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    NASA climate scientist and astronaut Sellers dies

    Associated Press | Updated at 09:50am on December 24, 2016

    Piers Sellers, a climate scientist and former astronaut who gained fame late in life for his eloquent commentary about the earth's fragility and his own cancer diagnosis, has died...

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    Mediterranean death toll tops record 5,000 this year: UN

    Associated Press | Updated at 08:25am on December 24, 2016

    Around 100 people are missing and feared dead after two shipwrecks off Italy, raising the estimated death toll among migrants on the Mediterranean this year to at least 5,000 — a new annual record, UN agencies said Friday...

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    UN Security Council urges end to Israeli settlements

    BBC | Updated at 08:50am on December 24, 2016

    The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution urging an end to illegal Israeli settlements after the US refused to veto it...

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    Malta hijack ends peacefully as Gaddafi loyalists surrender

    Reuters | Updated at 05:42pm on December 23, 2016

    Hijackers forced an airliner to land in Malta on Friday then freed all their hostages unharmed and surrendered after declaring their loyalty to Libya's late leader Muammar Gaddafi...

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    Berlin truck suspect killed in Italy shootout

    Agence France-Presse . Milan | Updated at 05:05pm on December 24, 2016

    The suspect in the Berlin Christmas market truck attack was killed in a shoot-out in a suburb of the northern Italian city of Milan on Friday, Italy's interior minister said...

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    Australia arrests seven over ‘imminent threat’ of Christmas Day attacks

    Reuters | Updated at 11:05am on December 23, 2016

    Australian police said on Friday they had foiled a plot to attack prominent sites in the city of Melbourne with a series of bombs on Christmas Day that authorities described as ‘an imminent terrorist event’ inspired by Islamic State...

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    German police arrest two suspected of planning terror attack

    Reuters | Updated at 10:25am on December 23, 2016

    Police special forces arrested two men suspected of planning an attack on a shopping mall in Oberhausen in the West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, police said on Friday...

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    Islamic State video shows two Turkish soldiers burned alive

    Reuters | Updated at 10:40am on December 23, 2016

    Islamic State in Syria released a video on Thursday purporting to show two captured Turkish soldiers being burnt to death, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group which monitors militant groups online...

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    Syrian army announces victory in Aleppo in boost for Assad

    Reuters | Updated at 10:15am on December 23, 2016

    The Syrian army said it had retaken complete control of Aleppo on Thursday after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the battered city, handing president Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory of the nearly six-year-old war...

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    Under Israeli pressure, UN vote on settlements postponed

    Associated Press | Updated at 09:35am on December 23, 2016

    Under heavy Israeli pressure, Egypt on Thursday indefinitely postponed a planned UN vote on a proposed Security Council resolution that sought to condemn Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, diplomats and Western officials said, just a few hours before the vote was set to take place...