One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended 2016 with a sobering tally: 762 homicides. With much of the country on the verge of starvation and billions of dollars at stake, food trafficking has become one of the biggest businesses in Venezuela. There were no big New Year's celebrations for the Iraqi men, women and children who narrowly escaped the fighting in Mosul, only to wait for hours under armed guard while the fighting-age males among them were cleared of links to the Islamic State. Turkish police launched a massive manhunt for a gunman who killed 39 people, including several foreigners, in a rampage at an upmarket nightclub in Istanbul where revellers were celebrating New Year. Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be "convinced" to undergo sterilisation to prevent social problems. Costa Rica ended 2016 on a particularly green note.The Central American nation ran entirely on renewable energy for more than 250 days last year.
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