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* Turkey downing of Russia jet 'stab in the back' - Putin

Nov 24 (BBC) Russian President Vladimir Putin has bitterly condemned the downing of a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border. He described it as a "stab in the back" committed by "accomplices of terrorists".
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* Marium Mukhtiar, Pakistani female fighter pilot, dies in crash

Nov 24 (BBC) A female Pakistani fighter pilot has died after her aircraft crashed in Punjab province. Marium Mukhtiar was on a routine training mission when her plane met an "in-flight emergency" over Mianwali district, the air force said.
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* No Australian combat troops to fight in Middle East

Nov 24 (BBC) The so-called Islamic State (IS) group is weak and Australia has no plans to send combat troops to fight it, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. Mr Turnbull was speaking after terror attacks in Paris claimed by IS. His remarks contrasted with former prime minister Tony Abbott's description of IS as a "death cult".
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* Nepal blockade: Four die in clashes with police

Nov 23 (BBC) At least four demonstrators have been killed since Saturday in southern Nepal, during protests against the new constitution. All were shot during clashes with police, in which dozens more protesters and police were also injured.
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* Myanmar landslide: 'Many missing' at Kachin jade mine

Nov 23 (BBC) Many people are still missing after a landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar's northern Kachin state, state media said. At least 104 bodies have now been recovered, with some estimates saying more than 100 people are still missing.
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* Somali pirates attack Iranian and Thai vessels

Nov 24 (BBC) Pirates have attacked two foreign fishing trawlers off Somalia's coast, seizing the crew of one of them, maritime experts and residents say. A Thai trawler managed to escape, following a failed attempt on Monday to hijack it in waters off central Somalia, residents told the BBC.
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* International bomb plotter jailed for 40 years in US

Nov 24 (BBC) A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been sentenced to 40 years in jail for plotting attacks in several countries. Abid Naseer, 29, was sentenced by a federal judge in New York. US authorities said he had been part of a plot to attack Manchester, New York City and Copenhagen.
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* Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine hit by blast in toilets

Nov 23 (BBC) The public toilets at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni shrine have been hit by a small explosion. No injuries have been reported but the ceiling, floor and wall of the toilet were damaged, local media reported.
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* UN urges Australian rethink on asylum

Nov 23 (BBC) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to rethink the country's border security policy. Mr Ban voiced his concerns about Operation Sovereign Borders on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) summit.
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