The U.S. and Canadian militaries unveiled new measures Thursday designed to show Western resolve in the face of the ongoing Ukraine crisis and signal concrete support for other vulnerable eastern European countries. Ottawa announced that it would send six warplanes to Poland, while Washington said it would keep a detachment of 12 F-16 fighters in the country through the end of the year.
The USS Bonhomme Richard is steaming toward the site of the South Korean passenger ship Sewol, which sank roughly 60 miles offshore after running aground in shallow water Wednesday morning, authorities said. The emergency has sparked a scramble to save as many of the 450 people who were on board as possible. At least four are dead and some 284 passengers -- many of the children -- remain unaccounted for, raising fears that they may be trapped below the Sewol's deck as it takes on water.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to the widespread and controversial use of drones that can find lurking insurgents and allow U.S. troops to hunt them down. But in addition to concerns about civilian casualties, unarmed surveillance drones are not always available quickly enough to assist U.S. troops when they need them. It's common for U.S. forces to wait at least 10 or 15 minutes for U.S. aircraft or drones to arrive after they're called -- crucial time when pinned down under gunfire.
The more than 20 countries involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are now pinning their hopes on a 17-foot robotic submarine that can scan and map the depths of the seafloor for possible wreckage. But it's no sure thing the sub will find the plane, which is believed to have crashed more than a month ago in the Indian Ocean.
To hear Ukraine tell it, you'd think their fledgling new government is full of crack spy hunters rooting out every Russian mole and agitator from Kiev to Kharkiv. Ukraine's main security agency, the SBU, has been keeping a running tally of all the Russian provocateurs who've been discovered or captured in the past month. The list includes an alleged "espionage ring of the military intelligence of the Russian Federation," a Russian and three Ukrainians who were preparing to hand over computer hard drives to Russia's security service, and a Russian woman attempting to "destabilize the situation in the southern regions of Ukraine." An SBU Web site shows what appears to be the woman's social media page, where she poses in combat fatigues while sporting an assault rifle.