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In this photo provided by the Australian Government Royal Commission, Commissioner Justice Peter McClellan, second left, shakes hands with Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, fourth right, at the signing ceremony and the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse at Government House, in Canberra, Dec. 15, 2017. The commission delivered its final 17-volume report and 189 recommendations following a wide-ranging investigation. (Jeremy Piper/Australian Government Royal Commission via AP)

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

- Associated Press

An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.

White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten second from left, Rabbis Abraham Shemtov, left, Levi Shemtov and Nachman Holtzberg, right, light the National Hanukkah Menorah, at the Ellipse, near the White House during a lighting ceremony marking the beginning of the celebration of the Hanukkah, Sunday Dec.. 21, 2008. Associated Press.

Hanukkah celebrations set amid security concerns

- The Washington Times

The eight nights of Hanukkah begin at sundown Tuesday with public menorah lightings scheduled in the District and across the country, as Jewish groups say they have taken steps to ensure a peaceful holiday.