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Switzerland opens proceedings into Berlin market attack

The scene of devastation following the attack. Credit: PA

Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General has started criminal proceedings in connection with the Berlin Christmas market lorry attack which left 12 people dead.

The proceedings are based on suspected support of a criminal organisation and a violation of the country's ban on so-called Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

However, the proceedings are against "unknown", which implies the authorities do no know precisely who, or how many people, could be involved.

European cities on alert ahead of New Year celebrations

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New Year Eve security has been tightened across Europe as thousands of people prepare to celebrate the New Year.

In London, temporary security barriers were erected on the streets and 3,000 police officers will be on patrol during tonight's firework display along the Thames.

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About 600,000 people are expected to gather in Avenue des Champs-Elysees to watch the a fireworks in Paris.

Nearly 100,000 police, gendarmes and soldiers will be deployed across France.

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Less than two weeks after a Iorry drove into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 people, security has been ramped up across the German capital as thousands are expected to gather at the Brandenburg Gate for the New Year celebration.

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