Istanbul, Baghdad, Benjamin Netanyahu: Your Tuesday Briefing

The Turkish authorities said they were close to identifying the gunman who opened fire at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day, killing at least 39 people from no fewer than 12 countries.

Istanbul, Baghdad, Benjamin Netanyahu: Your Tuesday Briefing

The Islamic State claimed him as “a hero soldier of the caliphate” and appeared to refer to Turkey’s role in the Syrian war.

The group also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad, which killed at least 36 people hours after President François Hollande of France arrived in the Iraqi capital.

• House Republicans voted to hobble a congressional ethics office with no advance notice. The full House will consider the move today as the most powerful Republican-led Congress in 20 years goes into session, promising to roll back many of President Obama’s signature policies.

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Faced with North Korea’s threat to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, President-elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter to declare bluntly, “It won’t happen!”

Over the weekend, Mr. Trump promised to reveal “things that other people don’t know,” possibly as soon as today, about assessments that Russia interfered in the U.S. election.

• Dozens of U.S. Special Operations forces are in the Baltics to deter any Russian efforts to destabilize the former Soviet republics. But whether they will stay after Mr. Trump takes office is an open question.

One of the Kremlin’s most ardent sympathizers among European leaders is Milos Zeman, the Czech president. A Russian oil firm paid a large court fine owed by one of his aides, spurring accusations that Moscow was buying influence.

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