Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting

In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP)Mostly peaceful protests followed the release of the video of a black teen's slaying.

Russian pilot rescued by Syrian commando unit

This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows smoke from a Russian warplane after crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down the 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. (Haberturk TV via AP) TURKEY OUTDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Russian military pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey and crashed in Syria arrived on Wednesday at an air base in Latakia province after being rescued by a Syrian army commando unit, Syrian and Russian officials said.

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Brussels schools and metro reopen despite terror alert

A soldier stand guards as pupils go to school at the French lycee in Brussels on November 25, 2015Brussels struggled to return to normal Wednesday after four days on maximum terror alert, with schools and the metro reopening despite two suspects from the Paris attacks still being at large. "It's not very reassuring, is it?," said Sarah, who runs a private nursery in Brussels. The Brussels metro system had been closed since Saturday and gradually returned to service, but with many stops still shut to better deploy security staff.

Chicago charges officer in black teen's death, releases video of shooting

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is seen in an undated picture released by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IllinoisA white Chicago policeman was charged with murdering a black teenager on Tuesday, hours before authorities released a graphic video showing the youth walking away from officers as he is shot 16 times. The footage of last year's shooting, taken from a camera mounted on the dashboard of a police car and made public under orders from a judge, prompted mostly peaceful street demonstrations in Chicago. The clip showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who authorities said was carrying a pocket knife and had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system, as he was gunned down in the middle of a street on Oct. 20, 2014.

Kabbalah Center follower wins $177,000 in sexual misconduct suit

Actor Ashton Kutcher arrives with Yehuda Berg for GQ magazine's "Gentleman's Ball" in New YorkA woman who brought a sexual misconduct suit against the former co-director of the Kabbalah Center, a spiritual group whose brand of Jewish mysticism has drawn many celebrity devotees, was awarded $177,500 in damages by a jury on Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found Yehuda Berg, 43, known in Hollywood as "a rabbi to the stars," liable for inflicting emotional distress on a former follower, Jena Scaccetti, according to her lawyer, Alain Bonavida. The case marked the latest controversy faced over the years by the Kabbalah Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1965 by Berg's late father, Philip, a rabbi who espoused teachings rooted in metaphysical principles of Jewish belief.

U.S. working to keep up with surging weapons demand: Pentagon

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters are seen on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, in the Pacific OceanBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years, a top Pentagon official said. "Projections are still strong," Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, who heads the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), told Reuters in an interview late on Monday. The fight against Islamic State militants and other armed conflicts around the globe were fueling demand for U.S. missile defense equipment, helicopters and munitions, Rixey said, a shift from 10 years ago when the focus was on fighter jets.

Hollande, Obama vow unity against IS, appeal to Russia

US President Barack Obama (R) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande hold a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on November 24, 2015France and the United States pledged on Tuesday to step up the fight against the Islamic State group, urging Russia to throw its weight behind global efforts to resolve the four-year Syrian conflict. President Francois Hollande met his US counterpart Barack Obama at the White House as Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane dealt a severe blow to efforts to coordinate the fight against IS. Speaking 11 days after jihadists killed 130 people in the French capital, Hollande urged an "implacable" joint response to crush the group in Syria and Iraq.

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Chicago prepares for protests after release of video showing officer shooting teen

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, accused of fatally shooting a black teenager, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT, DAILY HERALD OUT, NORTHWEST HERALD OUT, DAILY CHRONICLE OUT, THE HERALD-NEWS OUT, THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESThe latest on the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): 12:45 a.m. A small crowd of protesters is snaking through streets near Chicago's downtown early Wednesday. ...

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border

File Russia's Defence Ministry handout photo shows a Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet taking off from the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, SyriaRussia claims its plane was still in Syrian airspace at the time of the incident.

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