PARIS (AP) — The identification of the third gunman who terrorized Paris' Bataclan concert hall before being killed last month is further confirmation that disaffected Europeans carried out the Paris attacks after training in Syria by the Islamic State group. The identification was made possible by a DNA sample given to police by his mother after she received a text message announcing his death.
BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 11 people are dead in a Baghdad attack on a Shiite mosque. Iraqi security officials say the suicide bombing also wounded 20. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. The Islamic State group, which controls large swaths of northern and western Iraq, has repeatedly targeted Shiite Muslims, who it views as apostates.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A high-stakes meeting has begun in Saudi Arabia as often-competing Syrian opposition groups and rebel factions look for some consensus ahead of proposed peace negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. A peace plan agreed to last month by 20 nations meeting in Vienna set a Jan. 1 deadline for the start of negotiations. The nearly five-year civil war in Syria has killed more than a quarter of a million people and triggered a massive refugee crisis.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The state patrol is investigating a deadly crash on an Interstate 82 in southern Washington state. Authorities say three of five people in a pickup truck were killed when it left the roadway and rolled into the oncoming lane where it was struck by an SUV. Four people, including a baby, were injured.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — There's no jolly old elf or reindeer but there are Christmas presents at the International Space Station along with food and other supplies in the first U.S. shipment in more than half a year. The capsule bearing 3 ½ tons of cargo arrived at the orbiting outpost today. Supply runs had been on hold since a pair of launch mishaps.