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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: 2nd Pilot Rescued in Syria

Putin says man from downed plane will get state award

(Newser) - A Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey on Tuesday is alive and safe at a Russian base in Syria, Vladimir Putin says. Russia says the man was rescued from Syrian rebels during a 12-hour overnight operation involving Syrian and Russian forces. "I understand he is already... 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 »

Russia Shows Solidarity With France With Adorable Puppy

Russia hopes little Dobrynya can replace a police dog that died earlier this week

(Newser) - Russia is sending a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to France in the cuddliest show of international solidarity possible, the Independent reports. In Russian folklore, Dobrynya was "the personification of strength, kindness, bravery and selflessness," according to Sky News . In a statement, a Russian official called the puppy... More »

ISIS: This Soda Can Bomb Downed Russian Plane

Group also claims to have executed 2 captives

(Newser) - The Islamic State says it took advantage of a gap in security when it smuggled a soda can bomb into the cabin of the Russian passenger jet that broke apart over Egypt . After militants discovered a "way to compromise the security" at Sharm al-Sheikh Airport, "a bomb was... More »

Report: Bomb on Russian Jet Was in Passenger Cabin

Russian newspaper says it wasn't hidden in cargo

(Newser) - Now that Moscow is on board with the thinking that a bomb brought down a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, a newspaper in Russia is reporting that the explosive was in a surprising place: the main passenger cabin. The Kommersant quotes an anonymous investigator who says the device was likely... More »

Russia: Homemade Bomb Brought Down Plane

Putin vows to hunt down attackers

(Newser) - The Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt last month was brought down by a homemade bomb placed on board in a "terrorist" act, the head of Russia's FSB security service told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "According to our experts, a homemade explosive device equivalent to... More »

Russian TV 'Accidentally' Leaks Nuclear Torpedo Plan

The new weapon would make sure "everything living will be killed'

(Newser) - Plans for a new Russian nuclear torpedo system that could hypothetically wipe out every living thing along a wide swath of US coastline were accidentally leaked on state-controlled television, the BBC reports. Or at least, the Kremlin claims it was an accident. According to the Independent , a document titled "... More »

Russia's Doping a 'State-Sanctioned Regime'

Authors say country could be banned from next year's Rio Olympics

(Newser) - Russian athletes should be banned from the Rio Olympics and future track and field competitions, say authors of a scathing new report on the country's systematic doping program . The report, the result of a 10-month investigation from an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency, says top athletes, coaches,... More »

Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt

There've been some holdups

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron stopped flights to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort city Wednesday as investigations continued into the crash of Flight 9268 . Now the UK is scrambling to retrieve roughly 20,000 citizens from the Sinai Peninsula—a plan that Reuters says has been "thrown into... More »

UK: Bomb May Have Downed Russian Plane in Egypt

PM Cameron halts flights to Sinai Peninsula until security check is complete

(Newser) - US officials have reported that the heat flash in the area where Metrojet Flight 9268 went down in Egypt may have been from a bomb—and the UK thinks that's an increasingly likely scenario, the AP reports. London is worried enough that it suspended flights to and from the... More »

'External Activity' Blamed for Egypt Crash

There was no distress call, airline says

(Newser) - An ominous development in Saturday's crash of a Russian plane in Egypt : The airline says pilot error or technical problems could not have caused the crash of Kogalymavia Flight 9268, leaving unspecified "external activity" in the air as the only possible cause, reports the BBC , which notes that... More »

No Survivors After Russian Jet Crashes in Egypt

ISIS claims responsibility for crash that killed 224

(Newser) - A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government says. There were no survivors, according to the Russian Embassy in Cairo.... More »

Family Has Been Stranded in Moscow Airport for 50 Days

Family says Russian authorities believe their visas are fake

(Newser) - For the past 50 days, a Syrian couple and their four children have spent almost every waking hour in a small corner of Moscow's airport. Until a week ago, the family—including three boys, aged 7 to 12, and a 3-year-old girl—also slept there, though Russian officials have... More »

UN: North Korea Obtains Foreign Cash in Cruel Way

Forced labor is a human rights violation one UN official wants brought before ICC

(Newser) - North Korea is saddled with sanctions for its nuclear testing , but Pyongyang has found at least one way to buck the system, the UN now acknowledges: bring in foreign currency via forced labor outside the country , reports CNN . And it's no small chunk of change the nation is said... More »

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