Turkish, Russian foreign ministers agree to meet in coming days: officialANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke by phone with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday and they agreed to meet in the coming days, a Turkish foreign ministry spokesman said, a day after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. "In their discussion, agreement was reached to share details on the matter via diplomatic and military channels," spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in an e-mailed statement. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler; editing by David Dolan)
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Brussels struggled to return to normal Wednesday after four days on maximum terror alert, with schools and the metro reopening despite two suspects from the Paris attacks still being at large. "It's not very reassuring, is it?," said Sarah, who runs a private nursery in Brussels. The Brussels metro system had been closed since Saturday and gradually returned to service, but with many stops still shut to better deploy security staff.
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Afghan army in rescue bid for Taliban chopper crash hostages
The Afghan army launched an operation Wednesday to rescue 18 hostages including two Moldovans captured by the Taliban after their helicopter crash-landed in the north, officials said. The Taliban killed three of those on board -- two Afghans and a third foreigner -- in an initial firefight and took the rest hostage after the Tuesday crash, the defence ministry said in a statement. The helicopter came down in the Pashtun Kot district of Faryab province, an area partly controlled by the militants.
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Alleged global match-fixer freed in Singapore
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