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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.

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