Delivering his Christmas Day address to tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis appealed for fraternity and peace, especially in violent conflicts around the world. In his “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and to the World”) address, Francis urged the embrace of fraternity in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the wars in Syria and Yemen, the “clash of arms” in Africa and the conflicts in Korea and Ukraine.
An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday, the second immigrant child to die in detention this month. Border patrol apprehended the father and son on Dec. 18 for illegal entry, 3.29 miles west of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas. “This is a tragic loss,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan in a statement.
An hours-long gun and suicide attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 43 people, the health ministry said on Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest assaults on the Afghan capital this year. Another 10 people were wounded in Monday’s massacre on a site where the ministry of public works and an office that handles pensions and benefits for war veterans are located, spokesman Waheed Majroh said.
Thailand approved marijuana for medical use and research on Tuesday, the first legalization of the drug in a region with some of the world’s strictest drug laws. The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in an extra parliamentary session handling a rush of bills before the New Year’s holidays.
Japanese stocks plunged Tuesday and other Asian markets declined following heavy Wall Street losses triggered by President Trump’s attack on the U.S. central bank. Wall Street indexes fell more than 2 percent Monday after Mr. Trump tweeted that the Federal Reserve Board was the U.S. economy’s “only problem.”
Actor Kevin Spacey will be charged with indecent assault and battery, stemming from an incident that took place at a Nantucket, Massachusetts restaurant in 2016, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced Monday. Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned on January 7. The announcement coincides with Spacey posting a bizarre video to YouTube entitled, “Let Me Be Frank.” The title is a play on Spacey’s former “House of Cards” character, Frank Underwood.