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Planned junior doctors strike called off at final hour

The strike was due to take place on December 1. Credit: PA

The junior doctors strike due to begin on Tuesday has been called off at the final hour .

Conciliation service Acas said a deal had been reached following five days of talks.

This means planned walk-outs on December 1, 8 and 16 will now be averted.

Under the agreement NHS employers agreed to extend the time frame for contract negotiations until January 13 next year.

An Acas spokesman said: "Acas is pleased that the talks have been held in a constructive manner and cooperative spirit between the parties, that will allow an improvement in industrial relations."

Putin: Turkey shot down Russian warplane to protect its oil trade with Islamic State

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Russian President Vladmir Putin has said Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in order to protect its oil trade with Islamic State, adding that Russia had received more information showing that IS oil was going via Turkey.

President Putin said he did not meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the climate change summit in Paris on Monday to discuss the downing of the jet, which he described as a "huge mistake".

Mr Putin's comments are the latest in the war of words between Russia and Turkey following the downing of the Russian jet near the Syrian border last week.

Russia announced at the weekend a series of economic sanctions against Turkey.


Johnson family welcome independent inquiry into Tory bullying claims

The father of a young Tory party activist who committed suicide after claims he had been subjected to bullying has said he welcomes news of an independent inquiry into the allegations.

Speaking to ITV News, Ray Johnson said that he hoped it was the start of a "fair" investigation and that the Conservative party would give his family an opportunity to take part in the inquiry.

Cameron: We must take action on climate change today

David Cameron has said the world must take action on climate change now before it is too late.

Addressing a summit in Paris, the Prime Minister said: "Instead of making excuses tomorrow to our children and grandchildren, we should be taking action against climate change today.

"What we are looking at is not difficult, it's doable, so therefore we should come together and do it."

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