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Russian planes conduct ‘aggressive’ passes of US warship in Baltic Sea

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Two Russian warplanes have flown simulated attack passes near a US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea, the US military says, with one official describing the incident as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory.

The US military released recordings and photographs indicating Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft flying across the bow of the destroyer in the latest of many recent cases the White House said were unsafe and unprofessional.

The US military said the action had the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident that could cause serious injury or death.

“There have been repeated incidents over the past year where the Russian military, including Russian military aircraft, have come close enough … to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns,” spokesman Josh Earnest said.

“This incident … is entirely inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries operating in proximity to each other in international water and international airspace.”

The repeated flights, which also happened near the ship a day earlier, were so close they created wake in the water, with 11 passes, a defence official said.

The planes carried no visible weaponry, the official said.

A Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter also made seven passes around the USS Donald Cook, taking pictures.

The nearest Russian territory was about 70 nautical miles away in its enclave of Kaliningrad, which sits between Lithuania and Poland.

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Nepali worker dies in Malaysia

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DARCHULA –Tara Singh Dhami, 35, of Malikarjun Rural Municipality-3 has died in Malaysia.

Dhami was found dead near a hotel at 4 am on Thursday, Dhami’s family source said. He had gone to Malaysia three years back for foreign employment.

Dhami’s uncle Dharam Singh Dhami said how and in what circumstances Tara died is yet to known.

Tara was the only bread-winner in the family and his death has left the family devastated. Dhami is survived by two sons of 8 and 4 years and a three-year-old daughter.

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