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The African Union says Islamic gunmen have attacked its main basement in Somali capital, Mogadishu and killed 3 AU soldiers and a civilian at the mission. The AU also says 5 militants died. The Islamic group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility.

The father of the Jordanian pilot, captured by the self-.desCRIbed Islamic State this week, is appealing to the militants to remember his son is a Muslim too. He spoke to reporters in Jordan; remarks interpreter by the BBC.

"He's a guest of Syrian Islamic State. I ask them in the name of God and I ask them with the dignity of prophet Muhammad, please be upon him to receive him as a guest and treat him well."

Islamic State militants claimed to shot down the pilot's warplane over Syria, but US central command says he has no evidence to support the claim.

Drone enthusiasms in Britain are getting a heads-up. The government is warning those who use drone recklessly could face stiff fines. It comes as drone's becoming an increasingly popular Christmas gift. NPR's Ari Shapiro has more from London.

Britain Civil Aviation authority warns that recreational drone users must follow strict rules or face fines. The regulation say people cannot fly drones over congested areas or near your buildings without permission. The maximum fine could be nearly 8 thousand dollars. Earlier this month, investigators revealed that a drone came within 20 feet of crashing into a plane lying at London Heathrow airport. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration had issued a similar warning. The FAA created a safety video, warning people about the dos and don'ts of fly drones. This is becoming a greater concern as drones become cheaper and more popular. Ari Shapiro, NPR News, London.

2014 is the year of automotive recall. Car makers recalled over 60 million vehicles this year. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports that's nearly twice the previous record.

In a normal year, recall wide should have 20 million or so safety-related recalls. The previous record was in 2004 when the industry recalled 30.8 million cars, trucks and SUVs for defects. The record was topped earlier this summer. Shane King is a safety advocate and researcher. He says our cars are getting more sophisticated, but the way we deal with recalls isn't.

"We have a very sophisticated electronic system coming in our cars and we're trying, we're resolving many of these electronic problems by trying to notify people by US mail."

Our car buyers haven't been deterred, and analysts are expecting 2014 car sales to reach previous session levels. Sonari Glinton, NPR News.

Signs today the Japan economy, the world's third largest, continue to weaken. The Japanese government reports its industrial output fell 0.6% last month and retail sales dropped 0.3%. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is expected to unveil a stimulus package tomorrow.

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A lot of skiers and ski resorts in the Colorado Rockies are enjoying the benefits of winter storm. That's dumping about a foot of snow in higher elevations. Not so for European ski resorts in the Alps. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports there has been no snow recently, and Russian tourists are staying away because the economic woes.

France, Austria and Switzerland are home to some the most coveted ski slopes in Europe. But this year, unseasonably warm temperatures have prevented the ski season from getting into a full swing. Only 40 of some 200 ski stations have opened across France. To top it off, Russian tourists, a stable of French ski resorts in recent years, are staying away due to tension with west of Ukraine and falling Rouble. Eleanor Beardsley, NPR News, Burgundy, France.

Russian president Vladimir Putin informed his government ministers today they won't be able to get their usual time-off for the new year holiday. Most Russian employees take off from January 1 through 12. Putin told his ministers they can't afford such a long holiday. Russia's currency, the Rouble has lost about half of its value over the course of this year.

Pope Francis used his Christmas Day speech in St. Peter's Square to focus on victims of violence, particularly in Syria and Iraq. And he denounced what he called "brutal persecution of religion and ethnic minorities. Addressing tens of thousands who gathered in St. Peter's Square, Francis said there are so many tears this Christmas.

I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News.

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