Turks are feeling on edge after a slew of terrorist attacks and a government crackdown on dissent. In the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, critical voices have been silenced and businesses are suffering from a slump in tourism.
The US-led coalition in Syria tried to "impede" Russian warplanes from bombing "Islamic State" (IS) militia, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It also accused Washington of allowing the jihadists to regroup in Iraq.
Members of the "Islamic State" (IS) alleged to have been involved in last year's Istanbul airport attack have gone on trial in Turkey. If convicted, they could face a combined record jail sentence.
The US State Department has urged Americans traveling to Europe during the holiday season to exercise caution. A travel alert said global terrorist groups still have the capability to carry out attacks on the continent.
Eating lunch in Italy's Bolgheri wine country, it is not hard to understand why the number of international visitors to this bucolic corner of Tuscany has doubled in five years.
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