The Turkey mission chief of the FBI was summoned to the Ankara Police Department late on Dec. 13 after a former Turkish law enforcement official acknowledged that he collaborated with the FBI after his escape from Turkey to the United States.
The European Parliament on Dec. 13 narrowly failed to block a proposal to allow the use of phosphates in doner kebab meat, an additive which critics say is linked to heart disease.
Twenty police officers must testify in the killing of Berkin Elvan, a 14-year-old who died after being shot by a tear gas canister by police during the Gezi Park Protests in 2013, an Istanbul court ruled on Dec. 13.
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.
Japanese car giant Toyota said Dec. 13 it wanted half of its global sales to come from electric-powered vehicles by 2030, as the industry strives to meet toughening environmental regulations.
The World Bank Group and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy have announced a $4.5 billion-fund for 150 cities around the world to fight the effects of climate change.
Facebook, in a bow to transparency, has announced plans to declare certain ad revenues in the country where they are made and not in Ireland, where it has a greater tax advantage.
The European Parliament gave its backing on Dec. 13 to opening the next phase of Brexit talks, but said Britain must “fully and faithfully” turn last week’s hard-fought divorce deal into a final exit treaty.
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.