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Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Laquan McDonald footage

Barack Obama is from Chicago, where the shooting happened. Credit: PA

Barack Obama has said he was "deeply disturbed" by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

On Tuesday, police released the footage which shows the black teenager being shot 16 times by white officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014.

The US President, who is from Chicago where the shooting occurred, wrote on Facebook: "Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

"This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who’ve suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor.

"And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful."


Protests as Russia insists plane downing was pre-planned

Russia has insisted the downing of one of their warplanes by Turkey was "pre-planned".

As tensions rise between the two countries, the Russian pilot who survived the crash claims he was given no warning before his plane was shot down.

While Turkey claims it issued repeated warnings to the aircraft.

The Turkish Embassy in Moscow has since been targeted by protesters throwing eggs, tomatoes and stones.

US urges for calm between Turkey and Russia

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Reuters

The US Secretary of State has urged for calm between Turkey and Russia after the downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border.

John Kerry "stressed the need for both sides not to allow this incident to escalate tensions between their two countries or in Syria".

The downing of the Russian jet earlier this week was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member and Russia for 50 years.

Americans will be told in event of credible terror threat

President Obama gives a speech at the White House. Credit: Pool

Americans will be informed of any credible terror threat on home soil, the US president has said.

In a speech following a security briefing, Barack Obama advised Americans to go about their business as usual ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays which start tomorrow.

He told reporters at the White House: "We know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.

"But in the event of a specific credible threat, the public will be informed."


Russian pilot: Turkey issued no warnings before downing

Captain Konstantin Murakhtin speaks to reporters after his ordeal but does not show his face. Credit: APTN

A Russian pilot who survived the downing of his plane said Turkish jets did not issue any warnings beforehand.

Captain Konstantin Murakhtin maintained his aircraft was flying over Syrian territory and did not violate Turkish airspace.

Mr Murakhtin was rescued and is currently at a Russian air base in Syria but his co-pilot was reportedly killed by militants on the ground.

He added that he wants to keep flying missions from the base "to pay them back for my commander".

Russian forces are reportedly unleashing a wave of air strikes on mountains near where the plane was shot down.

Mr Murakhtin said this was proving cover for advancing Syria ground forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies.

IS claim responsibility for Tunisia bus bombing

So-called Islamic State have reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly bus bombing in Tunisia.

14 people were killed and 11 wounded on November 24 after an explosion hit a bus carrying military presidential guards in Tunisia.

Russia 'to send missile defence system' to Syria

Air defence missile systems will be sent to Russia's air base in Syria, government leaders have said.

Russia's S-300 missile defence system, pictured in Moscow in 2009 Credit: Reuters

After a Russian fighter jet was shot down by Turkey amid allegations the Russians had violated their airspace, news agencies reported President Vladimir Putin as saying advanced, long-range anti-aircraft surface-to-air S-300 missile system would be deployed to the region.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the newer version - the S-400 missiles - would be sent, to be stationed at Hemeimeem air base from where Russia is conducting its aerial bombing campaign in Syria.

Putin also accused Turkey's political leaders of supporting a "deliberate policy of Islamisation" of the country, saying he believed that was part of the problem.

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