In Sydney, Australia, city officials are going ahead with New Year's fireworks, despite calls for the spectacle to be canceled amid record dry conditions and massive wildfires. Also, the US military struck Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria on Sunday — a reprisal for a rocket attack last week that killed an American contractor. Plus, an Israeli-Canadian doctor working in an Indigenous community built a six-foot-tall menorah out of ice.
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