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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Jan. 17 that Moscow was inviting representatives of the incoming U.S. administration to attend upcoming Syria talks in Kazakhstan
A Turkish cargo plane attempting to land in thick fog crashed on Jan. 16 into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport and killed at least 37 people.
With only days for his inauguration, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has said “safe zones” funded by the Gulf states should have been built inside Syria to combat the refugee crisis.
NATO is “obsolete,” Germany’s Angela Merkel made a “catastrophic mistake” on refugees, Brexit will be “great” and the United States could cut a deal with Russia: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides on Jan. 15 in interviews with European media
A Bangladesh court on Jan. 16 sentenced 26 people to death after hearing how a politician from the ruling Awami League hired members of the country’s elite security unit to assassinate political rivals.
A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Jan. 16, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said.
The inauguration of The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow will go ahead on Jan. 19, his spokesman insisted on Jan. 15, as President Yahya Jammeh declared once again he would not step down by then.
An Egyptian court ruled on Jan. 16 against the government’s decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia - a landmark verdict likely to deepen tensions with the kingdom and embarrass Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.
Military leaders from 14 countries on Jan. 15 agreed to support Turkey’s ongoing Euphrates Shield operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Syria
The head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on Jan. 14 called for a law banning “fascistic Islam” and Muslim symbols, comparable to an existing law banning Nazi symbols, saying Islam could wipe out European society
The European Union on Jan. 12 unlocked another 200 million euros ($213 million) as part of the multi-billion aid package to meet the needs of Syrian refugees being sheltered in Turkey.
The European Parliament faces a stormy election for a new president on Jan. 17 after a long-standing coalition of pro-EU parties collapsed just as the crisis-hit bloc confronts a wave of eurosceptic populism
Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana to press for the implementation of a widely violated cease-fire, rebel officials said on Jan. 16, Reuters has reported
Prospective U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson better watch his mouth, angry Chinese media said Jan. 13, warning U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee that his threats to block China in the South China Sea are fighting words.
Hong Kong’s tough pro-Beijing number two Carrie Lam announced her bid to lead the deeply divided city on Jan. 12 after stepping down from her current post
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an attack “collateral damage.”
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Jan. 9, after a two-day military mutiny that spread unrest across the West African nation, according to a presidency statement
In the district of Al-Giza al-Bahriya in Libya’s Sirte, the sea breeze mingles with the stench of corpses decomposing under the rubble.
Twenty-seven inmates were killed in a Brazilian prison riot that broke out on Jan. 14, adding to chaos in a penitentiary system in which some 140 inmates have died in gang warfare since the start of the year
Turkey has set three conditions regarding security, land tradeoffs and a rotating presidency to achieve a solution on Cyprus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Jan. 13
The United Nations’ new secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, has urged the parties in the Cyprus peace talks in Geneva to be patient to reach a “solid and sustainable” solution, as the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders were accompanied by the foreign ministers of the three guarantor powers for the first time
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck off Indonesia’s Maluku Islands on Jan. 14.