Turkish lawmakers will begin 12 days of debating of the 2018 budget at parliament on Dec. 11, when Finance Minister Naci Ağbal presents the government’s budgeting plan.
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed suspension of an Istanbul district mayor from his party.
An aircraft technician who was part of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s helicopter flight crew on the night of the coup attempt in 2016 was released on Dec. 8, after being arrested on suspicion of using ByLock, the encrypted messaging application said to have been used by followers of U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen.
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.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Dec. 9 declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group that at its height endangered Iraq’s very existence.
The United States, Japan and South Korea are set to hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Dec. 11, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast-developing weapons programs.
North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of advanced warplanes.
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.