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Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

Turkish President Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey,By Daren Butler and Maria Tsvetkova ISTANBUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow not to "play with fire" on Friday, citing reports Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia, while Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey. Relations between the former Cold War antagonists are at their lowest in recent memory after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border on Tuesday. Russia has threatened economic retaliation, a response Erdogan has dismissed as emotional and indecorous.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:14:38 -0500
Suicide bomber hits Shi'ite procession in Nigeria's Kano state

A male suicide bomber hit a procession of Shi'ite Muslims in Nigeria's Kano state as they walked to the city of Zaria to pay homage to their founder in the country, security sources and a Shi'ite leader said. Muhammad Turi said that 21 people had been killed and more wounded. The blast went off at around 2 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) near the village of Dakozoye outside the town of Garum Mallam, south of Nigeria's second city Kano.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:14:59 -0500
Ringleader of Paris attacks planned more strikes, mocked open borders: sources

The ringleader behind the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris had plans to strike Jewish targets and to disrupt schools and the transport system in France, according to sources close to the investigation. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national of Moroccan origin, also boasted of the ease with which he had re-entered Europe from Syria via Greece two months earlier, exploiting the confusion of the migrant crisis and the continent's passport-free Schengen system, the sources said on Friday. The witness statement, quoted in the Valeurs Actuelles weekly magazine, describes how Abaaoud approached his cousin Hasna Ait Boulahcen two days after the killing spree asking her to hide him while he prepared further attacks.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:39:56 -0500
Belgium charges sixth suspect over Paris attacks

Belgium has charged a sixth suspect with terrorist offences over the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris after a series of house searches in Brussels and southern Belgium on Thursday. Federal prosecutors said on Friday that they had charged a man detained in Brussels with terrorist murders and participation in the activities of a terrorist group. Belgium is still hunting Brussels-based Salah Abdeslam, whose brother blew himself up in Paris and who called up a friend from Paris on the night of the attacks seeking a lift back to Brussels.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:26:25 -0500
Putin says to keep cooperating with U.S.-led coalition over Syria

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference after a meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande at the Kremlin in MoscowBy Denis Pinchuk and Elizabeth Pineau MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will keep cooperating with the United States and its partners to fight Islamic State in Syria, but that cooperation will be in jeopardy if there are any repeats of Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet, Russia's Vladimir Putin said. Speaking after talks in the Kremlin with French President Francois Hollande, Putin voiced lingering anger at Turkey's actions, saying he viewed the downing of the jet as an act of betrayal by a country Moscow had thought was its friend.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:54:30 -0500
France pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks

French President Francois Hollande stands in front of members of French government, French officials and guests during a ceremony to pay a national homage to the victims of the Paris attacks at Les Invalides monument in ParisFrance paid tribute on Friday to the 130 mostly young people killed while they were enjoying themselves in Paris two weeks ago by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in the most deadly attacks the nation has seen since World War Two. The militant group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks, which targeted cafes, restaurants, a sports stadium and a rock concert. A majority were under 35 and they came from all over France and from 17 other countries.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:03:30 -0500
Calls for protection after Venezuela opposition leader shot

An activist of the opposition Primero Justicia or Justice First political party, wearing yellow T-shirt, explains to a woman how to vote in the next congressional, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. An opposition leader was shot to death Wednesday while campaigning for next week's congressional elections in Venezuela, members of his political party said. The shooting took place in the central town of Altagracia de Orituco, said the leader of the Democratic Action Party, Carolos Prosperi. He said he heard gunshots as the rally was breaking up and the town's party leader Luis Manuel Diaz, was hit. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) The United Nations Human Rights commissioner is calling on Venezuela to protect opposition leaders following the shooting death of a politician campaigning against the ruling socialist party ahead of next week's elections.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:53:30 -0500
U.S.'s Biden, Italy's Renzi discuss fight against Islamic State: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi discussed counterterrorism efforts and the common fight to defeat the militant group Islamic State during a meeting in Italy on Friday, the White House said. Biden and Renzi also discussed the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, energy security and other global issues, the White House added in a statement. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:53:13 -0500
Russia suspends visa-free travel with Turkey

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to the media during a news conference with Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW (AP) Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:49:25 -0500
Queen Elizabeth II opens Commonwealth meeting in Malta

Britain Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech in front of the heads of government at the opening of the CHOGM (Commonwealth heads of Government meeting) in Valletta, Malta, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The summit is expected to deal with climate change, the threat of extremist violence and other issues. AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VALLETTA, Malta (AP) Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta a meeting that will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:48:23 -0500
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