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First aid officers carry an injured woman at the site of an armed attack on Sunday in Istanbul. At least 39 people were killed in an armed attack Saturday on an Istanbul nightclub where people were celebrating the new year. Ihlas News Agency/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syria And Russia Among Major International Stories Of 2016

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Underwear, Dolls And More: Latin American New Year's Traditions

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Russians Toast The New Year With Elaborate Cocktails, Not Vodka

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Barbershop: 2016 Is Almost Over, But Was It Really The Worst?

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Several previous cease-fires have collapsed after a matter of days,€” but there is hope that this one will hold. On Saturday the U.N. Security Council supported the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the violence. AP hide caption

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Bubbles float over visitors during a New Year's Eve celebration event a Tokyo hotel. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech at Pearl Harbor about the power of reconciliation in the waning days of 2016. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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Jad Isaac surveys the Har Homa settlement from his office window. Isaac, director of a Palestinian organization for sustainable development, is encouraged by Secretary of State John Kerry's impassioned defense of the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of the Israeli government's construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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Palestinians Eye Israeli Settlements With Unease, Hoping For Foreign Support

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An Egyptian fruit bat flies in an abandoned quarry near the village of Mammari, Cyprus, in 2007. Alex Mita/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When Bats Squeak, They Tend To Squabble

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