A mortar attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali's Kidal early Saturday killed at least three people, including two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, said the mission spokesman.
The attack also injured 20 people, of which four are in serious condition, said Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali known as MINUSMA.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country's restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected. In 2013, the French pushed Islamic militants out of Mali's northern cities and towns although jihadists continue to carry out attacks on U.N. peacekeepers.
Turkey's president has told supporter that he was saddened by the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces.
Addressing supporters on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again defended Turkey's action and criticized Russia for its action in Syria before expressing his regrets.
Erdogna said: "We wish it hadn't happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn't happen again."
He says both sides should approach the issue in a more positive way. He says a meeting in Paris would be an opportunity to overcome tensions.
Earlier, Turkey issued a travel warning urging its nationals to delay non-urgent and unnecessary travel to Russia.
Pope Francis paid his respects Saturday to Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.
A somber Francis prayed at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom.
At Namugongo, outside the capital, Kampala, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he celebrated Mass in their honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.
Connecticut state police dashboard camera footage captured a wild crash Friday morning where a car plowed into another vehicle that pulled over following a previous crash on Interstate 95 south in Fairfield, narrowly missing two people standing alongside the highway.
The driver, Yoni Rojas, 21, of Bridgeport, was arrested and is facing charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, misuse of plates, failure to meet minimum insurance coverage and failure to maintain a lane, according to state troopers.
State police shared the dashcam video on social media, reminding drivers to move over if emergency vehicles are parked on the side of the road.
A 12-year-old and a baby were killed when the car they were riding in with their parents was hit by a speeding driver, Dallas County Sheriff's Department said.
The crash occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Friday along the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 175 in east Dallas County.
Deputies said the driver of a SUV, identified as 23-year-old Kelvin Walker, was speeding on rain-slicked streets when he collided with a sedan.
A mother, father and their three children were inside the car when it was hit, deputies said.
Two of the children were ejected from the vehicle.
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This Black Friday only, the creators of Cards Against Humanity have a $5 sale that will get you nothing.
The Chicago-based game company’s “Give Cards Against Humanity $5 Sale” doesn’t advertise any savings or products. A description on the website reads “On Black Friday, everybody is selling something. We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing.”
Interested customers must also check a disclaimer box which reads “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return.”
The deal appears to be too good to pass up for some Black Friday shoppers. As of 2:15 p.m., more than $41,000 was collected. Just before switching back to its normal site at midnight eastern time, the tally was just over $71,000 in sales from the Black Friday promotion, according to NBC News.
A South Jersey man is dead after the car he was driving slammed into a toll plaza and burst into flames along the Atlantic City Expressway Friday.
Joseph Crawford, 39, was driving westbound on the highway around 10:30 a.m. when he lost control of his mother's silver Hyundai Sonata and crashed into the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, state police said.
The impact forced the car to flip onto its side and ignite. Crawford was unable to escape as flames engulfed the car and spread to two toll booths. No toll takers were hurt.
Bruce Crawford, the victim's father, told NBC10 Philadelphia his son was heading to work at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. He's a card dealer at the gambling house and has regularly made the 50 mile commute since casino closures in Atlantic City forced him to switch jobs.
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At least three people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in North Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and other parts of the central U.S. on Friday, with forecasters warning that the chilling weather would worsen over the holiday weekend.
Forecasters issued flash-flood watches and warnings from northern Texas up to St. Louis, with up to 4 inches of rain reported in some places as the storm system makes a slow trek to the northeast. Freezing rain and strong winds also caused at least two fatal traffic accidents in western Kansas on Thursday.
The parents of a 4-year-old Santa Ana, California, girl who received an outpouring of support, including a $10,000 check, after their disabled daughter's wheelchair was stolen this week, have been presented with yet another miracle.
Rosa Perez woke up Friday to find her daughter, Milagros', wheelchair had been returned.
Perez said her husband came home and discovered the wheelchair by a trash can outside their apartment complex. He told her to look outside and she immediately broke down in tears.
Milagros, or "miracle" in Spanish, was born without legs, a heart condition and other ailments.
Her wheelchair was stolen Saturday night from behind a gate that couldn't be locked because it is a common area in the complex in the 400 block of South Flower Street.
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They might look the same as any other Black Friday purchase, but human rights advocates say over 130 products available on U.S. store shelves, from sapphires to soccer balls, are made by child and forced labor overseas, and most shoppers are unaware.
"It is a huge problem worldwide," said David Abramowitz, vice president of policy and government relations at nonprofit human rights organization Humanity United, told NBC News.
Cotton, sugarcane and tobacco rank as the top three goods produced through forced and child labor, according to the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.
Now, a new measure in Congress would close the well-meaning, 85-year-old legal loophole that allows some goods made through exploitation to come into the country.
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An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.
Guinness World Records confirmed that David Richards had broken the record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree that had been held for five years by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. That 118-foot Japanese tree had set a new benchmark of 374,280 lights this month.
Richards, a Canberra lawyer and businessman, brought together a team of volunteers including an electrical engineer, structural engineer, welders, carpenters, masons and steel fixers to erect the dazzling display on a 72-foot steel tree.
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The City of Denton’s Swift Water Rescue team north of Dallas is used to saving people caught in bad situations, but this time, they had to add some big animals to their expertise.
On Friday just before 9,a.m., heavy rains caused a pasture to flood and look more like a lake, and right in the middle of that water were two horses named Mia and Bubba.
Kim Caples and Dee Gentry, who own the horses with their families, say the animals were grazing in the field and got stuck behind a fence when the waters quickly took over.
The horses and their families sat frantic looking for a way out of the mess and Caples said she even contemplated riding out into the waters to try and save them herself.
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Two men have died after a pontoon boat carrying seven people capsized in an inlet in New Jersey, officials say.
Multiple agencies responded with choppers and boats in the search-and-rescue operation when the boat flipped in the Manasquan Inlet, near Point Pleasant Beach, when it flipped into the water Friday afternoon, according to New Jersey State Police.
All seven men on the boat were recovered. Police said they're investigating but believe the strong currents were a contributing factor in the boat overturning. It's not clear if the men were wearing life vests.
Hundreds of protesters descended on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, marching up the major shopping strip in Chicago in response to the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.
The demonstration, organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several community activists and church leaders, began at 11 a.m. Friday. It started at Michigan and Wacker and proceeded to Water Tower Place, where some protesters attempted to block store entrances at Neiman Marcus, Victoria's Secret and Macy's.
Carrying signs that read "Stop police terror" and chanting "Rahm Emanuel has to go" and "Garry McCarthy must step down," protesters blocked traffic on both sides of the Mag Mile. Guided by police, the protest along the Mag Mile remained peaceful.
"This is what it should be about," one protester told NBC 5. "This is Chicago. This is an international city. We can't afford to let the embarrassments of other places happen here. We have to be the example. Justice in Chicago, I believe that."
A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured from a Chicago park to a nearby alley where he was "assassinated," authorities said Friday.
Corey Morgan, who was earlier considered a "person of interest" in the case, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Police believe he was one of three people involved in the young boy's execution in Chicago earlier this month.
Authorities have said Tyshawn was lured from a park into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen. The grade-schooler was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon in what authorities have said was a gang-related incident.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the shooting "a crime that shook our city" and said the "targeted and calculated" killing was gang retliation to get back at Tyshawn's father.