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Russia plane crash team rules out blast but not terrorism
Flight recorders revealed no evidence of an explosion on board a Russian plane that crashed, killing all 92 on board, but investigators haven't ruled a deliberate mechanical impact to down the plane, a military official said Thursday.
 
U.S. senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.
 
Taking the plunge
A contestant enters the Vltava river during the 70th Alfred Nikodem Memorial Race, a Christmas swim event, in Prague, Czech Republic, on Monday, Dec. 26. The water temperature was at 4.2 degrees Celsius.
 
Getting to the meat of the issue
Germany's agriculture minister is calling for a ban on names such as "vegetarian schnitzel" for meat substitute products, which he argues are misleading. Christian Schmidt said Wednesday that he didn't want "these pseudo-meat dishes" to be treated as meat. He was quoted as saying:
 
German prosecutors say they've detained a Tunisian man they think may have been involved in last week's truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.
 
The Defense Ministry says search teams have recovered another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard.
 
Russia finds black box of crashed military plane
The main black box of the Syria-bound Russian military plane that crashed into the Black Sea with 92 people onboard has been found in a massive ongoing search operation, authorities said Tuesday.
 
First Turkey coup suspects go on trial
Almost 30 Turkish police went on trial in Istanbul on Tuesday charged with involvement in the July 15 coup, the city's first trial of alleged putschists in the massive crackdown that followed the failed bid to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 
Peace activists set out for Syria from Berlin
Several hundred peace activists have started what they say will be a months-long protest march from Berlin to war-ravaged Syria to urge an end to the fighting there.
 
Russia plane fragments pulled up from Black Sea
Fragments of a plane were dragged out of the Black Sea on Monday amid a massive search operation as Russian officials declared that their investigation into the crash would focus on technical faults or pilot errors -- not terrorism.
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