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Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Same Canadian Flight Diverted Twice in One Day

Passengers flying from Canada to Panama on Friday morning were in the air more than 15 hours later after their flight was diverted twice — first after a passenger made a threat and a SWAT team stormed aboard and again after another passenger got sick, the airline told NBC News. Sunwing Airlines Flight 772 took off without incident from Toronto — only to turn around and return to the same airport — escorted by U.S. fighter jets after a passenger said he wanted to "bomb Canada," police said. Hours later, the flight was diverted again to Jamaica, after a passenger fainted and suffered a minor head injury, Janine Chapman, a spokeswoman for the airline, told NBC News. After an hour on the ground in Jamaica, it once again set off for Panama City, Chapman said. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

U.S.-Grown Gangs Fuel Violence in Central America

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 9:47 PM

GOP Works on Slimmed Down Border Bill as Obama Meets Leaders

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Congress Passes Bill Legalizing Cellphone Unlocking

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Russia Sending Bigger Weapons to Rebels: U.S.

Russia plans to give pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine more sophisticated weapons, including large caliber multiple launch rocket systems, in the very near future, U.S. defense officials said Friday. Weapons and equipment from Russia continue to flow to separatists in Ukraine unabated and Russia is targeting Ukrainian military sites from across the border, something one Pentagon official said is "unquestionably an escalation." Russia said the accusations are "defamation." Read »
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:49 AM

French Soldiers Reach Mali Plane Crash Site

French soldiers have reached the crash site of Air Algerie Flight 5017, which crashed in Mali on Thursday in bad weather, NBC News and The Associated Press reported. The soldiers have recovered a black box from the plane and more than 200 troops are guarding the site before French accident and criminal investigators arrive Saturday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. France announced there were no survivors among the 118 people on board. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Israeli Soldier Grieves Comrades Killed in Gaza Blast

Doron Ziv, a soldier with the Israeli Defense Forces, is mourning the death of three of his comrades, who were killed when his unit went into a booby-trapped house in Gaza and tripped three improvised explosive devices. Ziv made it out alive, but the others were killed by the impact of the blast. "It's a lot of noise, a lot of friends dead... hurt people," said Ziv, when asked about the pain he was feeling. Read »
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Israel to Observe 12-Hour Pause in Gaza Offensive: IDF

Israel will observe a 12-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza on Saturday at 1 a.m. ET, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces said Friday on Twitter. Hamas will also observe the 12-hour ceasefire, a spokesman for the group said, according to the Associated Press. An optimistic U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that he'll continue peace talks in Paris on Saturday and hopes to achieve a seven-day halt to hostilities in honor of the post-Ramadan festival of Eid, which will likely fall on Monday. Eighteen days of fighting have left 867 Palestinians and 38 Israelis, including 35 soldiers, dead. Read »
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Serial Flamingo Bomber Strikes Again in St. Louis

A neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri has been hit by a serial "flamingo bomber," with 41 pink plastic flamingos appearing in residents' lawns, NBC affiliate KSDK reported. "I thought it was weird that people just started getting flamingos," said an eight-year-old girl. Some suspect the neighborhood block party leader is the bomber, but he maintains his innocence. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Could Migrant Children Get Refugee Status? 6 Things to Know

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Dutch Mourn as More Crash Bodies Arrive From Ukraine

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Foster Dad of Baby Who Died in Hot Car "Wants to Die"

The foster dad who was arrested for leaving his 10-month-old daughter in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas is so traumatized that he "wants to die," his family said. The child died after being left in the car for two hours on a 90-degree day, police said Friday. The foster parents, two men ages 26 and 29, were questioned and the older one was booked on a charge of child endangerment while an investigation into the Thursday evening tragedy continues. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 7:56 AM

MH17 Debris Site Deserted, Unsecured for Hours

Portions of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17's wreckage appeared to be left unattended for hours on Friday, with no sign of international monitors or pro-Russian rebels at one of the main debris sites. While the crash site has never been guarded 24 hours a day, the NBC News team on the ground said one of the main impact sites was left unguarded for most of the morning. OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw emailed NBC News and denied that OSCE monitors were not at the scene in the morning but declined to clarify further. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM

"Day of Rage" Protests Erupt in Jerusalem, West Bank

Israeli security forces surrounded Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday as Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” after massive protests shook the West Bank overnight, NBC News reported. Confrontations between Palestinians and police erupted in East Jerusalem Friday during a protest to show solidarity with people in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli strikes have killed more than 800 since July 8. In the West Bank, three Palestinians were shot in separate incidents involving both the Israeli army and a civilian, medics and witnesses said, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, Israel's Security Cabinet is set to meet Friday to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza, a defense official told The Associated Press. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Weather Blamed in Africa Jet Crash; Black Box Found

A passenger jet that crashed after vanishing over west Africa was likely brought down in northern Mali by bad weather, French officials said, NBC News reported. The wreckage of Air Algerie Flight AH5017 was found in the town of Gossi and French soldiers secured on of its black boxes, France's president said. Operated by Spain-based Swiftair, the jet had been traveling from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to Algiers, when it lost contact with air traffic controllers about 50 minutes into the flight. President Francois Holland announced there were no survivors among the 118 onboard, The Associated Press reported. Read »
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