Crimean takeover gives Russia vast Black Sea oil, gas reserves

Posted: May 18, 2014 at 4:28 a.m.

When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.

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Lawless borders spur West African summit

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, left shakes hands with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, right, as French President Francois Hollande, center, looks on upon his arrival for the "Paris' Security in Nigeria summit", at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Leaders from Africa as well as officials from the United States, Britain and France meet to coordinate a response to Boko Haram, the fundamentalist group that abducted more than 300 girls and is accused of hundreds of deaths in the past year alone. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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