Some 75,000 Syrians have returned to lands liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) after operations led by the Turkish army, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Dec. 15.
Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman will hold meetings with Turkey’s justice minister, prime minister and other government officials to convey complaints from jailed Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies about restrictions on prison visitations.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Istanbul declaration was not in “retaliation” to the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital, presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on Dec. 14.
Delta Air Lines announced on Dec. 14 that it has ordered 100 Airbus planes with an option to buy 100 more, in a blow to Airbus’ American rival Boeing.
Germany’s central bank significantly lifted its growth forecasts for Europe’s top economy in 2017 and 2018 on Dec. 15, but warned the momentum would slow in the following years due to labor shortages.
The European Union was set to move talks forward with London on Britain’s exit from the bloc as leaders warm to the British premier but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish border issue remained a “riddle.”
The UN envoy for Syria acknowledged on Dec. 14 that the latest round of peace talks for the war-ravaged country had failed, and blamed Damascus for the “golden opportunity missed.”
Australian institutions “seriously failed” children in their care with tens of thousands sexually assaulted, the final report from a five-year inquiry said Dec. 15 as it recommended that celibacy among Catholic priests should be voluntary to help curb abuse.
The United States is turning a blind eye to information provided by Russia about Syrian fighters travelling to Iraq, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Dec. 14.