Here is your monthly news briefing for December 2017.


Tillerson says US ready to talk to N. Korea; Japan wants pressure


China and South Korea pursue closer ties, but THAAD remains issue


UN Security Council sanctions N. Korea: N. Korea calls sanctions an “act of war.”


France – US meet to discuss degraded situation in W. Africa


Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to fight for W. Africa


14 UN peacekeepers killed, 40 wounded in Congo


Nigerian troops arrest 400 Boko Haram militants and families


Eygpt: Gunman kills 11 in attack on Coptic church


Son of slain Yemeni president takes up anti-Houthi cause


US to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital


“Day of Rage” protests against US embassy move enter second week: Largely orchestrated and mandated by Hamas leadership, not grassroots


US weighing budget cuts to UN over vote to condemn US-Israeli diplomatic sovereignty


As Venezuela disintegrates, Maduro consolidates power


White House: 2017 in Review