Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of ‘when, not if’: Israel’s prime minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of “when, not if” he moves his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. source

Venezuela offers help probing alleged planned attack on Colombia president

Venezuela’s government is willing to help investigate a plot to assassinate Colombian President Ivan Duque, in which three Venezuelan nationals arrested in Colombia may be suspects, foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said. source

U.N. says Yemen Houthis’ redeployment in Hodeidah should respect Stockholm deal

The United Nations welcomed on Sunday any redeployment of Yemen’s Houthi forces in the port city of Hodeidah, but said this should be independently verified to ensure it is in line with the Stockholm ceasefire agreement. source

Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July: election body

Afghanistan’s presidential election will be postponed by three months to July 20 to give authorities more time to organize the ballot, election authorities announced on Sunday, following mounting speculation of a delay. source

Bangladesh PM takes big lead as opposition rejects poll alleging vote rigging

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party took a big lead over the opposition in a national election on Sunday, early results and trends showed, in a poll that was marred by allegations of vote rigging and violence that killed 17 people. source

Delays blight Congo’s presidential vote as opposition cries foul

Long queues, broken-down machines and torrential rain in the capital disrupted voting in Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-anticipated presidential poll on Sunday, as the opposition alleged widespread irregularities. source

Germany’s Kramp-Karrenbauer more popular than mentor Merkel: poll

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats, heads into 2019 more popular than Chancellor Angela Merkel, who supported her rise to the top of their party, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. source

Man in Japan orders female store clerk to prostrate herself over misunderstanding with his change

”I’ll kill you! Get down on your knees!” customer orders convenience store cashier. While it’d be an exaggeration to call them “rules,” Japan has lots of little manners points that customers are expected to follow when shopping at convenience stores. And on the flip side, there are certain operating procedures that the employees generally follow […]

NewsWatch: Here’s why stock-market bulls are banking on January to steady the ship

Investors say further clarity on U.S.-China trade negotiations, the Federal Reserve’s policy intentions next year, and a raft of strong economic data could finally give investors the confidence to dive back into equities – but that could be months away source