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Migrant family members move into a hole to cross under the U.S. border wall, aided by two local guides, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many Central American migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall illegally and hand themselves in to Border Patrol agents to request asylum. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

More than 3,000 illegals caught in one day: DHS

- The Washington Times

The government snared more than 3,000 immigrants who illegally attempting to cross into the U.S. in just one day last week, the Trump administration’s top border official told Congress on Tuesday, saying the situation qualifies as a full-blown “crisis.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a monument to the Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Solzhenitsyn, whose books exposed the horrors of Soviet prison camps, died in 2008. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Secretive State Dept. offensive targets propaganda, ‘deep fakes’

- The Washington Times

The State Department is ramping up a secretive counter-propaganda center to fight Russian disinformation efforts in nearly two dozen nations as part of what Trump administration officials say is an expanding push to crush Moscow’s “fake news” influence operations around the world.

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President Donald Trump speaks to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during a meeting with Democratic leadership in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

- Associated Press

Congressional leaders on Wednesday were digging in for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the likelihood of a partial government shutdown.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a defence industry meeting event in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Erdogan said Turkey will begin "within a few days" a new military operation to drive out U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria, east of the Euphrates River. The move is likely to increase tensions between NATO allies, Turkey, and the United States. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey vows to take on US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

- Associated Press

Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria "within a few days," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad, left, meets with her country's President Barham Salih, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Murad received the prize in 2018 for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence. Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Nobel laureate returns to Iraq, pledges to work for peace

- Associated Press

Iraqi activist Nadia Murad met her country's president in Baghdad on Wednesday after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence.

Protesters clench their fists during a rally at the Lower House to coincide with the joint Senate and Congress vote for the third extension of Martial Law in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. In their statement, various opposition groups condemned the extension of Martial Law which allegedly will "lead to untimely death of more community leaders, human rights defenders, Indigenous Peoples, and Muslim opposition groups." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

- Associated Press

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved a request by the president to extend martial law in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents.

Police vehicles move at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018. A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of Strasbourg's famous Christmas market Tuesday, killing three people, wounding 12 and sparking a massive manhunt. France immediately raised its terror alert level.(AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

5 detained as France hunts Christmas market terror suspect

Associated Press

French authorities detained five people as they hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire at one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 13 and putting the whole country on edge anew.

Vice President Mike Pence, center, looks on as House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and President Donald Trump argue during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency.

A South Korean army soldier, center bottom, shakes hands with a North Korean army soldier before crossing the Military Demarcation Line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to inspect the dismantled North Korean guard post in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. South Korea and North Korea have removed some of their guard posts along the border as part of their military agreement last September. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)

Korean border troops verify removal of each other's posts

- Associated Press

Dozens of North and South Korean soldiers crossed over the world's most heavily armed border Wednesday as they inspected the sites of their rival's front-line guard posts to verify they'd been removed, part of inter-Korean engagement efforts that come amid stalled U.S.-North Korea nuclear disarmament talks.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, speaks to a reporter as she and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, walk back into the West Wing after speaking to members of the media outside of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, following a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Reading between the lines of Trump's Oval Office tussle

- Associated Press

The heated, on-camera Oval Office exchange between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump was an extraordinary public airing of grievances, with lots to unpack. What was being said between the lines? And who was blurring facts?