Here are the biggest stories on this Christmas weekend.

Shocking Syria withdrawal plan is pure Trump

President Donald Trump once famously said he knew more about ISIS than US generals do. Now he wants to prove it.

Gatwick Airport: Flights suspended after drones sighted

Gatwick Airport suspended flights, stranding passengers, on Wednesday and Thursday after drones sighted.

Yemeni mother arrives in US to see her dying son

A Yemeni mother who had been barred from traveling to the United States under the White House travel ban has arrived in California to say goodbye to her dying 2-year-old son.

Trudeau says third Canadian detained in China but denies Huawei link

A third Canadian citizen, Sarah McIver, has been detained in China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed, but he denied it was linked to the arrest of a Chinese executive in Vancouver this month.

How Beijing won’t back down over the South China Sea

The Chinese warship Lanzhou approached from behind, swiftly turning to starboard as it tried to cut across the USS Decatur’s bow.

Jose Mourinho departs Manchester United with $679,000 hotel bill

Jose Mourinho lived at The Lowry Hotel while he was Manchester United manager. Unsurprisingly, 895 nights in five-star hotel accommodation come cheap.

US announces new set of Russia sanctions

The US Treasury announced a new set of sanctions on Wednesday against Russian individuals and entities over what it called Russia’s “continued disregard for international norms.”

Fortnite teen hackers ‘earning thousands’

Children as young as 14 are making thousands of pounds a week as part of a global hacking network built around the popular video game Fortnite. About 20 hackers told the BBC they were stealing the private gaming accounts of players and reselling them online.

Vintage Scotch whiskies found to be fake

More than a third of vintage Scotch whiskies tested at a specialist laboratory have been found to be fake, BBC Scotland has learned. Twenty-one out of 55 bottles of rare Scotch were deemed to be outright fakes or whiskies not distilled in the year declared.

Thrones producers ‘paranoid about leaks’

Game of Thrones star Iain Glen has described how security measures put in place to prevent story details leaking to the public caused problems for some actors. “They’re absolutely paranoid now about anyone finding out anything about the series and spoiling it,” he said. “We weren’t allowed a written word on a page.”

Trump’s Syria withdrawal plan stuns allies

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Syria has been met with heavy criticism. Mr Trump made the announcement on Wednesday, asserting that the Islamic State (IS) group had been defeated. But major allies, including senior Republicans and foreign powers, have disputed the claim and say the move could lead to a resurgence of IS.

North Korea Says It Will Never Denuclearize Unless U.S. Removes Its Nuclear Threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea said Thursday that it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Gets Called Out On Racist Rhetoric By Own Interviewee

Retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz wasted no time in addressing Tucker Carlson ‘s racist rhetoric in his appearance on the Fox News host’s show Wednesday. The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host had brought Dershowitz on air to talk about the latest developments in the case of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is awaiting sentencing for lying to the FBI.

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill To Make Lynching A Federal Crime

After almost a century of attempts to outlaw lynching nationally, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would make the act a federal hate crime. The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was sponsored by the Senate’s three African-American members: Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

Barack Obama Gives Hospitalized Kids Surprise Of A Lifetime

A Santa hat-clad Barack Obama made spending the holidays in the hospital a little cheerier on Wednesday when he surprised young patients and staff at Children’s National hospital. The former president, whose love of interacting with kids was pretty obvious throughout his time in office, brought jigsaw puzzles, toy car sets, remote-control cars, glittery nail polish and other gifts to the Washington, D.C., hospital, The Washington Post reported.

Trevor Noah Reveals The 1 Thing We Never Discuss About Trump

Over the past year, Americans have gotten a skewed picture of President Donald Trump, Trevor Noah said. “This year we spent so much time on Trump’s evilness that we didn’t really get to enjoy one of his most important characteristics, and that is the dude is super weird,” “The Daily Show” host said on Wednesday night.

The Guardian hilariously roasts Mark Zuckerberg in 2018 ‘year in review’ video

If you think you’ve had a rough year, take comfort in the fact that it probably hasn’t been as stressful as Mark Zuckerberg’s. The embattled Facebook founder lost more money than any other billionaire this year, thanks to a year of constant scandals.

Just 50 really great tweets from 2018

Twitter can sometimes feel like a time-sucking black hole, but there’s no denying the social platform is full of delightful, hilarious, and heartwarming messages. This year has blessed us with an abundance of phenomenal tweets – tweets so good they’ll help you forget everything bad online, if only for a minute.

Drone sightings are causing total chaos at one of the UK’s busiest airports

Holiday season is peak time for drone enthusiasts. Kids are off school, people are treating themselves to new toys, and all across the country amateur flyers will be keenly testing out their newly-acquired gifts. Apparently it’s not such a great time for airports, though.

Uber and Lyft IPOs will make a lot of people rich. But what about the drivers?

If ride-hailing app Uber goes public next year its valuation could hit $120 billion. Its smaller rival Lyft: $30 billion. But will drivers benefit? Flush with cash despite years of never earning a profit, the companies will be able to do things like finally pay out employees and acquire other businesses.