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Turkey: Explosion Injures At Least 20 Near Stadium

At least one explosion went off in Istanbul on Dec. 10 followed, according to some witnesses, by intense gunfire, Al Jazeera and numerous other outlets reported. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Enters Palmyra

Islamic State fighters entered the outskirts of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Dec. 10 for the first time since loyalist forces recaptured the city in March, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Lawmaker Submits Proposals To Amend Constitution

Lawmaker Mustafa Elitas of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted a draft proposal Dec. 10 to amend the constitution to expand the power of the presidency, Anadolu Agency reported. Read more…

Brazil: Fresh Allegations Emerge Of Presidential Corruption

Former Institutional Relations Director Claudio Melo Filho of Odebrecht SA, a Brazilian engineering firm, has testified to prosecutors about illegal campaign contributions to the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), implicating President Michel Temer, Globo TV reported Dec. 10. Read more…

China: Beijing Suspends North Korean Coal Imports

Beijing announced Dec. 10 that it would halt the import of coal from neighboring North Korea for three weeks ending Dec. 31, Japan Times reported. Read more…

Iraq: In Mosul, Troops Capture 2 More Eastern Districts

Iraqi troops fully captured the eastern Mosul districts of al-Murour and al-Qadisiya al-Oula from the Islamic State on Dec. 10, Counter Terrorism Service representative Sabah al-Numani said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Bulgaria: At Least 5 Dead In Train Derailment

At least five people in the Bulgarian village of Hitrino, Shumen province were killed and 20 injured when a train carrying liquid petroleum gas derailed, hit electric lines and exploded on Dec. 10, BBC reported. Read more…

Bulgaria: At Least 5 Dead In Train Derailment

At least five people in the Bulgarian village of Hitrino, Shumen province were killed and 20 injured when a train carrying liquid petroleum gas derailed, hit electric lines and exploded on Dec. 10, BBC reported. Read more…

U.S.: President-Elect Reacts To Allegations Of Russian Election Interference

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team issued statements late Dec. 9 questioning the credibility of reported CIA conclusions that the Russian government used hacking to try to tip the election in Trump's favor, USA Today reported Dec. 10. Read more…

Iraq: Coalition Captures Eastern Mosul Neighborhood

Iraqi troops took control of Mosul’s eastern Tamim district Dec. 9. Meanwhile, coalition airstrikes destroyed three production plants that Islamic State used to make vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, along with associated storage sites, Lt. Gen. Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: Giza Blast Kills Six Police Officers

A Dec. 9 blast caused by an improvised explosive device planted near roadblocks on Al-Haram Street in the city of Giza, part of the greater Cairo metropolis, killed six police officers, Daily News Egypt reported. Read more…

South Korea: Parliament Votes To Impeach President

The South Korean parliament voted 234-56 to impeach President Park Geun Hye on Dec. 9 over her alleged link to a corruption scandal, Yonhap news agency reported. Read more…

Philippines: Support For U.S. South China Sea Operations Unlikely, Defense Secretary Says

The Philippines is highly unlikely to allow the U.S. military to use Philippine territory as a springboard for so-called freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) through disputed parts of the South China Sea, Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Dec. 8, Gulf News reported. Read more…

Colombia: U.S. Says FARC Still Involved In Drug Trafficking

Despite peace talks with the Colombian government, factions of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are still involved in drug trafficking, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said, Caracol reported Dec. 7. Read more…

Russia: Former Adviser To U.S. President-Elect Arrives In Moscow

Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, arrived in Moscow on Dec. 8 for a trip that will last through Dec. 13, Vestnik Kavkaza reported. Read more…

Italy: Renzi Resigns

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi officially resigned on Dec. 7, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Western Powers Call For Aleppo Cease-Fire

Western powers including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Canada issued a joint statement Dec. 7 calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, AP reported. Read more…

Ghana: Voters Head To Polls For Presidential Vote

Voters in Ghana head to the polls Dec. 7 to cast their votes in the country's presidential election, which pits incumbent President John Dramani Mahama against main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo and several other candidates, Reuters reported. Read more…

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