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1. Paris shooting: Three dead and several injured in attack
- A gunman has opened fire in central Paris, killing three people and wounding three others.
- The attacker targeted a Kurdish cultural centre and shot members of the local community. A possible racist motive is being investigated.
- A suspect, aged 69, was quickly arrested and it soon emerged he had been freed from prison recently.

2. Mariupol theatre demolished 'to hide Russian crimes'
- Russian authorities have started destroying the ruined theatre in Mariupol, according to an aide to the city's exiled Ukrainian mayor.
- Petro Andryushchenko accused the occupying authorities of seeking to cover up the murder of hundreds of civilians when the building was bombed in March.
- A screen was recently erected around the ruined theatre.

3. What is in the $1.7tn US spending bill?
- The US Senate has passed a $1.7tn spending bill - most likely averting a partial government shutdown during the holiday season.
- The House of Representatives now needs to pass it so President Joe Biden can sign it before midnight on Friday.
- The 4,155-page budget contains measures to help Ukraine, bolster US defence, and funds for US domestic priorities.

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