{FD} Philippine president declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine president has declared a Christmas truce with communist guerrillas and urges them to reciprocate the goodwill gesture after recently scrapping peace talks with the insurgents and declaring them as terrorists.

{FD} Macron slams Assad for comments on France supporting terror

French president Emmanuel Macron has hit back at Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad’s allegations that France supported terrorism in Syria, insisting that the US-led international coalition should be credited for the military successes against the Islamic State.

{FD} Christmas market attack found them unprepared, German officials say on anniversary

As Germany commemorated the one-year anniversary of a Christmas market attack in Berlin that killed 12 people, government officials admitted Tuesday they were “not sufficiently prepared” to handle the attack and support the victims.

{FD} Al-Qaida divisions may aid Assad as he eyes Syria’s Idlib

As President Bashar Assad seeks to reassert his authority in Idlib, the only remaining province in Syria where his forces have almost no presence, he may be aided there by deep fractures within al-Qaida, the militant group that dominates the region.

{FD} The Latest: UK base incident not being treated as terrorism

The Latest on the police response at a British air base used by U.S. Air Force (all times local): 6:30 p.m. British police investigating what they called a disturbance at an English military air base used by the U.S. Air Force say the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

{FD} Pakistan church suicide attack that killed 9 prompts security increase

Pakistani officials stepped up security across the country on Monday after two suicide bombers stormed a church packed with worshippers attending pre-Christmas service, killing 9 people and injuring dozens of others — an attack the Islamic State claimed responsibility for on Sunday.

{FD} US Army sergeant killed in Niger attack not captured, despite reports

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four U.S. soldiers killed Oct. 4 in Niger when ambushed by Islamic extremists, was neither captured nor executed at close range, two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News on Sunday.

{FD} Australian bank faces more charges from financial watchdog

Australia’s financial crime intelligence agency has widened its allegations against the country’s largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, of failing to comply with measures to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing.

{FD} The Latest: Saudis, UAE pledge $100 to anti-terror force

The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to fight the jihadi threat in Africa’s Sahel region.

{FD} The Latest: Saudis, UAE pledge $130M to anti-terror force

The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to fight the jihadi threat in Africa’s Sahel region.

{FD} Port Authority bomber reportedly wasn’t on Bangladeshi terror watch lists

Authorities in Bangladesh have said the man suspected of attempting to detonate a pipe bomb at New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday was not on the country’s terror watch list.

{FD} Australian city of Melbourne to test terrorism alarm system

Melbourne will test a terrorism alarm system this month after police thwarted two alleged plots targeting Christmas-New Year crowds and a lone driver killed six pedestrians in the last year in Australia’s second-largest city.