Jet downing a 'grave development': expert

Nick Miller 10:25 AM   The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet could push the world back towards the darkest hour of the Cold War, a foreign policy expert warns.

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Taliban captures Afghan troops and foreigners

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, a Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag in a street in Kunduz, Afghanistan. More than six weeks after a U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship repeatedly struck a well-marked Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 30 people in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, official U.S., NATO and Afghan government reports on the attack have yet to be released. (AP Photo, File)

The Taliban captured at least 13 Afghan soldiers and two foreigners after their aircraft made an emergency landing in the northern Afghan province of Faryab on Tuesday, officials said.

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'.

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 9:43 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.

Tunisian bus with presidential guards attacked

A hooded police officer prevents media from aproaching the scene of a bus explosion in the centre of Tunis on Tuesday.

4:46 PM   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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Brussels reopens under tight security

A woman and child pass by police officers as they arrive for school in the centre of Brussels.

Thomas Escritt, Philip Blenkinsop 9:35 PM   The lockdown has been lifted but troops on the street were a reminder Brussels remains on the highest alert.

Second Russian pilot picked up by Syrian army

Turkish President Erdogan said the nation had no intention of escalating this incident.

8:20 PM   The second Russian pilot who ejected from a jet shot down by Turkey has been picked up by the Syrian army, Russia's ambassador to France says.

Indonesia raises airports security level

Denpasar Airport earlier this year.

6:44 PM   Indonesia has raised the security level for all airports in response to recent terror attacks and threats.

Hungary detains group heading to capital with explosives, finds bomb lab

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Hungarian President Janos Ader chat on the terrace during their meeting in the presidential Alexander Palace in Budapest, Hungary last week.

Sandor Peto 4:47 PM   Hungarian anti-terrorist police say have detained four people heading to the capital Budapest with explosives in their car, and found a bomb-making laboratory set up for a mass killing

'Holy Grail of rocketry' achieved

Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, inspects New Shepard’s West Texas launch facility before the rocket’s maiden voyage.

Dominic Gates 3:18 PM   Amazon boss and space pioneer Jeff Bezos has scored an historic technical achievement.

Violence erupts over presidential ballot doubts

National police fire towards demonstrators during a protest against official presidential election results in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on  Tuesday.

Jacqueline Charles 3:15 PM   Violence once again flared on the streets of Port-au-Prince, as opposition supporters protested the official results of the first-round presidential ballots.

Beatles fans claim they own 'stolen' tapes

The Beatles, Cliveden, 1965.

Senay Boztas 3:15 PM   Two Dutch Beatles fans are demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages over the "unlawful" seizing of behind-the-scenes tapes of the band.

Probed US-bound DHL parcels contained 'no explosives'

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

Eric Walsh 1:41 PM   British media reports that the suspected explosives have been found at Cairo airport.

Newborn abandoned in nativity scene in church

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

J. David Goodman 1:32 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.

Chicago officer charged with murder; city braces for video of shooting

Shot and killed: Laquan McDonald, 17.

Mark Berman and Mark Guarino 12:37 PM   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.

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?

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.

Russian fighter jet shot down by Turkish jets near Syrian-Turkish border

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 by Turkish fighter jets in Syria near the Turkish border, after it violated the nation's airspace.

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.