The European Commission is committed to completing the contracting of all three billion euros in assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey before the end of this year, senior EU officials have vowed, adding that the process for the allocation of the additional three billion euros will start in early 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 12 gave the order for a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a visit to the country’s airbase there, news agencies reported.
A soldier has been killed during a counter-terrorism operation in southeastern Turkey, a military official said on Dec. 11.
Saudi Arabia said on Dec. 11 that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom and the first cinemas were likely to open early next year.
The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem on Dec. 10, while more than 300 flights were cancelled at Germany’s busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais.
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.
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.