Trump Spokesman Jason Miller Says He Won’t Take Top White House Job

Jason Miller, who was named President-elect Donald Trump's White House communications director just two days ago, announced Saturday he will not be taking a job in the incoming administration. The 41-year-old aide, who served as Sen. Ted Cruz's communications adviser before joining Trump's campaign, said he needed to spend more time with his family.

‘I’m scared for my life’: First Afghan female pilot in the…

Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, 25, is the first female pilot in the Afghani military since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 She traveled to the US last summer for training with the US Air Force which finished on Thursday - and was supposed to return Saturday, yet did not Afghanistan's first female pilot to serve in the air force since the fall of the Taliban has applied for asylum in the United States. Capt.

Trump says he intends to dissolve charitable foundation

US President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday he intends to dissolve his controversial philanthropic foundation to avoid conflicts of interest, but the move was quickly complicated by an ongoing legal probe. Trump's sprawling portfolio of US and overseas business interests and holdings, as well as his Donald J. Trump Foundation, have come under increased scrutiny in the weeks since his election, and the shuttering of his charity would be his first big step to avoid a brewing storm of potential conflicts of interest.

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out at Obama over UN vote

In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem. Netanyahu lashed out at President Barack Obama on Saturday, Dec. 24, accusing him of a "shameful ambush" at the United Nations over West Bank settlements and saying he is looking forward to working with his "friend" President-elect Donald Trump.

Jason Miller quits as White House communications director

Jason Miller backs out of Donald Trump's administration two days after he was tapped as White House communications director. Donald Trump's inner circle was thrown into turmoil Saturday when his newly-named White House communications director resigned after a transition team staffer posted cryptic tweets suggesting he's a philanderer.

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More Blowback After Stunning U.N. Resolution Vote

The United Nations may be facing consequences after passing a resolution condemning Israeli settlements on lands the country has been in possession of since 1967. "I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel," Netanyahu said in response to the U.N. resolution.

Review: ‘Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin, An Epic Louisiana Election’

"Long Shot: A Soldier, A Senator, A Serious Sin, An Epic Louisiana Election" by Tyler Bridges and Jeremy Alford, Lisburn Press, $26.95 With the Democratic Party at is lowest ebb in Louisiana and the nation for almost a century, the contrarian tale of long-shot Democratic winner John Bel Edwards is irresistible for the party faithful, but it's a good read for anyone seeking an insightful look into how the game is played in the most idiosyncratic state of the union. Two of the state's best political writers - Jeremy Alford, editor of LaPolitics.com , and Tyler Bridges, who covers politics for The Advocate and others - engagingly profile the small-town lawyer who came from nowhere to seize the Governor's Mansion from the Republicans in 2015.

IRISL, NITC Pact for Ship Repair JV

The initial agreement for establishing a Joint Venture Company in ship repair sector, was signed between Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran , Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line and National Iranian Tanker Company . According to MANA correspondent, the initial agreement for establishing a Joint Venture Company in ship repair sector, was signed by Dr. Mansour Moazami, Iran's deputy minister of Industry, Mine and Trade and head of the board at IDRO, Dr. Mohammad Saeedi , director and head of the board at IRISL and Sirous Kianersi, NITC director.

Netanyahu: It may take time, but resolution will be rescinded

Senior diplomatic sources described the US abstention on the resolution as Obama's last act of "sticking it" to Israel. Israel reacted furiously Saturday to the anti-settlement resolution passed a day earlier in the UN, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying that he spoke with leaders in the incoming Trump administration as well as both Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress and vowed an all-out fight against the measure.

Political Crystal Ball: Predictions For 2017

"Face the Nation" host John Dickerson will discuss predictions for 2017 with a panel of CBS News correspondents in a segment that will air Sunday . CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues said that he predicts FBI Director James Comey will stay in his job despite the blowback he received from how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and the last-minute discovery of related emails a week before the election.

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out at Obama over UN vote

Israel's Prime Minister lashed out at President Barack Obama on Saturday, accusing him of a "shameful ambush" at the United Nations over West Bank settlements and saying he is looking forward to working with his "friend" President-elect Donald Trump. Netanyahu's comments came a day after the United States broke with past practice and allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law.

Politicos offer up Christmas wishes, New Year’s Resolutions

After an election year as nasty, polarizing and all-consuming as any in recent memory, Minnesota politicos on all sides are still feeling a little raw. So, before the partisan combat starts anew in 2017, we offered a chance for reflection, light and levity in the form of Christmas wishes and New Year's resolutions.

Letter: Rewarding the rich is not tax reform

Letter: Rewarding the rich is not tax reform Next year when the 115th Congress opens, Republicans are proposing to radically restructure the tax code. Check out this story on northjersey.com: http://northjersy.news/2hjatGB Next year when the 115th Congress opens, Republicans are proposing to radically restructure the tax code.

Correction: Obama Legacy-Foreign Policy story

" In a story Dec. 22 about President Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of Michael Mandelbaum at John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. He is professor emeritus, not foreign policy director.

Comet Ping Pong

Most people think of the mainstream media as the scum of the earth - and most of us are - but we do at least try to check out information before we go with a story. What a waste of time! Nobody trusts us anyway.

World War II-Era Bomb Ruins Christmas For 54,000 Germans

More than 54,000 Germans in the city of Augsburg must evacuate their homes Christmas morning while German authorities defuse a massive 1.8-ton bomb from World War II. Police will cut off the streets surrounding the un-exploded bomb at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and everyone in the area must leave by 10 a.m. The discovery of left over bombs from World War II in Germany is not uncommon, but the Christmas morning evacuation is the largest since 45,000 people were evacuated from the city of Koblenz in 2011.

Before Scuba Diving, Consider Trip to Dentist

Researchers report that 41 percent of scuba divers experience dental symptoms in the water. Due to the constant jaw clenching and fluctuations in the atmospheric pressure underwater, divers may experience symptoms that range from tooth, jaw, and gum pain to loosened crowns and broken dental fillings.

Former UN Ambassador: US abstention is a ‘stab in Israel’s back’

Fox News interviewed former UN Ambassador John Bolton regarding the Obama administration's decision on Friday not to veto the UN Security Council's anti-Israel resolution. "I think certainly the sponsors of the resolution, the Egyptian and some of the others, some of the five permanent members of the council, including Great Britain, obviously had to consult with the Obama administration to tell them what was in the resolution so that it was sufficient for Obama to order an abstention.

Netanyahu doesn’t want Ukranian PM in Israel

A senior official in Jerusalem noted the decision was made in light of Ukraine's vote in favor of Friday's United Nations Security Council resolution, which was critical of Israel's settlement policy. Netanyahu on Saturday accused President Barack Obama of breaching a specific commitment to Israel by allowing Friday's UN Security Council anti-settlements resolution to pass, and compared the outgoing president's behavior to that of his predecessor Jimmy Carter Netanyahu also announced that Israel was re-evaluating all of its dealings with the United Nations, and said he had already instructed officials to cut off "30 million shekels of funding for five UN bodies that are particularly hostile to Israel."

Orange Confidential: Region remembers Ben Gilman, political legend

Ben Gilman's wife of 20 years, Georgia, talked about their “wonderful time together” as she mourned her husband, the 30-year congressman and Hudson Valley political legend, who died Dec. 17. “We were very blessed to share each others' lives, said Georgia Gilman, who was at her husband's side when he died at 94. Georgia Gilman ... (more)

Nevada-based drone service delivers 7-Eleven Slurpees

Joyer was among a dozen 7-Eleven customers selected for deliveries in a Reno neighborhood last month in a partnership between the convenience store chain and the Nevada-based Flirtey's commercial drone service. The 77 packages Flirtey flew to homes in November was the first full-fledged operation of its kind in a busy, populated area, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Olsen Reaches 1,000 Yards for Third Straight Year

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The gambler who took down a betting and drug ring

Robert "RJ" Cipriani, a professional gambler, was the FBI informant instrumental in the drug and gambling investigation against Owen Hanson and others. Robert "RJ" Cipriani, a professional gambler, was the FBI informant instrumental in the drug and gambling investigation against Owen Hanson and others.

Obama sticks to workout routine on Christmas Eve

President Barack Obama is seen through the window as his motorcade vehicle as he leaves Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, after his morning workout. Despite thick cloud cover over the Ko'olau Mountain Range, the sun is shining brightly on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii where the president goes for his daily workout routine.

America’s “forgotten war” ended on this day, and few people knew

On December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent officially ended the War of 1812, but the delayed news couldn't stop nearly 1,000 British troops from being killed at the Battle of New Orleans. In fact, many Americans learned of the peace treaty and the battle at the same time, as details of the treaty arrived in the United States later in January 1815, after the epic battle that made Andrew Jackson a national hero.

Relax, Carl Paladino Will Continue To Be Booked On Fox As A Moral Scold

Carl Paladino, who was the Republican candidate for governor of New York in 2010 and a co-chair of Donald Trump's campaign in the state this year, is at it again: The Buffalo real estate developer who served as New York co-chair for Donald Trump's campaign said his greatest hopes for 2017 are that President Barack Obama "dies" and that his wife Michelle is "set loose in the outback of Zimbabwe." Paladino: Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford.

GOP on taxes: Cut rates, brackets but what about the deficit

Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation's tax system next year, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy people with smart accountants, and corporations that can easily shift profits - and jobs - overseas.

As Obama accomplished policy goals, his party floundered

In boasting about his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama often cites numbers like these: 15 million new jobs, a 4.9 percent unemployment rate and 74 months of consecutive job growth. That's the number of spots in state legislatures, governor's mansions and Congress lost by Democrats during Obama's presidency.

Six Things Banned For Christmas In America In 2016

Christmas is a time for love, a time for hope and, of course, a time for government officials to ban a slew of things related to Christmas because someone, somewhere might be offended. Here are six things bureaucrats banned - or tried to ban - this Christmas season, in the year of our Lord 2016.

What One Woman Learned Serving On A Jury With Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, testifies about the company's acquisition of XTO Energy before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 20, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo The tall, enigmatic fellow with shocks of white hair and an oil man's swagger seemed that natural choice for jury foreman, but he told his fellow jurors he wasn't interested in the spotlight.

Medical Marijuana Industry Is Ready For A Fight With Trump Administration

Proponents of medical marijuana and research into the drug's viability for opioid addiction treatment are concerned over what President-elect Donald Trump means for the future of the industry. Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and Washington, D.C., where it is also legal for recreational use, and momentum for further legalization appears to be accelerating.

Nearly $870M budget hole awaits Oklahoma lawmakers in 2017


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The problems will be familiar in the 2017 Oklahoma legislative session: crowded public schools with teachers desperate for a pay raise, overcrowded prisons, a Highway Patrol facing furloughs and dozens of other cash-strapped agencies that have cut services to the bone. But lawmakers who return to the Capitol in February will also be faced with a budget hole of nearly $870 million - about 12 percent of state spending - resulting from slumping energy prices, years of tax cuts and costly tax subsidies for businesses and industries.

Pence hands out pay raises, awards before leaving office

On his way out of office, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approved pay raises for state employees while giving one of the state's highest awards to more than a dozen of his political allies and staff. Pence, now the vice president-elect, said Indiana "would not be a state that works" without dedicated government workers, to whom he is giving raises that range between 2 and 4 percent.

Obamas reflect on Christmas message

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have reflected on eight years in office as they wished Americans a final "Merry Christmas" from the White House. "Tomorrow, for the final time as the First Family, we will join our fellow Christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our Saviour," Obama said on Saturday in his weekly address.

Platinum Partners arrests are scant consolation for alleged victims


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Platinum Partners founder Mark Nordlicht, wearing a hoodie, exits federal court in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. on December 19, 2016. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert Capers speaks to media to announce the unsealing of an indictment charging Mark Nordlicht, the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Platinum Partners and six other individuals with securities fraud, investment adviser fraud and conspiracy in an approximately $1 billion fraud in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.on December 19, 2016.

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While there are few actually confirmed details as of now, thereA s apparently a massive, star-studded "We The People" concert being planned for Miami on the day of Donald TrumpA s inauguration. The idea is to counter TrumpA s inauguration and garner higher television ratings than the swearing-in.

Gunny Claus pays a visit to Cherry Point children Updated at

Around Marine Corps installations this time of year, the man in the bright red campaign hat can be seen handing out candy canes and maintaining Christmas cheer for all. Last week, Gunny Claus came out to greet families waiting for the return of Cherry Point-based Marines coming home for Christmas after a six month deployment to the Mediterranean with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Woman lost off Queen Mary cruise ship

The search for a British woman thought to have fallen overboard during a cruise on the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner has been called off. The alarm was raised when the ship was about 100 nautical miles south east of Atlantic City in New Jersey, and the US Coast Guard scrambled a plane and helicopter to help search for her.

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The New York Times neglected to mention Kellyanne Conway's achievement as the first woman to successfully manage a presidential campaign in its big report on her White House job. Although the story notes Conway is the top woman in the White House in her new role as counselor to the president, reporters Maggie Haberman and Michael Shear do not mention her achievement as campaign manager anywhere in the 25 paragraph-long story.

US defence bill: More security cooperation with India, conditional aid for Pakistan

Washington, Dec 24 : US President Barack Obama has signed a $618 billion defence policy bill which when in place, will enhance security cooperation with India. [NK US] The National Defence Authorization Act , which was passed by both the House and the Senate with veto-proof majorities earlier this month, was signed by Obama on Friday in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he is currently vacationing.

Backtalk: 12/24/2016

A DRESSING DOWN: What is someone from Burlington doing as a student at An Wang School? How come she didn't have a phone number for her mother? And isn't it time that we stopped sending our children to school in their pajamas? There was a time when girls had to wear a dress, or skirt and blouse, in the classroom. Now they are taught to be lazy in their school attire.

Israel Rejects Un Resolution On Israeli Settlements

Israel said on Friday night it "rejects" a resolution by the UN Security Council that demands an end to the Jewish settlements, and will not obey the resolution, reports China's Xinhua news agency. A fierce statement issued by the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the "despicable" resolution, which demands an immediate halt to the construction of settlements.

A wish list for next legislative session

With the 2016 election over and the jockeying well underway for position and power, we are being treated to various Kansas politicians - from the governor on down - determined to dampen our holiday spirits. In an effort to maintain some happiness and good humor in this season, it seems appropriate to send Santa a last minute wish list for the good people of Kansas.

James, Wade, looking to join NBA’s Christmas 300-point club

Tens of thousands of children from around the world plan to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and starting Saturday they will get a cheery answer about the mythical route from... Tens of thousands of children from around the world plan to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and starting Saturday they will get a cheery answer about the mythical route from a real... Republicans are poised to use their newly attained capitol dominance to make Missouri the 27th right-to-work state prohibiting mandatory union fees.

Vote on Israel could spur further action for U.N.

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses the United Nations Security Council, after the council voted on condemning Israel's settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at United Nations Headquarters. In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israel.

What truth? George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and the Trumpified political reality of 2016

In a diary he kept in 1942 , the novelist and essayist George Orwell recorded the disgust he felt for his contemporaries and the political discourse of his day, which was pervaded by intellectual dishonesty and callous partisanship: We are all drowning in filth. When I talk to anyone or read the writings of anyone who has any axe to grind, I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth.

When Tumbleweeds Attack

The image of a lonesome tumbleweed rolling across the plain is synonymous with the American West. But in eastern Colorado, tumbleweeds have become annual invaders, blocking roads and even burying houses.

Abe’s peaceful visit to Pearl Harbor will send a powerful message


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On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will stand with President Barack Obama in honouring the more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers killed in his country's Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, a date that lives in infamy, if not controversy. As the first Japanese leader to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the resting place of many of the U.S. Marines killed in the attack, Mr. Abe is taking a giant step forward that none of his postwar predecessors felt his country was ready or secure enough to watch its prime minister make.

Nuts & Bolts: Your questions answered

Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... Welcome back to another edition of Nuts & Bolts Guide . Every week, over the last year, we've covered some of the elements of a successful campaign.

Carrie Fisher in stable condition, Debbie Reynolds says

Fisher has repo... . A gathering of media personnel camp outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, where TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported actress Carrie Fisher had been taken after suffering a medical ... Authorities in central Maine say a man set his estranged wife's house on fire during the middle of the night before fatally stabbing himself in front of responding officers.

The Latest: Quiet morning for Obamas in Hawaii on Christmas

Authorities in central Maine say a man set his estranged wife's house on fire during the middle of the night before fatally stabbing himself in front of responding officers. A central Maine man set his estranged wife's house on fire during the middle of the night before fatally stabbing himself in front of responding officers, police said Sunday.

Obama accused of collaborating with Palestine as U.S. declines to veto anti-Israel resolution at UN


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In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the UN Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. In doing so, the outgoing Obama administration brushed aside Donald Trump's demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel's leadership.

India official met Trump national security adviser this week

India's national security adviser made a low-key visit to Washington earlier this week to meet with a senior aide to President-elect Donald Trump, Indian diplomats said Friday, in a sign of New Delhi's desire to forge close ties with the incoming U.S. administration. India's Ajit Doval met for more than one hour with Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser, and they discussed their respective security priorities, including counterterrorism.

Your Turn: December 25

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign protest during the Democratic National Convention in July 26, infuriated by reports that 60,000 emails were stolen by Russian hackers from the email account of John Podesta, campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton. A reader says U.S. intelligence officials must investigate the hacking.

Who’s to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss? She is

The party that has had a decadeslong soft spot toward Moscow and been reluctant to believe that the Kremlin might have aggressive intentions or, say, cheat on an arms-control agreement, is in a frenzy over Russian hacking that supposedly denied Hillary the victory that was rightfully hers. John Podesta , the chairman of a Hillary campaign that considered accepting the results of an election part of American writ as of about two months ago, refused several times on "Meet the Press" last week to say the presidential election was "free and fair."

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are behind a "shameful" draft anti-settlement resolution at the U.N. Security Council, a senior Israeli government official said on Friday. It was one of the harshest personal attacks by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Obama, coming in the final days of his presidency.

U.N. Security Council denounces Israeli settlements, U.S. abstains


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The United States yesterday allowed the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, Israel and some U.S. lawmakers who urged Washington to wield its veto. An abstention by the United States paved the way for the 15-member international body to approve the resolution, with 14 votes in favour, prompting applause in the council chamber.

Angels Among Us

"There is no question that America has been a nation that has been blessed by almighty God. There is no other nation in the history of mankind that has done what His nation has done."

Journal Junction for December 24

Anyone thinking about putting out feed for deer this winter should be aware that many leading authorities strongly recommend against putting out corn. Their digestive systems cannot process it in winter and it can be harmful or even fatal to them.

Minot improves flood insurance rating

Submitted Photo Mayor Chuck Barney signs FEMA paperwork giving Minot a Class 8 rating in the flood insurance program, which entitles residents in the flood hazard area to receive a 10 percent premium discount. City Engineer Lance Meyer looks on at right.

Minot AFB B-52s return home from Guam

Submitted Photo A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress taxis on the runway at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, Dec. 17, shown in this Air Force photo. Three B-52s from Minot Air Force Base deployed to Andersen for a short-term deployment to conduct local training sorties in the U.S. Pacific Command's area of responsibility.

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Fox NewsA s Juan Williams apparently had a very bad Thursday morning on Twitter , but out of respect for Kellyanne ConwayA s wishes seen in the video which follows the jump, I have resisted inspecting the carnage. Williams reacted to the news that President-Elect Trump has appointed Conway as Counselor to the President by, in Fox Business host Maria BartiromoA s words, "questioning, well, Kellyanne has four kids, how is she going to do it?" ConwayA s three-pronged response to Bartiromo, with two prongs quite sharpened, neither towards Williams, will be seen in that video.

In showdown with Trump, Obama allows anti-Israel resolution in Security Council

United Nations, Dec 24 : The conflicting world views of President Barack Obama and his successor-elect Donald Trump took the global stage on Friday when Obama refused to have an anti-Israel resolution vetoed in the Security Council in a signature departure from US policy of blocking measures critical of Israel. [NK Middle East] The Security Council condemned the Israel building of settlements on the West bank and East Jerusalem in a show of defiance by both the Council members and the Obama administration against Trump who wanted it vetoed.

FBI warns of possible IS-inspired attacks in US

US federal authorities cautioned local law enforcement on Friday to be aware that supporters of Islamic State have been calling for their sympathisers to attack holiday gatherings in the United States, including churches, a law enforcement official said. The notice from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security was issued out of an abundance of caution after a publicly available list of US churches was published on pro-Islamic State websites.

US lets UN denounce Israeli settlements

A construction site is seen in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Friday allowed the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, defying heavy pressure from long-time ally Israel and President-elect Donald Trump for Washington to wield its veto. A US abstention paved the way for the 15-member council to approve the resolution, with 14 votes in favor, prompting applause in the council chamber.