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BERLIN (AP) — It's been a busy day for German anti-terror squads. Prosecutors say officers have searched properties in western Germany and in Berlin where truck attack suspect Anis Amri is believed to have spent time. An official says Amri's fingerprints have been found on the driver's door and on the side of the truck used to kill 12 people and injure nearly 50. A formal arrest warrant has been issued.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Police in Melbourne, Australia, have detained five suspects who were allegedly planning a series of Christmas Day bomb attacks. The suspects had been inspired by the Islamic State group and officials say attacks were planned on Melbourne's Flinders Street train station, neighboring Federation Square and St. Paul's Cathedral. The arrests came after a truck smashed into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 people.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government has taken full control of Aleppo, including the eastern sector that had been controlled by rebels for four years. The last opposition fighters and civilians were bused out today. The evacuations ended a brutal chapter in Syria's nearly six-year civil war.

GENEVA (AP) — Final test results confirm an experimental Ebola vaccine is highly effective. Ebola outbreaks that spread across West Africa in 2013 killed thousands. The World Health Organization, which acknowledged shortcomings in its response to the outbreak, led the study of the vaccine. The drug was developed by the Canadian government. U.S.-based Merck is expected to seek regulatory approval in the U.S. and Europe sometime next year.

WACO, Texas (AP) — A court transcript shows that then-Baylor University President Ken Starr circumvented other school administrators to lift the academic misconduct suspension of a football player who allegedly went on to commit three sexual assaults. The Wall Street Journal reports that Starr granted a reprieve for Tevin Elliot in 2011 when the athlete was accused of plagiarism.

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