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Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Russia: 'We Are Close' to Deal With US on Aleppo
Russia and the United States are close to reaching an understanding on Syria's Aleppo, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying Thursday.
Death toll in Indonesia earthquake passes 100
The death toll in Indonesia's Aceh province passed 100 early Thursday as a massive search for missing people after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake Wednesday has been mounted in flattened parts of the area.
As Syrian troops gain ground, Aleppo rebels propose truce
Staring a punishing and brutal defeat in the face, several Syrian rebel factions on Wednesday proposed a five-day cease-fire in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo so the wounded, sick and other civilians can be evacuated.
Iowa Gov. Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the incoming Trump administration's pick for ambassador to China, has long promoted his state's abundant agricultural products to China, but he would be thrust into the middle of increasing talk of a trade war with the United States' largest trading partner.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hezbollah alleges IAF struck major airfield near Damascus
Arab media alleged Wednesday that Israeli fighter jets struck a major airfield near Damascus. According to reports, the Mezzeh Military Airport was hit around 4 a.m. The reports have not been corroborated by any official government or military source in Israel.
Germany Tells Israel Not to Legalize West Bank Settlements
Germany urged Israel in unusually strong language on Wednesday to scrap legislation that would legalize Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, saying this would break international law.
Netanyahu accepts Paris invite to meet Abbas, if France drops conference
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accepted French President François Hollande's invitation to meet with him and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris later this month, as long as there is no international conference.

Inside the United States
Federal judge halts recount, sealing Trump's Michigan win
A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount effectively ended it on Wednesday, tying his decision to a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request another look at ballots.
U.S. Senate joins House to pass sweeping new health bill
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to support sweeping legislation that will reshape the way the Food and Drug Administration approves new medicines.
Trump's EPA Pick Spooks Liberals and the Environmental Lobby
Liberals and the environmental left have gone into a tizzy over the selection of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's pick to head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Trump Renews Vow to 'Destroy Terrorists, Make America Safe Again'
During the latest stop on Donald Trump's 'thank you' tour, the president-elect reiterated his promise to make America safe and secure again.
Trump stacks top defense posts with retired generals, raising eyebrows
He's not yet finished picking, but President-elect Donald Trump already has named three retired generals to top posts, raising questions as to why there will be so much military brass in cabinet-level jobs.

Christian News
Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Being 'Weaponized' Against Christians, UK Report Warns
A new report on the erosion of religious liberties, such as those seen in several high-profile court cases concerning Christians in the U.K., warns that anti-discrimination laws are being used as a 'weapon,' and could end up suppressing the freedoms of many people in society.
Pearl Harbor attack cited as evangelism catalyst
As Americans commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, some Christians also are remembering a series of evangelistic harvests that emerged from the death and destruction.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Syrian army on verge of major victory in Aleppo
The Syrian army and its allies made key gains in the embattled city of Aleppo late on Tuesday. President Bashar al-Assad's forces pushed into rebel-held areas of the Old City, essentially driving opposition forces out of their last urban stronghold.
At least 54 killed in Indonesia earthquake
A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early Wednesday, killing at least 54 people.
Could the European Union fall apart?
It has been a dreadful year for the European Union. It has just got a lot worse. Next year could transform a looming existential threat into a terminal reality. The end of a joint 60-year project to transform the politics of an entire continent is now a distinct possibility.
Iran's new theme park for children provides uniforms, war games against U.S., Israel
Roller coasters are for the offspring of the 'Great Satan'. Iran's Islamic Republic prefers its kids instead to be 'revolutionaries' who, as early as 8-years-old, are aware of the nation's enemies and how to fight them.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli map reveals thousands of Hezbollah positions along border
The Israeli military on Tuesday posted a map of southern Lebanon to Twitter, on which it marked Hezbollah positions, infrastructure and armaments along a section of the Israeli border.
Israel blamed for strikes on Hezbollah sites near Damascus
Hezbollah sites near the Syrian capital, Damascus, were targeted Tuesday night by airstrikes, killing and injuring a number of fighters in the Shiite militia group, according to Syrian news reports.
Obama: Diplomacy that produced Iran deal needed for Mideast peace
US President Barack Obama touted the effectiveness of the nuclear deal with Iran Tuesday in his final address on national security, and said such feats of diplomacy could be a model by which to achieve Mideast peace.
Comptroller report says Israel has failed to prepare for rocket threat
Israel faces major deficiencies in its preparations for protection against rocket and missile threats posed by Hamas and Hezbollah, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira said in a report released on Tuesday.
Biblical sheep in Israel for first time in millennia
The sheep have landed. After three years of high-level negotiations between the Israeli and Canadian governments, 119 heritage sheep, which trace their lineage back 5,000 years to the Middle East, began arriving in Israel on November 30. It is the first time that the breed, called Jacob's sheep, has been represented in Israel since biblical times.
Netanyahu: Submarines needed to ensure Israel can destroy those threatening it
Israel's military must be strong enough to be able to annihilate anyone who threatens to annihilate the Jewish state, and for that reason is arming itself with weapons such as the F-35 stealth fighters and submarines, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Inside the United States
Trump Mulls Releasing 'Hidden' Details of Iranian Nuclear Deal
President-elect Donald Trump may release details of the Iranian nuclear deal the Obama administration kept hidden from the public, The Daily Beast reported on Monday.
Trump introduces Mattis as defense secretary nominee at N.C. victory rally
President-elect Donald Trump brought his victory tour to North Carolina Tuesday night, introducing his nominee for Secretary of Defense not far from the country's biggest military base, Fort Bragg.
Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son meets Trump, pledges $50 billion for US
Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son said on Tuesday in New York that he would invest $50 billion in new startups in the United States, and create 50,000 new jobs.
Michigan court shoots down recount request, but it's not over yet
The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the state's Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday to 'reject the Nov. 30, 2016 petition of former presidential candidate Jill Stein that precipitated the current recount process.' At about the same time, a higher court seemed to be saying, let the recounts roll.
Obama, who illegally invaded Libya, lectures Congress on constitutional war powers
President Obama, who invaded Libya in 2011 without even asking for congressional approval, took the occasion on Tuesday -- in his final 45 days in office -- to lecture Washington about constitutional and democratic conduct of war.

Christian News
Christians Win Nepal's First Anti-Evangelism Case
A court in Nepal has dropped a case against eight Christians, the first religious freedom dispute since the country's new constitution was implemented last year.
Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Brexit deal possible by October 2018 - European Commission negotiator
A final deal on Britain's exit from the EU could be reached by October 2018, the European Commission's chief negotiator says.
Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal
The Russian government said on Monday it would start talks with Washington on a rebel withdrawal from Aleppo this week as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat.
Aleppo's fall won't end Syrian war, EU's foreign policy chief says
Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the revolt seeking to end Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, but European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is convinced Aleppo's fall would not end the civil war that has been ravaging Syria for nearly six years.
Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content
Web giants YouTube , Facebook , Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.
Trump Call Sets Off War of Words With China
President-elect Donald Trump set off a war of words with China less than two months before taking office as Chinese state media on Monday warned of future Beijing action in anticipation of tougher U.S. policies.
Report: Saudi court sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran
A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported.
Pentagon says Russia 'No. 1 threat' as Putin presides over frenzied defense spending
Pentagon officials at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, this weekend all seemed to have one nation on their mind: Russia.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Tel Aviv topples golden Netanyahu statue
The Tel Aviv Municipality on Tuesday pulled down a four and a half meter tall gilded statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which had appeared in Rabin Square earlier in the day.
US defense chief to visit Israel next week to welcome F-35 stealth jets
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will be in Israel next week as part of a two-week long trip to meet with important regional partners around the globe.
Palestinians slam outpost bill, demand US recognize Palestine
The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on the US administration to officially recognize the state of Palestine and support a UN resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in response to Israel's preliminary approval Monday night of a bill that would legalize outposts.

Inside the United States
Trump's favorability surges one month after election
President-elect Trump's favorability rating has increased significantly since his victory last month, and most voters now believe the incoming Republican president will deliver on his promises to reform healthcare and other issues, a new poll shows.
LA's Red Line rail system threat reported to FBI from officials in unidentified foreign country
Law enforcement officials alerted the public to the threat at the news conference, saying it had been passed on to the FBI by authorities in another country, where the threat had originated.
Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to talk climate policy
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a 'productive' session.
Dow notches new record closing high as Street shrugs off Italian referendum
U.S. equities closed higher on Monday, unfazed by a key vote in Italy which led to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation, as financials, technology and consumer discretionary stocks rose around 1 percent.
National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Drawn Up for Next Congress
The new Congress is still weeks away from being sworn in, but one Republican congressman has already written a national concealed carry reciprocity bill to submit to it.

Christian News
Christians Look to Revive ISIS-Ravaged Town: 'They Can't Defeat God'
On August 6, 2014, nearly 60,000 people fled the Christian town of Qaraqosh just hours before ISIS overran the area. A few weeks ago, the Kurdish military liberated the city, uncovering a trail of destruction and devastation left behind by the occupiers.
Three Men Imprisoned for Christ in Iran Miraculously Set Free
Three Christians who spent months in one of the worst prisons in the world are now free.