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Obama Approves Guidelines To Broaden Operation In Afghanistan
President Obama approved guidelines allowing the Pentagon to target the Taliban in Afghanistan and to conduct air strikes supporting Afghan operations when needed, U.S. officials said Friday. The move expands on plans originally setup for next year. One U.S. official said the military could only go after the Taliban if it endangered American forces or if it directly supported Al Qaeda. The U.S. plans to end the American combat mission in Afghanistan and prepare for a much narrower counterterrorism operation in the next two years. Previous plans limited the military to only counterterrorism operations. Fox News

Israel Demolishes Homes As Killers' Families Pay Price For Terror Attacks
The home of Ghassan Abu Jamal has a beautiful view of Jabel Mukaber. It looks over a small valley with olive trees and grazing sheep. It also stinks here, the distinctive raw sewage smell of what's known locally as "skunk water," sprayed by Israeli police as a riot-control measure. And when you walk down the road to the Abu Jamal family's East Jerusalem home, you tread on the metal remains of tear gas canisters. On Tuesday Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Uday walked into a synagogue in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. Armed with meat cleavers, they attacked the worshipers inside, hacking at them with the knives. They killed four rabbis and a police officer before they were shot dead at the scene. CNN

FBI Arrests Two Would-Be Ferguson Bomb Suspects
Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters. Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets on Friday, came ahead of the grand jury's widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges. Reuters

Kerry Checks With Allies As Clock Ticks On Iran Nuke Deal
Secretary of State John Kerry said he was calling and meeting with American allies Saturday on how to overcome obstacles to reach a nuclear deal with Iran just days ahead of a key deadline. Frank-Walter Steinmeier is Germany's foreign minister. Kerry also said he had met with European Union envoy Catherine Ashton, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. MSNBC


Obama Denies Immigration Plan Is ‘Amnesty’
President Obama told Americans Saturday that his action granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants is “certainly not amnesty, no matter how often critics say it.” “Amnesty is the immigration system we have today — millions of people living here without paying their taxes, or playing by the rules,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “And the actions I took this week will finally start fixing that.” Washington Times

Biden Announces New Aid For Syrian Refugees
Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad. Biden announced $135 million in new U.S. aid for Syrian civilians, including some for Turkey, which is hosting 1.6 million refugees, but the two leaders didn't offer details about how they were working together to ramp up Ankara's role in the international coalition's fight against IS fighters in neighboring Syria and Iraq. ABC

Obamacare Users Would Move To Low-Cost Plans Under U.S. Proposal
Obamacare customers who choose to re-enroll in insurance plans would automatically default to cheaper coverage during sign-up periods, protecting them from price increases, under rules proposed by the U.S. government. The rules, which wouldn’t apply until the 2016 benefit year, were released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The changes, which also include requirements for insurers on the transparency of their rate increases, are open to public comment. Bloomberg


Federal Watchdogs Uncover Thousands Of Lost Lerner Emails
As many as 30,000 lost emails from Lois Lerner -- the ex-IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting scandal -- have been recovered by federal investigators. he IRS has already turned over thousands of Lerner emails to congressional investigators but has said the remainder are gone forever because Lerner’s hard-drive crashed in 2011. And in June, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that back-up tapes containing the missing emails had been destroyed. “The IRS has continually dragged its feet, changed its story, and been less than forthcoming with information related to its egregious violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights,” said Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has spearheaded congressional probes on the issue. Fox

Strong Earthquake Shakes Japan's Nagano Area
A strong earthquake shook central Japan's Nagano region on Saturday night, injuring several people and collapsing a building in area village, the country's Kyodo News Agency reported, citing firefighters. Reports of the intensity of the quake, centered in the Nagano area at 10:08 p.m., differed. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported it was a 6.8 magnitude temblor; the U.S. Geological Survey said it was magnitude 6.2. The Nagano fire department said several people were injured, Kyodo News Agency reported. Details about the injuries weren't immediately available. CNN

Obama Seeks Support For Immigration Plan, Blasts Boehner
President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration overhaul unilaterally, Obama attempted to rally support for his move in a speech at a Las Vegas high school, saying illegal immigrants need a chance to come out of the shadows. He engaged in a cross-country debate with Boehner, the top U.S. Republican, who accused Obama in Washington of sabotaging chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block his executive actions. Reuters

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U.S. Embassy Warns Citizens To Avoid Mexican Resort Of Acapulco
The American embassy in Mexico has advised U.S. citizens to avoid Acapulco, a Pacific coastal resort once known for hosting glamorous jet-setters but which has lately been rocked by unrest and violence. The embassy also warned about "protests and violent incidents" that hit Guerrero, the state the city is in, after the disappearance of 43 students there in late September. "Embassy personnel have been instructed to defer non-essential travel to Acapulco, by air or land," according to a statement issued Friday. "The Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines." MSNBC

‘Biden Get Out!’: VP Given Rough Reception By Turkish Protesters
Turkey is now hosting an estimated 1.6 million refugees from Syria. More than 190,000 Syrians from Kobani, a Syrian town near the border, flee to Turkey in recent weeks. About 300 people have protested U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Turkey, chanting: “Biden get out. This country is ours.” The demonstration occurred on the European side of Istanbul on Saturday, as Biden was on his way to a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Asian side of the city. Washington Times

Flights Resume At Detroit Airport After Ice Delays
Flights have resumed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing. Airport spokesman Michael Conway said all four parallel runways have reopened but flights stopped for a couple hours Saturday morning when the entire airfield "iced over at once." Overnight crews applied de-icing fluid and sand, but he says freezing rain "overwhelmed our work." Conway says a Delta Air Lines plane arriving from Portland, Oregon, landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. All passengers were safely removed and bused to the terminal. A Delta spokesman said that none of the 160 passengers or six crew members were injured. ABC


U.S. Stocks Climb For 5th WeekOn Economy
U.S. stocks gained for a fifth week, with benchmark indexes reaching all-time highs, on signs the U.S. economy is improving and central banks from China to Europe are taking additional stimulus measures. Energy and raw-material stocks advanced as oil climbed for the first time in eight weeks. Caterpillar Inc. paced gains among industrials as China cut its benchmark interest rates for the first time since July 2012 and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said he will do what is necessary to raise inflation. Best Buy Co. jumped 7.2 percent as retailers surged amid better-than-estimated earnings. Bloomberg

Hitler Watercolor Sold For $162,000 At Auction
A watercolor of Munich's old city hall painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago has been sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted bidders from four continents and went to a buyer from the Middle East. She declined to elaborate. The painting, which had been expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros, was sold by a pair of elderly sisters whose grandfather purchased it in 1916. Hitler's paintings surface regularly, but the auction house said the 28 by 22 centimeter (11 by 8.5 inch) scene auctioned Saturday also includes the original bill of sale and a signed letter from the Hitler's adjutant, Albert Bormann, brother of the Nazi dictator's private secretary Martin Bormann. Las Vegas Sun

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China Building Island Big Enough For Airstrip In Disputed Waters
Satellite images show China building an island on a reef near the disputed Spratly Islands. The new island could be big enough to hold the country's first airstrip in the South China Sea. Defense publication IHS Jane's said satellite images taken on August 8 and November 14 show Chinese dredgers have created a land mass along Fiery Cross Reef almost as long as the reef itself. The new island is more than 3,000 meters (about two miles) long and between 200 and 300 meters (660 to 980 feet) wide. Dredgers are also creating a harbor that would be big enough for tankers and major surface combatants, the publication said. UPI

FCC Chairman: No Timeline For New Net Neutrality Rules
The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission said Friday the agency has no public timetable to develop and vote on the new net neutrality rules because it's trying to defend against the inevitable litigation. Earlier this month President Barack Obama called on the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a utility, subjecting Internet service providers to Title II regulation. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters the agency is working to make sure the new rules will stand up in court, despite pressure from neutrality advocates to fast-track the issue. UPI

Iraq Troops Battle Islamic State In Ramadi, Anbar Province
Iraq's army has launched an operation to retake parts of Ramadi, a city largely controlled by Islamic State. Saturday's fighting has focused on eastern suburbs of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, located 130km (80 miles) west of the capital Baghdad. Iraqi officials say that during the operation, soldiers found the bodies of Sunni tribesmen killed by Islamic State for opposing the group. IS militants - also Sunnis - have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria. The jihadists control almost all of Anbar, despite operations by the Iraqi army backed by air strikes from the US and its allies. BBC

Ebola Crisis Now 'Stable' In Guinea, WHO Says
The Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says. There were still some flare ups in the south-east, but things were improving in other prefectures, WHO co-ordinator Dr Guenael Rodier told the BBC. More than 5,400 people have died in the latest outbreak, with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia the worst hit. The outbreak can be ended by mid-2015 if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. But he warned that although the rate of new cases was slowing in parts of West Africa, Mali - where six people have died and a seventh case has been reported - was now of deep concern. BBC

Saudi Man Released From Guantánamo In Rebuke Of Republican Opposition
The Obama administration announced the release of another Guantánamo Bay detainee on Saturday, rebuking recent calls from congressional Republicans to stop the transfers entirely. A Saudi man who has spent 12 years at the wartime detention facility, Muhammed Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, will return to Saudi Arabia and enter the kingdom’s rehabilitation program. The transfer brings the detainee population of a prison Barack Obama has vowed for six years to close down to 142 men, 72 of whom the Pentagon considers pose little enough threat as to be eligible for transfer. Zahrani is the seventh man the administration has transferred out of Guantánamo in two weeks, and the 13th in 2014. Guardian

Woman Dies After Airport Scanner Interferes With Her Pacemaker
A woman fitted with a pacemaker has died after passing through an airport scanner in the southern Russian town of Ulan-Ude. Diana Tolstova, 30, died in the airport minutes after passing through the scanner. Her husband Maxim, 33, said that they had provided papers proving that Mrs Tolstova was fitted with the heart device – which is adversely affected by airport scanners. "I don’t know what happened but she went through it anyway," he told Central European News agency. "When we got to the departure gate she began to feel dizzy and suddenly collapsed. Telegraph

Ukraine's Field Army Digs In For Separatist Offensive
The earth from the trenches is freshly dug and the concrete of the newly-installed pillbox blemishless. The metal cage that protects it from rocket-propelled grenades is already covered in a thick layer of ice. It is hardly the Maginot line. But Ukraine commanders say that these new positions are meant to halt a blitzkrieg that Russian-backed rebels are rumoured to be readying 30 miles to the east. “They know if they come this way they won’t even get five kilometres,” said the Ukrainian officer showing off the fresh earth works. “As soon as they come out of the city, into the open, they’ll be totalled.” Telegraph

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