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 CorkerState spokesman: Why nominate people for jobs that may be eliminated? The Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Foreign Relations chair: Erdogan referendum win 'not something to applaud' 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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