Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Demark announced on Dec. 2 that it would not extend a six-month mission for seven F-16 jets deployed at the İncirlik Air Base in the southern Turkish province of Adana, currently participating in the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
The scope of the toll the six-week old battle for Mosul has taken on Iraqi forces emerged Dec. 1, with U.N. figures showing that around 2,000 had been killed in fighting last month alone, while 926 civilians were also killed in fighting in the past month.
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said there are registries of aircrafts that flew over the region where Turkish troops were hit in northern Syria on Nov. 24, and the truth would be eventually understood, hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied either Moscow’s or Syria’s involvement in the strike.
French President Francois Hollande dramatically announced Dec. 1 he would not seek re-election next April at the end of his five-year term as he bowed to historic low approval ratings.
Thailand has a new king, with the country’s crown prince formally taking the throne to succeed his much-revered late father, who reigned for 70 years.
Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders have agreed to immediately resume reunification talks, the United Nations stated on Dec. 2, with the five-party summit that Turkish Cyprus has long been waiting for set to start on Jan. 12, 2017.
A group of around 1,000 people protested in Turkish Cyprus on Dec. 1 over the decision to abandon Daylight Saving Time, blaming the move for a road crash that killed two schoolgirls.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Dec. 1 that he has picked the tough-talking retired general James Mattis to be his defense secretary as he kicked off his post-election “thank you tour” by railing against globalization, promising the return of manufacturing jobs to American workers, and vowing to shut U.S. borders to some Middle East migrants.
PARIS – Agence France-Presse
Montenegro’s pro-West ruling party has won the most votes in the small Balkan country’s parliamentary election on Oct. 16, according to unofficial results, but without enough support to govern alone and assure the country’s chartered course into NATO and other Western institutions.
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 34 civilians were killed Nov. 27 in a flare up of ethnic violence in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, following a week of soaring tensions.
UN says 75,000 children in Nigeria risk dying in ‘months’
The United Nations warned Nov. 15 that 75,000 Nigerian children risk dying in “a few months” as hunger grips the country’s ravaged northeast in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Gambia to leave International Criminal Court on Nov 10, 2017
Gambia has notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will take effect on Nov. 10, 2017, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said on Nov. 14, making it the third country to quit The Hague-based tribunal.
MOSCOW – The Associated Press
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Nov. 16 to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity.
LA UNION, Colombia – Reuters
Colombian Congress ratifies peace deal; critics boycott vote
The Congress formally ratified a revised peace agreement with Colombia’s biggest leftist rebel group, capping a torturous four years of negotiations, a stunning referendum rejection, last-minute compromises and two signing ceremonies.
Brazilian graft judges threaten to resign over intimidation
Brazilian prosecutors running a giant corruption probe threatened to quit Nov. 30 over what they said was intimidation by members of the graft-plagued Congress, many of whom face investigation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a working visit to the southern province of Antalya’s Alanya district on Dec. 1 in his first visit after the normalization of Russian-Turkish ties following a crisis after a Russian warplane was shot down on Nov. 24, 2015, for allegedly violating Turkish airspace.
JAKARTA – Reuters
Ömer Bilge – NICOSIA
UN: World population grows, young girls struggle
The world's population grew slightly to 7.4 billion in 2016, the U.N. said Dec. 1, with a substantial youth bulge challenging political and social systems across the planet
Women react to Moroccan state TV showing women how to hide domestic violence
Women in Morocco have reacted in horror after a program on state television demonstrated how they could use makeup to cover up evidence of domestic violence and “carry on with your daily life.”
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