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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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Thai constitution could give free rein to military abuses, says rights group

BANGKOK A proposal by Thailand's junta for a provision in the constitution exempting the military from prosecution would allow the armed forces to commit abuses with impunity, a rights group said on Wednesday.

Thailand 2:43am EST

China set to pledge more aid to Africa ahead of Xi's trip

BEIJING China is set to announce new aid to African nations when President Xi Jinping visits Zimbabwe and South Africa next month, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday.

China, Africa 2:22am EST

Bangladesh leader Hasina's gains from shock hangings seen short-lived

DHAKA The execution of two Bangladeshi opposition leaders for war crimes appears to have cowed rivals of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but critics said her success comes at the cost of free discourse and the calm is likely to be short-lived.

1:34am EST

China fines five phony Disney hotels: Xinhua

SHANGHAI China has fined five knock-off Disney hotels for infringing on the iconic U.S. entertainment company's trademarks, state-run Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday in the run-up to the opening of a Walt Disney Co theme park in Shanghai.

China 2:00am EST

Brazil Senate passes decree to help utilities ahead of auction

BRASILIA The Brazilian Senate on Tuesday approved a presidential decree that helps hydroelectric producers hit by record droughts, in a move that could raise investors' appetite for power plants up for auction on Wednesday.

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