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Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia’s foreign minister has suggested that the downing of its bomber by Turkish jets Tuesday resembled a “planned provocation.” But he reiterated that Moscow has no intention of fighting a war with Turkey over the incident.

“We have serious doubts that it was an unpremeditated act. It’s very similar to a planned provocation,” Lavrov said during a news conference in Moscow Wednesday.

Asked whether he thought the incident could escalate into a conflict, Lavrov said, “We do not intend to fight with Turkey; our relationship with the Turkish people has not changed. There are just questions that have arisen for the Turkish government.”

Lavrov made the comments as Russia’s military announced it had recovered the second pilot from the downed bomber.

Speaking at a televised briefing, Vladimir Putin confirmed the pilot, who was the plane’s navigator, had been rescued.

Russia’s defense minister earlier told a briefing that the man, Konstantin Murakhtin, had had been found after an all-night search, during which one rescue helicopter was downed by rebels and a Russian marine killed. The bomber pilot was now “alive and well’ at Russian airbase in Syria, the ministry said.

The plane’s other pilot was killed by rebels after he ejected, according to Russian defense officials. Putin said the deceased pilot will be awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of Russia medal, one of Russia’s highest military honors.

Simultaneously, Russia’s defense ministry announced it would be deploying advanced anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria, close to where the incident happened to prevent further attacks of its planes conducting strikes there.

The men’s Su-24 jet was brought down by Turkish fighters in the northern mountains of Syria’s Latakia province, close to the border with Turkey, where it had been bombing Syrian rebel militants. Turkey has insisted the plane was destroyed because it violated Turkish airspace, a claim Russia has disputed.

The shooting down — the first of a Russian plane by a NATO aircraft since the 1950s — has prompted a diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey and added yet another tangle to the intractable Syrian conflict.

Russia has been supporting the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with an air campaign for the past two months. Turkey, which is deeply opposed to Assad, has been supporting rebel groups with arms and money.

Putin called the downing of the plane a “stab in the back” and has accused Turkey of supporting terrorism, calling it an “accomplice of terrorists.” The incident has caused a sharp breach in Russian-Turkish relations, with Russia’s foreign ministry recommending Russian citizens stop visiting Turkey and most major tour operators halting sales of trips there.

Turkey has defended its actions, insisting it had given the Russian plane multiple warnings and that it had crossed over a mile into Turkish territory. But Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said this morning his country would not escalate the situation.

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JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The company that brought you Beanie Babies is unveiling a new product in its first television commercial.

Beanie Babies got popular with some help from a tie-in with McDonald’s Happy Meals in the 1990s, but were never featured on television. According to Adweek, Ty Inc. is unveiling its new plush toy, Peek-A-Boos, with its first on-air spot.

Peek-A-Boos are designed to hold a smartphone upright so that kids can more easily play on them.

Each toy is expected to sell for about $5 or $6, with four initial styles — Penni the penguin, Chimps the monkey, Uni the unicorn and Pups the dog, Adweek says. The commercial will air on cable and broadcast stations throughout the holiday season.

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neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis is slated to arrive in Kenya on Wednesday for his first papal visit to Africa.

The pope’s trip will include visits to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. In each country, he will stay in the Vatican embassy.

He will hold mass Thursday at the campus of the University of Nairobi, which can hold 300,000 people and two nearby parks that could contain another 100,000. In Kenya, Pope Francis will also visit the United Nations office in Nairobi.

The pope will meet with African youths and officials from each of the three nations he will visit. He will also make a trip to the Kangemi neighborhood in Nairobi, an impoverished area, home to about 500,000 people, and a refugee camp in the Central African Republic.

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Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said Wednesday that one of the Russian pilots who went missing after his fighter jet was shot down by Turkey is “alive and well.”

According to Russian state news agency TASS, the pilot was back at a Russian airbase. BBC News reports that the second pilot and a marine involved in the rescue were both killed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a “stab in the back,” denying Turkish claims that the Russian jet had crossed into Turkey’s airspace.

Speaking on the subject of the incident, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he had previously expressed concerns about “the implications of the military actions of the Russian Federation close to NATO’s borders.” Stoltenberg said NATO “stand[s] in solidarity with Turkey.”

Still, he called for “diplomacy and de-escalation” to “resolve this situation.”

BBC News says that Russian bombers carrying out airstrikes in Syria will now be escorted by fighter jets.

Putin said that the rescued pilot and those involved in his recovery will be award military honors. The deceased pilot, identified as Seaman Alexander Pozynich, will be given the Hero of Russia medal posthumously, as will the deceased marine, Capt. Konstantin Muraktin.

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David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After complaints from subway passengers and even remakrs from the mayor, Amazon has pulled its ads from the subway with Nazi-like imagery.

According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the campaign, advertising Amazon’s show The Man in the High Castle, was pulled Tuesday.

The show is about what would happen if the U.S. had lost World War II.

“The ads do not violate our content-neutral ad standards and thus we have no grounds to reject them,” said the MTA in a statement. “The MTA is a government agency and can’t accept or reject ads based on how we feel about them; we have to follow the standards approved by our board.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement on Tuesday saying, “While these ads technically may be within MTA guidelines, they’re irresponsible and offensive to World War II and Holocaust survivors, their families, and countless other New Yorkers. Amazon should take them down.”

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Belgium Police Fédérale(PARIS) — Authorities in Belgium and France are looking for a man Belgian authorities say was seen with suspected Paris attacker and fugitive Salah Abdeslam two days before the massacre.

Mohamed Abrini, 30, was caught on camera at a gas station with Abdeslam on Nov. 11, two days before the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Belgian authorities said. Abrini was driving a Renault Clio that was used two days later to commit the attacks in Paris, authorities said.

Abrini should be considered armed and dangerous, said authorities. Anyone who sees him or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police immediately.

More than 300 people were injured in the Paris attacks and 161 remain in the hospital, including 26 in intensive care or resuscitation, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Tuesday.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday that police have conducted over 1,000 searches and raids in France since the country’s state of emergency was implemented. One-hundred sixty five people have been detained and 230 weapons have been seized, said Cazeneuve.

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STR/AFP/Getty Images(KUNDUZ, Afghanistan) — A U.S. military investigation has determined that a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was mistakenly targeted by the crew of an AC-130 gunship that believed it was targeting another compound several hundred yards away that had been taken over by the Taliban, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The hospital was targeted by mistake based on visual descriptions provided by U.S. and Afghan special operations forces that seemed to match the other compound seized by the Taliban, said the U.S. officials familiar with the contents of the report. Doctors Without Borders has said that the airstrike killed at least 30 doctors and patients at the hospital.

On Wednesday, Gen. John Campbell, the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is set to release conclusions of a 3,000-page investigative report into the airstrike. Shortly after the airstrike occurred, Campbell told Congress that it had been a mistake and soon after President Obama apologized to the president of Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières.

The investigation found that the mistaken targeting of the hospital occurred as the result of visual descriptions of another compound in the same general area that had been seized by the Taliban, according to the U.S. official, who noted that the AC-130 crew had also not received a full pre-flight briefing prior to the mission as they had been redirected from another location. Such a briefing could have contained information that the location of the Doctors Without Borders hospital was a protected site. The New York Times first disclosed the investigation’s conclusions on Tuesday.

The airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz occurred as Afghan forces continued to retake the city that had been seized by the Taliban days earlier. U.S. special operations teams served as advisers to the Afghan forces involved in clearing the city of Taliban fighters.

The crew aboard the AC-130 gunship was flying over Kunduz in the early morning hours of Oct. 3 when it was contacted by a U.S. special operations team working with Afghan special operations forces, the U.S. official said.

The Afghans requested an airstrike on a building compound in the city that housed the National Directorate of Security (NDS) — Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the U.S. official said, noting that the Afghans believed the compound had been taken over by the Taliban and was being used as a base of operations.

The U.S. special operations team relayed a general location for the NDS compound and relayed visual descriptions of what it looked like to the crew of the AC-130 gunship flying overhead, the U.S. officials said. This was done to help the AC-130 crew locate the compound because of technical issues with targeting equipment aboard the plane.

Using the visual details provided by the American team on the ground, the crew of the AC-130 located what they believed to be the NDS building compound.

Unknowingly, the crew had located the Doctors Without Borders hospital that had similar features to the NDS compound described by the teams on the ground, the U.S. official said. While in the same general area as the NDS compound, the Doctors Without Borders compound was several hundred yards away from the NDS compound.

Doctors Without Borders had called for an independent investigation into what it had labeled a war crime. The organization’s own investigation into the incident included details that updated GPS coordinates for the hospital in Kunduz had been provided to the U.S. military in Afghanistan just days prior to the airstrike.

Seeking to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest in the U.S. military’s investigation into the attack, Gen. Campbell ordered a two-star general, not under his command, to head an exhaustive investigation into the airstrike.

The 3,000-page investigative report will be used for potential actions of accountability for U.S. military personnel involved in the airstrike, according to the U.S. official.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Small gains across the board for Wall Street on Tuesday after an earlier slump in the day was caused by international concern.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 19.51 to close at 17812.19.

The Nasdaq barely added 0.33 to finish at 5102.81, while the S&P 500 ended the session at 2089.14, up 2.55 from its open.

Crude oil jumped 2.68 percent, its largest single day gain in three weeks, after investors became worried about what effects Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane would have for the Middle East.

Two billionaires are now competing in a new kind of space race. According to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, his private spaceflight company Blue Origin successfully launched a rocket and landed it back on Earth. Billionaire Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, and his company SpaceX have also been working on space flight. Musk’s company has attempted a similar feat with its Falcon 9 rocket several times, but hasn’t quite completed a landing.

What deals should you avoid on Black Friday? According to expert recommnedations from DealNews, a variety of items are better to be purchased in December or January including winter apparel and holiday decorations. The experts also suggest staying away from off-brand electronics by sticking to brands you know, and avoiding doorbusters because they’re “cheap for a reason.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An al Qaeda operative convicted of planning to bomb a U.K. shopping mall and accused of working with men who conspired to attack the New York City subway was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday in a Brooklyn court, federal officials said.

Abid Naseer, a Pakistani national, was found guilty on three terror-related charges, including conspiracy to use a destructive device, in March. He is the eighth person to face federal charges in the U.S. for what U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin called an “al Qaeda conspiracy that targeted Western countries.”

Naseer was originally arrested by British authorities in 2009, but was released after prosecutors there said that admissible evidence against him was “very limited” and that they lacked “evidence of training, research or the purchasing of explosives… [and they] had no evidence of an agreement between Abid Naseer and others which would have supported a charge of conspiracy in this country.”

In announcing the sentencing Tuesday, U.S. federal officials took pains to connect Naseer to Najibullah Zazi, the ringleader of the failed 2009 plot to bomb the New York City subway system, saying that the U.S. and U.K. plotters communicated with the same handlers in Pakistan and followed similar attack timelines – evidence of the ocean-spanning “conspiracy” that prompted American officials to extradite Naseer in 2013 and prosecute him stateside under American legal code that allows foreigners to be tried for foreign terror-related acts. A New York jury voiced their agreement with U.S. prosecutors with their March guilty verdict. Zazi pleaded guilty in 2010.

During Naseer’s American trial, a slew of British special agents appeared to testify in disguises and were directly cross-examined by Naseer, who represented himself, according to the BBC. The trial reportedly was the first to use evidence gathered from the May 2011 U.S. Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound that killed the al Qaeda leader.

Federal officials on Tuesday described a letter found in bin Laden’s home from a high-level al Qaeda figure in Pakistan who the officials had linked to both the subway and mall plots. The al Qaeda figure purportedly discussed Naseer and his co-conspirators’ arrests in the U.K.

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(PARIS) — The suspected ringleader of the deadly Paris terror attacks planned to strike again on a major business district in the city’s metropolitan area just days later, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday.

Suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was killed in a police raid, and another suspected attacker, found dead in a Saint-Denis apartment, were planning to attack French business district La Defense, northwest of the city, on Nov. 18 or Nov. 19, Molins said Tuesday.

Molins also released further details on the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 dead, including how Abaaoud and another man came back to the scene of the attacks later that night.

Abaaoud’s cellphone was traced to the 10th, 11th and 12th Districts while the hostage situation at the Bataclan concert hall continued, Molins said.

Molins also shed light on the role of suspected attacker Salah Abdeslam, who remains at-large, saying he was “likely” the driver for the team that attacked the Stade de France soccer stadium.

The prosecutor also said that there were at least nine attackers, more than the eight originally believed to be involved.

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