Turkey recovers body of pilot from downed Russian jet

By Dasha Afanasieva and Lidia Kelly ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved in Syria's war. A coffin carrying Oleg Peshkov...
Nov 29, 2015 |

From penguins to Pope's shoes, climate rallies pressure U.N. summit

By Megan Rowling and Alister Doyle PARIS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people from Sydney to London joined one of the biggest days of climate change activism on Sunday, telling world leaders gathering for a summit in Paris there is "No Planet B" in the fight against global warming. In the French capital, where demonstrations were...
Nov 29, 2015 |

Germany outlines plan to support fight against Islamic State: media

By John O'Donnell FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany could send 1,200 soldiers to the Middle East by the end of the year to support a coalition battling Islamic State, Germany's top defense official told a newspaper on Sunday as his minister backed an international alliance against the group. Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to support the...
Nov 29, 2015 |

Declaring a new start, EU and Turkey set to sign migration deal

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Leaders of the European Union and Turkey were set to sign an agreement on Sunday offering Ankara cash and closer ties in return for help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe, draft conclusions of their summit showed. Aware of a sense of desperation in Europe for a solution to a crisis that has...
Nov 29, 2015 |

Putin, citing national security, signs Turkey sanctions decree

By Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, underlining the depth of the Kremlin's anger toward Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. The decree, which entered into force immediately, said charter...
Nov 29, 2015 |

Top Kurdish lawyer shot dead in southeast Turkey

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - A prominent Kurdish lawyer and rights activist was shot in the head and killed on Saturday, in an incident likely to fuel further unrest in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast. The pro-Kurdish HDP Party called the killing of Tahir Elci a "planned assassination" and urged people to...
Nov 29, 2015 |

Lie detectors, solitary: How South Korea screens refugees

By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has spent decades screening refugees from a hostile neighbor but some enemy agents manage to get through, underlining the challenges Western nations face in dealing with a far larger influx of people escaping the war in Syria. Seoul uses lie detectors, interrogation and a screening process...
Nov 29, 2015 |

Syrian army advances against Islamic State east of Aleppo: Syria state TV

The Syrian army captured territory from Islamic State east of Aleppo including several kilometers (miles) of highway linking the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday. The areas reported captured are east of the Kweires, air base seized from Islamic State control on Nov. 10 in one of several...
Nov 28, 2015 |

Top Kurdish lawyer killed in southeast Turkey, protests expected

By Seyhmus Cakan and Gulsen Solaker DIYARBAKIR, Turkey/ANKARA (Reuters) - An unidentified gunman killed a prominent Kurdish lawyer and rights activist on Saturday in what the pro-Kurdish HDP Party called a "planned assassination", urging people to take to the streets in protest. Witnesses said Tahir Elci was shot in the head after making...
Nov 28, 2015 |

Turkey's Erdogan sees Paris climate summit as chance to mend ties with Russia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday the climate change summit in Paris next week could be a chance to repair relations with Moscow after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border on Tuesday. Erdogan has said Turkey would not apologize for downing the jet, which resulted in the death of one of the pilots. Because of this,...
Nov 28, 2015 |

Police, migrants clash on Macedonia border; soldiers build fence

By Yannis Behrakis IDOMENI, Greece (Reuters) - Police in Macedonia fired tear gas and stun grenades at desperate migrants stranded for days at the Greek border and who are demanding passage to western Europe, as soldiers began erecting a metal fence to keep them out. Macedonia, along with other Balkan countries on the migrant route, began turning...
Nov 28, 2015 |

Merkel under pressure from her own ahead of EU migration summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel came under renewed pressure from her own conservatives on Friday to stem the flow of refugees into Germany as she heads to a weekend summit of European Union leaders and Turkey's prime minister. Roughly a million refugees and migrants fleeing war and deprivation in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are expected to...
Nov 28, 2015 |

Voice of Paris attacks; Did he have bigger role?

By Chine Labbé and Marie-Louise Gumuchian PARIS/ALENCON, France (Reuters) - The voice that claimed Islamic State was responsible for the deadly Paris attacks is known to many in the small French provincial town of Alencon. To family, Fabien Clain was a "big teddy bear", to neighbors he was polite and at the local mosque he was a fellow...
Nov 28, 2015 |

Ringleader of Paris attacks planned more strikes, mocked open borders

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...
Nov 28, 2015 |

Russia-Ukraine row over Crimea escalates as Moscow cuts coal to Kiev

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Russia has begun to restrict coal supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn told parliament on Friday, days after the Kremlin threatened to punish Kiev for a power blackout of Russian-annexed Crimea. Demchyshyn said pro-Russian separatists who control coal mines in eastern Ukraine had also halted...
Nov 27, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More