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ISTANBUL (AP) — 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. The Anadolu Agency says the attack occurred in Istanbul's Ortakoy district. Footage from the scene shows at least six ambulances with flashing lights and civilians being escorted out. Media reports say police have cordoned off the area amid an ongoing operation.
BERLIN (AP) — New Year's celebrations are taking place around the world. German police say they arrested a man who shouted "bomb, bomb, bomb" at Berlin's massive open-air party tonight. Tens of thousands of people rang in the New Year near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate amid tight security. Large concrete blocks were placed around the security cordon to prevent another deadly truck attack.
BERLIN (AP) — More than 300,000 visitors are expected to descend on Las Vegas for an extravagant New Year's Eve celebration. Nightclubs are pulling out all the stops with performances by high-end celebrities. An eight-minute fireworks show will kick off at the stroke of midnight. Federal officials rank the celebration just below the Super Bowl and on par with the festivities in Times Square.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials in Ohio say current weather and water conditions do not allow for recovery efforts to begin for a small plane carrying six people that disappeared over Lake Erie near Cleveland's shores. The plane vanished shortly after takeoff from the city's lakeshore airport Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard search for the plane was called off Friday. Officials say they expect three vessels to be on the water Sunday:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Michele Sison, says the Obama administration strongly supports a nationwide cease-fire in Syria accompanied by "unfettered humanitarian access." But she says the U.S. regrets details of the agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey have not yet been made public. Russia's U.N. ambassador is urging the international community to ensure there's a political settlement to the Syrian conflict.
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