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Turkey Ready To Respond To Syria's Downing Of Air Force Jet

Turkish President Gul breaks government silence after downing of air force jet by Syria.

A Turkish F-4 (Peng Chen)
A Turkish F-4 (Peng Chen)

ANKARA – Turkey's President Abdullah Gul vowed Saturday to respond with "whatever is necessary" to Syria's reported shooting down of a Turkish warplane

Speaking to reporters after nearly a full day of official silence by Ankara, Gul said Turkey had confirmed that the plane was indeed brought down by Syria, as widely reported on Friday. He explained that Turkish officials had initially received conflicting reports about the incident.

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👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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