Merkel under pressure as hunt continues for Berlin truck attacker

UPDATE 3PM TUESDAY:

A manhunt is under way in Germany for a Tunisian man thought to be responsible for yesterday’s truck attack which killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin. Police announced that they had previously arrested the wrong man, and were now working on the assumption that the perpetrator was still at large. Meanwhile as ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policy has been – perhaps predictably – fiercely criticized at home and abroad.

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At least 26 people were reported killed in a series of explosions at a fireworks market near  Mexico City.

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and, er, butlers…

Several killed in Berlin truck ‘attack’

Developing 9 pm Monday:

There are three major stories breaking late on Monday, in #Ankara, #Berlin and #Zurich.  As more details emerge, the Note will update.

In Berlin, there were chaotic scenes as a truck ran into a number of pedestrians at a Christmas market, raising echoes of the Nice attack this past summer. Details are still emerging.

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The Russian ambassador to Turkey was murdered at an art gallery in Ankara.

In Zurich, three people were wounded in a shooting incident at an Islamic center. Again, details are sketchy, with some outlets describing the scene as an “ongoing situation.”

 

 

 

Electoral College set to confirm Trump’s victory

Electors gather state-by-state on Monday to officially ratify the result of the election and – presumably, although honestly given this election so far, who knows – formally confirm Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. For the 538 citizens acting as electors, this hasn’t been an easy time.

Follow live updates from the Los Angeles Times here

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NORTHERN IRELAND

As if there wasn’t enough serious stuff going on in the real world, we’re stuck with sifting through our own homegrown nonsense. Someone’s to blame, we need to find out the truth and there has to be accountability; not stonewalling and partisanship. Good luck with that.

The First Minister faces a no confidence vote and will make a statement to the Assembly on Monday morning. Who knows what happens after that.

UPDATE 4.30pm:

Rolling coverage from the Belfast Telegraph here.

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Finally…

Britain faces new winter of discontent

Those of you planning on going pretty much anywhere over the holidays might want to think again.

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Confusion reigned over the status of the ceasefire in Aleppo and the evacuation of people still left in the besieged east of the city.

In Northern Ireland, things are heating up. As it were.

Elsewhere, not in need of heat…

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Aleppo evacuations begin

Thousands of people have been evacuated from eastern Aleppo as part of a deal that will allow forces loyal to President Assad to take full control of the city. As many as 50,000 people are thought to remain, and their evacuation could take several days. Assad, meanwhile, praised an “historic” day.

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Report claims Putin ‘personally directed’ election hack

You don’t say…

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Not like it’s a slow news day or anything…

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‘A complete meltdown of humanity’

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Aleppo said to be in ‘final collapse’

There are multiple reports late on Monday night that the city of Aleppo has finally fallen to Syrian forces, and that the rebel resistance is in its “last moments”.

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“spaghettified” huh?…

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CIA hacking report ‘should alarm every American’

Senators from both parties are pressing for action on alleged Russian cyber-attacks after President-elect Donald Trump dismissed reports that intelligence officials believed Russia had intervened in the US presidential election with the intention of getting him elected.

But not so fast…

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and for deputy…

and in case you’d forgotten that this is the real world..

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Murdoch moves to bring Sky back into his media family

Five years after abandoning his previous bid in the wake of the phone hacking revelations, the media tycoon is reviving his attempt, through his 21st Century Fox organization, to take full control of Britain’s biggest pay-TV  broadcaster. The BBC reports:

Fox said Sky’s directors had indicated that they were willing to recommend the proposed offer. According to Reuters’ calculations, Fox would pay £11.25bn for the stake in Sky that it did not already own.Sterling’s 16% fall against the US dollar in the wake of the Brexit vote has made UK companies more attractive targets for foreign companies. Fox is required to “clarify its intentions” by 6 January, or walk away for at least six months under UK takeover rules.

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https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/807371185377906688

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At least there’s this…