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US warship crosses Bosphorus towards Black Sea

A United States warship crossed Turkey's Bosphorus Strait Friday, headed towards the Black Sea, as tensions simmer over Ukraine's Crimea region. A coastguard boat was seen escorting the guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, an AFP photographer saw. The US Navy said in a statement on Thursday that the ship was bound for the Black Sea to conduct military exercises with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces. According to the Montreux Convention, warships of countries which do not border the Black Sea can only stay in the waters for 21 days.

US warship crosses Bosphorus towards Black Sea

A United States warship crossed Turkey's Bosphorus Strait Tuesday, headed towards the Black Sea, as tensions simmer over Ukraine's Crimea region. A coastguard boat was seen escorting the guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, an AFP photographer saw. The US Navy said in a statement on Thursday that the ship was bound for the Black Sea to conduct military exercises with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces. According to the Montreux Convention, warships of countries which do not border the Black Sea can only stay in the waters for 21 days.

Curious crowds disrupt Istanbul's new Europe-Asia rail service

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turks intrigued by Istanbul's new underwater rail line linking Europe and Asia are overcrowding trains by riding to and fro under the Bosphorus, forcing closure of one station and causing delays by pressing emergency stop buttons, state railways said. The service was also hit by a brief power cut in the morning rush hour, prompting television footage of passengers walking through the tunnel next to a stationary train.

Blackout in Turkey tunnel just day after opening

Rail passengers using Turkey's new tunnel under the Bosphorus had to walk part of their journey Wednesday when an electricity failure briefly halted services, just a day after its grand opening. The 13.6-kilometre (8.5 mile) undersea tunnel in Istanbul -- the world's first linking two continents -- was inaugurated with great fanfare on Tuesday as the government's "project of the century". But a power cut forced passengers to leave the train and walk on the tracks, the Dogan news agency said, before the problem was fixed and services resumed within a few minutes.

Blackout in Turkey sea tunnel just day after opening

Rail passengers using Turkey's new tunnel under the Bosphorus had to walk part of their journey Wednesday when an electricity failure briefly halted services, just a day after its grand opening. The 13.6-kilometre (8.5 mile) undersea tunnel in Istanbul -- the world's first linking two continents -- was inaugurated with great fanfare on Tuesday as the government's "project of the century". But a power cut forced passengers to leave the train and walk on the tracks, a transport ministry official said, before the problem was fixed and services resumed within a few minutes.

Turkey inaugurates world's deepest railway tunnel under Bosphorus

Istanbul, Oct 29 (EFE).- Turkey inaugurated a railway tunnel under the Bosphorus on Tuesday, linking Asia and Europe. The project, in which Spanish companies played an important role, is being used by Turkey to mark its 90th anniversary as a republic. The 13.6-kilometer (8.4-mile) tunnel, which has a 1.4-kilometer (0.86-mile) underwater segment, is the first railway link between Europe and Asia south of Russia, and it provides a direct link with the Near East via Iran.

Turkey fulfils sultan's dream with opening of Bosphorus tunnel

Turkey on Tuesday formally opened the world's first sea tunnel connecting two continents, fulfilling a sultan's dream 150 years ago in a three-billion-euro mega project driven by the Islamic-rooted government. The 13.6-kilometre (8.5 mile) long tunnel linking Istanbul's European and Asian sides includes an immersed tube tunnel which officials say is the world's deepest at 60 metres (nearly 200 feet) below the seabed.

Turkey realizes Ottoman dream with rail tunnel linking Europe to Asia

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey opened the world's first underwater rail link between two continents on Tuesday, connecting Asia and Europe and allowing Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to realize a project dreamt up by Ottoman sultans more than a century ago. The engineering feat spans 13 km (8 miles) to link Europe with Asia some 60 meters below the Bosphorus Strait. Called the Marmaray, it will carry subway commuters in Europe's biggest city and eventually serve high-speed and freight trains.

Abe, Erdogan open undersea subway in Istanbul

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening ceremony Tuesday of a subway system under Istanbul's Bosporus Strait that was partly financed by Japanese yen loans. After the ceremony, Abe and Erdogan boarded the first train and rode from the Asian side to the European side of the city. Japan extended around 153.3 billion yen in development assistance loans for the project, which broke ground in 2004.

Turkey formally opens Bosphorus sea tunnel

Turkey on Tuesday formally opened a tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait, the world's first underwater link between two continents. The ambitious construction project -- dubbed "the project of the century" by the government -- links Istanbul's European and Asian sides and cost around three billion euros ($4.1 billion). ba/ric/txw
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