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Australian Newscaster Wears Same Suit for a Year, No One Notices

Australian Newscaster Wears Same Suit for a Year, No One Notices

Channel Nine Australia(NEW YORK) -- An Australian TV anchor wore the same suit every day for a year on camera -- yet none of his viewers noticed.

Karl Stefanovic told Fairfax News Media in Australia that he donned the same blue Burberry knockoff day in and day out on Channel Nine's Today program to illustrate the double standard dealt against his female colleagues, who are regularly criticized for their fashion choices.

And apparently his experiment proved his point.

"I'm judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor - on how I do my job, basically," he told Fairfax. "Whereas women are quite often judged on what they're wearing or how their hair is."

Only two other colleagues knew about Stefanovic's ruse, telling him from time to time that the suit was "getting a bit stinky."

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WATCH: This Chinese Music Video May Be the New ‘Gangnam Style’

WATCH: This Chinese Music Video May Be the New ‘Gangnam Style’

Youku.com(BEIJING) -- A bizarre music video by Chinese singer Rong "Rollin" Wang for a song called “Chick Chick” seems to be aiming for viral status around the world. It features the Chinese songstress dressed up in a white, deep-cleavaged chicken corset and shirtless male dancers in animal masks making barnyard noises.

Here is a link to the video.

In the three weeks since it was posted, the music video has garnered over 4 million hits on YouTube.

It’s as though Wang and her producers were deliberately setting out to make a viral hit and tried hard to splice together the lowest common denominators from Norwegian comedic duo Ylvis’ 2013 viral hit, “What Does the Fox Say,” and Korean pop sensation PSY’s “Gangnam Style.”

“Chick Chick” combines the animal sounds of “What Does the Fox Say” and a couple of dance moves clearly inspired by PSY’s lesser hit “Gentlemen,” while forgetting about any musicality. The lyrics are clearly an afterthought.

They basically consist of Wang’s singing in Mandarin: ”Mother Hen, Mother Hen,” “Little Chick, Little Chick,” “Rooster, Rooster” and “Who stole my chicken feed?” The hook of the song is a series of clucking and squawking noises.

Rollin Wang has been on the pop scene in China since 2003, initially as an R&B singer. This is apparently not the first time she has been inspired by pop music outside of China. The video of her 2004 song “I am not Rollin Huang” features a dancing bumblebee girl straight out of early ‘90s alt-rock band Blind Melon’s “No Rain” video.

If you think “Chick, Chick” is also a viral hit in China, it barely is. The official version posted on Youku.com, China’s equivalent of YouTube and Netflix, has garnered only 2.5 million views. Considering YouTube remains blocked inside the Middle Kingdom, “Chick, Chick” has had more views outside of China.

“Chick, Chick” may be the most cynical experiment of virality ever. Maybe it’s Wang’s clucking away in her chicken corset or the dude in just a horse mask and tight white bicycle shorts, but the creators of the video doubled down on you clicking.

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Spider-Man Swings into Birthday Party for Terminally Ill Boy

Spider-Man Swings into Birthday Party for Terminally Ill Boy

The Wilson Family(LONDON) -- Spider-Man surprised a 5-year-old boy who was in the middle of celebrating what may be his last birthday party.Michael Wilson recorded himself in August jumping from the roof of his home in Basingstoke, U.K., dressed in a Spider-Man costume to surprise his son Jayden with a visit from one of his favorite superheroes.

"We're both massive fans and I wanted to make his dream come true," Michael Wilson told ABC News in an email. "Having Spider-Man at your birthday party is cool."You can watch the video here.Jayden, who was celebrating his fifth birthday, was diagnosed in August 2013 with a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme brain stem tumor, the most severe malignant brain tumor and the most common for adults but less so for children, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. Doctors said Jayden had about one year to live, but his father said the boy is still fighting the illness.The video shows Jayden's mother, Lou, walking him and his sister, Ella, to their front door. She prompts Jayden to take a few steps outside, which is when Spider-Man jumps down and surprises the boy. Michael, who took on an American accent for his role as Spidey, secretly filmed his son's reaction with a GoPro camera.

"Shock and happiness is what I saw in his eye when I dropped down as Spider-Man," Wilson said in an email, "which was everything I hoped for."The video, uploaded Sunday, has racked up more than 226,000 views as of Monday afternoon.

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Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Difficult but Possible’

Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Difficult but Possible’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A senior administration official said on Monday that while an agreement in the Iran nuclear talks is "difficult but possible," it remains unclear whether a deal will be accomplished by next week's deadline.Talks are scheduled in Vienna this week, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry making the trip. Despite the concern that a deal may not come easily, the official said on a Monday conference call that an "extension is not and has not been a subject of negotiations at this point.""I think we will not know how far we're going to get and whether we can get to a comprehensive agreement, a joint comprehensive plan of action, until we get to the 24th of November," the official added.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed deep concerns about Iran's nuclear capabilities. The official, however, said that any deal President Obama signs off on will be "a good one." He added that the president will act in the interests of the U.S., Israel, and partners around the world.

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Why Prince William Is Playing ‘Angry Birds’

Why Prince William Is Playing ‘Angry Birds’

Rovio(LONDON) -- Prince William may not be on Twitter like some of his fellow royal family members, but we now know he is willing to play a particularly addicting online game: Angry Birds.

William, 32, has teamed up with Angry Birds in his role as president of United for Wildlife to host a special Angry Birds tournament to raise awareness of the “critical threat to wildlife caused by illegal poaching.”

"By spreading the message about poaching, I hope you can be part of a movement that says no to poached ivory and rhino horn, and many other animal parts,” Prince William said in a statement. "With the help of Angry Birds, we have created an Angry Birds Friends tournament for the Pangolins, so you can have some fun while learning more about them and the wider issue of poaching."

The game, called “Roll With The Pangolins,” features animated versions of the scaly ant-eater creatures, one of the world's most critically endangered and trafficked animals who are hunted for their meat and their scales, according to United for Wildlife.

The week-long tournament kicked off Monday.

William was named president of United for Wildlife in September 2013.

He noted in a speech at a charity dinner that same month that he is involved in conservation work, in part, to make the world a better place for his son, Prince George, and other children.

“Like any new parents,” William said at the September 2013 dinner to benefit Tusk Trust, a British charity that funds conservation projects in Africa, “our thoughts inevitably turn to the world that our child will inherit. It is unfathomable to imagine a world in which children who have been born in the past couple of months may grow up in a world in which rhinoceros have ceased to live in the wild.”

The Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Kate, plan to travel to the U.S. next month. While Kate stays in New York City, William is scheduled to make a one-day trip to Washington, D.C., at least part of which will be on behalf of United for Wildlife.

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See the Surface of a Comet Right as a Spacecraft Was Landing

See the Surface of a Comet Right as a Spacecraft Was Landing

ESA(NEW YORK) -- Scientists have pieced together a composite photo of the surface of a comet as a spacecraft was landing on it.The mosaic photo, released by the European Space Agency Monday morning, was taken by a camera on the Rosetta spacecraft over the course of the 30 minutes surrounding the first touchdown of its lander, Philae, on the comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, on Nov. 12.Because the ESA compiled information that spanned a period of time, analysts were able to track the trajectory of the Philae lander as it was going in for touchdown. As it was descending, according to the ESA, Philae was moving slightly east at roughly 0.5 miles per second.The lander touched down and bounced, and analysts aren't able to determine exactly where it ended up -- but they do know that there were seven minutes between the moment it first touched down and bounced, and the moment it settled at its final location.More information from the Philae is expected to be released later Monday. The data was gathered by the spacecraft before it was forced to go into "idle" mode to save its dwindling power.

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Peter Kassig’s Parents Say They Need Time to ‘Mourn, Cry — and Yes, Forgive’ Following Son’s Murder

Peter Kassig’s Parents Say They Need Time to ‘Mourn, Cry — and Yes, Forgive’ Following Son’s Murder

Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The family of Peter Kassig, the American aid worker killed by ISIS, said Monday that their "hearts are battered" and that they now need time to "mourn, cry -- and yes, forgive -- and begin to heal.""Our hearts are battered, but they will mend. The world is broken, but it will be healed in the end. And good will prevail as the One God of many names will prevail," his mother, Paula Kassig, said at a news conference at Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.Kassig's father, Ed, added, "Please pray for Abdul-Rahman, or Pete if that is how you knew him, at sunset this evening. Pray also for all people held against their will in Syria, Iraq, and around the world. Lastly, please allow our family the time and privacy to mourn, cry -- and yes, forgive -- and begin to heal."Kassig, the fifth Western hostage ISIS has claimed to have killed since August, changed his name to Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, according to his parents. The aid worker and former Army Ranger was abducted in October 2013 while traveling to a town in eastern Syria.Kassig's parents had issued a statement on Sunday night asking that their son be remembered for what he did with his life, not how it was ended."We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering," they wrote. "Our heart also goes out to the families of the Syrians who lost their lives, along with our son."Towards the end of the nearly 16-minute video, a militant stands over a severed head, saying, "This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen, of your country; Peter who fought against the Muslims in Iraq, while serving as a soldier."The militant speaks with a British accent and the video identifies his location as Dabiq, a small town in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, near the Turkish border. This is the first video in which the hostage isn't seen alive before his apparent murder.Paula Kassig also said her son's "life is evidence that he’s been right all along; one person can make a difference."The family has asked that contributions in Kassig's memory be made to the Syrian American Medical Society, which is working to meet the medical needs of displaced Syrians.

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Colin Farrell Defends His Gay Brother in Same-Sex Marriage Plea for Ireland

Colin Farrell Defends His Gay Brother in Same-Sex Marriage Plea for Ireland

Scott Gries/Getty Images(DUBLIN, Ireland) --  Colin Farrell has taken to writing an op-ed to defend his brother and defend the potential of gay marriage in his native Ireland.Farrell, 38, wrote in Ireland's Sunday World that his brother, Eamonn, "didn’t choose to be gay.""But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative," he continued. "Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him."Farrell added that he penned the piece because his brother was forced to marry in Canada years ago, not his native Ireland, because the country does not allow gay marriage. A vote will take place during a country-wide referendum in May to determine whether same-sex marriage will be allowed in the actor's home country."It’s about giving our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers back a right that should never have been stolen from them in the first place," he added.The Total Recall and future True Detective star addressed the Irish government and its people, writing that they have the chance to make this change.He added that his brother is "at home in Dublin living in peace and love with his husband of some years, Steven. They are about the healthiest and happiest couple I know. They had to travel a little farther than down the aisle to make their vows, though, to Canada, where their marriage was celebrated ... That’s why this is personal to me. The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE."The actor pointed out the clear differences between how easy it is to marry if you are straight."I can jump into my car now, drive four hours to Vegas from Los Angeles, get drunk and meet a woman and have ‘Elvis’ marry us for $200. And yet in many states in America, if I were gay, I couldn’t marry," he wrote.Farrell closed by asking those living in Ireland, reading his plea to "sign up and register to vote next year so that each individual’s voice can be heard. ...There are too many things that divide us as a people, let not this be another one."

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US Launches 31 More Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

US Launches 31 More Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- The U.S. confirmed 31 more airstrikes against targets in Iraq and Syria between Friday and Monday.U.S. Central Command said that there were 11 strikes undertaken in Syria, including nine in or around the town of Kobani. The Kobani strikes destroyed four ISIS staging areas, and seven fighting positions, struck a tactical unit and suppressed an eighth fighting position. Two more airstrikes in Syria, near Dayr Az Zawr, struck an ISIS crude oil collection facility and destroyed a tank.CENTCOM also confirmed 20 strikes in Iraq, targetting areas near Ar Rutbah, Fallujah, al Qaim and Mosul. Those strikes destroyed nine ISIS trucks, five vehicles, two excavators, two front-loaders, two bulldozers, five fighting positions and two tanks. The strikes also damaged one vehicle and one tank, and struck seven ISIS tactical units and one large unit.In total, the U.S. has taken part in 372 airstrikes in Syria and 431 in Iraq -- with an additional 59 Syrian strikes and 83 Iraqi strikes undertaken by coalition aircraft. The weekend airstrikes included aircraft from the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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How ISIS’s Latest Horrific Video Showing Dead American Is Different

How ISIS’s Latest Horrific Video Showing Dead American Is Different

iStock/Thinkstock(DABIQ, Syria) -- For the third time since August, top U.S. officials, including President Obama, have been forced to offer their condolences to an American family for the death of their loved one at the hands of ISIS -- this time aid worker Peter Kassig, whose dismembered head was seen in a gruesome video released this weekend.Kassig, who changed his first name to Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, is the third American and the fifth Western hostage to be beheaded by the terror group and then shown on camera. But while the other videos followed a twisted, yet fairly set routine, Kassig’s is very different -- and may offer intelligence analysts important clues about other hostages and what effect the coalition push against ISIS is having.“We look for patterns, which clearly they went away from with this video,” a U.S. military intelligence analyst told ABC News Monday. “If they were comfortable with how things are going, they would have stuck to it. The pressure’s on.”So what’s different about the Kassig video?Kassig Is Never Seen AliveBeginning with the first on-camera murder of American journalist James Foley in late August, in each of the execution videos, the condemned man is seen alive and apparently reading a statement critical of U.S. or British actions against ISIS. The video then cuts to a statement made by a black clad figure with an English accent and then cuts again, this time to the actual execution. The beheadings themselves were not shown, but the severed head of the victim is shown placed on top of the body.In Kassig’s video, however, he is never shown alive and only his head is visible, opening up a myriad of possibilities as to how he actually died.Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy’s Iraq correspondent and former roommate of Kassig’s in Beirut, said he suspected Kassig refused to participate in the scripted readings.“Clearly something went wrong. Peter was a high-value prize for them,” Prothero in a McClatchy report. “My belief is that he knew it was up and did something to screw up their video.”The black clad figure, who the FBI believes they’ve identified, does make a statement similar to those he made before, but in this one he references Kassig’s prior military experience fighting for the U.S. Army in Iraq. The figure has previously not discussed the victims’ personal lives.No Potential Next Victim ShownAt the end of previous videos, ISIS has always shown the next hostage they plan to execute. Kassig was seen at the end of the video showing the death of British aid worker Alan Henning a month ago.But in the newest video, no other hostages are shown alive and no further threats of murdering hostages are made. ABC News has previously reported that ISIS is believed to be holding at least one more American hostage, a 26-year-old female aid worker.Earlier, ISIS Shows Multiple BeheadingsIn another departure, ISIS uses the latest video to show other horrifying apparent crimes, including the mass execution of more than a dozen purported Syrian soldiers by knife-wielding, unmasked ISIS members. The French government believes it has identified one of the men shown as a French citizen.Previous videos of Western hostages were dedicated to that single act, but Kassig is only seen near the end of the last 16-minute film.Significance of Location ChangeThough the location of previous videos has changed before -- the background desert from the Foley video was different than that of the death of Steven Sotloff -- the Kassig video has a location marker identifying it as being shot in Dabiq, a town in northern Syria, and buildings are visible in the background. Based on the buildings, an anti-ISIS Syrian activist group said the video was likely shot just north of town.If Kassig was indeed killed in Dabiq or his remains brought there, it could be a highly significant move for the terror group. In an ancient Muslim prophecy attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, Dabiq is to be the scene of a final battle between the Muslim and infidel crusader armies.“The Prophet predicts the Day of Judgment will come after the Muslims defeat Rome at al-`Amaq or Dabiq, two places close to the Syrian border with Turkey,” William McCants at the Brookings Center recently wrote. “Another prophecy holds that Rome’s allies will number 80.”In the new video, the black clad figure addresses President Obama as the “dog of Rome” and says, “Here we are burying the first American crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive.”

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Pope Francis Plans to Visit US in 2015

Pope Francis Plans to Visit US in 2015

Buda Mendes/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis plans to visit Philadelphia in 2015, the pontiff announced Monday -- his first visit to the United States as pope.The Pope made the announcement when he addressed participants at a Vatican conference on traditional marriage.The trip, expected for late September, would coincide with the World Meeting of Families organized by the Catholic church -- a world event, which will take place in Philadelphia that focuses on strengthening family bonds.“I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” Francis, speaking in Italian, told the crowd at the Vatican. “Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my service to the Church. Bless you from my heart.”Only three other reigning popes have ever visited the United States -- Paul VI in 1965; John Paul II, who traveled to the country seven different times; and Pope Benedict XVI, who visited the United States in April 2008.Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who was on hand for the announcement in Rome, expressed excitement about the pope’s planned visit in a statement released by World Meeting of Families.“I am overjoyed by Pope Francis’ announcement that he will join with us for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. A hallmark of his papacy has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally. His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering,” Chaput said in a statement.

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Female Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 13 in Nigeria

Female Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 13 in Nigeria(AZARE, Nigeria) — At least 13 people were killed and 65 others injured Sunday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a market in Azare, Nigeria, police said.No one has yet claimed responsibility for the deadly blast, but the Islamist mi...

CDC Implements Enhanced Screening for Ebola for Travelers from Mali

CDC Implements Enhanced Screening for Ebola for Travelers from Mali

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added Mali to the list of nations from which travelers are given enhanced screening and monitoring measures in order to prevent the spread of Ebola.A CDC press release notes that there are no direct flights from Mali to the United States, however, about 15-20 people each day leave Mali and travel through other nations on their way to America. The enhanced screening for travelers from Mali was implemented as a precaution due to "a number of confirmed cases of Ebola in Mali in recent days."The added screening will begin on Monday and will be identical to the screening used on travelers coming from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three nations most dramatically affected by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.The screening occurs at five U.S. airports -- New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Aiport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport -- and any travelers from Mali scheduled to land elsewhere will be re-routed to one of those locations.

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Pope Calls Abortion, Euthanasia ‘Sin Against God’

Pope Calls Abortion, Euthanasia ‘Sin Against God’

neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholic doctors to practice conscientious objection to euthanasia and abortion, practices he says are unethical.In a speech on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors, the pope called human life sacred, while noting that no life is more sacred than another. Calling euthanasia a "sin against God" and a "false compassion," Francis urged those doctors to choose not to take part in such actions.Furthermore, the pope stated that abortion is neither a religious nor philosophical problem. Rather, he said, it is a scientific problem, that ending a life should not be lawful.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey: ISIS ‘A Bunch of Midgets’

Gen. Martin Dempsey: ISIS ‘A Bunch of Midgets’

US JCS(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey announced on Saturday that the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is moving forward, and that the militant group is not unstoppable.In fact, Dempsey referred to ISIS as "a bunch of midgets running around with a really radical ideology." He also stated that the tide was beginning to turn on ISIS, praising the effectiveness of the U.S.-led campaign. He did note, however, that completely defeating the group could still take "years."The general was in Iraq on a surprise trip to meet with Iraqi and U.S. officials and to get an update on the ISIS situation.

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White House Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Execution of American Peter Kassig at Hands of ISIS

White House Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Execution of American Peter Kassig at Hands of ISIS

Courtesy Kassig Family(NEW YORK) -- The White House confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of American hostage Peter Kassig in new video posted online. Kassig, the fifth Western hostage ISIS has claimed to have killed, changed his name to Abdul Rahman after converting to Islam, according to his parents. The aid worker and former Army Ranger was abducted in October 2013 while traveling to a town in eastern Syria. A statement from President Barack Obama called the murder "an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity." He also noted that "[ISIS'] actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own."Towards the end of the nearly 16-minute video, a militant stands over a severed head, saying, "This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen, of your country; Peter who fought against the Muslims in Iraq, while serving as a soldier." The militant speaks with a British accent and the video identifies his location as Dabiq, a small town in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, near the Turkish border. Kassig, 26, was an Army veteran who served in the Iraq war before he was honorably discharged for medical reasons in 2007. Kassig later became an emergency medical technician and volunteered as a medical assistant in border hospitals in Lebanon in 2012, treating Palestinian refugees and those fleeing from the Syrian conflict. In the fall of 2012, Kassig founded a non-governmental organzation called SERA, Special Emergency Response and Assistance, eventually moving its base of operations to Turkey, according to a family spokesman. From there Kassig “sourced and delivered food and medical supplies to the growing [refugee] camps on both sides of the Syrian border.” He also gave primary trauma care to children caught in the crossfire.

“We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering," his parents said in a statement on Sunday. "Our heart also goes out to the families of the Syrians who lost their lives, along with our son."

The video released on Sunday also appears to show the mass beheading of several men identified as Syrian soldiers. The militants warn that U.S. soldiers fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria will meet a similar fate.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a tweet he was “horrified by the cold blooded murder” of Kassig, using the 26-year-old's Islamic name, Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

 

I'm horrified by the cold blooded murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig. ISIL have again shown their depravity. My thoughts are with his family.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 16, 2014

Prior to the most recent video, ISIS appeared to stick to a precise schedule of murder since August 19, when the group showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley, by releasing a video every two weeks showing one hostage beheaded as well as a preview of the next victim. However, the last video, showing the death of British aid worker Alan Henning, was posted October 3, more than a month ago.Intelligence officials have told ABC News that ISIS media cells have been targeted by the raids and say that they have severely diminished the group's ability to produce gruesome propaganda videos and social media messaging.

President Obama was briefed on the video by National Security Advisor Susan Rice while traveling back to the United States from a G20 summit in Australia, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

ISIS has killed four other Western hostages on camera previously: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.

 

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Putin Arrives at G20 Summit to Chilly Reception from Leaders, Poses with Koala

Putin Arrives at G20 Summit to Chilly Reception from Leaders, Poses with Koala

Photo by Andrew Taylor/G20 Australia via Getty Images(BRISBANE, Australia) -- President Obama called out Russian agression in Ukraine on Saturday at the G20 summit in Australia. Calling the ongoing tension in eastern Ukraine "a threat to the world," Obama cited the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 out of the sky over Ukraine in July. "As your ally and friend, America shares your grief of these Australian families and we share the determination of your nation for justice and accountability."Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly gotten a cold welcome at the summit, where world leaders are less than thrilled with Russia's actions, specifically in eastern Ukraine. Between MH17, the continued presence of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, Russia has continued to exert force on the neighboring country.

Putin and the other leaders did put aside the international politics briefly on Saturday, as photos showed the Russian president, as well as President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott smiling and holding cuddly koalas on the first day of the two-day meeting.

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Philae Lander in Hibernation, Contact ‘Unlikely’ to Be Re-Established in Near Future

Philae Lander in Hibernation, Contact ‘Unlikely’ to Be Re-Established in Near Future

European Space Agency(NEW YORK) -- The Philae lander, which landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, completed its main mission and is currently in hibernation, the European Space Agency said.According to the ESA website, Philae bounced twice after its first touchdown, eventually coming to rest in the shadow of a cliff. The restricted access to sunlight for the lander's solar panels has eliminated the possibility of communication, at least for now."We still hope that at a later stage of the mission, perhaps when we are nearer to the Sun, that we might have enough solar illumination to wake up the lander and re-establish communication," Stephan Ulamec, lander manager at the DLR German Aerospace Agency said.

The ESA had attempted to rotate the lander to expose it to more sunlight, though it's unclear when a sufficient charge will be built up to re-establish contact. The first possible communication slot had occurred earlier on Saturday, though the ESA had said that "given the low recharge current coming from the solar panels at this time, it is unlikely that contact will be re-established with the lander in the near future."

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How Boko Haram Captured Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls’ Hometown

How Boko Haram Captured Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls’ Hometown

Pawel Gaul/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHIBOK, Nigeria) -- An elder in the Nigerian town of Chibok detailed a terrifying account of what happened as Islamic militants captured the hometown of hundreds of schoolgirls who were kidnapped this spring.The elder, who asked that ABC News withhold his name, said there was "terror and total panic" as Boko Haram swept into Chibok on Thursday night. He described “people running helter-skelter, screaming, [and] looking for children.”The elder told ABC News that Boko Haram rounded up "a sizable number" of school children and locked them in a church building.Thousands fled after the militants began their assault, leaving behind the elderly, the sick and the children locked up by Boko Haram, the elder said. Residents mostly left for nearby towns but many were killed.A significant number of Nigerian military officers left as the assault began, the elder said. Local vigilante groups attempted to defend the town, allowing residents a chance to run away.In April, Boko Haram captured 300 schoolgirls in April. While some escaped, 219 remain missing.Nigeria's military chief said last month that Boko Haram had agreed to a crease-fire, but the group's leader said in a video last month that the girls were "an old story," adding that they all had converted to Islam and been married off to his fighters.

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Comet Landing: Signal Reestablished With Philae Lander

Comet Landing: Signal Reestablished With Philae Lander

European Space Agency(NEW YORK) -- Mission control reestablished contact with the Philae lander Friday after several tense hours in which the European Space Agency had tried to pinpoint its exact location.

Despite locating the lander -- which had three touchdowns before coming to rest on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday after a 10-year, 4 billion-mile journey -- the battery issue remains an issue.

With just 1.5 hours of sunlight getting to Philae each day, mission controllers said they will have to carefully budget time for science experiments conducted off of the secondary battery.

The lander began work earlier Friday, drilling into the comet's surface with the goal of collecting samples and data that can be analyzed to learn more about the formation of the solar system nearly five billion years ago.

"It started to drill but then we lost contact again. ... We are not sure whether the batteries still have enough energy," said Stephan Ulamec, head of operations for the lander.

Even if Philae's battery runs out of power, the lander will remain in hibernation mode on the comet.

Ulamec said it's feasible Philae would be able to catch enough light to wake up again when the comet gets closer to the sun during its 6.5 year orbit.

The goal of the ambitious $1.6 billion mission is to glean new insights into comets and other celestial objects -- and answer questions about the origins of life on Earth.

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