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Turkish President Was 'Truly Saddened' By Plane Downing

He says he wishes it hadn't happened

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday voiced regret over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the incident and wished it hadn't occurred. It was the first expression of regret by the strongman leader since Tuesday's incident in which... More »

Report: Iran General Saved Russian Pilot

He coordinated with Russia, Syrian commandoes

(Newser) - How exactly did a Russian pilot make it out of enemy territory alive after his plane was shot down by Turkish jets? He was helped by the commander of foreign operations for Iran's Revolutionary Guards, according to an Iranian news agency. The Fars New Agency—citing a Russian agency,... More »

Russia: Here's How We'll Punish Turkey

Erdogan says he'd shoot down warplane again

(Newser) - A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane shot down by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions and the Turkish president saying on a defiant note that his military is ready to do the same if another air intrusion... More »

Turkey: Here's Proof We Warned That Russian Plane

Country releases one-sided audio

(Newser) - The Russian pilot rescued after his plane was shot down by Turkish forces on Tuesday has thus far staunchly denied Turkey's claims that he and his fellow pilot were warned at least 10 times in the minutes before they were shot down. "There was no contact at all,... More »

Russian Pilot: 'No Contact at All' Before Plane Shot Down

He also says there's 'no way' they were in Turkish airspace

(Newser) - The Russian pilot rescued after his plane was shot down by Turkish forces on Tuesday says there's "no way" his plane was in Turkey's airspace, the BBC reports. Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin also denies Turkey's claims that he and his fellow pilot were warned at least 10... More »

Russia: Jet Downing Was 'Planned Provocation'

But Russia won't go to war with Turkey, says minister

(Newser) - Russia's foreign minister says the country isn't about to go to war with Turkey, but adds that the downing of a Russian warplane on Tuesday "looks very much like a pre-planned provocation," per Politico . "We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident." The... More »

Russia: Marine Killed in Mission to Rescue Shot-Down Pilot

Russia claims one of its rescue helicopters was shot at

(Newser) - Things were already tense between Russia and Turkey on Tuesday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane —an act Putin called a " stab in the back ." Now Russia is claiming a marine was killed during a mission to rescue one of the warplane's pilots, CNN reports.... More »

Putin to Turkey: Downing Jet Was 'Stab in Back'

He promises 'serious consequences' over the move

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin wasted no time in labeling Turkish military officials "accomplices of terrorists" in a statement condemning the downing of a Russian plane Tuesday. Russia's president says the country suffered a "stab in the back" when Turkish F-16s fired air-to-air missiles at the Su-24, which Putin says... More »

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane

Moscow insists jet didn't cross Syrian border

(Newser) - As the BBC puts it, "this is exactly the kind of incident that many have feared since Russia launched its air operations in Syria." That assessment comes after Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkey's airspace and ignored multiple warnings,... More »

Turkey: We Busted 'ISIS Cell' Headed for Germany

Authorities say 8 militants were planning to pose as refugees

(Newser) - Turkey says it has seized eight suspected ISIS militants who were trying to reach Germany. The suspects were detained at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after arriving from Morocco. Turkey's state-run news agency says they claimed to be tourists who were staying at a hotel in the city for two... More »

Study Suggests These Are the Least Honest Countries

Here's how the US did

(Newser) - China ranks as one of the least honest countries and the UK as one of the most, if a new study out of the University of East Anglia in the UK holds any weight. Presenting their findings at the London Experimental Workshop this week, researchers say they analyzed more than... More »

Obama: 'Skies Darkened' After Paris

ISIS' shadow looms large as G20 summit kicks off in Turkey

(Newser) - President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to redouble US efforts to eliminate ISIS and end the Syrian civil war that fueled its rise, denouncing the group's horrifying terror spree in Paris as "an attack on the civilized world." Opening two days of talks with world leaders in Turkey,... More »

7 Kids Among 18 Dead as Migrant Boats Sink

One boat heading to Greek island didn't turn back right away after hitting rocks

(Newser) - A wooden boat carrying migrants from the Turkish town of Ayvacik to the Greek island of Lesbos hit rocks at the start of its perilous journey, but it kept going. That turned out to be a fatal mistake, as the boat sank Wednesday, killing 14, including seven children holed up... More »

Turkey Returns Fallen Ruling Party to Power

AKP will reclaim top-dog status it lost in June

(Newser) - Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has declared victory for his ruling party after preliminary election results showed it restoring its majority in parliament. State-run TRT television reports that with more than 97% of the votes counted, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has won just above 49%,... More »

Mystery Surrounds Journalist's Airport Death

Friends say story of Jacqueline Sutton's alleged suicide in Turkey 'doesn't stick'

(Newser) - British journalist Jacqueline Sutton was appointed director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Iraq under tragic circumstances. She got the post when her predecessor at the nonprofit—which aims to train local journalists in conflict zones—was killed by a car bomb in May. Now, just a... More »

Turkey Shoots Down Drone, but Whose Is It?

Russia denies ownership of drone, which Turkey says ignored warnings

(Newser) - Turkish jets shot down an unidentified drone that flew into Turkey's airspace at the border with Syria Friday. The drone was shot down after it ignored three warnings to leave, the Turkish military said, but didn't specify how it had relayed the warnings to the operators of the... More »

Toll Hits 97 in Turkish Peace Rally Blasts

At least 400 hurt in Ankara double bombing

(Newser) - Two bomb explosions targeting a peace rally by leftist and Kurdish activists in Turkey's capital on Saturday killed at least 97 people and wounded more than 400 others, according to the Turkish Medical Association as cited by CNN . The explosions occurred minutes apart near Ankara's main train station... More »

NATO: We're Ready to Defend Turkey

Alliance meeting to consider 'troubling' Syria-Russia situation

(Newser) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says alliance defense ministers on Thursday will consider the implications for NATO's own security of the "troubling escalation of Russian military activities" in Syria. "NATO is able and ready to defend all allies, including Turkey, against any threat," Stoltenberg said Thursday.... More »

NATO Not Buying Russia's Turkish-Airspace Story

Turkey incursion was no accident, alliance's chief says

(Newser) - Russia is rapidly stepping up its involvement in Syria, and NATO is worried—especially by Russian violation of Turkish airspace . NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't believe Moscow's claim that the incursions on a NATO member's airspace were a mistake, reports Reuters... More »

Russia Sending 'Volunteers' to Syria

NATO slams Moscow's violation of member's airspace

(Newser) - Russian "volunteers"—like those who helped Moscow seize control of Crimea—could soon be arriving in Syria in numbers large enough to make a big difference to the conflict. Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, chief of the Russian parliament's defense committee, told reporters on Monday that volunteers who had... More »

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