The world breathed a sigh of relief as a tumultuous 2016 finally rolled to an end. Celebrations from the glorious fireworks over Sydney Harbour to the inebriated honesty of CNN’s Don Lemon lightened hearts and relaxed anxious minds.
Thirty-nine were killed and 70 injured after a gunman opened fire at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey during New Year’s festivities. While ISIS has claimed responsibility, no gunman has been identified or apprehended at this time.
Pyongyang, North Korea
Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un announced in his New Year’s address that the nation is close to completing work on an intercontinental ballistic missile, prompting outrage and fears abroad, including a tweet in rebuke from President-elect Donald Trump.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the southwest coast of Fiji, rocking the island nation and causing minor tidal waves in the region. The temblor has since been followed by aftershocks of up to magnitude 5.8.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
A gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport killing five and injuring several others before being subdued by law enforcement officials.