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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president says the country's military has flushed Boko Haram from its forest stronghold and its remaining fighters are on the run. President Muhammadu Buhari (moo-HAH'-mah-doo boo-HAH'-ree) declared in a statement today that the extremist group has finally been crushed. However, the victorious statement comes as the Islamic State group, with which one faction of Boko Haram is allied, claimed a successful attack on an army barracks in northeast Nigeria "killed and wounded many."

MILAN (AP) — Tunisian prosecutor's office has ordered three men held in pre-trial detention pending further investigation into their ties with the Berlin Christmas market attacker. Tunisia's Interior Ministry says police have arrested the 18-year-old nephew of Anis Amri and two others on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist cell and having contacts with Amri. The ministry says the nephew told police Amri had recruited him to jihad and asked him to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group.

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's police commissioner says it's too early to say whether the two Libyan men who hijacked a Libyan plane with 117 people on board and diverted it to Malta had any links to terror groups. The hijackers made no demands while they were holding the crew and passengers, nor after surrendering. Officials dispute earlier claims from the plane's pilot that the two men had demanded asylum in Europe and wanted to create a new political party.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's Interior Ministry says authorities have formally arrested more than 1,600 people in the past six months for allegedly supporting terrorist organizations or insulting officials on social media. Another 10,000 people are under investigation. Turkey has cracked down on dissent following a failed coup in July, with thousands detained over alleged ties to outlawed groups.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lobsters remain a popular holiday meal in places like France, Italy and Spain, despite the European Union's talk of trying to ban them. Sweden had complained about American lobster in the country's waters. The European Commission has informed Sweden it will not propose the lobster be listed as invasive. It will instead pursue measures less likely to disrupt trade.

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