* Welcoming in the new year amid terror fears In Paris, Moscow, Jakarta, Madrid, New York, Sydney and elsewhere, events were canceled or reduced, terror suspects arrested as a jittery world inaugurated 2016.
* Israel welcomes 2016 with 8,462,000 citizens 176,000 babies were born in Israel in 2015, while 28,000 people made aliyah, mostly from France, Ukraine and Russia.
* 2015: The Year of Anti-Christian Jihad, "Christians Are Allah's Enemies!" The year 2015 will go down in memory as a period of unprecedented Christian persecution throughout the world, resulting in thousands of deaths along with continuous targeted acts of violence and terror.
* Gazans outraged over New Year's Eve ban Gaza residents and politicians take to social media to blast Hamas's hypocrisy in banning New Year's Eve parties.
* Erdogan cites Hitler's Germany as example of effective presidential system Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his desire to ensure Turkey adopts a presidential system of government and has even cited Adolf Hitler's Germany as an example of how this can be achieved.
* The Israelis have spoken - Putin is their person of the year for 2015 The poll of 527 respondents representing a statistical sample of the Jewish adult population, was taken Tuesday and has an error margin of ±4.3 percent.
* Dubai seeks cause of massive hotel fire at New Year The authorities in Dubai are trying to find out what caused a spectacular fire to engulf a 63-storey luxury hotel in the city centre on New Year's Eve.
* Mein Kampf back in publication, but not in Israel Israeli publishers say even with copyright expiration, Hitler's anti-Semitic screed will not be published in the Jewish state.
* 2015 sees 3% drop in tourist arrivals in Israel Some 3.1 million tourists visited the Holy Land in the past year, 20% of them from America and 14% from Russia; one-day visits increased by 32%, mainly due to business people's fear of staying in Israel for longer period of time.
* Inside the Ring: China Preps for Space Warfare Following recent tests of anti-satellite missiles and near-space hypersonic vehicles, China's military will soon create a new Space Force within the People's Liberation Army, a sign Beijing is preparing for future space warfare.