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‘We All Want to Pray in Jerusalem’, Says Bassil Urging Arab Measures, Uprising

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil has called for an Arab popular uprising and for diplomatic, political and economic Arab measures against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

FBI: Sessions Did Not Need to Disclose Foreign Contacts on Security Clearance Form

By Solange Reyner    

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not required to disclose foreign contacts on his security clearance application unless he “developed personal relationships” with them, the FBI told one of his assistants last March in an email, according to a report on CNN.

Turkey remembers PKK attack victims in Beşiktaş one year on

Turkish football giants Beşiktaş paid tribute on Dec. 10 to the 46 people killed in the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack near the team’s stadium, starting a day of commemorations to mark the first anniversary of the attacks.

Turkish authorities start profiling most dangerous drivers

Turkish authorities have started to profile drivers most likely to cause road accidents, in a bid to reduce accidents, which kill 7,500 people every year.

The ultimate aim of a study held by the Interior Ministry in September is to decrease this figure by at least half by 2020.

Turkey, Russia to discuss Jerusalem crisis at Erdoğan-Putin summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Dec. 11 in Ankara to discuss crises in the Middle East, including the aftermath of the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and joint efforts to stabilize Syria.

Rights abuses in Turkey have increased under state of emergency: NGOs

Turkey’s ongoing state of emergency violates basic human rights including the right to life, prominent human rights associations in the country have stated, as the European Convention on Human Rights marks its 69th year.

EU vows allocation of 3 billion euros to Syrian refugees in Turkey to be completed ‘before 2018’

The European Commission is committed to completing the contracting of all three billion euros in assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey before the end of this year, senior EU officials have vowed, adding that the process for the allocation of the additional three billion euros will start in early 2018.

Israel is a terror state and Arab leaders must act: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has described Israel as a “terror state,” while urging leaders of Arab countries to act following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Israel is a state of occupation and a terror state,” Erdoğan said in a speech in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas on Dec. 10, vowing that Turkey “will not leave Jerusalem to the consciousness of a child-killer state.”

Turkish media flagship Hürriyet bids to grow digitally with new R&D center

Establishing the first R&D center in a media outlet in Turkey, Hürriyet is looking for innovative ways to grow in the digital world, says the paper’s CEO Çağlar Görüş.

Hürriyet’s recent competing with social media channels in terms of web traffic is a big milestone, Göğüş said, vowing that investigative journalism will “always remain at the heart of Hürriyet.”

New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire exploded in size Sunday, forcing more people in the path of the unpredictable flames to get out with their lives.

OIC summit in Istanbul should recognize Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital: Adnan al-Husayni

An emergency summit of Muslim-majority countries to be convened in Istanbul this week should declare Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, a senior Palestinian official has said.

“We expect the [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] OIC to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. This will be an answer to [U.S. President Donald] Trump. You know that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine but you need to declare it. It can have a very strong impact on the political level,” Adnan al-Husayni, the Jerusalem governor of Palestinian Authority, told the Hürriyet Daily News on Dec. 9.

Nikki Haley: President Trump’s Sexual Misconduct Accusers Should be Heard

By Associated Press

 (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that women who accuse someone of sexual misconduct deserve to be heard, even if it involves President Donald Trump.

Germany’s Intelligence Agency Says China Used Fake LinkedIn Profiles to Spy on Officials

By Joseph Hincks

China has been using fake LinkedIn accounts to mine personal data from German politicians, diplomats, and other officials, Germany’s intelligence agency BfV has warned.

Daesh Terrorists Kidnapping Children Near Sirte – Reports

The incident took place in a small town located 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Sirte on late Saturday, the Xinhua news agency reported citing a military source.

Kaspersky Shuts Down DC Offices After Allegations of Russian Cybermeddling

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, alleged to have stolen US documents for the Kremlin, will shut down its offices in Arlington, Virginia.

Mexican opposition leader Anaya to seek presidency in coalition

Reuters Staff

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican opposition leader Ricardo Anaya said on Sunday he would seek to win the presidency in a left-right alliance after stepping down as head of the conservative National Action Party (PAN).

Berlin police say bags of bullets found near Christmas market not linked to terrorism

Reuters Staff

BERLIN (Reuters) – There is no reason to suspect that two bags of bullets found near a Christmas market and mosque in western Berlin have anything to do with terrorism and the find was related neither to the market nor to the mosque, police said on Sunday.

May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

Elizabeth Piper

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will hail “a new sense of optimism” in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week “to move forwards together” to discuss future trade ties.

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election.

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Israel’s prime minister has said Palestinians must “get to grips with” the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital in order to move towards peace.

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