• Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a rally in Bayburt, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border. Erdogan refused to apologize for the plane's downing, which Ankara said came after it flew for 17 seconds into Turkish airspace. At the same timed, Erdogan said he has tried in vain to speak by phone to Putin to discuss the situation.(AP Photo/Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool )

    Turkish president says wishes plane downing had not happened

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday voiced regret over Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane, saying his country was “truly saddened” by the incident and wished it hadn’t occurred.

  • Tahir Elci, the head of Diyarbakir Bar Association, speaks to the media shortly before being killed in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Elci, a prominent lawyer, who faced a prison term on charges of supporting Turkey's Kurdish rebels, has been killed in an attack in Diyarbakir. Elci was shot on Saturday while he was making a press statement in front of a historical mosques damaged during fightings between Kurdish rebels and security forces. Elci holds a placard that reads: " Let's protect humanity heritage." (IHA agency via AP) TURKEY OUT

    Prominent human rights activist killed in attack in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed Saturday in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died, officials said.

  • Migrants hurl stones at Macedonian policemen during clashes at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Tension has flared on the Greek side of the Greece-Macedonia border when a migrant who was stopped from crossing into Macedonia, suffered severe burns when he climbed on top of a stationary train carriage and touched a overhead power cable.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    The Latest: Macedonia: 18 officers injured in migrants clash

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

  • McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, and Lara Alvarez arrive at the paddocks ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Alonso plays down talk of taking a year off

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fernando Alonso has played down suggestions he could take a sabbatical from Formula One in 2016 due to McLaren’s poor performance this season.

  • Second placed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, right,  and winner of the qualifying, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, wave to supporters after the qualifying at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Rosberg ahead of Hamilton in final practice at Abu Dhabi GP

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Nico Rosberg extended his streak of pole positions to six when he edged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  • From left, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, flanked by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner attend a news conference at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Mercedes wants F1 ruling on aerodynamic collusion

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mercedes has demanded clarification from Formula One authorities on rules restricting aerodynamic testing and preventing collusion between rival teams.

  • Schoolchildren await the arrival of Pope Francis, for a meeting with priests, religious and seminarians at the Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Pope Francis is in Uganda on his first-ever trip to Africa, a six-day pilgrimage that has already taken him to Kenya and then onwards to the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Pope honors Ugandan Christian martyrs as example of faith

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Pope Francis travels Sunday to Central African Republic, making the final stop of his first trip to Africa in a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has forced nearly 1 million from their homes over the last two years and created a divided capital.

  • Qatar bans contractors leaving country in rain-damage probe

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has banned contractors from leaving the small, oil-rich country as it carries out a probe into how heavy rains damaged buildings and roadways.

  • In this Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 photo, Can Dundar, right, the editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, left, the paper's Ankara representative, speak to the media outside a courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey. In new blow to media freedoms in Turkey, a court on Thursday ordered the two prominent opposition journalists jailed pending trial over charges of willingly aiding an armed group and of espionage for revealing state secrets for their reports on alleged arms smuggling to Syria. In May, the Cumhuriyet paper published what it said were images of Turkish trucks carrying ammunition to Syrian militants. (Vedat Arik/Cumhuriyet via AP) TURKEY OUT

    Hundreds protest jailing of 2 journalists in Turkey

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Istanbul office of an opposition newspaper Friday, accusing the government of silencing critics and attempting to cover-up a scandal after two journalists were jailed on terror and espionage charges for their reports on alleged Turkish arms smuggling to Syria.

  • Volunteers help refugees approaching the coast of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos onboard two dinghies after crossing the Aegean from a the Turkey's coast, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Several European countries, including EU members Slovenia and Croatia and non-members Serbia and Macedonia, have declared they will only allow "war-zone refugees" from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to transit through their countries on their way to central and northern Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    EU turns to Turkey to help manage its migration woes

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Five years ago, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi warned that millions of Africans wanted to come to the European Union and offered to make the continent’s immigration problem disappear in exchange for billions of euros.