Russian military jet crashes into Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard

By Polina Devitt and Andrew Osborn, Reuters on Dec. 25, 2016, at 6:32 a.m.
Among those on board were at least 60 members of the Red Army Choir, who were being flown to a Russian air base in Syria to entertain troops in the run-up to the New Year.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participates in a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington, Nov. 10, 2015.

Defying pressure, U.S. lets U.N. denounce Israeli settlements

By Michelle Nichols, Reuters on Dec. 24, 2016, at 7:37 a.m.
The United States on Friday allowed the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, defying heavy pressure from longtime ally Israel and President-elect Donald Trump for Washington to wield its veto.
A general view shows damage in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria, Dec. 13, 2016.

Syrian military says it has retaken control of prized city of Aleppo

By Hugh Naylor, Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2016, at 7:57 a.m.
Syria’s government declared Thursday that it had regained full control of Aleppo after the last rebel fighters and civilians evacuated the key city as part of an agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey.
Anis Amri

Suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack shot dead in Milan

By Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2016, at 7:05 a.m.
The suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack was shot dead near Milan, according to Italian officials, bringing an end to an international manhunt for the 24-year-old Tunisian that had kept the continent on edge as the holidays fast approached.

Hijacked Libyan plane lands in Malta with 118 on board

By Reuters on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:58 a.m.
An airliner on an internal flight in Libya was hijacked by a man claiming to have a hand grenade Friday and diverted to Malta, where it landed with 118 people on board.
Police patrol among people at the re-opened Christmas market at Breitscheid square in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 22, 2016, following an attack by a truck which drove through a crowd at the market on Monday night.

Germany police hunt Tunisian asylum-seeker in Christmas market attack

By Michael Nienaber and Matthias Inverardi, Reuters on Dec. 22, 2016, at 6:47 a.m.
German police are looking for an asylum-seeker from Tunisia after finding an identity document under the driver’s seat of the truck that plowed into a Berlin Christmas market and killed 12 people, officials and security sources said Wednesday.

Turkish police detain six after Russian ambassador shot dead

By Orhan Coskun and Daren Butler, Reuters on Dec. 20, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
Turkish police have detained six people over the killing of Russia’s ambassador, security sources said, widening an investigation to relatives of the off-duty policeman who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo!” as he gunned the envoy down.
The entrance of the Islamic center, which was attacked by a gunman, is seen in central Zurich, Switzerland, Dec. 20, 2016.

Gunman in Zurich mosque shooting is dead

By Reuters on Dec. 20, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
A man who shot three people at a Zurich mosque Monday is dead, police said Tuesday, confirming that a body found near the scene was that of the assailant.
People gather to lay down flowers outside the Gedaechniskirche near the area where a truck which ran into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital in Berlin.

Berlin on terror alert as suspect search resumes in Christmas market attack

By Anthony Faiola, Souad Mekhennet and Stephanie Kirschner, The Washington Post on Dec. 20, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.

Truck plows into crowd at Berlin Christmas market, nine dead

By Michael Nienaber and Paul Carrel, Reuters on Dec. 19, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing nine people and injuring up to 50 others, police said, in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks in Germany in decades.

Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara gallery

By Umit Bektas, Orhan Coskun and Tuvan Gumrukcu, Reuters on Dec. 19, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.
Nigel Farage stands in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 15, 2016.

Brexiteer Farage wants to be a bridge between UK and Trump

By Reuters on Dec. 18, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
“I can help to be a bridge between the government in this country, the new trade department in this country, and not just Donald Trump but his team, his administration, and I would like to do that,” Nigel Farage told BBC Radio.
People walk amid the rubble as they carry belongings in the government controlled area of Aleppo on Dec. 17, 2016.

Syrian rebels, Assad forces strike deal to resume evacuation of Aleppo

By Lisa Barrington and Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters on Dec. 18, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
Syrian rebels and pro-government forces reached a deal Sunday to resume evacuations from east Aleppo in exchange for people being allowed to leave two Shiite villages besieged by insurgents.

China to return US Navy drone it seized in South China Sea

By Ben Blanchard and Steve Holland, Reuters on Dec. 18, 2016, at 8:47 a.m.
China will return an underwater U.S. drone seized by a naval vessel this week in the South China Sea, but Beijing complained that Washington had been “hyping up” the incident.
A member of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad sits near damaged buildings in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, Syria, Dec. 16, 2016.

Dispute holds up evacuation from ‘hell’ of Aleppo

By Laila Bassam, Lisa Barrington and John Davison, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2016, at 8:16 a.m.
“Aleppo is now a synonym for hell,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters. “I very much regret that we had to stop this operation.”
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a meeting with the Filipino community at the Singapore Expo, Dec. 16, 2016.

Philippines’ Duterte: ‘Bye, bye America,’ we don’t need your money

By Reuters on Dec. 17, 2016, at 8:04 a.m.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Saturday to prepare for repeal of an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises, declaring that America’s money could be replaced.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 5, 2016.

Obama points finger at Putin for cyberattacks on US election

By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2016, at 8:02 a.m.
President Barack Obama on Friday strongly suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the computer hacks of Democratic Party emails that American intelligence officials say were aimed at helping Republican Donald Trump win the Nov. 8 election.

China seizes U.S. underwater drone in South China Sea

By Phil Stewart, Reuters on Dec. 16, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
A Chinese naval ship seized an unmanned ocean glider that was being used by the U.S. Navy to test water conditions in international waters in the South China Sea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a speech at a Japanese-Russian business dialogue meeting in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 16, 2016.

Putin turned Russia election hacks in Trump’s favor, U.S. officials say

By Reuters on Dec. 16, 2016, at 6:35 a.m.
Russian President Vladimir Putin supervised his intelligence agencies’ hacking of the U.S. presidential election and turned it from a general attempt to discredit American democracy to an effort to help Donald Trump.

Woman believed to be the first to have a baby using ovary frozen before puberty

By Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post on Dec. 15, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.
“I always believed that I would be a mum and that I would have a baby,” she told the BBC. “I didn’t stop hoping and now I have this baby — it is a perfect feeling.”