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Today's News: Dec. 31, 2016

Bombings strike Baghdad, cities ring in the new year, and more from the United States and around the world.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia ushers in the New Year in Sydney. Jason Reed / Reuters

—Two suicide bombers killed at least 28 people in a Baghdad market Saturday morning and wounded dozens of others. More

—The Turkish government released Wall Street Journal reporter Dion Nissenbaum after secretly detaining him for almost three days. More

—We’re live-blogging the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).


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Dozens Killed in Istanbul Nightclub Shooting

An ambulance rushes from the scene of an attack in Istanbul on January 1. (Halit Onur Sandal / AP)

Updated on January 1 at 12:18 a.m. ET

At least 39 people were killed when at least one gunman opened fire inside a popular Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s Eve celebrations Saturday night, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. 16 of the fatalities were foreigners and another 69 people were reported injured. The incident took place at the Reina nightclub, a large and popular nightlife hotspot in Turkey’s largest city. The suspected assailant fled the scene shortly after the shooting and is still at large, Soylu told reporters. According to Hurriyet, a Turkish news agency, a police officer is among the fatalities. Further details about the attack are scarce. The Turkish government has imposed a media blackout on coverage of the incident, a common practice during mass shootings and other attacks. No groups have claimed responsibility. In a statement late Saturday night, President Obama condemned the shooting as a “horrific terrorist attack” and offered the United States’ assistance as necessary.

This is a developing story. We’ll update this article with more information as it becomes available.

Turkey Releases Wall Street Journal Reporter As Press Crackdown Widens

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the opening ceremony of Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul. (Murad Sezer / Reuters)

The Turkish government secretly detained Wall Street Journal reporter Dion Nissenbaum for two-and-a-half days this week, the newspaper reported Saturday. According to the Journal, Turkish police seized Nissenbaum from his apartment in Istanbul on Tuesday and released him from jail on Friday morning. He subsequently left the country to return to the United States. Nissenbaum is a 49-year-old American national security reporter based in Washington, D.C., who has extensively covered Turkey, ISIS, and the Syrian civil war. The Journal quoted an unnamed source who said the detention was related to the Turkish government’s ban on publishing photos from ISIS videos, but did not offer details. Nissenbaum’s detention comes amid a sweeping crackdown on Turkish press outlets by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government after a failed coup attempt against in July. International press organizations estimate at least 170 media outlets have been closed by Turkish officials and almost 2,500 journalists have lost their jobs. Hundreds more journalists are on trial or behind bars in what Human Rights Watch termed a “deepening assault on critical media.”

28 Dead in Baghdad Market Suicide Bombing

Ali Mashaddani / Reuters

At least 28 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded when two suicide bombings tore through a major Baghdad marketplace on Saturday morning. The twin blasts struck the popular al-Sinak market in the center of the Iraqi capital. Al-Jazeera reported two suicide bombers detonated belts filled with explosives minutes apart during the morning rush. The bombing is the latest of numerous attacks to strike Baghdad in recent months, causing hundreds of deaths and sparking security fears throughout the city. According to the New York Times, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through the Amaq news agency, its media affiliate.