Turkey releases radar image of Russian fighter jet

Nick Miller 5:08 AM   A radar track released by the Turkish military purports to show the downed Russian Su-24 fighter passing over Turkish territory before it was shot down.

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Black Lives Matter protesters shot

A Black Lives Matter demonstrator in Minneapolis after five protesters were shot.

Since the shooting of a young black man, the protesters have held daily demonstrations. Then a group white men reportedly 'opened fire on about six protesters'.

Chicago braces for video of shooting

Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, turned himself in to authorities.

A Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old last year ahead of the release of damning video.

Hollande meets Obama but little progress

French President Francois Hollande's visit to Washington is part of a diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against Islamic State in Syria.

Nick O'Malley 9:25 AM   After the Paris attacks, French leader wanted to forge a broader and more co-ordinated coalition to focus on fighting Islamic State in Syria.

Russian fighter jet shot down by Turkish jets

Fighter jet goes down in flames near Syrian border.

Ruth Pollard and Nick Miller 8:51 AM   In a dangerous escalation in the Syrian conflict, a Russian warplane has been shot down after it violated the nation's airspace.

Tunisian bus with presidential guards attacked

Flowers are laid on the Tunisian beach where a gunman killed 38 foreigners in June.

6:11 AM   At least 11 people have been killed after an explosion hit a bus carrying Tunisian presidential guards, while another six people were wounded and the death toll is likely to rise.

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Newborn abandoned in nativity scene in church

A woman was seen on video leaving the baby in the church.

J. David Goodman 1:06 PM   For a few moments, the sight could have been confused for a miraculous arrival ahead of the Christmas season: A newborn baby, hours old and full term, appeared within a nativity scene at a New York church on Monday.

Egypt probe under way after explosives found in US-bound parcels: reports

Reports say suspected explosives have been found at Cairo airport concealed in parcels due to be loaded onto a DHL cargo plane.

Eric Walsh 12:00 PM   British media reports that the suspected explosives have been found at Cairo airport.

Russian jet pilot, helicopter crew casualties: Russian military

Two parachutes are seen after a Russian warplane was shot down over Turkey.

11:17 AM   Russia's military general staff says that one of the pilots of the Su-24 warplane that was shot down by Turkey was killed by ground fire as he parachuted from his crippled plane.

Did Turkey overreact in shooting down Russian fighter?

The Russian Su-24 on fire after being shot down by Turkish F-16s.

Paul McGeough 10:52 AM   Did Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who ironically has emerged as the Putin of his region, really think he was making the conflict more capable of resolution?

'Holy Grail of rocketry' achieved

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as he unveiled a Blue Origin rocket, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida two months ago.

Dominic Gates 10:31 AM   Amazon boss and space pioneer Jeff Bezos has scored an historic technical achievement.

Downing of Russian jet by Turkey could push us back to Cold War relations: expert

'Menacing' ... Vladimir Putin warned there will be 'serious consequences' after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane.

Nick Miller 10:25 AM   The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet on the Turkey-Syria border is a grave development that could push the world back towards the darkest hour of the Cold War, a foreign policy expert has warned.

New study adds to debunking of global warming 'pause'

Warming pause was never really a thing.

Chris Mooney 9:16 AM   Scientists fell prey to the 'pause' narrative because of a 'seepage' of arguments by climate change doubters into the scientific literature, new research finds.

Hostage situation in northern France ends

Police officers respond to the hostage situation north of Paris in an unrelated incident in July.

8:34 AM   Armed men have taken hostages after gun shots were fired in the northern French town of Roubaix, a police source says.

Turkey releases radar image tracking Russian fighter jet over Turkey


Nick Miller 5:08 AM   A radar track released by the Turkish military purports to show the downed Russian Su-24 fighter passing over Turkish territory before it was shot down.

Vatican puts journalists on trial over publishing books portraying corruption

Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi, left, and Emiliano Fittipaldi, leave Vatican City.

Philip Pullella 3:15 AM   One Italian reporter dubbed the trial 'Kafkaesque'. 'I am incredulous in finding myself here as a defendant in a country that is not mine.'

Russia and Turkey fight the wrong enemy

"A stab in the back" ... Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at Turkey over the downing of a Russian fighter jet.

Daniel Flitton 3:01 AM   This is the war Islamic State wants, against squabbling enemies far more suspicious of each other than they are united in a fight against the extremists themselves.

Russia's Putin calls Turkey's downing of Russian jet 'stab in the back'

'Today's loss is linked to a stab in the back delivered to us by accomplices of terrorists' ... Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Andrew Osborn and Olesya Astakhova 2:13 AM   President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by "the accomplices of terrorists," saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow's relations with Ankara.

NATO to convene emergency meeting in Brussels over downing of Russian fighter jet

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, will lead an emergency meeting in Brussels overnight following the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish Air Force.

Ruth Pollard 2:03 AM   NATO is preparing to convene an emergency meeting in Brussels overnight as tensions between Turkey and Russia intensified after Turkey confirmed two of its F-16s downed a Russian fighter jet they said violated Turkish airspace.

Cartoon offers new theory of life on board Beagle

Charles Darwin and crew members deal with fossils, botanical and mineralogical specimens on board the HMS Beagle in the watercolour cartoon by Augustus Earle.

Hannah Furness 12:58 AM   Charles Darwin trip aboard the Beagle was not all plain sailing, according to a newly discovered painting, the first and only picture of Darwin on board.

UN decries 'profiling' of refugees

Exhausted migrants sit in no-man's land demanding to be allowed to pass the Greek-Macedonian border on Tuesday.

Stephanie Nebehay 11:38 PM   About 1000 refugees and migrants are stuck at the main crossing point into Macedonia from Greece as authorities deny entry to some nationalities in contravention of international law, the UN says.

Militants attack election judges' hotel in Sinai

Egyptian flag.

11:18 PM   Islamic State militants killed four people in an attack on a hotel in Egypt's North Sinai where election judges were staying, the military and Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Doctors shocked as one of blind woman's other personalities starts to see

B.T.'s strange case reveals a lot about the mind's extraordinary power — how it can control what we see and who we are.

Sarah Kaplan 10:06 PM   She was seeking treatment for dissociative identity disorder when the ability to see suddenly returned. Not to her, but to a teenage boy she sometimes became.

Mining mud reaches Atlantic in Brazil's worst environmental disaster

People watch the sea on the coast of Espirito Santo, Brazil, after a tailings dam burst in the neighbouring state of Minas Gerais, discharging a torrent of mining mud.

Lia Timson 6:28 PM   The mineral sludge that killed 12 people and polluted more than 600 kilometres of rivers, has arrived at the Atlantic Ocean, extending its destruction to a delicate marine environment.

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Belgium's peculiar cocktail of religion and atheism

A cat sits under a restaurant chair on the Rue des Bouchers, normally a busy tourist area of Brussels, on Monday.

Julien Oeuillet 4:50 PM   Belgium police joined the cat fun at the end of a tense day of anti-terror raids and arrests in Brussels.

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France finds explosive belt, detects Paris suspect's phone

A French police officer stands guard in front of the main entrance of Bataclan concert hall.

Chine Labbé and Gabriela Baczynska 3:57 PM   Suspect may have intended to blow himself up but may have had a technical problem with his explosive belt or abandoned the plan.