• Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalates

    A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane shot down by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president saying on a defiant note that his military is ready to do the same if another air intrusion happens.

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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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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.

  • Germany will send Tornado jets to Syria, lawmaker confirms

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to support France in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, a senior lawmaker for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives confirmed on Thursday. "Germany will be a more active contributor than it has been until now," Henning Otte, defence expert for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said in a statement on Thursday. "Not only will we bolster our training mission in northern Iraq but we will, among other things, make a contribution to the fight against IS terror with Tornado reconnaissance jets. ...

  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sitex 2015 preview: Year-end tech deals galore!

    Nov 19, 1pm: Added Jabra and Aftershock. 8pm: Added Audio-Technica, J2, ViewSonic. Nov 20: Added Beats. Nov 22, 9pm: Added Foscam, MSI, Hiti, QNAP, Synology. Nov 24: Added Creative, D-Link, Seagate. Nov 25: Added Maka, Treoo, Wacom. Nov 26: Added Acer, Garmin, Samsung. Added Canon, Epson, Fuji Xerox. Added Olympus, Toshiba.  In search of the best year-end tech deals

  • 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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  • South Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

    South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule. Kim's term was bookended by two major events, the first nuclear crisis with North Korea in 1994 and the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, when he accepted a $58-billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund. The hearse was then driven through the streets of Seoul in a long funeral cortege headed by a car carrying a large portrait of the former president.

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  • Adele: 'My stage fright is getting worse'

    Singer Adele is still struggling to conquer her nerves before live performances, confessing her anxieties are "actually getting worse".

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  • Singapore team booted out of Malaysian league

    Singapore's Lions XII team has been kicked out of Malaysia's domestic league without explanation after the Malaysian football body decided not to extend its participation. The decision ends a brief but successful stay by the Lions XII, who won the Malaysia Super League in 2013 and the Malaysian FA Cup in May after returning to Malaysian football in 2012. Singapore had earlier departed the football scene in the neighbouring country in 1994 after winning the Malaysian league and cup double.

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