What we’re watching Wednesday

BY newsdesk  December 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM EDT

Good morning! Here are some of the stories we’re following this a.m.

Congress

  • The bipartisan budget deal that cleared the filibuster threshold in the Senate Tuesday is [expected to be passed late afternoon](http://bigstory.ap.org/article/bipartisan-budget-agreement-nears-final-passage Wednesday. The bill would then move on to President Obama for his signature.

    Ukraine

  • Ukraine’s prime minister Mykola Azarov hailed a financial aid and natural gas deal with Russia, saying the agreement will prevent the country’s economic collapse.

Syria

Philippines

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