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Four French Journalists Freed After 10 Months of Captivity in Syria

Four French Journalists Freed After 10 Months of Captivity in Syria

Halil Fidan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(SANLIURFA, Turkey) — Four French journalists are free after being held captive in Syria for 10 months.
The journalists had gone missing in two separate incidents last June, and now President Francois Hollande sa…

Ukraine Suspends ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’

Ukraine Suspends ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’

iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — Ukraine suspended the “active stage” of its “anti-terrorist operation” in the eastern part of its country Saturday, citing the Easter holidays and Geneva Agreement as the reason, according to its Ministry of Defens…

US Assists in South Korean Ferry Search and Rescue Efforts

US Assists in South Korean Ferry Search and Rescue Efforts

Shannon Jensen/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — The United States Navy is assisting in search and rescue efforts related to the sunken South Korean ferry, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki announced Friday. The Seventh Fleet will aid in the mi…

After Secret Conviction, Marine Vet Sends Letter from Iranian Prison

After Secret Conviction, Marine Vet Sends Letter from Iranian Prison

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A former U.S. Marine accused by Iran of being a CIA spy pleaded his case to the Iranian leadership in a letter written from detention, a few days after he was sentenced in a secret court to 10 years in prison.Ariz…

World’s Tallest Building Set for Construction in Saudi Arabia

World’s Tallest Building Set for Construction in Saudi Arabia

iStock/Thinkstock(JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia) — Construction for the world’s tallest skyscraper is set to start next week in Saudi Arabia, according to local media.The Kingdom tower will measure 3,280 feet when completed, which stretches 568 feet tall…

Powerful Earthquake Shakes Central Mexico

Powerful Earthquake Shakes Central Mexico

iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Friday morning, sending people streaming out of high-rise buildings and into the streets for safety.The earthquake was felt strongly in the resort city of Acapulco wh…

Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Ferry Captain

Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Ferry Captain

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Divers entered the doomed Sewol ferry in waters off South Korea’s coast Friday, hoping to find additional survivors as prosecutors seek an arrest warrant for the ship’s captain and two crew…

Avalanche Strikes Mount Everest, Killing 12 Sherpa Guides

Avalanche Strikes Mount Everest, Killing 12 Sherpa Guides

Vividus/Thinkstock(KATMANDU, Nepal) — At least 12 Sherpa guides were killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest Friday morning. The incident is being billed as the deadliest day ever on the world’s highest mountain.Australian climber Gavin Turner,…

Huge Orangutan Mellows Out in Surgery

Huge Orangutan Mellows Out in Surgery

SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — They might need a bigger operating table. An Indonesian vet removed gun pellet shrapnel from a 14-year-old male orangutan reportedly rescued in Sumatra this week after it was shot by poachers. Indonesia&rsqu…

Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies at 87

Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies at 87

YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a pioneering author who popularized the genre “magical realism” through such novels as 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has died. He was 87. The Nobel Prize winn…

‘Deeply Ashamed’ Ferry Captain Among First to Abandon Ship

‘Deeply Ashamed’ Ferry Captain Among First to Abandon Ship

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — With the death toll climbing after a ferry with 475 people on board sunk Wednesday off the coast of South Korea, investigators allege that the boat’s captain was one of the first people to escape about…

Earth Meet Earth II?

Earth Meet Earth II?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Earth, welcome to your sort of doppelganger.Kepler-186f is the latest discovery to excite astronomers since it seems to have the same characteristics of our world. And it’s only 500 light years away with each ligh…

Anti-Semitic Leaflets in Ukraine Raise Suspicions

Anti-Semitic Leaflets in Ukraine Raise Suspicions

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The reports circulated like wildfire: fliers surfacing in the eastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk ordering Jews there to register with the local government or face deportation.U.S. officials quickly condemned the leaflets…

NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Professional gun handling, well-trained maneuvers, and military-spec arms are among the reasons NATO’s top commander says the uprisings in eastern Ukraine are clearly “being carried out at the direction of Russi…

Security Scare for Prince William and Duchess Kate

Security Scare for Prince William and Duchess Kate

Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage(KATOOMBA, Australia) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s otherwise picture-perfect tour Down Under was marred Thursday by two men who were detained for allegedly acting aggressively as the royals paid a visit to th…

Putin ‘Hopes’ He Won’t Have to Send Troops into Eastern Ukraine

Putin ‘Hopes’ He Won’t Have to Send Troops into Eastern Ukraine

ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he hopes Russia will not have to use force in eastern Ukraine. Speaking during a marathon question and answer show on live television, Putin reminded viewers tha…

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…

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