In other news:
An al Qaeda-inspired group rejected a short holiday truce in Syria. [Associated Press]
Meanwhile, a New York Times reporter embedded with Bashar Assad's army tells the story of the war in Syria from the government's side.
Sudan is accusing Israel of attacking a munitions factory in Khartoum, The Associated Press reports. Sudan is suspected of smuggling arms to Hamas-controlled Gaza, which has fired more than 60 into Israel over the past two days. [The New York Times].
Republicans are getting used to the idea of having Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerSchumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal Will Rubio vote for Tillerson? Senators wrestle with whether to back Tillerson MORE (R-Tenn.) take the top GOP spot on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. [Foreign Policy]
A local guard force contractor failed to provide replacement protection to the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan during a three-day guard strike in June 2011, the State Department's inspector general said in a report.
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