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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) and offered his condolences for the attack against the Berlin Christmas market. Twelve people were killed and nearly 50 others injured when a truck was driven into the popular market filled with tourists and locals outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church yesterday. The White House says Obama underscored that "no attack could sway our determination and that of our German allies to defeat terrorism in all of its forms."

BERLIN (AP) — A German Muslim group is condemning the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that left 12 people dead. The Muslim Coordination Council said in a statement that terror "does not stop in the face of innocent people." The council is an umbrella organization for several German Muslim groups. German authorities are calling the truck attack an "act of terrorism" that had all the hallmarks of Islamic extremism, but many questions remain over who carried it out. No group has claimed responsibility.

BERLIN (AP) — Throughout much of Europe, security is being increased in the aftermath of the Berlin Christmas market attack. An Italian lawmaker says the list of areas considered potential terror targets in Italy will probably grow, along with the number of people who are seen as needing to be closely watched. Leaders in the Czech Republic say there will be a "massive" police presence during the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at places where crowds gather. Danish and Norwegian police have increased their presence at Christmas markets in the countries' capitals.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Once again, Donald Trump is striking back on Twitter against some criticism -- this time, from former President Bill Clinton, who told a newspaper earlier this month that Trump "doesn't know much." In response today, Trump tweeted that it's Clinton who "doesn't know much," especially about getting people to vote. He says the Clinton campaign "focused on the wrong states."

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with the help of a doctor. The D.C. Council approved the "Death with Dignity" bill in November. It would allow patients with six months or less to live to request lethal medication from their doctors. The bill now goes to Congress, which will have 30 days to review it. If Congress doesn't take action during that time, the bill will take effect.

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