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Today's News: Dec. 18, 2016

The evacuations in Aleppo, a suicide bombing in Yemen, and more from the United States and around the world.

People walk past the old customs buildings and a restaurant in the government-controlled part of Aleppo, Syria, on December 17, 2016. Omar Sanadiki / Reuters

—More people are expected to be evacuated Sunday from Aleppo, which is now almost entirely controlled by Syrian government troops. About 9,000 were removed from the city last week before evacuations were stopped after reports of some rebels fighting back.

—A suicide bomber killed at least 48 soldiers outside a military camp in Yemen. The Islamic State’s branch in the country claimed responsibility for the attack.

—We’re live-blogging the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).


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Suicide Bombing in Yemen Kills 48 Soldiers

People gather at the site of a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, on December 18, 2016. (Reuters)

At least 48 soldiers were killed and dozens of civilians were wounded in a suicide bombing in southern Yemen Sunday. The soldiers were waiting receive their paychecks near al-Sawlaban military base in the city of Aden when an attacker, standing inside the crowd, detonated explosives, the BBC reports. Another 84 people were wounded in the bombing. The Islamic State’s affiliate in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack. Military outposts have been recently targeted in the city. Another suicide bombing in Aden killed 48 soldiers earlier this month, and an attack near a training camp in the city in August killed about 60 people. Aden is controlled by factions loyal to the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, whose forces have been fighting with Shia Houthi rebels for two years.

Thousands in Aleppo Wait to Be Evacuated

Thousands of civilians remain stranded in Aleppo after evacuations stopped late last week following disagreements between rebel groups and Syrian government forces over the operation. Many are without food and shelter in the freezing temperatures. About 9,000 people were evacuated by bus from the city last week, CNN reports. More buses were scheduled to arrive Sunday, but several were set on fire by rebel fighters as the made their way to the city, according to the BBC. President Bashar al-Assad’s troops now control almost all of the city, which had been held by rebels for four years until this month. Aleppo was under constant bombardment in recent months as Syrian troops advanced on the city, one of the final rebel-held areas in the war-torn country.