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Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Malala Opens School for Syrian Refugees on 18th Birthday

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon on Sunday by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls, NBC News reported. "I decided to be in Lebanon because I believe that the voices of the Syrian refugees need to be heard and they have been ignored for so long," Malala told Reuters. The Malala Fund, a non-profit organization that supports local education projects, paid for the school in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border. It can welcome up to 200 girls aged 14 to 18. Malala became a symbol of defiance after she was shot on a school bus in Pakistan 2012 by the Taliban for advocating girls' rights to education. She continued campaigning and won the Nobel in 2014. Read »
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 1:05 AM

Millions of Silver Coins May Have Been Stashed in Parthenon

Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 6:38 AM

Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Escapes Prison Via Tunnel

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — one of the world's most notorious crime figures — escaped a maximum security prison on Saturday through a 1,600 yard tunnel dug under his shower cell, Mexico's top security official said. The tunnel was so elaborate that it had ventilation and stairs, Mexico's Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. A motorcycle that was used to remove dirt was also found, he said. Guzman was last seen using the shower area at the Altiplano prison around 9 p.m. Saturday, the National Security Commission said in a statement. An alert was triggered when prison guards found his cell empty. Flights were suspended at the nearby Toluca airport, while a manhunt stretched into surrounding states, the commission said. The brazen jailbreak is the second time Guzman, the powerful head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, has escaped a maximum security prison. Read »
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 at 1:31 AM

'Volcano of Fire' Spews Huge Ash Cloud in Mexico

The Colima Volcano continued its days-long eruption on Saturday, spewing a huge cloud of ash and cinders and prompting evacuations in western Mexico as officials feared the volcano was becoming increasingly active, The Associated Press reported. The 'Volcano of Fire' belched out a column of ash nearly 6 miles around, forcing officials to evacuate 70 people by Saturday afternoon and to close the airport outside the state capital of Colima, the state's governor tweeted. The volcano hasn't behaved like this since it erupted powerfully in 1913, civil protection officials said. Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 9:14 PM

Arson Responsible For 1,000 California Wildfires Last Year

Last year, more than 1,000 wild fires were started intentionally. Since 2007, one in every five state wildfires was deemed arson, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "We investigate all fires, and arson is one potential cause of many," Jennifer Ricci, a CalFire battalion chief in San Bernardino County said. "There has to be an ignition source. That's our job—to figure out that ignition source." Something as small as a piece of charred rock can help her identify where and how a fire started. "I think you learn early in your career to separate the emotion," she told NBC News. "You have a job to do, and you do the job, and if you start letting emotions interfere, it can affect your judgement." Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 8:21 PM

Man, Dog Rescued From Burning Boat After Days At Sea

A man and his dog were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after the pair spent days at sea near Tampa, Florida. The Coast Guard received an unidentified radio report from the man who stated his boat, the Southern Belle, was disabled and had been adrift since Wednesday. The man and his dog were found 69 miles west of Hudson, Florida. They abandoned ship and boarded the sailboat's dinghy after the boat caught fire, the Coast Guard said. "There was a lot of smoke and not much left of the boat but it definitely made it easer for us to spot," the Coast Guard's Erick Leib told NBC affiliate WFLA. "He contacted the Coast Guard. He put his life jacket and gave a good position to where we could locate him." Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 6:56 PM

New View of Pluto Shows Black Spots Are Actually Splotches

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Creditors Skeptical of Greece's Proposed Reform For Debt Crisis

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Trump: 'Don't Worry, We'll Take Our Country Back'

GOP presidential contender Donald Trump continued his speeches on illegal immigration and border security on Saturday in Las Vegas and Phoenix, telling thousands of supporters in Arizona that he would keep the United States secure in the global economy. "Don't worry, we'll take our country back," he said. Earlier in the day, GOP candidate Trump told a Las Vegas crowd on Saturday that while he "loves" Mexico and China, both pose a threat to the United States, NBC News reported. "You can't be great if you don't have a border, no matter what you do," Trump said. "And you can't be great if China is taking all your jobs." Trump, who has been under fire for his controversial comments on immigration, was speaking at the annual FreedomFest conference. The conservative festival bills itself as the "world's largest gathering of free minds." Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Man Dies in Police Custody After Being Pepper-Sprayed

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 10:43 AM

U.S. Drone Strike Reportedly Kills Senior ISIS Militant

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Mom Says Baby's Medical Ills Mistaken for Abuse

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 2:44 AM

Thousands Mark Anniversary of Srebrenica Massacre

Tens of thousands of people crowded into the city of Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina Saturday, gathering to mark the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst massacre since the Holocaust and eulogize 136 newly found victims. Dozens of foreign dignitaries, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, were set to join the mourners at a ceremony for the 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb troops in 1995. Bosnian Serbs deny the killings were "genocide" and their leader, Milorad Dodik, called the number of victims a "lie," but Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will be representing Serbia at the commemoration. Get More at NBC News

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 at 11:50 PM

'Volcano of Fire' Spews Lava, Ash in Mexico

Mexico's Colima Volcano — also known as the "Volcano of Fire" — continued its dayslong eruption Friday, spewing ash miles into the air and bubbling lava down its flanks, The Associated Press reported. One of Mexico's most active volcanoes, Colima first started erupting around 11 a.m. local time Thursday. Locals were advised to stay at least three miles away from the volcano's peak, the director of Mexico's civil protection agency tweeted Friday. Get More at NBC News

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 10:47 AM

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Car Bomb Blast

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