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Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks off South Korea’s Coast

Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks off South Korea’s Coast

The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry carrying 462 passengers, many of them students, sank in cold waters off South Korea’s southern coast Wednesday.So far, four deat…

Ukraine’s Offensive Falters as Elite Units Defect to Pro-Russia Side

Ukraine’s Offensive Falters as Elite Units Defect to Pro-Russia Side

GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images(SLOVIANSK, Ukraine) — Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist operation” to take back areas in eastern Ukraine seized by pro-Russian forces faltered Wednesday as units of Ukraine’s elite forces in tanks and arm…

Sub Deployed in Flight 370 Search Forced to Resurface Early

Sub Deployed in Flight 370 Search Forced to Resurface Early

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/Released(PERTH, Australia) — The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was temporarily interrupted on Wednesday.The U.S. Navy’s Bluefin-21, the robotic submarine se…

Boehner Supports US Forces in Afghanistan Past 2014

Boehner Supports US Forces in Afghanistan Past 2014

Alex Wong/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A top U.S. lawmaker is giving his support to keeping a residual U.S. force in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of most coalition forces by the end of 2014.Meeting with U.S. and Afghan officials in K…

Iraq Shuts Down Abu Ghraib Prison

Iraq Shuts Down Abu Ghraib Prison

Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — The Iraqi prison formerly known as Abu Ghraib has been shut down, perhaps permanently.Iraq’s justice ministry announced on Tuesday the “complete closure of Baghdad Central Prison…and the removal of the inmates …

Syrian Rebels Claim They Received US Missiles

Syrian Rebels Claim They Received US Missiles

creisinger/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. may have finally gotten around to providing Syrian rebels with the heavy artillery they’ve been demanding since the start of the conflict three years ago to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Accord…

Italy Hopes Sale of Island Will Help to Pay Debts

Italy Hopes Sale of Island Will Help to Pay Debts

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — A financially desperate Italy has put an island in the Venice lagoon up for auction to help pay off its public debt. The Venetian island of Poveglia is one of a range of historic sites that Italy has put on sale, including a …

Ukraine Retakes Airfield with ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Operation

Ukraine Retakes Airfield with ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Operation

Bulent Doruk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(IZIUM, Ukraine) — Ukraine’s military launched an offensive Tuesday to quell pro-Russian violence that has swept eastern Ukraine, as Russia’s prime minister tweeted an ominous message.“There is…

Berlusconi Convicted of Tax Fraud, Receives Sentence

Berlusconi Convicted of Tax Fraud, Receives Sentence

Pete Souza / The White House(MILAN, Italy) — Former Italian leader and convicted fraudster Silvio Berlusconi will be spending some quality time with older Italians.A Milan court has agreed to allow the 77-year-old billionaire to volunteer once a week …

Rabbit with Your Pizza? New Zealand Billboard Combines Them

Rabbit with Your Pizza? New Zealand Billboard Combines Them

Hell Pizza(NEW YORK) — A new billboard for Hell Pizza advertising an Easter special of rabbit pizza is itself covered in rabbit — or at least rabbit furs.The New Zealand-based pizza chain tweeted that the recipe will include smoked wild New Zealand r…

Reeva Steenkamp’s Heartbreaking Valentine to Pistorius Revealed

Reeva Steenkamp’s Heartbreaking Valentine to Pistorius Revealed

Theana Breugem/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — A heartbreaking Valentine’s Day card that Reeva Steenkamp wrote to Oscar Pistorius on the day she died was read in court Tuesday.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, I think today…

Missed the ‘Blood Moon’? Here’s Your Next Chance

Missed the ‘Blood Moon’? Here’s Your Next Chance

NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day(NEW YORK) — If you were asleep when the “blood moon” graced the sky early Tuesday, you’re in luck. The moon will glow red three more times in the next 18 months, scientists say.It’s all part …

Obama and Putin Clash as Ukraine Situation Heats Up

Obama and Putin Clash as Ukraine Situation Heats Up

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — As pro-Russian separatists continue to hold buildings throughout eastern Ukraine, President Obama spoke by phone Monday to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to stop the situation from …

Tension Heats Up Between the US and Russia over Ukraine

Tension Heats Up Between the US and Russia over Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Pentagon officials have called out Russia for flying a fighter jet over the weekend too close to a U.S. warship in the Black Sea. The jet was 500 feet above sea level and 3,000 feet away from the U.S.S. Donald Cook, clo…

Top US Spy: Intel Cooperation with Pakistan ‘On the Upswing’

Top US Spy: Intel Cooperation with Pakistan ‘On the Upswing’

Stocktrek Images(ATHENS, Ga.) — The strained spy relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. is “of late…on the upswing,” according to America’s top intelligence official.“I have to be careful what I say here,” Dire…

‘Double Dealing’: How Pakistan Fueled War in Afghanistan

‘Double Dealing’: How Pakistan Fueled War in Afghanistan

Sion Touhig/Getty Images/iStock(WASHINGTON) — What if the United States has been waging the wrong war against the wrong enemy for the last 13 years in Afghanistan?Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall, who’s spent more than a …

Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Light Up Dutch Highway

Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Light Up Dutch Highway

Studio Roosegaarde(NEW YORK) — These glow-in-the-dark road markings aren’t just pretty — they save money and energy, too.These luminescent strips replaced streetlights on a 0.3-mile stretch of highway in the Netherlands, part of an experim…

‘I Did Not Fire at Reeva!’ Oscar Pistorius Wails About Shooting

‘I Did Not Fire at Reeva!’ Oscar Pistorius Wails About Shooting

Esa Alexander/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius broke down in the witness stand Monday as prosecutor Gerrie Nel relentlessly quizzed him about the precise details on the night he shot and killed his girlfrie…

Don’t Miss Rare ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Monday Night

Don’t Miss Rare ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Monday Night

NASA(NEW YORK) — Turn your gaze to the stars Monday night for an eerie and spectacular view of the “blood moon.” At 12:53 a.m. ET, the Earth will begin to position itself between the sun and the moon for the first of a series of four total…

Duchess Kate Quells Pregnancy Rumors with Wine, Boat Ride

Duchess Kate Quells Pregnancy Rumors with Wine, Boat Ride

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand) — Speculation fueled by Prince William himself that a sibling to his only child, Prince George, was on the way has been apparently put to rest, thanks to a few sips of wine.Both William, 31, and hi…

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