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.
Turkish authorities have started to profile drivers most likely to cause road accidents, in a bid to reduce accidents, which kill 7,500 people every year.
Turkish football giants Beşiktaş paid tribute on Dec. 10 to the 46 people killed in the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack near the team’s stadium, starting a day of commemorations to mark the first anniversary of the attacks.
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.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Dec. 9 declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group that at its height endangered Iraq’s very existence.
The United States, Japan and South Korea are set to hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Dec. 11, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast-developing weapons programs.
North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of advanced warplanes.
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.