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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:


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.”


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.


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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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff offered some hope that the new administration will abide by the Iran nuclear deal instead of tearing it up.

Asked by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on This Week if the Iran agreement would continue under Trump, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said, “It's yet to be seen how that is going to shape up."

"We all know that President-elect Trump doesn't like the Iran deal, thinks it's a terrible document, thinks it will create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which it already is beginning to do,” Priebus added.

On the campaign trail, Trump vehemently criticized the Iran deal. He told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in May that "my number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran." He also later suggested that he would "renegotiate" the agreement.

But Trump's nominee for secretary of defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, made a noteworthy departure from his boss's position during his Senate confirmation hearing last week, saying, “I think it is an imperfect arms control agreement. It's not a friendship treaty. But when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies.”

Priebus told Stephanopoulos he thinks the Iran deal "is on life support."

“I'm not here to declare one way or the other ultimately where this is going to go,” Priebus said.

In response to Mattis and Trump's different opinions, Priebus said the best way for the administration to decide on the Iran deal is through "a collective decision that is made, of course, with President-elect Trump having the primary say ... but all of those opinions will be in the room."

U.S. allies, including a group of European Union foreign ministers, along with dozens of the nation's top scientists have urged Trump to keep the agreement. But nearly every Republican presidential candidate ran on destroying the deal, which remains unpopular among the president's elect's political party.

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Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to be featured on the cover of the U.S. version of Vogue, Downing Street confirmed to BBC, becoming the first prime minister to ever do so.

The spread, orchestrated by British-born editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, will appear in the magazine's April edition, a spokesman for Downing Street said to BBC.

May posed for renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also photographed First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton for Vogue.

Since she became prime minister in July, her fashionable footwear has made headlines, particularly her trademark kitten heels. In September, a trade union urged her to ditch her heels for flat shoes in formal meetings to promote equality in the workplace, according to the Guardian.

Margaret Thatcher, the only other female British prime minister, posed for the U.K. version of Vogue several times.

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Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images(BELGRADE, Serbia) -- Once applauded for its treatment of migrants and refugees, Serbia has recently become a frozen, forlorn purgatory. For those trapped on the Balkans route from the Mediterranean Sea to Germany, there's nowhere left to go.

"Serbia risks becoming a dumping zone, a new Calais where people are stranded and stuck," Andrea Contenta, humanitarian affairs officer for Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF) in Serbia told the Guardian newspaper, referring to the French encampment cleared by authorities last fall.

"They choose to stay here in Belgrade, even if it's terrible," MSF press officer Gemma Gillie added. "They still have their freedom. If they do want to carry on their journey, which a lot of them do, they can. And so they're waiting here."

#Serbia, many migrants with no need for international protection should be returned & others need adequate reception

— vincent cochetel (@cochetel) January 13, 2017

Some 2,000 people are living out of warehouses and empty train cars in Belgrade with no running water and no sanitation, the organization says. MSF runs a mobile clinic, treating about 100 people daily with coughs, colds, hypothermia and frostbite.

Migrants' dreams of #Europe die frozen in the #Serbian #snow by @louiseelisabet @STForeign 📷@SantiPalacios

— SundayTimesPictures (@STPictures) January 15, 2017

The UN estimates about half of the people currently taking shelter in Belgrade are younger than 18 years old, and MSF says they see patients as young as 7 or 8 years old traveling with older siblings.

With temperatures expected as low as -4 F this week, Save the Children warned that "the conditions here are very, very difficult, and with temperatures forecast to drop as low as -20 °C today, the lives of children are at risk," said Valentina Bollenback from Save the Children, who is in Presevo, Serbia on the border with Macedonia.

"The mothers I have met arriving here are distressed because they are unable to keep their babies warm and safe. We see children with early signs of hypothermia such as blue lips and hands, as well as high fevers and respiratory problems," she said. "Instead of focusing on closing their borders, Europe’s governments should be doing more to give people fleeing war a dignified and humane reception.”

It is - 10 degrees in #Belgrade #Serbia today. Imagine you have to face the cold in these conditions.

— MSF Sea (@MSF_Sea) January 12, 2017

"Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses at a time like this. It's about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping to bureaucratic arrangements," UNICEF spokeswoman Sarah Crowe said on Friday.

"I saw one man brought in who was unconscious from the cold," Tahir Bakhtiary, an MSF translator told the Sunday Times. "Something has to be done. There is nothing there. It could get a lot worse. People could die."

And they are dying. Aid agencies say at least five asylum-seekers have died in Europe, and more could follow when temperatures plummet this week.

"Saving lives is the most urgent priority right now," UNHCR spokeswoman Cécile Pouilly told reporters. "We are extremely worried about continued reports of push-backs in all countries along the Western Balkans. These practices are simply unacceptable and must be halted, as they place the lives of refugees and migrants at heightened risk and violate their most fundamental rights."

We are deeply worried at the situation of refugees and migrants faced with harsh winter conditions across #Europe

— UNHCRNews (@RefugeesMedia) January 13, 2017

Speaking to Save the Children in Serbia, a man using the pseudonym Nasir, who fled the war in Syria five months ago with his wife and two small children, said they never expected this.

"The boat journey was the hardest part. It was extremely cold, everything was wet and the babies were ill," he said. "Sometimes I fear for my children. We couldn’t remain in Syria, but it doesn't get this cold there. We have never been this cold."

English language graffiti pleading for help is scrawled across the walls in Belgrade.

"No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark," reads one message, in an image snapped by the MSF press officer, Gemma Gillie. Other messages read: "We are helpless" and "Please don't forget about us."

Graffiti at the #warehouse #Belgrade #Serbia ...couldn't have said it better myself. Everyone deserves dignity and to be treated as a person

— Gem Gillie (@GemLouGillie) January 14, 2017

Of the more than 7,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants currently in Serbia, most are in heated government shelters. But it's the nearly 2,000 that remain outside, unregistered, that has aid agencies terrified.

An Iraqi refugee staying at one of the centers told UNHCR: “The room is small, but I cannot be angry at Serbia because we did not get beaten up here. We were given a bed and warm meals."

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