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Today you'll read about the latest grim news out of Gaza, disappearing Apple watches, and why Donald Trump wants electric car owners to "rot in hell."
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THE BIG NEWS
A Tour Through Middle Eastern Conflicts: Biden Orders Air Strikes in Iraq
- US Launches Air Strikes Against Iraqi Militants In response to a drone attack that injured three US troops, President Joe Biden ordered a retaliatory air strike against Iranian-sponsored militias in Iraq. Armed groups have stepped up attacks on US positions since Israel began its most recent military campaign in Gaza. via ABC News.
- Israeli Bombing Kills UN Aid Worker and Relatives An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed a longtime UN aid worker and 70 members of his extended family. At least 136 UN workers have died in the conflict. via The Guardian and UN chief Antonio Guterres.
- Israel Working on Expelling Palestinians from Gaza Echoing comments from other Israeli government officials, Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday that his government was pushing for "voluntary immigration" from Gaza. With the Palestinian enclave's infrastructure and housing devastated by Israeli air strikes, many observers fear that Israel will use the opportunity to force Gazans into Egypt's Sinai peninsula. via Yisrael Hayom.
- US Launches Operation to Secure Red Sea Shipping Lanes The United States is now leading a multi-lateral naval operation to stymie attacks on cargo ships by Yemen's Houthi rebels. The Houthis are focusing their attacks on ships leaving or heading to Israel. The attacks caused some shipping companies to reroute traffic around the southern tip of Africa. via Associated Press.
- At Least 100 Dead in a Single IDF Air Strike Israeli forces bombed a refugee camp in central Gaza on Monday, killing at least 100 people. Overall, 250 Palestinians were reported killed in 24 hours on Monday. via PBS News Hour.
- Iranian Commander Killed in Syria An apparent Israeli air strike killed a high-level commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the military organization that directs Iranian policy in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere. Iranian officials promised retribution for the attack. via BBC News.
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Pope Francis: Our Hearts Are In Bethlehem
Pope Francis has amplified his criticism of Israel's war in Gaza. "Tonight, our hearts are in Bethlehem, where the Prince of Peace is once more rejected by the futile logic of war, by the clash of arms that even today prevents him from finding room in the world," he said in a Christmas Eve homily. Praying for peace in Israel and Palestine, the Pontiff lamented the "desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza" while calling for Hamas to release Israeli hostages. He had previously described an Israeli air strike on a Gaza church as "terrorism."
- Rudy Giuliani Owes Hunter Biden Money Rudy Giuliani, who was recently ordered to pay $148 million in a defamation lawsuit, apparently owes Hunter Biden some money. How much isn't clear – the news emerged from Giuliani's personal bankruptcy filing – but Biden sued Giuliani in September for allegedly trying to hack his devices. via Newsweek.
- Russian Opposition Leader Was Lost, Now Found Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner and Putin bête noire who was imprisoned in 2021, has been located in a Russian penal colony above the Arctic circle. His location had been unknown for several weeks. via CBS News.
- Cal State Faculty Threatens to Strike Again After striking over wages and work conditions earlier this month, faculty at the California State University system are threatening to strike again. They're expected to be joined by university workers affiliated with the Teamsters union, and this time, the strikes could affect the entire CSU system. via ABC and The Tribune.
- Apple Watches Taken Off Store Shelves Due to a patent dispute over its blood-oxygen tracking feature, Apple has been forced to take certain models of its smart watches out of stores. Company engineers have been furiously working to retool the feature. via CNN.
That's how many Palestinian journalists have been killed by Israeli forces in less than three months, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Some sources put the number of dead journalists and media workers closer to 100. Israel's military campaign in Gaza has been one of the deadliest for journalists in recorded history.
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"Included also are World Leaders, both good and bad, but none of which are as evil and “sick” as the THUGS we have inside our Country who, with their Open Borders, INFLATION, Afghanistan Surrender, Green New Scam, High Taxes, No Energy Independence, Woke Military, Russia/Ukraine, Israel/Iran, All Electric Car Lunacy, and so much more, are looking to destroy our once great USA. MAY THEY ROT IN HELL. AGAIN, MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
-- From a Truth Social post by former President Donald Trump, who was apparently issuing holiday greetings with a special reminder for electric car owners to "rot in hell."
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