Ban Ki-moon ends 10 years at the helm of the United Nations lamenting the "fires still burning" from Syria to South Sudan but buoyed by a global agreement to combat climate change and new U.N. goals to fight poverty and inequality.
An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others.
As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities.
Stung by new punishments, Russia is looking straight past President Barack Obama to Donald Trump.
A state electric utility confirmed on Friday it had found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian hackers.
President Vladimir Putin castigated the U.S. for imposing sanctions and expelling Russian diplomats amid allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election but said no U.S. diplomats will be ousted in reprisal for Washington's moves.
President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.
President-elect Donald Trump applauded the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailed his transition discussions with Barack Obama in a series of comments that amounted to his most detailed interaction with journalists since before the election.
Of the many events marking the closing year of Barack Obama's time as the nation's first black president, none had deeper resonance than his opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall.
Days after international pop star George Michael died at the age of 53, the singer's partner spoke with the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph to open up about Michael's sudden passing.