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Patrols of Arctic seas by Russian warships will begin later this week, a naval spokesman said, in the Kremlin's latest move to widen the projection of its military might. Russia has staked claims to undersea mineral resources in that region, but its vessels haven't patrolled there since the breakup of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago. Last August, Russia resumed long-range flights by its bombers and in December it sent aircraft carriers into the Mediterranean Sea.

Three British Muslims accused of conspiracy in a plot to blow up commercial flights over the Atlantic Ocean pleaded guilty Monday. They also admitted to distributing videos that threatened attacks in Britain. Two codefendants pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. The unraveling of the plan in August 2006 led to new restrictions on liquids and gels that airline passengers may bring aboard. The defendants said they'd intended to highlight "injustices" against Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.


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