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Here's the latest for Friday, December 25th: Explosion rocks downtown Nashville; 4 pregnant women among 20 migrants dead in Tunisia sinking; Pope Francis makes Christmas Day plea; Russians shop for the New Year.

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BEN THOMAS: This is AP News Minute.

An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning. It shattered windows, damaged buildings, and wounded three people. Police say they believe the blast was intentional.

Four pregnant women are among the 20 migrants whose bodies were found off Tunisia's coast after their smuggling boat sank, authorities said Friday. Search efforts continue for 13 others believed missing.

Pope Francis made a Christmas plea for authorities to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all. Francis says the first in line should be the most vulnerable and needy, regardless of who holds the patents for the shots.

And just as the rest of the world celebrates Christmas amid lockdowns and curfews, Russians headed into shopping malls for New Year gifts Friday. Russia's total of more than 2.9 million infections remains the fourth largest coronavirus caseload in the world.

Ben Thomas, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.