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Short Roundup today, news is taking a day off the usual websites I go around to. Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas!

International Developments

Overall

– How do people across the world celebrate Christmas?

“A team of scientists and members of the public who have been retracing the footsteps of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911 have become trapped in heavy ice a few miles from the coast of Antarctica.

– “Conditions of Apartheid

– Pope Francis: Atheists, work with us for peace

– Al-Qaeda leader is targeting U.N. workers in Syria

Middle East

– Syrian government and rebels agree to a truce in a town near Damascus to provide aid to civilians

– “A Syrian human rights group says more than 400 people have been killed during a government bombardment of rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo, and more than one-quarter of the victims are children.”

– Great to hear. “Israeli actors sit out show at settlement theater”

– “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed disappointment Wednesday that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has failed to condemn fresh attacks on Israelis, as a watchdog questioned the legality of Israeli reprisals.

– “War-weary” Syrian artists use black humor on Christmas

– U.S. drone has killed four “suspected militants” in North Waziristan, Pakistan

– Bombs exploded on Christians in Iraq as at least 37 have died and at least 60 were wounded

– “Why Are We in Afghanistan?

– “After a lengthy debate at the Knesset Wednesday, an overwhelming 106 of the 120 Knesset members signed off on an official request to US President Barack Obama to free American-Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard after 28 years of incarceration.

– “Wounded by Apartheid Wall, Occupied Bethlehem Hopes for Pilgrimage Revival

– Pope Francis: We need aid to Syria

– “Israel plans to announce a push for more construction in Jewish settlements when it frees two dozen Palestinian prisoners next week, an Isra

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.