Terror plots continue to keep police busy in Indonesia, where two more suspected militants have been shot dead as part of operations designed to disturb potential attacks – this time on New Year’s Eve – in the country, as our Indonesia correspondent Jewel Topsfield reported overnight.
Meanwhile, French police have said Anis Amri, the man suspected of having driven a truck into crows at a Berlin Christmas market last week, travelled through Lyon on his way to Milan where he was shot dead by police on unrelated events. Authorities say they have seen CCTV footage of Amri buying tickets at the station.
In Russia, authorities are almost convinced terrorism is not to blame for the crash of a Russian military plane that plunged into the Black Sea killing all 92 people on board. They are focusing on technical difficulty or pilot error.
The later, being the official cause of the plane crash that killed almost the entire Brazilian Chapecoense team and others in Bolivia last month. Investigators concluded on Tuesday the pilot failed to refuel en route, the plane was over its weight limit by nearly 400 kilograms and was not certified to fly at the altitude at which the journey took place.
In US news, President Barack Obama had a little dig at his fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign, telling CNN he would have beaten Donald Trump to win the election if he had run again (except he couldn’t).
In worse news for someone at the top, Afghanistan’s Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is being investigated after an arch-rival accused him of kidnapping, imprisonment, torture and rape. Dostum reigned as northern Afghanistan’s untouchable warrior-king for 30 years and critics say his cruelty has endured in high office.
For a look at world events in review, go to 2016: Year of Surprises.