The Brief

Pope Francis Celebrates Christmas Night Mass
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Pope's Message on Migrants

Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced to leave homelands for a better life, or just for survival


Guatemala to Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala's president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump in ordering the change


Star Wars Dominates Box Office Again

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is continuing its dominance over the movie galaxy as expected, outpacing three new releases. The eighth installment in the Disney-owned space saga is expected to add another nearly $69 million over the weekend

Alexei Navalny

Putin Opponent Nominated

Hundreds of supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny nominated him for president, allowing Navalny to ready endorsement papers and putting pressure on the Kremlin to allow him to run

Andrew McCabe

Trump Criticizes FBI Deputy Director

President Donald Trump questioned the impartiality of the deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, who is planning to retire in the months ahead after being buffeted by attacks over alleged anti-Trump bias in the agency

White House blames N. Korea for massive cyberattack in May

North Korea Lashes Out at U.N. Sanctions

North Korea rejected tighter United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear expansion, describing the move as an “act of war” and vowing to avenge U.S. sympathizers who approved it

U.S. President Donald Trump Departs The White House To Travel To Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Judge Partially Lifts Trump Ban on Refugees

A federal judge in Seattlepartially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States

Pete Hoekstra

Ambassador to Netherlands Apologizes

In a bizarre exchange, Pete Hoekstra accused Dutch journalist Wouter Zwart of peddling "fake news." Then when confronted with video evidence, he denied saying "fake news" moments before. It was all caught on camera

"Meteor Shower" Broadway Opening Night

Real Housewives Star Arrested

A star of the reality television series The Real Housewives of New York City has been arrested in Florida. Court records show 52-year-old Luann de Lesseps was booked into jail on multiple charges

2016 Miss America Competition - Show

Miss America CEO Resigns

Miss America CEO Sam Haskell has resigned two days after leaked emails revealed he made disparaging comments about contest winners. The current board chairwoman is also leaving the organization