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Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of 'serious consequences'

ANKARA/MOSCOW Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. | Video

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Apparent suicide attack on Tunisian presidential guard bus kills 12

TUNIS A bomb exploded on a bus packed with Tunisian presidential guards in the capital Tunis on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people in an attack one source said was probably the work of a suicide bomber. | Video

Tunisia 6:26pm EST

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Peru-Brazil border, no damage reported

LIMA A major quake of magnitude 7.5 struck the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Amazon basin on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

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Pope in Africa will seek to bridge Christian-Muslim faultlines

NAIROBI Pope Francis steps onto African soil for the first time on Wednesday to address the continent's fast-growing Catholic congregation during a trip that will test his ability to bridge faultlines between Christians and Muslims.

United Nations, Africa, Pope 6:22pm EST

Argentine president-elect picks U.N. insider as his top diplomat

BUENOS AIRES/UNITED NATIONS Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri named U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's chief adviser as his future foreign minister, signaling a sharp break from the diplomacy of outgoing leader Cristina Fernandez.

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Hostages in northern French town safe, no link to Paris attacks

ROUBAIX, France A hostage situation in the northern French town of Roubaix was apparently not linked to the Paris attacks earlier this month and has ended with the hostages now safe, officials said on Tuesday.

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