Russia says it's stepping up its sanctions against Turkey following the shooting down of a Russian combat jet near Turkey's border with Syria. Turkey says the plane entered its airspace - and that Russia had been warned.
After Angela Merkel broke her silence on Turkey's Afrin offensive and condemned the attack, Ankara rejected her stance as "unacceptable." Merkel also decried the assault on Ghouta ahead of reports of evacuations.
Russian- and Turkish-backed offensives at two separate locations in Syria have caused tens of thousands of civilians to leave their homes in search of safety. The eight-year Syrian war shows no signs of abating.
The daughter of a prominent Turkish businessman and a group of her friends were among those killed when the plane went down in western Iran. The private jet was bringing them home from a bachelorette party in Dubai.
Turkish forces will target Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria and possibly Iraq, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The threat comes as military and rebel allies captured the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin.
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