Since U.S. President Donald Trump’s rise to power, discrimination towards Arabs in Israel has risen as racist groups feel emboldened by the belief Trump supports them, according to Ayman Odeh, the head of Joint List, a political alliance of four Arab-dominated parties in Israel.
Greece will speed up the relocation of thousands of migrants from its overcrowded islands to the mainland before the onset of winter after reaching a deal with Turkey, a key ally in helping to tackle Europe's migration crisis, government sources said Dec. 11.
Arms sales by the world's top 100 arm producers rose 1.9 percent in 2016, the first year of growth in five years, with the U.S. and Western Europe taking an over 82 percent share, according to an international survey released on Dec. 11.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced on Dec. 10 that leading opposition parties will be barred from taking part in next year's presidential vote after they boycotted mayoral polls, in a move set to further consolidate his grip on power.
Saudi Arabia said on Dec. 11 that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom and the first cinemas were likely to open early next year.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 10 said the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a “threat to peace”.
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.
United Nations officials have found that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels appear to have a “common origin,” but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report.
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.
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.
An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State, Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is underway in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Dec. 10.
The Arab League, from Egypt's capital Cairo, condemned late on Dec. 9, U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.