Istanbul police on Dec. 11 seized a total of 1,725 tubes containing cobra venom smuggled from Syria, with a market value of approximately 30 million Turkish Liras ($7.8 million). This amount is reported to be the highest amount ever seized in a raid in Turkey.
One Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to an organisation regarded with suspicion by the Turkish government were detained by Afghan intelligence officials on Dec. 12, the organisation’s head said.
The Court of Cassation has ruled that a married man’s hosting of his single friends as overnight guests, without prior approval from his wife, is a reason for divorce and compensation.
More than 200 institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management said on Dec. 12 they would step up pressure on the world’s biggest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to combat climate change.
The World Bank will stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction from 2019, it announced on Dec. 12 at a climate summit seeking to boost the global economy’s shift to clean energy.
The finance ministers of the European Union's five biggest economies wrote to their American counterpart on Dec. 11 to voice concerns over a US tax overhaul, saying Washington should adhere to "international obligations to which it has signed up".
Chinese authorities have collected DNA and other biometric data from the whole population of the volatile western region of Xinjiang, Human Right Watch said on Dec. 13, denouncing the campaign as a gross violation of international norms.
The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against Islamic State was premature.
A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Dec. 13 under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from traveling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism.