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Daghan Kozanoglu/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — The man authorities suspect of being behind the New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been captured alive, according to Turkish police sources.

The alleged attacker was caught with his son in a raid on the Esenyurt suburb of Istanbul, sources said.

Thirty-nine people were killed in the attack and dozens more were injured.

Authorities said the gunman fired 180 rounds of 7.62-mm bullets, which are commonly used in AK-47 assault rifles. The attacker also used flares to illuminate the inside of the nightclub during the attack, according to police.

Police said they don’t believe the weapon used in the attack came from inside Turkey. The serial number on the weapon had been defaced.

Between 400 and 500 people were in attendance at the Reina nightclub to ring in the new year. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which was in response to Turkey’s military operations against the group, ISIS propaganda channels said in a statement.

The gunman allegedly killed a policeman and a civilian outside the Reina nightclub before he began to shoot in a “cruel and merciless way on innocent people,” said Vasip Sahin, the governor of Istanbul. Most of the victims were shot at close range or took bullets directly to the head, according to a report from the morgue.

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Daghan Kozanoglu/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — The alleged Reina nightclub attacker has been captured alive in a raid in the Esenyurt suburb of Istanbul, Turkish police sources tell ABC News.

At least 39 people were killed and at least 70 were injured when a gunman opened fire in the New Year’s attack.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — President-elect Donald Trump floated the idea over the weekend of a new negotiation with Russia that would involve rolling back President Obama’s crippling economic sanctions against Russia in exchange for its enhanced reduction of nuclear arms.

“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” Trump told The Times of London.

“For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit,” he said.

Trump’s pick for secretary of state, former oil executive Rex Tillerson, called sanctions against Russia a “powerful tool,” but he spent more time defending against accusations that he lobbied against the sanctions while leading ExxonMobil, rather than articulating their effectiveness.

So, what exactly are the sanctions that Trump could erase in a deal with Russia?

Obama’s sanctions by executive order began with Russia’s illegal military invasion and annexation of Crimea. Its subsequent military aggression in eastern Ukraine led to even more sanctions.

On March 6, 17 and 20 and then on Dec. 19 of 2014, Obama issued sanctions via four separate executive orders targeting Russian individuals and entities in direct response to the military actions in Ukraine.

“We have designated a number of Russian and Ukrainian entities, including 14 defense companies and individuals in Putin’s inner circle, as well as imposed targeted sanctions limiting certain financing to six of Russia’s largest banks and four energy companies,” the U.S. State Department said of these sanctions.

“We have also suspended credit finance that encourages exports to Russia and financing for economic development projects in Russia, and are now prohibiting the provision, exportation, or re-exportation of goods, services (not including financial services), or technology in support of exploration or production for deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects that have the potential to produce oil in the Russian Federation, or in maritime area claimed by the Russian Federation and extending from its territory, and that involve five major Russian energy companies,” the State Department added.

In other words, the sanctions have blocked major U.S. financial institutions from doing business with Russia and prevents U.S. oil companies from making new deals with Russia.

These moves have brought significant pain to Russia, exacerbating a severe recession prompted by low oil prices that has seen the average Russian’s income lose almost half its value. Blocked from U.S. and European financial markets, Russia’s state-run financial firms have struggled to refinance themselves, leaving some vulnerable to defaulting on their debts.

The sanctions have also been accompanied by a de facto freeze on foreign investment in Russia, with investors spooked by the measures and fears of further Kremlin adventures. Even companies not targeted by the sanctions have effectively paused many investments, unwilling to take the risk.

Likewise, the U.S. sanctions have played a key role in buttressing the European Union’s own sanctions regime, which inflict more direct punishment on Russia.

On his final overseas trip as vice president, Joe Biden met Monday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and called on the incoming Trump administration to leave the sanctions in place until “Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine.”

In addition to the Ukraine-related sanctions, Obama issued additional sanctions on Dec. 29 that Trump could undo — retaliatory measures for Russia’s cyber-intrusions into the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Those sanctions ordered 35 Russian intelligence operatives out of the country, shut down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes, and sanctioned five Russian entities and four individuals.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The owners of the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Monday pushed back against the idea that animal rights protests influenced the company’s decision to end its circus performances in May of this year.

The family-run Feld Entertainment company that owns the 146-year-old circus billed as “the greatest show on Earth” said at a press conference Monday in Florida that animal rights groups should not claim the circus’ closing as a victory.

“This is not a win for animal rights activists,” Kenneth Feld, the company’s CEO said. “This is not a win for anyone.”

“Entertainment has changed,” Feld said of the reason for the closing. “The traditional family unit is different.”

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been a frequent target of activists claiming inhumane treatment of animals used in the shows.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights group that was among the loudest opponents of the circus, claimed a win this weekend in a press release titled, “It’s over for Ringling Bros. Circus.”

“After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a statement.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, also applauded the decision, saying, “I applaud their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts.”

Feld for his part said at the press conference that with the circus’ closing, animal rights groups “will need to find a new agenda for fundraising.”

His daughter, Juliette Feld, said the company saw a decline in sales over many years and a more precipitous drop after it announced in 2016 it would stop including elephant acts in performances.

The Felds said their focus now is on more than 400 workers who will be affected by the shutdown and that the company will provide “job placement, interview and resume preparation.”

The company also said it will work to ensure that animals used for the circus are placed in safe homes after the final performance.

“Our commitment to all of our animals is for our lifetime,” Juliette Feld said.

Feld Entertainment was founded nearly 50 years ago with the acquisition of Ringling Bros, according to a company statement. Kenneth Feld has a net worth of roughly $2.7 billion from the circus and entertainment business, according to the Forbes 400 list.

The circus will have its final performance on Long Island at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on May 21.

The Felds expressed hope that people would visit the circus one last time.

“There are tickets available for the remaining shows,” Kenneth Feld said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The owners of the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Monday pushed back against the idea that animal rights protests influenced the company’s decision to end its circus performances in May of this year.

The family-run Feld Entertainment company that owns the 146-year-old circus billed as “the greatest show on Earth” said at a press conference Monday in Florida that animal rights groups should not claim the circus’ closing as a victory.

“This is not a win for animal rights activists,” Kenneth Feld, the company’s CEO said. “This is not a win for anyone.”

“Entertainment has changed,” Feld said of the reason for the closing. “The traditional family unit is different.”

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been a frequent target of activists claiming inhumane treatment of animals used in the shows.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights group that was among the loudest opponents of the circus, claimed a win this weekend in a press release titled, “It’s over for Ringling Bros. Circus.”

“After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a statement.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, also applauded the decision, saying, “I applaud their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts.”

Feld for his part said at the press conference that with the circus’ closing, animal rights groups “will need to find a new agenda for fundraising.”

His daughter, Juliette Feld, said the company saw a decline in sales over many years and a more precipitous drop after it announced in 2016 it would stop including elephant acts in performances.

The Felds said their focus now is on more than 400 workers who will be affected by the shutdown and that the company will provide “job placement, interview and resume preparation.”

The company also said it will work to ensure that animals used for the circus are placed in safe homes after the final performance.

“Our commitment to all of our animals is for our lifetime,” Juliette Feld said.

Feld Entertainment was founded nearly 50 years ago with the acquisition of Ringling Bros, according to a company statement. Kenneth Feld has a net worth of roughly $2.7 billion from the circus and entertainment business, according to the Forbes 400 list.

The circus will have its final performance on Long Island at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on May 21.

The Felds expressed hope that people would visit the circus one last time.

“There are tickets available for the remaining shows,” Kenneth Feld said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — European leaders reacted Monday to a wide-ranging interview with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that touched on a variety of European issues from NATO to Brexit.

In the interview with German newspaper Bild and The Times of London, Trump again called NATO “obsolete,” said he’d make a trade deal with Britain “very quickly,” and predicted other nations would leave the European Union after Britain’s historic Brexit vote last June.

Here’s how European leaders are reacting to Trump’s latest comments:

NATO

Trump repeated a statement he made during the campaign that NATO is “obsolete,” raising doubts about whether the U.S., under his leadership, would jump to the defense of its NATO allies in Europe if Russia attacked them.

“I said a long time ago that NATO had problems. Number one, it was obsolete because it was designed many, many years ago. Number two, the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay,” Trump told the Times. “I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete. It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right.”

“And the other thing is the countries aren’t paying their fair share so we’re supposed to protect countries,” Trump added. “But a lot of these countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States.”

NATO’s collective defense agreement requires all member countries to come to the aid of any member state that is attacked.

At the same time, Trump said that NATO is still “very important” to him.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking to reporters ahead of a European Union foreign ministers meeting, said Trump’s view on NATO has “caused astonishment” and is contradictory to what his pick for defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, told senators during his confirmation hearing last week.

“This is in contradiction with what [Mattis] said in his hearing in Washington only some days ago and we have to see what will be the consequences for American policy,” Steinmeier said.

On Thursday, Mattis called NATO “the most successful military alliance probably in modern history, maybe ever.”

But Moscow echoed Trump’s sentiment that NATO was “obsolete.”

“NATO is truly a remnant, and we agree with this,” Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday. “We have long been expressing our opinion on the organization, whose systemic objective is confrontation.”

RUSSIA

When asked if Trump supported sanctions by European countries against Russia, Trump responded that it could be possible to “make some good deals with Russia” in the future if its nuclear arsenals were reduced.

“Well, I think that people need to get along and do what they need to do to be fair. OK? They have sanctions against Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” Trump told Bild, with almost identical comments to the Times. “On the one hand, I find that there should be significantly fewer nuclear weapons and they would have to be significantly reduced, that is one of them. But there are these sanctions, and Russia is currently suffering from it. But I think there could be many things that would benefit a lot of people.”

In Moscow, Peskov urged caution, instead saying that the Kremlin would “have patience and wait for Mr. Trump to take office as president of the U.S. before evaluating specific initiatives.”

At the same time, Trump was critical of Russia’s intervention in Syria, calling it a “very bad thing.”

“It’s a very bad thing, [the U.S.] had a chance to do something when we had the line in the sand and nothing happened. That was the only time. And now, it’s sort of very late. It’s too late. … But Aleppo was nasty. I mean when you see them shooting old ladies walking out of town — they can’t even walk and they’re shooting ’em — it almost looks like they’re shooting ’em for sport — ah no, that’s … a terrible situation,” Trump told the Times.

“Aleppo is in such a terrible humanitarian situation,” he also told Bild.

In the past, Trump has faced bipartisan criticism for his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as his choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil who has close business ties to Russia and was given the Order of Friendship from Putin in 2014.

BREXIT

In the wake of Britain voting to leave the European Union, Trump said he would do a “fair” trade deal with the country within weeks of taking office.

“We’re gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides,” Trump said. “I will be meeting with [U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May]. She’s requesting a meeting and we’ll have a meeting right after I get into the White House and it’ll be, I think we’re gonna get something done very quickly.”

The Times of London wrote that a potential trade deal “would open further a huge market for British goods and services.”

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who helped lead the movement for Britain to leave the E.U., called Trump’s proposal “very good news.”

Overall, Trump said Brexit would “end up being a great thing” and predicted other E.U. countries would leave.

“People, countries, want their own identity and the U.K. wanted its own identity,” he told the Times. “But, I do believe this, if they hadn’t been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it … entails, I think that you wouldn’t have a Brexit. This was the final straw that broke the camel’s back. … I believe others will leave.”

Trump called the E.U. “a vehicle for Germany” and said it was “smart” for the U.K. to leave. He also criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to accept Syrian refugees escaping years of a civil war that has left half a million people dead.

“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from,” he told the Times. “And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think she made a catastrophic mistake, very bad mistake.”

Merkel responded Monday at a news conference, saying about the E.U., “I think we Europeans have our fate in our own hands.”

But she did not weigh in on his criticism of her migrant policy.

“I am personally waiting for the inauguration of the U.S. president. Then of course we will work with him on all levels,” Merkel responded.

Trump promised that within his first days in office he would issue a “decree” that would “turn around safeguarding [U.S.] borders.”

“We do not want people from Syria to come to us, of whom we do not know who they are. There is no way for us to check these people. I do not want to do it like Germany,” Trump told Bild. “I have great respect for Merkel, I must say. I have great respect for her. But I find it was very unhappy what happened.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Ahead of the presidential inauguration this weekend, wireless carriers are bringing in the reinforcements as they expect to see a flood of smartphone activity in Washington, D.C.

Mobile service providers, including Verizon, are bringing in their most advanced mobile cellular antennas, called RETs, or remote electrical tilt antennas. The high-powered COWs — cells on wheels — will help to boost the data capacity in the Washington, D.C. area by 400 percent or more.

A million people or more are expected to pour into the nation’s capital for the inauguration Friday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DAVOS, Switzerland) — You may have already known that the world’s richest people were very, very rich. But did you know just how rich?

A new report from Oxfam released Monday at an annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland shows that the eight richest men own as much wealth as 3.6 billion people — or half the population of the entire world.

“Inequality is definitely getting worse in a lot of countries and you’re seeing the super rich, in particular, move away from the rest of society,” says Oxfam’s Max Lawson.

Among the list of the richest men are Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the world’s richest man, Bill Gates.

“One thing Oxfam is calling on is for the world’s billionaires to do the right thing and not the wrong thing,” Lawson says. “And what they could do, is what Bill Gates has called on them to do, which is to pay their taxes. Many, many billionaires pay hardly any tax, using tax havens to hide their money away.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re looking for a good job with a six-figure salary and a fractional unemployment rate, a new survey suggests you go into health care.

Dentist was ranked the top job in US News and World Report’s study, with a median salary of over $152,000.

In fact, four of the top five jobs were in health care. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant were second and third, respectively, with salaries of just under $100,000. Orthodontist came in fifth place, at $187,000.

Also making as much as orthodontists are OB-GYNs and oral surgeons, who rank ninth and tenth, respectively.

Completing the top 10 are statisticians in fourth place, averaging $80,000, and computer analysts in eighth with $85,000.

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iStock/Thinkstoc(PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico) — A lone shooter fired on a crowd at an electronic dance music festival in Mexico early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and at least a dozen more injured, according to a statement released by festival organizers.

The rampage occurred inside the Blue Parrot nighclub in Playa del Carmen at about 2:30 a.m. local time, according to a statement by the attorney general of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist destination not far from Cancun

Among the dead are four men and a woman. Two of those who died were part of a security team, the statement said.

Festival organizers had earlier reported four fatalities.

“It is with great sadness to share that police have confirmed reports of a lone shooter outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen earlier today, which resulted in four fatalities and twelve injured,” a statement early Monday by the BPM festival said.

The BPM Festival is an annual 10-day electronic music festival started in 2008. This year, it was scheduled to last from Jan. 6 to Jan. 15. The shooting occurred on the last night of festivities.

“The violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue,” the statement said.

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