{FD} EU distances itself from Trump with comment on Jerusalem

A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their “firm commitment” to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

{FD} Haley says missile parts prove Iran violating UN resolutions

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday that she had “undeniable” evidence that Iran has been funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of U.N. resolutions.

{FD} Holocaust survivors worldwide celebrate Hanukkah

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors are taking part in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York — part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that’s being organized by the Jewish Claims Conference.

{FD} Hunger at the doors of Damascus, as government blocks aid

At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad’s forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking trucks filled with humanitarian relief.

{FD} The Latest: Syrian government won’t talk with opposition

The Latest on developments in Syria’s conflict and he U.N.-sponsored talks in Geneva (all times local): 5 p.m.

{FD} 3,100 migrants repatriated from Libya in recent days

The European Union and African Union say at least 3,100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks.

{FD} Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism

Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government’s decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

{FD} Kosovo acquits a Turkish man detained on terror charges

A Kosovo court has acquitted a Turkish man of terror charges and will not extradite him to Turkey.

{FD} The Latest: Turkey suggests opening embassy to Palestine

The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fallout from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local): 2 p.m. Turkey’s top diplomat says it plans to open an embassy in east Jerusalem once the world recognizes an independent Palestinian state.

{FD} Hamas marks 30th anniversary at low point of Gaza rule

Many thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that dominates the territory.

{FD} Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt’s Aswan

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan.

{FD} Turkish coast guard in dramatic rescue of stranded migrants

Turkey’s official news agency says the coast guard has launched a dramatic rescue operation to evacuate migrants stranded on rocks in the Aegean Sea.

{FD} UN Syria envoy urges Putin to have ‘courage’ to push Assad

The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution.

{FD} Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub

Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops.

{FD} Israel stages airstrikes in Gaza Strip, response to rockets

The Israeli military says it has carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to new rocket attacks.

{FD} UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers.

{FD} Egyptian singer sentenced to prison for racy music video involving banana

An Egyptian female pop singer was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after she was convicted of promoting debauchery for a racy music video that featured her provocatively eating a banana.

{FD} The Latest: Saudis, UAE pledge $100 to anti-terror force

The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to fight the jihadi threat in Africa’s Sahel region.

{FD} The Latest: Saudis, UAE pledge $130M to anti-terror force

The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to fight the jihadi threat in Africa’s Sahel region.

{FD} Muslim leaders attending Istanbul summit on Jerusalem

Leaders of the Muslim world gathered at an extraordinary summit in Turkey on Wednesday to coordinate a “unified action” against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.