Chicago officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

Journalist Brandon Smith, left, and activist William Calloway talk to reporters Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, after a Cook County judge ordered the Chicago Police Department to release a video of an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Nov. 25, in Chicago. The video is said to show the officer shooting McDonald 16 times in October 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, a day before the deadline a judge set for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing that officials fear will spark unrest.

Bayern, Barcelona qualify for Champions League last 16

Bayern Munich's midfielder Douglas Costa celebrates after his goal during a UEFA Champions League football match against Olympiakos on November 24, 2015 at the "Allianz Arena" in Munich, southern GermanyParis (AFP) - Bayern Munich joined Barcelona in sealing qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a crushing 4-0 win against Olympiakos in Germany.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes impromptu remarks to members of the media after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — A new spat emerged between the Israeli government and Washington over Jewish settlements on Tuesday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year.

Turkey tells U.N. it shot down plane, defends right to do so

By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Turkey told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday it had shot down an unidentified plane that violated Turkish airspace and defended its right to do so as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Turkey and Russia to reduce tensions. Russia has accused Turkey of shooting down one of its fighter jets nearly a mile inside Syria and Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of "serious consequences." Ban hopes "a credible and thorough review will clarify the events and help prevent future recurrences," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Obama, Hollande urge Russia to focus Syria attacks on Islamic State

By Roberta Rampton and John Irish WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande pressed Russia on Tuesday to focus its attacks in Syria on Islamic State militants after Turkey heightened tensions in the region by downing a Russian plane. Obama and Hollande also urged Russia and Turkey not to let the situation escalate after Turkey, a NATO ally, said it shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border after it repeatedly violated Turkish air space.

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