While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 27 edition

Turkey would have acted differently if it had known jet was Russian: Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that Turkey would have acted differently if it had known a warplane its forces downed on the Syrian border was Russian.

"If we had known if it was a Russian plane maybe we would have warned it differently," Erdogan told France 24 television.

He also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had not answered his call after Tuesday's incident that has seriously damaged ties between two rival players in the Syrian conflict.


Outrage mounts over Trump's ridicule of disabled reporter

While most Americans are elbow-deep in Thanksgiving stuffing, Donald Trump is hip-deep in recriminations after mocking the disability of a New York Times reporter who failed to corroborate the Republican presidential candidate's claim that Muslims in New Jersey cheered the toppling of the World Trade Center.

The Times and journalists inside and outside the newspaper reacted with outrage after Politico reported on Wednesday that Trump, at a South Carolina rally the day before, jerked his arms while imitating Serge Kovaleski, a journalist who suffers from arthrogryposis, a chronic condition that affects his movements.


MH17 victims to get Dutch memorial near Amsterdam airport

A forest is to be planted in a park close to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to commemorate the victims of downed flight MH17, Dutch media reported on Thursday.

The national monument will comprise 298 trees, one for each of the victims of the ill-fated flight, the MH17 Disaster Foundation told the ANP news agency.

The trees will form a giant green ribbon, a symbol worn by the relatives to commemorate the July 17, 2014 disaster, with an amphitheatre at the centre.


Athletics: Russia accepts 'full' doping ban

Russia has accepted its "full suspension" from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the IAAF said Thursday.

The most severe punishment ever meted out by the International Association of Athletics Federations was made formal at a meeting of the world body's governing council in Monaco.

Russia, which had previously denied any wrongdoing, vowed at the meeting to work with foreign inspectors so that it could be welcomed back into international competition.


Athletics: IAAF names Ashton Eaton and Genzebe Dibaba as world athletes of year

The IAAF on Thursday named American decathlete Ashton Eaton and Ethiopian middle-distance runner Genzebe Dibaba as World Athletes of the Year.

Eaton broke his own decathlon world record at the world championships in Beijing in August. The 27-year-old also won world gold in Moscow in 2013, a year after clinching Olympic gold in London.

Dibaba, 24, is the current world record holder in the women's 1500m and holds three further world records indoors.