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Russian agency: S-400 missiles already deployed in Syria

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 05:40 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency is reporting that Russia has already deployed long-range air defense missiles at its base in Syria.

Moscow announced the move on Wednesday, saying the missiles would help destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes there following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.

RIA Novosti on Thursday quoted its own reporter on the ground saying as S-400 missiles have been delivered.

Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 05:36 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A friend of Miss World Canada says the outspoken contestant has been barred from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan.

Caylan Ford said actress Anastasia Lin was prevented Thursday from boarding her connecting flight from Hong Kong. Authorities gave no reason.

Li is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the Falun Gong meditation sect, which was outlawed by China's ruling Communist Party as an "evil cult" in 1999.

China in talks with Djibouti on establishing logistics base

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 05:26 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China says it is holding discussions with Djibouti on setting up a naval logistics center in the Horn of Africa nation to service Chinese anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and other regional missions.

China has no military bases overseas and has consistently said in the past it would not seek them.

The Latest: German official says some migrants IS radicals

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 05:16 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

3:59 p.m.

A senior German police official says some of the migrants reaching Europe are Islamic State radicals planning terrorist attacks, but the refugee influx is not systemically used by extremists to bring members into the EU.

Cameron: UK must attack IS in Syria to deny group safe haven

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 05:11 AM

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain must join airstrikes in Syria to deny the Islamic State group a "safe haven" from which to plot mass-casualty attacks around the world.

Cameron is trying to persuade lawmakers to back action, arguing that the Paris attacks have given new urgency to the fight against IS.

The Royal Air Force is part of a U.S.-led coalition attacking the militants in Iraq, but not in Syria.

Russia holding up Turkish goods at border as relations sour

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 05:10 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says customs officials are scrutinizing Turkish goods at the border due to "various reasons" including a possible terrorist threat.

Relations between the two countries soured after Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian warplane on a bombing mission near the Syria border. One of the pilots was killed, the other was rescued.

Russian media reported hundreds of trucks bringing Turkish goods stranded at the border.

The Latest: Belgium says likely Paris fugitive gets help

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 04:28 AM

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local:

7:40 p.m.

Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens said that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam is "likely" getting support from others during his continued flight from authorities.

After a manhunt stretching for nearly two weeks, Geens said it was unlikely Abdeslam could hide for so long on his own.

Japan announces $10.6B in climate financing for 2020

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 04:17 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen ($10.6 billion) in climate financing for developing countries in 2020, including public and private funds.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the plan as he prepares for climate change talks in Paris that begin Monday.

Japan says the new plan is an increase from earlier commitments of 1 trillion yen ($8.2 billion). The increase is meant to help industrialized countries fulfill a commitment to extend $100 billion a year.

Turkey releases recording of warnings to Russian plane

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 03:59 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military's warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane that was shot down at the border with Syria.

The recordings made available to The Associated Press on Thursday indicate that the plane was warned several times that it was approaching Turkey's airspace and asked to change course.

The voice is heard saying: "This is Turkish Air Force speaking on guard. You are approaching Turkish airspace. Change your heading south immediately."

Algeria's ex-counter-espionage chief to go on trial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 03:53 AM

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's long-time counterespionage chief who helped lead the country's war on Islamist extremists is going before a military tribunal for an unusual trial.

Abdelkader Ait Ouarabi, best known as Gen. Hassan, faces trial Thursday in Oran on charges of "destruction of documents" and "breach of orders." But the grounds for the charges have not been made clear.

The Algerian press has reported that he is accused of arms possession and creating an armed organization.

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