Al-Manar TV Lebanon Al-Manar TV Lebanon Huge Explosion Rocks Northeast Nigeria Market A massive explosion at a market in northeast Nigeria’s Bauchi city caused "heavy casualties" on Monday, setting the entire area ablaze with rescue workers struggling to reach the scene, the Red Cross said. China Pledges to Help Russia Overcome Economic Hardships China’s foreign minister has pledged support to Russia as it faces an economic downturn due to sanctions and a drop in oil prices. Boosting trade in Yuan is a solution proposed by Beijing’s commerce minister. Anti-Conservative Essebsi Wins Tunisia Presidential Vote Anti-Conservative politician Beji Caid Essebsi won Tunisia’s presidential election with 55.68 percent of the vote, beating incumbent Moncef Marzouki, the electoral commission said on Monday. Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Compound on Hanukkah Scores of Zionist settlers on Monday stormed occupied East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after several Jewish groups called for mass incursions into the religious site Larijani Hails Hezbollah ’Positive’ Role in Region Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani, currently in Beirut, hailed what he described as the "positive" role played by the Hezbollah in the Middle East. Syria Downs Israeli Drone in Quneitra A Syrian military source said Sunday that a Zionist drone had been brought down in the province of Quneitra near the Zionist-occupied Golan Heights. McCain: We Would Be Thanking Saudis over Russian Economic Crisis US Senator John McCain slammed President Barack Obama over Russia, saying that it was Saudi Arabia which troubled the Russian economy not sanctions imposed by Obama against Moscow. US Officers Shoot Canadian on Border Bridge US officers shot and wounded a Canadian man early Sunday as he crossed a border bridge into the United States while waving a handgun Sacrifices of Sayyeda Khadija and Abu Talib with Prophet Mohammad (21) The year in which Prophet Mohammad came out of Abu Talib Valley, after a three-year siege, was the hardest of the years since the start of the Mission. Minor Injuries as US Navy Chopper Crashes in Kuwait A US Navy helicopter has crashed during a training mission in the Gulf state of Kuwait, slightly injuring three crew members, the Bahrain-based Naval Forces Central Command said on Monday. 20 Militants Killed in Failed Deir Ezzor Airport Attack At least 20 gunmen of the so-called ’Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) terrorist group were killed in the second failed terrorist attack in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria. Australia Revokes Bail of Sydney Siege Gunman Partner The partner of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis had her bail revoked Monday after Australian authorities requested a review amid public anger that the pair were on the streets. Iraqi Army Liberates Base in Tal Afar, Kurds Make their Way into Sinjar The Iraqi army has reportedly regained control of a military base in the city of Tal Afar west of Mosul in Nineveh province. Bodies of 19 Air Algerie Victims Arrive in Beirut Bodies of 19 Lebanese killed in June Algerian jet crash arrived Sunday at Beirut’s International Airport welcomed by masses of the victim’s relatives and top officials. Assad Praises Iran, Says Syria Determined to Eradicate Terrorism As he received Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani on Sunday, President Bashar al-Assad praised Tehran and stressed Damascus’ determination to eradicate terrorism. Davutoglu Accuses EU of “Dirty Campaign” against Turkey Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday accused the European Union of starting a "dirty campaign" against Turkey by criticizing the arrests of opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Al-Qaeda Says “Bursting with Pain” over Pakistan School Attack Al-Qaeda’s regional branch on Sunday said its hearts were "bursting with pain" over the Taliban’s massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces. Kurdish Leader Barzani Visits Liberated Singar, Hails Victories against ISIL Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani hailed victories over the terrorist group ISIL during a visit on Sunday to Mount Sinjar, which had been besieged by the militants for months. Gunman Kills Two NY Police Officers in Brooklyn An American gunman with an apparent grudge killed two New York police officers on Saturday, in an attack that left America’s biggest city reeling just days before Christmas. After Oil, ISIL Has New Source of Funding: Organ Trafficking It has been well known that the Takfiri group operating in Iraq and Syria, ISIL relies on oil sales as a source of funding. Saudi Minister “Confident” Oil Prices Will Improve Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said Sunday he was confident world prices would improve after a slide he blamed partly on "lack of cooperation" by producers outside the OPEC cartel. Troops Foil Attack As Tunisians Vote for President Tunisian troops killed a gunman and captured three others on Sunday after they attacked soldiers guarding ballot papers for the country’s presidential vote. Iraqi Army, Peshmerga Forces Advance in Sinjar County, Other Areas The Kurdish peshmerga forces advanced in the country of Sinjar, western Mosul, regaining control over the areas which border Syria. UN Votes for ’Israel’ to Compensate Lebanon for 2006 Oil Spill: Diplomatic Gain The Zionist entity was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during the July 2006 war. Lebanese Army: Seven Lebanese, Foreign Suspects Detained in Metn, Arsal In the framework of pursuing wanted persons and suspects, a LAF force raided various suspicious locales in the regions of Sabtiyeh and Fanar in Metn and apprehended two Syrian nationals, one Palestinian and three Lebanese