By Daren Butler and Maria Tsvetkova ISTANBUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia on Friday not to "play with fire", citing reports Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia, while Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey. Relations between the former Cold War antagonists are at their lowest in recent memory after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border on Tuesday. Russia has threatened economic retaliation, a response Erdogan has dismissed as emotional and indecorous.
By Chine Labbé and Marie-Louise Gumuchian PARIS/ALENCON, France (Reuters) - The voice that claimed Islamic State was responsible for the deadly Paris attacks is known to many in the small French provincial town of Alencon. To family, Fabien Clain was a "big teddy bear", to neighbors he was polite and at the local mosque he was a fellow worshipper who came to pray. To the French authorities, he was a veteran jihadi jailed once in the past for recruiting militant fighters and believed by them to have fled to Syria this year.
Chancellor Angela Merkel came under renewed pressure from her own conservatives on Friday to stem the flow of refugees into Germany as she heads to a weekend summit of European Union leaders and Turkey's prime minister. Roughly a million refugees and migrants fleeing war and deprivation in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are expected to arrive in Germany this year alone - the majority of those reaching Europe - and local authorities are struggling to cope. Merkel has faced intense pressure from her own conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), to change course on her open-door refugee policy.
A male suicide bomber hit a procession of Shi'ite Muslims in Nigeria's Kano state as they walked to the city of Zaria to pay homage to their founder in the country, security sources and a Shi'ite leader said. Muhammad Turi said that 21 people had been killed and more wounded. The blast went off at around 2 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) near the village of Dakozoye outside the town of Garum Mallam, south of Nigeria's second city Kano.
The ringleader behind the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris had plans to strike Jewish targets and to disrupt schools and the transport system in France, according to sources close to the investigation. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national of Moroccan origin, also boasted of the ease with which he had re-entered Europe from Syria via Greece two months earlier, exploiting the confusion of the migrant crisis and the continent's passport-free Schengen system, the sources said on Friday. The witness statement, quoted in the Valeurs Actuelles weekly magazine, describes how Abaaoud approached his cousin Hasna Ait Boulahcen two days after the killing spree asking her to hide him while he prepared further attacks.
Belgium has charged a sixth suspect with terrorist offences over the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris after a series of house searches in Brussels and southern Belgium on Thursday. Federal prosecutors said on Friday that they had charged a man detained in Brussels with terrorist murders and participation in the activities of a terrorist group. Belgium is still hunting Brussels-based Salah Abdeslam, whose brother blew himself up in Paris and who called up a friend from Paris on the night of the attacks seeking a lift back to Brussels.
(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the northern coast of Chile on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the quake's epicenter was located 20.5 miles (32 km) below the seabed, 87 miles (140 km) southwest of Antofagasta. Chile, located on the so-called Pacific ring of fire, is prone to earthquakes. (Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington, editing by G Crosse)
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Oderah Chidom had 12 points with 11 rebounds and No. 15 Duke cruised to an 86-48 victory over Iowa State at the Cancun Challenge on Friday.
Some surviving relatives of drowned Kurdish toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose beached corpse became a global symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis, will be admitted to Canada, broadcaster CBC reported Friday. The three-year-old died after his family, sheltering in Turkey from the war in Syria, decided to make a desperate bid to reach Greece in a flimsy inflatable boat. The sight of Aylan's body, face down on the Turkish shore, was captured by news photographers and galvanized public opinion around the world as hundreds of thousands of refugees arrived in Europe.
Brasília (AFP) - Brazil is preparing to deal with a terrorist attack at the Rio Olympics but has no information of any planned plots, the country's intelligence chief told AFP Friday. "We have no information about a terrorist cell preparing in Brazil. Brazil is working so as "not to be taken by surprise," Trezza said at a seminar in the capital Brasilia.
Timothy Brown, 59, placed his 94-year-old father Kenneth's body in his favourite armchair after he suffered a fall at the house they shared in Stafford, central England, in 2014. "Unfortunately, Timothy didnâ t call the emergency services," Detective Constable Andrew Weatherley of the local police told an inquest hearing, according to British media reports. Months later, a neighbour called at the house and spotted Kenneth Brown's pyjama-clad remains and police were notified.
British radical preacher Anjem Choudary, who faces charges for inviting support for the Islamic State group through social media, returned to jail on Friday after breaking his bail terms, according to court authorities. The 48-year-old Choudary, who has been frequently interviewed by British and US media on his views on Islam and the Middle East, was arrested in August but was granted bail on September 4, pending a trial to be held in January. On granting bail, judge John Saunders set out 10 strict conditions, including not using electronic devices and non-association with certain people.
A police commissioner was killed in clashes in northern Togo between police and demonstrators who were protesting against plans to relocate them from a nature reserve that they had settled in, security sources said Friday. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators throwing rocks in Thursday's violence. "In the exchange between rocks being thrown and blasts of tear gas, a police commissioner died," the security ministry said in a statement.
Several people were wounded Friday when an attacker opened fire at or near a Planned Parenthood family planning center in the US state of Colorado. The Colorado Springs police department said in a tweet that at least three of its officers were injured along with an unknown number of civilians. "A police operation is still under way," a police source in Colorado Springs said, adding that "multiple" people had been shot, apparently from outside the building.
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Friday backed the U.S. approach to major climate change talks in Paris, saying any carbon reduction targets agreed at the negotiations should not be legally binding. The announcement by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna could irritate host nation France, which wants any deal to be enforceable.
Ben Carson, the Republican hopeful for the White House, is in Jordan in a bid to understand the Syrian refugee crisis just days after comparing migrants to rabid dogs, his team said Friday. The retired neurosurgeon, who grew up in a poor family before winning a scholarship to Yale University, has fanned controversy in the United States for anti-Muslim and anti-refugee remarks. "Dr Carson and a small group are in Jordan," a campaign official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few entered this season excited about the pieces he had to work with.
By Edith Honan KAMPALA (Reuters) - Pope Francis held a private meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Friday, pushing for peace in the world's newest nation that has endured nearly two years of civil war, a Vatican spokesman said. "The reason for this meeting, the intention of the pope, was obviously in service of the peace and reconciliation in the land." The meeting at Uganda's State House soon after Francis arrived in the Ugandan capital Kampala on the second leg of his week-long Africa trip was arranged by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, said Lombardi. South Sudan, which gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, descended into civil war in December 2013 when a row between Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar descended into fighting that often ran along ethnic fault lines between Kiir's Dinka and Machar's Nuer people.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles were made to wait for world leaders at a drinks reception in Malta on Friday after the high-level guests got stuck in traffic on the Mediterranean island. The queen and her eldest son were hosting a drinks party at the presidential San Anton Palace after the opening ceremony of the 2015 Commonwealth summit. "Are you sure they're here?" quipped Charles as the queen, dressed in an aqua-green coat and hat with pink flowers on it, peered around the entrance to the Grand Master's Hall where the reception was to be held.
Shelling killed a four-year-old girl and an Ethiopian peacekeeper in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the United Nations mission said Friday. Abyei has been contested since Sudan split into two countries in 2011 and there have been tensions between the Arab Misseriya and Ngok Dinka peoples in the region. In Thursday's attack, seven shells were fired, five of which landed near the home of the Ngok Dinka chief and one inside the residence's compound, said UNISFA, the United Nations interim security force for Abyei.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her right to see her newborn daughter because she acknowledged smoking marijuana days before she gave birth.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - At least three people were killed and another missing in Texas after being caught in high waters caused by a storm system that brought snow, ice and torrential rain to an area stretching from New Mexico to Illinois, officials said on Friday. The system is expected to dump as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain through the weekend in parts of North Texas, coat the Lubbock area in ice and drop up to a foot (30 cms) of snow in northern parts of New Mexico, the National Weather Service said.
Francois Hollande on Friday urged British MPs to back air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria "in solidarity with France", in a tight vote expected early next week. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday argued his case to members of parliament for Britain to join air strikes on the jihadist group in Syria, amid signs that opposition was weakening after the Paris attacks two weeks ago.
By Joseph Nasr BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe's refugee crisis has resurrected Germany's AfD anti-immigrant party, which aims to enter three new state parliaments next year by luring conservative voters angry with Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door asylum policy. The Alternative for Germany party holds its annual congress this weekend in Hanover, where it will outline its plan to bring order to what it calls the "asylum chaos." After imploding over a bitter leadership struggle in July, the AfD placed third nationally, at 10.5 percent, for the first time this month in a survey for pollsters INSA. "The refugee crisis has brought the AfD back from the dead," said Manfred Guellner, head of Forsa, another polling institute.
Women's world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe was "hounded remorselessly" over doping allegations that proved wrong, world athletics' governing body said Friday. "The circumstances in which Ms Radcliffe came to be publicly accused are truly shocking," the IAAF said as it used the British runner's case to defend its own handling of accusations of widespread doping. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Radcliffe "was hounded remorselessly in the media for several weeks until she felt she had no option but to go public in her own defence".
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's environmental regulator is planning additional fines against iron ore miner Samarco on top of the 20 billion reais in damages and clean-up charges the government is seeking, the country's attorney general, Luis Adams, said on Friday. The regulator, known as Ibama, has already fined Samarco 250 million reais in the aftermath of a rupture of a tailings dam that ravaged communities and contaminated a major river. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd, and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA. ...
Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd, and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA. The dam burst earlier this month unleashed 60 million cubic meters of mud and mine waste that devastated a village, killed at least 13 people and polluted a major river valley. Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich made a record profit after tax of 23.8 million euros ($25.2 million) last season, the club announced at its annual general meeting on Friday.
A Dutch court on Friday blocked the extradition of two Rwandan men accused of involvement in the central African country's 1994 genocide, court papers and media reports said. Dutch courts have previously ruled that Jean Claude Iyamuremye, 39, and Jean-Baptiste Mugimba, around 56, should be returned to Rwanda to face a raft of charges including genocide and crimes against humanity. The lawyers based their argument on a recent report by a former Dutch justice official currently working as an adviser in Rwanda's public prosecuting authority.
HAVANA (AP) — Hundreds of angry Cubans confronted police and Ecuadoran embassy officials in an unusual display of public discontent on Friday after the surprise announcement of a new visa requirement aimed at choking off this year's historic overland emigration of Cubans across more than 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of South and Central America to the U.S. border with Mexico.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian officials said Friday that two suspects detained last week after weapons were found in their car sought to "execute" members of the government.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Oregon State got off to a fast start and never looked back against Hofstra.
TORONTO (AP) — The aunt of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach, sparking worldwide outrage at the refugee crisis, said Friday that she hopes her family members will be in Canada by Christmas.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Five years ago, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi warned that millions of Africans wanted to come to the European Union and offered to make the continent's immigration problem disappear in exchange for billions of euros.
Billions of dollars in environmental aid were announced Friday as cities worldwide prepared for marches to pressure leaders heading for Paris to negotiate a historic pact to tame global warming. In Ottawa, the Canadian government announced climate funding of 2.65 billion Canadian dollars ($1.98 billion. 1.87 billion euros) over the next five years, while the 53-nation Commonwealth bloc agreed to set up a billion-dollar "Green Finance Facility" for environmental projects.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after they rammed their cars into soldiers in separate attacks in the West Bank on Friday as the country's defense minister urged Israelis to brace themselves for more violence, saying he cannot see an end to the near-daily Palestinian attacks.
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