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Russia: Officials Threaten To Cut Energy Supplies To Ukraine Over Crimea Blackout

Russia will cut off natural gas supplies to Ukraine in response to a dispute over a power blackout in Crimea and is threatening to halt coal deliveries, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Nov. 24, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Downed Russian Jet No Threat To Energy Ties, Energy Minister Says

The downing of the Russian warplane does not constitute a threat to energy ties between Russia and Turkey, Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak said Nov. 24, BBC reported. Read more…

Egypt: Hotel Car Bomb Kills 7 In North Sinai

A car bomb detonated on Nov. 24 outside a hotel in North Sinai, killing seven, BBC reported. Read more…

Tunisia: President Declares State Of Emergency After Bus Explosion

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a 30-day state of emergency and placed a curfew on the capital of Tunis on Nov. 24, following an explosion on a bus carrying presidential guard that killed 12 people, BBC reported, quoting officials. Read more…

France: Hostage Situation In Town Near Belgian Border

Armed men fired gunshots and took hostages Nov. 24 in the northern French town of Roubaix, a police source said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Military Suspends Contact With Turkey

Russia will discontinue all military contact with Turkey following the downing of a Russian fighter jet near the Turkey-Syria border, the chief of the Russian General Staff said Nov. 24, Interfax reported. Read more…

Turkey: Russian Fighter Entered Turkish Airspace, NATO Says

NATO's assessment of the downing of the Russian warplane near the Turkey-Syria border shows that the Russian warplane did fly into Turkish airspace, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Nov. 24, BBC reported. Read more…

U.S., France: Presidents Respond To Downed Russian Fighter Jet

U.S. President Barack Obama responded to the downing of a Russian fighter jet on the Turkey-Syria border Nov. 24 by saying Turkey had the right to defend its territory and airspace, BBC reported. Read more…

Syria: Russian Military Operations To Continue Despite Plane Downing

Russia's military operations in Syria will continue despite the downing of a Russian fighter plane by Turkey, according to a Kremlin spokesman, Reuters reported Nov. 24. Read more…

Tunisia: Bus Carrying Security Forces Explodes In Tunis

An explosion hit a bus carrying security forces in the center of Tunis, Tunisia, on Nov. 24, Al Arabiya reported, quoting eyewitnesses. Read more…

U.S.: Agreement With Russia Does Not Apply To Downed Plane, Pentagon Says

A Pentagon spokesman said the agreement between the United States and Russia to prevent conflict in Syrian airspace does not apply to the Russian military plane downed by Turkey, RIA Novosti reported Nov. 24. Read more…

Syria: Russian Pilots May Be Alive, Turkish Official Says

Turkey believes the two pilots from a Russian fighter jet it shot down close to the Syrian border on Nov. 24 are still alive, and it is working to secure their release from Syrian rebels, a Turkish government official said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: President To Chair Security Meeting In Wake Of Downed Fighter Jet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will chair a security summit Nov. 24 to discuss a Russian fighter jet that was shot down on the Turkey-Syria border, officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Russian Pilots Reportedly Killed By Turkmen Forces

The two pilots of the Russian aircraft that was shot down by the Turkish military near the Turkey-Syria border are dead, Turkmen rebels said, Reuters reported Nov. 24. Read more…

Russia: Foreign Minister Cancels Turkey Visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov canceled a Nov. 25 visit to Turkey after Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian military aircraft that allegedly violated Turkish airspace, Reuters reported Nov. 24. Read more…

Syria: Rebels Fire At Russian Helicopter, Force Emergency Landing

Syrian rebels fired at a Russian helicopter, forcing it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held area in Syria's Latakia province Nov. 24, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey, Russia: NATO To Hold Extraordinary Meeting On Fighter Jet Downing

NATO will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the downing of the Russian warplane near the Syria-Turkey border on Nov. 24, according to a statement from the treaty bloc, The Guardian reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkey Shot Down Russian Warplane, Officials Say

Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian military aircraft that violated Turkish airspace along the Syrian border, unnamed Turkish military officials and presidential sources said, Hurriyet and BBC reported. Read more…