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West rejects Putin's claim it sabotaged Baltic gas pipelines

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging Russia-built natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to Germany, a charge vehemently denied by the United States and its allies. Nordic nations said the undersea blasts that damaged the pipelines this week and have led to huge methane leaks involved several hundred pounds of explosives.

In this photo provided by the Armed Forces of Denmark, the crew in a helicopter of the Armed Forces monitors the gas leak, in the Baltic Sea, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (Rune Dyrholm/Armed Forces of Denmark via AP)

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ANALYSIS | Russia's war in Ukraine reaches a critical moment

As Russia's war in Ukraine enters a flammable, even more dangerous phase, analysis from the Associated Press on CTVNews.ca looks at whether a wider war is looming with devastating results for the world, perhaps not seen since 1939-1945.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as Leonid Pasechnik, leader of self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, left, and Denis Pushilin, leader of self-proclaimed of the Donetsk People's Republic, right, stand near him during celebrations marking the incorporation of regions of Ukraine to join Russia in Red Square with the Spasskaya Tower on the right, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (Sergei Karpukhin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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REMEMBERING THE QUEEN

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is carried on the day of the state funeral in London. (Phil Noble/Pool/Reuters)

KING CHARLES III

King Charles III places the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II, held at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Monday Sept. 19, 2022. (Jonathan Brady/Pool Photo via AP)