Sunday, December 25, 2016

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Grace, unwrapped: Sometimes the instinctive gifts turn out to be the best
Ask people about the best thing they’ve ever given to someone else, and their memory search stretches beyond the cheery rituals of Christmas. Ask about the gift that meant the most to both the recipient and the giver, and people talk about the most unexpected of moments, gifts that were neither neatly wrapped nor intricately planned.

Thousands of faithful celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem
Thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world together with local Christians gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus, with spirits lifted by a slowdown in recent violence and cool, clear weather.

In Christmas message, pope laments plight of children in war, poverty
Pope Francis urged Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus by thinking about the plight of today's children, bemoaning how some must escape bombs or flee in migrant boats and how others are prevented from being born at all.

Marking the first night of Hanukkah in Kabul
At sundown on Saturday, Navy Lt. Lauren Sucher and Navy Chief Petty Officer Kent Frosch stepped outside at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Israel's Netanyahu lashes out at Obama over UN vote
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 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.

After Berlin attack, Europe weighs freedom against security
Europe's open borders symbolize liberty and forward thinking — but they increasingly look like the continent's Achilles' heel. Europe's No. 1 terrorism suspect crossed at least two borders this week despite an international manhunt, and was felled only by chance, in a random ID check.

Investigators hunt supply network for slain Berlin attacker
Investigators on Saturday worked to determine if the Berlin Christmas market attacker got any logistical support to cross at least two European borders and evade capture for days before being killed in a police shootout in a Milan suburb.

Germans must leave home Christmas morning as WWII bomb is defused
More than 54,000 people in the southern German city of Augsburg must leave their homes Christmas morning while authorities defuse a giant 1.8-ton aerial bomb from World War II.


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