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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Russia, Iran and Turkey start search for Syria resolution
Russia, Iran and Turkey have started the process of finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a meeting of the three countries' foreign ministers in Moscow on Tuesday.
ISIS remains strong in Iraq as battle of Mosul enters 3rd month
Islamic State fighters have stepped up counterattacks on Iraqi forces in Mosul as the U.S.-backed offensive to capture their last major city stronghold in Iraq enters its third month.
China returns underwater drone, U.S. condemns 'unlawful' seizure
China has returned a U.S. underwater drone taken by one of its naval vessels in the disputed South China Sea last week after what it said were friendly talks with the United States, which reiterated its criticism of the 'unlawful' seizure.
Turkey, Russia vow cooperation after ambassador's killing
Russian investigators worked Tuesday to determine whether the assassination of their ambassador to Turkey was the work of a lone gunman or part of a wider conspiracy as the two countries, which have backed opposing sides in the Syrian war, said they would not let the killing disrupt efforts to repair their relationship.
Shots fired outside U.S. embassy in Turkey, hours after Russian envoy killed
Hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Ankara, a gunman fired his weapon outside the nearby U.S. embassy.
German state minister says: 'We are in a state of war'
The interior minister of the German state of Saarland said on Tuesday Germany is in a state of war after a man drove a truck into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48, in a suspected terrorist attack.
Muslim 'refugee' rams truck into crowded market killing 12
At least 12 people have been killed and 48 injured after a large truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, according to German police as initial reports point to a terror attack.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
PLO will revoke Israel recognition if US moves embassy, top official warns
If the incoming Trump administration moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, the PLO will revoke its recognition of Israel, the prospect of a two-state solution will be over, and any hope of Israeli-Palestinian peace in the future will vanish, the top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat warned on Monday.
Netanyahu planning unprecedented new construction during Trump reign
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his strongest statement in years on Monday in favor of construction in Judea and Samaria, giving hope to settler leaders that massive construction will begin when Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama as president of the United States.
UN appeals for $547 million in aid for Palestinians
The United Nations launched an appeal Monday for $547 million (524 million euros) to help 1.6 million people in the Palestinian territories in 2017.
IDF uncovers major West Bank weapons cache in overnight raid
Israeli military forces uncovered one of the largest underground gun factories ever found in the West Bank overnight Sunday near the city of Hebron.

Inside the United States
It's Official: Trump Wins Electoral College with 304 Votes
Donald Trump easily won the nationwide Electoral College vote on Monday, surpassing the minimum 270 votes needed to officially become the president-elect of the United States.
North Carolina considers transgender bathroom law repeal this week
A North Carolina law limiting bathroom access for transgender people could be repealed this week after months of protests and economic boycotts over legislation decried as discriminatory.
Federal agencies can spy on phones with 400 cell-site simulators
The Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department have spent collectively more than $95 million on secret cellphone tracking technology and own more than 400 cell-site simulators that can be used to zero in covertly on the locations of cellphones, according to a congressional report.
Obama sets presidential record with 78 pardons, 153 commutations in one day
Bringing the holiday spirit to some people who surely did not expect it, President Barack Obama commuted or pardoned 231 people currently serving prison sentences -- the largest single-day act of clemency in the history of the presidency.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Russia threatens to veto new UN Syria resolution, Aleppo evacuations in doubt
Russia threatened Sunday to veto a U.N. resolution demanding immediate access to areas of Aleppo besieged by the Syrian government, while a shaky deal to evacuate thousands of trapped civilians was thrown into doubt again after militants burned buses involved in the rescue operation.
China’s Drone Seizure Sows Concern That U.S. Secrets Were Stolen
A top U.S. lawmaker said China may be poring over a seized underwater drone to unearth secret information about Navy technology, hours after President-elect Donald Trump suggested Beijing should “keep it.”
Iran discusses nuclear ships plan with IAEA chief
Iran discussed its plans for nuclear-powered ships with UN nuclear chief Yukiyo Amano on Sunday, saying it would present details within three months, local media reported.
Multiple U.S. airstrikes destroy ISIS weapons cache in Palmyra
American commanders in Syria followed through on pledges to destroy anti-aircraft systems and heavy weapons captured by Islamic State in Palmyra, launching multiple airstrikes against the terror group's positions around the ancient Syrian city.
China agrees to return captured Navy drone to U.S.
Washington and Beijing have agreed to terms to return a Navy drone captured in the disputed waters of the South China Sea to the U.S., the Pentagon announced Saturday.
Jordan declares end of castle siege, says four gunmen killed
Jordanian security forces said they killed four 'terrorist outlaws' after flushing them out of a castle in the southern city of Karak where they had holed up after a shoot-out that killed nine people.
News agency reports car bomb attack in Turkey
A car bomb blast killed 13 Turkish troops and wounded 55 persons, most of them military personnel, in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri on Saturday morning, according to official figures.
Chinese warship seizes US underwater drone in international waters
The Chinese navy has seized an underwater drone in plain sight of the American sailors who had deployed it in international waters, in a seemingly brazen message to the incoming Trump administration.
Putin tells Erdogan Russia ready to increase anti-terrorism cooperation
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan in a telegram on Saturday that Russia was ready to increase cooperation against terrorism after a car bomb attack in the Turkish city of Kayseri, Russian news agencies reported.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
PA claims it got no US aid in 2016. In fact, State Dept. gave Palestinians $357 million
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah claimed last week that his government has received no aid from Washington in 2016, accusing the US of imposing a 'financial siege' on the Palestinians. But the State Department has in fact provided Ramallah with over $357 million in financial assistance in the past year, according to information given to The Times of Israel by a US State Department official on Thursday.
Tensions in Amona rise as residents vow 'passive resistance' to looming eviction
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Thursday that there would be 'zero tolerance toward people who use violence against security officials' taking part in the impending eviction of Amona. On Wednesday, residents of the illegal Samaria outpost rejected the state's latest offer to relocate to nearby land.
Netanyahu 'pleased' with Trump's choice of David Friedman as Israel envoy
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated David Friedman -- an attorney and campaign adviser who backs moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem -- as ambassador to the Jewish state.
Palestinians preparing new Security Council draft
The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations has reportedly circulated a new draft of a resolution condemning Israel settlements that they hope to bring to a vote before US President Barack Obama leaves office next month.
Khamenei: The Zionist regime won't exist in 25 years
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that Israel could be destroyed within 25 years through a united 'Palestinian struggle', PressTV reports.

Inside the United States
Saudi Arabia lobbies US over 9/11 law
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has been lobbying US legislators to change a law allowing victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue the kingdom, he said on Sunday.
Report: 820,000 criminal illegals, 84% with felonies, serious misdemeanors
Illegal immigrants with criminal records, the deportation priority of President-elect Trump, total at least 820,000, with most having felony and serious misdemeanor convictions, according to a new report.
Bitter cold weather breaks records in Midwest, Plains
A second arctic blast in the past week plunged the Midwest and Plains into record-breaking cold Sunday.
Clinton campaign faults White House response to suspected Russian election hacks
The Hillary Clinton campaign and its allies, rallying behind the contention that cyberwarfare played a role in swinging the presidential election for Donald Trump, are now taking parting shots at the Obama administration, the intelligence community and the media for failing to treat the Russian hacking threat with sufficient urgency.
Trump says picks Mulvaney to be White House budget director
President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday he has chosen U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to be his White House budget director, turning to a fiscal conservative to help pursue his policy agenda.
Trump Continues His 'Thank You' Tour, Vows to Build Up Military
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump repeated his campaign promise to crush Islamic State 'rapidly,' but did not give a blueprint for achieving such a victory during a rally in Orlando, Florida.
FBI, Clapper back CIA, say Russia interfered in U.S. election to help Trump
The FBI and the Director of National Intelligence agree with a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks on the U.S. election were intended in part to help President-elect Donald Trump win office, according to news reports.

Christian News
The Actual War on Christians
During Mass this past Sunday, an Islamic State suicide bomber made his way inside St. Peter and St. Paul's Coptic Church in Cairo and detonated his bomb, leaving 25 people, mostly women, dead. The bombing, the deadliest since the 2010 New Year's Eve bombing of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria, drew swift condemnations from governments around the world. But as much as such attacks remind the world of the plight of Copts, it is their daily encounter with discrimination and persecution that poses the greatest threat to their future.
12 Recent Cases Where Christians Were Punished for Their Beliefs on Marriage: FRC
The Family Research Council has compiled a reporting listing 12 cases this past decade in America where Christian business owners have been punished or threatened with punishment for holding traditional beliefs about marriage in order to comply with anti-discrimination laws regarding gay people.
Christians Are 'Most Endangered Minority' in the World, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein Says
Christians have become the new Jews, as they are now the 'the most endangered minority' in the world, says prominent Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
White House: Iran's nuclear marine vessels don't violate deal
The White House on Tuesday downplayed a directive from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to local scientists to start developing systems for nuclear-powered marine vessels.
U.S. fears boost in Islamic State firepower after Palmyra's fall
U.S. commanders are weighing possible airstrikes against Islamic State militants who recently recaptured the Syrian city of Palmyra, driven by concerns the group may have obtained surface-to-air missiles in the city and will use them against the U.S. and its coalition allies.
Islamic extremism in Germany,' intelligence report finds
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar are supporting extremist Islamic groups in Germany, according to a leaked intelligence report.
Vladimir Putin the world's most powerful person: Forbes
Russian President Vladimir Putin again leads Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people, followed by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in the No. 2 spot.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Palestinians preparing new Security Council draft
The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations has reportedly circulated a new draft of a resolution condemning Israel settlements that they hope to bring to a vote before US President Barack Obama leaves office next month.
Khamenei: The Zionist regime won't exist in 25 years
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that Israel could be destroyed within 25 years through a united 'Palestinian struggle', PressTV reports.

Inside the United States
Okla. Supreme Court Tosses Pro-Life Hospital Privileges Law
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out a law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.
Senator Recommends Criminal Investigation Into Planned Parenthood
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the FBI to start a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood.
Execs representing a whopping $3 trillion just walked into Trump Tower
President-elect Donald Trump's mega technology summit in New York on Wednesday hosted leaders of companies that have a combined market value of more than $3 trillion.
Yahoo discloses new data breach affecting one billion accounts
Yahoo Inc said on Wednesday that it has identified a new system breach that occurred in August 2013 and involved data associated with more than one billion user accounts.
'11th hour power grab': Obama mandates state funding for Planned Parenthood
President Obama is delivering a generous parting gift to Planned Parenthood in the form of a rule prohibiting states from divesting millions of dollars from the nation's largest abortion provider.
Fed vote unanimous for interest rate increase; expects 3 hikes in '17
As expected, the U.S. Federal Reserve voted Wednesday to raise key interest rates by a quarter point -- just its second rate hike in the last 12 months.
Obama blocks states from withholding Planned Parenthood funding
The Obama administration moved Wednesday to prevent states from cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, possibly preventing President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress from defunding the organization.

Christian News
ACLJ Launches Global Campaign to Free Imprisoned American Pastor
The American Center of Law and Justice (ACLJ) has launched an international campaign to free an American pastor imprisoned for his Christian faith in Turkey.
'There's so many people dead': Charleston church member recounts 911 call
From under the table where she hid, the grandmother could see the boots of the man who walked among them, his gun trained on parishioners who could not escape execution.
Republican-led Congress disappoints advocates of religious freedom
The Republican-led Congress has shirked its duty to help people of faith exercise their beliefs in public under an administration that is hostile to their conscientious objections, advocates for religious freedom say.