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Obama, Hollande urge Russia to focus Syria attacks on Islamic State
U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande pressed Russia on Tuesday to focus its attacks in Syria on Islamic State militants after Turkey heightened tensions in the region by downing a Russian plane.
Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of 'serious consequences'
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.
Oil gains, bond prices inch up on Turkey-Russia tensions
Oil prices jumped and government debt prices edged up on Tuesday after Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, adding to worries about tensions in the Middle East.
Iraq closes northern airspace over missiles launched at Syria
Iraq closed its northern airspace to all flights on Monday for at least two days due to military traffic from Russia's air campaign in neighboring Syria.
Pro-Ukraine activists block repair of sabotaged power lines to Crimea
Pro-Ukrainian activists prevented repairs to sabotaged power lines leading to Crimea on Monday, keeping the Russian-annexed peninsula starved of electricity for a second day and tensions between Moscow and Kiev high.
Kerry says more cooperation with Russia possible, seeks to reassure opposition
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday the United States could broaden military cooperation with Russia in Syria, but that such a move should not deter opposition groups trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia serious about solution in Syria, German minister says
Russia feels increasingly under threat from developments in the Middle East and appears to be serious about cooperating with western countries to resolve the war in Syria, Germany's foreign minister said on Sunday.
China says won't cease building on South China Sea isles
China said on Sunday it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea and the United States was testing it by sending warships through the area.