French and Algerian militants, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases, multiple international and Afghan sources have told AFP.
Two Palestinians were killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Dec. 9, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem "probably" won't happen for another two years, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Dec. 8.
Syrian men and boys, in their war-torn country and abroad, have suffered “a vicious cycle” of sexual abuse with more devastating consequences than previously reported, the United Nations said on Dec. 7.
Muslims staged a “day of rage” around the world following Friday prayers on Dec. 8 after U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Britain and the European Union reached a historic deal on Brexit divorce terms on Dec. 8 that allows them to open up talks on a future relationship after the split.
A federal judge in Argentina indicted former President Cristina Fernandez for treason and asked for her arrest for allegedly covering up Iran's possible role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people, a court ruling said.
Germany's center-left Social Democrats agreed on Dec. 7 to open talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least to support a minority government.
European evaluators have praised the Vatican's financial watchdogs for efficiently flagging suspicious transactions but have once again faulted Vatican prosecutors for failing to bring any money laundering cases to trial.
Japan plans to purchase offensive air-to-surface missiles to counter North Korea's rising military threat, its defence minister said on Dec. 8, a move likely to stir debate over its decades-long pacifist policy.