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Indonesia tsunami; Gatwick drones; and Mexico crash: Six stories to know about today

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Indonesia tsunami; Gatwick drones; and Mexico crash: Six stories to know about today
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1. Indonesia tsunami death toll continues to rise

Rescuers have been using drones and sniffer dogs to search for survivors along the devastated west coast of Java, which was hit by a series of tsunamis that killed at least 429 people.

But authorities have warned more victims could be found as the search expands.

At least 128 people remain missing and more than 1,400 people have been injured, and thousands have had to move to higher ground, with a high-tide warning extended to Wednesday.

2. UK minister says drone detection systems could prevent Gatwick chaos repeat

Britain’s security minister, Ben Wallace, says drone detection systems could now be rolled out to prevent the chaos seen at Gatwick in recent days.

Drone sightings saw flights suspended and caused major disruption at the transport hub south of London.

"The huge proliferation of such devices, coupled with the challenges of deploying military countermeasures into a civilian environment, means there are no easy solutions,” Wallace said in a tweet.

“However I can say that we are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the UK to combat this [drone] threat.”

Wallace’s comments came as Australia announced they would introduce new surveillance technology at airports in the new year to crack down on drones.

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3. Mexican governor dies alongside senator husband in a helicopter crash, 10 days after being sworn in

Puebla Gov Martha Erika Alonso and Sen Rafael Moreno Valle were killed on Monday after their aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff.

Two pilots were also killed, as well as a third passenger.

Ms Alonso entered office on December 14 as Puebla's first female governor.

4. Turkish president invites Trump to visit next year after Syria pullout decision

Hours after US President Donald Trump announced American troops would be withdrawn from Syria, the White House has revealed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended an invite for the billionaire to visit Turkey.

"While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement on Monday.

Citing unnamed official sources, US media say Trump made the shock decision to pull out from Syria following a phone call with Erdogan, who has a stake in the Syrian conflict, telling him, "it’s all yours, we are done".

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5. Italian police open murder investigation after toddler dies following circumcision

Police have opened a murder investigation after a toddler bled to death following a home circumcision at a refugee centre in Rome at the weekend.

A Libyan-born US citizen has been arrested in connection to the case, the state prosecutor of Tivoli said Monday.

The deceased child's twin brother also underwent the operation and remains in intensive care at Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

6. Supermarket car park ramming video goes viral

A video of shoppers attempting to stop a pair fleeing from a British supermarket car park has gone viral on Facebook.

Police are looking for two people following Sunday’s incident, in which multiple cars and people were rammed by the pair’s getaway vehicle, leaving one person seriously injured.

The video has been viewed almost seven million times.

As it happened on Tuesday, December 25

This is how we covered key developments this morning: