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Russia invites Trump to Syria peace talks...Russia listens to crashed plane's cockpit conversation...Germany: Amri under investigation earlier this year



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BEIRUT (AP) — Russia says that when Donald Trump is sworn in as president, his administration is welcome to joint Syria peace talks. Russia today said that it's reached a cease-fire agreement with Turkey, which has been supporting the Syrian opposition. Russia's Defense minister says the truce includes 62,000 opposition fighters across Syria and that it begins midnight local time.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian military officials say they're not ruling out foul play, but they say that flight recorders reveal no evidence of an explosion on board the Russian military plane that crashed into the Black Sea last week, killing all 92 on board. Officials say they've listened to cockpit conversation in which the captain indicates a "special situation" unfolding on board.

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in western Germany say the man accused of carrying out last week's deadly truck attack in Berlin, was also suspected of collecting asylum-seeker benefits in two German towns. German officials say Anis Amri, who's believed to have driven the truck that plowed into a Christmas market, killing 12 people, was investigated for fraud earlier this year, but the investigation was shelved because his whereabouts were unknown. Days after the Berlin attack, a police officer killed Amri in Italy.

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — A police officer on Maryland's Eastern Shore is in critical condition after being shot in a domestic violence case. Authorities in Queen Anne County say a deputy was escorting a domestic violence victim to her home in Chestertown to collect her belongings last night, when a man inside opened fire. Police returned fire, hitting the man. His condition isn't known.

HELSINKI (AP) — A court in Finland has sentenced a former narcotics police boss in Helsinki to 10 years in prison for running a drug ring while in office. Jari Aarnio was found guilty of official misconduct and aggravated evidence tampering. The court says Aarnio played a key role in importing from the Netherlands nearly 1,760 pounds of hashish, which was distributed in 2011-2012. Aarnio spent 30 years on the police force.

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