What we’re watching Thursday

BY newsdesk  December 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM EST

In Putin’s annual press conference, the Russian president said NSA surveillance is necessary but must have limits. He also criticized Western sanction on Iran as “counter-productive”, denied Russia has mined Snowden for information, and reinforced Russia’s commitment to supporting Ukraine in its time of need.

United Nations investigators in Syria found government forces and allied militias are systematically seizing people who are never from again.

The senate is expected to resume considerations on a defense bill, which includes legislation to address sexual assaults in the military and sanction on Iran.

Target says they may have been hit by a credit card data breach in recent weeks that could affect 40 million accounts.