A soldier has been killed during a counter-terrorism operation in southeastern Turkey, a military official said on Dec. 11.
Turkey on Dec. 10 congratulated Iraq for its victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Turkey’s ongoing state of emergency violates basic human rights including the right to life, prominent human rights associations in the country have stated, as the European Convention on Human Rights marks its 69th year.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Dec. 11 in Ankara to discuss crises in the Middle East, including the aftermath of the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and joint efforts to stabilize Syria.
Saudi Arabia said on Dec. 11 that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom and the first cinemas were likely to open early next year.
The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem on Dec. 10, while more than 300 flights were cancelled at Germany’s busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais.
Libya’s U.N.-backed government agreed with Italy on Dec. 9 to establish a joint operations room for tackling migrant smugglers and traffickers as part of efforts to curb migrant flows towards Europe, according to a statement.
Senior officials from Turkey and the EU held a high-level Economic Dialogue meeting on Dec. 8, saying they seek to improve ties, boost economic performance, and resolve major common issues after a rocky period in relations.
The EU and Japan announced on Dec. 8 that they have finalized terms for a giant free trade deal which has been presented as a challenge to the protectionism championed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
China has reported strong growth in both exports and imports in November in a reassuring sign for the world’s second-biggest economy.