• Russia targets Turkish economy over downed warplane

    Russia on Thursday pledged broad retaliatory measures against Turkey's economy in revenge for the downing of one of its warplanes, as recriminations between Moscow and Ankara reached fever pitch. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily rebuffed his Russian counterpart's demands for an apology and said Vladimir Putin had snubbed a phone call from him after Tuesday's incident. The downing of the plane on the Syrian border has raised fears it could fuel a wider geopolitical conflict, and highlighted the difficulty of forging consensus on the fate of Syria as French President Francois Hollande held talks with Putin in Moscow.

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  • In Saudi prison, artist facing death says he's no atheist

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Palestinian artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy was quoted by a local news website Thursday as saying that he is not an atheist and that his case centers around a personal dispute he had with someone.

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  • Syrian paper recounts rescue of downed Russian pilot

    Syrian special forces launched an operation "behind enemy lines" to rescue the surviving crew member of a Russian warplane downed by Turkey, Syria's Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday. Al-Atira is an area of Latakia province, around 12 kilometres (eight miles) from the border with Turkey. Syrian forces launched the operation after Turkey downed the Russian jet on Tuesday morning, forcing the two-man crew to eject over rebel-held territory.

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  • 'Unprofessional' Jack Grealish dropped by Aston Villa

    Aston Villa have axed midfielder Jack Grealish from the squad for Saturday's match against Watford over his off-the-field behaviour. New manager Remi Garde said 20-year-old Grealish was "not professional" after he was pictured partying following Villa's 4-0 Premier League defeat to Everton last weekend. Grealish has since been training with the under-21 side and would continue to do so, Garde said at a Thursday press conference.

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  • Massive Philippine blaze leaves thousands homeless

    A huge fire that swept through a crowded Manila shanty town has razed more than 800 homes, leaving thousands homeless after they were forced to flee for their lives from the towering flames, officials said Thursday. Residents joined forces with firefighters to battle Wednesday's blaze which spread quickly among the narrow alleys, helping smash down the walls of makeshift houses to allow crews access to the flames. Despite the devastation, no one was killed in the disaster and only four people were injured as they clambered over their homes to escape, authorities said.

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  • US Republicans move to dump Trump

    Many say the populist crazy talk is typical of the White House primaries, but Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's increasingly incendiary remarks are leading some conservatives to brand him a "fascist" and party rivals to ramp up attacks against him. Republican experts are warning that Trump could do lasting damage to the GOP, and that his nomination in the party primaries would essentially hand the presidency to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Establishment conservatives even took the unfathomable step of using the F-word against a member of their own party.

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  • 'No-one is irreplaceable,' Bayern boss says of coach Guardiola

    Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stressed on Thursday that "no one is irreplaceable", ahead of a decision on the future of coach Pep Guardiola. Rummenigge confirmed that a decision would be announced before Christmas. "Maybe it's good to have a bit of suspense," continued the Bayern boss, adding that uncertainty concerning the coach would not prevent the players staying "very focused on their work".

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  • Malaysian aid volunteer's adorable video to Ellen DeGeneres goes viral

    Malaysian travel blogger Rayyan Haries landed on the island of Lesbos in Greece in October, his mission simple: Operate a volunteer soup kitchen to feed Syrian refugees.

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  • After uproar, German town warms to refugees who took over church

    By Tina Bellon OBERHAUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - When Daniela Handwerk looked out of her window earlier this month and saw the church across the street being emptied out and turned into a refugee shelter, she panicked - and she was not alone. As news of the plan to house 50 refugees in the church and suspend Sunday services spread through this community on the outskirts of Oberhausen, in the Ruhr valley, angry residents pressed church and city officials to reconsider.

  • Rome banishes centurions, rickshaws over tourist scams

    After two millennia, the last centurions have finally been banished from Rome. As of Thursday men who dress up as soldiers of the ancient empire and offer to pose for tourist snaps in return for cash were banned from the streets around the Colosseum and the rest of the Eternal City. Drivers of bicycle-drawn rickshaws and touts selling bus tours or tickets to historic monuments were also outlawed under a decree issued by city commissioner Francesco Paolo Tronca.

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  • The XC90 gets a bad-boy makeover

    Volvo is launching a sportier, more aggressive-looking R-Design version of its flagship SUV. Inside, the seats are finished in black leather, there's a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel plus column-mounted paddle shifts for the transmission. Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "The launch of the XC90 R-Design makes our premium seven-seat SUV even more distinctive and dynamic than before.

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  • Chinese gloat over Obama's turkey named Abe _ not Ah-bay

    BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense.

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  • Yahoo's CEO is running out of time to turn things around

    Marissa Mayer's nearly four-year attempt to turn around Yahoo needs a turnaround itself, repeating a pattern of futility that has hobbled one of the Internet's best-known companies for the past decade. ...

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  • Earthprints - Beijing's super commutes reflect a city bulging at the seams

    The commute for millions of people living in and around Beijing is a daily grind that is ever more time-consuming, costly and crowded as residents dodge, push and elbow their way onto buses and subways. Indeed, expansion over the next 15 years will put the Chinese capital at the centre of a new mega-city, as it integrates with the port city of Tianjin and neighbouring Hebei province, officials say. Given the existing commuter woes in Beijing, some critics are raising questions about urban sprawl and the potential environmental impact of the megacity.

  • #EndofKobe: sun setting on NBA's Bryant

    While Stephen Curry looks forward to more record-breaking exploits on the horizon, the sun is setting rapidly on Kobe Bryant. As a study in contrasting fortunes, it doesn't get much starker than the chasm that separated Curry and the Golden State Warriors as they romped past Bryant and the hapless Lakers on Tuesday. Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, was his usual bewitching self in a 111-77 blowout, scoring 24 points as Golden State entered the record books to seal the longest unbeaten start to a season in history at 16-0.

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  • Remains found near Houston may be teen missing for 25 years

    WHARTON, Texas (AP) — Authorities near Houston have uncovered the possible remains of a 15-year-old girl who was missing for 25 years, after the family of a suspect in her death came forward with a tip, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

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  • Is sharing this unfortunate picture becoming a new Thanksgiving 'tradition'?

    In 2012, a Spider-Man float fell on an Uncle Sam float during the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, created possibly the worst kind of imagery imaginable.

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  • Kylie Minogue's new boyfriend makes her go 'all gooey'

    Kylie Minogue is so smitten with new toyboy Joshua Sasse she goes "all gooey" any time his name is mentioned.

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  • Under Iraqi town, IS militants built network of tunnels

    Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State group militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity and fortified with sandbags. There, they had boxes of U.S.-made ...

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