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Russia seeks economic revenge against Turkey over jet

ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey yesterday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but Turkey dismissed the threats as “emotional” and “unfitting.” In an escalating war of words, President Tayyip Erdogan responded to Russian accusations that Turkey has been buying oil and gas from Islamic State in Syria by accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, which include Moscow, of being the real source of the group’s financial and military power.

Bolivia’s Morales, once leftist climate pact foe, turns pragmatic

LA PAZ, (Reuters) – Bolivia’s President Evo Morales leaves no doubt about who he blames for global warming. “Capitalism is like a cancer for Mother Earth,” he declared in October to an audience of indigenous groups and farmers, environmental groups and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a conference on climate change in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya.

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