lowest price on Sunday was more than double its value a year ago.While government bans and price volatility are some of bitcoins biggest obstacles, it was “still the cheapest and fastest way to send and receive money, no matter the price,” he said on Twitter early Monday morning.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenburg is the first secretary-general to hail from an alliance nation that borders Russia. Photo: NATO

At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of one of the West’s biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Former two-term Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg started work Wednesday as NATO’s secretary-general, the 13th in the trans-Atlantic organization’s 65-year existence. And the key question is whether his consensus-building style will be more effective in tamping down the Ukraine conflict and other flashpoints than the hard talk of his predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

“I expect more moderate language, and that he will try to keep the dialogue open,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, an independent Norwegian research institution.

To allies like Germany, the expectation of a dial-back of the rhetoric from Rasmussen a former conservative Danish prime minister was one factor arguing in Stoltenberg’s favor.

Last month, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, though squarely blaming the Kremlin for the continued crisis over Ukraine, said: “I found that some things that came out of Brussels, from NATO headquarters, in these last few weeks weren’t always helpful.”

Stoltenberg was unanimously chosen as Rasmussen’s successor by NATO’s policymaking North Atlantic Council in March. It was a pick that won swift if tentative approval from Putin, who had dealt with Stoltenberg when the 55-year-old Norwegian headed the left-of-center government of one of Russia’s neighboring countries.

“We have very good relations, including personal relations,” Putin said in an interview on Russian state television last spring. “This is a very serious, responsible person, but we’ll see how our relations develop with him in his new position.”

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By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO's new leader offered an olive branch to Russia on Wednesday, saying he saw no contradiction between a strong alliance and building a constructive relationship with Moscow. Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who took over on Wednesday as NATO secretary-general, struck a more conciliatory tone towards Moscow than his Danish predecessor …

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New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives for his first day of work at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. A two-time prime minister, Stoltenberg became a recognizable face on the international scene with his dignified response to the twin terror attacks that killed 77 people in Norway in July 2011. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)(The Associated Press)

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives for his first day of work at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. A two-time prime minister, Stoltenberg became a recognizable face on the international scene with his dignified response to the twin terror attacks that killed 77 people in Norway in July 2011. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)(The Associated Press)

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, shakes hands with NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow as he arrives for his first day of work at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. A two-time prime minister, Stoltenberg became a recognizable face on the international scene with his dignified response to the twin terror attacks in Norway in July 2011. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)(The Associated Press)

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, walks with NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow as he arrives for his first day of work at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. A two-time prime minister, Stoltenberg became a recognizable face on the international scene with his dignified response to the twin terror attacks in Norway in July 2011. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)(The Associated Press)

Incoming NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a first media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Former two-term Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg started work Wednesday as NATO’s secretary-general, the 13th in the trans-Atlantic organization’s 65-year existence. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)(The Associated Press)

BRUSSELS At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of one of the West’s biggest adversaries: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Former two-term Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg started work Wednesday as NATO’s secretary-general, the 13th in the trans-Atlantic organization’s 65-year existence. And the key question is whether his consensus-building style will be more effective in tamping down the Ukraine conflict and other flashpoints than the hard talk of his predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

“I expect more moderate language, and that he will try to keep the dialogue open,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, an independent Norwegian research institution.

To allies like Germany, the expectation of a dial-back of the rhetoric from Rasmussen a former conservative Danish prime minister was one factor arguing in Stoltenberg’s favor.

Last month, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, though squarely blaming the Kremlin for the continued crisis over Ukraine, said: “I found that some things that came out of Brussels, from NATO headquarters, in these last few weeks weren’t always helpful.”

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Sea Shepherd activists being arrested for obstructing a whale hunt in the Faroe Islands. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

An Australian filmmaker arrested in a Faroe Islands protest has described as horrendous apilot whale hunt she was trying to prevent.

Krystal Keynes, 28, was driving a Sea Shepherd speedboat, donated to the campaign by US actor Charlie Sheen, when she was chased down by the Danish navy.

Ms Keynes, from Exmouth in Western Australia, said she was brought ashore under arrest and marched past whales killed in the local community’s “grind”, or whale hunt.

“We were led past a pile of dead whales, and the people who did it were walking around with their children, laughing and joking,” Ms Keynes told Fairfax Media.

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“It was one of the most horrendous things I’ve ever seen in my whole life. It’s as ifthe Faroese live in a bubble where this is all right.”

The WA woman was among activists attempting to end the controversial tradition in the North Atlantic islands.

The hunt involves men in small boats herding passing pilot whales onshore at outlying islands of the Danish dependency. The whale meat is eaten.

The activists claim to have driven three pods of pilot whales away from the islands successfully until last Saturday when a large pod was surrounded.

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On Saturday, fourteen members of the animal rights activist group Sea Shepard were arrested on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic, after attempting to stop the slaughter of 33 pilot whales.

Locally, the culling of the whales is known as a grind, and Operation GrindStop was initiated to save more than 1,000 pilot whales, which are among the largest members of the dolphin family. In a practice which Sea Shepherd refers to as being a brutal and archaic mass slaughter, Faroe Islands fishermen herd the cetaceans into a bay using flotillas, and then hack them to death with hooks and knives. Many locals defend the hunt as being their cultural right.

Lamya Essemlali, president of Sea Shepherd France, commented, the 14 have been under arrest since Saturday, and three of our boats have also been seized. The Faroe Islands are under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Danish Armed Forces Arctic Command stepped in to commandeer the boats.

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The B.S. Sheen was one of the boats seized on Saturday, which is sponsored by Charlie Sheen. The actor said in a statement, The Faroese whalers brutally slaughtered an entire pod of 33 pilot whales today several generations taken from the sea and Denmark is complicit in the killing.

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has also been involved in Operation GrindStop, and commented, This is not for survival. There are very few things that happen like this that are so brutal. We have to put this behind us and move on, and let the whales swim freely. And I think its much more important for us in the future to save our oceans and the biodiversity of our oceans that the whales are very important to.

According to Sea Shepherd, 267 pilot whales were killed in a single grind in 2013 near the Faroese town of Fuglafjorour.

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Photographer: Karen Lagcao Grano/CCEDK Crypto Coins Exchange Denmark ApS via Bloomberg

Denmark is about to get a new Bitcoin exchange, promising future clients a crime-free platform on which to trade the virtual currency.

The CCEDK Crypto Coins Exchange Denmark ApS, which is due to open this month, is offering its trading platform to people across the globe, Chief Executive Officer Ronny Boesing said in an interview. The exchange will initially provide customers with the possibility to trade Bitcoin and Litecoin against each other, as well as in exchange for Danish and Norwegian kroner, British pounds, dollars and euros.

Safety has emerged as a key theme in determining Bitcoins fate as a viable payment form. The software was at the center of a money laundering scandal in January, when Bitcoin Foundation Vice Chairman Charlie Shrem was charged by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for allegedly attempting to sell the crypto-currency to narcotics traffickers. He denied the charges in April. The trial starts in September. Bitcoin then suffered a further setback in February when Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy in Japan after it couldnt account for 850,000 units of the virtual currency.

Our strongest selling point will be that clients will know where we are, that the jurisdiction is Danish and that theres complete transparency, Boesing said. We link to our lawyer on our website in case anyone feels they need one.

The European Banking Authority in December cautioned against using Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, noting that no specific regulatory protections exist that would cover you for losses if a platform that exchanges or holds your virtual currencies fails or goes out of business.

Boesing said his exchange will operate as if it were overseen by a financial watchdog, because there could be a decision to regulate this kind of business in the future. We are also ready for that.

Denmarks Financial Supervisory Authority said in December it was looking into the need for regulation. Michael Landberg, the watchdogs chief legal adviser, said then the most likely outcome would be an amendment to existing financial legislation so that we have regulation covering it. Danish regulators will seek to follow the mainstream, he said, adding it just needs to be regulated.

Bitcoin has already encountered some hurdles in Scandinavia. A number of the regions biggest banks have distanced themselves from the payment form and rejected requests from clients seeking to set up accounts amid concern the software could be used to aid crime.

SEB AB (SEBA), the Nordic regions largest currency trader, cited large uncertainties surrounding Bitcoins status, in a January interview. The bank said then it wont offer transactions, accounts or currency exchange services in Bitcoin for that reason. Nordea Bank AB (NDA), Scandinavias biggest lender, said the same month it wont offer any services related to trading Bitcoin and is advising clients of the risks associated with the payment form.

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NATO air strength triples in Baltic states
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