Syria; 152 killed: army;
Clashes between Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Islamic State militants intensified around the northern Syrian town of al-Bab on Wednesday, killing 14 Turkish soldiers and 138 jihadists, the army said
UN to send 20 observers to east Aleppo:
« Access to people in need to provide them with life-saving humanitarian assistance is also urgently needed, » he added.
Jubilant Syrians gather for Christmas celebration in west Aleppo : Video –
Hundreds of residents gathered at Al Azizieh Square in western Aleppo on Tuesday, to watch the Christmas tree lights being turned on.
5 Arrested After Egyptian Police Bust Staged Photo Shoot Of « Wounded Aleppo Children »:
Police arrested five people for making staged « wounded children » photos, which they were planning to use to misrepresent on social media as photos of destruction and injured people in Syria’s Aleppo
Iraq; Federal Police shells IS camp near Guzlani, kills dozens of terrorists;
« Heavy artillery shelled a camp belonging to the Islamic State in the German Hospital in front of Guzlani camp, in southern Mosul, killing dozens of the Islamic State’s members. »
10 killed in ISIL attack in Mosul:
At least 10 civilians were killed and 34 others injured Tuesday when mortar shells struck homes here amid an ongoing offensive to oust ISIL from this northern Iraqi city, a medic told Anadolu Agency.
Bombs Kill 7 Near Iranian Kurdish Party Head Quarters In Iraq:
Twin bombings near the headquarters of an Iranian Kurdish opposition party killed seven people on Tuesday, a rare attack in Iraq’s relatively secure autonomous Kurdish region, a senior security official said.
CIA apologises to Turkey over ‘false claims’ of links to Daesh;
The United States main intelligence service, the CIA, had apologised to Turkey in a written statement for making « false claims » about alleged oil trading between Turkey and Daesh, Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported
‘Ludicrous claim’: US denies involvement in assassination of Russian envoy to Turkey:
Just hours after Ambassador Karlov was shot dead in Ankara, top Turkish officials claimed the trail of the shocking attack leads to the US.
More Jordanians killed in new clashes:
Four policemen were killed Tuesday in an exchange of fire with wanted men in a central Jordanian province where assailants had killed 10 people in a series of ambushes earlier this week, state media said.
US kills three alleged Al-Qaeda members in Yemen:
Drone strike, likely by US forces, incinerates vehicle containing three suspected jihadists in southern Yemen, say security sources.
Official: 75% of Yemenis in need of humanitarian aid:
« Coup forces in Yemen do not care about the fact that three-quarters of Yemenis, one-third of them children, are in need for the simplest humanitarian assistance, mainly food and medicines, » He said.
With Donald Trump, Netanyahu sees opportunity for ‘historic changes’ for Israel:
Donald Trump’s presidency will enable Israel and the United States to advance joint moves on several diplomatic and security issues that weren’t possible under U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said
At Least 26 Killed in Congo Protests ;
Security forces in Congo have killed at least 26 demonstrators and arrested scores more amid protests against President Joseph Kabila’s hold on power, Human Rights Watch said
Libya’s Ganfouda may be another Aleppo:
The Benghazi neighbourhood of Ganfouda is another Allepo in the making as militias and foreign forces have laid siege for months, depriving 130 families of food, water, and medicine.
Defiant Gambian president refuses to step aside:
Yahya Jammeh reiterates he won’t hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow despite growing international pressure.
7 killed in new Med migrant boat tragedies:
Seven bodies were recovered from or around stricken migrants boats in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, Italy’s coastguard said.
13 Taliban including group commander killed in North Afghanistan:
Some 13 Taliban militants, including a group commander, have been killed in operations in the northern Kunduz province, China’s Xinhua news agency reported quoting an army spokesman in the province on Wednesday.
Attack on MP house kills 5 in Afghanistan:
Philippines to get $21m worth of Chinese arms;
China is providing the Philippines with US$14.4 million (S$20.8 million) worth of guns and equipment to aid President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on criminals and terrorists.
Russian diplomat is shot dead at his home in Moscow :
The shooting disclosed by Ren TV came soon after news broke of the assassination of Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov
Kremlin says almost all communication channels with US are frozen: RIA:
The Kremlin said Wednesday it did not expect the incoming U.S. administration to reject NATO enlargement overnight and that almost all communications channels between Russia and the United States were frozen
Russia condemns Netherlands over U.S. military cooperation:
« It looks like the Dutch authorities have started to get a taste for deliberately destroying relations with Russia, » Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Berlin truck attack: police ‘seeking Tunisian man’:
Investigators are said to have found identity document in name of Anis Amri under seat of truck used in attack on Christmas market.
Police hunting Berlin Christmas market killer are stumped:
A senior police officer told die Welt newspaper: ‘We have the wrong man. The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause further damage.’
Report: Polish trucker, first Berlin attack victim, ‘fought for his life’:
The trucker’s body had both stab and gunshot wounds, according to Ariel Zurawski, the victim’s cousin and the owner of the transport company the murdered man was working for.
Germany to allow increased security video surveillance:
Germany will allow more video surveillance in public places, under a draft law passed by the cabinet on Wednesday, reflecting growing security fears in a country that has for decades been wary of police intrusion.
European Court of Justice rules against mass data retention in EU;
The ECJ has ruled that governments cannot force telecom firms to keep all customer data. The ruling, which says the laws violate basic privacy rights, comes as governments call for greater powers for spy agencies.
Switzerland fines banks including JPMorgan and Barclays $97.3 million for Libor rigging;
Barclays was fined 29.8 million francs for participating in a cartel in euro interest rate derivatives, COMCO said.
Christine Lagarde avoids jail, keeps job after guilty verdict in negligence trial;
Judges opt not to give any punishment to head of International Monetary Fund, who was given support of IMF board after the verdict
36 Killed, Dozens Injured in Mexico Fireworks Market Explosion:
Some 300 sellers and at least 2,000 buyers were in the San Pablito market when the blast took place in the makeshift, open air market.
Canada defends record $11bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia in court :
« To give arms to a country that uses them to violate human rights is to contribute to that violation, »
Concern as Brazil’s Coup Government Moves to Scrap Environmental Regulations:
If approved, the changes are expected to have devastating consequences for Brazil’s Indigenous people and efforts to mitigate climate change.
Donald Trump’s cabinet bodes ill for the planet:
The president-elect’s appointments make it clear that we cannot rely on the government to protect the planet.
Russia Missing from Trump’s Top Defense Priorities, According to DoD Memo:
Meanwhile, Pentagon brass say Moscow is the No. 1 threat to the United States.
What Obama Said to Putin on the Red Phone About the alleged Election Hack:
« International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies over the Red Phone on Oct. 31, according to a senior U.S. to actions in cyberspace, » said part of a message sent official. « We will hold Russia to those standards. »
Will Trump Play Spy vs. Spy?:
During the Nixon administration, the Joint Chiefs of Staff grew so distrustful of the White House that they planted a spy on the staff of the national security adviser.
FBI director under pressure to explain Clinton bombshell:
Democrats, still smarting from the Nov. 8 loss, have lashed out at Comey as the architect of the Democratic nominee’s defeat. « James Comey cost her the election, » former president Bill Clinton has said.
SoftBank’s First U.S. Investment After Trump Talk Generates 3,000 Jobs;
SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son told President-elect Donald Trump this month he would create 50,000 jobs in the U.S. Money for the first 3,000 positions was announced on Monday.
U.S. Economic Confidence Surges To The Highest Level That Gallup Has Ever Recorded:
Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index has never been higher than it is today. The « Trumphoria » that has gripped the nation ever since Donald Trump’s miraculous victory on election night shows no signs of letting up
Trump’s commitment to infrastructure vow is being questioned:
It’s not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold as he promised.
VIDEO: Arab American YouTube Star Kicked Off Delta Flight for Speaking Arabic:
Adam Saleh, was kicked off a Delta Airlines Flight for speaking Arabic on the phone with his mom earlier today. Him and his friend Slim were kicked off after more than 20 passengers complained
Social Security Checks Are Being Reduced for Unpaid Student Debt:
Government report says thousands of recipients are left with below-poverty incomes
California secession organizers say they’ve opened an embassy — in Moscow;
California gained an embassy in Russia last weekend, at least in the eyes of those who have promised to seek a statewide vote on secession, nicknamed « Calexit, » in 2018.
Missouri is going to to start treating schoolyard fights as felonies:
The school-to-prison pipeline is about to get worse.