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* Outrage after India minister terms cancer 'divine justice'

Nov 23 (BBC) Indians have reacted angrily after the health minister from Assam state said cancer "is divine justice" caused by "past sins of a person". Himanta Biswa Sarma said that people could also get diseases like cancer "because of the sins of their parents".
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* Rohingya crisis: US calls Myanmar action 'ethnic cleansing'

Nov 22 (BBC) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Myanmar's military action against the minority Muslim Rohingya population constitutes ethnic cleansing. He said the Rohingya had suffered "horrendous atrocities" and as a result the US was considering targeted sanctions against those responsible.
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* US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes off Japan

Nov 22 (BBC) A US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers has crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan. The cause of crash is unknown and the names those onboard are being withheld while next of kin are notified, the US Navy said in a statement.
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* Manus Island: Police enter former Australia-run asylum centre

Nov 23 (BBC) Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave. Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island centre since it was closed on 31 October, citing fears for their safety in the local community.
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* Australian school apologises for 'suggestive' saint statue

Nov 22 (BBC) An Australian school has covered a statue from view because of its "potentially suggestive" depiction of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy. The Catholic school in Adelaide apologised on Wednesday for the statue, which was completed recently.
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