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BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say there's no indication that an alleged plot to attack a shopping mall in western Germany was connected to Monday's deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. Authorities say they've arrested two brothers born in Kosovo for possibly planning to attack a mall in Oberhausen. There's now a heavier police presence at the mall and a nearby Christmas market.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police in Australia believe they may have stopped several attacks in Melbourne from happening. Officials say they're holding five men suspected of planning Christmas Day bomb attacks at three locations in Australia's second-largest city. Officials say the suspects were inspired by the Islamic State group.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A monitoring organization says the Islamic State group has released a video believed to show two Turkish soldiers being burned alive. The soldiers were captured last month while fighting militants in northern Syria. The video has prompted Turkey to restrict access to social media websites to prevent the spread of graphic images.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Last week a 3-year-old boy was shot to death in a road rage incident in Little Rock, Arkansas, because police say his grandmother didn't move fast enough at a stop sign. Now police have a suspect in custody in the death of little Acen (AY'-sehn) King. U.S. Attorney Patrick Harris made the announcement last night. The shooting happened while Acen's grandmother was headed to a shopping center.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Starbucks wants to drum up holiday sales with promises of free espresso drinks this season — as long as you're in the right store. Starting Friday, select Starbucks stores will host 1,000 Pop Up Cheer Parties over 10 days, where customers can enjoy free tall handcrafted espresso beverages, from mochas to chestnut praline lattes. The event will be held at 100 Starbucks stores in the U.S. each day, from 1-2 p.m. local time.

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