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1. Meet the Woman Fighting to Save Her People from ISIS
Iraqi legislator Vian Dahkil is seen by many as the last and only hope for her people — the Yazidis. The 42-year-old regularly fields calls from women and girls captured by ISIS …Storms
HONG KONG — Canada's Miss World contestant was denied permission to board a flight to the beauty pageant finals in China on Thursday, a move she said was punishment for speaking out against human rights abuses in the country.
Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old China-born Toronto actress who was crowned …Asia
BAADRA, Iraq — Men and women mob a slight figure, touching her face, kissing her hand and tugging at her black jacket and long skirt.
Stories of tragedy spill out from the crowd: Young boys taken away to become brainwashed ISIS fighters; women and girls raped and enslaved by the extremists that have …Middle East
A Polish court's decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding on Friday after an appellate prosecutor's office said it found no justification to appeal it.
The case of the Oscar-winning director, now 82, …Roman Polanski
PARIS — The names of the victims of the terrorist attacks on Paris were read out during a memorial service in the French capital on Friday.
The service was attended by many survivors and family members of those killed on November 13.
"France was cowardly struck in an act of war," French President …Paris
A blast of cold air was threatening to whip up a Black Friday ice storm across the center of the country, according to forecasters.
A patchwork of ice-storm warnings and other watches and advisories blanketed a 900-mile stretch from New Mexico and western Texas to Missouri and the Iowa …Weather
MOSCOW — Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane.
Turkey dismissed the threats as "emotional" and "unfitting." President Tayyip Erdogan also told CNN that Russia, not Turkey, …Russia
Canada's Miss World contestant, Anastasia Lin, was refused entry to China for this year's pageant. Lin is a follower of Falun Gong, which was outlawed in China in 1999.Asia
PARIS — Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked France to draw up a map of where groups fighting ISIS militants operate in Syria in order not to bomb them, France's foreign minister said on Friday.
Putin met with French President Francois Hollande on Thursday at the Kremlin.
"He asked us to draw …Maps
NAIROBI, Kenya — Pope Francis denounced the conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying Friday that access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing.
Francis insisted on access to a basic sewage system, garbage collection, electricity …Pope Francis
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet pillow fights like the bloody one that left 30 injured this summer will be banned and actions are being pursued against many of those involved, U.S. Military Academy officials said.
First-year students, known as "plebes," organize the annual pillow fight as a way to build …West Point
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson will go to Jordan Friday to visit Syrian refugees, campaign officials said Thursday.
The New York Times first reported that Carson plans to visit a refugee camp in northern Jordan. Campaign officials confirmed the trip on Thursday night.
"I find when you …Ben Carson
Throngs of shoppers gave Thanksgiving thanks for sturdy shoes, hefty overcoats and warm tents as they lined up outside stores and journeyed to malls across America to make sure they got the best deals on annual Black Friday sales.
But retailers and analysts noticed a trend as Thursday wore on: Fewer …Best Buy
A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California, has recalled a …E. Coli
Demonstrators planned a mass march along Chicago's ritzy Magnificent Mile on Friday to protest widespread problems in the police department that they said were directly to blame for the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Chicago has been the scene of large but mainly peaceful …Jesse Jackson
BRUSSELS — Belgium lowered the security threat level in Brussels on Thursday, ending six days on maximum alert, but the prime minister warned that the risk of a Paris-style attack remained serious.
"We remain on guard," Charles Michel said a news conference. "The situation is serious, but according …Belgium
The rain that swamped the middle of the United States was running into a frigid weather system sweeping from the north Thursday — setting up a holiday weekend that forecasters said would be a travel nightmare.
"This storm is really going to be an ice and rain maker" from the Great Lakes to the …Storms
MOSCOW — French President Francois Hollande and Russia's Vladimir Putin agreed to share intelligence information and cooperate on selecting targets in the fight against ISIS, raising hope for closer ties between Moscow and the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition following the Paris terror attacks.
Amid a growing backlash against retailers opening on Thanksgiving -- and the increasing sentiment that holiday shopping in general has spun out of control - a retailer like REI can now see value in sitting out both the holiday and Black Friday. But experts warn that this exercise in "shared value" …Dividends
MOSCOW — France and Russia agreed on Thursday to exchange intelligence on ISIS and other militant groups in Syria to help improve the effectiveness of their aerial bombing campaigns in the country, French President Francois Hollande said.
Speaking after talks in the Kremlin with Russian President …Russia
The pledges made by more than 150 nations in the lead-up to a major climate change summit in Paris next week could limit the likelihood of the most extreme global warming scenarios, a new study says -- but only if countries meet or exceed the targets they've set for themselves in coming decades.
The …Climate Change
The White House was on lockdown for a while Thursday after a man wearing an American flag jumped its newly upgraded fence while President Barack Obama and his family were inside the residence for the holiday, authorities said.
The man, identified as Joseph Caputo, was apprehended about 2:45 p.m. ET …White House
MOSCOW — Russia broke off all military communication with Turkey on Thursday, including a hotline to coordinate airstrikes in Syria — the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.
"Today, in accordance with the decision made earlier, …Russia
MOSCOW — French President Francois Hollande told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday world powers must create a "grand coalition" to combat ISIS militants who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.
Hollande is on a diplomatic offensive to build a common front against the militant Islamist …Russia
HAIFA, Israel — To the strains of Madonna's "Vogue," the 13 women with a combined age of about 1,050 strutted down the runway cautiously, hindered only slightly by walking sticks and the odd dodgy hip.
The third annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant, honoring women who lived through the …Holocaust
One of the survivors of the massacre at a music venue in Paris has told NBC News of her desperate attempts to escape the carnage-filled building.
Lou Lesko, a 26-year-old who works for a Paris financial regulator, said she was one of the first people to escape onto the street after gunmen stormed …Concert Hall
A 32-year-old Mississippi man was arrested Thursday after police say he stabbed his father to death and wounded his mother the previous night in an argument over food.
Ronald Pritchett of Purvis, south of Hattiesburg, was visiting his parents in Gretna, Louisiana, when he became enraged during a …Policing
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire after he appeared to ridicule a reporter with a congenital joint condition that limits movement in his arms.
At a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump defended his widely discredited claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey …Donald Trump
Envelopes containing white powder were sent to a Brussels mosque but emergency crews who rushed to the scene said the substance was just flour, officials told NBC News.
The Belgian capital has been on lockdown after officials warned extremists may be planning a Paris-style attack.
Specialist units …Belgium
MOSCOW — Timur the goat was meant to be nothing more than a tasty meal for Amur, a Siberian tiger living in a safari park.
Timur had other ideas.
The stubborn animal was sent into the tiger's enclosure earlier this week as one of the predator's twice-weekly meals of live animals, the park said …Russia