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Page One: Headlines for 12/16/19

Thousands of protestors clashed with security forces in Lebanon Sunday.
(video: Al Jazeera/YouTube)

Angry confrontations in Lebanon (Al Jazeera) Thousands of protesters clashed with security forces in Lebanon on the eve of a parliamentary sitting that is expected to select caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form a new government. Security forces fired tear gas and threw stones at protesters on Sunday who gathered outside Beirut’s Nejmeh Square, where parliament is located, and which has been closed off to the public since the outbreak of nationwide protests started 60 days ago?

Gaza Christians barred from traveling to Bethlehem over Christmas (CNA) Church leaders in Jerusalem are appealing to Israeli authorities to reverse a decision that prohibits the Christmastime travel permits that usually allow a few hundred Christians from the Gaza Strip to visit Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem. Israeli officials, citing security concerns, have broken with their usual practice and declined to grant the permits, Reuters reports. Gaza Christians may travel abroad but not to Israel and the West Bank?

Protests spread across India over divisive citizenship law (The New York Times) The protests have gripped many major Indian cities and are a reaction to the Indian Parliament’s decision last week to pass a contentious measure that would give special treatment to Hindu and other non-Muslim migrants in India. Critics have called the measure blatantly discriminatory and a blow to India’s foundation as a secular democracy?

UN leader on Pope Francis: he helps us promote peace (Vatican News) he United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, speaks about his upcoming visit to the Holy See, and his appreciation of Pope Francis, in this interview conducted in collaboration with Italy’s “La Stampa” newspaper?

Evidence supports stories of how Christianity came to Ethiopia (The Daily Beast) A team of archaeologists based in Aksum (sometimes called Axum), the capital of the ancient Aksumite kingdom, have discovered the oldest known church in sub-Saharan Africa. Radiocarbon analysis of objects found at the site revealed that the church was built in the fourth century, a period that saw an explosion in religious construction and church-building. While Christian legend has always claimed that Christianity arrived early to Ethiopia, this church and its contents offer the first tangible evidence of the accuracy of these stories?

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