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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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Germany to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali for peacekeeping mission

BERLIN Germany is ready to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali to bolster the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African country and to help France in the region, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

United Nations, Africa, Mali 4:52am EST

Brussels schools, metro reopen under tight security

BRUSSELS Schools and much of the Brussels metro system reopened on Wednesday as the Belgian capital started to return to normal after four days of lockdown, but troops on the street were a reminder it remains on the highest alert.

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Putin says Turkey's leaders back 'Islamisation' of Turkish society: agencies

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Turkey's political leaders had been encouraging the Islamisation of Turkish society, something he said was a problem, Russian agencies quoted him as saying.

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Merkel says Schengen agreement needs further development

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday the passport-free Schengen accord should be further developed and that plans to distribute refugees across the European Union based on quotas will determine whether the agreement will survive.

4:23am EST

U.S. raises military aid to Philippines amid sea tension with China

MANILA The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China's new assertiveness in the South China Sea.

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