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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --One policeman and one villager was killed Wednesday in clashes in the Arab Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Israel before a planned demolition operation.

The clashes broke out between Israeli police and the Arab villagers as Israeli authorities prepared to demolish several structures that the government says are illegal constructions.

The villagers of Umm al-Hiran are Israeli citizens and members of a Bedouin tribe who have lived on the same plot of land since the late 50s. In 1957, the Israeli military forcefully removed the tribe from their original land in Khirbet Zubale.

But 60 years later, after more than a decade of court cases, the state wants that land back to build a Jewish town. Last year, Israel's high court ruled in favor of the government's plans.

Aerial footage released by the Israeli authorities shows police approaching a white SUV. At the four-second mark, a police officer approaches the car and shoots. He pops off at least three shots as the car remains still. It's unclear exactly what his shots hit. Then the car accelerates down a steep hill and veers into a crowd of policemen before careening into another vehicle and coming to a stop.

Israeli police called the incident a deliberate "car-ramming" attack by a Bedouin with Israeli citizenship, identified as 50-year-old school teacher Yaakub Abu al-Qiyan. The police officer killed was identified as 37-year-old Erez Levy. Al-Qiyan died of gunshot wounds.

Locals who were at the scene said that the driver lost control of his vehicle only after he was shot by police. He had his whole life packed into the SUV and he was trying to leave the village, locals said.

The Israeli police have already called al-Qiyan a "terrorist," and said they are investigating his possible affiliation with ISIS, but no supporting evidence was immediately made public.

 "This is the second ramming attack within the space of a few days. We are fighting this murderous phenomenon which has hit both in Israel and in other parts of the world," Prime Minister Netanyahu said, referring to recent vehicular attacks in Israel and Europe.

Several other people were injured in the clashes that followed, including Knesset Member Ayman Odeh. Odeh and other Arab leaders had been at the village all night awaiting the forced Israeli evacuation.

"The policemen attacked me, brutally beating me," said Odeh. "We did not try to stir things up - it is plain and simple. We wanted to negotiate. What happened is a disgrace."

Amnesty International has called for an investigation into possible police brutality in the day's violence.

"The Israeli judiciary and the government are responsible for the killing in the village today," the Arab advocacy group Adalah said in a statement. "The Israeli Supreme Court's decision to allow the state to proceed with its plan to demolish the village, which has existed for 60 years, in order to establish a Jewish town called 'Hiran' over its ruins, is one of the most racist judgments that the Court has ever issued."

The Negev desert accounts for over half of Israel's land mass, but only about 10 percent of Israeli citizens live there, including more than 100,000 Bedouins. Umm al-Hiran is one of dozens of so-called "unrecognized" villages, and according to Amnesty International, they live without electricity, water, and other basic services the state refuses to provide.

"The Bedouin public is a part of us," Netanyahu said on Wednesday, "We want to integrate it into Israeli society and not to polarize it and cause it to distance itself from the focus of our existence here."

Some five of the village's 70 structures were demolished Wednesday, according to journalists on the ground.

By the time the dust cleared and the sun set Wednesday, several of the village's former inhabitants were left picking through the remains of their homes.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The death toll continues to rise from Tuesday's airstrike on a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria, which the country has called a "regrettable operational mistake."

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said at least six of its volunteers were among those killed and 13 others were wounded, though the global humanitarian network said both figures may rise in the coming hours and days. In addition to its aid staff, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said an estimated 70 others were killed and over 100 were injured.

The Red Cross volunteers were in the remote town of Rann in Nigeria's Borno state, near the border with Cameroon, as part of a humanitarian operation bringing food to more than 25,000 displaced people when the airstrike hit.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our six colleagues and shocked that an incident of this magnitude has occurred in a civilian area," Bolaji Akpan Anani, president of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, said in a statement today.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said its team in Rann has triaged around 100 patients, while nine in critical condition were evacuated by helicopter to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Tuesday. About 90 patients remain in Rann, out of whom 46 are severely wounded and also need to be evacuated, the humanitarian network said.

"The conditions for post-operative care are not adequate, so all the patients must be evacuated to Maiduguri as soon as possible," Dr. Laurent Singa, a surgeon with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Rann, said in a statement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Temperatures on Earth were the warmest in 2016 since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, boosting the argument shared by many climate scientists that our planet is changing in significant ways.

The year 2016 was the third consecutive year to set a new record for global average surface temperatures, and far exceeded the temperature mark set in 2015, scientists said Wednesday.

Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), said in a statement that the consistent pattern of record-breaking temperatures is indicative of a "warming trend" taking place on Earth.

“2016 is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series,” Schmidt said. “We don't expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear.”

News of the record came as little surprise to those who followed news about last year's record-breaking global temperatures.

NOAA announced at several points in 2016 that individual months broke global temperature records.

News of record temperatures cropped up even at the very end of the year, when a major storm near Iceland produced 45-foot waves and pushed mild air into the Arctic region, causing temperatures to reach 32 degrees, according to ABC News meteorologists.

The heat wave experienced in the Arctic, which reached the region just before Christmas, was 50 degrees above normal.

Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science, said at the time that the warming was part of an "unsettling trend" for the Arctic region, one they suggested was "being rapidly reshaped by climate change."

In December, ABC News also wrote about the Arctic Resilience Report, a study that suggested that the northernmost polar region characterized by cold winters and vast sheets of white ice is "undergoing rapid, sometimes turbulent change beyond anything previously experienced."

President-elect Donald Trump has cast doubt on the notion of climate change in the past, and his team has indicated that he could consider eliminating research on the subject by NASA in an effort to crack down on “politicized science.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed confidence that Trump would change his approach to climate change after entering office.

"Mr. Trump will really hear and understand the seriousness and urgency of addressing climate change," he said.

In a meeting with The New York Times last year, Trump appeared to soften his tone on the subject by acknowledging "connectivity" between human activity and climate change.

"I think there is some connectivity," he said in the meeting.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, testified before the Senate Wednesday, and told lawmakers that climate change is not a hoax. He also acknowledged that human activity is a contributing factor to the phenomenon.

"Science tells us that the climate is changing and that human activity in some manner impacts that change," Pruitt told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject to continuing debate and dialogue, and well it should be."

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday morning, a representative from the Civil Protection Department confirmed on Italy's RAI TV.

According to the country's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the epicenter of the quake was between L'Aquila and Rieti, the same area struck by a strong quake in August last year.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre Tremors reported that the quake was recorded 69 miles northeast of Rome and was about 6 miles deep. Tremors were felt in the capital.

The quake is likely to add to the disruption caused by a recent spell of severe weather. The area has been hit with heavy snowfall.


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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(CAIRO, Egypt) — Mohsen Kamal still remembers how hopeful he was hearing President Barack Obama’s address to the Muslim world eight years ago. But as Obama leaves office, some of those who heard those words said his legacy in the Middle East hasn’t lived up to his promises.

“We felt this was a historical moment that could happen once in a lifetime,” said Kamal, who along with other Egyptians studying in the U.S. in 2009 received an invitation from the State Department to attend the speech in Cairo and meet with Obama’s team, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “We were so excited, we brought Clinton flowers,” he said.

Kamal was enthusiastic about Obama, following his speeches, trips and decisions. He saw his election as the first African-American president as a victory for the underrepresented around the world.

For Kamal, Obama came to Cairo seeking “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”

He returned to Cairo a year after Obama’s speech. Then came Egypt’s 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, which he saw as the real test of Obama’s promises. Protestors took to the streets, calling for Mubarak’s ouster. But Kamal was dismayed that Obama did not fully side with the protesters until Mubarak had stepped down.

“The Egyptian revolution destroyed [Obama’s] ideal image,” Kamal said, saying the Obama administration hesitated before siding with the people. “If you have principles you should not compromise.”

According to most recent polls by the Pew Research Center, Egyptians’ confidence in Obama slipped from 42 percent in 2009 to 29 percent in 2012.

Nadine Medhat, a student at Cairo University at the time who attended the speech, says Obama’s two terms were marked by “indecisiveness” and an inability to make swift decisions as crucial events unfolded in the region following the Arab Spring. She found this contradictory to the revolutionary tone of his speech.

After the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in June 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry referred to his removal from power by the army as a restoration of democracy. The next year, Kerry expressed his support for the general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi shortly after taking office.

“I didn’t see that as support for democracy,” Medhat said.

Obama has voiced regrets about some of his actions in the Middle East. In an interview with Fox News last year he described the lack of planning in the aftermath of the ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as "the biggest mistake" of his presidency. In the same year, he told CNN how the war in Syria "haunts him", wondering what he could have done differently to end the killings and displacement in the war-torn country. He told CBS this month, though, that he did not regret drawing a "red line" over chemical weapons usage in Syria.

Obama said this month he stood by his remarks in Cairo. "I always describe that speech as aspirational and if you read the speech today there's nothing in there that I would disown," he told an Israeli interviewer.

Now, Medhat, the student at Cairo University, worries about what is yet to come under President-elect Donald Trump, whom Egyptian President El-Sisi was first to congratulate on winning the U.S. election.

“People here are not seeing it very positive,” she said. “Many fear that things will get out of hand and they worry about how he will deal with issues of democracy and authoritarianism in the region.”

Obama’s visit in 2009 was co-hosted by Al-Azhar, the highest institute of Sunni Islamic learning.

One of the members Al-Azhar attending the speech was Mahmoud Ashour, a former deputy at the institute.

“We were very happy and optimistic about his speech,” said Ashour. “He offered solutions for many problems facing the Arab world, he spoke wonderfully about the plight of Palestinians, but after the speech he did nothing,” said Ashour.

Despite Trump’s controversial anti-Muslim statements during last year’s presidential race, Ashour says he can’t judge him yet.

“Not everything said in presidential elections is what it seems to be,” he added.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that Vladimir Putin, who said the Obama Administration is seeking to "delegitimize" the president-elect, may be taking its cues from the Trump team.

Putin suggested the outgoing Obama administration was trying to undermine Trump by spreading “fake” rumors despite Trump’s “convincing” victory.

"First of all it seems like he got his copy of the talking points," Earnest told ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.

"From who?" Karl asked.

"Well I don't know," Earnest said. "It certainly sounds a lot like what the incoming administration's team is saying."

The response from Trump and his team to a leaked dossier with unsubstantiated allegations that Russia holds compromising info on the president-elect has been swift, dismissing the claims as "fake news" and "nonsense."

Trump, who has been at odds with the intelligence community, even suggested that intelligence agencies "allowed" the dossier to be leaked, despite the Director of National Intelligence saying that it had been circulated for months before the intelligence community became aware of it.

Clapper also said "this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC," according to the statement.

The spat became a war of words between Trump and outgoing CIA Director John Brennan, who Trump suggested Sunday evening could be the "leaker" behind the document.

Earnest said Trump's "deeply misguided" comments lined up almost directly with Putin's accusations.

"Particularly to call into question the integrity of somebody like John Brennan, somebody who has served at the CIA for three decades, somebody who has served the country in dangerous locations around the world to try to keep us safe. I'm offended by it," Earnest said.

Trump's transition team did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(RANN, Nigeria) -- At least 52 people were killed and about 120 injured after the Nigerian Air Force bombed a camp for displaced people in Rann, Nigeria, according to a humanitarian aid group.

In a statement, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the Nigerian Army, which is on a mission fighting Boko Haram militants, accidentally bombed the refugee camp, and called it a "regrettable operational mistake."

Dr. Jean-Clément Cabrol, director of operations with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, said the "large-scale attack" was "shocking and unacceptable."

"The safety of civilians must be respected," Cabrol said. "We are urgently calling on all parties to ensure the facilitation of medical evacuations by air or road for survivors who are in need of emergency care.”

The aid group said many of the victims had already fled attacks by Boko Haram.

According to BBC, the incident is believed to be the first time Nigeria's military has admitted to making a mistake.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After nearly three years and $160 million dedicated to scouring the bottom of the Indian Ocean, authorities suspended the search Tuesday for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Boeing 777, with 239 people on board, disappeared after inexplicably veering off course on March 8, 2014, in turn creating the world's greatest aviation mystery.

A major international effort led by the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau examined more the 45,000 square miles of ocean floor at a painstaking pace.

Only small pieces of debris have been found west of the search area, none of which definitively point to answers in the mystery.

As the search for the jet comes to an end, at least for now, it remains one of many unsolved aviation mysteries that have captivated people all over the world. Here are a few notable events in aviation history that have perplexed both aviation experts and the public.

Amelia Earhart


Various theories swirl around Earhart's mysterious disappearance over the Pacific Ocean. In her effort to become the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe, Earhart was low on fuel and struggled to find the landing strip on the tiny Howland Island, southwest of Hawaii.

Radio transmissions with a U.S. Coast Guard cutter assigned to assist her approach to Howland Island were unsuccessful. Strong signals from Earhart suggest she was in the immediate area, but on a cloudy day, visibility was limited. Her plane was never found.

Eastern Airlines Flight 980

The Boeing 727 crashed on approach to La Paz, Bolivia, on New Year's Day 1985. The airport's runway is perched at an altitude of 13,000 feet, still the highest international airport in the world.

On a cloudy night, with storms in the area, Bolivian air traffic controller cleared the U.S. airliner to descend to 18,000 feet. Unequipped with radar, the controllers didn't know the aircraft was several miles off course and that such a descent would lead it straight into the side of Mt. Illimani, killing all 29 people on board.

The cause of the accident was never determined, but many nefarious theories have circulated. The wife of the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay was on board, as well as members of a prominent South American family.

At 19,600 ft, the crash site was long considered inaccessible and the international recovery effort came to a halt. It wasn't until May 2016 that two Bostonians, inspired by a Wikipedia search, would ascend the mountain and recover remains of the flight recorder. After months of a diplomatic impasse, the evidence was finally handed over to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Jan. 4, 2017. The agency has not yet released any findings.

"D.B. Cooper"

The real identity of D.B. Cooper, or Dan Cooper, remains a mystery after he hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines plane bound for Seattle in November 1971.

He forced the Boeing 727 to land and demanded $200,000 and a parachute. After authorities met the unidentified man's demands, he ordered the crew to take off and head to Mexico. After take-off, somewhere between Seattle and Reno, the hijacker jumped out of the back of the plane with a parachute and ransom money. The FBI conducted a 45-year investigation and suspended the case in July 2016 without ever discovering what happened to the unidentified man.

EgyptAir Flight 990

In October 1999, the Boeing 767 from New York bound for Cairo crashed off the coast of Nantucket, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. All 217 people on board were killed.

Egyptian authorities pointed toward mechanical failure, while a final report from the NTSB said the crash was a result of the first officer's actions, but the reason for the actions was never determined. The final words from the flight's cockpit voice recorder are the first officer repeating over and over, "I rely on God."

B-47 Disappearance

In 1956, a Boeing B-47 went missing over the Mediterranean Sea carrying nuclear weapons material.

The three crew members were flying non-stop from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida to Ben Guerir Air Base in Morocco. The flight successfully refueled in air without incident. After descending to make a second refueling effort, the jet lost communication with the tanker. An extensive search turned up no bodies or debris.

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How Foo Yeen/Getty Images(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — Officials have called off the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after an intensive $160-million effort that lasted nearly three years and scoured some 120,000 square miles of ocean.

It has been called the most expensive and complex search effort in aviation history.

The MH370 Tripartite, made up of representatives from Australia, Malaysia and China, made the announcement in a statement released Tuesday morning.

"Today the last search vessel has left the underwater search area. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has not been located in the 120,000 square-kilometer underwater search area in the southern Indian Ocean," the statement said.

"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."

Voice 370, an advocacy group that represents the families and friends of the 239 people on board the missing plane, released a statement saying it was "dismayed" at the news and urging the search operations to continue.

"In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety. Commercial planes cannot just be allowed to disappear without a trace."

The group urged officials to look at an alternative search area of 25,000 square miles north of the area that searchers just finished canvassing.

Malaysia Airlines said that it "stands guided" by the decision made by the three governments in a statement.

"We share in the sorrow that the search has not produced the outcome that everyone had hoped for," the statement said, adding that the airline "remains hopeful that in the near future, new and significant information will come to light and the aircraft would eventually be located."

 

The search had covered 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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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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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 were injured, including at least four Americans, 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 American who died in the incident was Alejandra Villanueva, according to her brother, Robert Aaron Martinez.

"She was a hard worker. She was always looking out for my mom and my little brothers," the brother said. "She was working and going to college and pretty much the only one helping my mom."

Two wounded Americans, one from New York and the other from Texas, were treated and discharged from a local hospital.

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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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(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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Zanoza/Marat Uraliev(BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan) -- At least 37 people are dead and others wounded after a cargo plane crashed near Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, authorities announced on Monday.

Just before 4:30 a.m. local time, the plane, operated by ACT Airlines, missed the runway, slamming into a neighborhood in Dacha Su, destroying more than a dozen homes, ACT and local officials confirmed.

Four crewmembers -- the captain, copilot, loadmaster, and flight technician -- were killed, as were dozens of residents, ACT said. Several injured, including at least three children, were transported to a local hospital, according to local officials.

According to ACT, both the captain and copilot were ex-military members, with 10,821 and 5,910 flight hours respectively.

Although the carrier says it has not confirmed the reason for the crash, authorities believe pilot error is to blame and ACT says preliminary information suggests the Boeing 747 was not brought down by "technical" problems. Dense fog near the airport may have complicated pilot's efforts to land the plane, authorities say.

According to Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Emergency Situations, two black boxes have been recovered from the wreckage, and international aviation investigators will arrive on Tuesday to examine them.

"We want to express our deepest thoughts and condolences to the families of our crew members and the Kyrgyz people," ACT said in a statement. "We sincerely share their grief."

Boeing released a statement expressing condolences as well, saying, "A Boeing technical team stands ready to provide assistance at the request and under the direction of government investigating authorities."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some of the world's top humanitarian aid and refugees officials said in a statement Monday that "up to 700,000 people, including an estimated 300,000 children, still remain trapped" in 15 besieged areas in Syria.

The officials — from the United Nations, World Health Organization and World Food Programme — called for "immediate, unconditional, and safe access" to children and families cut off from aid in the war-torn country.

They said that almost 5 million people, including upwards of 2 million children, live in areas "extremely difficult to reach with humanitarian assistance due to fighting, insecurity and restricted access."

The appeal comes one week before Russia, Turkey and Iran plan to co-sponsor Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan aimed at resolving the nearly six-year-long Syrian crisis.

President-elect Donald Trump, who is set to take office Friday, has indicated a willingness to work with Russia on resolving the crisis, and a spokesman for Trump said last week that Russia had invited Trump's incoming administration to attend the January 23 talks in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.

"The horrors of the siege of the eastern districts of Aleppo have disappeared from the public consciousness — but we must not let the needs, the lives and the futures of Syria's people fade from the world's conscience," the officials said. "We must not let 2017 repeat the tragedies of 2016 for Syria."

They called for "immediate, unconditional, and safe access" to children and families cut off from aid in Syria and said the world "must not stand silent while parties to the conflict continue to use denial of food, water, medical supplies, and other forms of aid as weapons of war."

The joint statement was issued by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

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