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Check Out This Koala in the Driver’s Seat

Check Out This Koala in the Driver’s Seat

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- A teen managed to snap a photo of an unlikely driver after a koala tried to take the wheel of a jeep. Sam Box, 15, told 9News in Australia that he spotted the koala at the wheel of the family jeep after he returned home from school. The teen then grabbed a camera to capture the funny sight. “We see them a fair bit here but never in the car,” Box told 9News.

 

Student catches a particularly furry fellow behind the wheel of a 4WD in rural Victoria. Details in #9NewsAt6 pic.twitter.com/p6KKbiymff

— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) February 24, 2015

The adorable driver couldn't quite make it to the pedals and when Box opened up the door the animal quickly ran out.

 

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Human Rights Group: ISIS Abducted 90 Christians in Syria

Human Rights Group: ISIS Abducted 90 Christians in Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Syrian activists say ISIS has abducted more than 90 Assyrian Christians from villages in northeast Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that dozens of people -- including children -- were rounded up in raids by the extremist group. Some escaped and fled to an area controlled by Syria's Kurdish forces. Reports of the abductions follow a battle between a Syrian Christian militia and the Islamic State.The militia reportedly forced the Islamists from several villages. However, the extremists fought back, taking the Assyrian Christians hostage as they regained ground.

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CT Scan Reveals Mummy Inside Chinese Buddha Statue

CT Scan Reveals Mummy Inside Chinese Buddha Statue

Drents Museum(NEW YORK) -- The Buddhist tradition is full of visual representations and sculptures of the religion's titular deity. But a statue hundreds of years old, recently analyzed in Europe, is a rarity: a full mummy of a meditating monk resides inside it.Researchers at Norway's Meander Medical Center found the preserved body of a Buddhist master who likely died around the year 1100, believed to be named Liuquan, in a statue that had been exhibited last year at the Drents Museum in Netherlands.  Its display at the Museum marked the first time the statue had been outside of China, reports Discover Magazine.Scientists had known the statue contained a mummy, but even so, the CT scans of the statue reveal unprecedented information about an extreme form of meditation.  The practice might sound like a grim effort to take one's life, but that wasn't its intent: self-mummification was only for the most devoted of religious monks, and the practice was seen as a path to enlightenment or an advanced spiritual state.Following the close of the Drents Museum exhibit, the statue was taken to the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort, Netherlands for CT scans. The imaging confirmed the existence of Liquan's mummy. The monk, believed to be a member of the Chinese Meditation School, had practiced self-mummification.The process involved first a rigorous, year-long diet of water nuts, berries and other similar foods, abstaining completely from grains and more substantial food, reports CNET. Afterward, the monk would be sealed inside the statue, fed a tea made from a toxic lacquer tree, given a tube used for food and air, and a bell for the monk to use to indicate he was still alive.

When the bell stopped ringing, the monk would be sealed in a tomb for three more years, and when reopened, a monk found intact would be said to have reached true enlightenment; those who perished and decomposed would have been considered to fall short of their goal, though their attempts were still honored.This particular monk's organs have been removed and replaced with scrolls of paper inscribed with ancient Chinese characters. The Drents Museum says  more research is needed into the existence of the scrolls and their meaning.The statue will be on display at the Hungarian Natural History Museum until May 2015.

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Why This American ‘Soldier of Christ’ Is Fighting ISIS in Iraq

Why This American ‘Soldier of Christ’ Is Fighting ISIS in Iraq

ABC News(BAGHDAD) -- He's 28 years old. Detroit born and bred, an Army veteran. And now he is a self-described "Soldier of Christ" back in Iraq, fighting ISIS on the front lines."People ask me, 'Why you?' I come back and I say, 'Why not? Why just me? Where's everyone else at?'" said Brett, who requested that ABC News not use his last name, to protect his family back home."Jesus says, you know, 'What you do unto the least of them, you do unto me,'" he added. "I take that very seriously."Brett returned to Iraq six months ago. In 2006-07, he served in the infamous "Triangle of Death," where he said he was badly wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on his Humvee.He returned to Iraq, he told ABC News, to defend the defenseless -- to protect the Christians and others in Iraq who have been terrorized by the ISIS onslaught: driven from their homes, massacred, their women and girls raped and sold into slavery.He is of Irish and Polish descent, raised Roman Catholic and now describes himself simply as a Christian.Brett fights alongside a small, local Christian militia -- the Dweikh Nawsha, under the command of Kurdish peshmerga forces in Iraq.From Brett's forward position, in the deserted Christian village of Baqofa, about eight miles from the outskirts of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, you can see the black flags of ISIS whipping against the sky in a stiff winter wind.

ABC News joined Brett there to hear his story:

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How NASA Is Readying Successor to Hubble Space Telescope

How NASA Is Readying Successor to Hubble Space Telescope

Desiree Stover/NASA(HOUSTON) -- NASA is getting ready to put part of the James Webb Space Telescope through a litany of cryogenic challenges that will simulate space.The goal is to make sure the space telescope, which is set to launch in 2018 and be the eventual successor to the immensely successful Hubble Space Telescope, will be fully operational when it reaches its freezing destination one million miles from Earth.NASA researchers will be watching especially close to see how the telescope performs in the newly renovated space simulating Chamber A at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The vacuum chamber is the same place where the Apollo spacecraft were tested.Moving even a test part of what NASA said is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built is no small feat. With the 3,000-pound Pathfinder Backplane in a clean room at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, the team glided in a shipping container on air pads, a move NASA likened to a puck on an air hockey table.Using a crane, engineers were then able to lift the part and safely lower it into the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea (STTARS), which was then hooked up to a semi truck that plodded along at a gentle 5 mph to the nearby Joint Base Andrews.The largest cargo plane in the United States fleet, a C-5 military plane, then had the honor of flying to the engineers in Texas what will surely be a vital piece of space history.“We've got to test the test,” Andrew Booth, a NASA engineer, said in a statement. "That's why this Pathfinder is so valuable because it will ensure the testing on the actual telescope is accurate."The telescope is named for James Webb, a former NASA administrator, and is a collaboration with the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

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Ukraine Unable to Remove Heavy Arms from War Zone

Ukraine Unable to Remove Heavy Arms from War Zone

iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukraine's military said Monday that heavy artillery can’t be withdrawn from the front lines in its battle with pro-Russia rebels as per a ceasefire agreement until its soldiers stopped getting fired upon.A chief spokesman for the army told reporters in Kiev that since "the militants continue to shell the positions of our military, it’s impossible for now to speak of pulling back heavy weapons" as per a ceasefire agreement.This development further complicates the situation in eastern Ukraine one week after a temporary armistice was signed by leaders from Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.For the most part, fighting has continued with Ukraine’s military racking up heavy losses, including surrendering the key city of Debaltseve, which separatists use to transfer supplies to the Donetsk region from Russia.Meanwhile, rebels forces celebrated their victory in Debaltseve Monday with a rally in Donetsk as leaders promised to continue capturing more towns in the east in the ongoing effort to break completely from Kiev and join the Russian Federation.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carter Says More Allied Cooperation Needed to Defeat ISIS

Carter Says More Allied Cooperation Needed to Defeat ISIS

Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images(KUWAIT CITY) -- While meeting with Middle East leaders in Kuwait Monday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter declared that the Islamic State "is hardly invincible."During his first tour of the region since being confirmed as the nation's newest defense chief, Carter is trying to drum up added support in a collective effort to defeat ISIS, which still controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria.Carter said that although coalition efforts "have already been having some important impacts," it will nevertheless take a sustained military and diplomatic effort to neutralize the extremist group.One of ISIS' successes has been recruiting new members through social media, which Carter and other administration officials have acknowledged.The defense secretary said because of this, the U.S. and its allies need to "be more creative in combating it in the information dimension as well as the physical dimension."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UN Report Documents Human Rights Violations in Iraq of Increasingly Sectarian Nature

UN Report Documents Human Rights Violations in Iraq of Increasingly Sectarian Nature

Romanista/iStock/Thinkstock(GENEVA) -- A report released Monday by the United Nations documents widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the country. The report, produced jointly by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, covers the period from Sept. 11 to Dec. 10, 2014. It documents serious violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of human rights perpetrated over a three-month period by ISIS. These include killings of civilians, abductions, rapes, slavery and trafficking of women and children, forced recruitment of children, destruction of places of religious or cultural significance, looting and the denial of fundamental freedoms, among others.The report also details the murder of captured members of Iraqi security forces and of people suspected of being associated with the Iraqi government by ISIS.Individuals suspected of being disloyal to ISIS, including religious, community and tribal leaders, journalists, doctors as well as female community and political leaders, have been particularly targeted. During the reporting period, at least 165 executions were carried out following sentences by so-called “courts” in ISIS-controlled areas. “Many of the violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide,” the report notes. The report also notes that the number of civilians who have died from the secondary effects of violence, including the lack of access to food, water or medical care, remains unknown.Large numbers remained trapped or displaced in areas under the control of ISIS during the reporting period, with limited access to humanitarian assistance.

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Upcoming Solar Eclipse Brings Power Concerns in Europe

Upcoming Solar Eclipse Brings Power Concerns in Europe

gyn9038/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)  -- There is growing concern in Europe ahead of next month’s solar eclipse because of an increased dependence on solar power– including in European economic powerhouse Germany.During the last solar eclipse in 1999, only 0.1 percent of electricity was produced through solar power, but that has grown to at least 10.5 percent as countries have strived to meet EU renewable energy targets, according to the Financial Times. The eclipse will still be a “stress test” of the flexibility of the European power system, because it will have to adapt to a more abrupt shift in solar power generation than would normally occur, especially if it is a sunny day and all solar power stations were producing at full load. However, Patrick Graichen, executive director of Agora Energiewende, a Berlin renewable energy think-tank, told the Financial Times the March 20 eclipse was unlikely to cause any problems because there are several well-known ways of balancing power supplies and there has been plenty of time to plan. “Within 30 minutes the solar power production would decrease from 17.5 gigawatts to 6.2GW and then increase again up to 24.6GW. This means that within 30 minutes the system will have to adapt to a load change of -10GW to +15GW,” he told the Times.While energy companies seem to be preparing, it’s possible that when the sun goes away next month, lights might also go out in Europe.

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Oscars 2015: Edward Snowden Responds to ‘Treason’ Joke

Oscars 2015: Edward Snowden Responds to ‘Treason’ Joke

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New Yorker(LOS ANGELES) -- Edward Snowden can take a joke. The star of the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour was not able to attend the glitzy bash on Sunday "for some treason," host Neil Patrick Harris quipped after the filmmakers thanked the whistle-blower for his courage. Snowden has been living in Russia for more than a year after he was granted asylum.

He is wanted in the United States under the federal Espionage Act for revealing classified National Security Agency information, meaning a return to the United States would likely be out of the question unless he wanted to surrender. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything interview with the team behind Citizenfour, Snowden said he "laughed at NPH." "I don't think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that's not so bad," Snowden said of the Oscar host's clever play on words. "My perspective is if you're not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don't care enough."

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Reports: Hundreds of Spy Files Leaked

Reports: Hundreds of Spy Files Leaked

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two major international publications said on Monday that they will be publishing a portion of “hundreds” of leaked spy documents covering nearly the last decade, centering around South Africa’s spy agency and involving the CIA and Britain’s MI-6.The Qatar-based news outlet Al Jazeera reported Monday that it obtained the documents covering the time period between 2006 and late 2014 and, along with The Guardian in the U.K., will be exposing some of the files, which Al Jazeera said “offer an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of shadowy and highly politicized realm of global espionage."The files purportedly show the secret communications between South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and its international counterparts -- the CIA in America, MI-6 in Britain, Israel’s Mossad, Russia’s FSB and even Iranian operatives, “as well as dozens of other services from Asia to the Middle East and Africa.”The announcement comes as reporters at several publications, including The Guardian, continue to dig through the enormous cache of documents leaked from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) by contractor Edward Snowden. Whereas Snowden’s documents so far have dealt primarily with signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities of the NSA and its allied counterparts, Al Jazeera said their crop of documents are more focused on human intelligence, or HUMINT.Representative at the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. was not immediately available to comment and a spokesperson at the CIA declined to comment on the leak.The CIA spokesperson did, however, provide a comment with regards to story by The Guardian based on the documents alleging the agency had tried to contact the Palestinian group Hamas in 2012 despite an official U.S. ban.The spokesperson said, "CIA supports the overall U.S. Government effort to combat international terrorism by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence on foreign terrorist groups and individuals.""CIA conducts those intelligence activities in compliance with the United States Constitution, federal statutes, and Presidential directives," the spokesperson said.

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Meet the US Imam Trying to Counter ISIS Recruiters

Meet the US Imam Trying to Counter ISIS Recruiters

JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images(STERLING, Va.) -- It was one of the top issues raised at last week’s White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism: How can communities curb the advanced recruiting tactics pushed by ISIS and other radical Islamist groups?But just a couple dozen miles away in a northern Virginia mosque, one Muslim leader is already fighting that battle.“I'm not going to be able to save every kid, but I have a responsibility to save kids here as much as I can in this mosque,” Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS, said. “We teach them here in this mosque, being a Muslim it means to believe in all aspects of life of being a good citizen and being a good individual.”Magid is the chief imam, or spiritual leader, at ADAMS and former president of the Islamic Society of North America.

Magid has made efforts to integrate young Muslims into their community at a time where ISIS militants continue to ramp up their recruiting efforts online, he told ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz in an interview.“ISIS is very savvy in the Internet,” Magid said. “They see the traffic, who's coming to watch and so forth and during that time that’s where they catch the young person when he shows curiosity.”U.S. officials estimate more than 20,000 foreign fighters have flocked to Iraq and Syria to fight in radical groups, with more than 150 Americans among them.“They start offering [recruits] their narrative that ‘the Muslim world is being humiliated and look at all the suffering. Come and we'll give you a sense of purpose, come join us, we'll make you a great hero,’” Magid said. “The nature of a cult is justification.”While most of his work has centered around preventative measures with youth, from civic engagement at the center to sports clubs, Magid said he recently changed one young man’s mind who had already been contacted by ISIS.Magid said he is now confident the young man will never join the group.“He came to realize this is not what the prophet teaches, and now he resents them, he wants them to be defeated,” Magid said. “Now that kind of young person could be the person to deradicalize and change the mind of other young people.”The biggest obstacle for young Muslims, Magid said, is isolation.“They isolate the person from his family: ‘Your parents are not good Muslims, don’t listen to them, your local Imam is not a good man,’ and then they become a cult where they are completely isolated from any opportunities, any possibilities to counter the narrative,” Magid said.It’s one reason he started a workshop for parents centered around promoting Internet safety.“We need the parents to be savvy and understanding their place in the virtual space,” Magid said. “The best line of defense in this whole issue is parents, family. Complete awareness about your children, for instance, what they're doing, who they are, friends they have in the virtual community, that’s very important.”Abdullah Baig, who is an 18-year-old member of ADAMS, said young people in the Sterling, Virginia, mosque talk about compassion, loving one another and being kind to one’s parents as being central tenants of Islam.“Our prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, he warned us against these extremisms,” Baig said. “Good Muslim Islamic practices are defined as just being a good person overall, being a person of good character and joining what is right and forbidding what is evil.”Countering ISIS’ messaging in its early stages is essential, because he said there is a clear line where is becomes “a law enforcement obligation,” Magid said.“If a person about to commit a crime, it’s the responsibility of our community, any community on the United States, is to report it,” Magid said. “There are some people who want to be conservative in practicing Islam. But none of us should think that violent extremism is justified.”

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Italians Mock ISIS on Twitter After Threat

Italians Mock ISIS on Twitter After Threat

Fuse/Thinkstock(ROME) -- After a threat from ISIS that it would take over Italy and throw gays off the "Leaning Tower of Pizza," Italians have taken to Twitter to mock the militant group.  Italians are posting photoshopped images of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa made of stacked pizza pies and pictures of tilted stacks of cardboard boxes.Last week, after ISIS warned it was just south of Rome, Italians tweeted, wishing them luck in making it to the city any time soon given all the public transit strikes, traffic bottle-necks and late trains.They also mocked the militants' fashion sense, saying thick sandals and combat suits won't cut it in Italy, suggesting they slip into Dolce and Gabbana and Armani, which are far more flattering.

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ISIS-Bound Schoolgirls Showed ‘No Risk of Being Radicalized or Absconding’

ISIS-Bound Schoolgirls Showed ‘No Risk of Being Radicalized or Absconding’

Metropolitan Police, London(LONDON) -- British authorities are reportedly now in Turkey looking for three London schoolgirls who are believed to have flown there on their way to Syria in an effort to join ISIS."Officers are working closely with the Turkish authorities who are providing a great deal of assistance and support to our investigation,” a Scotland Yard spokesman told the BBC.The three girls -- Shamima Begum, 15, and her friends Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16 -- were all last seen Tuesday morning when they boarded a flight from London's Gatwick airport headed for Turkey. From there, police believe they made their way to Syria to join the Islamic fighters.While their classmates head back to school at Bethnal Green Academy after a week-long vacation, the school's principal worked to reassure other parents that the school was handling the situation."We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the news that three of our students have been reported missing from home," school principal Mark Keary said to the BBC. "This situation follows an earlier disappearance of a student in December of last year. The police spoke to the student's friends at that time and, further to this, they indicated that there was no evidence that the girls were at risk of being radicalized or absconding."The girls' relatives have been making emotional pleas to get them home."If you're watching this, baby, please come home," said Renu Begum, an older sister of one of the missing girls, Shamima Begum."Mum needs you more than anything in the world. You’re our baby and we just want you home, we want you safe. Just contact anybody let them know that you need help," Renu Begum told the BBC."You've got all the help in the world you're not in any trouble here, we all love you. If anybody's convinced you of anything then they're wrong. We love you more than anybody that could ever love you," Begum said.Another student at the school reportedly left the country to join ISIS in December. Renu Begum remembered asking her sister about that at the time, saying, "You wouldn't do something stupid like that would you?"Abase Hussen, the father of missing girl Amira Abase, told the BBC his daughter told him she was going to a wedding when she left the family home.A relative of the third missing girl, Kadiza Sultana, said "everyone's hurting...especially mum.""Find the courage in your heart to contact us and let us know that you're safe and you're OK," the relative said.

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Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Sentenced to Jail

Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Sentenced to Jail

Mohamed Hossam/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- A prominent Egyptian activist involved in the 2011 uprising in Egypt has been sentenced to five years in prison despite the government's promises to release citizens wrongly jailed during demonstrations.

There was an uproar in the courtroom Monday during the sentencing of Alaa Abdel Fattah,  who had been charged with violating a protest law in 2013 during demonstrations. He had previously been sentenced to 15 years in jail for the offense, reports BBC News.

The trial has been widely criticized by human rights groups who have linked his case to political motivations. Fattah was a software engineer and well-known blogger who rose to prominence during the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak who had controlled Egypt for 30 years.

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Oscars 2015: Using the Big Screen to Battle Extremism

Oscars 2015: Using the Big Screen to Battle ExtremismCohen Media Group/Unicorn Black(NEW YORK) -- As the White House races to figure out ways to battle extremism around the globe, an African filmmaker has taken the fight in another, unusual direction: to the big screen with an Oscar-nominated movie about...

Oscars 2015: Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend Makes an Appearance

Oscars 2015: Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend Makes an Appearance

Radius-TWC(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Mills, the girlfriend of Edward Snowden, made an appearance at Sunday's Oscars -- part of the group accepting the Best Documentary Feature Award for Citizenfour, a film about the National Security Agency whistleblower.Mills joined director Laura Poitras, producer Dirk Wilutzky and journalist Glenn Greenwald onstage.The film documents Poitras and Greenwald meeting with Snowden in Hong Kong for the first time.Snowden, who has been charged under the Espionage Act for exposing the NSA’s most closely held secrets, is currently living in Russia."Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers, and I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth," Poitras said when accepting the award.Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris mentioned Snowden as Poitras and her collaborators walked offstage."The subject of Citizenfour, Edward Snowden, could not be here tonight for some treason," Harris quipped.Snowden released a statement through the American Civil Liberties Union, congratulating Poitras on the Oscars win.“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant,” the statement read. “I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”Citizenfour beat out four other documentary films: Virunga, Last Days of Vietnam, The Salt of the Earth and Finding Vivian Maier.

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Jerusalem Mayor Tackles Terror Suspect

Jerusalem Mayor Tackles Terror Suspect

GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat tackled an alleged terrorist on Sunday.According to the Jerusalem Post, the man was accused of swinging a knife at bystanders after stabbing a 30-year old man in Tzahal Square. Barkat and his security detail were near the scene, and the newspaper said that the mayor tackled the man as his security pulled a weapon.Barkat later tweeted a photo with his team of "heroes."

 

With my team, heroes! pic.twitter.com/EcejCensbI

— Nir Barkat (@NirBarkat) February 22, 2015

 

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All 486 Mine Workers Safe After Underground Fire at South African Gold Mine

All 486 Mine Workers Safe After Underground Fire at South African Gold Mine

Juan Bernal/iStock/Thinkstock(CARLETONVILLE, South Africa) -- Nearly 500 mine employees have been brought up to the surface safely after an underground fire at a South Africa gold mine.According to the Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited, all 486 workers who were underground at the time of the fire were brought above ground without incident. Graham Briggs, the company's CEO, said in a statement that "we are extremely grateful that all of our colleagues have been brought to surface without injury." A company statement said that the fire is believed to have started during maintenance work on a bulk air cooler. Mine rescue teams were deployed underground to control the flames. The Department of Mineral Resources and mine management will conduct a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.

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Journalists Reporting on Rhino Poaching in Mozambique Charged with Trespassing, Invasion of Privacy

Journalists Reporting on Rhino Poaching in Mozambique Charged with Trespassing, Invasion of Privacy

PeterHermesFurian/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mozambique filed charges against a pair of international journalists in connection with an investigation into the poaching of rhinoceroses.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Batholomaeus Grill, a correspondent for the German weekly Der Spiegel, and Torbjoern Selander, a Swedish freelance photographer, were apprehended while reporting in the village of Mavodze on Feb. 16. Villagers accused to two of being spies, taking them to a police station where they were held for hours.Mozambican officials charged them with trespassing and invasion of privacy. "Journalistic investigations into rhino poaching and the corruption that sustains it should be welcomed, not punished," said Sue Valentine, the CPJ's Africa program coordinator. She also urged officials to "target the criminals, not the messengers."

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