CAIRO/ISTANBUL—Islamic State claimed responsibility on Monday, Jan. 2, for a New Year's Day mass shooting in a packed Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people, an attack carried out by a lone gunman who remains at large. It described the Reina nightclub, where many foreigners as well as Turks were killed, as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their "apostate holiday". The attack, it said, was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
WASHINGTON—No evidence has emerged to suggest Russian hacking influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and it would be irresponsible to jump to conclusions before receiving a final intelligence report, Donald Trump's spokesman said on Monday, Jan. 2. "There is zero evidence that they influenced the election," Sean Spicer told Fox News.
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for "a sin that shames us". In a letter sent on Dec. 28 but released by the Vatican only on Monday, Jan. 2, Francis said: "I would like us to renew our complete commitment to ensuring that these atrocities will no longer take place in our midst."
ISTANBUL/ANKARA - A gunman shot his way into an Istanbul nightclub packed with New Year's revelers early on Sunday, killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 40 in what the provincial governor described as a terrorist attack. The assailant shot a police officer and a civilian as he entered the Reina nightclub before opening fire at random inside. The club lies on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait in the Ortakoy district of Turkey's most populous city.
To humanize the intensive care unit and comfort families of the dying, Canadian doctors have found a way to elicit happier memories at the bedside. They’re creating Word Clouds — and they say the practice is valuable for them, too, because it helps them forge their own bonds with patients.
CHICAGO -- Chicago's holiday weekend was marred by bouts of gunfire and a dozen killings, continuing a yearlong surge in violence in the third largest U.S. city that has pushed the number of murders to a nearly two-decade high. Police blamed gang conflicts for much of the violence.
A small plane carrying the chief executive of an Ohio-based liquor distribution company and his wife and sons disappeared over Lake Erie shortly after taking off on Thursday night near Cleveland, the company said on Friday. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search on Friday evening and the official overseeing the operation offered condolences to the friends of family of those aboard the plane.
The U.S. oil rig count ended 2016 just below year-ago levels as drillers added rigs this week as part of the biggest recovery since a global oil glut crushed the market over two years. Drillers added two oil rigs in the week to Dec. 30, bringing the total count up to 525, the most since December 2015 and 11 shy of the 536 rigs seen at the end of 2015, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.
LONDON -- The cause of singer George Michael's death this week is unclear after an initial autopsy and more tests are needed, British police said on Friday. British singer Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist, died at his home in southern England on Sunday. He was 53.
MOSCOW, Dec 30 - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Dec. 30, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for refraining from retaliation in a dispute over spying and cyber attacks, in another sign that the Republican plans to patch up badly frayed relations with Moscow. Putin earlier on Friday said he would not hit back for the U.S. expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies by President Barack Obama, at least until Trump takes office on Jan. 20. "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" Trump wrote on Twitter.