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Members of the Security Council vote during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Photo: Reuters)

UN Council Backs Libya Peace Deal, no Western Air Strikes Sought

The Security Council endorsed a UN-brokered agreement among Libya’s warring factions to form a national unity government, a deal Western powers hope will bring stability and help to combat the growing Islamic State presence.

Suspected Boko Haram Fighters Launch Four Strikes on Lake Chad Area

Suspected Boko Haram militants launched four attacks over 24 hours on villages in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, killing at least seven people, security and administrative sources said.

Somber Christmas for Iraq’s Christians Under Threat From Islamic State

With Christmas falling this year a day after Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, the city of Baghdad is holding Christmas celebrations in a sign of brotherhood with Iraq’s hard-pressed Christian community.

Star Wars’ Takes Chinese Social Media by Storm, Flirts With Record Release

After a mammoth marketing campaign, growing online chatter in China around Star Wars: The Force Awakens suggests the latest instalment of the hit franchise has a shot at breaking box office records in the world’s second-largest movie market.

Cameron’s Office to Probe Why British Muslim Family Barred From US

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said it is looking into the case of a family of 11 British Muslims who were refused permission to board a flight from London to Los Angeles to visit Disneyland.

Trump Rips up Rule Book of US ‘Retail Politics’

While many of US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s rivals for the party’s 2016 nomination devoted many hours to shaking hands with voters at diners and corner stores in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Trump has so far eschewed such traditional “retail politics” in favour of large, high-profile rallies and television appearances.

Black Lives Matter Holds ‘Black Xmas’ Protests in Minnesota, California

Black Lives Matter held demonstrations in Minnesota and California to protest against police killings of unarmed blacks, dubbing the day “Black Xmas” to show it could affect the economy on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Competency Evaluation Ordered for Accused Planned Parenthood Gunman

The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine others in a Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he insisted on acting as his own lawyer.

As MLB Seeks Legal Entry to Cuba, Obama Considers Playing Ball

Major League Baseball has asked the US government for special permission to sign players in Cuba, handing the administration of President Barack Obama an opportunity to try some baseball diplomacy while dealing a setback to human traffickers.

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