World Briefs: Russia starts military drills near east Ukraine

Russia starts military drills near east Ukraine

MOSCOW • Russia has started large-scale military drills on Ukraine's eastern border and around Crimea, in the latest exercises set to rattle Kiev.

The Defence Ministry said 12,500 servicemen are taking part in the drills across its southern military region, which encompasses Russia's volatile North Caucasus and the annexed Crimea region.

The Russian navy in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea are taking part in the exercises, which will last until Saturday.


Mary Rose shipwreck skull goes online in 3D

LONDON • A carpenter's skull recovered from English King Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose, which sank in battle in 1545, can now be viewed in 3D online - allowing the public to see his bad teeth and a head wound.

The skull is part of a collection of 3D scans of human remains, shoes and tools that people who cannot make it to the ship's museum can see on

The interactive images are part of a bigger scientific project on the website aimed at researchers working in the field of bone science.


Fires force over 1,000 to flee Spain's coast

MADRID • Fires that raged around Spain's eastern Costa Blanca resorts have forced more than 1,000 people to flee, emergency services said.

The fires broke out on Sunday afternoon and spread quickly, fuelled by strong winds and dry conditions.

The authorities said they believed people had started the three blazes that ripped through the coast.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe