— Turkey said it was stationing anti-aircraft batteries on its border with Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes.
— The Syrian government has reportedly arrested tens of thousands of people over the last 16 months since the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s government. Activists and lawyers said the arrests have focused on secular activists and men and boys from towns the Syrian army has attacked.
— Reuters reports that a top weapons industry executive said “the Pentagon may have to pay billions of dollars in termination fees and other contract penalties if Congress does not stop $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts due to take effect on January 2.”
— Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Israeli Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz on Sunday in the highest-level meeting between the sides since peace talks broke down in 2010. A Palestinian official said the talks came “after a request for a meeting from Mofaz.”
— The Financial Times reports that Iranian analysts do not expect economic sanctions to influence leaders in Tehran to halt its nuclear program.