The State Department has issued a chilling worldwide travel alert, warning that the threat of terrorism looms large. Cable news and Twitter carry round-the-clock breaking news of attacks around the world. Police officers patrol major airports with bomb-sniffing dogs and carry intimidating weapons like shotguns and AR-15s.
In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia says it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.
Two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility say poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from charges that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.
Prime Minister David Cameron tried to persuade reluctant lawmakers to back airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria, saying Thursday that the Paris attacks have given the fight new urgency and Britain owes it to key allies to act.
Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military's repeated warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane before it was shot down at the border with Syria — audio that grows increasingly more agitated.
Two Palestinians were shot and killed in separate incidents Thursday in the West Bank as Israel announced plans to build a new fence near the flashpoint city of Hebron in an effort to contain a two-month spate of violence.