UAE APPOINTS A WOMAN TO BE FIRST 'MINISTER OF HAPPINESS'
Forget the negative headlines pouring from the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates thinks it's time to focus on something brighter instead. The prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce a new Cabinet that includes the country's first-ever "minister of state for happiness."
PARIS'S BATACLAN MUSIC HALL TO REOPEN BY THE END OF THIS YEAR
The owners of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 89 people were massacred by jihadists as part of the November 13 attacks, said on Thursday that they hope to host music shows again before the end of the year. The Bataclan's distinctive 19th century Chinoiserie-style building has been shuttered since a series of attacks across Paris that left 130 people dead and 350 others wounded.
FORMER AUSCHWITZ GUARD GOES ON TRIAL IN GERMANY
A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard goes on trial in Germany on Thursday on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for the deaths of tens of thousands at the Nazi concentration camp. The trial is the first of three scheduled this year against former SS men as Germany races to prosecute ageing Third Reich criminals.
NATO DISPATCHES SHIPS TO COMBAT MIGRANT FLOW FROM TURKEY
NATO launched Thursday an unprecedented naval mission in the Aegean Sea to tackle people smugglers taking migrants and refugees from the Turkish coast, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. The move follows a request this week by alliance members Germany, Greece and Turkey for assistance in tackling Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II.
GERMAN POLICE CONDUCT RAIDS IN SEARCH OF IS GROUP SUSPECTS
German police conducted raids in Berlin and other parts of northern Germany on Thursday in a search for four men suspected of links to Islamic State militants and possibly preparing an attack in Germany, police said. In close cooperation with the domestic intelligence agency, they arrested two men and one woman on existing warrants related to other matters, they said. German media reported that those arrested were Islamists.