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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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Russians Toast The New Year With Elaborate Cocktails, Not Vodka

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Former Ambassador Explains What's Next For U.S. And Russia After Sanctions

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In Renewed Focus On Nuclear Deterrence, Nonproliferation Expert Recalls A Close Call

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President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for the media before a bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters on Sept. 28, 2015. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Thanks To Russia, 2016 Isn't Really Going To End For Obama And Trump

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A fence surrounds an estate in the village of Upper Brookville in the town of Oyster Bay, N.Y., on Long Island. On Friday, the Obama administration closed this compound for Russian diplomats, in retaliation for spying and cyber-meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Alexander F. Yuan/AP hide caption

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Kremlin Vows To Retaliate For U.S.-Imposed Sanctions

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U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

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The river banks in Sunderland here were once home to shipyards, but like the city's coal mines, they disappeared. In June, the voters of Sunderland voted by more than 60 percent to leave the European Union, even though it would put tens of thousands of local jobs at risk. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

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Mechanical failure is speculated as the likely cause of the Christmas plane crash that killed 92. Vladimir Velengurin/AP/Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service hide caption

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Frenchman Jean Yves Boyer buys a copy of the French weekly Le Canard Enchainé, which marks its 100th anniversary this year. It sells 400,000 copies a week and is profitable, though it has no advertising and just a bare-bones webpage. Courtesy of Rebecca Rosman hide caption

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