Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border

ANKARA/MOSCOW Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. | Video

Exclusive: Shire prepares to make new bid for Baxalta - source

ZURICH/LONDON Drugmaker Shire is preparing to make a new takeover offer for U.S. biotech firm Baxalta that if successful will create one of the world's leading specialists in rare diseases, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said on Tuesday.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C, front) attends the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Tehran, Iran, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin

Putin's 'realpolitik' makes Russia indispensable

BRUSSELS - By intervening in Syria, President Vladimir Putin has broken Russia's relative isolation and is making it the "indispensable nation" in conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and with Islamic State while the United States balks at deeper involvement.  Full Article 

A new Renault Espace car is displayed on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, October 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Car emissions spotlight turns on Renault

Renault's flagship Espace minivan released toxic diesel emissions 25 times legal limits in a Swiss study, despite complying with EU tests carried out at unrealistically low engine temperatures, a German environmental group says.  Video | Full Article 

The Reichstag building, the seat of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag, is pictured in Berlin, August 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Stefanie Loos

Germany riding the storm?

German growth is getting a boost from spending on migrants - while German business morale rose in November to the highest level since summer 2014, shrugging off an economic slowdown in China, the VW scandal and the Islamist attacks in Paris.  Video | Full Article 

Migrants' children stand among police officers as their families wait to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia, near Gevgelija, Macedonia November 24, 2015.   REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

U.N. decries Balkans border curbs on refugees

GENEVA - About 1,000 migrants are stuck at the main border crossing into Macedonia from Greece, denied entry due to their nationalities in contravention of international law, the United Nations says.  Full Article 

Skyscrapers are seen at Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, October 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

London traders face life in 'real world'

Once dubbed "masters of the universe", it seemed the party would never end for a profession often associated with a champagne lifestyle of fast cars and faster living.  Full Article 

(L-R) Britain's Dominic Inglot, Kyle Edmund, captain Leon Smith, Andy Murray, James Ward and Jamie Murray hold a joint news conference ahead of the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain at Flanders Expo hall in Ghent, Belgium, November 24, 2015.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Britain counting on Murrays in Davis Cup

Britain will attempt to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years this weekend when they take on Belgium in Ghent, although if they do succeed the Scottish town of Dunblane could argue its name should be enscribed on the trophy.  Full Article | Factbox 

Apparent suicide attack on Tunisian presidential guard bus kills 12

Security sources say the guards were boarding the bus for the presidential palace when it blew up and the president has reinstated a state of emergency. Mana Rabiee reports.

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