12:58 Two helicopters have been seen returning from the site of the Fox Glacier chopper crash back to base as the weather deteriorates.

12:11 US President Barack Obama is calling on Russia and Turkey not to escalate their stand-off after the Russian fighter jet was shot down.

12:10 A recycling programme for soft plastic, including shopping bags and food wrap, is underway in Auckland. There are 70 bins across the city.

12:10 A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in eastern Peru a short time ago. The quake's epicentre was close to Peru's border with Brazil.

12:07 Russia has confirmed a pilot shot down this morning was killed by gunfire from the ground while another died during a rescue operation.

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