President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 11 extended his greetings to all Jewish people on the eve of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.
Greece will speed up the relocation of thousands of migrants from its overcrowded islands to the mainland before the onset of winter after reaching a deal with Turkey, a key ally in helping to tackle Europe's migration crisis, government sources said Dec. 11.
An Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant who killed 39 people and wounded 79 others on New Year’s Eve used his right to remain silent in court on Dec. 11.
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 violence targeting Myanmar’s Muslim minority “amounts to ethnic cleansing,” a U.K. parliament report has stated.
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.
China’s Central Bank will be more active in deploying macroeconomic controls and fending off financial risks, its governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, said on Dec. 11.
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.