At its latest meeting in Vienna, OPEC welcomed back Iran to its fold, and decided to hold its oil prices for the next six months. Production of oil will not be increased, to help Iran regain its former quota and second producer position, currently held by Iraq.
A new deal will meant that Turkish citizens will have visa-free travel to the UE, according to officials from the European Commission and the Turkish government. The deal should be signed on 16 December, making it easier for Turkish citizens to travel across Europe.
US ship, the MV Cape Ray, is being fitted with special equipment that will destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal. The UN says the deadly stockpile must undertake a difficult route on trucks through the Syrian warzone, posing numerous security challenges.
Scientists in France have confirmed high levels of polonium in for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s body, but have dismissed the theory his was poisoned. The conclusions contradict those made by a Swiss team earlier this year, which says it is likely Arafat was poisoned.
American city Detroit has been given the go ahead to cut pensions, sell city assets and restructure debt to creditors. Judge Steven Rhodes said bankruptcy could be the only way to combat Detroit’s $18bn, crumbling infrastructure and high crime rate.
The United Nations says it has found clear evidence that Syria’s government has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. The accusation goes to the highest levels and implicates the president, Bashar Al Assad.
The Obama administration has contradicted Iran over the recently-signed nuclear deal by saying that sanctions imposed on Iran helped bring them to the negotiation table. Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Zarif, previously said Iran signed the deal because it wants to be fully integrated in the world community.
Rival factions have clashed on the streets of Kiev as the country faces a growing political crisis. Demonstrators are demanding new elections and the impeachment of President Viktor Yanukovich after the government refused to sign a trade deal with the European Union, tying them closer to Russia. A court order banned protests, but thousands took to the streets in breach of the order.
Egyptian security forces fired teargas on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as military power continue to grow again in the country. Protesters are continuing to stand against the military rule, which they see as damaging to the country and undemocratic.
Silvio Berlusconi has been expelled from parliament following a vote by the Italian Senate. The ex-Prime Minister’s expulsion was made with immediate effect, following his conviction for tax fraud, and other scandals.
A 35-year-old musician in Hong Kong claims to be the world’s first professional Kim Jong-un lookalike after photos of him dressed as the North Korean leader went viral. The impersonator turned heads as he paraded around Hong Kong’s retail district.
The first major rally since a new law banned protests has led to dozens of people being arrested. Police used water cannons and tear gas against people who were demonstrating against the ‘protest law’, with more protests due to take place this week.