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MILAN (AP) — The search for the prime suspect in Monday's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin is over. Italian officials say Anis Amri was shot dead overnight in Milan by one of two police officers who had asked him for his identification papers. Italy's interior minister says Amri pulled out a gun and shot and wounded one officer. Amri was then shot dead. The officer's injury is not life-threatening.

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's airport says a Libyan plane has landed on the Mediterranean island and there appear to be two hijackers on board. The Malta airport authority says all emergency teams have been sent to the site. Earlier today, Malta's prime minister said in a tweet that there was a "potential hijack situation" involving an internal Libyan flight that was diverted to Malta and that emergency operations were underway at the airport.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says that until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons, the U.S. should "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability." China had responded to Trump's Twitter message, saying today that countries with the largest nuclear arsenals should take the lead in disarmament. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he also wants to strengthen his country's nuclear capabilities.

GENEVA (AP) — At least 90 people are missing after two shipwrecks off Italy. The International Organization for Migration says more than 140 people survived the capsizing of 2 rubber dinghies, but many are feared dead. That raises the estimated death toll of migrants on the Mediterranean this year to at least 5,000. That's an annual record.

BEIJING (AP) — Asian markets slid today while Europe has mostly gained in early trading ahead of the Christmas holiday after Wall Street fell for a second day. Markets are up in France and German. London is down. On Wall Street, Dow and S&P futures are unchanged.

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