Iranian officials say the death toll from an outbreak of swine flu in southeastern Iran has increased, warning that the disease could spread to other areas of the country.
The Turkish military said on December 9 that the overnight raids "destroyed" targets of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in four areas.
Turkey has defended its deployment of additional forces to Iraq, saying it was an "act of solidarity" with Baghdad's fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says military progress against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq remains slow, and that Washington will send attack helicopters and more advisers to help retake the strategic city of Ramadi.
Turkey accuses Russia of pursuing a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Syria, in the latest escalation of tensions between Ankara and Moscow.
Russia has reportedly stopped construction work at Turkey's first planned nuclear power plant, amid a bitter row between Moscow and Ankara.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Finance Ministry to take Ukraine to court if the country defaults on its $3 billion debt to Moscow.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says police have identified the third gunman involved in the deadly November 13 terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris -- a French-born national from the city of Strasbourg.
Time magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its Person Of The Year 2015.
Russian military officials say the last surviving Soviet Red Army veteran of World War II who took part in the storming of the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945 has died at the age of 93 in St. Petersburg.
Exiled former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said that a new Russian revolution is "inevitable and necessary," and predicted President Vladimir Putin's government will be out of power within a few years.
Prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus has been freed from prison due to her deteriorating health, although she and her fellow activist husband still face treason charges.