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Protesters Demonstrate against Arrest of Turkish Opposition Journalists

Over 1,000 protesters on Friday staged a demonstration outside the Istanbul premises of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper against the arrest of the paper's two journalists, accused of spying over a news report.

The protesters who included journalists and opposition MPs chanted slogans: "Shoulder to shoulder against fascism," and "Tayyip thief, Tayyip liar, Tayyip killer," referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Turkey Seeks to Calm Tensions with Russia over Jet

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday sought to ease tensions with Moscow over the downing of a Russian warplane over Syria, and said the world must unite to defeat the Islamic State group.

Russia ordered sweeping retaliatory measures after Turkish fighter jets shot down the warplane on Tuesday, threatening ties between two rival players in the Syrian war and raising fears of a wider international conflict.

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Putin, Hollande Agree to Coordinate on IS Fight but Divisions Remain

French President Francois Hollande and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed Thursday to coordinate strikes against Islamic State, but differences over Syria's future hampered efforts to bring Russia into a wider alliance to fight the jihadists.

Putin indicated France and Russia would swap data to help identify IS targets in Syria, as opposed to other groups opposed to the country's leader, Bashar Assad.

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Russian Foreign Ministry Urges Nationals in Turkey to Return Home

Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday urged nationals currently in Turkey to return home after tensions with Ankara soared over the downing of a Russian warplane.

"In connection with the existing terrorist threats on Turkish territory, we once again recommend that Russian citizens refrain from visiting Turkey, and recommend that Russians who are there for personal purposes return home," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Ankara: EU to Open New Chapter of Turkish Membership Talks

Turkey's minister of European Union affairs said Thursday that Brussels had agreed to open a new chapter in stalled membership talks with Turkey by mid-December, following an EU-Turkey summit this weekend.

"The decision to open the Chapter 17 by mid-December has been taken," Volkan Bozkir said in the capital Ankara.

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Putin Says still No 'Apologies' from Turkey over Downed Warplane

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had not received any apology from Turkish leaders over the downing of a warplane, nor any proposals to compensate Moscow.

"We still have not heard any articulate apologies from Turkey's highest political level nor any proposals to compensate for the harm and damage, nor promises to punish criminals responsible for their crimes," Putin said at the Kremlin in televised remarks.

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Turkey Risks Sparking World War, Says Iraq's Maliki

Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki Thursday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of pushing the world to the brink of a global conflict after Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane.

Maliki, a former prime minister who remains very influential, lashed out at Erdogan after Turkey shot down a Russian jet it said briefly violated its airspace during operations in northern Syria on Tuesday.

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Russian Media Talks Tough but Urges Caution on Turkey Jet Downing

Russian media on Wednesday echoed President Vladimir Putin's tough talk on Turkey's downing of its fighter jet but warned against letting tensions spiral into further conflict.

Front pages were dominated by pictures of the burning Russian jet and Putin's words that its downing was a "stab in the back."

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Erdogan Son-in-Law Named Energy Minister in New Turkey Cabinet

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday unveiled a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including the strongman's own son-in-law as energy minister.

The announcement came on the same day Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border, creating a new security challenge for the government. 

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Tensions Flare as Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane on Syria Border

NATO member Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border, an act President Vladimir Putin said would have "serious consequences" for ties between two key protagonists in the Syria war.

The Turkish army said the plane was shot down by two F-16s after violating Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period, an account challenged by Moscow which said it was over Syria.

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