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SYRIA

Damascus agrees to aid

Damascus has agreed to allow deliveries of desperately needed medical supplies to opposition-held parts of Aleppo and two other hard-to-reach areas, the WHO said on Monday. “We have gotten all of the approval letters, we are ready to deliver,” the UN agency’s Syria representative Elizabeth Hoff told reporters. While stressing the deliveries would still depend on the security situation, she described the approvals as “a big step forward.” The government and other parties to the conflict had agreed to allow and facilitate deliveries of medicine for chronic diseases, vaccines, intravenous fluids and surgical supplies to opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo governorate, the besieged Damascus district of Muadamiya and the flashpoint Eastern Ghouta region.

NIGERIA

Two bombings kill 27

Two bomb attacks at a bus station and a market in the nation’s north on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded about 60, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack. Boko Haram insurgents have repeatedly set off bombs targeting civilians, especially in the northeast, where they are trying to carve out a Muslim state. The first attack, in the city of Gombe, involved two explosions in quick succession. “The second blast was worse than the first one, because many people rushed to the scene and were affected. Many were killed and many injured,” witness Mohammed Fawu told reporters. An emergency services official put the death toll at 20, with twice as many wounded.

THE GAMBIA

Three homosexuals arrested

Authorities arrested three men and accused them of committing homosexual acts, which are punishable with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under a law signed in October, state television said on Monday. The arrests followed a security operation and the men have confessed that they are gay, according to the TV report. Their nationalities were not named. “We go around in search of suspected individuals and in the course of the investigations we arrested the men and they have confessed that they have engaged in these inhuman acts,” the broadcast said, showing the men, whose faces were covered.

UNITED STATES

Man admits strangling kids

A Maine resident charged with killing his girlfriend and her two young children told investigators he chased down and strangled the 10-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl because they had seen their mother’s death, according to court records released on Monday. The details are contained in an affidavit about the case against Keith Coleman, who faces three counts of murder in the deaths of Christina Sargent, 36; Duwayne Coke, 10, and Destiny Sargent, 8. Coleman, 27, was ordered held without bail during an appearance in Bangor.

UNITED STATES

Tweets control Christmas tree

Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on a holiday display in New Jersey. Tweets will turn on a 3m Christmas tree, menorah and more than 1,000 LED lights at Oxford Communications in Lambertville and also turn them off. The company says it designed the display with the intention to help charities, towns and businesses to develop awareness and fundraising campaigns. Tweet #brilliant#twinkle to @Oxmas_Tree to light the display and tweet #figgyypudding to turn them off.

CHINA

Jaycee Chan charged

The son of kung fu star Jackie Chan (成龍) has been charged with providing a venue for others to use drugs, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday, citing prosecutors. Jaycee Chan (房祖名), who like his father has worked as an actor and singer, was detained in August after police said they found 100g of marijuana in his Beijing home. Prosecutors will now bring the evidence against Chan to a court, which can still decide whether or not to accept the case. The younger Chan and Ko Chen-tung (柯震東), a Taiwanese actor also known as Kai Ko, both tested positive for marijuana, Xinhua reported. Chan has featured in several films, but has not so far won the acclaim earned by his father, one of Asia’s best-known actors with a string of Hollywood hits.

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