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Report: Russia, Syria cease-fire plan...Moves against Mosul extremists...Second Russian black box recovered


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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Russia have reportedly reached an agreement on a Syrian cease-fire plan. That's according to Turkey's state-run media. It quotes unnamed sources that said the plan would be presented to all sides of the Syria conflict and would apply "in all regions." Terror organizations would be kept out. But the agency didn't say which insurgent groups would be considered terror organizations.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces are attempting to tighten the noose on Islamic State extremists attempting to hold on to the city of Mosul. Residents say an airstrike disabled the city's last functioning bridge across the Tigris River. There had been five bridges. Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that IS militants have launched more than 900 car bombs against Iraqi troops so far during the Mosul operations. No details were provided.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general says his country's air defenses have warned off several U.S. fighter jets and drones during an ongoing military drill in the country's south. Iran's semi-official news agency quotes a general who says 12 aircraft were given warnings in the past three days. Calls to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, rang unanswered Wednesday. In recent months, the 5th Fleet has complained about interactions with Iran's military at sea and in the air.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's corruption impeachment scandal appears to be widening. Investigators on Wednesday detained the country's former health minister in connection with a merger deal. Lawmakers impeached President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay). She's been stripped of powers and a constitutional court will have to decide if the impeachment is permanent.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense ministry says search teams have recovered another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard. The plane crashed early Sunday just moments after taking off from Sochi. The first flight recorder was found the previous day and experts have started analyzing its data to determine the crash's cause.

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