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Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of a youth organisation founded by his elder son Bilal Erdogan and his friends, in Istanbul Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. Erdogan said Friday the United States decided to withdraw troops from Syria after he reassured U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey could eradicate the remnants of Islamic State group from the country with logistical help from Washington.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

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Death toll rises to 222 after volcano-caused tsunami in Indonesia

Residents inspect a house damaged by a tsunami, in Carita, Indonesia, Dec. 23, 2018 (AP Photo)

Residents inspect a house damaged by a tsunami, in Carita, Indonesia, Dec. 23, 2018 (AP Photo)

Over 800 injured and 28 reported missing; Anak Krakatoa volcano had spewed plumes of ash thousands of feet into the air for days

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