5 things for December 26: Putin foe, Guatemala, Erica Garner, Philippines, Vatican

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who submitted endorsement papers necessary for his registration as a presidential candidate, center, sits at the Russia's Central Election commission in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Russian election officials have formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president. (Evgeny Feldman/Navalny Campaign via AP)
Putin critic Navalny takes message to YouTube
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It’s Wednesday, and here are the five things to know for your New Day.

1. Russia

Next year is a presidential election year in Russia. We know that President Vladimir Putin is going to run for re-election. We also know who won’t be running against him. Opposition activist Alexey Navalny had planned a run against Putin in the March 2018 race, but the country’s Central Election Commission has nixed that idea, citing his conviction on an embezzlement charge. Russian law prevents convicted criminals from running for public office, but Navalny and his supporters say the conviction was politically motivated. Navalny plans to appeal the commission’s decision.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.
World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city of Danang this week for the annual 21-member APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JORGE SILVA        (Photo credit should read JORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty Images)
Is the Putin-Trump bromance fading?
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2. Guatemala and Israel

Guatemala has decided to go along with President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Central American nation is the first country to say it’s moving its embassy to Jerusalem since Trump’s announcement. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he’s instructed his foreign minister to make this happen as soon as possible. Guatemala was one of a handful of nations to vote against a UN resolution last week condemning Trump’s decision. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted other countries would soon join the US and Guatemala in moving their embassies.

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Israeli PM: Other countries to follow Trump
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3. Erica Garner

Erica Garner, the oldest daughter of Eric Garner, is reportedly in a medically induced coma after a heart attack. Garner, 27, became an activist against police brutality after her father died in a New York police officer’s chokehold in 2014. Eric Garner’s apparent last words – “I can’t breathe!” – became a rallying cry in the Black Lives Matter movement. Erica Garner was a prominent supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election.

Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner,  leads a march of people protesting the Staten Island, New York grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July, on December 11, 2014 in the Staten Island Neighborhood of New York City. Protests have continued throughout the country since the Grand Jury's decision was announced last week.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
(2014) Erica Garner: 'Not a black & white issue'
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4. Philippines

It’s been an absolutely tragic holiday weekend in the Philippines, which has endured a fatal bus wreck, a deadly mall fire and a powerful typhoon. Twenty people, traveling to a dawn Christmas service, died in the town of Agoo after a bus collided with another vehicle. Thirty-seven people were killed when a fire broke out in a shopping mall in the city of Davao; they all were call center agents for a company based in the mall. And at least 164 people have been killed by Typhoon Tembin, while almost 200 people are still missing.

This photo taken on December 23, 2017 shows a firefighter standing in front of a burning shopping mall in Davao City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
Dozens feared dead in fire at Philippine shopping mall
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5. Vatican protest

Well, you don’t see this everyday: a topless protester at the Vatican, trying to steal a baby Jesus doll from a nativity scene. It happened Monday, when a woman wearing just pants and shoes tried to nab the doll while thousands were in St. Peter’s Square waiting to hear the Pope’s Christmas Day message. The protester, Alisa Vinogradova, had “God is Woman” written on her torso and was detained by Vatican police. She’s a member of the international feminist group Femen, which has targeted the Catholic Church for its conservative policies.

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Mariah Carey on her Christmas music legacy
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She’ll always be Louisa

Heather Menzies Urich, who died at age 68, will forever be remembered as one of the von Trapp kids from “The Sound of Music.”

Cast members Heather Menzies (Louisa von Trapp) and Duane Chase (Kurt von Trapp) attend "The Sound of Music" 40th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Cast Reunion at The Tavern on the Green November 10, 2005 in New York City.
'Sound of Music' actress dies at 68
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‘Different kind of buzz’

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Nontraditional student

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Georgetown University freshman Mélisande Short-Colomb


“As soon as my boys are of age, I’ll tell them stories about the quality of the man I’ve gotten to know.”

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who penned a Christmas tribute to Sen. John McCain for Sports Illustrated


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