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Eleven Turkish nationals in a martial arts group have applied for asylum in Germany after police determined they had not come to take part in a karate tournament as they said
Some 50,000 civilians have fled eastern Aleppo over the past two days in a "constant stream," Russia said on Dec. 10, as Syrian government forces close in on the last pocket of opposition control in the northern city
The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Dec. 9
At least 19 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in air strikes carried out by Turkish jets in northern Iraq, the military announced on Dec. 10
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15
At least five people were killed on Dec. 10 and 27 were injured when a freight train transporting gas derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino, officials said
Residents of the remote Solomon Islands rushed into the hills after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck early on Dec. 9, with some reports of small tsunami waves as aftershocks rattled the South Pacific nation.
The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) coalition stated on Dec. 8 that it was facilitating joint talks with Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to simmer down tensions between the two parties that are both fighting jihadists in northern Syria.
A total of 300 Turkish commandos will join Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation, according to a military source, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported Dec. 9
SOFIA - 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.
Authorities in Ghana busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the U.S. State Department said
Formation of new Houthi gov’t does not help Yemen, says UN envoy
The formation of a new government by Yemen’s armed Houthi movement and its political allies will hinder peace efforts in the country, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said on Nov. 29.
Militia attack kills 34 civilians in DR 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.
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.
BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse
US facilitating joint talks with Turkey, Syrian Kurdish forces to ease tension
Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration
It’s clearer by the day that US Preident-elect Donal Trump’s actual policies as president will not be settled until after he takes his seat in the Oval Office
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.
A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men.
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON – Reuters
US, UK spies ‘targeted mobiles on planes’
France’s first Boeing B787 taxis on the tarmac after its landing for delivery at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, Paris on Dec 2.
Turkey’s dismissed NATO staff not coup plotters: Alliance commander
A leading NATO’s top commander said on Dec. 7 that he did not believe Turkish personnel sacked from NATO command were involved in July’s failed coup attempt and has raised his concerns with Turkey about the impact on its armed forces.
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