Nigel Waldron/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- French President Francois Hollande has added another world leader to his working anti-terror coalition after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday.
"We have a common enemy, and it has the name 'Daesh,' the Islamic State," Hollande said during his visit to Moscow.
Putin is the latest world leader to meet with Hollande, as the French president met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, traveled to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to meet with President Obama and returned to France on Wednesday to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris. Earlier today, Hollande met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Paris.
"I have come to Moscow to work out how we... should react, to find a way to coordinate our actions against the terrorists, but also to seek a political solution for Syria," Hollande said.
"It's necessary to create a large coalition to strike these terrorists."
For his part, Putin said that Russia was ready to work with the French in their fight against terrorists because they have been in a similar position, though he stipulated that he would only cooperate if the U.S. would as well.
"Russia has long known heavy terrorist acts and therefore we can sympathize with your losses," Putin said.
Putin also said that the two leaders agreed to avoid targeting groups who are ready to fight "terrorism" and even ready to cooperate with opposition groups fighting ISIS. Hollande said that the two countries must coordinate their strikes on ISIS' oil trucks.
There was one notable area difference between the two leaders, however, and that came when it was time to discuss the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Hollande said that Assad has no role in Syria's future, but Putin said that Assad's forces are the "natural ally" in the fight against ISIS because they have troops on the ground and that Assad's fate should be determined by the Syrian people.
Hollande's international push for support comes in the wake of the coordinated attacks in Paris that left 130 dead and hundreds of others injured.
At least one impact of the talks has already shown itself, as Germany announced today that they plan to increase their role in the fight against ISIS.
The German defense minister said today that they will be providing a naval frigate, satellite images and aerial refueling, all of which Hollande requested of Merkel on Wednesday.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia and Turkey’s relations continued to deteriorate Thursday as Russian President Vladimir Putin said Turkey’s government was driving relations with them "into a dead-end."
The remarks came as Moscow tightened control on the import of Turkish goods and threatened widespread economic retaliation in the wake of a Russian bomber being shot down by Turkish jets and Turkey refusing to apologize for the incident.
Putin described Turkey’s government as "a sponsor of terrorism", saying it profited from the sale of oil by ISIS, and criticized Turkey for refusing to apologize for the shooting down.
"We have the impression that the Turkish government is deliberately driving relations with Russia into a dead-end," Putin told a televised gathering of new foreign ambassadors, freshly arrived in Moscow.
Turkey’s leader, President Tayyip Erdogan, struck back, telling local governors in his palace that it was Russia’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who bought ISIS oil and that those making the claims were "slanderers."
He also told CNN that "if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us."
"Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize," he said.
Russia's prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said Russia would be launching a range of "response measures" targeting Turkish economic interests in Russia. He said the measures could involve the suspension of major joint projects, as well as raising import tariffs. The measures will be determined in the next two days, he said.
Russia’s state consumer watchdogs said that they had discovered dangerous and poor quality goods among Turkish imports and announced they were imposing reinforced inspection measures on products from Turkey, in particular food products but also furniture and other consumer goods. One agency, Rospotrebnadzor, said it already seized almost a ton of Turkish products.
The intensified checks resulted in a build-up of Turkish trucks at the border, local Russian media reported, with some Turkish vehicles being forced to turn-back.
A Kremlin spokesman denied that any sort of embargo was in place, but the consumer watchdog only announced it had found Turkish products to be dangerous two days after Turkey downed the Russian jet.
"There is no kind of embargo being imposed. It is just reinforced controls," the spokesman, Dmitrii Peskov, told the news agency Interfax.
But he added that "it’s absolutely natural given the unpredictable actions in the case of the Turkish Republic."
Another official, the deputy head of Russia’s agricultural standards agency, Nikolai Vlasov, was more direct, telling Interfax the measures were needed to prevent “enemy tricks” from the Turkish side.
Russian and Turkish relations have fallen off precipitously since Turkish fighter planes shot down a Russian Su-24 jet on the Syria-Turkey border Tuesday morning, leading to the death of one pilot and a harrowing rescue operation to rescue the other. Turkey insists that the plane had violated Turkish airspace and had received multiple warnings to change course, a claim Russia disputes.
To back up its position, Turkish military officials released audio recordings of what it said were 10 warnings issued in 5 minutes to the Russian jet. On the recordings, passed to ABC News, a voice can be heard repeatedly warning a plane it is approaching Turkish airspace and to turn back.
Russia, however, rejected the claims and the jet’s surviving pilot, Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin, said he had been given no kind of warning at anytime before his plane was hit. Speaking to Russian state television at an airbase in Syria after his rescue, Murakhtin also denied his aircraft had crossed into Turkish "even for a second".
Both sides have so far largely sought to avoid escalation, with Russia’s foreign minister saying Russia has no intention of fighting a war, but on Thursday, the two countries’ leaders traded back-handed accusations.
Although most Russians do not want a military response to the shooting down of the plane, the incident has prompted low-boiling anger among many.
On Wednesday night, a Moscow radio station, Ekho Moskvi, reported dozens of people had marched on a brewery belonging to the Turkish beer brand, Efes, in the city of Ulyanovsk and demanded that those inside remove the Turkish flag.
Zoonar/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) -- When "you've been where you didn't know whether you'd be able to buy groceries or not, it gives you a real sense of wanting to give back."
That was the motivation behind what is being called the "coats on a pole" movement that has Halifax, Nova Scotia, talking. What was meant to be an anonymous gesture went viral and the woman behind the movement was outed on social media.
That coats were left tied to lamp posts around the Canadian city with a simple note: "I am not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm."
Tara Smith-Atkins is the Caledonia woman, who along with five friends and seven kids, left the 35 coats. One of those kids is her daughter, who she said she is teaching an "ongoing lesson" on "how fortunate she is, and how important it is for us to help those who were not so blessed."
A photo of the coats was shared by the Facebook page Halifolks, and Smith-Atkins said that post reached more than one million people. Friends of hers who saw it identified her in the comments.
There's been plenty of praise for Smith-Atkins, who said she's got mixed emotions about the attention the gesture has received. "I'm happy that it's inspiring people far and wide. I also felt a twinge of disappointment that such a small gesture grabbed such attention," she said.
But her "small gesture" wasn't small at all to one man. A note came to her from a friend, who passed along the story of "Justin." Justin had been staying in a homeless shelter and was out all day cleaning windows to earn money. He got back to the shelter late and had lost his bed. Soaking wet and freezing cold, he came across one of the coats. He thought someone had lost it, but then saw the note. "It made the difference between him waking up outside cold and sick," the note read.
Smith-Atkins said that note was the best response she got. She recalled the time when she was straight out of high school, pregnant with her daughter. She and her husband were in a terrible car accident and both unable to work. It was that difficult time in her life that inspires her to give back whenever she can.
"If not for the love and assistance from our family who knows where we'd be," she said. "Most of us are only a few paychecks and a bad decision away from the streets."
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale(JOHANNESBURG) -- Prince Harry made a heartfelt tribute to Princess Diana while opening the Sentebale Mamohato Children's Centre at his charity located in Lesotho Thursday.
The 31-year-old named the center’s dining room, "Princess of Wales Hall," in honor of his late mother, who was one of the first pioneers seeking to destigmatize prejudice for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Harry, who is on the first leg of his trip to Lesotho and South Africa, began by opening the center, which will provide education and emotional support and care for the vulnerable children of Lesotho living with HIV/AIDS.
The $3 million center will serve as a flagship for the organization’s work in the region. The charity Sentebale, which means “forget me not” in Sesotho, the language spoken in Lesotho, was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to honor both their mothers.
Harry also honored Olga Powell, the childhood nanny beloved by him and Prince William, naming the facility’s welcome area after her.
Harry reunited with a little boy named Mutsu Potsane, who first stole his heart on a trip to Lesotho in 2004 when the orphan clung to the prince’s side. Harry gave Mutsu a pair of royal blue wellies at the time, which the toddler cherished and wore to bed. Over the last 11 years, the two have stayed in touch, periodically writing letters, and Harry taking time out to visit him on each trip to Lesotho.
This visit is no exception. The now 15-year-old wrote Harry a letter, released by Kensington Palace in advance of their reunion, saying he had been thinking about "his loving friend” and remembered the special “blue gum boots” from their last time together.
"I think of the time were (sic) together, it was the good and nice day. Every day when I am sleeping I always dream about you and the thing we have made such as planting of the trees which is the peach trees," the letter reads.
EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) -- The terror alert level in Brussels has been lowered to the second-highest level ahead of when the move was expected to be made, officials say.
The city was slated to stay at a level 4 alert, its highest level, until Monday but officials lowered it to a level 3 this afternoon.
Officials said that the step down was approved by the crisis center in charge of analyzing the threat level and means that "the threat is still possible and likely." By bringing it down to a 3, that sets Brussels in line with the rest of the country.
"The reason of this decision was based on the fact that that threat is still serious but no longer as imminent as before," Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Thursday.
Michel also said that the city's whole subway system will reopen on Friday, as only 35 of their 69 stops are open Thursday.
This comes hours after envelopes containing unknown powder at a mosque in Brussels Thursday prompted an evacuation of the building. The scare came amid anti-terror raids around the country and a heightened state of alert there.
The spokesman for Brussels firefighters tells ABC News they received an alert at 1:30 p.m. local time. A lab team was sent immediately to the Grand Mosque as well as a bomb disposal team as a precautionary measure.
The spokesman for Brussels firefighters confirms to ABC News that about 10 envelopes were found in one package by the clerk at the Mosque's mail room. All told, 17 people came into contact with the package and were decontaminated as a precaution.
The tests on the powder have come back negative and the substance was believed to be flour or talc, the spokesman told ABC News.
NASA/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Cooking Thanksgiving dinner on Earth can take hours but at the International Space Station, astronauts have a different process for getting the traditional meal ready.
NASA released a video Wednesday showing what it's like for astronauts to cook turkey in space. Instead of ovens and deep fryers, astronauts have to fill a packet of dehydrated turkey with hot water and set it aside while the meat rehydrates.
Once it's ready, the plastic package can be cut and the main course can be enjoyed.
American astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently spending one year in space, and his American co-worker Dr. Kjell Lindgren, will be able to dine on candied yams, cornbread dressing and other classic Thanksgiving fixings, according to NASA.
(PARIS) -- Mohamed Abrini, the man who was allegedly spotted on surveillance footage with suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam two days before the massacre, had traveled to Syria, Belgian authorities said.
Abrini’s name was on a list of people who had traveled to Syria and then returned to Belgium, the authorities said. It was not clear when he allegedly traveled to Syria.
Belgian authorities are still on the lookout for 30-year-old Abrini after issuing a warrant for his arrest Tuesday. He was allegedly caught on camera at a gas station with Abdeslam on Nov. 11, driving the same Renault Clio that was used two days later by the attackers.
Abrini should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact authorities immediately.
In addition to the 130 who were killed in the attacks, more than 300 people were injured and 161 remained in the hospital as of Tuesday, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said.
Police have conducted more than 1,000 searches and raids in France since the country went into a state of emergency in response to the terror attacks.
STR/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The top U.S. general in Afghanistan says the military investigation into the mistaken airstrike of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz was "a tragic but avoidable accident caused primarily by human error."
Gen. John Campbell told reporters Wednesday that the crew of an AC-130 gunship struck the hospital, mistaking it for another building several hundred meters away that had been taken over by the Taliban. Campbell said some of the individuals involved in the accident have been suspended from their duties and referred for possible disciplinary action.
"We failed to meet our own high expectations," Campbell said in releasing the findings of a 3,000-page investigation conducted by an official not under his command, U.S. Army Major Gen. William Hickman. The mistaken airstrike killed 30 and injured 37 doctors and patients at the Doctors Without Borders hospital.
The investigation determined that the airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders trauma center "was a direct result of human error compounded by systems and signals failure."
Campbell said the crew aboard the AC-130 gunship "believed they were striking a different building several hundred meters away where there were reports of insurgents."
"Those who called and conducted the strike did not take procedures to verify this was a legitimate target," Campbell said.
"I can tell you that those individuals most closely associate with the incident have been suspended from their duties, pending consideration and disposition of administrative and disciplinary matters," he said.
It was unclear how many service members had been suspended from duty.
An Afghan special operations unit had requested an airstrike on a building taken over by the Taliban that housed the National Directorate Service (NDS), Afghanistan's intelligence service.
The crew aboard the AC-130 had initially been scrambled to assist ground forces engaged in combat at another location, which meant they did not receive a pre-flight briefing that would have indicated that the hospital was on a no-strike list.
When that combat situation ended quickly, the AC-130 was redirected to assist with the airstrike requested by the Afghan forces and communicated to them by U.S. special operations forces serving with them.
The aircraft's crew was also limited by technical malfunctions that prevented the transmission of videos or text communications back to its headquarters at Bagram Airfield.
Believing they had earlier been targeted by a missile, the crew of the AC-130 pulled 8 miles away, a distance that "degraded the accuracy of certain targeting systems which contributed to the misidentification of the trauma center," Campbell said.
When the aircrew input the coordinates of the NDS building into their targeting system, they saw an empty field located about 330 yards away from the target.
The crew of the AC-130 then used visual descriptions provided by the Afghan forces to visually identify a building near the field that they believed to be the NDS compound but was, in fact, the Doctors Without Borders hospital. As the plane moved in closer, a GPS system properly located the NDS building, but Campbell said the crew "remained fixated on the physical description of the facility" provided by the ground forces.
A minute prior to the airstrike, the crew of the AC-130 communicated the coordinates to its headquarters at Bagram Airfield, which did not realize the location matched a no-strike list location. Campbell said the "confusion was exacerbated" by the aircraft's inability to transmit video and electronic feeds back to the headquarters.
Doctors Without Borders notified the headquarters at Bagram 12 minutes after the airstrike began that their facility was under attack. By the time headquarters personnel had verified the "fatal mistake" 17 minutes later, the 29-minute airstrike had concluded.
Those involved in the airstrike "did not follow the rules of engagement," Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, the top U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan, told reporters at a briefing to release the investigation's finding.
Campbell said the U.S. special operations commander in Kunduz did not have the authority to direct the airstrike on the NDS building.
Added Shoffner: "U.S. personnel at the time were focused on doing what they had been trained to do. That said, chaos does not justify this tragedy."
"We did not intentionally strike the hospital, we are absolutely heartbroken," he said, adding that the U.S. military in Afghanistan will ensure "it does not happen again."
Responding to the U.S. military investigation's findings, Christopher Stokes, general director of Doctors Without Borders, said, "The U.S. version of events presented today leaves MSF with more questions than answers. It is shocking that an attack can be carried out when U.S. forces have neither eyes on a target nor access to a no-strike list, and have malfunctioning communications systems."
"The frightening catalog of errors outlined today illustrates gross negligence on the part of U.S. forces and violations of the rules of war," Stokes added.
He reiterated the organization's call for an independent investigation into the airstrike.
iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- The Russian Defense Ministry released details Wednesday about the 12-hour operation its military conducted to rescue a fighter pilot shot down by Turkish forces inside Syria Tuesday.
According to a timeline released by Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the attack on the Russian warplane came at 10:24 a.m. Moscow time Tuesday, when a Turkish F-16 fired a “homing short range missile” that downed the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 as it was conducting a combat sortie over Syria.
The Russians have denied that the aircraft crossed into Turkey, a claim Turkish authorities dispute. Rudskoy said that the Sukhoi was never warned to leave the area before it was shot down. Turkish authorities said the Russian jet was issued 10 warnings over a 5-minute period to turn away.
According to Rudskoy, the Russian military jet crashed inside Syria about 4 kilometers from the Turkish border. Both pilots managed to eject, but one was killed by small arms fire from the ground as he descended in his parachute. Turkmen rebels released video Tuesday that purportedly showed the body of the pilot.
Russian forces immediately launched a rescue operation, led by two Mi-8 helicopters, one of which also came under attack by small arms fire from the ground. The Mi-8 was forced to make a hard landing that killed a Russian marine. The rest of the search team was then evacuated to the Hmeymim airbase before the team's helicopter was destroyed by rebel fighters.
Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu announced Wednesday morning that at 3:40 a.m. Moscow time the mission to recover the surviving pilot was complete.
“He’s very much alive,” Shoygu said. “I would like to thank all of our boys, who with a huge risk worked all night...they have finished the job."
Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to cameras after he was briefed by Shoygu, identified the fallen pilot as Seaman Alexander Pozynich and the marine as Capt. Konstantin Muraktin. Both will be posthumously awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal, the highest state honor.
There is no word yet on how or even if Pozynich's body will be recovered and returned to Russia.
iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- The co-pilot of the Russian bomber shot down by Turkish jets on the Syrian border has said he received no warnings before the plane was fired on.
The co-pilot, Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin, spoke to the Russian state news agency Sputnik at a military base in Syria, where he was brought after being rescued by the Russian military overnight.
"There were no warnings. Not via the radio, not visually. There was no contact whatsoever,” Murakhtin told Sputnik.
Murakhtin and his pilot, Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov, were shot down on the Syrian-Turkish border by Turkish F16 fighters on Tuesday morning. Both men ejected but Peshkov was killed by Syrian rebels, according to Russian defense officials. Turkey has said the men’s Su-24 jet was downed because it violated Turkish airspace, a claim Russia has disputed.
The co-pilot’s comments disputed the Turkish version of how the shoot-down occurred. Turkish officials have said that the Russian plane was warned multiple times it was approaching Turkish airspace and to alter its course, saying that it received 10 warnings in five minutes. Russia’s defense ministry has disputed this, saying no warning was given and that the plane never crossed into Turkish airspace.
Murakhtin said that no attempt at all was made to warn the Russian crew.
“You have to understand what the cruising speed of a bomber is compared to an F-16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have shown themselves by heading on a parallel course. But there was nothing,” he said. “The rocket hit our tail completely unexpectedly. We didn't even see it in time to take evasive maneuvers."
But Turkish military officials continued to dispute the Russian claim and have passed to ABC News audio recordings that they said were the warnings issued by the Turkish jets.
ABC News was provided with recordings of six separate warnings, in which a voice can be heard repeating in English: “This is Turkish air force speaking: On guard, you are approaching Turkish airspace, change your heading south immediately.”
Each warning, which is extremely garbled, is preceded by an address to the call-sign that sounds like Khmeimim, and a distance that becomes shorter as the planes apparently approach one another. The Russian plane was based out of a Russian airbase in Syria called Khmeimim.
A U.S. military spokesman previously told ABC News that recordings of audio channels used between the two planes proved that 10 warnings had been given. NATO has also said that it backs the Turkish version events.
However, even if the recordings are authentic, it was unclear whether the Russian pilots had heard any of the warnings. In the recordings, there is no response and no Russian voice is heard.
Turkish officials have said the plane only spent 17 seconds inside Turkish airspace, meaning the fighters fired on the Russian plane almost immediately after they crossed the border.
Murakhtin, who was the plane’s navigator, also insisted that the plane at no point crossed the border into Turkey.
"Of course, having carried out numerous flights there we knew the region like the backs of our hands,” he said, adding that they had been following a usual, predetermined route when they were hit.
“I’m a navigator, I know every altitude there. I can guide the aircraft there blindfolded," the co-pilot said.
Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia’s foreign minister has suggested that the downing of its bomber by Turkish jets Tuesday resembled a "planned provocation." But he reiterated that Moscow has no intention of fighting a war with Turkey over the incident.
"We have serious doubts that it was an unpremeditated act. It’s very similar to a planned provocation," Lavrov said during a news conference in Moscow Wednesday.
Asked whether he thought the incident could escalate into a conflict, Lavrov said, "We do not intend to fight with Turkey; our relationship with the Turkish people has not changed. There are just questions that have arisen for the Turkish government."
Lavrov made the comments as Russia’s military announced it had recovered the second pilot from the downed bomber.
Speaking at a televised briefing, Vladimir Putin confirmed the pilot, who was the plane’s navigator, had been rescued.
Russia’s defense minister earlier told a briefing that the man, Konstantin Murakhtin, had had been found after an all-night search, during which one rescue helicopter was downed by rebels and a Russian marine killed. The bomber pilot was now “alive and well’ at Russian airbase in Syria, the ministry said.
The plane’s other pilot was killed by rebels after he ejected, according to Russian defense officials. Putin said the deceased pilot will be awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of Russia medal, one of Russia’s highest military honors.
Simultaneously, Russia’s defense ministry announced it would be deploying advanced anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria, close to where the incident happened to prevent further attacks of its planes conducting strikes there.
The men’s Su-24 jet was brought down by Turkish fighters in the northern mountains of Syria’s Latakia province, close to the border with Turkey, where it had been bombing Syrian rebel militants. Turkey has insisted the plane was destroyed because it violated Turkish airspace, a claim Russia has disputed.
The shooting down -- the first of a Russian plane by a NATO aircraft since the 1950s -- has prompted a diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey and added yet another tangle to the intractable Syrian conflict.
Russia has been supporting the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with an air campaign for the past two months. Turkey, which is deeply opposed to Assad, has been supporting rebel groups with arms and money.
Putin called the downing of the plane a “stab in the back” and has accused Turkey of supporting terrorism, calling it an “accomplice of terrorists.” The incident has caused a sharp breach in Russian-Turkish relations, with Russia’s foreign ministry recommending Russian citizens stop visiting Turkey and most major tour operators halting sales of trips there.
Turkey has defended its actions, insisting it had given the Russian plane multiple warnings and that it had crossed over a mile into Turkish territory. But Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said this morning his country would not escalate the situation.
neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- As Pope Francis arrives in Africa, shortly after a rash of terrorist attacks in Beirut, Paris and Bamako, there is huge concern for his safety.
So, what is His Holiness worried about?
“I’m scared of the mosquitoes,” he told reporters traveling with him on the papal plane, cracking a big smile.
Francis arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday, kicking off a five-day trip to Africa, his first visit to the African continent. He’ll visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic before returning to Rome next Monday.
All three countries have seen more than their share of violence.
In Kenya, Islamist militants have staged violent attacks on shopping malls and embassies in recent years.
In Uganda, the self-proclaimed Lord’s Resistance Army has terrorized the population.
The Central African Republic is embroiled in a bloody civil war, with Christian rebels fighting a Muslim government. Amnesty International has reported massacres of Muslim civilians, and other sources have reported instances of Muslims being cannibalized.
Concern is so great for Pope Francis’ security in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, that Vatican officials said they have considered cutting short the trip there.
As is his custom, Pope Francis shook hands with everyone traveling on the papal plane.
At a welcoming ceremony with the Kenyan president, he expressed his hope of helping to heal divisions there and renew the commitment to protect the region’s wealth of natural resources.
Speaking in English, the pope said: “Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust and the despair born of poverty and frustration."
“I encourage you to foster a spirit of solidarity at every level of society," he added. “I ask you in particular to show genuine concern for the needs of the poor, the aspirations of the young, and a just distribution of natural and human resources."
In the former British colony, Pope Francis addressed his remarks in English but concluded in Swahili.
“Mungu abariki Kenya,” he said, which means "God bless Kenya."
Belgium Police Fédérale(PARIS) -- Authorities in Belgium and France are looking for a man Belgian authorities say was seen with suspected Paris attacker and fugitive Salah Abdeslam two days before the massacre.
Mohamed Abrini, 30, was caught on camera at a gas station with Abdeslam on Nov. 11, two days before the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Belgian authorities said. Abrini was driving a Renault Clio that was used two days later to commit the attacks in Paris, authorities said.
Abrini should be considered armed and dangerous, said authorities. Anyone who sees him or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police immediately.
More than 300 people were injured in the Paris attacks and 161 remain in the hospital, including 26 in intensive care or resuscitation, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Tuesday.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday that police have conducted over 1,000 searches and raids in France since the country's state of emergency was implemented. One-hundred sixty five people have been detained and 230 weapons have been seized, said Cazeneuve.
STR/AFP/Getty Images(KUNDUZ, Afghanistan) -- A U.S. military investigation has determined that a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was mistakenly targeted by the crew of an AC-130 gunship that believed it was targeting another compound several hundred yards away that had been taken over by the Taliban, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
The hospital was targeted by mistake based on visual descriptions provided by U.S. and Afghan special operations forces that seemed to match the other compound seized by the Taliban, said the U.S. officials familiar with the contents of the report. Doctors Without Borders has said that the airstrike killed at least 30 doctors and patients at the hospital.
On Wednesday, Gen. John Campbell, the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is set to release conclusions of a 3,000-page investigative report into the airstrike. Shortly after the airstrike occurred, Campbell told Congress that it had been a mistake and soon after President Obama apologized to the president of Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières.
The investigation found that the mistaken targeting of the hospital occurred as the result of visual descriptions of another compound in the same general area that had been seized by the Taliban, according to the U.S. official, who noted that the AC-130 crew had also not received a full pre-flight briefing prior to the mission as they had been redirected from another location. Such a briefing could have contained information that the location of the Doctors Without Borders hospital was a protected site. The New York Times first disclosed the investigation's conclusions on Tuesday.
The airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz occurred as Afghan forces continued to retake the city that had been seized by the Taliban days earlier. U.S. special operations teams served as advisers to the Afghan forces involved in clearing the city of Taliban fighters.
The crew aboard the AC-130 gunship was flying over Kunduz in the early morning hours of Oct. 3 when it was contacted by a U.S. special operations team working with Afghan special operations forces, the U.S. official said.
The Afghans requested an airstrike on a building compound in the city that housed the National Directorate of Security (NDS) -- Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the U.S. official said, noting that the Afghans believed the compound had been taken over by the Taliban and was being used as a base of operations.
The U.S. special operations team relayed a general location for the NDS compound and relayed visual descriptions of what it looked like to the crew of the AC-130 gunship flying overhead, the U.S. officials said. This was done to help the AC-130 crew locate the compound because of technical issues with targeting equipment aboard the plane.
Using the visual details provided by the American team on the ground, the crew of the AC-130 located what they believed to be the NDS building compound.
Unknowingly, the crew had located the Doctors Without Borders hospital that had similar features to the NDS compound described by the teams on the ground, the U.S. official said. While in the same general area as the NDS compound, the Doctors Without Borders compound was several hundred yards away from the NDS compound.
Doctors Without Borders had called for an independent investigation into what it had labeled a war crime. The organization's own investigation into the incident included details that updated GPS coordinates for the hospital in Kunduz had been provided to the U.S. military in Afghanistan just days prior to the airstrike.
Seeking to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest in the U.S. military's investigation into the attack, Gen. Campbell ordered a two-star general, not under his command, to head an exhaustive investigation into the airstrike.
The 3,000-page investigative report will be used for potential actions of accountability for U.S. military personnel involved in the airstrike, according to the U.S. official.