Reports of thwarted terrorist attacks in Munich, New York, France, and other places marred celebrations of the New Year worldwide.
Belgian police have detained six people allegedly planning an attack on the capital city during its official New Year's festivities, which have been canceled.
The White House is delaying imposing new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, the Wall Street Journal reported December 31.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new national-security strategy accusing the United States of trying to “contain” Russia through “political, economic, military, and informational pressure.”
The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for a shooting attack late December 29 that killed one person at a historic citadel in Russia's North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
A Russian court has sentenced a blogger to five years in a Siberian penal colony for "inciting hatred and extremism" after he criticized Russian intervention in Ukraine and, separately, accused local authorities of corruption and incompetence.
Iran has denied that its Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near a U.S. aircraft-carrier and other warships as they were entering the Persian Gulf on December 26.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the state intelligence service the authority to use weapons in crowds and fire at women and children under certain circumstances.
The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than one million migrants braved the seas in 2015 to reach Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year.
Syrian activists say twin suicide bomb blasts hit two restaurants in a Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on December 30, killing or wounding dozens of people.
Two U.S. House committees are investigating a report by the Wall Street Journal that the United States has continued to spy on the Israeli prime minister because of his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.
Moscow called for the arrest of a Turkish man it claims killed the pilot of a Russian jet downed by Turkey last month.