1. Israeli forces have shot another Palestinian in Jerusalem al-Quds, alleging that he attacked a settler with a knife. According to media reports, the Palestinian is in custody and the victim has received serious injuries. At least 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October the first.
2. Israel is pushing a bill that would allow settlers to pray in the al-Aqsa Mosque. Several Knesset members have already supported the bill. If approved, the law would legitimize the worship of Israelis inside the Islamic holy site. The bill is expected to heighten tensions in the occupied territories.
3. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says that only Israel benefits from divisions in the Muslim World. He also criticized certain Muslim countries for spending money on US weaponry and using them against other Islamic nations. Rouhani made the comments at the opening of the International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran.
4. The Syrian army says the number of terrorists fleeing towards the Turkish border has doubled following the military’s latest achievements. Government forces have made gains in several provinces, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorist groups. Damascus says the militants have been planning attacks to frame the government for using unconventional weapons.
5. Anti-Muslim protesters rally in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica a day after a group of people vandalized a Muslim prayer hall there. Vandals also set fire to Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an. Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in France, following the terrorist attacks in Paris claimed by Daesh terrorists.
6. US cities are facing growing homelessness due to low wages and lack of affordable housing. Portland, Denver, Seattle, and the entire state of Hawaii, have declared states of emergency over the issue. Surveys have shown a 1.6 percent increase in the US homelessness rate over the previous year.
7. Nearly 1,000 American civilians were killed by police in 2015. According to a study conducted by The Washington Post, around 40 percent of the victims were black people. It also revealed that the majority of those killed by police while carrying weapons were white.
8. Rescue operations continue in China's Shenzhen city, where a massive landslide killed at least seven people last week. Rescuers are still searching for 70 people who went missing after construction debris swallowed buildings in the area. Authorities say the incident happened due to the lack of safe operating procedures.