FINGERPRINTS TIE TUNISIAN TO BERLIN ATTACK
berlin» German officials presented mounting evidence Thursday that Anis Amri was behind the wheel of a truck that smashed into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12, as authorities across Europe pressed ahead with their feverish manhunt for the 24-year-old Tunisian, who has evaded capture since the attack.
Police raided properties in Berlin and the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia where Amri is believed to have spent time. They also swooped on a bus in the southwestern city of Heilbronn after receiving a tip that turned up nothing.
Results confirm Ebola vaccine highly effective
B geneva» Final test results confirm an experimental Ebola vaccine is highly effective, a major milestone that could help prevent the spread of outbreaks like the one that killed thousands in West Africa.
Scientists have struggled to develop an Ebola vaccine over the years, and this is the first one proven to work. Efforts were ramped up after the infectious disease caused a major outbreak, beginning in 2013 in Guinea and spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone. About 11,300 people died.
The World Health Organization led the study of the vaccine, which was developed by the Canadian government and is now licensed to the U.S.-based Merck & Co. Results were published Thursday.
Lawmakers: Snowden in contact with Russian spies. A newly declassified
House Intelligence Committee report states that Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who passed secrets to journalists, “has had, and continues to have, contact with Russian intelligence services” — but says the evidence is classified.
Snowden, 33, has been in Moscow since June 2013, when he left the country to avoid prosecution for sharing classified information about NSA and other intelligence-agency programs.
Snowden has said he never gave information to Russian intelligence.
Mexican president vows to rebuild fireworks market B
tultepec, mexico» President Enrique Pena Nieto pledged on Thursday to help rebuild a fireworks market where explosions killed at least 35 people and reopen it next year, while a Roman Catholic church held funeral Masses throughout the day.
Families packed Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Tultepec in Mexico State, where chainreaction blasts destroyed the country’s best-known fireworks market Tuesday. Investigators have still not announced the cause of the tragedy, which was the third explosion at the market since 2005.
New bumper might have mitigated train crash B
hoboken, n.j.» When a New Jersey Transit commuter train plowed off the end of a track in September, killing a woman standing in the Hoboken station and injuring more than 100 others, the last thing in its way was a concrete-and-steel bumper that was in place when the station opened in 1907.
Experts say more modern bumpers equipped with hydraulic shock absorbers and sled-like friction shoes — like those installed more than 25 years ago at NJ Transit’s Atlantic City terminal — would not have been able to stop the train, which was traveling at 21 mph, but might have slowed it enough to lessen the damage.
Iraq bombs kill 23, disrupt return to normal life in Mosul B
irbil, iraq» Zaid Ahmed’s barber shop in the Gogjali district of Mosul was packed with customers Thursday when the first of three car bombs ripped through the outdoor food market outside. Ahmed was unharmed, but when he made a dash for safety, the second blast hit.
The 25-year-old father of two was among dozens wounded in the attack that killed 23 people, including eight policemen, the deadliest bombing yet in the district since Iraqi forces wrested it away from the Islamic State group more than a month ago.