The Latest: Turkey: Dialogue with Russia should stay open BEIRUT (AP) - The latest developments regarding the war in Syria. All times local. 9:20 p.m. Turkey's government and military leaders have said after a high level meeting, that Turkey and Russia should keep all diplomatic and military channels of communication open following tensions over Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet. In a statement released after a regular High Military Council on Thursday, the Turkish leaders also recommended that the two countries' militaries take all measures possible to avoid new "undesired" incidents on the Turkey-Syria border. Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 military jet on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings - a claim Russia denies.
Hollande, on Moscow visit, calls for broad anti-IS coalition MOSCOW (AP) - French President Francois Hollande called for forming a broad international coalition against the Islamic State group, using his visit to Moscow on Thursday to try to unite France, the U.S. and Russia on a response to the Paris attacks that killed 130 people. IS has claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, as well as deadly bombings in Beirut and the downing of a Russian airplane on Oct. 31 that killed all 224 people on board over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. "We need to take the lead so that there can be actions against terrorism that must be intensified," Hollande told Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of their talks at the Kremlin.
The Latest: Belgium says likely Paris fugitive gets help PARIS (AP) - The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local: 7:40 p.m. Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens said that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam is "likely" getting support from others during his continued flight from authorities. After a manhunt stretching for nearly two weeks, Geens said it was unlikely Abdeslam could hide for so long on his own. "If someone is on the run on his own, he is caught quickly, while it is tougher to find someone who is not alone. The latter is likely," he told VTM network after Thursday's meeting of the national security council.
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Trump called out for appearing to mock disability WASHINGTON (AP) - An advocacy group is offering Donald Trump sensitivity training after he appeared to mock a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech. Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston said Thursday the Republican presidential contender should apologize to Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times and the public. Kovaleski has a congenital condition that affects joint movement. In a speech Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump said: "poor guy, you oughta see this guy," and gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Kovaleski's movements. Trump was challenging recollections by Kovaleski and many others about the 9/11 aftermath.
Teen killed by Chicago officer had broken, troubled family CHICAGO (AP) - A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled between different relatives' homes and foster care from the time he was 3. Laquan McDonald, whose name demonstrators have shouted for two days and will shout again during a planned rally to disrupt the city's famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor Friday, lived a troubled, disadvantaged life and had at least one previous brush with the law. School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order, though prosecutors say he had drugs in his system and was burglarizing cars on Oct.
Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security NEW YORK (AP) - Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye. The parade, in its 89th year, included marching bands and floats to go along with Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Paddington and other giant balloons. City officials have said there are no known, credible threats against New York following the recent attacks in Paris and a video purportedly produced by the Islamic State group that contained video clips of Times Square. But Police Commissioner William Bratton said more than 2,500 officers would be stationed along the parade route for the Thanksgiving Day festivities - the largest number of officers the department has ever assigned to the event.
Pope says 'catastrophic' if interests derail climate talks NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of crucial climate change talks in Paris. Francis issued the pointed warning in a speech to the U.N.'s regional office here after celebrating his first public Mass on the continent. The joyous, rain-soaked ceremony before 300,000 faithful saw the Argentine pope being serenaded by ululating Swahili singers, swaying nuns, Maasai tribesmen and dancing children dressed in the colors of Kenya's flag.
The Latest: Pope condemns illegal trade in ivory, diamonds NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.) --- 6:55 p.m. Pope Francis, who has made the fight against human trafficking a major priority, is denouncing other forms of illegal trafficking during his first-ever visit to Africa. In a speech Thursday to the regional U.N. headquarters, Francis said illegal trade in diamonds and other precious stones and metals, as well as the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks "fuels political instability, organized crime and terrorism." He said: "This situation is a cry rising up from humanity and the Earth itself, one which needs to be heard by the international community." Francis' speech, one of the most important of his six-day visit, was interrupted several times by rousing applause from the U.N.
Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions MOSCOW (AP) - Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects. Since the plane was shot down Tuesday on the Syria-Turkey border, Russia has already restricted tourism, left Turkish trucks stranded at the border and confiscated large quantities of Turkish food imports. On Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to also draft sanctions against Turkey within two days in response to what he described as an "act of aggression against our country." The sanctions will include "restrictions and bans on Turkish economic structures operating in Russian territory, restrictions and bans on deliveries of products, including foodstuffs," as well as on labor and services.