Turkey, EU Face Big Hurdles to Migration Deal

BRUSSELS, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – Prospects for a grand bargain between Europe and Turkey to stem a flow of migrants into the continent are uncertain days before a summit on Sunday meant to seal a deal and put fraying relations back on a firm footing, EU and Turkish officials say. How much money Turkey will

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Turkey Does Not Want Escalation After Russian Jet Downed: Pres. Erdogan

By Nick Tattersall and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Nov 25 – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey did not want any escalation after it shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had simply acted to defend its own security and the “rights of our brothers” in Syria. But while neither

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U.N. Accuses Houthis of Blocking Supply Routes to Yemen’s Taiz

DUBAI, Nov 25 – A senior United Nations official has accused Yemen’s dominant Houthi group of obstructing the delivery of humanitarian supplies to civilians in Taiz and warned that up to 200,000 people are living under “virtual siege” in the city. Supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by Arab coalition forces, have been trying

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Russia Eyes Economic Retaliation Against Turkey

By Maria Kiselyova MOSCOW, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – Russia is to send an advanced air defence system to reinforce its air base in Syria and is considering cancelling a raft of joint business projects with Ankara after Turkey shot down of one of its warplanes, top government officials said. The incident, which resulted in the

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France’s PM Says Europe Can’t Take In More Refugees

BERLIN, Nov. 25  – European countries are stretched to their limits in the refugee crisis and cannot take in any more new arrivals, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was quoted as saying in a German newspaper on Wednesday. Europe is grappling with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two. Germany so far has taken

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Chicago Charges Cop in Black Teen’s Death

By Mary Wisniewski and P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO, Nov 25  – A white Chicago policeman who killed a black teenager was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours before authorities released a long-awaited video that shows the youth walking away from officers as he is shot 16 times. The graphic footage of last year’s shooting, taken from

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Reports of Civilian Casualties Dim Chances of U.S.-Russia Alliance in Syria

By Jonathan Landay, Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Nov 25 – Reports of heavy civilian casualties from Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria are one key reason why Washington is unlikely to coordinate airstrikes with Moscow against Daesh, U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Barack Obama left the door ajar on Tuesday to military

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Putin Says Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane a ‘Stab in the Back’

  MOSCOW/SOCHI, Russia, Nov. 24 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara. Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday before a meeting

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Afghan Bank Governor Says Migrants Create Strain on Currency

By Robert Birsel and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Nov 24 (Reuters) – An exodus of people seeking a better life in Europe has put pressure on Afghanistan’s currency, already weakened by a sharp reduction in foreign funds and sliding confidence in the country’s prospects, the central bank governor said on Tuesday. Nearly 150,000 Afghans have left

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