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Russia ready for joint command against Islamic State: Paris envoy

PARIS Russia is prepared to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in a joint command with the United States, France and others who want to participate, including Turkey, Moscow's envoy to Paris said on Wednesday.

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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

Tunisia says suicide bomber behind bus attack that killed 13

TUNIS Tunisian security officials said on Wednesday a suicide bomber carried out the attack on a presidential guard bus, killing at least 13 and forcing the government to impose a nationwide state of emergency.

Tunisia 5:23am 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.

China 4:32am EST

Pope heads to Africa hoping to bridge Christian-Muslim faultlines

ABROAD THE PAPAL PLANE Pope Francis said on Wednesday he wanted to offer "spiritual and material" support on his first tour of Africa, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic congregation and seek to heal divisions between Christians and Muslims. | Video

Africa, Pope 6:17am EST

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