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Daghan Kozanoglu/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — The suspect in the New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people confessed after being captured by police on Monday, the governor of Istanbul said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The suspect, an Uzbekistan native born in 1983, was identified as Abdulgadir Masharipov. Masharipov carried out the attack on behalf of the terror group ISIS, said the governor, Vasip Sahin.

Police picked up Masharipov in one of five raids carried out on Monday in and around Istanbul.

The alleged attacker was caught with his son in the Esenyurt suburb of Istanbul, sources said. He was arrested at the home of a friend, who was also detained. Three women were also in the house, which Turkish police believe may have been an ISIS cell, according to sources.

Masharipov had two guns and cash in his possession at the time of arrest, and police say his fingerprints matched those found at the scene of the massacre.

Officials believe Masharipov received training in Afghanistan and that he entered Turkey in January 2016.

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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How Foo Yeen/Getty Images(KUALA LUMPUR) — After three years, one of commercial aviation’s greatest mysteries may remain unsolved, as the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended without the plane being located and no new evidence of its location discovered.

The announcement of the search’s conclusion came from the Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia.

“Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” the statement reads. “Accordingly, the underwater search for MH370 has been suspended.”

Some $160 million has been spent to search over 46,000 square miles of the southern Indian Ocean, the site where searchers believe the Boeing 777 went down March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China. All 239 passengers and crew are presumed lost.

The cause of the crash remains unknown, with speculation ranging from mechanical failure, to terrorism, to deliberate crashing by the pilot.

“The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness,” the statement declares. “Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft.”

“We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located,” it concludes.

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iStock/Thinkstoc(PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico) — Five people were killed, including an American, when a gunman opened fire at a Mexican club during a music festival, authorities said.

At least a dozen more injured, according to authorities.

The rampage occurred inside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen 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.

The attorney general said that one person entered the club armed with a gun and two others tried to stop the attack.

Among the dead were four men and a woman, including two people who were part of a security team, authorities said. The woman died from a fall in the incident.

“We can confirm that one U.S. citizen died on January 16 from injuries sustained at the nightclub shooting at The Blue Parrot Night Club,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to family and friends of the U.S. citizen victim.

The wounded included two Americans, one from New York and the other from Texas. Both are among the eight discharged from treatment so far.

Officials said the shooting — on the last night of the 10-day BPM Festival — was not believed to be a terrorist attack. Three people, who were nearby at the time, were detained by the Public Security Department and authorities were trying to figure out if they were connected to the shooting.

In a statement, the BPM Festival said the violence began outside the club.

“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.

“We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation.”

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Facebook(BERLIN) — Ahead of Germany’s parliamentary election, Facebook has launched a filtering tool to tackle fake news stories on the social media site.

Facebook is partnering with Correctiv, a German investigative non-profit, that will serve as an external fact-checker, according to a statement from Facebook in German. Users in Germany will have the ability to flag news they believe to be fabricated by clicking on the upper right corner of a Facebook post.

“If the fact-finding organizations identify contributions as fraudulent, they are provided with a warning label that identifies them as untrustworthy,” Facebook said. “The warning contains a link to the relevant article as well as a justification for this decision. Messages classified as untrustworthy may also appear later in the newsfeed.”

Facebook was criticized in the U.S. election for being a platform that spread “fake news.” After the election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the Techonomy conference it was “a pretty crazy idea” that “fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way.”

Zuckerberg later clarified his remarks in a Facebook Live video and said “We don’t write the news that people read on the platform, but at the same time, we also know that we do a lot more than just distribute the news, and we’re an important part of the public discourse.”

In December, Facebook announced it was testing ways to address hoaxes and fake news on its platform. Germany is the first country outside the U.S. to use the new tools.

Ahead of the country’s election in the fall, German officials have warned users about misinformation on the internet, and German Justice Minister Heiko Maas called on Facebook to respect Germany’s defamation laws, according to BBC.

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Donald Bowers/WireImage for Luxottica via Getty Images(LONDON) — Italian eyewear giant Luxottica Group, which owns Ray-Ban, and French lens-maker Essilor have agreed to a massive merger.

Essilor would become the holding company in the deal and the two firms combined, under the new name of “EssilorLuxottica,” would be worth about $49 billion.

“The marriage between two key companies in their sectors will bring great benefits to the market, for employees and mainly for all our consumers,” Luxottica executive chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio said in a statement.

Luxottica is the world’s biggest maker of glasses. While owning Ray-Ban and Oakley, the eyewear designer’s licensed brands include Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors and Versace.

“By joining forces today, these two international players can now accelerate their global expansion to the benefit of customers, employees and shareholders as well as the industry as a whole,” Essilor CEO Hubert Sagnières said in a statement.

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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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