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Trump calls for strengthening US nukes ... Australian police say 5 men planned Xmas Day attacks ... Syrian government now controls Aleppo



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is calling for the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons. Trump's comments on Twitter came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said that strengthening his country's nuclear capabilities should be a chief military objective in the coming year.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police in Australia have five men in custody who are suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day bomb attacks in the heart of the country's second-largest city, Melbourne. Police say the suspects had been inspired by the Islamic State group and planned attacks on Melbourne's Flinders Street train station, neighboring Federation Square and St. Paul's Cathedral.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government has taken full control of Aleppo for the first time in four years after the last opposition fighters and civilians were bused out of war-ravaged eastern districts on Thursday. The evacuations end a brutal chapter in Syria's nearly six-year civil war, allowing President Bashar Assad to regain full authority over the country's largest city and former commercial powerhouse.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock, Arkansas have just arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a 3-year-old boy in a road rage incident. Police say the boy was being taken on a shopping trip by his grandmother on Dec. 17 when a driver opened fire on the grandmother's car because he thought she "wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign." The Arkansas Democrat Gazette and KATV are reporting that the suspect was turned in by a family member.

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of people have been injured in a fire at a high-rise building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The blaze broke out in a third floor apartment late Thursday afternoon and spread to the fourth floor before it was extinguished an hour and a-half later. New York Fire Department officials say 24 people were hurt, two critically. Officials say a 7-year-old girl went into cardiac arrest and had to be revived.

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