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Russia Suspends Visa-Free Travel with Turkey

Another sign of growing tensions between Russia and Turkey was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s announcement on Friday that visa-free travel between the two countries would end on January 1.

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Russia: Turkey Faked Audio of Warnings to Downed Jet Pilots

To support its insistence that Russia’s Su-24 warplane was warned multiple times about its proximity to Turkish airspace before Turkish F-16s shot it down, Ankara has released audio recordings of the warning messages. On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed those recordings as forgeries.

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Erdogan: No Apologies to Russia for Shooting Down Warplane

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, struck a confrontational note in a Thanksgiving Day interview with CNN, refusing to apologize for his forces shooting down a Russian warplane along the Syrian border this week. In fact, Erdogan said Turkey would take the same actions again, under similar circumstances.

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Turkish Stocks Tumble as Russia Crisis Escalates

One of the comforting thoughts for observers of the escalating conflict between Russia and Turkey is that both have solid economic incentives to avoid escalating too much. This was emphasized by a 4.39 percent drop in the Turkish stock market, accompanied by the highest five-year debt insurance costs in several weeks, and the Turkish lira sliding 0.6 percent against the dollar.

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Mali Terror Attack Ropes China into Struggle Against Jihad

Last week’s Islamist terror attack on a hotel in Mali counted three Chinese railway executives among its 19 dead. On Thursday, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, promised increased security cooperation with African nations in the wake of the attack.

A Nicholas White turkey, one of two presidential turkey candidates, attends a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel on November 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Two presidential turkey candidates, known as Tom 1 and Tom 2, are contending for the honor of being named the 2015 National Thanksgiving turkey and being pardoned by U.S. president Barack Obama during a pardoning ceremony at the White House before Thanksgiving. (Photo by )

How to Talk About Global Warming With Your Crazy ISIS Relatives at Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner promises to be especially rough for liberals this year. At home, there’s the collapsing enrollment, soaring premiums, agonizing deductibles, and shaky insurance company finances created by ObamaCare. Overseas, Islamic terrorists are making life difficult. What we really need is a handy guide for discussing global warming with your crazy ISIS relatives.

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Iran Hacks State Department Social Media Accounts

Unimpressed by their “historic” nuclear deal with the United States, and its billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran’s hackers have escalated their attacks on U.S. government officials over the past four months.

Barack Obama 'pardons' the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2015. The President pardoned Honest and his alternate Abe, both 18-week old, 40-pound turkeys. The names of the turkeys were chosen from submissions from California school children. After the pardoning, the turkeys will be on display for visitors at their permanent home at Morven Parks Turkey Hill, the historic turkey farm located at the home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis (1918-1922) in Leesburg, Virginia. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read

Dear Democrats: Please Stop Politicizing Thanksgiving

“As you may have heard, for months, there has been a fierce competition between a bunch of turkeys trying to win their way into the White House,” snarked President Barack Obama, during the traditional presidential pardon of a turkey before Thanksgiving.

Protestors hold placards challenging 'Obamacare' outside of the US Supreme Court on March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court heard a second challenge to US President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The US Supreme Court faces a momentous case Wednesday on the sweeping health insurance reform law that President Barack Obama wants to leave as part of his legacy. The question before the court is whether the seven million people or more who subscribed via the government's website can obtain tax subsidies that make the coverage affordable.

ObamaCare’s Closed-Door Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

When America’s largest insurance provider, UnitedHealth Group, announced disastrous losses due to ObamaCare and started talking about exiting from the program last week, I wondered if they, along with other companies grumbling about ObamaCare red ink, might be looking for a bailout.

Migrants and refugees arrive after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey, on November 24, 2015 on the Greek island of Lesbos. More than 800.000 migrants, mostly fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have crossed the Mediterranean this year to reach Europe. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC / AFP / BULENT KILIC

Canada Limits Single Male Syrian Refugees

The Canadian government is backing down from its pledge to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015. The new resettlement plan calls for only 10,000 refugees by year-end, with another 15,000 by the end of February.


Rescued Russian Pilot Claims ‘No Warning’ From Turkish Jets

Tuesday was filled with conflicting news about the fate of the Russian pilots shot down by Turkish forces over Syria. At various points during the day, it was said that both had been killed – possibly riddled with bullets by Syrian rebels as they came down in their parachutes – and that both were alive, and in enemy hands.

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Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Kill 10 in Cameroon

The latest in a string of suicide bomber attacks from Boko Haram killed ten people and wounded at least twelve others in the town of Fotokol, Cameroon on Saturday. The UK Metro cites some other sources that say nine were killed, and specifies that the location of the attack was actually a village called Nigue near Fotokol.


HuffPost Live Host: ‘Fascist Right’ Like Trump, Le Pen ‘Only Sane Voices in the Room’

The confused, panicked muddle of Leftist thought in the wake of the Paris terror attack is perfectly captured in this HuffPost Live segment with Howard Fineman, in which host Josh Zepps worries that a wave of terrorist attacks will grant political legitimacy to “fascists” like Marine Le Pen in France and Donald Trump in the United States… and admits those “fascists” sound like the “only sane voices in the room” to average voters.