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In our news wrap Tuesday, rescue teams recovered bodies and debris from an Indonesian airliner that crashed in the Java Sea. The plane went down shortly after takeoff on Monday, killing all 189 on board. Also, Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, defended the ongoing military exercises off the coast of Norway, saying they are intended to prevent trouble with Russia, not provoke it.
In the day's other news, rescue teams searched again for victims of an Indonesian airliner that crashed in the Java Sea. The Lion Air passenger jet went down Monday just after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. Crews pulled more debris and dozens of human remains from the water today, while relatives waited for confirmation of the worst.
Yuni Ariyani (through translator):
Our big family is still hoping she survives. We still have a big hope for that. But if she doesn't, we pray that her remains can quickly be discovered, so that we can take her home to be buried.
Divers are also hunting for the black box flight recorders. Passengers on the planes last flight before the fatal crash said it plunged in midair several times after takeoff.
The head of NATO today defended ongoing military exercises off Norway, the alliance's largest since the Cold War. Jens Stoltenberg said the goal is to prevent trouble with Russia, not provoke it. Almost 50,000 sea, land and air troops are taking part, plus 65 ships. The Russians say they will conduct missile testing in the area later this week.
In Turkey, top Saudi and Turkish prosecutors finished two days of talks in Istanbul in the investigation of Jamal Khashoggi's death. The Saudi official also visited his country's consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was killed.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called again for the Saudis to tell everything, now.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (through translator):
We cannot let this issue hang. If we do, we would be in debt with humanity, we would have a debt of conscience. And neither our judiciary mechanisms nor our political mechanisms can handle this. This needs to be solved now. There is no point in excuses.
In London, Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, urged President Trump and other world leaders to prevent a cover-up.
The special counsel in the Russia investigation said today it has allegations that a woman was paid to accuse him of sexual misconduct. Robert Mueller's office said the claims are false, and that it has referred the matter to the FBI. It gave no other details.
In economic news:
Growth across the Eurozone slowed in the third quarter to the weakest it's been since 2014. Today's report came as Italy's economy struggles and new carbon emissions standards are setting back Germany's auto industry. The Eurozone encompasses 19 nations.
Back in this country, on Wall Street, stocks rallied as strong earnings reports pushed aside fears that had fueled recent sell-offs. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 431 points to close at 24874. The Nasdaq rose 111, red blouse, and the S&P 500 added 41.
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