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Queen Elizabeth II visits beloved Malta and Commonwealth
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau meets Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Buckingham Palace, London, Wednesday Nov. 25, 2015. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)LONDON (AP) — It is a bittersweet moment for Queen Elizabeth II. She is visiting a country she loves, on what may be her final visit to an organization she cherishes — one that might struggle without her.

Turkey and Russia do not have 'luxury' of unfriendly ties: Turkish minister
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia do not have the luxury of unfriendly relations, Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday, two days after Turkish jets shot down a Russian plane along the Syria border. Speaking in Ankara, Volkan Bozkir said he expected ties with Moscow to be maintained following the incident, which elicited a furious response from President Vladimir Putin. Bozkir also said that progress was expected on Turkey's stalled bid to join the EU, with chapter 17 of the accession process -- dealing with economy and monetary policy -- due to be opened on December 14-15. ...

Kremlin says still waiting for 'realistic' response from Turkey on downing jet
The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia was still awaiting a reasonable answer from Ankara on why it downed a Russian fighter jet earlier this week, adding that it is not considering sanctions against Turkey or imposing a food imports embargo. "We are still waiting for an explanation, a realistic explanation from the Turkish side," Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told journalists on a conference call. Russia's Agriculture Ministry said earlier on Thursday it was strengthening control over food and agriculture imports from Turkey.

APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow sued for wrongful death
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Three of Kasem's children sued their father's widow, Jean Kasem, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, for wrongful death, elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress, claiming her actions shortened the popular radio personality's life. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem's children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.

Russia tightens control over Turkish food imports: minister
A protester shouts slogans during a demonstration in front of the Turkish embassy in Moscow on November 25, 2015Russia said Thursday that it would reinforce control over Turkish food imports citing frequent violations of safety standards, as tensions surged with Ankara over the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border. Some 15 percent of Turkish agricultural produce does not meet Russian standards with levels of pesticides, nitrates and nitrites considerably above safe limits, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said. "Taking into account repeated violations by Turkish producers of Russian norms, the Russian government has tasked (the food safety agency) Rosselkhoznadzor with reinforcing control over supplies of agricultural produce and food from Turkey," Tkachev said.

In 2016 campaign, both parties want reform in justice system
FILE - In this April 28, 2015 file photo, police stand in formation as a curfew approache in Baltimore, a day after unrest that occurred following Freddie Gray's funeral. On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago. The 2016 presidential race has accelerated an evolution away from the traditional tough-on-crime candidate. A Republican Party that’s long taken a law-and-order stance finds itself desperate to improve its standing among minority voters while Democratic candidates are also being drawn into national conversations on policing, drug crimes and prison costs. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.

China's Xi says to shake up military structure in reform push
Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army march during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in BeijingChina will shake up its military by establishing a joint operational command structure by 2020 and rejig existing military regions as part of overall reforms, President Xi Jinping said in a comments reported on Thursday. On this road, reform and innovation steps have never stopped," Xi was quoted as saying. Xi is determined to modernize the military at the same time as China gets more assertive in its territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas.

Pope in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God's name
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in NairobiBy Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya, a country that has seen a spate of attacks by Islamist militants, that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God's name was unjustified. Bridging divisions between Muslims and Christians is a main theme of his first tour of the continent that also takes him to Uganda, which like Kenya has seen a number of Islamist attacks, and the Central African Republic, riven by sectarian conflict. Starting his first full day in the Kenyan capital, Francis met Muslim and other religious leaders before saying an open-air Mass for tens of thousands of rain-drenched people who sang, danced and ululated as he arrived in an open popemobile.

Russian state-owned news agency says promised S-400 anti-aircraft missiles deployed in Syria.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state-owned news agency says promised S-400 anti-aircraft missiles deployed in Syria.

Vast crowds celebrate pope's first mass in Africa
Pope Francis arrives in the popemobile at the University of Nairobi for a public mass on November 26, 2015Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa on Thursday with huge crowds calling heavy rains "God's blessing" as they sung and danced in the Kenyan capital. Thousands of people queued throughout the night braving torrential rains to secure a place at the first mass celebrated by Francis on African soil. The mass at the University of Nairobi -- also shown on giant television screens in neighbouring parks -- was the pope's first major public appearance and a highly-anticipated part of his three-day visit to Kenya.

BC-EU--Europe-Migrants-The Latest, EU
A Dutch advisory court says that the government can demand of migrants who have had their asylum applications rejected that they cooperate with efforts to repatriate them in return for basic accommodation in the Netherlands.

Japan announces $10.6 billion in climate financing for 2020
TOKYO (AP) — Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen ($10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.

Turkey releases recording of warnings to Russian plane
FILE - This Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey. The Russian plane shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was operating over the Turkmen Mountain region in Syria's Latakia province, and one of the Russian pilots was captured by a rebel group that includes local Turkmen fighters. The Turkmen in Syria were among the first to take up arms against Syrian government forces, as Turkey lent its support to rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. They have looked to Turkey for support and protection. (Haberturk TV via AP) TURKEY OUTTurkey released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military’s warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane that was shot down at the border with Syria.

Norway advertises stricter asylum rules in Afghan newspapers
By Stine Jacobsen OSLO (Reuters) - Norway is telling Afghans that its door is not as open as it was to migrants, advertising its stricter asylum rules in Afghan newspapers as part of a campaign to limit the number of people hoping to reach the Nordic country for protection. The country's justice ministry has a Facebook page called "Stricter asylum regulations in Norway," and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has tweeted about new rules in Pashto, Dari and English. Norway expects to receive some 35,000 asylum seekers this year, triple what it was last year, but still a relatively modest number compared with neighboring Sweden.

Official: Nigerian president to decide on $5.2B MTN fine
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian government spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari will make the final decision on whether to lower the gigantic $5.2 billion fine meted out to African telecommunications giant MTN.

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