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Russian military officials say their long-range bombers will expand regular patrols to the Arctic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico.  This comes after NATO reports an increase in Russian military flights over the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Black, Baltic, and North seas. 

The European Leadership Network has issued a report saying there has been an increase in military encounters between Russia and NATO since Ukraine's Crimea region was annexed in March.  Of the nearly 40 incidents, three carried what the think tank called a high probability of triggering a direct military confrontation. 

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