AirAsia Crew a Major Factor in Crash, Expert Says

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There was a problem with the plane, but crew response was deadly.

The Cloudy Profile of American ISIS Suspects

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After dozens of arrests, few commonalities emerge, report says.

Obama ‘Confident’ US-led Coalition Can ‘Destroy’ ISIS

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The White House(PARIS) — One week after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syria border, President Obama continued his effort to refocus the battle against the Islamic State, while deescalating tensions between Russia and Turkey.

Speaking at a press conference in Paris Tuesday, President Obama said he is “confident” the U.S. and its allies will “continue building momentum” to defeat ISIS.

“I am confident that we can continue building momentum and adding resources to our effort to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,” the president said. He added that the U.S. and its allies are also working to disrupt terror plots and to promote a political solution in Syria.

The president lauded the French people for hosting a major international climate conference this week, calling it a “remarkable display of resolve” just two weeks after the terror attacks that rocked Paris.

“The first place I visited when I arrived on Sunday night was the Bataclan so that I could pay my respects on behalf of the American people who share the French people’s resolve,” he said. “It was a powerful reminder of the awful human toll of those attacks.”

Leaders from around the globe set upon Paris for the highly-publicized summit. But while they may have preferred to discuss carbon emissions, global terrorism dominated the headlines coming from Paris.

Earlier Tuesday, Obama held a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, urging the Turkish leader to “deescalate tensions” between Turkey and Russia.

“I want to be very clear: Turkey is a NATO ally. Along with our allies, the United States supports Turkey’s right to defend itself, and its airspace and its territory, and we’re very much committed to Turkey’s security and its sovereignty,” Obama said after the meeting. “We all have a common enemy and that is ISIL and I want to make sure that we focus on that threat and I want to make sure that we remain focused on the need to bring about some sort of political resolution in Syria.”

Erdogan said Turkey is “willing to resort to diplomatic language” to resolve the tension between his country and Russia.

“We don’t want to invest in tensions. We want to avoid the tensions. We don’t want to get hurt and we don’t want no one to get hurt,” Erdogan said. “We want peace to prevail at all times and we want the peace which will prevail.”

The meeting came one day after Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Royal Renegade Prince Harry: ‘I’m Much Cooler Than My Big Brother’

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Nasief Manie/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — Britain’s Prince Harry told a group of young kids at a correction center in South Africa that he always wanted to be the “bad boy.”

Harry, who has been touring Lesotho and South Africa on behalf of the Queen, toured the Ottery Youth Center in Cape Town and told students he didn’t like school and would have preferred a more down-to-earth school than Eton, the posh private school that educates princes and prime ministers, the best and brightest and the most privileged in British society.

“I didn’t enjoy school at all,” said Harry. “I would have liked to have come to a place like this. When I was at school, I wanted to be a bad boy.”

Harry, the fifth-in-line to the British throne, visited the center, behind barbed wire, which counsels teenagers with troubled backgrounds referred by the courts. Many of the youths have been exposed to gang culture and had no idea who their visitor was.

When Harry asked if any of them knew who he was, many stared at the prince with blank faces, according to ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy who is traveling with Harry in Cape Town.

“My name is Prince Harry, the Queen of England’s grandson, Princess Diana’s son,” he told the crowd. “I came all the way from England. I want to hear all your stories.”

The 31-year-old encouraged the kids to turn away from the lure of gang culture and spoke of the importance of trusting role models.

And without missing a beat, he told the crowd, “If you’ve got an older brother that’s not into gangs, that’s a huge positive. Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones.”

Prince Harry then used the opportunity to joke about his relationship with Prince William.

“I’m a younger brother but I’m much cooler than my older brother,” Harry said.

The head of the program laughed at Harry’s remark, promising Harry they wouldn’t tell Prince William. Harry joked right back, saying it was okay because, “He knows it.”

Harry also visited a woodwork shop at the center where he was presented with a wooden frame showing a photo of Princess Diana hugging Harry as a young child.

Prince Harry, who is often compared to his late mother for his uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of society, also took time out to see one of the poorest townships in Cape Town.

Harry went to Khayelitsha, where most of the residents still live in shacks. It is the second poorest area of South Africa, with crime averaging one murder per day and gave Harry an opportunity to see how many Capetonians still live.

One four-year-old girl was so taken by the prince she cried her eyes out when he left.

Harry also paid a visit to South African Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been battling prostate cancer, was presented by Prince Harry with the Order of the Companion of Honour on behalf of the Queen The medal is presented to individuals who distinguish themselves in service to arts culture and religion.

The Archbishop Emeritus told Harry of his “deep thanks to Her Majesty” and thanked Harry for his work in Lesotho with his charity Sentabale

“I am very touched by your commitment to Lesotho. I taught at the university there and became Bishop of Lesotho,” Archbishop Tutu said. “It has always had a very soft spot in our hearts, just wonderful that you and the English are helping. Thank you very much”
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US Says Russian Jet Violated Turkish Airspace

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Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department said Monday that the United States believes that a Russian jet that was shot down had violated Turkish air space.

“The available information, including evidence from Turkey and our own sources, indicates the Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace,” State Department Spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said Monday. “We also know that the Turks warned the Russian pilots multiple times before the airspace violation to which the Turks received no response.”

That statement marked the first time the U.S. has directly acknowledged the Russian jet had crossed into Turkish territory.

But while the U.S. has acknowledged that Turkey has the right to defend itself, Trudeau called on both sides to “de-escalate.” She was also careful in her language, refusing to directly answer questions about whether Turkey was justified in its actions or if it had used proportional force.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded angrily to the attack, which left one pilot and a member of the rescue team dead. He has called for sanctions on Turkey, and on Monday Russia instituted a ban on food imports.

Turkey is a member of the NATO alliance, meaning the U.S. has an obligation to defend it in a military conflict.

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SpaceX Debris Washes Up Across Atlantic, 14 Months After Launch

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Maritime and Coastguard Agency(LONDON) — The rocket debris that washed up near the British coast last week comes from one of SpaceX’s launches, the company confirmed on Monday.

Initial speculation pointed to the debris possibly being from the company’s failed launch to the International Space Station in June.

Elon Musk’s company is putting the mystery to rest though, telling ABC News on Monday the debris has actually been at sea much longer and comes from the successful CRS-4 mission that launched 14 months ago from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Covered in barnacles and measuring 32 feet by 14 feet, the metal structure has an American flag painted on it. The rocket debris was found bear the Isles of Scilly, which are more than 4,000 miles away from the launch site.

The debris were spotted on the sea’s surface and recovered with the help of local boatmen, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in a statement.

“It was pretty shocking to scrape the barnacles off and then find out it was a rocket ship,” said Joe Thomas, a skipper for Tresco Boat Services who said he came across the metal 100 meters off the shore.

The structure was towed to the beach of the island of Tresco, where it was kept under guard after its discovery.

“It’s not every day a bit of a rocket floats up at home,” Thomas said.

It was not immediately clear what fate awaits the rocket debris now that the mystery has been solved.

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How Bill Gates Could Affect the Solution to Global Warming

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The business leader and philanthropist makes a big announcement during COP21.

Photos: Eerie Abandoned Villages

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Residents fled their homes follow the eruption of Mount Sinabung.

Family of Syrian Boy Washed Up in Turkish Beach to Settle in Canada

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The boy’s father, Abdullah, will not be joining.

President Obama Shows ‘Our Resolve’ in First Paris Visit Since Attacks

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — President Obama extended his condolences to the people of France Monday and reaffirmed the United States’ solidarity with the country in the wake of the deadly terror attacks that ravaged Paris two weeks ago.

“We have come to Paris to show our resolve,” President Obama said in his first public remarks at the United Nation’s summit on climate change. “We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city. We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to protect our people and uphold the enduring values that keep us strong and keep us free.”

The president, in his first visit to France since the Paris massacre, reflected on the collection of heads of state for the climate conference, asking “what greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it?”

At nearly 1 a.m., within an hour of landing in Paris, Obama made an impromptu stop at the Bataclan theater, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly attacks earlier this month. He was accompanied by French Francois President Hollande and Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Obama laid a single white flower, bowed his head and stood in silence at a card-and-candle laden memorial outside the theater, the deadliest site of the Nov. 13 attack that left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.

Obama is joining Hollande and other world leaders in launching Mission Innovation, a new clean energy initiative built on commitments from 19 countries, including India and China, to double investments in clean energy research and development over five years.

In addition to the multi-government worldwide project, a group of billionaires, led by Bill Gates and including Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Jack Ma, will commit to providing money to jumpstart some of these projects.

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Rising Climate Fears Bring Urgency to Paris Meeting

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — The world’s biggest conference on climate change started Monday in Paris, with the pressure on leaders from over 150 countries to stem the most destructive effects of global warming.

The COP21 conference, through Dec. 11, has a goal to hold the increase in temperature by the end of the century to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

President Obama arrived in Paris Sunday night with negotiators and participants who had been working to deliver a comprehensive agreement for months. The White House wants to be seen as taking a lead in containing greenhouse gas emissions, observers say.

“I think the U.S. wants to make a credible case that the administration is doing everything in its power to reduce greenhouse gases,” Adele Morris, a policy director at the Brookings Institution and lead negotiator during 2000 international climate change talks, told ABC News. “The U.S. wants to put forward that we’re going to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels.”


Morris said negotiations are not really centered around one deal like carbon taxes but, instead, many of the countries participating will put forward their individual contributions. “I think the Paris agreement is going to be a job of stapling these agreements together,” Morris said.

One major sticking point is who will pay for the “loss and damage” caused by the effects of climate change, such as intense storms and hurricanes that have ravaged whole towns and economies. Developing countries want the European Union and United States to bear more of the cost.

At home, Obama faces Republicans who want to prevent the administration from instating rules on decreasing carbon pollution from power plants. Twenty-four states have filed lawsuits against the measures. They hope to send a clear message to the international community attempting to negotiate the agreement in Paris: The president does not have the support of the U.S. Congress. They’ve even tried forcing the president to acquire Senate approval before signing any deal.

The United States, Canada and nine European countries today pledged nearly $250 million to help the most vulnerable countries adapt to rising seas, droughts and other effects of climate change.


Since the terrorist attacks in the host city two weeks ago, some negotiators and observers believe there is more will to produce an agreement by the end of the conference. By tackling climate change, the international community could address the struggle over resources that helps breed terrorism.

“I believe that it will make a deal more likely, because what I feel from the parties is that they are very eager to move,” Amjad Abdulla of the Maldives, who chairs the Alliance of Small Island States in the negotiations, told the BBC.

In 2009, the Copenhagen talks ended in no deal and were seen as a failure. As 45,000 journalists, non-governmental organization participants and negotiators pour into Paris for COP21 and the city ramps up security, the world hopes for something different in Paris.

French President Francois Hollande, hosting the talks, said “no conference has ever gathered so many leaders from so many countries … but never before have the international stakes been so high.”

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World Leaders Hold Moment of Silence for Paris Terror Attacks

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THIBAULT CAMUS/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — At the opening ceremonies for the UN Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget Monday morning, nearly 150 world leaders participated in a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris terror attacks.  

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for the moment of silence at the start of the conference as French President Francois Hollande sat nearby him on the stage.
Hollande has previously said the climate conference will be the largest-ever gathering of world leaders in Paris.

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Beijing Logs Year’s Highest Smog

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Guang Niu/Getty Images(BEIJING) — The highest smog warning this year has been issued in Beijing, China, reports the BBC.

The alert is an “orange level,” the pollution-choked city’s second highest. That color designation requires factories to begin cutting production.

Other guidelines include bans on heavy-lift trucks from city roads and the halting of transport of construction materials.

Relief is expected by Wednesday as a cold front is expected to move in.

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President Obama Visits Paris Terror Attack Site

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — Within an hour of landing in Paris early Monday morning, President Obama made an impromptu stop at the Bataclan theater, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly Paris attacks earlier this month.

Accompanied by French President Hollande and Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama laid a single white flower, bowed his head and stood in silence at a candle-laden memorial outside the theater.

The president’s visit to Paris comes just two weeks after France’s capital city was rocked by terror attacks that killed 130 people. His official business on the trip is to attend an international climate conference and secure a deal to limit the growth of global warming.

But terrorism and the fight against ISIS will loom large over the two days of events the president will attend. Last week, the president said the climate conference would serve as a “powerful rebuke to the terrorists” as over 150 world leaders committed to attend the summit despite the terror attacks that ravaged Paris.

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Protesters Scale Roof on Buckingham Palace Grounds

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The Queen and Prince Philip were not at the palace today.

EU and Turkey Reach Deal on Migrants

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Павел Кусмарцев/iStock/ThinkStock(BRUSSELS) — European Union leaders and Turkey have agreed on a deal to control the stream of migrants into Europe, says the BBC.

Three billion euros as well as political concessions will be allotted to Turkey in exchange for tightening borders and keeping refugees inside the country.

The European Union and Turkey will also revive talks on Turkey’s membership into the union.

This year, hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in Europe, fleeing war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

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President Obama Calls Trip to Paris for Climate Summit an Opportunity for Solidarity

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Leigh Vogel/WireImage(PARIS) — President Obama said Sunday that the international climate summit this week in Paris is a chance for world leaders to show that terrorism will not succeed in stopping them from “building a better future for our children.”

Leaders from more than 180 countries are expected to attend the summit, working towards wide-ranging actions on climate change, but with the terror attacks on Paris two weeks ago, the fight against ISIS is also expected to take a central spot. Obama has private meetings scheduled with several leaders, including French President Francois Hollande.

“It’s an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our oldest ally, just two weeks removed from the barbaric attacks there, and reaffirm our commitment to protect our people and our way of life from terrorist threats,” President Obama said in a post on his Facebook. “It’s also an opportunity for the world to stand as one and show that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.”

At the end of his recent nine-day overseas trip, Obama said it was “absolutely vital” for leaders to attend the long-planned UN Climate Summit despite obvious security concerns following the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead.

“Paris — one of the most beautiful, enticing cities in the world — is not going to be cowered by the violent, demented actions of a few,” Obama said. “And that’s part of the overall message that I want to very clearly send the American people. We do not succumb to fear.”

The White House took a surprisingly apologetic tone in January following the attack on the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, when it failed to send a major diplomatic official to a rally that featured multiple heads of state.

In the wake of this most recent attack, Obama has made multiple public statements on the matter and last week hosted Hollande at the White House.

However prominent the attacks will be though, Obama is still making a hard push on the nations in attendance to commit to emissions reductions targets as a part of a long-term framework on combating climate change.

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Pope Francis Greeted by Cheering Crowd of 150,000 in Uganda

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The pope offered a message of hope and prayer.

Pope Francis Greeting by Cheering Crowd of 150,000 in Uganda

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Waniala Paul /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KAMPALA, Uganda) — An exuberant crowd of young people, 150,000 strong, welcomed Pope Francis on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.

They sang. They danced, some wearing colorful grass skirts, others sporting feathered headdresses. And they smiled.

Their message to him: that Catholicism is more than a Sunday ritual to them. It is a tribe, an extended family and a shared sense of identity. Catholics make up nearly half the country.

Francis listened intently to testimony from 24-year-old Winnie Nansumba, who was born with an HIV infection and lost both her parents to AIDS before she was 7. He also heard from a young man, Emmanuel Odokonyero, who was abducted and tortured as a child by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Francis reciprocated by tossing aside his prepared remarks and speaking from the heart, giving three pieces of advice.

Overcome difficulties, he said: Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by life’s hardships, instead let faith give you courage.

Second, he advised: Do your best to turn the negative into the positive, citing Nansumba and Odokonyero as prime examples.

Thirdly, he told them, pray. Ask for help from a power higher than yourself.

“When we stumble or fall down or hurt ourselves, who better to turn to for help than our mother?” he asked.

“And who is our Mother?”

“Mother Mary,” they shouted in unison, repeating it three times.

Then Pope Francis joined them in that most fundamental of Catholic prayers, the Hail Mary, with 150,000 voices sounding as one.

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Russia Imposes Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) —  Russia says it will impose a package of economic sanctions against Turkey, reports the BBC.

The sanctions come just days after a Russian jet was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border.

The sanctions cover the work of Turkish companies in Russia, Turkish nationals working in Russia for Russian companies, imports from Turkey and an end to the chartering of flights between the two nations, says BBC News. The visa-free arrangement between Russia and Turkey was also suspended.

Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Erdogan refuses to apologize to Russia but said on Saturday the down of the jet “saddened” him.

Turkey claims the jet was violating it’s airspace and gave the jet several warnings.

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Italy to Close Unofficial Mosques

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Marek Uliasz/iStock/ThinkStock(ROME, Italy) —  A lot of Muslim places of worship are about to be shut down in Italy.

The Italian government says it will move to close any mosque tha tis not officially registered as a place of worship.

The Interior Minister in Italy made the announcement saying it was part of Italy’s strategy to help fight terrorism.

There are 800 unofficial or what are called “garage mosques” where many of the one million or so Muslims living in Italy go to worship.

But critics point out that many of them were set up after local administrations blocked requests on the behalf of Muslims in Italy to set up official mosques.

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Three Killed by Rocket Attack at UN Camp in Kidal, Mali

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MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) —  The United Nations says a rocket attack occurred at a UN peacekeeper’s base in Kidal, northern Mali resulting in the deaths of three people, reports the BBC.

Two peacekeepers and one contractor for the Multidimensional Integrated United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed. The UN said 20 people were injured.

It is suspected that Islamist militants were behind Saturday’s attack.

In a statement, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi said, “MINUSMA continues to strengthen measures against such threats to protect the Malian people and the UN personnel. I express my solidarity and salute the brave men and women serving MINUSMA throughout the country for their efforts to bringing lasting peace to Mali in these difficult conditions. MINUSMA and its partners are doing their utmost to put an end to such crimes and hold accountable those responsible for these cowardly attacks.”

The attack comes just over a week since gunmen attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Nineteen people were killed in that attack.

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Man’s Fight With a Spider Ends With Police at His Door

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Neighbors said they heard a man screaming, “I’m going to kill you, die, die.”

Australian Man’s Fight With a Spider Ends With Police at His Door

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Neighbors said they heard a man screaming, “I’m going to kill you, die, die.”

Nairobi Schoolchildren Dance for Pope Francis

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Catholic school kids filled Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi to see Pope Francis.

Russia Threatens Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

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Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia is threatening retaliatory sanctions that could cost both and Turkey hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in trade and joint projects.

On Thursday, Russia announced it would be imposing economic “response measures” against Turkey. Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said his government was developing sanctions that would hit Turkish interests across Russia’s economy, which could include a trade embargo, limiting investments, shutting down tourism and transportation links, as well as suspending major joint construction projects.

The government has given itself two days to finalize the measures but it left an ax hanging over Turkish involvement in swathes of the Russian economy.

Turkey is one of Russia’s biggest trade partners, with trade worth $44 billion dollars last year and Russian exports there worth $15 billion. It’s also a major Russian tourist destination, with 4 million Russians visiting a-year. Turkish goods account for around 15 percent of Russia’s vegetable imports, worth roughly $1 billion, and Turkish companies hold a major share of the construction market here.

All of these sectors are now under threat. Russian government agencies have lined up to declare that the sanctions may apply to their sector. Russia’s tourism agency said it would halt sales of trips to Turkey and transport officials warned Russian ports and airport could close to Turkish vessels. Crimea’s regional government announced it was freezing Turkish projects worth $500 million. Officials, ranging from Russia’s migration service to the agricultural ministry, have denounced what they called Turkish “treachery”.

“In the property sector, especially in the commercial sector, there are quite a lot of Turkish companies working and we don’t exclude that part of them will go from some major projects in the country. Our trust in them as partners is undermined,” Mikhail Myen, head of Russia’s Construction Ministry, told the business paper, RBK.

Vladimir Putin lamented that Turkey had “thoughtlessly” destroyed what he called the “unprecedented” good relations with Russia and demanded that Turkey apologize for downing the jet on the Syria border. Turkey has refused to apologized and insisted the Russian Su-24 bomber had violated its airspace, a claim Russia disputes.

Putin laid into the Turkish government again on Thursday night, calling president Tayyip Erdogan’s suggestion that Turkey had been unsure the plane was Russian “nonsense” and lashing out at the United States as well, saying Russia had informed American officials where the jet would be but they had done nothing to prevent the shooting down.

With relations still souring, a partial embargo already seemed to be in place, as Russia’s consumer watchdogs imposed heightened border checks on Turkish goods, particularly fruits and vegetables that account for a third of Turkish imports. Local media reported Turkish goods-trucks backed up at the border, while Interfax reported the southern port of Novorossiisk– through which 50 percent of Turkish vegetable imports come– had ceased to take Turkish ships.

But while the sanctions would hurt Turkey, they are also likely to blow-back on the Russian economy. Turkey is the largest market for many Russian companies; the value of Russia’s exports there is five times that of Turkey’s to Russia. With Russia’s economy already battered by low oil prices and European sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, shutting out another major trading partner risks sinking it further into recession.

The moves also threaten two flagship projects. The planned Akkuyu nuclear plant, that Russia was to build in Turkey, was now in doubt. Moscow has already invested $3 billion in the project, which was to be worth $22 billion. Likewise, the “Turkish Stream” gas pipeline that was to be a crucial alternative route for Russian gas to Europe may also now be pulled, Russian officials said.

Russia’s minister for Economic Development, Aleksei Ulyukaev, said both projects– like all major joint ventures with Turkey– were now under review.

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Two Men Arrested in Berlin for Alleged Terror Plot Released for Lack of Evidence

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iStock/Thinkstock(BERLIN) — The two men arrested in Berlin for allegedly plotting an attack on the German capital were released Friday after investigators didn’t find evidence to keep them in custody, police said.

The men, 28 and 46, were arrested Thursday in Southeast Berlin after police were informed of a potential threat, described as “preparation of a serious act of violence endangering the state.”

Police did not say who gave them the tip.

Based on the information, police raided an Islamic cultural club and searched the car of one of the suspects for explosives in two different areas of the German capital. The men were in the car when they were arrested.

Police cordoned the area around the car and evacuated several houses around it “as a precaution.”

After the search, Berlin police tweeted there were “no dangerous items” at the cultural club or in the car were the men were arrested.

This is not the first raid German police conduct to trump potential terror threats. In September, Berlin police raided eight buildings following an investigation into Islamist extremists. Police said at the time that there was no evidence that suspects had been involved in planning attacks in Germany.

The men were released in Berlin just as another man was arrested in southern Germany on suspicion of supplying the weapons used in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that left 130 people dead.

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Two Men Arrested in Berlin for Alleged Terror Plot Released

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Police evacuated nearby buildings while looking for explosives.

Debris from US Rocket Discovered Off British Coast

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Officials think they’ve found debris of a spacecraft that exploded in June.

France Memorializes 130 Victims of Paris Terror Attacks

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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(PARIS) — France remembered the 130 victims of the terror attacks two weeks ago in a memorial ceremony in Paris Friday morning.  

Addressing a small crowd at Les Invalides, a French national monument, President Francois Hollande promised mourners that France will “destroy the army of fanatics” who carried out the attacks.

“The parents who will never see their children, children who will grow up without their parents, couples who’ve been torn apart by losing close ones, loved ones, sisters and brothers have been separated forever,” Hollande said Friday.

Hollande called the attackers a cult of death, but noted “we have love, love for life.”

“To you all, I solemnly promise you that France will put everything it has at its disposal to destroy the army of fanatics who have carried out this crime,” he said.

The memorial included also included musical tributes and reading the names of those who parished in the attacks.

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