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Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 35.

At least 35 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in a busy square in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, security and medical sources say. Sixty-one other people were injured by the blast in the predominantly Shia Muslim eastern district of Sadr City.

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IS says it carried out Turkey nightclub attack

So-called Islamic State says it was behind the new year attack on a Turkish nightclub that killed 39 people. The group said in a statement it was carried out by "a heroic soldier".

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Istanbul police continue search over nightclub attack

The manhunt continues for a gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub as Turkey marked the start of the New Year. The unknown assailant opened fire at Reina nightclub yesterday, before managing to flee amid the chaos. The motive for the attack is not clear, but suspicion has fallen on the Islamic State group, already linked to at least two terror attacks in Turkey last year. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such groups tried "to create chaos".

Global festivities welcome 2017 New Year celebrations

 

Celebrations are under way as people around the world ring in the New Year. From Sydney in Australia to Pyongyang in North Korea and Moscow in Russia, crowds gathered to say goodbye to 2016, a tumultuous year in global politics. Many cities around the world have stepped up security for New Year's Eve celebrations, after a year in which attackers drove lorries into crowds in Berlin in Germany and Nice, France.

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US expels Russian diplomats over cyber attack allegations.

The US has expelled 35 Russian diplomats as punishment for alleged interference into last month's presidential elections, giving them 72 hours to leave the country.

It will also close two compounds used for Russian intelligence-gathering. President Barack Obama had vowed action against Russia amid US accusations it directed hacks against the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign. Russia has denied any involvement and called the decision "ungrounded". 

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces launch 'second phase' of attack

Iraqi forces have launched a fresh wave of attacks against so-called Islamic State in Mosul. Troops are pushing into eastern districts in the "second phase" of an offensive to recapture the last major stronghold held by IS in Iraq. The campaign marks an end to a lull in the fighting in recent weeks. Iraqi forces have met bitter resistance since first entering Mosul's eastern suburbs last month.

Russian sappers sweep Aleppo for mines, discovered shells made in US and Germany

Russian bomb disposal teams are continuing to sweep schools and mosques of Aleppo for booby-traps, mines and munitions after they were wrested from rebel control. Recovered explosives come from various parts of the world, including the US and Germany.

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Two dead and more than 40 injured in India train crash

At least two people are dead and more than 40 injured following the derailment of a train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state. Fourteen carriages of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed near Kanpur in the early hours today. Officials said that all passengers had been rescued from the derailed carriages. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

The derailment happened when the train was crossing a bridge over a dry canal. Eyewitnesses told local TV channels that there was dense fog when the carriages derailed. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that a "thorough investigation will be carried out" to know the cause of the accident.

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars actress, dies aged 60

US actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has died aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was taken ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday and was taken to hospital when the plane landed. A family statement announced she had died on Tuesday morning. Tributes have been pouring in, with Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill simply tweeting: "No words #devastated".

Russian plane crash: First 'black box' brought to Moscow

The flight data recorder of the Russian military airliner which crashed in the Black Sea on Sunday has been recovered and brought to Moscow. The Tu-154 jet came down with the loss of all 92 passengers and crew. At least 12 bodies have been recovered so far. It was carrying artistes due to give a concert for Russian troops in Syria, and journalists and military personnel. The cause of the disaster is still being investigated but there is no suggestion of a terror attack.

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