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A military plane carrying Laos Defence Minister Douangchay Phichit and other senior officials has crashed in the north of the country.

It is thought the plane came down in the province of Xiangkhouang, nearly 500km (311 miles) from the capital Vientiane where its journey began.

About 20 people, including the the governor of Vientiane, are thought to have been on board.

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