CP World Report: Palestinian UN Status, Syria, Christmas Tree Controversy

The United Kingdom says it will not support a bid to upgrade Palestinian status at the United Nations in its present form. The General Assembly is expected to vote today on whether to grant the Palestinians recognition as a "non-member observer state." The U-S and Israel both oppose the move and so does Canada, but France has given its support. Back in September at the gathering of the UN General Assembly Prime Minister Stephen Harper met briefly with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and asked him personally to drop his bid for upgraded status.

Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors USA is calling on Christians to pray for a period of calm in Egypt in light of a volatile political atmosphere and massive protests of over 200-thousand people. Demonstrations and violence have been rising since President Mohammed Morsi issued a decree last Thursday that gives him sweeping legislative powers and protects his decisions from even the Judiciary. Analysts are warning that a prolonged showdown between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood leader appears inevitable. Yesterday, Egypts two highest appeals courts suspended work, and judges across the country are threatening to strike.

An update on the civil war in Syria: Two car bombs exploded simultaneously, killing at least 34 people in Jara-mana; a city in Eastern Damascus. A Syrian human rights group says dozens more were injured, and the death toll could rise because of serious injuries. Jaramana residents are a mix of Christians and the Druze, the latter a minority offshoot of Shiite Islam. Government officials blamed the attacks on terrorists, a term Syria routinely uses for rebel fighters and extremist elements in the country.

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We've heard of the extreme inclusive types, trying to get rid of the Christmas tree because it might be offensive, but now officials at a community college in Western North Carolina has decided that the Christmas tree is o.k., even selling it is ok…. by a group of students who want to raise money to donate funds to Charity. However, they are imposing on the student group that they re-name the Christmas Tree the holiday tree. Now lawyers from "Alliance Defending Freedom" have responded by sending a letter to Western Piedmont Community College in Morgantown, North Carolina, pointing out that it had violated the constitutional rights of the student club. Alliance Defending Freedom is asking that the college return the club's original wording to the announcements wherever they appear so that no legal action will be necessary.

The home where Presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald once lived is being demolished after many obstacles.

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J.R.R Tolkein, The Christian English writer, academic and poet—famous for his classics "Lord of the Rings". Made into a movie series, it garnerned huge successes at the box office. Well now, the newest release "The hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is premiering in New Zealand's capital, Wellington. It's generating 'hobbit mania' as thousands of fans swarmed the streets, hoping for a glimpse of the movie's stars.

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