Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator whose brutal six-year reign was ended by a U.S. invasion, has died at 83, a hospital in Panama confirmed to NBC News.
Noriega early on caught the attention of the CIA and became a paid informant for the U.S. agency. He rose to power through the military and acted as de facto leader of Panama from 1983 to 1989.
However, Noriega was a brutal, repressive leader and established himself as a drug lord, with some of the country's biggest banks used to launder drug money. President George H.W. Bush ordered troops to Panama in 1989 and by Jan. 31, 1990, Noriega was in custody.
Noriega was convicted of drug smuggling and racketeering, becoming the first foreign leader to be convicted of crimes in a U.S. court. He was released from prison in 2007 after serving 17 years of his 40-year sentence.
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President Donald Trump is four months into his term, so NBC News took a look at the progress he's made on his signature promise: building a wall on the 1,900-mile-long United States' southern border.
Construction doesn't seem to have begun, despite Trump issuing an order on his fifth day in office for Customs and Border Patrol to do so with cash on hand.
The estimated cost of building a concrete wall ranges from $1 million to $21.6 million per mile, but ProPublica reported that CBP only had $20 million on hand. CBP did not respond to inquiries about new construction, but there are no signs of any activity.
Trump also promised Mexico would fund the construction, and now says the money will come eventually, as Mexico denies it will pay for it. And the wall may end up looking more like a very tall fence, according to a statement from the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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Michael Dubke, the director of communications in Donald Trump's White House, is set to leave, NBC News confirmed.
A senior official told NBC News that the Republican media strategist submitted a letter of resignation.
Dubke's departure comes less than three months after he joined the White House. It was first reported by Axios, which said he submitted the resignation May 18 and offered to stay on through Trump's first trip overseas.
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Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail Monday for nearly four hours.
Woods, the 14-time major champion who had back surgery five weeks ago, was arrested on suspicion of DUI at about 3 a.m. Monday and taken to Palm Beach County jail. He was released on his own recognizance.
An arrest report might be available on Tuesday, Jupiter Police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said.
"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said in a statement to NBC News. "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly."
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Officials have identified the Navy SEAL who was killed when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.
Remington Peters, 27, was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called The Leap Frogs. Authorities are investigating why his parachute failed to open during the demonstration Sunday, causing him to fall from the sky to his death.
In a statement on Monday, Peters' family called him a "selfless, humble and quiet professional" who was known for "his fierce loyalty to his friends, family and country."
In his first Memorial Day speech as president, Donald Trump paid tribute to fallen soldiers and the families they left behind.
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A massive bombing by ISIS outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 27 people on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.
The attacks come as ISIS militants are steadily losing more territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the country's second-largest city. The Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terror attacks to detract from their losses.
The nighttime attack outside the ice cream parlor in the bustling Karrada neighborhood killed 15 people and also wounded 27, police and health officials said.
There was a brand new statue down on Wall Street, but this one didn't last long.
A New York City sculptor, Alex Gardega, claims he put a statue of a dog right next to the "Fearless Girl" that was placed across from the iconic "Charging Bull" earlier in the year.
The statue, named "Sketchy Dog," was standing next to the wildly popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" with its leg up as if to urinate. Gardega said that he removed the statue around 12 p.m. Monday after putting it there around 9 a.m.
"I took it away personally," he said. "I didn't want to leave it to be taken and certainly had no rights to bolt it to the ground," he explained. "Most people were amused or perplexed by it."
When a suicide attacker detonated his bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena on May 22, he killed mostly women and children, the pop star’s fan base. An aspiring architect, a policewoman and an 8-year-old with a creative flair were among the 22 people who died. Here are their profiles.
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The man police say fatally stabbed two other men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train makes his initial court appearance Monday and the city's mayor says he hopes the slayings will inspire "changes in the political dialogue in this country."
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, faces two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges.
The attack happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Authorities say Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab. Three other men on the train intervened before police say Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one.
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Police in Manchester, England issued a picture of the arena suicide bomber holding a blue suitcase and asked anyone who might have seen him with it before the attack to call a confidential hotline.
Counter-terrorism squads are trying to re-create Salman Abedi's movements in the days before he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people. Police believe Abedi had the wheeled suitcase with him at two locations in Manchester.
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Militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city had been planning a spate of attacks during the holy month of Ramadan to earn recognition as a regional branch of ISIS, the military said Tuesday.
Soldiers have taken control of about 70 percent of Marawi, where the gunmen have been fending off the army for a week, military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said. About 100 militants, troops and civilians have been killed.
"They wanted to show the world that there is an ISIS branch here which can inflict the kind of violence that has been seen in Syria and Iraq," Ano told The Associated Press.
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For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan?
Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell, R-Ky., must resolve. Facing solid Democratic opposition to demolishing former President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul, Republicans will lose if just three of their 52 senators defect.
In a report that complicated McConnell's task, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office delivered a damaging critique last week of the GOP-written bill the House approved May 4.
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