Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he supports calls for apardon for an Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter after he shot a Palestinian attacker who was lying wounded on the ground. Prosecutors said the killing by Sergeant Elor Azaria in the occupied West Bank was an act ofrevenge. But prominent figures in Mr. Netanyahu's cabinet have criticized the verdict.
The Republican Vice President elect Mike Pence has said the process of repealing Obama care will begin on Donald Trump's first day in office. After meeting with Republican congressional leaders, Mr. Pence said the president elect was working on a series of executive orders to allow for an orderly transition to a new healthcare system. But he gave few details.
The President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nie to has named the former finance minister Luis Videgaray as his new foreign minister. Mr. Videgaray is one of the president's closest aides, but was sacked in September following criticism of a visit he’d arranged to Mexico by Donald Trump.
The German prosecutor's office has confirmed the detention of a second Tunisian suspect in connection with the attack on a Berlin Christmas market. Official said the men had dinner and talked extensively with the killer Anis Amri at a restaurant on the eve of the attack. But they said they didn't yet have enough information to make a formal arrest.
A court in South Carolina has started a hearing to decide whether the white supremacist Dylann Roof should receive the death penalty for the murder of nine black church goers in Charleston in 2015. In his opening statement, Roof insisted there was nothing wrong with him psychologically, apparently contradicting his lawyers who said he was not mentally fit.
A 105-year-old French cyclist Robert Marchand has created a new record bycycling 22.547km in an hour. BBC news.