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TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — For the third time since 2005, there's been an explosion at a popular open-air fireworks market near Mexico City. At least 29 people were killed and scores were injured. A powerful chain-reaction explosion sent fireworks bursting in all directions as deadly, gunpowder blasts boomed, sending flames skyward against the gray background of a massive smoke plume. Officials still have not said what caused this latest blast.

BERLIN (AP) — Without providing any proof, the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday's attack on a Christmas market outside a church in the heart of former West Berlin. The extremist group's claim came after authorities said a Pakistani man detained Monday was released due to a lack of evidence. German security forces are still hunting for the perpetrator.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Indonesia say three suspected militants killed in a raid on the outskirts of Jakarta. The officials say several bombs were found which are being defused. One person was arrested in the raid.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Investigators from Turkey and Russia are trying to determine if an off-duty police officer who killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey planned the attack alone. The diplomat was gunned down while speaking at a photo exhibition. A team of 18 Russian investigators and foreign ministry officials are working with local investigators.

NEW YORK (AP) — A firm that specializes in detecting online-ad fraud says a Russian criminal group has run a massive digital-ad fraud over the past few months. According to the company, White Ops, the scam may have cost brands, and potentially media companies, hundreds of millions of dollars. The "Methbot" operation made it look like hundreds of thousands of people, mostly in the U.S., were watching real video ads from real companies on more than 6,000 fake websites that mimicked well-known publishers.

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