Around the World
North Korea declares new UN sanctions 'an act of war'
North Korea on Sunday called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country 'an act of war' that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a 'pipe dream' for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons.
Russia bars Putin challenger from election
Russian election officials on Monday barred opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running against President Vladimir Putin.
Nikki Haley announces $285 million cut to United Nations budget
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the United States had slashed the U.N.’s budget by more than $285 million for fiscal 2018.
Russian warships in UK waters keep Royal Navy busy over Christmas
The Royal Navy monitored a series of Russian warships around Britain over Christmas, as the Defence Secretary said Britain would not be intimidated.
Pope Francis laments ‘winds of war’ blowing around the world
Lamenting 'the winds of war' blowing around the world, Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas message on Monday called for a two-state solution to find peace in the Middle East and prayed that confrontation can be overcome on the Korean Peninsula.
Syrian, Iranian backed forces advance in border area near northern Israel
Syrian army forces backed by Iranian-backed militias pushed deeper into the last rebel-held enclave near a strategic border area with Israel and Lebanon in a new expansion of Tehran's influence in the war-torn country.
Israel says 10 more countries in talks about moving embassies to Jerusalem
Following Guatemala’s announcement Monday that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at least 10 other countries are in talks to move their own missions, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said.
Top Hamas official says Palestinian unity deal collapsing
Hard-line Hamas Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar said on Thursday that the reconciliation deal with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction was collapsing, just 10 weeks after the agreement was reached.
Guatemala says it’s begun working on moving embassy to Jerusalem
Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said Monday it had begun working on moving the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a day after President Jimmy Morales announced he would follow US President Donald Trump’s controversial lead on the holy city.
Inside the United States
California's monster Thomas fire becomes largest-ever wildfire in state history
Although a cold front and calmer winds have helped aid firefighters, the massive Thomas fire in Southern California now ranks as the state's largest-ever wildfire, Cal Fire said late Friday.
‘It’s time for us to rebuild our country’: Trump hopes to deal with Democrats on infrastructure
The White House on Sunday said President Trump wants to introduce an infrastructure package in January and reach for a deal with Democrats, a pivot toward bipartisanship after Republican-only efforts on health care and taxes produced mixed results this year.
India Tightens Christmas Security After Christians Attacked
Christians and others in India celebrated Christmas despite fears of an anti-Christian backlash in some parts of the predominantly Hindu country.