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  • Russia-Turkey cooperation will 'obviously' be halted: Interfax cites tourism agency head

    Thu, 9:02am

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Cooperation between Russia and Turkey in tourism will "obviously" be halted, the head of Russia's tourism agency, Rostourism, said on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, writing by Jaosn Bush) read more
  • Polish refocus on Smolensk crash could hurt relations with Russia

    Thu, 8:59am

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the late President Lech Kaczynski, arrives for his speech during a ceremony outside the Presidential Palace in WarsawBy Wiktor Szary WARSAW (Reuters) - The West may be considering a thaw with Moscow, but Poland's new conservative government could further strain relations with the country's former Soviet overlord by reopening an investigation into the death of President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in Russia in 2010. An inquiry by the previous government returned a verdict of pilot error, but the winner of Poland's October election, the Law and Justice (PiS) party led by Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw, says an onboard explosion could have caused the crash.

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  • Top Asian News 1:58 p.m. GMT

    Thu, 8:58am

    MAJURO ATOLL, Marshall Islands (AP) — Valentino Keimbar hides from the intense heat in the shade of a breadfruit tree, waiting for his basketball game to begin. It was supposed to start a couple of hours ago, maybe three, but time matters little here on the Marshall Islands. Keimbar would love to stay on this tiny string of atolls in the vast Pacific Ocean, which he considers a precious gift from his ancestors. But he fears hotter weather and rising seas may soon force everyone to go, and that many will choose an unlikely place 6,000 miles (nearly 10,000 kilometers) away: Springdale, Arkansas. read more


  • New York's Thanksgiving parade expected to draw huge crowd despite security jitters

    Thu, 7:05am

    Members of the New York Police Department gather on the street before the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York.By Kylie Gumpert NEW YORK (Reuters) - Record crowds were expected to swarm Manhattan sidewalks and rooftops on Thursday to glimpse the marching bands, floats and massive balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, held under tight security two weeks after the attacks in Paris. New York officials said about 3.5 million spectators would turn out for the city's signature parade, in its 89th year, and they urged residents and visitors to carry on with holiday plans, saying there were no credible threats to the city. This is a way to push back on events around the world that are meant to intimidate," Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a press conference on Wednesday in Manhattan near where giant balloons of Snoopy and Hello Kitty were being readied for the event.

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  • Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees

    Thu, 6:11am

    Migrants walk after crossing the border from Greece into Macedonia, near GevgelijaHe reminds Americans that "the world is still full of pilgrims" seeking "a safer, better future."

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  • Chicago calm a day after release of video of police shooting teenager

    Thu, 2:54am

    Protestors including Lamon Reccord, 16, confront police during a demonstration in response to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The white Chicago policeman charged with murdering a black teenager he shot 16 times spent his first full day in custody on Wednesday in a jail hospital ward, as calm prevailed in a city braced for civil unrest over new video footage of the slaying. Protests were mostly small and peaceful on Tuesday and Wednesday following the release of a graphic clip showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being gunned down in the middle of a street on Oct. 20, 2014, as he was walking away from police who had confronted him. The tape, recorded from a dashboard-mounted camera in one of several patrol cars arriving on the scene, was made public on Tuesday under court order hours after the officer who fired the fatal volley of gunshots, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with first-degree murder.

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