Dec. 20 world news summary at 0030 GMT

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MOSCOW — Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was killed in a gunman attack at an art exhibition on Monday in the Turkish capital of Ankara, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The ministry has declared the attack a terrorist act, and Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over the murder of the diplomat. (Russia-Turkey-Ambassador)
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ABUJA — Two suspected female suicide bombers blew up themselves while attempting to invade Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, to cause havoc, local police said Monday.
The bombers were halted for routine security check on Sunday at a village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State police spokesman Victor Isuku told Xinhua.(Nigeria-Bomber-Maiduguri)
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BERLIN — A lorry ploughed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing nine people and injuring 50 others, Berlin police have announced.
The truck drove over the sideway at Breitscheidplatz, a major public square near the location of the iconic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, in the inner city of Berlin, the police tweeted. (Germany-Christmas Market)
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QUITO — A 5.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Ecuador left two people dead and injured another 15 on Monday, as it caused substantial material damage.
The quake shook the country’s Esmeraldas province, which lies along the northern coast and border with Colombia, the Secretariat of Risk Management (SGR) said. (Ecuador-Earthquake-Esmeraldas) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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