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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has delivered a farewell speech in which he said expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem are leading to an "irreversible one-state reality." During his remarks at the State Department, Kerry defended the U.S. decision to let stand a U.N. Security Council resolution declaring the settlements illegal.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister is calling Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast policy speech a "great disappointment." Speaking on Israeli TV, Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Kerry for criticizing Israel at a time when the region is "going up in flames." He accused Kerry of focusing heavily on Israeli settlements, while paying little attention to Palestinian incitement and violence.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition factions say Turkey and Russia are discussing a broader Syrian cease-fire after brokering the deal that evacuated rebel-held eastern Aleppo. But a number of rebel groups say they won't agree to anything until they get more details. All previous attempts at enforcing a nationwide cease-fire in Syria have failed.

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have detained a Tunisian man in connection with last week's truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. Twelve people died in the attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Prosecutors have until tomorrow evening to determine whether the case against the man is strong enough for them to seek a formal arrest warrant.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City Uber driver is boasting that he drove through 240 green traffic lights before hitting a red light. Noah Forman says he achieved the feat during a 27-minute drive through Manhattan at around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 6. Forman recorded his late-night accomplishment on video and posted it on YouTube. Forman tells the Daily News he'd like to eventually double his record.

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