Russia has become a southern neighbor to Turkey due to its strong existence in Syria, Bahçeşehir (BAU) Cyprus University academic tells the Hürriyet Daily News, adding that Moscow has come back to the Middle East which it had left” and “is now a game setter for the region.”
Turkey and all members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will launch a new initiative at the United Nations this week after their declaration of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of the city as the “undivided” capital of Israel.
Clad in traditional Chinese, Western and Sri Lankan costumes, 50 Chinese couples were married at a mass ceremony in Sri Lanka's capital to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and to promote the island nation as a tourist destination.
A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history on Dec. 16 as forced evacuations turned neighborhoods into ghost towns and ash fell in some areas like heavy snow.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has hit back at critics of her handling of Brexit, writing in the Sunday Telegraph that she had "proven the doubters wrong" after securing an interim deal.
A three-man space crew featuring American and Japanese rookie astronauts as well as an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off on Dec. 17 for a six-month mission at the International Space Station (ISS).
Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills in 2018 now oppose the government’s plan.
Polish Holocaust survivor Kazimierz Piechowski, who spectacularly escaped Auschwitz by stealing the car of a Nazi SS officer, died on Dec. 15 aged 98, the state Institute for National Remembrance (INR) said.
A young Syrian refugee's dreams came true when she met Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team mates after the club invited her to attend a La Liga match earlier this month.
The UN envoy for Syria acknowledged on Dec. 14 that the latest round of peace talks for the war-ravaged country had failed, and blamed Damascus for the “golden opportunity missed.”
A baby king penguin waddled into view at Singapore's bird park on Dec. 13, the first of its kind to be born there in almost a decade.
Russia, Turkey and Iran have “full understanding” of countering terrorism and preserving Syria’s territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Dec. 15.