TORONTO -- The first Canadian government plane carrying Syrian refugees arrives in Toronto where they will be greeted by Prime Minister Justin Turdeau, who is pushing forward with his pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. By Rob Gillies.
OBAMA-ISLAMIC STATE CZAR
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's new "ISIL czar," Robert Malley, has a long and sometimes controversial history at the center of U.S. policymaking in the Middle East. He's now taking on one of the toughest jobs in Washington: getting the struggling campaign against Islamic State militants on track while Obama refuses to entertain any wholesale strategy change. By Josh Lederman.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Despite sometimes violent protests over the results of the presidential contest's first round, most Haitians don't seem to care much about the upcoming runoff, and analysts worry that apathy threatens the latest attempt to shore up a fragile democracy. By David McFadden.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Mauricio Macri is sworn in as president, inheriting myriad economic problems from the often-divisive outgoing leader Cristina Fernandez, who skips the inauguration in a sign of Argentina's deep polarization. By Peter Prengaman and Vicente Panetta.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Socialist lawmakers vow to pass laws and make appointments until the last to protect their revolution before the opposition takes over Venezuela's congress next month promising to revive an institution they say has been subservient to the presidency. By Hannah Dreier.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- More than 500 inmates ring in the holidays at Rio de Janeiro's Nelson Hungria women's prison with religious plays and a cell-decorating contest. By Jenny Barchfield.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government appears not to have picked up on extremist messages exchanged during the online courtship two years ago between the American-born man accused in the California shootings and his future wife in Pakistan, according to closed-door briefings to Congress provided by federal officials. By Eric Tucker, Deb Riechmann and Tami Abdollah.
LOS ANGELES -- Since the founding of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 2009, its inventor -- or inventors -- have been shrouded in mystery. For six years, that individual or group has lurked behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto and hoarded a pile of the digital currency so large it might crash the market if sold today. By Ryan Nakashima.
ALBANY, New York -- PepsiCo Inc. and German dairy giant Theo Muller Group end production at a western New York yogurt plant that opened with much fanfare and state money in 2013, saying it didn't meet expectations in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. By Mary Esch
LOS ANGELES -- Spoiler alert: Oscar Isaac's X-wing pilot Poe Dameron does not break into song in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Isaac won awards the last time he sang onscreen, in the 2013 Coen Brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis," and he charmed the Twitterverse with his vocals last week when he sang a duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with his "Star Wars" co-star Daisy Ridley. But Poe keeps his music on the inside. By Sandy Cohen.
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HONDURAS-SOCCER PLAYER SLAIN
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Arnold Peralta, a player for the Honduran national soccer team, is shot to death in a shopping mall parking lot in his hometown of La Ceiba on the country's Caribbean coast, police say. By Freddy Cuevas.