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Syria's Information Minister said the Syrian people have decided President Bashar al-Assad should be nominated for another term and would pressure him to stand in elections this year. Assad's status in any future political order in Syria has been a stumbling block to bringing both sides to a peace conference scheduled to be held in Geneva on January 22. The opposition, represented by a Western-backed coalition, has demanded that the conference aim to remove Assad from power, while Damascus has insisted that he stay. President Barack Obama lauded the Senate’s advancement of a bill to extend jobless aid on Tuesday as a “very important step” and called on Republicans in both chambers to back the legislation “without obstruction or delay.” "Voting for unemployment insurance helps people and creates jobs and voting against it does not," Obama said in remarks at the White House. Obama’s remarks came shortly after the Senate voted 60-37 to begin formal debate on the unemployment insurance extension, which would offer a three-month extension of the long-term aid to 1.3 million Americans. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to spread his wealth on politics, this time to help Democrats retain and expand their Senate ranks. According to a Politico report, Bloomberg donated $2.5 million to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. Bloomberg, an independent, officially left office after 12 years when NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in on Jan. Delhi's Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal urged all legislators on Tuesday to rise above party lines and join together make the capital a better place. In his reply to the motion of thanks to the Lt. Governor's address in the assembly, Kejriwal said Delhi can't be improved by just the 28 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party. "Only 28 MLAs of our party cannot improve Delhi. All 70 MLAs will have to come together and join hands to make Delhi a better city," he...