* Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil reports from Peshawar: ''It started as a normal school day... but it turned into a massacre''
* World facing Armageddon unless Obama and Putin 'defrost' icy relationship: Gorbachev warns new Cold War could last for years Russian elder statesman Mikhail Gorbachev today warned of the threat of Armageddon if Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin fail to rapidly 'defrost' their icy relations.
* Estimated 15,000 people join 'pinstriped Nazis' on march in Dresden Its members have been dubbed the 'pinstriped Nazis' and they refer to their demonstrations as 'evening strolls' through German cities.
* Glick files police complaint against 'al-Aqsa Mosque Preacher' "I say to the Jews clearly: It's time to slaughter you," said Omar Abu Sara in Temple Mount sermon posted on YouTube last week.
* Saudi Arabia to Hamas: Stay Away from Iran Saudi Arabia reportedly demands that Hamas stop its rapprochement with Iran in exchange for help in lifting the "siege" on Gaza.
* Ancient rock adds evidence of King David's existence House of David inscription, part of the 'Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
* Kerry discusses Palestinian bid to end Israeli occupation US Secretary of State John Kerry has met the chief Palestinian negotiator in London over moves to set a timetable for an end to the Israeli occupation.
* EU parliament set to endorse Palestine recognition The European Parliament is poised to vote Yes on a non-binding motion on Palestine recognition after three of its biggest groups agreed a draft text.
* INDONESIA EDITOR FACES FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR BLASPHEMY OVER ANTI-ISIS CARTOON Indonesian police summoned The Jakarta Post editor-in-chief Meidyatama Suryodiningrat over an anti-Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) cartoon the prominent newspaper published in July.
* Russian rouble in free fall over oil price, EU sanctions In a surprise announcement on Monday (15 December), the Russian central bank said it would raise its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent.