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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council votes today on a resolution that would endorse the cease-fire agreement in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey, and reiterate support for a roadmap to peace that starts with a transitional government. The resolution also calls for "rapid, safe and unhindered" access to deliver humanitarian aid throughout the country.
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say besieged opposition pockets around the Syrian capital have seen no reprieve in fighting despite a nationwide cease-fire agreement that went into effect at midnight Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says t least two civilians and five militants have been killed in battles over opposition-held Eastern Ghouta and Barada Valley regions since the cease-fire went into effect early yesterday.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings today at a busy market in central Baghdad. Police and medical officials say the attack killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 50. Later, three more attacks in and around Baghdad killed eight people and wounded 17.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A dive team has been assembled in Cleveland to begin recovery efforts for a small plane carrying six people that disappeared over Lake Erie near Cleveland's shores. The plane vanished shortly after taking off Thursday night from the city's lakeshore airport. The Coast Guard suspended its search yesterday after finding no sign of the plane.
PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Donald Trump has sent a New Year's greeting on Twitter, saying "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly." The president-elect will be spending his New Year's Eve at his club in Palm Beach, Florida. He's throwing a private party that is expected to draw hundreds of guests, including action star Sylvester Stallone.
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