Egypt dominated the news this week, beginning with the referendum voting for half the country on Saturday. Then the results were announced and President Morsi signed it into law. Diplomatic efforts seem to be increasing to end the war in Syria, with Russia at the center of discussions. But the fighting continues and talk of a post-Assad era includes autonomy and safe havens for Kurds and Alawites. Also, the head of Syria’s military police very publically defected. Christmas was celebrated around the world, but Bethlehem holds a special place for Christians.
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