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NSA Surveillance

NSA Ends Phone Data Collection Program

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American has ended, closing a controversy that began with disclosures about the secret program. The government will now have to request data from telephone companies


3 Killed in Mortar Attack on Mali U.N. Base

A mortar attack on a U.N. base in northern Mali killed at least three people, including two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, said the mission spokesman. No one claimed responsibility for the attack but Islamic extremists are suspected

The head of the local chamber of lawyers, Tahir Elci was killed in Diyarbakir

Prominent Pro-Kurdish Lawyer Killed in Attack in Turkey

A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack

Musical guest Adele performs on Saturday Night Live in New York City on Nov. 21, 2015.

Adele's 25 Surges Past 3 Million in Sales in the U.S.

On Tuesday, iAdele’s 25 broke the single-week sales record previously held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which sold 2.416 million in the U.S. when released in March 2000. Now Billboard reports that 25 has surpassed 3 million sales

People drapped in the national flag walk past a building decorated with French flags in Paris on Nov. 27, 2015.

Suspected Arms Dealer Arrested in Germany

A 34-year-old-man has been arrested on suspicion of arms dealing in the southern city of Stuttgart, Germany, prosecutors say. They however did not confirm a report he supplied guns to the Paris attackers who killed 130 people on Nov. 13


France Mourns Paris Dead

A subdued France paid homage to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" who claimed so many lives

Dr. Ben Carson at a news conference in Henderson, Nev. on Nov. 16, 2015.

Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan

The retired neurosurgeon is to visit Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan during his surprise trip, which comes after the Republican presidential contender has struggled to formulate coherent answers on foreign policy

Chicago Violence Child Shot

Chicago Man Arrested Over 9-Year-Old Boy’s Shooting

Police in Chicago have arrested a man in connection with the brutal gangland shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured into an alley and shot multiple times on Nov. 2. The suspect was named by police as Corey Morgan

Actor Paul Walker walks the runway at the Samuel Cirnansck show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer on March 21, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Paul Walker's Father Sues Porsche

In the court documents, the actor's father — who is the executor of Walker's estate — alleges that the Porsche Carrera GT lacked safety features that could have saved the lives of Walker and his friend Roger Rodas

epa05044403 A handout picture dated 30 June 2012 shows Szafir (Sapphire) Cargo Ship of Euroafrica Sea Lines as it leaves the port of Tallin, Estonia. On the night of 26 to 27 November 2015, Polish cargo ship Szafir (Sapphire) has been hijacked by Nigerian pirates the on Nigerian waters. Five Polish seamen, including captain and three officers and one seaman have been abducted from a ship and eleven other crew members escaped abduction and are safe. Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski during a press conference on Friday 27 November 2015 said that the hijackers had not established any contact yet. EPA/EUROAFRICA SEA LINES / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Pirates Kidnap 5 From Ship Off Nigeria’s Coast

Armed attackers abducted five seamen from a cargo ship in Nigerian waters, Poland's government said. The five Polish nationals, including the captain and three officers, were seized, while another 11 crew members were safe