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Edward Snowden's exile TV pick? 'The Wire'

By Patrick Kevin Day National Security Agency document leaker Edward Snowden sat down for a lengthy exclusive interview with NBC News' Brian Williams this month, and while the interview touched on all the hefty issues any discussion with someone like Snowden should touch on, the former NSA contracter also brought... ...read more

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The five things you need to know about Snowden’s first U.S. television interview

By Andrea Peterson The first U.S. television interview with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden aired last night. NBC News' Brian Williams did five hours of interviews with Snowden, which resulted in the hour-long primetime event. Read full article >> ...read more

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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

In this image taken from video provided by NBC News on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, speaks to NBC News anchor Brian Williams during an NBC ...read more

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Afghans tune into first televised presidential debate

By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News Producer By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News ProducerKABUL – The ultimate test of democracy is underway in Afghanistan – its people are about to elect a new leader as the country struggles to maintain stability while facing a large-scale drawdown of NATO forces.Eleven contenders are vying for president, and their vast differences ...read more

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Mexican fisherman shore up Marshall Islands castaway's account

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Jose Salvador Alvarenga, who claims he spent more than a year lost at sea, stepped warily off a boat in the Marshall Islands' capital with the help of a nurse after being transported from the isolated atoll where he was washed up.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsPacific castaway Jose ...read more

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Castaway's parents thought they would never see him again

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Hilary Hosia / AFP - Getty ImagesJose Salvador Alvarenga after his arrival in Majuro.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe father of Pacific castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga said he was told his long-lost son vanished on a fishing trip but he didn't have the heart to break the news to ...read more

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Facebook under pressure over online drinking game linked to Ireland deaths

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorFacebook was under pressure from lawmakers Tuesday to curb an online drinking game known as "Neknomination" after the phenomenon was linked to the recent deaths of two young men in Ireland.Government ministers and pressure groups called on the social networking site to ban pages promoting ...read more

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Palestinians marry, but remain separated by Israeli borders

By Lawahez Jabari, NBC News Producer By Lawahez Jabari, NBC News ProducerTEL AVIV, Israel – With Valentine's Day approaching, many Palestinian couples split between Gaza, the West Bank and Israel may end up sending their love by mail, which would be much easier than securing the permission to cross in or out of the occupied territories.The ...read more

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U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul standing down after Sochi Games

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Very sad to announce my departure later this month. I will miss Russia and its people http://t.co/OtXbRsUP5W @USEmbRu @StateDept @WhiteHouse— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) February 4, 2014
By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe United States ambassador to Russia announced Tuesday he would be leaving his post after the Sochi Winter Olympics.Michael McFaul ...read more

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Italy to investigate Amanda Knox judge over 'not appropriate' comments to media

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Andrew Kelly / ReutersAmanda Knox sits before being interviewed on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York on Friday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorItaly's justice department said Tuesday it was investigating comments by one of the judges who reinstated the murder conviction for Amanda Knox and her ...read more

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For Russians in Olympics' shadow, Sochi construction leaving them in the cold

By Carlo Angerer, Producer, NBC News Carlo Angerer / NBC NewsAtop a small mountain ridge just outside Sochi, 73-year-old Nadezhda Kuharenko's small house stands in the middle of a vegetable garden. By Carlo Angerer, Producer, NBC NewsSOCHI, Russia — Atop a small mountain ridge just outside Sochi, 73-year-old Nadezhda Kuharenko's small house stands in the middle ...read more

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Gay-rights groups will avoid Olympics -- and spread message via social media

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News Alexander Demianchuk / ReutersGay activists take part in a protest event in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Nov. 2, 2013. By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe Sochi Olympics present a unique chance for gay-rights organizations to call attention to anti-gay laws passed under President Vladimir Putin, most notably one that ...read more

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Marshall Islands castaway details fishing trip gone awry

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Courtesy Tony de BrumA man, center, washed up on the shore of the Marshall Islands claiming that he spent 16 months lost at sea.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe man who washed up on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific with a tale of being lost at sea for ...read more

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Hated in Washington's halls of power, loved by the taxpayer: Meet John Sopko

By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC News U.S. Senate Photographic Studio- / U.S. Senate Photographic StudioJohn Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, at a hearing in Washington, D.C. Tasked with rooting out waste, Sopko is not popular figure at the Pentagon, State Department or USAID. "They've got names for me and usually they're profane," he ...read more

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Four killed, 15 injured in Lebanon suicide bombing

By Mustafa Kassem, NBC News By Mustafa Kassem, NBC NewsBEIRUT -- Four people were killed and 15 wounded Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a gas station in Hermel, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, the nation's interior minister told NBC News.The minister, Marwan Charbel, confirmed reports by Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) on the ...read more

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Pacific castaway's tale: a year lost at sea, drinking turtle blood

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News GIFF JOHNSON / AFP / Getty Images fileOutrigger canoes in the Marshall Islands on Aug. 29, 2013. By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsPolice on a remote Pacific Island are investigating the incredible account of a Mexican man who says he spent a year lost at sea — living off ...read more

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Syrian peace talks end in stalemate after 'very slow' progress

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorA contentious round of Syrian peace talks ended Friday with little or no progress towards ending the three-year civil war that has ravaged the country and left more than 100,000 dead. Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem blamed the “immaturity” of the opposition and “threats ...read more

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World's oldest known flamingo dies aged 83

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Nicole Miller / Adelaide Zoo via EPABelieved to be the world's oldest at 83, the flamingo known as 'Greater', died Friday.By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorIt was born at the end of the Great Depression and survived World War II - and an attack by youths - but "Greater," the ...read more

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U.K. nuclear employees ordered to stay home amid increased radiation levels

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA nuclear facility in north-west England ordered some workers to stay at home Friday after increased levels of radioactivity were recorded, its operator said.The Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site, in Cumbria, told all non-essential employees not to come to work after the elevated levels were picked ...read more

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Imprisoned Kenneth Bae must serve his 15 years hard labor: North Korea envoy

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorNorth Korea will not release imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae until he finishes his sentence of 15 years hard labor, according to a rare interview with a Pyongyang diplomat.Bae was leading a tour group in the secretive state in Nov. 2012 when he was arrested ...read more

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Tot's Mafia shooting, burning death shocks stoical Italy

By Claudio Lavanga, Correspondent, NBC News Francesco Arena / EPA fileCrime scene investigators working at a burnt car where three burnt bodies were found in Cassano allo Ionio, Calabria, Italy on Jan. 19. According to reports, a three-year-old boy was killed in the mafia hit. By Claudio Lavanga, Correspondent, NBC NewsROME – “Don't kill women and ...read more

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White House: Syria must step up efforts to get chemical weapons to port

By Katie Wall and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News By Katie Wall and Alastair Jamieson, NBC NewsSyria must intensify its efforts to offload chemical weapons, the White House said Thursday, after a report that less than five percent of its arsenal had been delivered and that work to destroy the weapons has fallen behind schedule.“It is the Assad regime's ...read more

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N. Korea building missile launch pad capable of aiming at U.S.: report

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Uncredited / apA satellite image of the Sohae site taken in Oct. 2013 and released by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorNorth Korea is improving one of its missile launch sites and may soon be able to fire rockets large enough to hit ...read more

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Female politician says victims' behavior plays role in India gang-rape attacks

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP - Getty Images, fileActivists hold posters during a rally as they protest against the gang rape and murder of a teenager earlier this month.By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorA female Indian politician and member of the "women's commission" sparked fury by saying that gang-rape victims may ...read more

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Entire Syrian neighborhoods wiped out by Assad: rights group

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News DigitalGlobe via HRWA satellite image dated October 2012 shows what Human Rights Watch says is the complete demolition of the Masha' al-Arb'een neighborhood in Hama, Syria.By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe Syrian regime has used explosives and bulldozers to demolish the homes of thousands of civilians, according to ...read more

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Ukraine president goes on sick leave as violent protests continue

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor The Prime Minister of Ukraine has resigned hours before a planned vote of no confidence by Parliament that could have stripped him of his powers. NBC News' Ian Williams has the latest from Kiev. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorAlmost two months into the increasingly violent stalemate between ...read more

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Volgograd suicide bombers identified; two accomplices arrested

By Albina Kovlayova and Alexander Smith, NBC News Sergei Karpov / Reuters, fileMembers of the emergency services at the site of the second bomb blast in Volgograd in December.By Albina Kovlayova and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsRussian anti-terror officials said Thursday they had identified the two suicide bombers who killed 34 people in the city of Volgograd in December, ...read more

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Far-flung Olympic protest park an 'insult' to demonstrators

By Albina Kovalyova and Carlo Angerer, NBC News By Albina Kovalyova and Carlo Angerer, NBC NewsSOCHI, Russia - Trains rumbled by, cars sped along the highway overpass above, and only few pedestrians strolled through this public park on a recent gray day in Khosta, a beachside part of Greater Sochi, declared as the official protest zone during the ...read more

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Egypt to put 20 journalists on trial on terrorism-related charges

By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC News Ahmed Omar / AP fileMohammed Badr, a cameraman for Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, appears at a court in Cairo on Dec. 4, 2013. By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC NewsEgypt said 20 Al-Jazeera journalists, including both Egyptians and foreigners, will face trial on terrorism-related charges.Among them are three journalists employed by Al-Jazeera ...read more

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Are far-right militants taking over Ukraine's liberal protest?

By Ian Williams, correspondent, NBC News Thomas Peter / ReutersMembers of various anti-government paramilitary groups march along a street during a show of force in Kiev on Jan. 29, 2014. By Ian Williams, correspondent, NBC NewsNews AnalysisKIEV, Ukraine – Daybreak in Kiev's Maidan Square on Wednesday felt more like the end of a bad night ...read more

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Fidel Castro is 'spiritually alert' and physically 'strong,' UN leader says

By Mary Murray, NBC News Producer Alex Castro / Cubadebate via APU.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon visits with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana on Tuesday.By Mary Murray, NBC News ProducerHAVANA – Cuba's Fidel Castro, 87, may have retired as president in 2008, but a visit with the former revolutionary leader is a must-do for any ...read more

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Hundreds of Palestinians marry in mass West Bank wedding

By Lawahez Jabari, Producer, NBC News Ammar Awad / ReutersCouples pose for pictures with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, during a mass wedding ceremony in the West Bank city of Jericho on Jan. 28, 2014. By Lawahez Jabari, Producer, NBC NewsThe Palestinian Authority hosted a mass marriage ceremony for 220 couples in the West Bank city ...read more

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'Superpope' Francis: Street art near Vatican likens pontiff to cartoon hero

By Claudio Lavanga and Henry Austin, NBC News Tiziana Fabi / AFP - Getty ImagesA nun takes a picture of the street art showing Pope Francis as Superman. By Claudio Lavanga and Henry Austin, NBC NewsROME -- Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's “Superpope.”For billions of Catholics, Pope Francis is already emerging as a ...read more

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Hong Kong lesbian to tycoon dad: Stop offering men millions to turn me straight

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Apple Daily via AFP – Getty ImagesGigi Chao (R), the daughter of Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, with her partner Sean Eav in 2011. By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong property tycoon has written her father an open letter asking him to stop ...read more

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How smog could prompt ban on fireworks at Chinese New Year

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Feng Li / Getty Images, fileFireworks illuminate the Beijing skyline in 2013, but Friday's Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations could be curtailed because of smog, officials have warned. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorThey go together like gifts at Christmas and chocolate eggs at Easter, but fireworks may be ...read more

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'Desperate struggle' in Ukraine: What you need to know about the crisis

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News Thomas Peter / ReutersAn anti-government protester waves the Ukrainian flag as he stands on fortifications against riot police in Kiev on Tuesday.By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe government of Ukraine offered two big concessions Tuesday in hopes of calming a violent uprising that has gripped the capital city and ...read more

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Ukraine anti-protest laws repealed; PM resigns

By Ed Flanagan and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News By Ed Flanagan and Alastair Jamieson, NBC NewsKIEV – Ukraine's prime minister resigned Tuesday, just hours before the country's parliament voted in favor of repealing a set of anti-protest laws which had triggered violent unrest in Kiev.Mykola Azarov said he wanted to step down because of the threat to ...read more

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Killer croc: Police find human remains near site where boy vanished

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Winfried Wisniewski/picture-alliance/dpa/AP ImagesA saltwater crocodile in Australia's Kakadu National Park, where a 12-year-old boy was believed to have been killed by one of the beasts on Saturday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorPolice in Australia who are hunting a crocodile they believe killed a 12-year-old boy said Tuesday they have found ...read more

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United Nations aid convoy stuck outside besieged Homs as Syria talks stall

By Laura Saravia and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News Yazan Homsy / ReutersPeople stand on a street lined with damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs January 27, 2014.By Laura Saravia and Alastair Jamieson, NBC NewsTwelve aid trucks remained on standby outside the besieged Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, as ongoing talks in Geneva between the government and ...read more

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British PM's ex-media chief said hacking Daniel Craig's phone was 'brilliant,' jury hears

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Suzanne Plunkett / ReutersAndy Coulson served as British Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications after leaving the News of the World newspaper.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorLONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications director demanded to hear a hacked voicemail message revealing an affair between "James Bond" ...read more

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UK's Queen Elizabeth down to last $1.6 million in reserves after royal overspend

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Slideshow: Life of a queenView images from the extraordinary life of Queen Elizabeth II. Launch slideshowBy Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorLONDON -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth has just £1 million ($1.6 million) left in financial reserves after the Royal Household overspent on its budget last year, according to a report ...read more

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Ukraine anti-protest laws repealed; PM offers to resign

By Ed Flanagan and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News By Ed Flanagan and Alastair Jamieson, NBC NewsKIEV – Ukraine's prime minister offered his resignation Tuesday, just hours before the country's parliament voted in favor of repealing a set of anti-protest laws which had triggered violent unrest in Kiev.Mykola Azarov said he wanted to step down because of the ...read more

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Egypt's ousted Morsi yells from cage at trial judge: 'Tell me who you are!'

By Charlene Gubash and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News Egyptian TV via AFP - Getty ImagesDeposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi appears in a makeshift courtroom on the outskirts of Cairo on Tuesday.By Charlene Gubash and Alastair Jamieson, NBC NewsCAIRO - Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi shouted at a judge Tuesday as he appeared in a glass-encased metal cage at ...read more

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Sochi mayor: We have no gay people — as far as I know

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Igor Yakunin / AP, fileSochi Mayor Anatoly PakhomovBy Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe mayor of Sochi told a reporter that there are no gay people in the city hosting the Winter Olympics — but the patrons of one bar didn't get the memo.The same BBC reporter had visited a ...read more

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Killer croc snatches 12-year-old boy swimming with pals in Australia

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Rob Griffith / AP fileA 13.5 foot saltwater crocodile on the Adelaide river in Australia in 2005. By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAustralian police are hunting a killer crocodile that they believe snatched a 12-year-old boy while he was swimming with his friends.Police said Monday that officers have been given ...read more

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Body found in square occupied by Ukrainian protesters

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Efrem Lukatsky / AP filePro-European Union activists gather during a rally in Independence Square around the New Year Tree where a man's body was found Monday. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorThe mystery of how a man's body came to be hanging inside the framework of a metal “New Year ...read more

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Tight security welcomes Sochi Olympic torch to volatile Dagestan

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe Olympic torch arrived in Russia's volatile Dagestan region amid heightened security Monday as terrorism concerns continued to dominate the run-up to next month's Winter Olympics.Officials reduced the route through Makhachkala after a local militant group claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings which killed 34 ...read more

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Vial of Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from Italian church

By Claudio Lavanga, Producer, NBC News By Claudio Lavanga, Producer, NBC NewsROME -- A relic containing drops of late Pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen, Italian authorities said Monday.The vial was stolen from the Church of San Pietro della Leuca in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy on Saturday. Pope John Paul II, ...read more

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US missile strike targets suspected militant leader in Somalia

By Jim Miklaszewski, NBC News By Jim Miklaszewski, NBC NewsThe U.S. military carried out a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday, targeting a suspected militant leader with links to the al Qaeda and al Shabaab terror networks, U.S. military officials told NBC News.U.S. military and intelligence officials are reviewing bomb damage assessment to determine if ...read more

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Slain protester mourned in Kiev as Ukrainian political crisis worsens

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty ImagesAnti-government protesters carry the coffin of Mikhail Zhiznevsky during a funeral ceremony held on Kiev's Independence Square on January 26.By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC NewsPolice clashed with protesters in Kiev on Sunday as thousands of Ukrainians swarmed the streets of the capital to ...read more

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Cold slowing officials' search for missing seniors in fatal Quebec fire

By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News Mathieu Belanger / ReutersA firefighter looks on at the seniors residence Residence du Havre after a fire in L'Isle Verte, Quebec, on Thursday.By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC NewsBrutal weather on Sunday morning was hampering the search for 22 people presumed dead in a fatal senior home fire in Quebec, ...read more

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Cold forces officials to halt search for missing seniors in Quebec fire

By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News Mathieu Belanger / ReutersA firefighter looks on at the seniors residence Residence du Havre after a fire in L'Isle Verte, Quebec, on Thursday.By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC NewsBrutal weather on Sunday morning was hampering the search for 22 people presumed dead in a fatal senior home fire in Quebec, ...read more

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10 killed, 22 presumed dead in Quebec senior home fire

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News Ryan Remiorz / Canadian Press via APInvestigators remove evidence as they search through the icy rubble Friday of a fire that destroyed a senior residence in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec. By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsExhausted crews in Quebec on Saturday resumed their search through the remains of a senior ...read more

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Clashes kill almost 50 on anniversary of Egypt's revolution

By Charlene Gubash and Becky Bratu, NBC News At least 29 people died when security forces and anti-government protestors clashed in Egypt. By Charlene Gubash and Becky Bratu, NBC NewsCAIRO - Almost 50 people died in violent clashes in Egypt Saturday, as the conflict-torn country marked the third anniversary of the uprising that overthrew autocratic President Hosni Mubarak. ...read more

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Eight killed, 24 presumed dead in Quebec senior home fire

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News Ryan Remiorz / Canadian Press via APInvestigators remove evidence as they search through the icy rubble Friday of a fire that destroyed a senior residence in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec. By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsExhausted crews in Quebec on Saturday resumed their search through the remains of a senior ...read more

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Despite icy stare-down, hints of progress in Syria peace talks

By Paul Goldman and Mike Brunker, NBC News Anja Neidringhaus / APAnas al-Abdeh, a member of Syria's main political opposition group, is surrounded by journalists after a meeting with a delegation of the Syrian government at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva on Saturday.By Paul Goldman and Mike Brunker, NBC NewsGENEVA -- The first meeting between leaders of the ...read more

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Two sides engage in icy stare-down in first face-to-face meeting at Syria peace talks

By Paul Goldman and Mike Brunker, NBC News Anja Neidringhaus / APAnas al-Abdeh, a member of Syria's main political opposition group, is surrounded by journalists after a meeting with a delegation of the Syrian government at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva on Saturday.By Paul Goldman and Mike Brunker, NBC NewsGENEVA -- The first meeting between leaders of the ...read more

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Quebec crews pick through remains of charred senior home

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News Ryan Remiorz / Canadian Press via APInvestigators remove evidence as they search through the icy rubble Friday of a fire that destroyed a senior residence in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec. By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsExhausted crews in Quebec on Saturday resumed their search through the remains of a senior ...read more

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China's official crackdown on graft brings a happy New Year – for sharks

By Ian Williams, correspondent, NBC News Alex Ogle / AFP - Getty ImagesShark fins are laid out to dry on a street corner in Hong Kong on Jan. 4, 2014. Shark fin soup has long been a luxury enjoyed by China's wealthy, but thanks to a crackdown on official extravagance, its consumption is down. By Ian ...read more

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Inside Russia's pre-Olympics terrorist crackdown

By James Novogrod and Becky Bratu, NBC News Dozens of young men are now missing from what is considered Russia's most dangerous region. By James Novogrod and Becky Bratu, NBC NewsMAKHACHKALA, Dagestan -- A bell rang, and several hundred students made their way to the auditorium at the top of the stairwell on a fall day.It was assembly ...read more

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Iraqis fleeing Anbar fighting at rates not seen since civil war

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News Ahmad Al-rubaye / AFP - Getty Images, fileSunni Muslim families fleeing their homes in the city of Fallujah wait to enter the central Iraqi Shiite Muslim shrine city of Karbala.By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsIraqis are fleeing fighting in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi at rates not ...read more

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Ultimatum leads Syrian government to threaten to peace talk walkout

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Anja Niedringhaus / APChief negotiator Hadi Bahra , center left, and members of the Syrian National Coalition before their meeting Friday. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorAfter ultimatums, threats to leave and the peace talks coming close to collapse, delegates representing Syrian President Bashar Assad and the country's opposition coalition ...read more

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Syrian delegations agree to meet Saturday, says mediator

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Anja Niedringhaus / APChief negotiator Hadi Bahra , center left, and members of the Syrian National Coalition before their meeting Friday. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorStout intractability and threats of walkouts gave way to signs of progress Friday at Syria peace talks, with government and opposition representatives agreeing to ...read more

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US missionary family plan $6,800 rescue of orphans from South Sudan

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Ben Curtis / APKim Campbell at the United Nations camp on Dec. 30 before she was forced to leave 10 orphans who were in her care.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAn American family who fled an orphanage they set up in South Sudan because of the outbreak of fighting there, ...read more

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Rescuers melt ice in search for victims of Canadian senior home fire

By Miranda Leitsinger, NBC News Mathieu Belanger / ReutersFirefighters walk past the Residence du Havre after a fire Thursday in L'Isle Verte, Quebec.By Miranda Leitsinger, NBC NewsFire crews in Quebec are using steam to melt the ice encasing the charred rubble of a seniors home Friday as they search for victims of a blaze that ...read more

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Obama under fire after appointing major donor as Norway envoy

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Credit: Daniel Sannum Lauten / AFP – Getty Images fileSiv Jensen, Minister of Finance since 2013 and the leader of the Progress Party, walks with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Oct. 16 in Oslo, Norway. By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorPresident Barack Obama has upset members of ally Norway's ...read more

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Another militant threat to Winter Olympics emerges

By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC News A security threat is gaining traction as a newly surfaced video warns of a potential attack on the Games. The video appears to come from a known branch of al Quaeda. But local Russian security officials are assuring that the event will be kept safe. NBC's Richard Engel reports.By Albina ...read more

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Three dead, dozens wounded in explosion near Cairo police HQ

By Charlene Gubash, NBC News By Charlene Gubash, NBC NewsCAIRO — Three people are dead and 47 more wounded after a blast shook central Cairo on Friday morning, Egypt's Ministry of Health said.A vehicle attempting to gain entrance to police headquarters was apparently the source of the explosion, a spokesperson for the Ministry of ...read more

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Four dead, dozens wounded in explosion near Cairo police HQ

By Charlene Gubash, NBC News By Charlene Gubash, NBC NewsCAIRO — Four people are dead and 51 more are wounded after a blast shook central Cairo on Friday morning, Egypt's Ministry of Health said.A vehicle attempting to gain entrance to police headquarters was apparently the source of the explosion, a spokesperson for the Ministry ...read more

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Five dead, dozens wounded as explosions rock Cairo

By Charlene Gubash, NBC News Khaled Elfiqi / EPADamage outside the Islamic museum after a car bomb explosion outside the police headquarters in Cairo. By Charlene Gubash, NBC NewsCAIRO —At least five people are dead and almost 100 more were wounded after two explosions rocked Cairo on Friday morning, Egypt's Ministry of Health said.Shortly after ...read more

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Five dead and dozens wounded as explosions rock Cairo

By Charlene Gubash and Henry Austin, NBC News Khaled Elfiqi / EPADamage outside the Islamic museum after a car bomb explosion outside the police headquarters in Cairo. By Charlene Gubash and Henry Austin, NBC NewsCAIRO — At least five people were killed and almost 100 more wounded after two explosions rocked Cairo on Friday morning, Egypt's Ministry of ...read more

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Olympic torch arrives in volatile Caucasus region on its way to Sochi Games

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News Olympictorch2014.com via APTorch bearer Andrei Yurgin poses with an Olympic torch during the Olympic torch relay in Pyatigorsk, a city in Russia's North Caucasus, on Jan. 23.By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe Olympic torch arrived Thursday in the North Caucasus region of Russia, the turbulent center of concern about ...read more

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Women's rights in Afghanistan worsen in 2013: report

By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News Producer Aref Karimi / AFP - Getty ImagesTwo burqa-clad Afghan women walk on the outskirts of Herat on Wednesday. By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News ProducerKABUL – Women's rights in Afghanistan have regressed in the past year, increasing worry about what the future holds, according to a Human Rights Watch report released ...read more

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Elephant trampling suspected in American woman's death in Thailand

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe body of an American woman missing in Thailand for five days was found in a nature reserve, where she was apparently trampled to death by elephants, police said Thursday.Seventy people had been searching for the victim, whose name was not released, the Associated ...read more

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German farmers post online 'moo-vies' in bid to calm consumers' industry beef

By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC NewsMAINZ, Germany – A group of German milk farmers has been entertaining thousands of cow-loving viewers with short "moo-vies" posted online.The videos posted on the increasingly popular "My Cow Tube" come after several food scandals that have rocked Germany – including horse meat being ...read more

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German farmers post online 'moo-vies' to calm consumers

By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC NewsMAINZ, Germany – A group of German milk farmers has been entertaining thousands of cow-loving viewers with short "moo-vies" posted online.The videos posted on the increasingly popular "My Cow Tube" come after several food scandals that have rocked Germany – including horse meat being ...read more

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Three dead, 30 missing in fire at Quebec senior complex

By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC NewsA massive fire ripped through a senior complex in eastern Quebec early Thursday, killing at least three people and sending firefighters into the flames to search for 30 others still missing, officials said.The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. at the 52-unit Residence du ...read more

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Indian village 'court' orders gang rape of woman as punishment for boyfriend

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Strdel / AFP - Getty ImagesSuspects in the gang-rape case are led by police to a district courthouse in Birdhum district Thursday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorVillage elders in India ordered the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman after they found out she was in a relationship with a man ...read more

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Iran president woos world elite, aiming to end isolation

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorIranian President Hassan Rouhani made a pitch toward ending years of international isolation Thursday, claiming the spotlight at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Rouhani appeared to support American calls for free and fair elections in Syria, saying “all should accept” the results, and ...read more

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Ukraine's pro-West protesters unveil ultimatum amid torture claims

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Darko Vojinovic / APProtesters use a large slingshot to hurl rocks at police in central Kiev on Thursday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorLeaders of pro-Western demonstrations that have turned Kiev into a battleground delivered an ultimatum to Ukraine's government late Wednesday in the wake of a deadly protest crackdown -- ...read more

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Al Qaeda leader to Syria rebels: Stop the infighting and establish 'just Muslim government'

By Alexander Smith, NBC News Site via AFP - Getty Images fileAl Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaks in a video filmed in Oct. 2012.By Alexander Smith, NBC NewsAl Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri urged jihadist rebel groups in Syria to stop their infighting and focus on the battle to overthrow Bashar Assad's regime.Clashes between Sunni militants, ...read more

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How US will rescue Olympians if terrorists strike the Sochi Games

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News Maxim Shemetov / Reuters fileSochi's Olympic Park is seen in December.By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC NewsA catastrophic terrorist strike at the Sochi Winter Olympics would present the United States with a logistically mind-boggling and diplomatically delicate challenge: How to get more than 200 American athletes safely out of Russia.U.S. ...read more

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Sochi terror threat: 'All on Russia' for response if something goes wrong

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News Maxim Shemetov / Reuters fileThe Olympic Park, under construction in the Adler district of Sochi, in December.By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC NewsA catastrophic terrorist strike at the Sochi Winter Olympics would present the United States with a logistically mind-boggling and diplomatically delicate challenge: How to get more than 200 ...read more

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Italian mothers battle mafia and toxic waste

By Claudio Lavanga, NBC News Producer By Claudio Lavanga, NBC News ProducerROME – A group of 13 women who claim their children died of cancer after being poisoned by tons of toxic waste dumped in their region by the local mafia met with Italy's president Wednesday.They traveled to Rome from their towns around Naples as representatives ...read more

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7 killed as armed raiders attack Spanish cyclists on tour of Pakistan

By Mujeeb Ahmed and Waj S. Khan, NBC News By Mujeeb Ahmed and Waj S. Khan, NBC News ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Armed raiders ambushed Pakistani security forces escorting a pair of Spanish round-the-world cyclists across one of the country's most dangerous regions killing seven of them, officials told NBC News Wednesday.A firefight took place as they rode across the ...read more

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Activists use macabre street theater to show defiance outside Syria peace talks

By Paul Goldman and Alexander Smith, NBC News Philippe Desmazes / AFP – Getty ImagesAnti-Assad activists near the venue of the Geneva II peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on Wednesday.By Paul Goldman and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsMONTREAUX, Switzerland -- It was not just the delegates at the Syria peace talks on Wednesday who were in heated disagreement -- ...read more

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Syria peace talks: Assad foes face off with supporters at key meeting

By Paul Goldman and Alexander Smith, NBC News Philippe Desmazes / AFP – Getty ImagesAnti-Assad activists near the venue of the Geneva II peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on Wednesday.By Paul Goldman and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsMONTREAUX, Switzerland -- It was not just the delegates at the Syria peace talks on Wednesday who were in heated disagreement -- ...read more

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Rival Syria delegations to sit down for direct talks, Russian minister says

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Rainer Jensen / EPASecretary of State John Kerry attends the opening of Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on Wednesday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe Syrian government and opposition, two rival delegations, will sit down for direct talks on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Wednesday after the first ...read more

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Kerry at Syria talks: Assad can no longer hold nation hostage

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Rainer Jensen / EPASecretary of State John Kerry attends the opening of Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on Wednesday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorSyrian President Bashar Assad's brutality has robbed him of the legitimacy to rule his country, Secretary of State John Kerry said at the beginning of the ...read more

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US revokes Ukraine visas as first deaths on Kiev front line are confirmed

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty ImagesProtesters clash with the police in the center of Kiev on Wednesday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe U.S. Embassy in Ukraine revoked the visas of a number of Ukrainians as a crackdown on opposition protesters turned deadly overnight. The embassy said that under U.S. ...read more

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Russia kills senior militant leader ahead of Sochi Olympics, officials say

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Abdula Magomedov / APRussian special force soldiers take part in an anti-terrorist operation in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan on Monday. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorA senior militant leader was killed during a gun battle with Russian security forces as they hunted three Muslim women dubbed “black widow's” ...read more

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On eve of peace talks, Syrian information minister says 'There is no civil war'

By Paul Goldman, Shanshan Dong and Jeff Black, NBC News By Paul Goldman, Shanshan Dong and Jeff Black, NBC NewsSyria's information minister, speaking in Montreux, Switzerland, the day before peace talks were set to begin denied a civil war was raging in his country — insisting the fighting pits government troops against terrorists.The United Nation-sponsored talks, referred to as Geneva ...read more

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Toronto Mayor Ford on new video: I was drinking 'a little bit'

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Mark Blinch/ReutersToronto Mayor Rob Ford, seen here during a November City Council meeting, admitted he's been drinking. By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsToronto Mayor Rob Ford confirmed Tuesday that he's fallen off the wagon after a video surfaced showing him rambling incoherently with what appeared to be a Jamaican ...read more

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Russians want US tech to spot bombs during Sochi Olympics

By Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube, NBC News By Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube, NBC NewsThe United States is considering sharing sophisticated electronic devices capable of detecting remote-controlled bombs with Russia during the Sochi Olympics, senior military officials told NBC News.According to one senior official, the issue was raised formally only Tuesday afternoon during high-level discussions in Brussels, ...read more

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Polio vaccination workers gunned down in Pakistan, others feared kidnapped

By Mushtaq Yusufzai and Henry Austin, NBC News By Mushtaq Yusufzai and Henry Austin, NBC NewsPESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A deadly day of violence against Pakistani polio workers saw three killed, a further four shot and two more groups feared kidnapped, a World Health Organization official told NBC News. Armed men gunned down one group in the ...read more

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Chinese anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong set for long-awaited trial

By Alexander Smith, NBC News Greg Baker / AP, fileXu Zhiyong at a meeting in Beijing in July 2009. The 40-year-old is the co-founder of a loose group of like-minded activists called the New Citizens Movement, which seeks to work within the current system to affect change.By Alexander Smith, NBC NewsA prominent anti-corruption activist and ...read more

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Princess Diana landmine charity's workers kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan

By Jamieson Lesko and Alexander Smith, NBC News By Jamieson Lesko and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsKABUL, Afghanistan -- More than 50 employees of a landmine-clearing charity in Afghanistan were kidnapped by armed Taliban fighters before being freed in a "police operation" on Tuesday, officials said.The workers were seized at dawn while in trucks their way to clear a ...read more

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Pakistani forces launch airstrikes against militants in North Waziristan

By Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News By Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC NewsPESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Pakistani military launched airstrikes against suspected militant positions in North Waziristan on Tuesday in the wake of suicide bomb attacks that killed dozens, many of them army and paramilitary personnel.Military sources said air force fighter jets and army helicopter gunships were being ...read more

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Villagers claim casualties as Pakistan bombs al-Qaeda stronghold of North Waziristan

By Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News By Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC NewsPESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani jets bombed the restive tribal region of North Waziristan on Tuesday after a wave of suicide bomb attacks against government security forces.It was the first military operation in the region since 2007 when the Pakistani government signed a peace deal with local ...read more

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Pakistan bombs militant hideouts in wake of deadly attacks

By Mushtaq Yusufzai, Producer, NBC News By Mushtaq Yusufzai, Producer, NBC NewsPESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Jets bombed Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region for the first time in years on Tuesday after a wave of suicide bomb attacks targeted security forces.Militant hideouts were struck in the first military operation in the region since 2007, when the Pakistani ...read more

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Pakistan bombs militant hideouts in North Waziristan for first time in years

By Mushtaq Yusufzai, Producer, NBC News By Mushtaq Yusufzai, Producer, NBC NewsPESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Jets bombed Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region for the first time in years on Tuesday after a wave of suicide bomb attacks targeted security forces.Militant hideouts were struck in the air force's first major offensive in the region since 2007, when ...read more

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UN-invited: Ban Ki-moon withdraws offer for Iran to join Syria peace talks

By Hasani Gittens and Catherine Chomiak, NBC NEWS By Hasani Gittens and Catherine Chomiak, NBC NEWSU.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday rescinded an offer for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran said it didn't support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks. In a brief statement by his spokesman ...read more

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Iraq launches offensive to purge al Qaeda militants controlling Ramadi

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Ali Mashhadani / ReutersIraqi security forces and Iraqi Sunni Muslim tribesmen deploy during a patrol in Ramadi on Sunday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorFierce clashes raged in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday as government forces launched an all-out offensive to push back al Qaeda militants who have taken ...read more

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New anti-protest law triggers violent clashes in Ukraine; Klitschko warns of 'civil war'

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Vladislav Sodel / Kommersant via Getty ImagesProtesters clash with police in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAn emergency meeting between Ukraine's government and opposition leaders was scheduled for Monday after clashes between pro-West demonstrators and police turned Kiev into a battleground.As many as 100,000 people gathered in ...read more

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At least 3 killed in bomb blast near Pakistan army HQ

By Wajahat S. Khan and M. Alex Johnson, NBC News By Wajahat S. Khan and M. Alex Johnson, NBC NewsAn explosion killed at least three people near the Pakistani army's general headquarters early Monday in Rawalpindi, police and military officials told NBC News.Police said a suicide bomber on a bicycle unsuccessfully tried to flee when he was stopped for a ...read more

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Three Americans killed in Afghan restaurant attack were working toward 'a safer world for all'

By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThree Americans killed in a brutal commando-style attack on a popular Kabul restaurant were being remembered Sunday as innocent civilians helping Afghanistan build a better future.Two of the victims — Alexis Kamerman and Alexandros Petersen — were educators working for the American University of ...read more

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Blast kills 20 soldiers in Pakistan, military says

By Mustaq Yusufzai, Fakhar ur Rehman and Wajahat Khan, NBC News By Mustaq Yusufzai, Fakhar ur Rehman and Wajahat Khan, NBC NewsTwenty soldiers were killed when a bomb explosion hit a vehicle in North West Pakistan on Sunday, military officials told NBC News.A military official in Bannu, where the attack occurred about 8:45 a.m. local time, said the dead were Pakistan ...read more

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Three Americans among 21 killed as Taliban targets popular Kabul restaurant

By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC News Massoud Hossaini / APAfghan police forces assist an injured man at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday.By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC NewsKABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular restaurant in Kabul on Friday that killed at least 21 people, including ...read more

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Main Western-backed opposition group agrees to join Syria peace talks

By Ammar Cheikhomar, NBC News By Ammar Cheikhomar, NBC NewsThe Syrian National Coalition, the main Western-backed group battling to topple the government of Syria's Bashar Assad, on Saturday agreed to take part in peace talks in Switzerland next week. The group's legal committee approved participation in the talks by a vote of 58-14 vote. In ...read more

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Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking?

By Ed Flanagan, Producer, NBC News Aly Song / ReutersAccording to the World Health Organization, about one million deaths can be attributed to smoking each year in China.By Ed Flanagan, Producer, NBC NewsBEIJING – There are some 350 million smokers across China, but walking through the country's many restaurants, bars and other public spaces, you'd be ...read more

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Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills 14, including foreigners

By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News Producer Rahmat Gul / APAfghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News ProducerKABUL – The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday evening that killed ...read more

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Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills at least 16, mostly foreigners

By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News Producer Rahmat Gul / APAfghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News ProducerKABUL – The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday evening that killed ...read more

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Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills at least 16, including foreigners

By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News Producer Rahmat Gul / APAfghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News ProducerKABUL – The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday evening that killed ...read more

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Death toll hits 21, mostly foreigners, in Taliban suicide attack in Kabul

By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News Producer Massoud Hossaini / APAfghan police forces assist an injured man at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday.By Jamieson Lesko, NBC News ProducerKABUL – The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday evening that killed ...read more

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Two Americans among 21 killed as Taliban targets popular Kabul restaurant

By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC News Massoud Hossaini / APAfghan police forces assist an injured man at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday.By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC NewsKABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular Lebanese restaurant in Kabul on Friday that killed at least 21 people, ...read more

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Explosive device tossed at Thai anti-government protesters injures 36

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor EPAAnti-government protesters are given first aid after an explosive device was tossed at their march. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorAn explosive device tossed at Thai anti-government protesters tore through the group injuring 36 and seriously hurting one as they marched through the country's capital Bangkok on Friday, police said.The ...read more

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NSA collected nearly 200 million text messages daily: report

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorThe National Security Agency collected almost 200 million text messages a day from around the world, according a joint investigation by Britain's Channel 4 News and newspaper The Guardian.Secret documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed that using a program code called “Dishfire,” the ...read more

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NSA collected hundreds of millions of daily text messages: report

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorThe National Security Agency collected almost 200 million text messages a day from around the world and uses them to locate people as well as finding out their contacts and credit card details, according a joint investigation by Britain's Channel 4 News and newspaper The ...read more

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U.S.-Germany relations hit new low amid NSA spying scandal, official says

By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News Kevin Lamarque / Reuters fileU.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel holding a joint news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 19, 2013. By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC NewsMAINZ, Germany -- The United States' relationship with its powerful ally Germany has hit a new low, a ...read more

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Japanese WWII solider who refused to surrender for 29 years dies

By Arata Yamamoto and Alexander Smith, NBC News * / Kyodo via AP, fileHiroo Onoda salutes after handing over a military sword and surrendering on the Philippine island of Lubang in 1974.By Arata Yamamoto and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsTOKYO -- A Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle and refused to surrender until 29 years after the end ...read more

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Japanese WWII soldier who refused to surrender for 29 years dies

By Arata Yamamoto and Alexander Smith, NBC News * / Kyodo via AP, fileHiroo Onoda salutes after handing over a military sword and surrendering on the Philippine island of Lubang in 1974.By Arata Yamamoto and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsTOKYO -- A Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle and refused to surrender until 29 years after the end ...read more

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Civilian deaths spark dispute between US-led forces, Afghan President Karzai

By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC News By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC NewsThe death of at least two civilians on a Tuesday mission to clear Afghan insurgents has led to yet another dispute between U.S. led forces and the country's president Hamid Karzai.The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) expressed regret Wednesday that two civilians were killed “during ...read more

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Tons of horse manure dumped outside French parliament in political protest

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor ReutersFrench police and municipal workers walk near a large pile of manure in front of the National Assembly in Paris on Thursday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA critic of French President Francois Hollande dumped tons of horse manure in front of Paris' parliament building Thursday in a pungent protest ...read more

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UN slams Vatican for 'efforts to cover up' pedophile priests in sex abuse scandal

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Fabrice Coffrini / AFP - Getty ImagesThe Vatican's U.N. Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi (L) speaks with Charles Scicluna, its former chief prosecutor of clerical sexual abuse, before the start of questioning on Thursday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe Vatican came under blistering criticism from a United Nations committee Thursday over ...read more

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Regulators knew about risky transport of oil before train crashes, documents show

By Lisa Riordan Seville, NBC News Mark Crummy/APA fireball explodes from the site of an oil train derailment on Dec 30, 2013, in Casselton, N.D. By Lisa Riordan Seville, NBC NewsA spate of fiery train crashes has spurred regulators to take a closer look at the booming movement of crude oil by rail. But documents obtained ...read more

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Dangerous giant smog cloud chokes Beijing

By Ed Flanagan, Producer, NBC News Wang Zhao / AFP - Getty ImagesPeople wearing face masks walk along a street in Beijing on Thursday. By Ed Flanagan, Producer, NBC NewsBEIJING – Air pollution readings spiked across China's capital Beijing on Thursday, prompting residents to don air masks and offices and homes to put electric air purifiers ...read more

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Global pedophile webcam ring smashed by joint police operation

By Henry Austin and Shanshan Dong, NBC News By Henry Austin and Shanshan Dong, NBC NewsAn international pedophile group that arranged “heinous” child sexual abuse on live webcams has been dismantled by a joint operation between U.S. investigators and other forces across the world, officials said Wednesday.“Children have been rescued from a living nightmare,” said James Dinkins the ...read more

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Israel's 'X-Factor' winner could be barred from singing professionally: reports

By Lawahez Jabari and Henry Austin, NBC News Baz Ratner / ReutersRose Fostanes, 47, a Filipina caregiver, rehearses for Israel's X-Factor show in Tel Aviv, on Jan. 12. By Lawahez Jabari and Henry Austin, NBC NewsA Filipino migrant worker who won Israel's version of the "X-Factor" despite not singing word of Hebrew, could be barred from profiting from ...read more

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Meet Afghanistan's first female police chief: Mother-of-five Jamila Bayaz

By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC News Ahmad Jamshid / APAfghan female police officers gather in a classroom during a training session at the Kabul police academy in September.By Jamieson Lesko, Producer, NBC NewsKABUL -- Afghanistan has appointed a 50-year-old mother-of-five as its first female police chief. Col. Jamila Bayaz said her appointment was a sign of ...read more

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India gang rape claim: Police investigate robbery, sex attack on Danish tourist

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor A forensic official examines a spot where a Danish woman alleges she was robbed and gang-raped in New Delhi.By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorA Danish tourist told police she was gang raped, beaten and robbed after getting lost in the heart of the the Indian capital, New Delhi, officials said ...read more

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Cuteness on camera: Polar bear twins open eyes for 1st time

By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News The adorable twins born to polar bear Giovanna at Munich zoo last month were caught on camera opening their eyes for the very first time.By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC NewsMAINZ, Germany -- Germany's adorable twin baby polar bears were caught on camera Tuesday as they opened their eyes for the ...read more

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On camera: Twin baby polar bears open eyes for 1st time

By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News The adorable twins born to polar bear Giovanna at Munich zoo last month were caught on camera opening their eyes for the very first time.By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC NewsMAINZ, Germany -- Germany's adorable twin baby polar bears were caught on camera Tuesday as they opened their eyes for the ...read more

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US pledges another $380 million to help war-torn Syria

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Pool via ReutersSecretary of State John Kerry pledged an additional $380 million in humanitarian aid for Syria on Wednesday.By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsSecretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $380 million in international humanitarian efforts for war-devastated Syria on Wednesday.The money brings ...read more

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Iraq bomb blasts kill dozens amid worst violence in five years

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsA slew of bomb attacks killed about 50 people in the Iraqi capital and a village in the north of the country on Wednesday, according to hospital and police sources cited by Reuters.Nobody claimed responsibility for the strikes, but groups - mainly a ...read more

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Zoo bans monkeys from eating bananas as it's 'equivalent to giving them cake'

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor Ilya Naymushin / Reuters, fileA male common squirrel monkey eats a banana at Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Monkeys at a zoo in southwest England have been banned from eating bananas as they're too sugary.By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorMonkeys have been banned from eating bananas at a British ...read more

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Kerry appeals to Vatican to help free of American jailed in Cuba

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC NewsSecretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called on the Vatican to help secure the release of an American contractor who has been jailed in Cuba for nearly five years."I raised the issue of Alan Gross and his captivity, and we hope very much ...read more

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Kerry appeals to Vatican to help free American jailed in Cuba

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC NewsSecretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called on the Vatican to help secure the release of an American contractor who has been jailed in Cuba for nearly five years."I raised the issue of Alan Gross and his captivity, and we hope very much ...read more

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Iran: US and others 'surrendered before the great Iranian nation' in nuclear deal

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Atta Kenare / AFP - Getty Images fileIranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran ahead of a meeting with International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in October.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorIranian President Hassan Rouhani said world powers including the United States "surrendered before the great Iranian nation" in agreeing ...read more

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American missionaries in South Sudan may return to US, leave orphans behind

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Ben Curtis / APKatie Talbott at at United Nations camp on Dec. 30 holding one of the orphans her mother Kim Campbell and stepfather Brad Campbell are raising in South Sudan.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAn American family who set up an orphanage in South Sudan said Tuesday they may ...read more

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American missionaries may return to US, leave orphans in South Sudan

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Ben Curtis / APKatie Talbott at at United Nations camp on Dec. 30 holding one of the orphans her mother Kim Campbell and stepfather Brad Campbell are raising in South Sudan.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAn American family who set up an orphanage in South Sudan said Tuesday they may ...read more

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US journalist expelled from Russia, joins small group to be barred since Cold War

By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC News By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC NewsMOSCOW - A senior U.S. journalist has been expelled from Russia, joining a small group of American correspondents to be barred from the country since the end of the Cold War. David Satter, who was an adviser for U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe / ...read more

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German diplomats dodge bullets in Saudi Arabia

By Andy Eckardt and Lubna Hussain, NBC News By Andy Eckardt and Lubna Hussain, NBC NewsMAINZ, Germany - Two German diplomats survived a shooting attack which set their car on fire in Saudi Arabia, officials said Tuesday.The envoys were on an “overland journey” in the east of the country – an area that has witnessed unrest between Shiite ...read more

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Women's rights top agenda as Egyptians vote on draft constitution

By Charlene Gubash and Petra Cahill, NBC News Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP - Getty ImagesA box full of ballots is carried near Egyptian soldiers standing guard outside a school in Cairo that will be used as a polling station on Tuesday and Wednesday.By Charlene Gubash and Petra Cahill, NBC News CAIRO - Egyptians were voting in a referendum ...read more

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Highway to heaven: Pope auctioning his Harley Davidson chopper for charity

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News L'Osseervatore Romano via AP filePope Francis stands by a Harley-Davidson he was given at the Vatican on June 12, 2013.By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC NewsPope Francis has quickly gained a reputation as the "cool" pontiff, but who knew he had a Harley?The pope plans to sell off his 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna ...read more

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News organizations call for release of journalists detained in Egypt

By Elisha Fieldstadt, Staff Writer, NBC News By Elisha Fieldstadt, Staff Writer, NBC NewsMembers of more than 50 news organizations appealed on Monday to the Egyptian government for the release of three journalists who have been detained in the restive country since the end of December.“The arrest of these journalists has cast a cloud over press and ...read more

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German beer companies swallow $150 million fine for price fixing

By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News Marius Becker / EPAFive German breweries are facing millions in fines after the country's main antitrust authority found they had worked together to set prices between 2006 and 2008, the Federal Cartel Office announced Monday.
EPA/MARIUS BECKERBy Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC NewsMAINZ, Germany — Beer companies in Germany woke up to ...read more

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Wreck still looms over Concordia anniversary

By Claudio Lavanga, NBC News Producer Claudio Lavanga / NBC NewsA wreath is lowered into the water near the shipwrecked Costa Concordia in honor of the 32 lives lost when the ship crashed two years ago, killing 32.By Claudio Lavanga, NBC News ProducerGIGLIO ISLAND, Italy – Two years after the Costa Concordia famously capsized off ...read more

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Eats shoots and leaves: US-born panda Yun Zi starts new life in China

By Ian Williams, correspondent, NBC News A U.S.-born panda returns to China as part of an effort to save the endangered species. NBC News' Ian Williams reports. By Ian Williams, correspondent, NBC NewsCHENGDU, China -- Yun Zi was nervously exploring his new Chinese home Sunday, pacing back and forth and peeping over the top of grass ...read more

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Kerry 'confident' Syrian opposition groups will attend peace talks

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Pool via AP fileU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, listens to Qatar's Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah, left, during their joint news conference at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris, France, on Sunday.By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC NewsSecretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he ...read more

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Iran nuclear deal to take effect on Jan. 20

By Ali Arouzi, NBC News By Ali Arouzi, NBC NewsTEHRAN — Iran's interim nuclear deal with the world's major powers is scheduled to begin on January 20, officials with Iran and the European Union said Sunday."Capitals have confirmed the result of the talks in Geneva ... the Geneva deal will be implemented from January 20," ...read more

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dead at 85

By Martin Fletcher, NBC News Correspondent Slideshow: Ariel SharonAPAn Israeli powerhouse,Sharon has been a central figure in the nation's military and political history.Launch slideshowBy Martin Fletcher, NBC News CorrespondentAriel Sharon, the former prime minister and ex-general who embodied Israel's military might, has died, Israeli radio and television announced on Saturday.Comatose since a 2006 stroke, 85-year old ...read more

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US deploys small military team to Somalia

By Courtney Kube, Producer, NBC News By Courtney Kube, Producer, NBC NewsThe United States deployed a small team of military advisers to be based in Somalia for the first time in more than 20 years.The team, called the Mogadishu Coordination Cell, began moving in quietly in October and was fully operational by mid-December. The advisers will ...read more

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Australian man tries to remove cockroach from ear using vacuum

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor COVERAn unwelcome guest in a human ear. (FILE).By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorDoctors had to surgically remove a 0.8 inch cockroach from a man's ear after it crawled inside while he was asleep, according to Australian media reports Friday.Hendrik Helmer told the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he had unsuccessfully ...read more

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State Department says two Libyan terror groups were involved in Benghazi raid

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News Esam Omran Al-Fetori / ReutersFlames engulf the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe State Department on Friday designated two Libyan groups, including one led by a militant released from Guantanamo Bay seven years ago, as terrorist organizations and said they ...read more

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Can departure of strip-search diplomat save US-India relations?

By Wajahat S. Khan, Producer, NBC News Mohammed Jaffer / ReutersIndia's Deputy Consul General in New York, Devyani Khobragade, attends a Rutgers University event at India's Consulate General in New York on June 19, 2013. By Wajahat S. Khan, Producer, NBC NewsISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The late-night departure of a diplomat who was indicted for lying about how ...read more

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US marines shoot dead young Afghan girl in bad weather: police

By Jamieson Lesko and Alexander Smith, NBC News By Jamieson Lesko and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsKABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. troops fighting in bad weather accidentally shot dead a young Afghan girl, local police said Friday, straining already tense ties between the two countries.Marines gunned down the child, who was between 4 and 5 years old, after they were ...read more

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Indian diplomat indicted but already has immunity and left US

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Mohammed Jaffer / ReutersDevyani Khobragade, who was Indian's deputy consul in New York when she was arrested, has left the U.S.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe Indian deputy consul whose arrest and strip-search in New York touched off a diplomatic spat between the U.S. and India has been indicted ...read more

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7 detained in murders of Venezuelan TV star, ex-husband

By Mark Potter and Erika Angulo, NBC News Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters, fileMonica Spear, a soap-opera star in her native Venezuela, and her ex-husband were shot dead after an attempted robbery. By Mark Potter and Erika Angulo, NBC NewsMourners gathered Thursday at a Caracas cemetery chapel for the wake of former Miss Venezuela and soap-opera star Monica ...read more

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7 'Bloodsuckers' arrested in murder of Venezuelan TV star: cops

By Mark Potter and Erika Angulo, NBC News Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters, fileMonica Spear, a soap-opera star in her native Venezuela, and her ex-husband were shot dead after an attempted robbery. By Mark Potter and Erika Angulo, NBC NewsSeven members of a gang called "The Bloodsuckers" have been arrested in the murder of former Miss Venezuela Monica ...read more

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Dallas safari club calls in FBI after death threats over rhino-hunt auction

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Dallas Safari ClubA screengrab from the Dallas Safari Club's Facebook page advertizing its black rhino hunt auction.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA Texas safari club auctioning a permit to hunt an endangered black rhino has contacted the FBI after receiving death threats from animal rights activists, the club said Thursday.Ben ...read more

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Japan plans nuclear reactor meltdown to help prevent another Fukushima disaster

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor TEPCO via AFP - Getty ImagesThe Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, transfers fuel rods from crippled unit four reactor building to a different pool at the Fukushima nuclear plant. By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorNuclear scientists in Japan are planning a controlled reactor meltdown in the hope of learning ...read more

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Dennis Rodman apologizes for comments on American held in North Korea: report

By Alastair Jamieson and Erin McClam, NBC News Former basketball player Dennis Rodman serenaded North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, capping his performance with a slight bow, followed by a basketball game. By Alastair Jamieson and Erin McClam, NBC NewsDennis Rodman is reportedly apologizing for comments he made in an interview about an American missionary held captive in ...read more

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Fewer countries hold nuclear materials at risk to terrorists, report says

By Kristen Welker, NBC News By Kristen Welker, NBC NewsThe number of countries that possess nuclear materials like highly enriched uranium and plutonium that terrorists could use to create a nuclear weapon has decreased since 2012, but serious work remains, according to a report released Wednesday.The study was released by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, ...read more

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Jury: Police shooting which sparked 2011 UK riots was a 'lawful killing'

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Alastair Grant / APPam Duggan, center, mother of Mark Duggan who was shot by police in north London in 2011, cries outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the verdict from the inquest into her son's death on Wednesday. By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorLONDON -- A police shooting ...read more

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First high-profile former German soccer star says he is gay

By Andy Eckardt, NBC News Producer Morris Mac Matzen / ReutersFile photo of German national soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger listening to national anthem before the 2010 World Cup qualification soccer match against Finland in Hamburg in 2009. By Andy Eckardt, NBC News ProducerMAINZ, Germany -- A former player on Germany's national World Cup team ...read more

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Killing of TV star Monica Spear may have been targeted hit, Venezuelan president says

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, under fire for rampant crime in his country, suggested Wednesday that the murder of soap star Monica Spear and her ex-husband was a targeted hit and not a random robbery gone wrong. “That assassination seems more like a contract killing,” ...read more

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Debris from chopper crash that killed 4 US airmen 'size of a football field': UK cops

By Henry Austin and M. Alex Johnson, NBC News US Air Force via APA USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter like one which crashed in England Tuesday, killing four U.S. airmen. By Henry Austin and M. Alex Johnson, NBC NewsFour American airmen were killed when a U.S. military helicopter carrying live ammunition crashed into a nature reserve on ...read more

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Trapped Chinese Snow Dragon, Russian ship break free from Antarctic ice

By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty Images, fileA handout file photo of the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy.By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC NewsA Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that were stranded in Antarctica have broken free from heavy ice and no longer need to be rescued ...read more

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Trapped research ship, rescue vessel break free from Antarctic ice

By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty Images, fileA handout file photo of the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy.By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC NewsA Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that were stranded in Antarctica have broken free from heavy ice and no longer need to be rescued ...read more

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Trapped research ship, rescue vessel break free of Antarctic ice

By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty Images, fileA handout file photo of the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy.By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC NewsA Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that were stranded in Antarctica have broken free from heavy ice and no longer need to be rescued ...read more

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Teen's death sparks Lebanese selfie protest: #NotAMartyr

By Paul Nassar, Producer, NBC News By Paul Nassar, Producer, NBC NewsGraphic warning: This post contains images depicting bloodshed that some readers may find unsettling.Mohammad Chaar looked like a typical teenager. Dressed in a bright red hoodie, he looked straight at the camera as he posed with his friends for a “selfie” on Dec. 27.In the ...read more

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US general: Not time to send American troops back to Iraq

By Courtney Kube and Tracy Connor, NBC News By Courtney Kube and Tracy Connor, NBC NewsA U.S. Army general who led the war in Iraq until late 2010 said Tuesday that this is not the time to send American troops back there even as the government is struggling to regain control of some cities.Gen. Ray Odierno said the ...read more

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Venezuelan soap star Monica Spear, ex-husband murdered

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Howard Yanes / ReutersMonica Spear, seen here as she was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004, was killed in a roadside robbery.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsA Venezuelan actress and her ex-husband were shot to death and their 5-year-old daughter was wounded when armed robbers ambushed their broken-down car during ...read more

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Rebels issue ultimatum to al Qaeda in Syria: Surrender or face 'a massacre'

By Charlene Gubash, Producer, NBC News Mohamad Jadaan / AFP - Getty ImagesRebel fighters man a checkpoint close to Jabal al-Zawiyaa in Idlib province on Monday. By Charlene Gubash, Producer, NBC NewsCAIRO, Egypt - Rebel commanders in Syria issued a 48-hour ultimatum to al Qaeda-affiliated fighters Tuesday, ordering them to surrender or ...read more

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Young Afghan girl wearing suicide vest says family coerced her to target police checkpoint

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Afghan Border Police / AFP - Getty ImagesSpozhmai, a 10-year-old girl who was allegedly about to be used by the Taliban as a suicide bomber, at a police office in Helmand province Monday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA young Afghan girl found wearing a suicide vest has spoken of how ...read more

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UN stops counting Syrian dead as first chemical weapons removed from the country

The “complex and dangerous” nature of Syria's civil war has made it impossible to accurately update the death toll that last stood at around 100,000 people, a spokesman from the United Nations human rights office told NBC News on Tuesday."Gathering casualty figures in Syria has always been an exceptionally difficult ...read more

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Israel migrant worker protest: Strike over human rights enters third day

By Paul Goldman and Dave Copeland, NBC News Dave Copeland / NBC NewsDave Copeland / NBC NewsA man holds a sign during a demonstration in south Tel Aviv against Israeli government policies towards African migrants.By Paul Goldman and Dave Copeland, NBC NewsTEL AVIV, Israel – A strike by thousands of migrant workers entered its third day Tuesday amid ...read more

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Goodyear French factory 'boss-napping' siege enters second day

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Michel Euler / APA worker at the Goodyear tire factory on Monday guards the human resources chief, Bernard Glesser, left, and the firm's production manager Michel Dheilly, right, who have been blocked from leaving the plant in Amiens, northern France.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorTwo managers at U.S. tire giant ...read more

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Goodyear managers freed after overnight 'boss-napping' siege in France

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Michel Euler / APA worker at the Goodyear tire factory on Monday guards the human resources chief, Bernard Glesser, left, and the firm's production manager Michel Dheilly, right, who have been blocked from leaving the plant in Amiens, France.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorTwo managers at U.S. tire giant Goodyear ...read more

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'Boss-napping' siege enters 2nd day at Goodyear factory in France

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Michel Euler / APA worker at the Goodyear tire factory on Monday guards the human resources chief, Bernard Glesser, left, and the firm's production manager Michel Dheilly, right, who have been blocked from leaving the plant in Amiens, France.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorTwo managers at U.S. tire giant Goodyear ...read more

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Fine French food in the heart of Pakistan, just no Pakistanis allowed

By Wajahat S. Khan, NBC News Correspondent Waj S. Khan / NBC News Philippe Lafforgue, owner of Islamabad's La Maison restaurant, defends his controversial policy of admitting only foreigners to his Pakistani restaurant. "It's not a discrimination thing. It's culturally sensitive thing. How can I serve pork and booze to Pakistanis without getting into trouble? So I ...read more

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As US freezes heatwave prompts 'severe fire' warnings in Australia

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorAs the bone chilling “polar vortex” continues to freeze America to its core, in Australia things could not be more different as the sweltering temperatures that made 2013 the hottest year on record continue to blast the country.The highest temperature recorded so far this year ...read more

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Angry workers use tires to barricade bosses inside Goodyear factory in France

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorDisgruntled workers at a Goodyear factory in northern France detained two of their bosses Monday by barricading a meeting room door with a large tire, their union said.The incident is the latest in a series of flare-ups since the Ohio-based tire giant said last year ...read more

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Young girl wearing suicide vest caught by Afghan police

By Akbar Shinwari and Henry Austin, NBC News By Akbar Shinwari and Henry Austin, NBC NewsKABUL, Afghanistan -- A young girl, no older than 10, was caught wearing a suicide vest by border police in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, an official told NBC News.The “scared and cold” youngster told officers that her brother Zahir, a Taliban commander, had ...read more

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Pilot whales die after becoming stranded on New Zealand beach

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor APTNWhales stranded at Farewell Spit, New Zealand.By Henry Austin, NBC News contributorA pod of 39 pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a remote New Zealand beach, conservation officials said Monday.Rangers had been monitoring the sea creatures but were powerless to stop them from swimming into Golden Bay on the ...read more

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German leader Angela Merkel injured in ski accident

By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC NewsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel fell and injured her pelvis during a skiing holiday in Switzerland, forcing her to cancel several appointments, officials said Monday.She suffered severe bruises and must use a walking aid but is not in hospital and is able to work from her ...read more

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More than a dozen dead after stampede at Chinese mosque: state media

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC NewsAt least 14 people were killed and 10 others hurt in a stampede during a gathering at a mosque in northwest China on Sunday, state media reported.The deadly stampede happened just after 1 p.m. local time Sunday as food was being distributed at an ...read more

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Saudi airliner makes emergency landing, injuring 29 people

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News Reuters29 people were injured when a Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Boeing 767-300ER made an emergency landing at Medina airport in the west of the country early on Sunday, the General Authority of Civil Aviation said.By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC NewsA Saudi Arabian Airlines flight suffered a technical malfunction and ...read more

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Pope announces Holy Land visit amid new push for peace

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News Max Rossi / ReutersPope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC NewsPope Francis has announced that he will make a pilgrimage to Israel, The West Bank and ...read more

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Marines evacuate US Embassy personnel from South Sudan

By Courtney Kube, NBC News Producer Robert L. Fisher Iii / AFP - Getty ImagesThis picture provided by the US Marines shows Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response evacuate personnel from the US Embassy in Juba, South Sudan, on Friday. By Courtney Kube, NBC News ProducerMarines used a KC-130 cargo plane ...read more

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US missionaries to fly out of South Sudan, orphans left at UN camp

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Ben Curtis / APAmerican Katie Talbott on Tuesday holds one of the 10 orphans her mother Kim Campbell and stepfather Brad Campbell are raising, at the United Nations camp in Malakal, South Sudan.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAn American family caring for 10 orphans in South Sudan were due to ...read more

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Gun cache uncovered at Palestinian diplomat's home following fatal blast

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor AFP - Getty ImagesPalestinian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal al-Jamal, seen here with his wife, died on Wednesday after a blast at his Prague residence.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA cache of unregistered weapons was found at a diplomatic residence where a Palestinian envoy was killed by an explosion, ...read more

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Time running out for 'desperate' US missionaries to save South Sudan orphans

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor U.S. missionary Kim Campbell speaks of the terrifying escape from her orphanage in South Sudan to a nearby makeshift U.N. camp. She is now trying to get her family and 10 orphans in their care on a flight out of the violence-torn country.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorTime is running ...read more

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Huge blast hits militia stronghold in Beirut, Lebanon

By Mustafa Kassem, Producer, NBC News Crowds of people and emergency crews surround the scene of an apparent car bombing Thursday in Beirut, Lebanon.By Mustafa Kassem, Producer, NBC NewsBEIRUT, Lebanon -- A huge explosion killed at least four people in a stronghold of militia and political party Hezbollah in the Lebanese capital on Thursday, just days ...read more

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Helicopter begins rescuing passengers stranded on ice-locked ship in Antarctica

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty ImagesA helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long flies above passengers from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy on Thursday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA helicopter rescue began early Thursday to airlift more than 50 passengers who have been stuck on an ice-locked ship ...read more

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Helicopter rescues dozens of passengers from stranded ship in Antarctica

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty ImagesA helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long flies above passengers from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy on Thursday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAll but four of the 52 passengers stranded aboard an ice-locked ship in Antarctica for more than a week were ...read more

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Helicopter rescues all 52 passengers from stranded ship in Antarctica

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty ImagesA helicopter picks up the first batch of passengers from the stranded Akademik Shokalskiy after more than a week of being trapped in the ice off Antarctica. By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAll 52 passengers who were stranded aboard an ice-locked ship in Antarctica ...read more

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Helicopter rescue begins for Antarctic ship stranded in sea ice

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty ImagesA helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon) above passengers from the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy on Thursday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA helicopter rescue began early Thursday to airlift more than 50 passengers who have been stuck on an ...read more

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Afghanistan and beyond: US foreign policy challenges in 2014

By Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News During an interview with NBC News, soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division based at FOB Torkham, Afghanistan, came under a rocket attack and moved swiftly to cover.By Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC NewsNEWS ANALYSISISTANBUL-- A rocket exploded in the jagged, rocky hills just outside the American outpost at Torkham ...read more

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Helicopter rescue mission for Antarctica ship cleared

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty ImagesThis image taken by expedition doctor Andrew Peacock on December 31, 2013 shows passengers linking arms and stamping out a helicopter landing site on the ice near the MV Akademik Shokalskiy.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsA Chinese helicopter was on the verge of ...read more

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Helicopter rescue mission for Antarctica ship delayed again

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Andrew Peacock / AFP - Getty ImagesThis image taken by expedition doctor Andrew Peacock on December 31, 2013 shows passengers linking arms and stamping out a helicopter landing site on the ice near the MV Akademik Shokalskiy.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsPack ice conditions have foiled a helicopter mission ...read more

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Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed in possible accidental explosion: officials

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Katerina Sulova / APPolice at the residence (right back) of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal, who was killed in an explosion at the property Wednesday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic was killed in what authorities said appeared to be an ...read more

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Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed by security mechanism on safe sealed for 30 years: report

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Katerina Sulova / APPolice at the residence (right back) of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal, who was killed in an explosion at the property Wednesday.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorThe Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic was killed in an explosion when he tried to get ...read more

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US missionary family's dilemma: Flee violence-ravaged South Sudan or stay with orphans

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor U.S. missionary Kim Campbell speaks of the terrifying escape from her orphanage in South Sudan to a nearby makeshift U.N. camp. She is now trying to get her family and 10 orphans in their care on a flight out of the violence-torn country.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorAn American couple ...read more

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Michael Schumacher brain injury: Formula One icon is stable but still critical

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters, fileMichael Schumacher skis in Jan. 2006.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorRetired ex-Formula One champ Michael Schumacher was stable overnight but remained in critical condition following last weekend's ski crash that left him with a brain injury, his manager said Wednesday.The 44-year-old German driver's condition has not ...read more

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New Year's Eve: Global revelers ring in 2014 with booms and flashes

By Erik Ortiz and Daniella Silva, NBC News Slideshow: New Year's Celebrations ring in 2014Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesCities around the world welcome 2014 with fireworks.Launch slideshowBy Erik Ortiz and Daniella Silva, NBC NewsThe global party to welcome the new year has hit its stride, with millions of people gathering to celebrate and an out-of-this-world fireworks show claiming ...read more

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Russian bombing suspect spoke of 'way of Jihad'

By Jim Maceda, Correspondent, NBC News Russian Pavel Pechyonkin, a 26-year-old former paramedic who allegedly converted to radical Islam in 2011, has been named by police as a suspect in the first bombing that hit Volgograd's train station. NBC's Jim Maceda reports. By Jim Maceda, Correspondent, NBC NewsThe suspect in the suicide bombing of the Volgograd ...read more

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You've been barfied! Kabul celebrates first snowfall of winter

By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC News Courtesy Jala Mahmoodi Kabul resident Jala Mahmoodi 42, celebrates the first snowfall with his children on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC NewsKABUL - Afghanistan's capital got its first snowfall of the winter this week, and along with it came the traditional bout of snowball fights, hijinks and ...read more

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You've been Barfied! Kabul celebrates first snowfall of year

By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC News Courtesy Jala Mahmoodi Kabul resident Jala Mahmoodi 42, celebrates the first snowfall with his children on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.By Fazul Rahim, Producer, NBC NewsKABUL - Afghanistan's capital got its first snowfall of the year this week, and along with it came the traditional bout of snowball fights, hijinks and ...read more

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New Year's Eve: Global revelers begin ringing in 2014

By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News Nikki Short / EPANew Year's Eve fireworks were launched from the Sydney Opera House in Sydney on Dec. 31, 2013.By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe global party has begun, as Sydney's skyline lit up with an out of this world fireworks show to ring in 2014.For the first time ...read more

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Bad weather thwarts rescue of stranded Antarctica ship

By Tracy Connor and Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News By Tracy Connor and Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC NewsAndrew Peacock / www.footloosefotography.com via AFP - Getty ImagesThis image taken by passenger Andrew Peacock on Dec. 30, shows the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy still stuck in the ice off East Antarctica, as it waits to be rescued. Weather conditions thwarted efforts of ...read more

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Rush-hour blast kills 14 on trolley bus in Volgograd, Russia; 3rd deadly attack in four days

By Albina Kovalyova and Daniel Arkin, NBC News Sergei Karpov / ReutersEmergency services officials work at the site of a bomb blast on a trolley bus in Volgograd, Russia, on Monday.By Albina Kovalyova and Daniel Arkin, NBC NewsMOSCOW - At least 14 people were killed and 28 wounded when an explosion ripped through a trolley bus in the ...read more

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Bad weather threatens rescue of stranded Antarctica ship

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Andrew Peacock / Reuters Barbara Tucker, a passenger aboard the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy looks at an Adelie penguin walking by on the ice off East Antarctica December 29, 2013.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe ice surrounding a trapped research ship in Antarctica appeared to be cracking but ...read more

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Russia suicide attack: Suspected female bomber kills at least 16 at train station

By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC News Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered all necessary security to be enforced after a suspected suicide bomber killed at least 13 Sunday. The Russian government has pledged to make the Sochi Games the "safest Olympics in history," deploying thousands of soldiers and police to protect athletes and spectators. NBC's Duncan Golestani ...read more

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Cracks in ice new hope for stranded Antarctica ship

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News Andrew Peacock / Reuters Barbara Tucker, a passenger aboard the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy looks at an Adelie penguin walking by on the ice off East Antarctica December 29, 2013.By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsThe ice surrounding a trapped research ship in Antarctica appeared to be cracking as ...read more

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Russia suicide attack: Suspected female bomber kills at least 14 at train station

By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC News Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered all necessary security to be enforced after a suspected suicide bomber killed at least 13 Sunday. The Russian government has pledged to make the Sochi Games the "safest Olympics in history," deploying thousands of soldiers and police to protect athletes and spectators. NBC's Duncan Golestani ...read more

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Russia suicide attack: Suspected female bomber kills at least 13 at train station

By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC News Stringer / AFP - Getty ImagesRussian firefighters and security personnel inspect the damage at Volgograd's central station after Sunday's blast. By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC NewsAt least 13 people were killed in a terror attack by a suspected female suicide bomber at a railway station in Russia Sunday, officials said ...read more

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Four killed, 10 hurt in explosion at Russia train station

By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC News By Albina Kovalyova, Producer, NBC NewsFour people were killed and 10 injured in an explosion at a railway station in southern Russia Sunday, the country's emergency ministry said.The Federal Security Services are at the scene but no confirmation on cause of explosion yet.This is a breaking news story, please check ...read more

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Kerry to return to Palestinian territories, Israel on Jan. 1 to push for peace

By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC News Brian Snyder / Reuters fileSecretary of State John Kerry enters the room for a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Dec. 13, 2013. By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC NewsAs his first diplomatic move in the New Year, Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the ...read more

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White House doesn't dispute report finding no al Qaeda role in Benghazi attack

By Kristen Welker and Becky Bratu, NBC News Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters fileAn interior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 12, 2012.By Kristen Welker and Becky Bratu, NBC NewsA senior Obama administration official said the White House does not dispute a New York Times article published Saturday ...read more

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Why Afghanistan's election campaign may look familiar to American TV viewers

By Wajahat S. Khan, Producer, NBC News Faisal Tariq / NBC NewsTolo TV's weekly "Election 2014" town hall show includes questions from university students, with young women exclusively seated in the front row, their heads covered.By Wajahat S. Khan, Producer, NBC NewsAmerican-style debates, polling and current affairs programming are bringing a whole new level of political punditry ...read more

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Great-granddaughter of cereal heiress found stabbed to death on Honduras island

By Daniella Silva, NBC News Robert Armstrong / AP fileIn this Aug. 31, 2013 photo, Lenin Roberto Arana, whose stage name is Canario, plays a traditional Garifuna drum during a concert in Roatan, Honduras. Arana has been arrested by Honduras police in connection with the Dec. 22, 2013 murder of American citizen Nedenia Post Dye.By ...read more

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Great-granddaughter of cereal heiress found stabbed to death on Honduran island

By Daniella Silva, NBC News By Daniella Silva, NBC NewsThe great-granddaughter of the heiress to the General Foods cereal fortune was found stabbed to death in her luxury spa on the Central-American island of Roatan, police in Honduras said.Robert Armstrong / AP fileIn this Aug. 31, 2013 photo, Lenin Roberto Arana, whose stage name is ...read more

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Kerry to return to Palestine, Israel on Jan. 1 to push for peace

By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC News Brian Snyder / Reuters fileSecretary of State John Kerry enters the room for a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Dec. 13, 2013. By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC NewsAs his first diplomatic move in the New Year, Secretary of State John Kerry will return to both ...read more

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Student killed as Brotherhood supporters clash with police in Cairo

By Ayman Mohyeldin and Hasani Gittens, NBC News By Ayman Mohyeldin and Hasani Gittens, NBC NewsA college student was killed as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with Egyptian police at a Cairo university, the group and state media reported Saturday. The student, identified by activists as Khaled El-Haddad, was killed on the Cairo campus of Al-Azhar ...read more

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Four American service members freed from Libyan custody

By Courtney Kube and M. Alex Johnson, NBC News By Courtney Kube and M. Alex Johnson, NBC NewsFour U.S. military personnel were taken into custody Friday by Libyan authorities and held for several hours before being released Saturday morning, U.S. officials told NBC News.Follow @NBCNewsWorldJen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the State Department, confirmed that the four Americans were taken ...read more

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At least 265 arrested in crackdown on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC News Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty ImagesPolicemen detain a Muslim Brotherhood supporter after a demonstration in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district on Friday.By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC NewsCAIRO - At least 265 people, including 28 women, have been arrested across Egypt as the government deepens its crackdown on members of ...read more

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At least 148 arrested in crackdown on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC News Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty ImagesPolicemen detain a Muslim Brotherhood supporter after a demonstration in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district on Friday.By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC NewsCAIRO - At least 148 people, including 28 women, have been arrested across Egypt as the government deepens its crackdown on members of ...read more

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Antarctic ship rescue hits a snag as ice-breaker thwarted by extreme conditions

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor A Russian-built explorer ship that has been stuck in the icy waters of the Antarctic circle since Tuesday is finally in the sights of a rescue vessel. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorRescuers trying to reach a ship trapped by sea ice in Antarctica were themselves thwarted ...read more

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Vessel sent to rescue explorer ship encounters heavy Antarctic ice

By Alexander Smith and Daniella Silva, NBC News A Russian-built explorer ship that has been stuck in the icy waters of the Antarctic circle since Tuesday is finally in the sights of a rescue vessel. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports.By Alexander Smith and Daniella Silva, NBC News Rescuers trying to reach a ship trapped by sea ice in Antarctica ...read more

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Icebergs, blizzards and a creaking ship: Antarctic explorers' tense wait for rescue

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor After a trip to Mawson Station, an icon of Antarctic exploration, a vessel and its scientific team from Australia became boxed in by ice. Now, all they can do is wait for an icebreaker to arrive and cut them free. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports. By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorEven ...read more

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Ex-ambassador to US assasinated in Lebanon bomb blast; four others killed

By Mustafa Kassem and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News Nabil Mounzer / EPAThe blanket-covered body of former Finance minister Mohammad Chatah ;oes next to the wreckage of his car in downtown Beirut, Friday. By Mustafa Kassem and Alastair Jamieson, NBC NewsBEIRUT - The former Lebanese ambassador to the United States was assassinated early Friday by a bomb explosion ...read more

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Ex-ambassador to US killed in Lebanon bomb blast; four others slain

By Mustafa Kassem and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News Nabil Mounzer / EPAThe blanket-covered body of former Finance minister Mohammad Chatah ;oes next to the wreckage of his car in downtown Beirut, Friday. By Mustafa Kassem and Alastair Jamieson, NBC NewsBEIRUT - The former Lebanese ambassador to the United States was killed early Friday by a bomb explosion ...read more

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Blast kills Lebanon's ex-ambassador to US

By Mustafa Kassem, Producer, NBC News Str / AFP - Getty ImagesEx-ambassador to US and finance minister Mohammed Shatah, in this undated file photo. By Mustafa Kassem, Producer, NBC NewsBEIRUT, Lebanon - The former Lebanese ambassador to the United States was killed by an explosion close to the government headquarters in Beirut early Friday.Mohammad Chatah, who ...read more

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'Great news!': Rescue vessel within sight of explorer ship stuck in Antarctic ice

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor After a trip to Mawson Station, an icon of Antarctic exploration, a vessel and its scientific team from Australia became boxed in by ice. Now, all they can do is wait for an icebreaker to arrive and cut them free. NBC's Martin Fletcher reports. By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorRescuers ...read more

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Strong explosion hits downtown Beirut

By Mustafa Kassem, Producer, NBC News By Mustafa Kassem, Producer, NBC NewsBEIRUT, Lebanon - A strong explosion shook the Lebanese capital on Friday, sending black smoke billowing into the sky of central Beirut.A number of cars were burning in the explosion's aftermath and several bodies lay on the street.Please check back for details on this breaking ...read more

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Russia 'not really concerned' about Obama's absence from Sochi Olympics

By Albina Kovalyova and Alexander Smith, NBC News REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The Olympic rings are on display in front of a newly-built railway station "Adler" in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Dec. 24, 2013. By Albina Kovalyova and Alexander Smith, NBC NewsMOSCOW -- The organizing committee for Russia's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics said Thursday it was "not ...read more

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'We just can't get through': Explorer ship stuck in Antarctic ice battered by blizzards

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor A cruise ship will have to wait another day for rescuers after their boat got stuck in the ice near Antarctica. The Russian-operated ship has 57 people aboard, and officials believe they have enough supplies for a few more days.By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorExplorers marooned aboard a ship stuck ...read more

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Egypt roadside bus bomb wounds five, two other devices defused

By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC News Amr Abdallah Dalsh / ReutersThe scene of a bomb blast that damaged a bus near the Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo's Nasr City district Thursday. By Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC NewsCAIRO – Five people were injured – one of them critically – when a roadside bomb hit a bus in ...read more

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Backlash at Japan after PM Shinzo Abe visits controversial war shrine

By Arata Yamamoto, Correspondent, NBC News Toru Yamanaka / AFP - Getty ImagesA Shinto priest (right) leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center) as he visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo, Thursday. By Arata Yamamoto, Correspondent, NBC NewsTOKYO - Japan faced an international political and economic backlash Thursday after prime minister Shinzo Abe visited ...read more

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Haitian migrant boat capsizes off Turks and Caicos, killing 17

By Hasani Gittens, News Editor, NBC News By Hasani Gittens, News Editor, NBC NewsSeventeen migrants died early Wednesday when their overloaded boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands as it was being towed to port by the authorities.A spokesman for the British territory's government said that 33 others were pulled from the water after the boat ...read more

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Russian ship frozen in remote Antarctic: 'Not your everyday search-and-rescue'

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributorA Russian passenger ship has become trapped in the remote Antarctic ice more than two days' sailing away from the nearest rescue vessel, officials said Wednesday.The MV Akademik Shokalskiy has 74 people aboard including 52 explorers and tourists, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) told ...read more

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