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JERUSALEM (AP) — Relations between the United States and Israel are showing further signs of strain ahead of a speech by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. A senior Israeli Cabinet is calling Kerry's planned Mideast policy speech a "pathetic step." Israel is furious over last week's refusal by the U.S. to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution opposing Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says troops have arrested the brother of a senior member of the Islamic militant group Hamas. Officials say the brother was arrested last month after he entered Israel, and that he's "revealed sensitive information regarding Hamas activity" about the group's tunnel system and use of civilian areas in the 2014 war with Israel, including a hospital.
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've detained a Tunisian man suspected of possible involvement in last week's truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. The 40-year-old man's telephone number was saved in the cellphone of Anis Amri, a fellow Tunisian believed to have driven a truck into the market, killing 12 people. Amri was killed in a shootout with police in Italy.
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish and Russian officials are said to be discussing the outlines of a cease-fire for Syria. That word comes from Syrian opposition factions. Several rebel groups say, however, that they are withholding their approval of any agreement until they receive details. Turkey's official news agency says Ankara and Moscow have reached an agreement, but there was no confirmation from state officials.
TOKYO (AP) — The president of a top Japanese advertising company says he will resign to take responsibility for the suicide of an employee who had worked massive overtime in her first months on the job. The 24-year-old worker was clocking 100 hours of overtime a month before she jumped from her company dorm balcony in December 2015. The government ruled in September that overwork caused her death.
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