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New Year’s attack on packed Istanbul club leaves 35 dead

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 4:02 p.m.

Medics and security officials work at the scene after an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Turkey's state-run news agency said an armed assailant opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations, and Istanbul’s governor said at least 35 people were killed. (AP)
An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack.

U.S. states, leery of Russia malware, re-examine cybersecurity

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 3:45 p.m.

Several states around the country on Saturday asked cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility’s laptop was found to contain malware that U.S. officials say is linked to Russian hackers.

Dutch fertility clinic warns couples of possible sperm mix-up

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 1:59 p.m.

Unable to make babies on their own, more than two dozen couples went to a top-flight fertility clinic in the Netherlands for help. But the clinic has announced it may have been leaving old sperm on its tools for more than a year – and now those couples face the prospect of raising a stranger’s biological child.

U.N. backs Russian-Turkish Syria efforts as cease-fire wavers

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 1:54 p.m.

New Zealand’s U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, left, and Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, raise their hands as they join other members of the Security Council at the United Nations headquarters on Saturday voting to pass a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations. (Craig Ruttle / Associated Press)
The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, as a fragile country-wide cease-fire wavered.

Some in Mosul wary of return of Iraq’s government

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016

Internally displaced people move past an armoured vehicle, as they flee fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants at the eastern section of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (Khalid Mohammed / Associated Press)
MOSUL, Iraq – The 19-year-old resident of Mosul pulled up his shirt and showed a festering wound on his back. It came, he said, from Iraqi troops who detained him for three days and beat him, trying to get him to confess to belong to the Islamic State group. His story and similar stories by others only deepen worries among many of Mosul’s mainly Sunni residents over what happens when the extremist group is defeated and Baghdad’s Shiite-led government resumes control.

Obama’s last month: ‘Obamacare’ defense, Chicago speech

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 11:04 p.m.

Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy. Obama also plans a major valedictory speech in Chicago, his hometown, shortly before his presidency ends.

Syria’s cease-fire holding despite minor violations

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 10:39 p.m.

BEIRUT – A nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey that went into effect at midnight held Friday despite minor violations, marking a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has disregarded high-level peace initiatives for over five years. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes early Friday between troops and rebels in the central province of Hama and near the capital, Damascus. It said that later in the day a man was killed by sniper fire in eastern suburbs of Damascus, becoming the first fatality since the truce went into effect. The group also reported an aerial attack on the rebel-held Barada Valley near Damascus.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane with 6 onboard

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 9:06 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for an airplane that was carrying a beverage distribution company executive and five other people when it vanished over Lake Erie shortly after takeoff from the city’s lakeshore airport.

Court reinstates Kennedy cousin Skakel’s murder conviction

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 8:02 p.m.

Michael Skakel enters the state Supreme Court for a hearing, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Hartford, Conn. (Jessica Hill / Associated Press)
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel faces a possible return to prison after the state Supreme Court on Friday reinstated his murder conviction in the killing of Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were 15 years old and neighbors in a wealthy enclave.

Europe 2017: Brexit, far-right surging, Russian threat

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 6:57 p.m.

Europe’s leaders are not expecting a smooth ride in 2017 following a year marked by political upheaval, extremist attacks, unchecked immigration, and a rising military threat from Russia.

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