Putin: No one can create problems for Russia
Russian president says 2016 was a difficult year for Russia

Soviet Afghan war made radical groups: Russian diplomat
Putin's envoy to Afghanistan says idea that Soviet Union came to eliminate Islam encouraged many people to go fight there

6.3 tremor strikes eastern Japan
No reports of injuries, damage or tsunami following quake that originated at depth of around 10 kilometers

Palestinians hail UN resolution on Israeli settlements
The resolution was passed by a 14-0 vote after the US abstained

Libyan plane hijackers surrender in Malta
All passengers and crew released

UN votes to stop Israeli settlements as US abstains
Obama administration breaks with long-standing US policy

OIC issues Syria declaration
Islamic int'l organization passes statement after joint declaration by Turkey, Russia, Iran

Dozens of Daesh suspects detained in Istanbul
Istanbul police detain 31 Daesh suspects in operation

Evacuation from eastern Aleppo in Syria 'now complete'
Regime forces and pro-regime foreign terror groups take full control of Aleppo as civilians and opposition fighters leave