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Turkey Downs Russian Jet, Hollande In D.C., Shaming UK Tabloid

Turkey Downs Russian Jet, Hollande In D.C., Shaming UK Tabloid


Two Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane this morning near the Syrian border after the Turkish military repeated warnings about airspace violations. This is the first time the armed forces of a NATO member shot down a Russian or Soviet aircraft since the 1950s, Reuters reports. The Turkish military claimed the jet had been warned 10 times in five minutes about the violation. Officials also said a second plane approached the border and had been warned. Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed a Su-24 fighter-bomber was shot down on the Turkey-Syria border, Sputnik reports, but it contested the air violation claim, saying it could prove the aircraft had not left Syrian airspace. A Kremlin spokesperson said it was a "very serious incident" but that it was too early to draw conclusions. A video shows the jet going down in flames. The two pilots reportedly ejected before the crash. The Turkish military intercepted Russian jets in its airspace last month.


The number of flights booked for Paris between Nov. 14 and 21, the week after the terror attacks that shook the French capital, plummeted 27% compared to the same week last year, Les Echos reports. The number primarily represents tourist bookings, as business reservations remain about the same.


Photo: Eric Lalmand/Belga/ZUMA

Belgian authorities announced last night that Brussels would remain under high alert today for the fourth consecutive day and at least until the end of the week, Le Soirreports. The aim is to prevent a terrorist attack similar to the one that left at least 130 dead in Paris on Nov. 13. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said schools, transportation and markets would remain closed today but would gradually reopen starting tomorrow.

  • Of the 21 people Belgian police have taken in for questioning since Sunday, 17 have been released, three remain in custody for further questioning and one has been charged for terror-related activities.
  • Police still haven't found Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris terror attacks.
  • A belt of explosives was found yesterday in a garbage bin in Montrouge, a Paris suburb where Abdeslam's cell phone was traced after the attacks, Le Parisienreports. The belt reportedly contains the same material as those used by seven suicide bombers in the French capital on Nov. 13.
  • French police conducted a search in Artigat, a village in southern France that is home to 69-year-old salafist imam Olivier Corel, known as the "white emir." He is close to jihadist Fabien Clain, who claimed the Nov. 13 attacks in the name of ISIS.


After receiving British Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris yesterday, French President François Hollande will meet U.S. counterpart Barack Obama this morning in Washington to discuss a coalition against ISIS. According to Le Monde, Hollande hopes Washington will strengthen its airstrikes against the terror organization in Syria and Iraq, increase its support to anti-Assad and non-ISIS groups and heighten monitoring of the financial resources fueling the jihadist groups. Hollande will also meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Thursday.


Argentina's next president, the center-right Mauricio Macri, must be deft in reforming the economy of a society that has moved beyond a developmental stage to one that sees itself as "at risk," Dante Caputo writes for Clarin. "This defensive agenda includes two particularly relevant issues: Firstly, the new president must stop the economic deterioration bequeathed by President Cristina Kirchner, reduce the spending deficit and inflation rate, ease domestic and external trade, and recreate conditions in which the market will work reasonably well. Secondly, the need to order the economy must consider a chief aspect of the risk society: the fear of ungovernability, which carries more weight in our country than any specific values or ideologies."

Read the full article, Macri's Challenge: How To Lift A Defensive, Fearful Argentina.


At least four Egyptian police officers were killed and 12 people were injured when a car bomb exploded today outside a hotel in al-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai, Al Arabiya reports. The attack targeted a hotel hosting election judges charged with supervising a second round of parliamentary elections in Egypt. No group has claimed the attack, but an ISIS affiliate in Egypt has carried similar violence in the region.


For the first time ever, U.S. law enforcement seized more property from American citizens than burglars did in 2014: $5 million worth versus $3.5 million worth, according to the blog Armstrong Economics.


Brazil is facing its greatest ecological disaster in memory after a huge wave of mud, caused by the Nov. 5 collapse of a dam at an iron ore mine, reached the ocean, pouring toxic waste into the Atlantic, Folha de S. Paulo reports. Read more about it on Le Blog.


Farewell Freddie Mercury, hello Lucy. That and more in today's shot of history.


Four people, including two Israeli soldiers, were injured in a car attack early today at a West bank junction, The Jerusalem Post reports. The attacker, a 21-year-old Palestinian man, was shot and wounded by border police before receiving treatment at the scene. This is the latest of a series of almost daily anti-Israeli attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv this morning for talks with Israeli and Palestinian authorities about the wave of violence that has killed at least 92 Palestinians and 17 Israelis.



After The Sun's controversial front page yesterday in which the British tabloid reported that one in five British Muslims sympathize with ISIS jihadists, people have taken to Twitter to ridicule the claim with the hashtag #1in5Muslims.

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In Northern Kenya, Where Climate Change Is Measured In Starving Children

The worst drought in 40 years, which has deepened from the effects of climate change, is hitting the young the hardest around the Horn of Africa. A close-up look at the victims, and attempts to save lives and limit lasting effects on an already fragile region in Kenya.

Photo of five mothers holding their malnourished children

At feeding time, nurses and aides encourage mothers to socialize their children and stimulate them to eat.

Georgina Gustin

KAKUMA — The words "Stabilization Ward" are painted in uneven black letters above the entrance, but everyone in this massive refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, calls it ya maziwa: The place of milk.

Rescue workers and doctors, mothers and fathers, have carried hundreds of starving children through the doors of this one-room hospital wing, which is sometimes so crowded that babies and toddlers have to share beds. A pediatric unit is only a few steps away, but malnourished children don’t go there. They need special care, and even that doesn’t always save them.

In an office of the International Rescue Committee nearby, Vincent Opinya sits behind a desk with figures on dry-erase boards and a map of the camp on the walls around him. “We’ve lost 45 children this year due to malnutrition,” he says, juggling emergencies, phone calls, and texts. “We’re seeing a significant increase in malnutrition cases as a result of the drought — the worst we’ve faced in 40 years.”

From January to June, the ward experienced an 800 percent rise in admissions of children under 5 who needed treatment for malnourishment — a surge that aid groups blame mostly on a climate change-fueled drought that has turned the region into a parched barren.

Opinya, the nutrition manager for the IRC here, has had to rattle off these statistics many times, but the reality of the numbers is starting to crack his professional armor. “It’s a very sad situation,” he says, wearily. And he believes it will only get worse. A third year of drought is likely on the way.

More children may die. But millions will survive malnutrition and hunger only to live through a compromised future, researchers say. The longer-term health effects of this drought — weakened immune systems, developmental problems — will persist for a generation or more, with consequences that will cascade into communities and societies for decades.

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