Berlin truck attack: Tunisian linked to market deaths


Berlin truck attack: Tunisian linked to market deaths – report

BBC News  
German police are hunting for the perpetrator of Monday’s truck attack at a Berlin market which killed 12. Germany’s Spiegel Online reports that investigators are looking for a Tunisian after an ID card was found in the truck.

Experts scour site of deadly blast at Mexico fireworks market

Family members and friends of victims of an explosion at a fireworks market wait outside a hospital in Coacalco, Mexico, December 20, 2016.

Delays hamper last evacuations from rebel enclave in Aleppo

BEIRUT – Delays hampered the last evacuations of Syrian rebels and civilians from what is left of the opposition’s enclave in Aleppo as its residents waited on Wednesday for the arrival of 20 U.N.

Turkey Assassination Suggests Erdogan’s Loyalty Problem Is Lingering

New York Times
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before delivering a speech on Tuesday in Istanbul. The assassination of the Russian ambassador by a Turkish police officer suggests that Mr. Erdogan may face a resilient disloyalty problem.

Taiwan Loses Another Friend as São Tomé and Príncipe Cuts Ties

Wall Street Journal
TAIPEI—Taiwan’s small handful of diplomatic partners has gotten a little smaller, with the African nation of São Tomé and Príncipe severing formal relations amid a campaign by China to pressure the rival government in Taipei.

May’s Plans for Quick Brexit Trade Deal Muddied by EU Court View

An opinion by the European Union’s top court on Wednesday may pave the way for an important Brexit precedent after it said that ratification by EU institutions isn’t enough to pass a trade deal with Singapore.

Hoping for a white Christmas? Here are your chances.

The Polar Vortex may have been a week early. If you thought the recent Arctic blasts increased your chances for a white Christmas, you may be sorely disappointed.

Queen steps down as patron of children’s charities

BBC News
The Queen will step down as patron of 25 national organisations at the end of this year, says Buckingham Palace. The patronages, including the NSPCC, Save the Children, Barnardo’s and Battersea Dog’s Home, will be passed on to other members of the …

Turkey: Aleppo evacuations could be completed by Wednesday

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Indonesia Police Kill 3 Suspected Militants, Defuse Bombs

New York Times  
TANGERANG, Indonesia – Indonesian police said three suspected militants who were planning a holiday season suicide bombing were killed in a gunbattle Wednesday on the outskirts of Jakarta in the second imminent attack to be foiled in less than two …

Cargo Plane Crashes in Colombia, Killing 5 Crew

ABC News
A cargo airplane operated by the Colombian carrier Aerosucre crashed just three minutes after takeoff on Tuesday evening, killing five crew members and sending a flight technician to the hospital with injuries.

Teen banished for her period dies
A TEENAGE girl has died after she was banished to a poorly ventilated shed because she was having her period. Roshani Tiruwa, 15, was forced to stay in the mud and stone hut in a Hindu custom that has been banned in Nepal for more than a decade.

That Drone Skirmish With China? It Was Over Before Donald Trump’s First Mean Tweet.

Huffington Post
The president-elect would have known this if he’d taken his presidential briefing that morning before tweeting. 12/20/2016 10:14 am ET | Updated 12 hours ago.

Gambia’s Jammeh Ignores West African Presidents and Says He Will Not Step Down

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he is “ready to die” in regard of his intention to remain in office, setting himself on a war footing with West African leaders who have called upon him to step down.

American Woman Abducted in Afghanistan Issues an Appeal to Obama

New York Times  
Caitlan Coleman, an American, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian, with their two small children – born during their four-year captivity by the Haqqani network.

WAR AROUND THE CORNER? Kim Jong-un prepares army to be ready for battle ‘DAY OR NIGHT’  
KIM Jong-un has been preparing the North Korean military for battle with a series of new rocket drills. By Harry Walker. PUBLISHED: 04:03, Wed, Dec 21, 2016 | UPDATED: 04:24, Wed, Dec 21, 2016 …

Israel Might Take In Aleppo Refugees for Medical Treatment

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel was looking into the possibility of bringing wounded refugees from the Syrian city of Aleppo to Israeli hospitals for treatment.

Gunman who carried out shooting spree at mosque had ‘no radical Islamist motive’

Irish Independent  
Swiss police have found no radical Islamist or far-right motives by a gunman who killed himself after carrying out a shooting spree at a Zurich mosque in which three worshippers were wounded, a top police official said yesterday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Should Face Murder Probe: UN Chief  
The president of the Philippines should be investigated for murder after boasting he “personally” killed three suspected criminals, a top United Nations official said.

White football player accused of raping black, disabled team-mate avoids prison

The Guardian
John RK Howard – charged with felony forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object – reached a plea deal that will allow him to avoid prison unless he violates his probation.

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