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In central Strasbourg, France, on Dec. 11, a man attacked pedestrians with a gun and knife, including some in a Christmas market, killing three people and wounding 10 others. Three of those 10 died from their wounds within the next week.

The gunman was wounded at the scene in a shootout with security forces but escaped. He was found after a 2-day manhunt and was killed in a second shootout with police. The man was identified as a native-born French citizen with a long criminal history...

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In December, two Nordic tourists were murdered while camping in Morocco. After the women's bodies were discovered on Dec. 17, police arrested four Moroccan men who had pledged their allegiance to the Islamist militant group Daesh (ISIL) in a video posted online before the murders. An additional 11 men also were subsequently arrested for involvement in the incident. Moroccan authorities are prosecuting the murders as a terrorist attack.

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In Bottrop, Germany, a man drove a car into a group of people celebrating New Year's, some of whom were refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, injuring four people. Before that incident, the same driver had attempted to strike a pedestrian, who dodged the attack, and also attempted to target a group of people at a bus stop in the nearby city of Essen.

When the man was arrested, still in his car, he made racist and xenophobic remarks to police, leading authorities to believe that he...

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A drive-by shooting at a bus in the West Bank Israeli settlement of Ofra injured seven people on Dec. 9, causing one woman to go into labor prematurely. The baby later died in the hospital. Two Palestinians, one of whom was identified as the attacker in the drive-by incident, were later killed in a shootout with Israeli military.

On Dec. 13, a gunman opened fire on a group of Israelis at a different bus stop in Ofra, killing two soldiers and injuring two others before fleeing in a car...

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Gunmen attacked a group of construction workers building a road bridge in the Nduga region of West Papua, Indonesia, on Dec. 2, killing 24 people. A soldier was later shot and killed in the same area when a team of police and military went to the area to investigate.

Authorities suspect that the attackers were members of a separatist group, the activities of which were photographed by at least one of the construction workers before the attack, authorities believe.

West Papua,...

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Islamist militants allied with Daesh (ISIL) captured the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria, near the border with Chad, on Dec. 26. The militants reportedly were armed with rifles taken from a raid on a Nigerian military base and had also attacked a naval base on the shore of Lake Chad.

The militants, who claimed to be members of the group Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP), allowed civilians in the town to leave without a struggle. ISWAP is a splinter group from Boko...

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Late on the night of Dec. 6, rebel militia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo killed at least 18 civilians in two separate attacks near the eastern city of Beni, which lies in the midst of the region currently experiencing an outbreak of ebola. Rebels have attacked Congolese military and medical staff since the beginning of the outbreak on Aug. 1, 2018, causing difficulties in treating patients and preventing the disease.

The World Health Organization reported on Dec. 27 that...

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Representatives from the Yemeni government and rebel Houthi forces signed an immediate cease-fire agreement in Sweden on Dec. 13. The agreement would be enforced only around the Houthi-held port city of al-Hudaydah to allow for humanitarian aid to be taken in. A blockade of the port, enforced by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states, had prevented most humanitarian aid from reaching Houthi-held areas of western Yemen.

The cease-fire was delayed until Dec. 18 due to continued...

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