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Captain of Doomed Ferry Under Investigation as Relatives Grieve

Captain of Doomed Ferry Under Investigation as Relatives Grieve

Park Young-Chul-Donga Daily via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — The captain of a ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing, is under investigation as a criminal and was one of the first people to esca…

Oscar Pistorius’ Own Expert Witness Contradicts Him

Oscar Pistorius’ Own Expert Witness Contradicts Him

THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial was adjourned Thursday for two weeks after one of the Blade Runner’s own expert witnesses contradicted his testimony.The expert defense witness, Roger Dixon, told t…

Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin About Russian Intelligence

Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin About Russian Intelligence

The Guardian via Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden surprised the audience of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual question and answer call-in show Thursday by submitting a question via video.Snowden, who revealed Ame…

Oil Slick Not Tied to Flight 370, Preliminary Analysis Shows

Oil Slick Not Tied to Flight 370, Preliminary Analysis Shows

(PERTH, Australia) — The oil slick that Australian vessel Ocean Shield detected Sunday evening during its search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not connected to the missing jetliner.A preliminary analysis of the sample “has confirmed that it is n…

Three Dead After Military Base Attack in Ukraine

Three Dead After Military Base Attack in Ukraine

berean/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — Three militants were killed, 13 wounded and over 60 arrested when they attacked a military base in Ukraine overnight, the country’s interior minister said. The incident happened in the coastal town of Mariupol in the…

What to Expect from Thursday’s Russia/Ukraine Talks

What to Expect from Thursday’s Russia/Ukraine Talks

State Department photo/ Public Domain(GENEVA) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, have already spent at least 10 hours together in the past month, not to mention almost daily phone calls, trying to find a diplom…

Captains Who Abandon Ships: Are They Breaking the Law?

Captains Who Abandon Ships: Are They Breaking the Law?

The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank with hundreds of high school students aboard is under criminal investigation for his actions, but it’s not clear whether he broke any …

Students Trapped in Sinking Ferry Send Heartbreaking Text Messages

Students Trapped in Sinking Ferry Send Heartbreaking Text Messages

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Heartbreaking text message exchanges between students trapped in the sinking ferry off the coast of South Korea and their anxious parents are offering a glimpse into the desperate situation in the crip…

Al Qaeda Affiliate Leader Praised in ‘Atypical’ Terror Gathering

Al Qaeda Affiliate Leader Praised in ‘Atypical’ Terror Gathering

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The leader of al Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate is the star of a propaganda video showing an unusually large gathering of apparent militants.
Nasir al-Wahishi, believed to be the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen af…

Ferry Survivors Describe Sliding Bodies, Wall of Water

Ferry Survivors Describe Sliding Bodies, Wall of Water

Park Young-Chul-Donga Daily via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Survivors of the ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea told harrowing tales of confusion and desperation as people slid along the floor of the sharply listing ship, colliding wi…

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…

School Kids Get Ride in Popemobile

School Kids Get Ride in Popemobile

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Two schoolboys in the general audience at St. Peter’s Square got the thrill of a lifetime Wednesday when Pope Francis gave them a ride in the popemobile.The pope stepped out to receive a t-shirt from t…

Oscar Pistorius Witness’ Credentials Challenged in Latest Blow

Oscar Pistorius Witness’ Credentials Challenged in Latest Blow

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius’ defense appeared to have suffered a blow Wednesday when a forensic witness who contradicted the prosecution’s version of the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp was challenged on hi…

Prince William and Duchess Kate Bring Prince George to Australia

Prince William and Duchess Kate Bring Prince George to Australia

Samir Hussein/WireImage(SYDNEY) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Sydney Wednesday for the second half of their 19-day tour Down Under.Prince William and Duchess Kate treated local dignitaries to a royal first upon their arrival in Austra…

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…

Police Respond to Emergency Call from Dog

Police Respond to Emergency Call from Dog

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Police in England who responded to an emergency call at a house in the village of Edlesborough soon realized the “heavy breather” at the end of the line was a dog. Leighton, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, has a long history…

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