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U.S. Navy rescues Iranian fishermen stranded at sea for eight days

The rescue in the Gulf of Oman comes days before key nuclear talks are set to restart.
Personnel from dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew transport an Iranian mariner Nov. 27, 2021, in the Gulf of Oman. Two Iranian mariners requested assistance after their fishing vessel was adrift at sea for eight days.
Personnel from dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew transport an Iranian mariner Nov. 27, 2021, in the Gulf of Oman. Two Iranian mariners requested assistance after their fishing vessel was adrift at sea for eight days.

Barren forests, dirty rivers, unbreathable air: Inside an Arctic city's vast pollution problem

A smelting company has poisoned rivers, killed off forests and belched out more sulfur dioxide than active volcanoes. Now it wants to produce more metal for the “green economy.”
Image: An aerial view of Norilsk on June 6, 2020.
Image: An aerial view of Norilsk on June 6, 2020.
4h ago

Widow of South Korea's last military dictator issues apology over brutal rule

Chun Doo-hwan never said sorry for his atrocities, which included overseeing the massacre of hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the city of Gwangju.
Image: SKOREA-POLITICS-MILITARY-CHUN
Image: SKOREA-POLITICS-MILITARY-CHUN
6h ago

New Zealand politician cycles to hospital in labor, gives birth

The island nation of 5 million already has a reputation for down-to-earth politicians, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern famously taking maternity leave while in office.
Image: Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter holds her newborn daughter in Wellington
Image: Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter holds her newborn daughter in Wellington

U.K., Italy, Germany, Australia confirm omicron cases amid scramble to contain variant

Dr. Anthony Fauci told NBC News’ "Weekend TODAY" he "would not be surprised" if the variant had reached the U.S.
Image: Dutch health authorities find 61 passengers who arrived from South Africa as COVID-19 positive, in Amsterdam
Image: Dutch health authorities find 61 passengers who arrived from South Africa as COVID-19 positive, in Amsterdam
1d ago

India has an eroding image of tolerance in the West. A recent cricket loss proves why.

Tensions between India’s Hindus, who make up about 80 percent of the country’s 1.4 billion people, and Muslims, who make up 14 percent, go back hundreds of years.
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CRICKET-WC-2021-T20-IND-PAK

19 dead, 32 injured in Mexico religious site pilgrimage bus crash

Many Mexicans go on religious pilgrimages as Dec. 12, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, approaches.
Government personnel work at a scene where at least 19 people were killed and 20 more injured after a passenger bus traveling on a highway crashed into a house in San Jose El Guarda, Mexico, on Nov. 26, 2021.
Government personnel work at a scene where at least 19 people were killed and 20 more injured after a passenger bus traveling on a highway crashed into a house in San Jose El Guarda, Mexico, on Nov. 26, 2021.

Russia denies involvement in alleged Ukraine coup plot

Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy claimed to have intelligence and recordings of a coup plot involving Russians and a Ukrainian billionaire oligarch. NBC News cannot verify the claims and the State Department was apparently unaware of the accusation before today.
Russia denies involvement in alleged Ukraine coup plot
Russia denies involvement in alleged Ukraine coup plot
2d ago

Russian coal mine fire kills at least 52 people

The incident is one of the country's worst mining disasters in decades.
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Image: RUSSIA-MINE-ACCIDENT

Russian authorities launch criminal investigation into Siberian coal mine explosion

Authorities are launching a criminal investigation into a coal mine fire in Siberia. There were 285 miners in the mine when the explosion happened and at least 52 people have died. 
Russian authorities launch criminal investigation into Siberian coal mine explosion
Russian authorities launch criminal investigation into Siberian coal mine explosion

WHO names new variant of concern 'omicron,' as scientists advise caution

Epidemiologist Dr. Deepti Gurdasani, said she would rather see countries “overreact and then scale back than under-react” to the new variant.
A transmission electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, isolated from a patient.
A transmission electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, isolated from a patient.