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German Police say lorry crash 'probably a terror attack'

German police are investigating a "probable terrorist attack" after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. According to security sources cited by DPA news agency, the driver is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker.

He reportedly arrived in Germany in February as a refugee. German news reports say the man was known to the police for minor crimes, but not terror links. German politicians had avoided branding the bloodshed a terror attack in the hours immediately following, but Interior Minister
Thomas de Maiziere said, "there are many things pointing to one".

Lorry kills nine at Christmas market in Berlin.

Police say an articulated lorry has ploughed into a busy Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing nine people and injuring many more. Berlin State Interior Minister Andreas Geisel said it was still unclear if it had been an attack or an accident.

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Orphans among thousands to leave Syria's Aleppo city.

Thousands of people, including dozens of orphans, have left Aleppo in one of the besieged Syrian city's biggest evacuations yet. More than 4,500 civilians have left rebel-held parts of eastern Aleppo so far on Monday.

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UN to vote today on sending observers to Aleppo

The UN Security Council will vote today on a French-drafted resolution to quickly deploy UN observers to Aleppo, with Russia, Syria's ally, giving cautious backing to the measure. Russia had threatened to veto a first draft presented by France calling for observers to monitor evacuations from Aleppo and report on the protection of civilians in the besieged Syrian city. But after nearly four hours of closed-door council consultations yesterday, a new draft was agreed. The new draft calls on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make arrangements, in consultation with Syrian authorities and the rebels,
to allow UN monitoring of "the well-being of civilians."

Thousands stranded in desperate conditions in Syria

Thousands of civilians are trapped in increasingly desperate conditions in Aleppo, Syria as disagreements over an evacuation plan caused delays. Reporters described seeing people sleeping in the streets in freezing conditions with little or no food.

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Pentagon says China to return seized US underwater drone

 

The Pentagon says it has "secured an understanding" with China that it will return an underwater drone seized in the South China Sea. China captured the US vessel in international waters on Thursday. It has not explained why and accused the US of "hyping-up" the incident. US President-elect Donald Trump accused the Chinese of "stealing". The incident is among the most serious military confrontations between the two powers for decades.

Aleppo evacuation goes on as truce holds


The evacuation of Syrian civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo is continuing round the clock, as a truce was reported to be holding overnight. The International Committee of the Red Cross told the BBC aid workers wanted to keep the momentum going. More than 3,000 people were bussed out on yesterday which is the first day of the evacuation.

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Thousands were evacuated from east Aleppo.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated in buses and ambulances from a besieged rebel-held enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo, officials say.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says the full evacuation of civilians and rebels is likely to take several days. Government forces, backed by Russian allies, took nearly all remaining rebel-held parts of Aleppo this week. It represents a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

Aleppo Syria battle: Evacuation of rebel-held east under way

An operation to evacuate a besieged rebel-held enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo is now well under way.
Syrian state TV showed footage of at least 10 ambulances and a long line of green buses leaving eastern Aleppo.
 
The evacuation of civilians, rebels and wounded people had been due to take place on Wednesday but an earlier ceasefire deal collapsed. Government forces took nearly all remaining rebel-held parts of Aleppo this week after a four-year battle.

Austrian MPs vote to seize Hitler's birthplace house

After years of controversy, Austria's parliament has passed a law allowing it to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889. Owner Gerlinde Pommer had repeatedly refused to sell the building in Braunau am Inn or allow renovations. Mrs Pommer will now be given compensation. But it is still not clear what the government will do with the former guesthouse. The authorities are keen to stop it becoming a draw for neo-Nazis.

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