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Syrian army confirms rescue of Russian pilot

Turkish demonstrators hold a banner and placards that read " we are with resistance against aggressors" as they protest Russian support to Assad regime in Syria, outside the Russian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. Russia said the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey claimed that its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it ignored several warnings.(AP Photo)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – The latest on the war in Syria, including Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local: 12:23 p.m. Syria’s army is confirming that it has rescued a Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey in an overnight “qualitative” joint operation with Russian forces. …

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Pope brings peace message to Africa amid security fears

Pope Francis boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Africa, at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis is leaving for a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, from Nov. 25-30. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Pope Francis wants to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence, but security concerns are so high that he might be forced to make changes to his itinerary for the final leg of the trip. Francis left Wednesday for …

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Militant attacks abroad a diplomatic quandary for China’s Xi

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, China's President Xi Jinping speaks at a leaders' summit on peacekeeping at United Nations headquarters. The murders of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali place President Xi in a quandary: How can Beijing respond effectively without betraying its strict stance against intervention? The dilemma underscores the tension between China’s desire to be seen as a leading global power and its desire to remain independent whiling shunning the U.S.-led Western political agenda. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

BEIJING (AP) – The killings of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali place President Xi Jinping in a quandary: How can Beijing respond effectively without betraying its strict stance against intervention? The dilemma underscores the tension between China’s desire to be seen as a leading global power …

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Biden meets southeast Europe leaders about surge of migrants

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, second from right, talks to Slovenian President Borut Pahor, third from right, in Zagreb, Croatia, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Biden attends a conference of southern and eastern European leaders to discuss the surge of migration this year. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, Pool)

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is attending a summit of southeast European leaders on Wednesday that focuses on tensions and security concerns over a surge of asylum-seekers and migrants crossing the region. Biden’s trip comes amid a debate in the U.S. about whether to admit Syrian …

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Belgium orders ID for health, emergency services

A man wheels a boy on his bicycle past police officers as they arrive for school in the center of Brussels on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Students in Brussels have begun returning to class after a two-day shutdown over fears that a series of simultaneous attacks could be launched around the Belgian capital. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) – The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels: 11:45 a.m. The Belgian government has ordered health and emergency services in Belgium to take special precautionary measures to make sure their services are not infiltrated by violent extremists. Health Minister Maggie De Block told …

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Why government and tech can’t agree about encryption

FILE - In this July 30, 2014, file photo, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The Paris terrorist attacks have renewed the debate between law-enforcement officials and privacy advocates over whether there should be limits to encryption technology. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn’t totally comfortable with that, because it’s also complicating the work of tracking criminals and potential national-security threats. For decades, tech companies have steadily expanded the use of encryption – a data-scrambling …

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Better batteries to beat global warming: A race against time

FILE - In this April 30, 2015 file photo, Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk unveils the company’s newest product, Powerpack in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages. One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: the battery.  If batteries can get better, cheaper and store more power safely, then electric cars and solar- or wind- powered homes become more viable _ even on cloudy days or when the wind isn’t blowing. These types of technological solutions will be one of the more hopeful aspects of United Nations climate talks that begin next week in Paris. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: the battery. If batteries can get better, cheaper and store more power safely, then electric cars and solar- or wind- powered homes …

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