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BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say the passenger in the truck that plowed through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin was a Polish national. Twelve people were killed and four dozen people were injured. A suspect was arrested. The truck's owner, who is Polish, said he feared the driver had been hijacked.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Both Turkey and Russia say Monday's assassination of Moscow's representative in Turkey was an attempt disrupt relations between their countries, which have backed opposing sides in the Syrian civil war. The gunman, who was killed by police, paced near the body of Ambassador Andrew Karlov, while condemning Russia's military role in Syria. The war in Syria has been a major problem for years, sending several million refugees into Turkey.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next president says he'll work hard to unite the country. President-elect Donald Trump picked up more than enough votes today by the Electoral College, ensuring that he will be the 45th American president. A push by anti-Trump forces around the country failed to persuade electors. With all states voting, Trump finished with 304 votes and Clinton had 227. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to become president.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A young man who shot and killed three people at a house party in July near Seattle has pleaded guilty. Investigators say Allen Ivanov was upset that his former girlfriend seemed to be moving on after their breakup. Authorities say he bought an AR-15-style rifle with two 30-round clips in the days before the shootings. Before the shooting, Ivanov wrote a six-page letter explaining that he was upset over the breakup.

SYDNEY (AP) — A team of international investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says it has determined the plane is unlikely to be found in the area of the Indian Ocean search crews have been combing for two years. That's according to a report released by Australian authorities. The plane may have actually crashed in a stretch of ocean farther north of the current search zone. Crews are using deep sea sonar.

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