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Black box from Russian crash in good shape...Coup trial in Turkey...German border control debate

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia's defense ministry says a flight recorder of the Russian military jet that crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday will need to be cleaned before any attempt to retrieve data, but it does not appear to be seriously damaged. All 92 people aboard the Syria-bound plane are believed to have died when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern Russian city of Sochi on Sunday.

ISTANBUL (AP) — A trial is on in Turkey for 29 former police officers accused of aiding the failed military coup in July that led to some 270 deaths. It's the first such trial over the coup attempt that involved renegade officers in Turkey's military who used tanks, fighter jets and helicopters in their attempt to unseat the government. Turkey blamed it on a network of followers of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric.

BERLIN (AP) — Senior German politicians say they want to keep border controls in place beyond a mid-February expiration. The controls were imposed amid last year's migrant influx. With a national election expected in September and German leaders seeking to draw lessons from last week's attack on a Berlin Christmas market, there's little appetite for dropping border checks.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) is in Hawaii for a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor which honors those killed in the 1941 attack which plunged the U.S. into World War II. He'll be joined by President Barack Obama.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is dealing with a currency crisis that continues to erode the savings of people living in the Islamic republic. The currency has struck an all-time low this week, trading at 41,600 rials (REE'-alz) to $1. It does make Iranian exports more attractive to the world market. Meanwhile, concerns gather about what U.S. President-elect Donald Trump might mean for the nuclear deal.

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