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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say at least 20 civilians have been killed in an airstrike on an Islamic State-held village in Deir el-Zour province in eastern Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reports that several unknown warplanes bombed the village on Tuesday night, killing 12 people from one family and 10 from another. It said at least 10 children were killed. Meanwhile, a government news agency in Turkey says Russia and Turkey have drafted a cease-fire agreement for all of Syria. Terror groups would be excluded, but it's unclear which insurgents would be classified as terrorists.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a final policy speech today. It comes as relations with some Israeli leaders have soured over last week's U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements in occupied territories illegal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had a chilly relationship with President Barack Obama, says the measure was "shameful." The U.S. has long opposed the building of settlements in occupied territories. The resolution passed 14-0 with a U.S. abstention.
MOSCOW (AP) — Search teams have recovered another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard. The first flight recorder was found the previous day, and experts have started analyzing its data to determine the cause of the crash. The T-u-154 crashed into the sea early Sunday, two minutes after taking off in good weather from the city of Sochi (SOH'-chee). It was carrying members of the Red Army Choir to a New Year's concert at a Russian military base in Syria.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says two earthquakes struck early today near Lake Tahoe, and their rumblings were felt across areas of California and Nevada. The two magnitude 5.7 temblors were both centered in a remote area of Nevada near the California line, about 70 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe. Both struck shortly after midnight and were followed by a series of smaller aftershocks.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska's largest city are responding to a year of deadly confrontations between police and citizens across the country with a local campaign to turn 2017 into a year of kindness. Juneau police will kick off the effort with public potlucks on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to encourage locals to commit daily acts of kindness and to reach out weekly to individuals outside their usual circles.
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