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Ildar Dadin: Russian activist jail term quashed
Supreme Court orders the release of protester Ildar Dadin, jailed under tough new rules. ... read more

Germany's Bavaria to ban full-face veil
Minister says facial expressions are key to communication, but critics say a ban is largely symbolic. ... read more

Syrian asylum seeker in Austrian court charged with 20 murders
An asylum seeker appears in an Austrian court after speaking of killings that took place in Syria. ... read more

Irish PM Enda Kenny to give timeframe for standing down
Irish PM Enda Kenny is expected to give the Fine Gael parliamentary party a timeframe for stepping aside when they meet on Wednesday night. ... read more

Sweden probes riot in mainly immigrant Stockholm suburb
Unrest in the mainly immigrant suburb follows controversial Trump comments on Sweden. ... read more

Dutch MPs vote to approve cannabis cultivation for first time
The purchase of small amounts of cannabis is already tolerated, but cultivation has been illegal. ... read more

Atletico take control of Leverkusen tie
Atletico Madrid score four away goals to beat Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Germany. ... read more

Jean-Claude Juncker: UK faces hefty Brexit bill
The European Commission's president warns of a "tough" two-year divorce negotiation with the EU. ... read more

Magnitsky bill turns UK into 'hostile environment' for kleptocrats
The bill was largely prompted by Sergei Magnitsky, who died after uncovering fraud in Russia. ... read more

Come to France post-Brexit, banks urged
Presidential contender Emmanuel Macron calls his country an "attractive space" for UK-based companies. ... read more

Swede detained after Barcelona police fire on stolen butane gas truck
A Swedish man is held after a truck full of butane gas was driven the wrong way down a highway. ... read more

Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash faces extradition to US
Dmytro Firtash, close to ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych, is wanted on corruption charges. ... read more

Plea for Irish army to fight 'aggressive' rhododendrons
'Aggressive' plants are taking over a national park, says an Irish politician as he calls for action. ... read more

'Stubborn' swan blocks M27 at Fareham
A traffic camera captures the moment an officer chases a swan down the M27 in Hampshire. ... read more

Trafficking victim: 'I was raped and blindfolded underground'
'Anna' was trafficked from Albania into the UK last year by someone pretending to be her boyfriend. ... read more

Uber threat drives noisy Italy protests by taxi drivers
Italian taxi drivers protest in Rome over a lack of regulation of new services such as Uber. ... read more

Russian film sparks Tsar row
Controversy surrounds a new film about Tsar Nicholas II and his love affair with a Polish prima ballerina Matilda. ... read more

Some UK Lords 'contribute nothing'
A former Speaker of the House of Lords has claimed that many peers contribute "absolutely nothing" to Parliament - despite claiming their full £300 daily allowance. ... read more

'No sex with saints'
Calls in Russia for Matilda, the true story of a future tsar and a ballerina, to be banned over blasphemy. ... read more

‘France loves you!’
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron tells French Londoners to come home in pre-election rally. ... read more

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DHS could vastly expand number of deportations
The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday laid out the Trump administration's plans for aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, including a potentially massive expansion of the number of people detained and deported.
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Who is a target for deportation?
CNN's Jean Casarez compares President Trump's deportation policies with Obama's.
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Huge stakes for Trump's immigration do-over
President Donald Trump is preparing to seize on a second chance to make a first impression with the release this week of a new executive order temporarily halting travel from citizens of seven nations he says pose a high risk of terrorism.
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State Department silent while other countries shape the message
In a town full of talkers, the silence is deafening. 
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Tillerson crosses the border to rebuild ties with Mexico
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives Wednesday in Mexico, formerly one of the more stress-free work trips the top US diplomat could take.
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CIA analyst quits, blames President Trump
Ned Price, a former National Security Council spokesman and longtime CIA analyst, resigned from his position with a public blast at the Trump administration.
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Montenegro: Russia involved in coup attempt
Montenegro's chief special prosecutor has told a local TV station authorities believe Russian security services were involved in a plot to kill the country's then-prime minister and overthrow the government last October.
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Ivanka Trump steps into role behind her father
On Monday evening, as word spread of yet more anti-Semitic behavior around the nation, it wasn't President Donald Trump who was the first to speak out against the threats to regional Jewish Community Centers — it was his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
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Fired HUD official: Trump's visit to museum 'a step in the right direction'
A Department of Housing and Urban Development employee who was fired for an 2016 op-ed he wrote that criticized then-candidate for president Donald Trump says he has no regrets and does not take his dismissal personal.
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Anne Frank Center director explodes over Trump
CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany and Director of the Anne Frank Center Steven Goldstein get into a heated debate about President Donald Trump's first public condemnation of anti-Semitic acts.
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Trump calls recent anti-Semitic incidents 'horrible'
President Donald Trump said Tuesday the recent spate of threats targeting the Jewish community in the US are "horrible" and "painful" as he faced a growing chorus of calls from Democrats and Jewish leaders urging him to speak out.
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Video shows driver trapped in burning car
Dramatic footage shows police pull a man from a burning car.
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Judge blocks Texas from defunding Planned Parenthood
Texas authorities who accused Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts cannot withhold Medicaid money from the medical provider, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
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Employee disappears with $100M
A major European conglomerate says one of its employees in South Korea has gone missing -- along with $100 million.
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Spicer: Trump's denouncements never enough
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer comments on the reaction to President Donald Trump's remarks about the recent spate of anti-Semitic threats and vandalism across the United States.
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Can Europe really take the moral high ground on refugees?
US President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order this week that would temporarily halt travel from citizens of seven nations he says pose a high risk of terrorism.
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NBA great heads back to the Lakers
In a restructuring move, Magic Johnson has been named the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations.
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UK Supreme Court upholds immigration rules on spousal income
The UK Supreme Court upheld immigration rules Wednesday that require British citizens to have a certain level of income to bring their foreign spouses to Britain.
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Moment rescuers spot girl buried under rubble
In a Syrian Civil Defense video, rescuers manage to save a girl from underneath the rubble after an explosion.
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Why Is 'World's Best Democracy' So Much Better Than U.S.?
The United States was downgraded to a 'flawed democracy' in a recent index that examined 167 countries. NBC News traveled to Norway, which boasted the top ranking for the sixth straight year, to ask them how it's done. ... read more

Majority of Americans Worried About War In Next Four Years: Poll
A majority of Americans are worried that the U.S. will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to the results of a new poll. ... read more

This Is Moment When Harrison Ford Mistakenly Flew Over Jetliner
Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. ... read more

Trump's Cabinet: What You Need to Know About the People Leading the Country
NBC News looks at Trump's cabinet: Who they are, what their position means, and whether they've been confirmed. ... read more

Lester Holt Meets His Biggest Little Fan
Jaden, a 7-year-old Lester Holt fan, got to meet the 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Tuesday at NBC News headquarters in New York. ... read more

Ex-CIA Agent Will Be Extradited to Serve Italy Jail Term Over Cleric Kidnapping
Sabrina de Sousa spent the night in a women's prison near Lisbon after a Portuguese court ordered police to extradite her, her Portuguese lawyer, Manuel Magalhaes e Silva, told the Associated Press in an interview. ... read more

Immigrants Brace for Raids as Trump Admin Details Crackdown
Advocates say the immigrant community is bracing for more raids and deportations now that DHS has detailed whom it wants to deport. ... read more

'Us Vs. Them' Narratives to Blame for Hate Levels Not Seen Since 1930s: Amnesty
"Politicians are shamelessly and actively legitimizing all sorts of hateful rhetoric and policies based on people's identity," the watchdog group said. ... read more

21st Time Lucky? Hollywood's Unluckiest Nominee Hopes to End Oscars Drought
Kevin O'Connell has been called the 'Susan Lucci' of the Academy Awards — 21 nominations and still no Oscar win. ... read more

Texas Judge Blocks Cutting Funds to Planned Parenthood in Sharp Rebuke
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks derided allegations over secretly recorded videos as 'building blocks of a best-selling novel.' ... read more

Nice Guys Have More Sex: Surprising Reasons for Luck in Bed
What does your personality mean for your sex life? Here's some of what science has figured out. ... read more

White House Signals Reversal in Transgender Bathroom Policy
The White House on Tuesday signaled it was preparing to reverse a U.S. policy on transgender rights. ... read more

Trump Blames 'So-Called Angry Crowds' for Blowback at Town Halls
At town hall meetings across the country, voters have been giving lawmakers an earful about the Trump administration. ... read more

Yiannopoulos Quits Breitbart, Apologizes for Uproar
Milo Yiannopoulos said he's planning his own site, saying controversy over his remarks about sexual abuse shouldn't detract from Breitbart's mission. ... read more

How a Hack of Trump's Twitter Could Turn the World Upside Down
A hack of President Trump's Twitter account could potentially be used for profiteering and to cause chaos on the world stage, experts say. ... read more

Can Uber Weather Sex Harassment Scandal?
Uber needs to conduct a thorough and open investigation and quickly dismiss employees who participated or failed to report sexual harassment, experts say. ... read more

What Russia's 'Psychological Portrait of Trump' Reveals
The attempt to get inside the U.S. president's mind is aimed at helping Vladimir Putin plan for their first meeting. Among the dossier's preliminary conclusions is that Trump is a risk-taker who can be naïve, a senior Kremlin adviser told NBC News. ... read more

NASA's Greeting to Aliens Has Been Floating in Space for 40 Years
If extraterrestrial life encounters the Voyager space probes, they would be greeted by a series of Golden Records programmed by NASA in 1977 to explain the story of Earth. ... read more

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