Fire that spread to 140 buildings under control in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A huge fire that spread to about 140 buildings in a small city on Japan's western coast was brought under control Thursday night after authorities called in extra firefighters to fight the blaze.

  • Written by T.J. HUBBARD

Officials say fingerprints tie Tunisian to Berlin attack

BERLIN (AP) — 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.

  • Written by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

Obama scraps registry for some immigrant men, mostly Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday officially scrapped the last vestiges of a U.S. registration system for Muslim immigrants. If President-elect Donald Trump now wants to introduce an expanded version of the program, he will have to start from scratch.

  • Written by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

Syrian government takes full control of Aleppo after 4 years

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government took full control of Aleppo on Thursday for the first time in four years after the last opposition fighters and civilians were bused out of war-ravaged eastern districts, sealing the end of the rebellion's most important stronghold.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press