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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(BERLIN) — Anis Amri, a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed at least 12 people and injured dozens more, was known to U.S. intelligence agencies, a national security source told ABC News.

German authorities issued a warrant for Amri’s arrest and have launched a nationwide manhunt. The 24-year-old Tunisian national is considered armed and dangerous.

Police raids took place Thursday morning in the western German city of Dortmund, where Amri was reported by local media to have lived intermittently.

Amri served a four year jail term in Italy after being sentenced for charges of arson, but was not deported to his home country of Tunisia because authorities couldn’t verify his identity.

Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, the scene of the attack, is expected to reopen today as 12 survivors remain in hospital with “very serious” injuries. Concrete bollards are being put up for protection there and in other open markets across the city.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Dissatisfied travelers took to social media over delays piling up at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday evening into Thursday, two of the busiest travel days of the year.

The airport racked up 434 delays and 59 cancellations on Wednesday, according to statistics from flightaware.com.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, LAX led flightaware’s “misery index” with 62 delays and 10 cancellations. Denver International Airport came in second with 22 delays.

LAX officials say construction at the airport and rain, as well as the increased number of flights and passengers, all contributed to the problems. Several inbound flights were diverting to cities like Phoenix and San Francisco.

Inbound flights to LAX in the early morning hours were averaging about 1 hour and 16 minutes of delay while departure delays averaged about 1 hour 9 minutes.

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Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The California Department of Motor Vehicles has revoked the registration of self-driving cars owned by Uber, and the ride-sharing company has removed the vehicles from the roads.

The DMV had taken the position that the vehicles were autonomous cars, and that the registrations had been improperly issued because they were not properly marked as test vehicles. The DMV did, at the same time, invite Uber to seek a permit to legally operate the vehicles within the state.

Twenty manufacturers are currently testing more than 130 autonomous vehicles on streets and roads in California.

In a letter to Uber, DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said that the agency “stands ready to work with you collaboratively,” and that a team of DMV employees would work to expedite Uber’s application to test autonomous vehicles.

The 16 vehicles being tested by Uber were self-piloted, but required a driver behind the wheel at all times as a precaution. Uber had argued that a person in the driver’s seat did not require a self-driving test permit.

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ronniechua/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department pushed back against claims Wednesday from the Kremlin that diplomatic dialogue between the two countries has “frozen” almost entirely.

“I don’t know exactly what to make of that comment,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “Obviously, we don’t agree and have issues with Russia on a variety of issues, but dialogue has not been broken.”

Russian news agencies quoted President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, saying that “a dialogue with the United States has been frozen on practically all levels.”

He also signaled that Putin maybe we waiting out the Obama administration, telling Mir TV that the Kremlin expects the new administration to have a “fresher and more constructive approach.”

Diplomatic relations with Russia have been at a post-Cold War level since Russia’s annexation of Crimea and have worsened during the conflict in Syria and its cyber-intrusions into U.S. political organizations.

Russia’s comment comes the day after foreign ministers from Turkey, Iran and Russia met in Moscow to discuss future plans for Syria without inviting the United States.

Kirby said Wednesday the U.S. doesn’t see it as a snub.

“I would push back on this idea that they’ve excluded us from Syria,” Kirby said. “Yes, we weren’t in the meeting in Moscow, but it’s not as if we haven’t had communication with them before and then right after that meeting. So, there’s been no exclusion of the United States with respect to the issue of Syria.”

In early October the White House officially called off bilateral talks with Russia over the Syria crisis. Nevertheless, Secretary of State John Kerry has since spoken with the Russian foreign minister on several occasions.

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ABC(NEW YORK) — Santa Claus may want to wear a lighter coat this year.

A major storm near Iceland is producing 45 foot waves that will push mild air into the Arctic region, causing temperatures to reach 32 degrees, according to ABC News meteorologists.

Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science, says the warming may be part of an “unsettling trend” for the Arctic region, one they suggest is “being rapidly reshaped by climate change.”

Last month, ABC News wrote about the Arctic Resilience Report, a study suggesting that the northernmost polar region characterized by cold winters and vast sheets of white ice is “undergoing rapid, sometimes turbulent change beyond anything previously experienced.”

The study, produced by an intergovernmental forum of eight member countries that include the U.S., Canada and Russia called the Arctic Council, stressed that changes in the Arctic have “global implications.” Those effects include feedback loops, a phenomenon that could lead to the rapid acceleration of ice melt and, in turn, raise global temperatures and contribute to sea-level rise.

Throughout 2016, rising temperatures around the world, most notably in the Arctic, have played a prominent role in the news.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), an intergovernmental U.N. agency, sounded the alarm about climate change by suggesting that the years from 2011 to 2015 had been the the hottest five-year period on record.

The WMO also expects 2016 to shatter all single-year temperature records in terms of warmth, when all is said and done.

As a protective measure for Arctic-area seas in the U.S., President Obama enacted an expansive, permanent ban on oil and gas leasing in several Arctic and Atlantic Ocean areas earlier this week.

He designated a large portion of the U.S. Chukchi Sea and the vast majority of the U.S. Beaufort Sea as permanently off-limits to drilling leases, saying the risks far outweigh any possible, distant-future benefits.

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Wenjie Dong/iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — Severe smog in northern China Wednesday has caused schools to close and hundreds of flights to be cancelled, according to reports.

The so-called “airpocalypse” is affecting 460 million people, with an estimated 200 million people living in areas experiencing “hazardous” levels of smog — 10 times above the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, according to Greenpeace East Asia.

Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities are currently on “red alert,” the highest level in China’s four-tier pollution warning system, according to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). Hundreds of flights out of Beijing Capital International Airport were canceled, according to state media.

The cities experiencing the most severe pollution are in the county’s largest steel or coal industry clusters, which have recently seen a major uptick in production, Greenpeace said.

Handan, a steel production city in southern Hebei, recorded an average air quality index of 780 on Monday, surpassing the official scale of 0 to 500, according to Greenpeace. The AQI for the capital of Hebei province, Shijiazhuang, exceeded 700 as well.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has located factories across the region that may have violated warnings to reduce or halt operations.

Wondering what northern China’s #airpocalypse really feels like? This was the view in suburban Tangshan, Hebei province, yesterday afternoon pic.twitter.com/hsJS2w8NZF

— Greenpeace East Asia (@GreenpeaceEAsia) December 20, 2016

“The ongoing ‘airpocalypse’ is further evidence that China must implement far stricter limitations on coal consumption and accelerate the restructuring of the economy away from the heavily polluting sectors,” said Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Dong Liansai.

Greenpeace posted a photo of students in the city of Linzhou in Henan province taking exams outdoors amid the haze.

Wow: in China, exams don’t stop, even during an #airpocalypse https://t.co/7rMIY0r3aL pic.twitter.com/WOkwvx4Wun

— Greenpeace East Asia (@GreenpeaceEAsia) December 21, 2016

Officials are investigating whether local governments have taken appropriate measures to address heavy pollution, the MEP said Friday. At least 687 Chinese officials have already been held accountable for their “poor environmental protection records.”

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JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The major indices closed lower on Wednesday, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average remained in range of the 20,000 mark.

The Dow dropped 32.53, closing at 19,942.09.

The Nasdaq dipped to 5,471.43 as the session closed, 12.51 off of its open, while the S&P 500 finished the day at 2,265.19, 5.57 lower than it began the day.

The day marked a pause in what has been a strong post-election rally for the stock market. The Dow set its 26th record of the year on Tuesday.

Benchmark crude oil closed down 81 cents to 52.49 per barrel.

Earnings reports from Nike showed it beat its second quarter expectations, but its stock is still down 17 percent this year.

FedEx saw its stock drop three percent after reporting disappointing earnings. That after a delivery truck was stolen this week in Arizona. The company is working to determine how many packages are missing.

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Purestock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board is arranging plans to retrieve the remains of the black box belonging to Eastern Airlines flight 980 from a Boston apartment, according to an email from an NTSB official that was shared with ABC News.

The email says Bolivian authorities have requested that the NTSB obtain the evidence and examine it in its lab in Washington, D.C.

In May of 2016, best friends Dan Futrell and Isaac Stoner of Boston climbed Bolivia’s Mt. Illimani and, at an elevation of 16,000 feet, recovered remains of what appears to be the black box of the doomed U.S. airliner.

Flight 980 crashed on Jan. 1, 1985, on approach to the airport outside La Paz, Bolivia. There were 29 people on board including eight Americans. No one survived and multiple international efforts to recover the flight recorders ended fruitlessly due to the inaccessibility of the crash site, the NTSB has previously said.

International regulations dictate that the nation where the accident occurs is in charge of any investigation. After the discovery by Futrell and Stoner this spring, the NTSB offered its services but the agency would need the green light from the Bolivians before proceeding.

Futrell and Stoner said their phone calls, emails and certified letters sent to the Bolivian Embassy in Washington went unanswered.

ABC News’ efforts to reach Bolivian diplomats in the United States were unsuccessful.

On Dec. 1, Capt. Edgar Chavez, the operations inspector at the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Bolivia, told ABC News that the Bolivian government would allow the NTSB to look at the tapes.

He was unable to say when that would occur, however, adding that his agency was “still working on the paperwork.”

Chavez did not responded to follow-up calls and emails from ABC News requesting an update or another interview.

Wednesday’s news that the NTSB received permission to examine the black box is a significant step forward in the search for answers to what many call the biggest aviation mystery of the 20th century. Many experts, including those at the NTSB, thought finding the flight recorders would be impossible, given the conditions of Mt. Illimani.

It is unclear when, where or how the evidence will be handed over to the NTSB.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Buses drove some of the last civilians and fighters out of east Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday as evacuations resumed after a tense delay.

All critically wounded and sick have now been evacuated from east Aleppo to Orem, a rebel-held town in the western countryside, said the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The last hospital in Eastern #Aleppo is now empty. All patients have been evacuated, along with other people in need of urgent medical care. pic.twitter.com/QyAq8IpkZc

— ICRC Syria (@ICRC_sy) December 21, 2016

Some 3,000 residents had been waiting outside in freezing winter weather since Tuesday to board 60 buses that had arrived to the last rebel-held enclave of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group. It was snowing today while residents still waited outside.

The evacuations resumed out of Aleppo as buses loaded with civilians from Foua and Kefraya, two pro-government Shiite villages, besieged by opposition forces, were also allowed to move, according to the Observatory.

The ICRC confirmed that evacuations had resumed.

UPDATE: Evacuations from East #Aleppo, Foua & Kefraya have resumed. @SYRedCrescent with our team are doing everything they can to assist.

— ICRC Syria (@ICRC_sy) December 21, 2016

More than 25,000 people have already been evacuated from east Aleppo and 750 from Foua and Kefraya, the ICRC said Tuesday. Turkey put the number higher, saying more than 37,000 had left east Aleppo.

Once the last rebel-held enclave is emptied from its residents, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will have full control of Aleppo, a big, strategic victory.

The evacuations are part of a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran. The Syrian government and its allies have demanded that rebels allow civilians including sick and wounded to be evacuated from Foua and Kefraya as a condition for letting remaining civilians and fighters leave east Aleppo for the opposition-held western countryside.

Chaos has surrounded the operation, which has broken down several times. Each time, the parties have held the opposing side responsible.

Activists have shared photos of civilians, including children, sitting on the ground, bundled up, while waiting in the cold to board buses leaving east Aleppo. Others reported that they experienced violent incidents and thefts on their way out of the besieged area.

“A Russian officer took my bag with no explanation,” Monther Etaky, an anti-government activist, told ABC News. “And I don’t know who stole the rest of my belongings from the bus.”

He said he lost two laptops, a drone, a camera and a flash when he left east Aleppo on Monday. He said he had tried to leave for the countryside on Friday, but evacuations came to a halt.

“In the end, we received an order to return because the agreement had been canceled,” he said. “We heard gunfire, and then people started running, and we went back.”

On Sunday, armed men set fire to buses en route to pick up civilians from Foua and Kefraya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Jan Egeland, who chairs the United Nations Humanitarian Access Task Force in Syria. A video shows burning buses near men shouting “God is greatest” and taking responsibility for the attacks.

Before the war, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city, with a population of 2 million. The city had been divided into the rebel-held east and the government-held west since 2012. In recent months, the Syrian government, with help from Russia, Iran and other allies, intensified airstrikes on eastern Aleppo and tightened the siege in an attempt to gain full control of the area, which was rebel controlled until recently.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An American man removed from a Delta transatlantic flight prior to take-off said he and a friend were taken off the plane after he was overheard by other passengers speaking Arabic. The airline later confirmed an incident in which a number of passenger expressed “discomfort,” but did not elaborate on the cause of what it described as a “disturbance.”

Flight 1 from London’s Heathrow Airport was scheduled for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to Delta.

“Two customers were removed from this flight and later rebooked after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort,” the airline said in a statement. “We’re conducting a full review to understand what transpired. We are taking allegations of discrimination very seriously; our culture requires treating others with respect.”

In a separate statement later today, the airline added: “We take all allegations of discrimination seriously and we are gathering all of the facts before jumping to any conclusion. Our culture requires treating everyone with respect. Furthermore, Delta people are trained to and frequently handle conflicts between passengers.”

YouTube star Adam Saleh posted a video to Twitter showing himself in the aisle of the plane prior to being removed from the flight. In the video, Saleh says he is being kicked off for “speaking a different language.”

But some online commenters have expressed skepticism over the incident, noting past pranks that Saleh has posted on social media.

Saleh’s YouTube channel includes numerous videos. In one, he says he is a “professional idiot” when he claimed to have stuffed himself inside a suitcase flown from Melbourne to Sydney on board a Tigerair flight.

But speaking to The New York Times today, Saleh insisted that his removal from the plane was no stunt. “The only thing I can say is, I would never film a phone video. That’s when it’s really serious, and I must film,” he told the newspaper.

In the video posted to Twitter today, some passengers behind Saleh can be seen waving and saying “good-bye.”

However, one other passenger says to the Delta staff, “Why are you guys doing that?”

“‘Cause we spoke a different language,” Saleh says.

“That is so upsetting,” the other passenger says.

Delta staff is seen in the video asking him to walk towards the front of the plane while Saleh is visibly upset.

Saleh told ABC News in a phone interview that he was speaking to his mother on the phone, in Arabic, when a woman told a Delta crew member that she felt unsafe. Saleh added that he was flying with a friend of his.

The crew, according to Saleh, then told him and his friend that they were removing them for being too loud and disorderly.

After being removed from the flight, Saleh says police and airport security spoke with the pair.

After the earlier video in which Saleh claimed to have stuffed himself inside a suitcase on a Tigerair flight, the airline later pointed out inconsistencies with his story and said the video was a hoax, according to news reports.

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