In her New Year's speech, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed optimism for the coming year. Despite recent attacks in Germany, she stressed that the best way to battle terrorism is through "security in freedom" and a strong European Union.
The Uzbek national has confessed to firing indiscriminately at a crowd of revelers at a famous nightclub in Istanbul. He claimed a Russian operative of the "Islamic State" militant group ordered him to commit the attack.
The grieving family of the first victim killed in last year's Berlin Christmas market attack is still waiting for Chancellor Angela Merkel to send her condolences. Frank Hofmann met the truck driver's parents in Poland.
Australian police have arrested a suspected "Islamic State" sympathizer, who they allege was planning a mass shooting. The site of the planned attack is a focal point for Melbourne's New Year's Eve celebrations.
Chancellor Merkel has called for the deployment of anti-terror troops in Africa’s troubled Sahel region. European and African leaders met for talks outside Paris to discuss plans to battle the growing jihadi threat.
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