A court in Istanbul on Dec. 14 gave a fine of 4,000 Turkish Liras ($1,035) to the deputy head of the Alperen Hearths, an ultranationalist youth group linked to religious nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), over his threats against last year’s LGBT Pride March in Istanbul, which was banned by the Governor’s Office.
A number of outbound Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul to Rome and Milan and inbound from the two cities have been canceled due to a strike in Italy, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Dec. 15.
Solving problems between Germany and Turkey is in the interest of both sides, as officials continue to discuss concrete issues, a close aide of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Dec. 14.
Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.
Saudi King Salman has issued a decree allocating 72 billion riyals ($19.2 billion) of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector.
Greeks walked off the job in a nationwide strike yesterday to protest austerity measures and reforms the leftist-led government has agreed with the country’s creditors in exchange for bailout loans.
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.
At least eight suspected Maoist rebels were killed in a gunfight with police who ambushed their hideout in southern India on Dec. 14.