Turkey's foreign ministry on Saturday advised people to postpone all non-urgent travel to Russia, the latest move in an escalating row between Moscow and Ankara over a Russian jet downed by Turkey on Tuesday. NATO member Turkey's foreign ministry said in a statement that following difficulties faced by Turkish visitors and residents in Russia, it advised Turks to postpone all non-urgent travel.
North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Saturday but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. The test, if confirmed, follows a test-launch in May of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which Pyongyang boasted as a success but has not been independently verified. "There is no identification of a missile taking flight and only fragments of a safety cover was observed so it's highly likely that the launch was a misfire," a South Korean government source was quoted as saying by Yonhap.
The Syrian army captured territory from Islamic State east of Aleppo including several kilometers (miles) of highway linking the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday. The areas reported captured are east of the Kweires, air base seized from Islamic State control on Nov. 10 in one of several offensives being waged by the Syrian army with support from Russian air strikes, Iranian forces, and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. A headline flashed on state TV said the army had captured the two villages of Kaskis and Akula and wide areas of agricultural land, seizing tunnels and fortifications built by the jihadists, and were demining areas mined by the group.
By Philip Pullella and Edith Honan NAMUGONGO, Uganda (Reuters) - Pope Francis traveled to Uganda's holiest shrine on Saturday, paying tribute to 19th century Christian martyrs killed for their faith, including for protecting young boys in the royal court from abuse by the king. Francis, on the second leg of his first African tour, said Mass for tens of thousands of people huddled on muddy hillsides surrounding the soaring modern shrine made of iron and cone-shaped to resemble a hut of the Baganda tribe. Twenty-five Anglicans and 22 Catholic converts where killed during the persecutions, mostly by being burned to death, between 1884 and 1887 on the orders of King Buganda Mwanga II. The most famous of the Catholic converts and martyrs was Charles Lwanga, a prefect in the royal court who was in charge of the boy pages and was killed because he tried to protect the children from the sexual advances of the king.
This week in the Middle East, Egyptians went to the polls in the second round of parliamentary elections, with turnout reaching nearly 30 percent, considerably less than for votes held immediately after the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Another 13 wickets tumbled as bowlers again dominated with the pink ball in the first day-night cricket test on Saturday, leaving a teetering New Zealand with a 94-run lead and the Decision Review System clearly in the spotlight.
By Aleksandar Vasovic and Gabriela Baczynska BELGRADE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Need a Kalashnikov in Belgium? The main militant threat in Europe has long been the bomb. The source of all the weapons used in the Paris attack is unclear but at least some were reported on Saturday to have come from a batch made in Belgrade in the late 1980s.
PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande was meeting with environmental groups Saturday, pushing for an ambitious global deal to reduce man-made emissions blamed for global warming. Officials announced that nearly 1,000 individuals have been banned from entering France amid preparations for the conference and post-attack high security.
Germany's chancellor gave a qualified welcome on Saturday to China's pledge to tackle rising temperatures ahead of a global climate conference but she called for more ambitious goals to cut greenhouse emissions. In her weekly internet podcast on Saturday, Angela Merkel also underscored the long-term importance of coal-fired power for Germany, a country that remains one of the globe's biggest economies and exporters. "It is remarkable that China ... has given a timeframe for reduction of 2030," said Merkel.
Macedonia started building a fence on its border with Greece on Saturday to better control the influx of migrants passing through the Balkan country, an AFP photographer at the frontier said. The extent of the barrier was not yet known, but the photographer said the army was using heavy machinery to build a 2.5-metre-high (8-foot) fence near the crossing point used by migrants at Gevgelija. The source said the crossing from Greece to non-EU member Macedonia would remain open and that the fence was aimed at ensuring migrants did not try to slip across at other spots.