Daily Archives: December 31, 2016

New Year’s attack on packed Istanbul club leaves 39 dead

An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a crowded nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 39 people and wounding close to 70 others in what the province’s governor described as a… Continue reading

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The Latest: Turkey lowers number of foreign fatalities

The Latest on a deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub. Continue reading

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New subway line, awaited since the 1920s, is set to roll

New York residents’ long wait to take a subway under Manhattan’s far Upper East Side is coming to an end. Continue reading

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New UN chief urges New Year resolution: ‘Put Peace First’

Antonio Guterres is starting his first day as the new secretary-general of the United Nations with an appeal to all people in the world to make a New Year’s resolution: “Let us resolve to put peace first.” The former Portuguese prime minister and U.N. Continue reading

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A look at the major attacks in Turkey over the past year

A deadly New Year’s assault on an Istanbul nightclub follows a long string of attacks in Turkey over the past year. Continue reading

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The Latest: WNBA players were next door to Istanbul club

The Latest on a deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub. Continue reading

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N. Korea: Developing long-range missiles ‘in final stages’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is quoted as saying in a New Year’s message that his country’s development of banned long-range missiles is in “final stages.” Kim’s address was monitored by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Sunday. Continue reading

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China’s manufacturing expands for 5th consecutive month

Activity at China’s factories slowed in December but still represented the fifth consecutive month of expansion in the latest sign that the world’s No. Continue reading

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Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections

A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs. Continue reading

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Several wounded in New Year’s attack on Istanbul night club

Turkey’s state-run news agency says an armed assailant has opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, wounding several people. Continue reading

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Pilot for Canadian airline charged with being impaired

A pilot for Canadian carrier Sunwing Airlines faces charges after police allege he was impaired and passed out over his seat before takeoff. Continue reading

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Congo president to leave after 2017 vote under new deal

Political parties in Congo have reached a deal that calls for President Joseph Kabila to leave power after the next election. Continue reading

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New UN chief wants consensus but faces antagonistic Trump

Antonio Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder” but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body’s 193 member states do nothing except tal… Continue reading

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No big New Year’s celebrations for Iraq’s displaced

There were no big New Year’s celebrations for the Iraqi men, women and children who narrowly escaped the fighting in Mosul, only to wait for hours under armed guard while the fighting-age males among them were cleared of links to the Islamic State. Continue reading

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Police: Whale spotted swimming in New York City’s East River

Officers patrolling New York City’s harbor in a police boat have spotted a whale in the East River. Continue reading

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Man arrested after shouting ‘bomb’ at Berlin New Year party

German police say they have arrested a man who shouted “bomb, bomb, bomb” at Berlin’s massive open-air New Year’s party. Continue reading

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Palestinian president ready to work with Trump for peace

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump to reach a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel. Continue reading

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Silent march through downtown Chicago marks year of violence

Hundreds are marching silently along Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago and are carrying crosses for each person slain in the city this year. Continue reading

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Help wanted: Bilingual teachers for California schools

While Californians passed a ballot measure to bring back bilingual education in the upcoming school year, educators say a challenge to getting the programs started will be finding more bilingual teachers. Continue reading

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Murder warrant issued for ex-boyfriend of Dallas mom who vanished a year ago

Dallas police were looking Saturday for a man they say killed his ex-girlfriend and then dumped her body under a bridge. Continue reading

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Veteran’s death investigated after struggle with deputies

Authorities are investigating after an Air Force veteran died following a struggle with Tampa Bay-area sheriff’s deputies. Continue reading

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Pope urges the faithful to help youth find purpose

Pope Francis strolled through St. Peter’s Square Saturday evening during the last frigid hours of 2016, exchanging New Year’s Eve greetings with the faithful. Continue reading

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Judge: Top NYC taxi cab owner must give up 46 medallions

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that one of New York City’s top yellow cab operators must give up 46 coveted taxi medallions. Continue reading

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Coast Guard suspends search for plane that vanished in Ohio

The disappointing search for a small plane that disappeared over Lake Erie near Cleveland’s shores carrying six people has turned into a recovery effort. Continue reading

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Texas judge takes specialized court for veterans on the road

A Texas judge is doing something novel in the relatively new world of courts designed specifically for military veterans. Continue reading

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Worries grow as homicides spike in Virginia’s capital city

George Carrington III was excited to become a father. Continue reading

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Long gas lines, price hike mar holiday season in Mexico

The holiday season has been a little less merry for car owners in Mexico as gasoline shortages in many parts of the country have forced grumbling customers to contend with hours-long lines. Continue reading

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Russia-linked malware found on US electric company’s laptop

Malware code linked to Russian hackers and found on a Vermont electric utility’s computer is further evidence of “predatory” steps taken by that country against the U.S., a Vermont Democratic congressman said Saturday. Continue reading

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WSJ: Reporter detained in Turkey for nearly 3 days released

The Wall Street Journal says one of its reporters was detained in Turkey for nearly three days before authorities allowed him to exit the country. Continue reading

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4 injured, 1 seriously, when driver crashes into pedestrians

Police in Finland say at least four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a driver lost control over his car and crashed into pedestrians on a Helsinki sidewalk. Continue reading

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Venezuela frees jailed activists, ex-presidential candidate

Venezuela’s government has freed from jail a former presidential candidate and several student activists arrested during anti-government protests in 2014. Continue reading

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New Year celebrations around the world

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16 bodies recovered after mine collapse in India

Police say rescue workers have recovered the bodies of 16 miners buried after some 23 miners were trapped by a mound of fallen earth in eastern India. Continue reading

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Egypt releases remains of Paris flight crew

Egypt’s Forensics Authority says it has released the remains of ten crew members of the fallen EgyptAir Paris flight to their families, seven months after the plane plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea on its way to Cairo in May, killing all 66 passeng… Continue reading

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Romania: 48 Iraqis discovered in truck carrying chocolate

Romanian border guards have discovered 48 Iraqi citizens hidden away in a truck that officially was transporting boxes of chocolate. Continue reading

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China’s Xi offers populist message in New Year’s Eve address

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his government will continue to focus on poverty alleviation at home and resolutely defending China’s territorial rights on the foreign front. Continue reading

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Brazilian officials: Greek ambassador killed by wife’s lover

Police in Brazil believe that Greece’s ambassador to the country was killed by his wife’s lover under her orders in a house in the Rio area and have detained three suspects, authorities said Friday. Continue reading

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Pennsylvania trooper shot dead; search continues for suspect

Pennsylvania State Police continue their search for the suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper. Continue reading

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Syrian activists say no let-up in fighting outside capital

Activists say besieged opposition pockets around the Syrian capital of Damascus have seen no reprieve in fighting despite a nationwide cease-fire agreement that went into effect over 36 hours ago. Continue reading

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3,000 years ago, it ruled the Mideast, now blown to pieces

The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Continue reading

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2 dead, 2 injured in Connecticut shooting after rapper’s concert

Police say two are dead and two injured after a shooting outside a Connecticut theater late Friday night following a concert. Continue reading

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Baghdad bomb blasts kill at least 28

A pair of bomb blasts targeting a market in central Baghdad Saturday killed at least 28 people and wounded at least 54, according to police and medical officials. Continue reading

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French far right short on funds. Can Russia help, again?

Money, and how to get it, has dogged French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen for years. Continue reading

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Boko Haram leader urges fighters: kill, slaughter and abduct

Boko Haram’s leader is urging his fighters to “kill, slaughter and abduct … Continue reading

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Sinai explosion kills officer and soldier

A security official says that an explosion targeting a security vehicle in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has killed one junior officer and one soldier and injured another soldier. Continue reading

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South Koreans demand leader’s removal in New Year’s Eve protest

Even on New Year’s Eve, large crowds of South Koreans gathered to join another rally demanding the ouster of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who’s determined to restore her powers through a court trial. Continue reading

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S. Koreans demand leader’s removal in New Year’s Eve protest

Even on New Year’s Eve, large crowds of South Koreans gathered to join another rally demanding the ouster of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who’s determined to restore her powers through a court trial. Continue reading

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UN Security Council to vote on cease-fire agreement in Syria

The U.N. Security Council will vote Saturday on a resolution that would endorse the cease-fire agreement in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey, and reiterate support for a roadmap to peace that starts with a transitional government. Continue reading

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India to continue to regulate ATM, bank withdrawals

India will continue to control how much money people can withdraw from ATMs and banks after the end of a deadline to exchange or deposit its devalued high-value currency bills. Continue reading

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Philadelphia zoo euthanizes 25-year-old lion, believed to be oldest held in US

An African lion believed to be the oldest held in an American zoo has been euthanized. Continue reading

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