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Russia says downing of its jet won't deflect it from Syria mission

ISTANBUL/NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

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EU sounds alarm as internal barriers rise in refugee crisis

BRUSSELS/IDOMENI, Greece The European Union's chief executive warned on Wednesday that the survival of Europe's "partially comatose" open border travel zone and its single currency were both at risk if member nations continue erecting internal barriers to keep out refugees.

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Pope lands in Africa hoping to bridge Christian-Muslim faultlines

NAIROBI Pope Francis said on Wednesday he wanted to offer "spiritual and material" support to Africans on his first tour of the continent, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic congregation and seek to heal Christian-Muslim divisions.

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Tunisia says suicide bomber carried out bus attack claimed by Islamic State

TUNIS Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with plastic explosive blew up a presidential guard bus a day earlier, killing at least 12 troops in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.

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Tales of crime and struggle in Nairobi's bustling slums

NAIROBI "I have lost a lot of people I knew to crime," says George Kiru, nursing a drink at 2 in the morning in a bar on the edge of Nairobi's Korogocho slum.

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Lebanon charges network linked to Beirut bombings

BEIRUT A Lebanese military court charged 26 people on Wednesday with belonging to a terrorist group, Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks that killed 44 people in Beirut this month, a judicial source said.

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