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Russian jets probing NATO airspace and supersized war drills are spilling Kremlin military secrets and scaring European nations into stiffening their armed forces.

The alliance said by late October it intercepted more than 100 Russian planes this year, more than three times the number in 2013. A report by the European Leadership Network, a London security research group, termed the incidents a highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles and narrowly avoided mid-air collisions.

Yet there are benefits for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Clearly, every time we come into contact with Russian forces and every time we see their tactics and how they deploy, we do learn about them, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the 28-member NATOs top military commander, said in Tallinn on Nov. 19. They are just happening more often and occasionally, the size of the activities is larger.

A worsening standoff is pitting Europe and the U.S. against Russia over Ukraine in the biggest crisis since the Cold Wars end 25 years ago. Even German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier — a persistent proponent of dialog — said on Nov. 18 after shuttle diplomacy in Kiev and Moscow, that he sees little reason for optimism.

The rapid mobilization of 20,000 to 40,000 Russian troops at the Ukrainian border scared the hell out of NATO, Karl-Heinz Kamp, academic director at the German governments Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin, said by phone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. wants not to humiliate, but to subjugate Russia, in remarks at a Nov. 18 meeting of his Peoples Front party supporters in Moscow.

We had such brilliant politicians like Nikita Khrushchev, who hammered the desk with his shoe at the United Nations, Putin said in an Oct. 24 speech. And the whole world, primarily the United States, and NATO thought: this Nikita is best left alone, he might just go and fire a missile.

Monitoring drills and Russian aircraft flying along NATO or Finnish and Swedish airspace is yielding intelligence on command and control, communications and tactics, said Lukasz Kulesa, research director of the ELN in London and former deputy head of Polands National Security Bureau that advises the Polish president. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden upgraded their alliance ties in September.

A Russian mission that sent planes on the same day to the Baltic, the North Sea and the Black Sea tells us what Russian capabilities have become, Kulesa said by phone. It gives us a much better understanding of Russian readiness and their ability to perform more complex deployments.

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Russias demand that Ukraine guarantee it wont join NATO violates the countrys independence, the head of the alliance said, as the two sides traded accusations over who is fueling the conflict in the ex-Soviet republic.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to arrive in Kiev for talks today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Vladimir Putins government to pull back its troops from inside eastern Ukraine and from the border area. Meanwhile, Russias State Security Council said the U.S. was instigating the fighting.

We call on Russia to stop fueling the conflict, Stoltenberg said in Tallinn, Estonia. He also urged Russia to use all its influence to make sure pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are respecting a Sept. 5 cease-fire that has been broken almost daily.

The Ukrainian crisis has intensified since the pro-Russian rebels in two breakaway regions held Nov. 2 elections that the government in Kiev condemned as illegitimate. Ukraine, the European Union and the U.S. accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting the separatists. Russia denies involvement.

The United Nations cited a total breakdown of law and order in eastern Ukraine and linked Russian fighters to human-rights violations in a report yesterday. It raised its estimation of the death toll there to least 4,317 people, with 9,921 wounded and 466,829 displaced.

The continuing presence of a large amount of sophisticated weaponry, as well as foreign fighters that include servicemen from the Russian Federation, directly affects the human rights situation in the east of Ukraine, according to the UN report posted on the website of human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein. Civilians have continued to be killed, unlawfully detained, tortured and disappeared.

The conflict has unnerved countries in Europes former communist east, with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite saying that Putin is pushing Russia to be aggressive, to occupy other regions and to drastically reorganize international security in the world, and especially in Europe.

Were facing a situation in which some of our neighbors are becoming a terrorist country, she said yesterday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday faulted a reckless, nonstop expansion of NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union as undermining European security and contributing to the conflict in Ukraine.

The U.S. was one of the initiators of the conflict in Ukraine, and if they supply weapons there, the conflict will grow, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told reporters in Moscow yesterday.

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Islands are areas of land that are not connected to a continent and are surrounded by water. Small islands are sometimes called cays, keys, or islets. A group of islands is often called an archipelago.

There are two main type of islands; continental islands and oceanic islands. Continental islands are part of a continental shelf. One example of this is Great Britain is an island that sits on the continental shelf of Europe. Oceanic islands are islands that don’t sit on a continental shelf. Many oceanic islands are formed by undersea volcanoes like Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.

Below are some of the major islands in the world:

Greenland

Greenland is by far the world’s largest island that is not a continent. It covers 822,706 square miles which is more than double the second largest island, New Guinea. For such a large island, Greenland only has a population of around 56,000 people making it one of the least densely populated places in the world. This is because most of Greenland is covered by a sheet of ice. Greenland is part of the continent of North America, but politically has generally been part of Europe through the country of Denmark.

Great Britain

Great Britain is the ninth largest island in the world and is the largest island in the British Isles. It is the third most populated island in the world. The British Empire was centered here and at its peak in the 18th to 20th century was the largest empire in the history of the world. It is part of Europe and is located off the northwest coast of France.

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Congressman-elect Cresent Hardy thanks supporters as Republicans gather to celebrate election victories, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Red RockResort.

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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.

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Seated in the posh lobby of the Capitol Hill Hotel just blocks away from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Cresent Hardy was tired, but excited.

Nevada’s newest member of Congress was in the middle of a whirlwind seven days of orientation, learning what it takes to be a federal lawmaker. He’d collected stacks of paper listing guidelines for ethics, rules for overseas trips and strict security procedures for his office computers. He needs to hire staff for his tiny, fourth-floor congressional office and is collecting resumes for his team back in Nevada.

But above all else, Hardy is focused on how he can use his blend of Tea Party conservatism and pragmatic libertarianism to lift government’s burden on Nevadans.

“On conservative measures, you won’t find anybody more conservative than I am,” said Hardy, a former Assemblyman who won a surprise election Nov. 4 to represent central Nevada and North Las Vegas. “I’m about as far right as you can get on the issues.”

“But I’m a realist,” he added, explaining he’ll work with whoever shares his views.

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NATO dispatched fighter jets to intercept a Russian IL-20 military surveillance plane over the Baltic Sea today, the third such incident this week.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organizations CF-18 Hornet fighters, Canadian jets based in Lithuania, confronted the Russian aircraft over international waters near Latvias border, the Latvian army said on Twitter. A Russian navy tanker ship was also observed 11.6 nautical miles from Latvian waters yesterday, the army said in a separate Twitter post, the vessels second sighting near the maritime border in the past three days.

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The encounters have added to growing strains between Russia and the military alliance over the conflict in Ukraine. Russian warplanes and ships have increased their activity across the Baltic Sea from St. Petersburg to the Kaliningrad exclave that borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

The alliance pledged in September to bolster the defenses of frontline states in eastern Europe in response to what it said was Russian involvement in Ukraine. NATO interceptions of Russian military planes over the Baltic more than doubled in 2014 from last year, rising to 112 before yesterday, the news service BNS reported, citing Lithuanias Defense Ministry. That compares with 47 such incidents in 2013 and 44 in 2012.

NATO jets also intercepted a Russian IL-20 yesterday and a Su-27 fighter plane on Nov. 17 after four similar incidents last week.

President Vladimir Putin said in a TV interview with German broadcaster ARD on Nov. 16 that Russian planes and ships dont violate European borders and that military exercises take place exclusively in international waters and over international airspace.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ott Ummelas in Tallinn at oummelas@bloomberg.net; Milda Seputyte in Vilnius at mseputyte@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net Paul Abelsky, James Kraus

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Fans of bitcoin tout the digital currency as secure, anonymous and efficient. But wildly fluctuating exchange rates and charges recently in an alleged bitcoin Ponzi scheme in North Texas have put a spotlight on bitcoins risks.

Tyler Moore is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Southern Methodist University and he joins KERA’s Justin Martin for a conversation on bitcoin.

Interview Highlights: Tyler Moore …

… On bitcoinand cryptocurrency:

“Bitcoin is a currency just like dollars or euros or pounds, but its completely digital so theres no paper equivalent. To do that, you need to have some rules in place so that people cant willy-nilly copy the bits and steal each others bitcoins so thats where the crypto comes in you have some cryptography to protect against double spending and sort of enforce the rules of the system.”

… On how to acquire bitcoin:

“So theres two main ways – the more esoteric way is to mine bitcoins, but if youre new to bitcoin the most common way is to go to a currency exchange, just like you would when you enter a new country, go the airport, go to the exchange, and provide your dollars and get whatever currency youd like. You can get to an online currency exchange and pay your dollars and whatever the current market rate is theyll give you the equivalent in bitcoin.”

… On bitcoin’s value:

“Its like any other digital commodity in that it finds its value in the people who use it. Which is one reason we see these huge fluctuations in that there can be wildly differing demands for the currency at a given time.”

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QUINCY (CBS) A poor sense of direction likely saved the lives of several dozen sea turtles this weekend.

In recent days 45 sea turtles washed ashore beaches on Cape Cod. The young turtles dont yet know how to properly make their migration, and as a result they were stranded.

They get on the north side of the Cape. Navigation is tricky, New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told WBZ NewsRadio 1030s Karen Twomey.

Theyve got land on three sides and they have to swim north 25 miles to then begin swimming south. And because theyre young they dont figure that out often.

The turtles were brought to New England Aquariums turtle hospital. (Karen Twomey/WBZ)

LaCasse said turtle rescues from Cape Cod are a regular occurrence this time of year. According to the aquariums website, each November 25-150 young sea turtles are rescued.

After being rescued, the turtles are brought to the New England Aquariums turtle hospital, where they are placed in warming tanks to help get them back to full health.

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi joked that he couldn’t possibly compare Australia’s beaches with Italy’s.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi joked that he couldn’t possibly compare Australia’s beaches with those of his home country as he toured a Sydney factory.

On the final day of his visit Down Under for the G20 summit, NSW Attorney-General and local MP Brad Hazzard told him he had to check out Sydney’s beautiful coastline.

But the Italian leader said he was afraid of speaking too highly of his host’s beaches in case it cost him popularity back home.

“I can’t disclose with you about the quality of the beaches in Italy and in Australia because Italian people can vote,” he said to laughs at the Prysmian plant in Dee Why on Sydney’s northern beaches.

But he did describe Sydney as “one of the most beautiful places around the world”.

Also giving a speech, Mr Hazzard described Italy and Australia as “great friends” and praised the “spirit” and “dedication” of the Italian immigrants who now call Australia home.

The pair were speaking as they visited the Prysmian plant, which employs more than 500 workers in Australia and has partnered the government for the NBN project.

Earlier on Monday, Mr Renzi went to see major construction work on a section of Sydney’s North West Rail Link and Kellyville Station, which is being built by Italian-based consortium Salini Impregilo.

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NATO fighter jets intercepted two Russian military airplanes over the Baltic Sea, adding to a string of incidents amid a confrontation over Ukraine between the U.S., European Union and Russia.

Eurofighter Typhoons based in the Baltic region intercepted two Russian Su-27 fighter planes, Latvias army said today on its Twitter account. The encounter took place over neutral waters near Latvias territorial seas, it said.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization late last month tracked Russian military planes that included fighter jets, long-range bombers and tankers over the Baltic region, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean for three days. Interceptions have increased three-fold from last year, it said.

Russia is engaged in dangerous brinkmanship toward NATO and Nordic nations in its military moves, with almost 40 incidents of incursions and close encounters since March, the European Leadership Network, a security research group, said on Nov. 10.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ott Ummelas in Tallinn at oummelas@bloomberg.net

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You arenevergoing to master search engine optimization, (SEO). You arenevergoing to masterlocalSEO, (LSEO). To be resilient within the marketplace of SEO, youve got to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. You must say to yourself, I will be comfortable with change.

SEO is a constantly on the move; changing, growing, evolvinginto what some may feel is a, well, a beast. Every search engine has a different algorithm. Of course, Google is considered the go-to SEO, a, beast, especiallysince its the most popular search engine in the worldand Google is notoriously secretive about how their algorithm really works. Sure, Matt Cutts (Googles webspam head honcho), is quick to dole out advice on his blog (especially with every new update), but youre neverreallygoing to know all the nuances of Panda. (Hey, even though we have rolled out Panda 4.0, lets re-roll out Panda 3 point whatever and scare the *** out of everyone.)

But this doesnt mean you cant stay informed, follow the best practices that have been established, and use a little common sense to see where SEO is headed. As 2014 winds down, its time to start planning your strategy for SEO in 2015. What has the era of mobile readiness, responsive design and a revival of, going local, done for the future of SEO? Quite a lot actually, and many websites are already behind.

There are SEO strategies for websites, then there are SEO strategies for mobile websitesand theyre not necessarily the same. For example, the page load speed of a site is admittedly (by Google) part of what determines a sites rankings. Its more common for sites to load slower on mobile devices compared to desktop. Prioritize page load speed in both desktop and mobile realms to keep your SEO game fresh. Prioritize your websites advantages on mobile. I say, Mobile is a Must priority for 2015.

As a major eCommerce company, you probably dont normally adopt LSEO best practices. Thats a mistake going into 2015. People enjoy supporting local, and sometimes theyll even do it when its cheaper, easier and faster to buy a product from a mega corporation. Make sure to pepper some LSEO into your websites, whether its focusing on some major metros, where the company is headquartered, or the home state of the founders. Check out Facebook in the last few weeks and look how many posts are saying to friends, lets buy local and from the self-employed, from your neighbor who sells online Lets give back to the community this Christmas.

You may not even realize youre engaging in black hat tricksmaybe theres a hidden, poor link left over from an earlier SEO expert in your site or theres duplicate copy you dont know about. Hire a reputable SEO agency to comb through your site and sniff out any black hat tricks. Maybe you havent been caught yet, or maybe you have been caught, and your rankings are suffering, but you havent really realize it yet. As algorithms become more sophisticated in 2015, the fallout from black hat tricks will get more severe, as they should. (These hat tricks are notorious for creating poor customer experience.) eBay was already slapped with a Google penalty for alleged black hat tactics in 2014, and if that giant can get in trouble, so can you.

The importance of content will only continue to growand you may be surprised by the poor content quality on some major eCommerce sites. Many businesses, such as Best Western, opt to have their content re-written each year for all 2,500+ North American properties in order to update their SEO and keep their content current. If you are a major eCommerce site, you can afford to do the same, and if you are a small eCommerce site, you cant affordnotto do the same. Its not a bad plan either way.

Most importantly, watch for those algorithm updates. Experts are guessing that Google is going to start rolling out Panda updates each quarter since thats been their MO for the past year. This means the next one is scheduled for the first of the New Year. Catch up now and get ready to play nice with the big ole Panda when he decides he wants to roll out his eccentric changes.

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Everyman misfit: Samuel T Herring at Shepherds Bush Empire. Photograph: Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images

This year has been a productive one for the lovelorn. The unrequited passions of Sam Smith have transported the Hertfordshire soul man to giddy heights both here and across the Atlantic. Are We There, Sharon Van Ettens slow-burn tales of mutually assured destruction, has lit up the blogosphere.

But perhaps the most heartwarming tale of romantic despair in 2014 has been that of Future Islands, a trio based in Baltimore (for the cheap rents). Their fourth album, Singles the title is playfully polysemic started the year as a cult synth-rock offering and is ending it as communion, with 2,000-odd people dancing like nobodys watching from the stalls to the gods, following the example of frontman Samuel T Herring. We hear most of Singles, a record full of synthetic bittersweetness and yearning, delivered by a frontman who goes in for Cossack head-banging, Italianate hand-gestures and belly-flops on to the stage.

It would be crass to call Herrings antics a shtick, but in the eight months since Future Islands emerged into public consciousness, his shtick has not got old, nor dulled by repetition. Tonight, Herring beats his chest, licks his arm, gyrates like a pole dancer. He shakes the hands of everyone in the front row. During songs such as Tin Man, an older cut, or Fall from Grace, he unleashes gargled screams that recall the Pixies Black Francis. The rest of the time, he acts out the emotions in his songs, which alternate between raw and resolved. Between songs he beams.

Future Islands pack one of those narrative arcs that rekindles your faith in the natural justice of pop. They self-financed the recording of Singles. They were then snapped up by London independent powerhouse 4AD (the National, Grimes) and looked set to do a little more business than last time around On the Water (Thrill Jockey, 2011) when fate pressed the fast-forward button.

This tipping point happened last March, via an appearance on David Lettermans talk show. The trio plus touring drummer performed their single Seasons (Waiting On You). As the band lined up epic, watery synth chords and propulsive bass reminiscent of both the Killers and Underworlds Born Slippy, Herring fixed the cameras with Ian Curtis eyes, unburdened himself of inhibitions and sexy-danced his way into notoriety.

His display one-third motivational speaker, one-third punk rock and one-third supplicating vulnerability quickly became the stuff of tweets and gifs. His hairline (further back than his 30 years would warrant) and dress sense (schoolteacher shopping in hardware store) received the kind of unforgiving scrutiny usually devoted to actresses cellulite.

Naturally, Herring has been carrying on like this in front of audiences for years the band began in 2006; last May they had clocked up more than 900 gigs, according to Q magazine but his antics grabbed thousands of unaffiliated onlookers by the lapels and reintroduced the idea of the everyman misfit as a great pop frontman, absent since Jarvis Cocker left the fray.

This London show is Future Islands biggest ever, notes Herring a fast-talking North Carolinian by birth. He notes many more things throughout the course of one-and-a-half triumphant hours, but its hard to make them out because hes drowned by whistles and cheers. Its the sound of vindication, and it must be music to Future Islands ears.

From their intro tune to the final notes of Spirit, a goth-pop take on Kraftwerk, this band of 2014 come across as fantastically old-fashioned underdogs. Its not just their sound plangent, percolating synth-pop with its roots in the Cure, New Order and the 80s charts. FI come to this bigger stage unadorned. There is no set to speak of, no band name on Mike Lowrys drum kit, nothing fancy save a guest vocalist, Katrina Ford, from support band Celebration, who duets with Herring on Doves and Fall from Grace. Impassive keyboard player Gerrit Welmers stands behind a synth rig so chunky it looks 30 years old. Inscrutable bassist William Cashion only moves his face when his bottle of fizzy drink threatens to douse his instrument. Lowry rattles what look like clacking wooden snakes during the intro to A Song for Our Grandfathers. They are hugely effective, and hugely affecting.

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