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Jason Rezaian, Tehran correspondent for <em>The </em><em>Washington Post</em>, is seen April 11, 2013.

Reports: Washington Post Journalist Sentenced To Jail Time In Iran

An Iranian court has sentenced a Washington Post reporter to prison, two semi-official news agencies report.

As we've reported, Jason Rezaian has been held in Iran for more than a year. The country has accused him of espionage, a charge his paper has always denied.

In a statement, Jason Rezaian's brother, Ali, said the family has heard the reports, but they cannot confirm their authenticity.

People do their holiday shopping in Manhattan Mall in New York City in November 2014. Retailers may have a harder time filling holiday jobs this year because of a shrinking pool of workers.

This Holiday Season, Retailers Will Be Wishing For More Workers

This month, hundreds of thousands of Americans are starting seasonal jobs. They'll be helping holiday shoppers, who are expected to increase their spending by about 3.5 percent this year.

Some retailers are adding more services like curbside pickup and same-day delivery. Stores will also have more workers on the floor, creating demand for seasonal hires.

A 7-year-old boy sings the Australian national anthem before a baseball game.

The Show Must Go On: Boy Hiccups His Way Through Australia's National Anthem

A 7-year-old boy in Australia embodied the saying "the show must go on," before an Australian Baseball League game on Friday.

A complete pro, Ethan Hall sang the Australian national anthem without missing a beat and despite an unfortunately-timed case of the hiccups. At the end, though, the crowd gave him rousing applause to salute his dedication.

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Obama On The Islamic State: 'We Will Destroy This Terrorist Organization'

In no uncertain terms, President Obama promised to destroy the Islamic State.

"We are intensifying our strategy on all fronts, with local partners on the ground. We are going to keep on rolling back ISIL in Iraq and in Syria, and take out more of their leaders and commanders so that they do not threaten us," Obama said Sunday, using an acronym for the Islamic State. "We will destroy this terrorist organization."

Obama spoke at the end of a nine-day trip to Turkey, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Supporters of Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards celebrate his win.

Louisiana Democrat Governor Victory Disrupts Partisan Politics Tradition

State Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in Saturday's election, marking a change in the political landscape in the conservative South.

Edwards will be the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, where Republicans dominate politically.

You could almost have predicted the outcome of the race based on the candidates' election night parties. Sen. David Vitter was set up at a hotel near the airport, while John Bel Edwards lodged in the historic Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter.

A Belgian Army vehicle is parked in front of the main train station in the center of Brussels on Saturday.

Police Arrest 16 In Belgium, As Heightened Terror Alert Continues

Belgian prosecutors say they have arrested 16 people in raids Sunday night, after the city of Brussels spent the second day in a row on high alert.

Twenty-two raids were mounted, the prosecutors said — most in Brussels, and several south of the city. No explosives or firearms were recovered in the arrests, prosecutors say, and fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris attacks, was not among those arrested.

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks to the media last week in Northville Township, Mich. Several U.S. governors, including Snyder, are calling to halt or pause efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states after this month's coordinated attacks in Paris.

Syrian Refugees In Michigan Respond To U.S. Resettlement Hesitations

Days of speculation and anxiety followed the Paris attacks. Then, last week, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed that two of the suicide bombers did pass through Greece last month as part of the wave of refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

In the U.S., the emotional debate about whether or not to shut Syrian refugees out altogether gained new traction in presidential politics.

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