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Syrian Civil War

UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 'welcoming' Russian, Turkish efforts to end Syrian violence and start political negotiations - AP

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cybersecurity

Report: Russian hackers penetrated US electricity grid through a utility in Vermont; did not actively use code to disrupt, intentions unclear, US officials tell Washington Post

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United Kingdom

Ray Davies of 'The Kinks' and veteran comic Ken Dodd awarded knighthoods for services to the arts, entertainment and charity - Press Association

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Brazil

Rio de Janeiro police officer reportedly confessed to killing Greek ambassador to Brazil; ambassador's wife also in police custody - Reuters

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

US State Department 'surprised' by UK PM May's comments on Kerry's Israel-Palestinians speech, says his words were in line with Britain's longstanding positions, vote cast at UN - PA

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Turkey

Turkish parliamentary committee approves constitutional change draft law - Turkey's Anadolu Agency, Reuters (updated link)

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2016 US elections

President-elect Trump on Russian sanctions: Time for US 'to move on to bigger and better things'; will meet with intelligence officials next week

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2016 US elections

Kremlin spokesman: US sanctions destroy diplomatic relations; adds Russian retaliation to new sanctions will be 'adequate' - Reuters

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2016 US elections

Russian embassy in the UK tweets image of a duck, with the word 'lame' and says 'everybody ... will be glad to see the last of this hapless administration' following sanctions announcement - @RussianEmbassy

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2016 US elections

US responds to election hacking with sanctions against Russian intel services, ejects 35 operatives - New York Times

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Argentina's Cristina Kirchner accused of bombing cover-up

Argentine federal court orders reopening of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman's investigation against ex-President Cristina Kirchner in alleged bombing cover-up - Clarin

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Nevada, US

President Obama creates new national monuments in sacred tribal site in southeastern Utah and in the Nevada desert - Washington Post

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israeli prime minister's office denounces 'skewed' Kerry speech, says it 'obsessively' focused on settlements - AP

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Massachusetts, US

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to delay opening of recreational marijuana stores by 6 months - Boston Globe

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World War II

Japanese Prime Minister Abe at Pearl Harbor: 'I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls who lost their lives here' - @Jordanfabian

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New York, NY, US

NYPD: All clear at Trump Tower following the earlier suspicious package in lobby - @JPeterDonald

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New York, NY, US

Reports: Police, fire department responding to Trump Tower in New York City amid reports of evacuation - @CelesteKatzNYC

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World War II

Japanese Prime Minister Abe, President Obama lay wreaths at Pearl Harbor memorial - AFP

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Argentina

Judge indicts former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in corruption case - La Nacion, AP

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Russian plane crashes near Sochi, Dec. 25, 2016

Russia's transport minister says pilot error or technical fault likely to blame for Sunday's plane crash - AP

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