5 things to know for December 24: Politics, tsunami, Al Qaeda, Morocco, vacation cheer

( CNN)

Yes, the government is( partially) shut down, but that’s not going to stop NORAD from tracking Santa Claus tonight. Here’s what else you need to know to Get up to Speed and Out the Door on this Christmas eve.( You are also welcome to get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here .)

1. Politics

Indonesia President orders early detecting system

Allies dread US pullout in Syria emboldens ISIS

13 arrested after tourists killed in Morocco

Man discoveries purse with $10,000 inside

Cruise ship rescues sailors stranded at sea

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