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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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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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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) -- 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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Yassine Gaidi /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(TUNIS, Tunisia) -- At least 12 were killed when a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunis was hit by an explosion, said officials.

According to BBC, the explosion happened at a bus stop where staff are picked up and dropped off by the guard. It was also reportedly during rush hour on a main street in the city near the former party headquarters of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, reported BBC.

A presidential source believes the explosion was a terrorist attack, according to BBC, and led Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to declare a state of emergency in the country a few hours after the attack.

ISIS recently targeted Tunisia in June with an attack at a resort in Sousse that killed 38. In March, terrorists attacked the Bardio National Museum in Tunis, killing 20.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstoc(MOSCOW) — Vladimir Putin has accused Turkey of a “stab in the back” and warned of “serious consequences” after Turkish military jets shot down a Russian fighter plane close to the border between Syria and Turkey.

The Russian Su-24 jet was hit by rockets fired from Turkish F-16s whilst it was conducting airstrikes on militants in north-west Syria. Turkish officials have said that the plane had violated Turkey’s airspace and that its jets had warned the Russian plane repeatedly to leave. Putin called the shooting down a “stab in the back.”

“Today’s losses is connected with a blow, that was delivered as a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists. I cannot qualify what happened today in any other way,” Putin said during a televised meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan.

Putin insisted the Russian plane was operating 1 km inside the Syrian side of the border when it was hit and Russian officials have said that it never crossed into Turkish airspace. Putin said that the plane had been striking ISIS militants and had posed no threat to Turkey. He said that this was “an obvious fact.”

The Russian president went on to accuse Turkey of aiding terror groups by allowing them to house smuggled oil products on Turkish territory, a trade that is a major source of revenue for many militant groups in Syria. Russia’s Defense ministry has summoned the Turkish military attaché in Moscow to discuss the incident.

Turkey is a NATO member and strongly opposes the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, which Russia has been backing with an air campaign for the last two months. NATO has announced it will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday evening at Turkey’s request to discuss the shooting down. The military alliance follows a principle of collective defense that means if one member is attacked, the entire alliance will respond.

Putin lashed out at Turkey’s decision to involve NATO so quickly, accusing Turkey of acting as though to “put the alliance in the service of ISIS.”

Turkey is known to back some rebel groups in Syria, although it says it does not support ISIS. Russia has been broadly targeting many of the groups opposed to the Assad government, including the Free Syrian Army.

The fate of the plane’s two pilots was still unclear, as Turkish officials said they believed both were still alive. A senior Turkish official told ABC that Turkish authorities were working to recover both pilots alive from rebels who now held them. It was not clear which rebel group.

Turkey had already warned Russia to halt its airstrikes in the area close to border where the plane was brought down, on Friday summoning the Russian ambassador and warning of serious consequences if the strikes, which are in support of a Syrian government offensive against Turkmen rebels in the area, continued.

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Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) — Belgium's foreign minister tells ABC News that the country's primary concern right now is to find about 10 individuals whom Belgium authorities believe could launch a Paris-like attack with "heavy weapons" and "suicide bombs."

Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said intelligence seems to indicate that commercial centers and shopping malls are targets — not schools or metros.

He said that while intelligence-sharing among countries is improving, it’s still not enough.

Brussels will remain on high alert through next Monday, Belgian's prime minister said Monday. Belgian schools and the country's subway system are currently closed, but are set to reopen Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Paris' prosecutors office told ABC News that a second person was seen on a Paris subway with Abdelhamid Abaaoud on the night of the Paris attacks. Abaaoud is presumed to be the mastermind of the Nov. 13 attacks.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) --  Italy has moved to expel four men accused of spreading terror propaganda.

The four men, originally from Morocco, live in the northern Italian city of Bologna. They are accused of circulating jihadist propaganda, manuals about carrying out attacks and songs celebrating martyrdom.

Authorities say one of the documents uncovered involved a discussion on how to attack the European Central Bank.

The suspects bring the total number of terrorist group members kicked out of Italy this year to 59.

Earlier this month, Italian police arrested 17 men alleged involved in a European-wide jihadist network planning attacks in Norway and other countries.

Italy has increased funds for surveillance after the Paris attacks and an FBI tip off that attacks were being planned against monuments in Milan and Rome.

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ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images(BEIJING) — The arid winters in Beijing have a reputation of being very cold but relatively light on snow. When Beijing put in its winning bid for the 2022 Winter Games, many of its promotional videos had to feature computer-generated snowscapes.

So it was a surprise this past weekend when Beijing's residents woke up to a winter wonderland. A rare, early snowstorm had blanketed the Chinese capital.

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff took a ride to the Forbidden City to see how his neighbors were coping with the heavy snowfall.

Out of town tourists shielded the falling snow with umbrellas while some workers had to shovel with what they could find, including brooms and dustpans.

Beijing International Airport, China’s busiest, cancelled over 300 flights Sunday and closed its runways to inbound flights.

Beijing authorities mobilized 40,000 people to help clear the roads for traffic.

All this is a just warm-up for a deep freeze expected in Beijing this week, with temperatures expected to drop to the single digits.

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Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The downing of a Russian fighter plane Tuesday near the border between Syria and Turkey has thrust the Turkmen into the international spotlight.

One of the Russian pilots plummeted on to land claimed by Syria’s Turkmen. The plane was hit by Turkish F16s while it was conducting airstrikes on militants in northwest Syria.

The Turkmen there claim to have captured the dead Russian pilot and posted video and photos to social media of their soldiers surrounding his limp body.

So, who are the Turkmen?

The Turkmen, not to be confused with the Turkish, are located across Central Asia in Turkmenistan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and northern Pakistan.

There are approximately 12 million to 18 million Turkmens across the globe.

Turkmen in Iraq, Syria, and other Arab countries (Western Turkmen) are more closely related to the people of Turkey, but maintain their own language and ethnic identity.

In Syria, they are a minority population living alongside Arabs and Kurds.

The Turkmen in northern Syria, who claim to have captured the dead Russian pilot, are part of a rebel group called Alwiya al-Ashar that are fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The rebel group is one of nearly a dozen that have formed to fight back against Arab nationalism promoted by the Assad regime, particularly, assimilation policies aimed at eliminating the Turkmen’s language and culture in Syria.

Assad’s assimilation policies seek to destroy the Turkmen’s language and culture in Syria.

Turkey, which has aligned with the U.S. to fight ISIS and does not support Assad, directly supports some Turkmen militias.

On Friday, Turkey ordered Russia to stop bombardments over Turkmen villages in the area where the plane is reported to have crashed.

The area along the Turkish border with Syria is north of Latakia, where Russia has established an air base for Russian fighter aircraft to provide air support for Syrian ground offensives.

Turkey summoned Russia’s ambassador on Friday to formally complain about Russian airstrikes. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was expected in Turkey tonight, but after the downing of the Russian plane, that meeting has been cancelled.

On Sunday, a Turkish official said that 1,500 Turkmen in Syria have fled to the Turkish border to escape fighting.

Turkey has welcomed the Turkmen and is reportedly sending tents, blankets, food, and medical supplies to the border region.

Tens of thousands of Turkmen from Syria’s northwest have already been displaced due to Russian airstrikes, according to a Turkish news agency.

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Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will host French President Francois Hollande at the White House Tuesday for the first time since the deadly terrorist attack in Paris, where the two leaders are expected to discuss cooperation in the war against ISIS.

But even before the meeting, the White House signaled that its outcome might be more symbolic than substantive.

“I don't want to get ahead of the meeting, but I also wouldn't downplay the significance of additional expressions of solidarity and support," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.

Some observers had suggested that the United States and France could do more to streamline the intelligence-sharing that goes on between their two countries. But Earnest indicated that the White House believes that burden is on Europe.

"We certainly believe that there is more that France and their European partners can do in terms of sharing information among themselves and with the United States," he said.

And while Hollande has previously expressed hope that the Nov. 13 Paris attack would prompt the United States and Russia to "join forces" with other nations in the fight against ISIS, Obama has already indicated he doesn't plan on dramatically shifting course.

"The strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work," Obama told reporters in Turkey Nov. 16, three days after Paris sustained the terrorist attack that killed 130 people.

The United States has concerns about coordinating counterattacks against ISIS with Russia, as President Vladimir Putin has been focused on striking enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, not ISIS itself.

Such concerns might be exacerbated at today's meeting given Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane today. Turkey said Russia was violating its airspace, and voiced concerns that Moscow had been targeting Turkmen ethnic minorities in Syria, some of whom are fighting alongside Syrian rebel groups against Assad.

Obama noted his skepticism about Russia's commitment to the anti-ISIS fight during a trip to East Asia last week.

"The question at this point is whether [Russia] can make the strategic adjustment that allows them to be effective partners with us," Obama said during a news conference in Malaysia Sunday. "And we don't know that yet."

Another aspect of the anti-ISIS fight that Obama will likely underscore with Hollande is the influx of Syrian refugees who are seeking resettlement in both leaders' nations.

U.S. politicians have been urging the United States to pause its Syrian refugee program until the administration can confirm that it's airtight against possible terrorist infiltration. Obama wants to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country over the next year.

Meanwhile, France has said it will accept 30,000 more refugees over two years.

Obama slammed the notion of suspending the program, calling it "un-American."

"There’s a difference between smart applications of law enforcement and military and intelligence, and succumbing to the kind of fear that leads us to abandon our values, to abandon how we live, to abandon -- or change how we treat each other," he said in Malaysia.

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Subscribe To This Feed, Belgium) — A neighbor of the alleged Paris attacker has a message for the suspected terrorist, who is on the lam — "come see your mother."

The longtime neighbor, Farez, said Salah Abdeslam, of Belgium, was a quiet, helpful boy.

Farez, who asked for his last name to be omitted for fear of reprisal, owns a small shop just steps away from Abdeslam’s former apartment in Molenbeek, Belgium.

He said he was astonished to hear his neighbor was being sought for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that have left 130 people dead.

According to Farez, Abdeslam would always ask Farez to give his mother discounts at his shop whenever he came in.

Watch the video below to see Farez plead with Abdeslam to come home.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A series of terror attacks around the globe, including Paris, Egypt and Mali led the U.S. State Department to issue a “Worldwide Travel Alert” late Monday for all U.S. citizens who may decide to travel abroad.

“Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” the alert reads. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.”

The State Department doesn’t issue worldwide travel alerts very often. Similar alerts were issued on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and in the weeks following the death of Osama bin Laden. The last worldwide terror alert came in after a lone wolf terror attack in Sydney, Australia in December 2014.

"Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq," the alert continues. "Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis."

State Department officials who spoke to ABC News Monday said the alert is not meant to dissuade Americans from traveling overseas and that that it is not based on any specific intelligence or knowledge of an imminent attack. Instead, the alert is intended to make sure Americans are cautious.

"U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation," the alert reads. "Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities."

The worldwide travel alert is set to expire on Feb. 24, 2016.

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