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Kerry May Have Hard Time Rounding Up Arab Support Against ISIS

Kerry May Have Hard Time Rounding Up Arab Support Against ISIS

State Department photo/Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry will have a hard time getting Arab nations on board with a U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, as he is trying to do this week with a trip to the region, some Middle East experts warned.

President Obama, who sent Kerry on the mission, seemed confident he would get a broad coalition of Arab leaders to combat the Islamist extremist group when he appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

“Because of American leadership, we have, I believe, a broad-based coalition internationally and regionally to be able to deal with the problem,” Obama said.

But that comment doesn’t take into account some of the tough realities Arab nations present. For example, some Arab governments, for domestic political reasons, are wary of being seen as following America’s lead, said Ramzy Mardini, a fellow with the Atlantic Council.

“It makes it a Western initiative, hence joining that effort makes them look like puppets of the West,” Mardini told ABC News via email. “Take this as a rule of thumb — the less Western a military coalition is, the better when you’re operating in the Middle East. That ought to be common sense by now.”

That dynamic already seemed evident in Jordan, one of the countries Kerry will visit this week. While Jordan has reportedly stepped up its intelligence sharing with the United States, a group of parliament members circulated a memo urging Jordan to stay out of the international fight against ISIS.

“This war is not our war. Accordingly, we reject categorically any Jordanian contribution in a battle that is not ours,” wrote the 21 members, who represent different factions in the 150-seat parliament, according to AFP.

Just a day before his trip, Kerry reinforced the notion that the anti-ISIS coalition is an American product, listing various ways the countries he’ll be courting can help Obama’s effort. ISIS is also known as ISIL.

“For some, that will mean military assistance. …For some, it will mean contributing to the desperately-needed humanitarian relief effort,” he said. “For still others, it will mean demolishing the distortion of one of the world’s great, peaceful religions and counteracting the propaganda ISIL uses to recruit new supporters. And for all, it will mean publicly supporting the new, inclusive government in Iraq.”

Painting Arab allies with such a broad brush ignores the divisions among them, said Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

“The bigger challenge in forming this coalition is really the divisions amongst the leading Sunni majority states and Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” Katulis said.

Saudi and Qatari individuals have allegedly helped fund Sunni extremist groups like ISIS, something the U.S. State Department has raised concerns over, though U.S. officials have also said they’ve seen no evidence that those countries’ governments are actively funneling money.

Katulis said some Arab countries might balk at working with others, recalling a conversation he had with a senior Gulf diplomat recently.

“I was asking, given that Qatar has played such an active role in supporting some radical Islamist groups, if Qatar is brought into this fold will you work with them?” Katulis said, recalling that the diplomat responded, “That remains an open question.”

Another potential consequence Mardini warned of is the potential for some Arab countries to begin making demands on the U.S. in exchange for their cooperation — not only because the United States is being so public with its recruitment efforts, but also because the countries in the region will have to deal with the consequences of a broad fight against ISIS.

“They are the ones on the receiving end of blowback with more refugees, radicalization and terrorism in their neighborhood. If the U.S. appears more than willing to do the dirty work, why would any Arab leader jump on board absent a quid pro quo?” Mardini said.

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf rejected the idea that Arab nations would be any more committed to fighting ISIS if the U.S. were not leading the effort.

“The countries in the region want the United States to play a leadership role here and have said so publicly,” Harf said. “Certainly U.S. leadership is playing a key role here, but a large part of that role is bringing these other countries together and saying we all have a role to play here.”

But Katulis said Kerry’s mission of getting a disparate slate of Arab nations, each with its own agenda and concerns, is among his toughest challenges so far — which is saying a lot for this secretary of state.

“It’s probably right up there with his efforts to do Middle East peace and mediate between the two presidential candidates in Afghanistan. The poor guy gets some of the hardest tasks,” he said.

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No ‘Bad Toxins’ Found in Syringe in Bizarre Air Marshal Attack

No ‘Bad Toxins’ Found in Syringe in Bizarre Air Marshal Attack

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Preliminary results have identified no “bad toxins” in the mystery substance that was injected into a U.S. air marshal in an attack at a Nigerian airport late Sunday, the FBI said Tuesday.

FBI spokesperson Christos Sinos told ABC News that the air marshal, who has not been identified, remains under observation, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has completed its initial testing of the remaining contents of the syringe and found it negative for toxins including Ebola.

U.S. officials told ABC News Monday that an air marshal had been stabbed in the arm with a syringe in the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria, the night before. While the attacker managed to get away, the air marshal was able to recover the syringe and continue his flight with other marshals to Houston. He was met at the airport early Monday morning by FBI and CDC officials, where he was subject to an on-site medical screening and then transported to a local hospital for observation, officials said.

However, Jon Adler, the National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, told ABC News that while the results of the preliminary tests are “encouraging…there’s still more medical due diligence to be performed in the testing.” The air marshal has not shown any symptomatic reaction to the incident, Adler said.

In an interview with ABC News, Adler said the attack on a federal air marshal in the Lagos airport did not appear to be a random act.

“Our air marshals involved in the incident were absolutely convinced it was a deliberate attack,” he said.

When the team of air marshals arrived at the Lagos airport, their usual Nigerian “expeditor” was not on hand to escort them through the notoriously crowded terminal, and the air marshal team noted a group of “suspicious men” observing them, Adler recounted. In the chaos of the crowd the men were separated when one of the marshals was stuck in the back of the arm with the syringe, he said.

Adler said it was unclear if the attackers knew the men were U.S. law enforcement officials, diplomats or American travelers.

“Hopefully those involved in the investigation will determine if there are any links between known terrorist groups or if these are just a bunch of amateur lone weasels functioning in a sort of reckless, lethal manner,” Adler said.

FBI spokesman Sinos confirmed they were investigating reports of a suspicious group being involved in the attack but said that unfortunately so far, an examination of closed-circuit footage from the airport had not proved helpful in identifying the attackers.

Adler said the officer could spend up to another three weeks under observation — which in medical terms is a step below isolation, a recourse taken when a patient becomes symptomatic for a contagious illness.

“We hope the results come back favorably,” said Adler, who criticized what he said was a complete lack of police response by the Nigerian authorities. “That’s very disconcerting and that’s something that I hope the State Department steps up their game and intervenes and find out why there was no cooperative support when this incident transpired.”

U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Tuesday that Nigerian authorities were “jointly investigating” the case with U.S. law enforcement and are “fully cooperating.”

Along with neighboring West African nations, Nigeria has been battling an outbreak of the Ebola virus that has claimed more than 2,000 lives in the region.

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Preliminary Report Released on Downing of Flight MH 17

Preliminary Report Released on Downing of Flight MH 17

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — Dutch authorities on Tuesday released their preliminary report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17.

While investigators did not specifically say the Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile, the report stated, “The damage observed in the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft.”

“It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up,” it continued.

The report also made no mention of who might have been behind the downing.

Flight MH 17 went down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing 298 passengers and crew members on board.

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Pope Francis to Preside over Marriage Ceremony of 20 Couples

Pope Francis to Preside over Marriage Ceremony of 20 Couples

Buda Mendes/Getty Images(ROME) — The Vatican is preparing for the marriage ceremony of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica this weekend that will be presided over by none other than the pope himself.

Pope Francis will oversee the marriage celebration as leader of the Catholic Church for the first time.

Among the couples who will be wed is a former single mother and a man who was married before and had the matrimony annulled by the Catholic Church. While getting remarried with a child out of wedlock does not breech Catholic law, Vatican observers view the inclusion of the couple as part of Francis’ greater inclusion of divorced people in the Church.

Since becoming pope, Francis has strongly urged people to marry, calling it a patient, beautiful art.

Earlier this year, he even handed out advice to married couples, telling them if they’ve been fighting, to never end the day without making peace.

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US Military Launches More Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

US Military Launches More Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military conducted five more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets near the Haditha Dam in Iraq, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Tuesday.

The strikes, which were in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the dam, “destroyed or damaged eight ISIL armed vehicles, two of which were transporting anti-aircraft artillery; five ISIL vehicles, and one ISIL transport vehicle,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft used in the strikes all managed to exit the area safely.

Since Aug. 8, CENTCOM says it has conducted 153 airstrikes across Iraq.

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Video Shows Daredevils Descending into Active Volcano’s Crater

Video Shows Daredevils Descending into Active Volcano’s Crater

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — Sam Cossman’s video is heating up the Internet.

The video shows Cossman and three other thrill-seekers rappelling 1,200 feet toward a boiling pit of red-hot lava inside the crater of Mount Marum, located on an island in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific.

Marum is the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible volcano.

“I’ve just always had a great curiosity for adventures,” Cossman, an explorer and entreprenuer, said Tuesday on ABC News’ Good Morning America of why he took the extreme challenge.

“I’m always interested in challenging myself in new ways and this was something that I came across on the Internet and I just wanted to put a plan in place and make it happen,” he said. “I was really excited to be able to do that.”

The video shows violent waves of lava spewing fiery rocks at the climbers’ feet.

“It’s quite volatile and it kind of ebbs and it flows and it very much takes the form of what looks like water actually,” Cossman said.

Wearing a special suit to protect his body from the heat and acid rain, along with a GoPro camera, Cossman appears to be close enough to reach out and touch the bubbling pool of liquid heat.

“Even with the suit on, you can sit there for a max of about five seconds or so before it’s just unbearable and you have to kind of take a breather and step back by about 20 feet or so,” Cossman said of the heat.

“While you’re looking into the crater it’s about 2000 degrees and there’s just waves of heat hitting you and melting camera gear and melting pretty much anything that the heat comes in contact with,” he said. “It’s a very extreme place.”

The video was posted to YouTube last Thursday. It had been viewed more than two million times as of Tuesday evening.

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Prince Harry ‘Slowly Starting to Feel Old’ Days from 30th Birthday

Prince Harry ‘Slowly Starting to Feel Old’ Days from 30th Birthday

Chris Jackson WPA-Pool /Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry is days away from turning 30 and just found out he will soon be an uncle for the second time, thanks to big brother Prince William.

Could the times be catching up with him?

“I’m slowly starting to feel old,” the 29-year-old prince, whose birthday is Monday, told reporters Tuesday at an event in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England.

“I think 30 is one of those first milestones when you drive through a village and you see the 30 mph signs, it’s that constant reminder going, ‘I am actually quite old,’” he said.

Old is not the adjective typically used to describe Harry, now the fourth-in-line to the British throne, who is better known for partying in Las Vegas, boogieing in Belize and, more seriously, serving on the front lines in Afghanistan.

“But, no, I don’t feel too old,” Harry went on say, validating his public persona. “I think I am always young at heart.”

Harry said what’s helping him to feel young is his work on the Invictus Games, an athletic competition for wounded servicemen and women from around the globe that kicks off Wednesday in London.

Harry brought the idea for the games back to London after taking part in the U.S. version, called the Warrior Games, in Colorado back in 2013.

“The Americans made it, I stole it and we made it bigger,” Harry said Tuesday as he handed out the first medals of the inaugural Invictus Games for a driving challenge at Jaguar Land Rover, according to the BBC.

The cause of helping wounded soldiers is one close to Harry’s heart. He joined the British Army in May 2005 and rose to the rank of Apache helicopter commander in July after three years of training. The British Defense Ministry named Harry the best front-seat pilot, or co-pilot gunner, in February 2012 from his class of more than 20 fellow Apache helicopter pilots.

The prince returned to England in January 2013 from a five-month deployment to Afghanistan with the Royal Air Force’s 662 Squadron of the Army Air Corps, where he served as an Apache co-pilot gunner.

“Surrounding myself with these guys and girls actually does keep me young. You’ve got to stay on the ball,” Harry said of the games’ competitors. “They’re sharp-witted and their sense of humor is on it.”

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Harvest Moon Lights Up the Night Sky

Harvest Moon Lights Up the Night Sky

NASA/Bill Ingalls(NEW YORK) — A “super moon” lit up the sky Monday, the third such occurrence this summer.

The glowing orb could be seen around sunset, providing a beautiful evening backdrop.

People tried to capture photos of the moon, which is also classified as a harvest moon because it falls the closest to this year’s autumnal equinox on Sept. 22.

Stunning views of the moon could be seen across the world.

In the days before electricity, the harvest moon illuminated the fields, allowing farmers to tend to their crops under the night sky, according to EarthSky.

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Poroshenko Vows Not to Give Up Territory to Russia

Poroshenko Vows Not to Give Up Territory to Russia

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed Monday that his government will not give up land in the east that pro-Moscow rebels contend is actually Russian territory.

Poroshenko made that pledge during a visit to the southeastern Ukraine city of Mariupol while also promising to protect the port city from separatists who’ve been on the offensive not far from where he spoke to Ukrainian military forces.

A cease-fire agreed to by Kiev, Moscow and the separatists has been in effect since last Friday although there have been some instances of fighting since then.

Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly spoke by phone Monday to affirm their support for the truce to end months of conflict first spurred last March by Crimea’s split from Ukraine to join the Russian Federation.

Although Ukraine and the rebels mostly agreed to provisions of the cease-fire, including prisoner swaps, Poroshenko has already said he would not accept the separatists’ bid for full autonomy.

Adding to the tension is the European Union proposal for another round of sanctions against Moscow for its meddling in Ukraine’s affairs.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, has threatened to respond by possibly banning Western flights over its airspace.

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US Military Confirms Five More Airstrikes in Iraq, Including Strike Against ISIS Ground Unit

US Military Confirms Five More Airstrikes in Iraq, Including Strike Against ISIS Ground Unit

pablographix/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ERBIL, Iraq) — U.S military aircraft confirmed that it had conducted five new airstrikes against targets related to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Monday.

According to U.S. Central Command, the latest strikes utilized attack, fighter and remotely-operated aircraft on Sunday and Monday. Undertaken to support Iraqi forces near Erbil and the Sunni tribes near the Haditha Dam, the strikes destroyed three armed vehicles and a Humvee. One of the vehicles was holding anti-aircraft artillery, Central Command said.

Of note, the strikes also reportedly targeted a large ISIS ground unit near the dam.

Since August, the U.S. Central Command has reported conducting 148 airstrikes across Iraq.

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Afghan Presidential Candidate Continues to Reject Election Outcome

Afghan Presidential Candidate Continues to Reject Election Outcome

Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Despite international pressure, one of the candidates for president of Afghanistan continues to reject his election loss, declaring himself the winner.

Abdullah Abdullah announced on Monday that he would not accept the formation of a national unity government in Afghanistan. The elections, Abdullah claims, were rigged. Despite an ongoing audit of the ballots, supervised by the United Nations and international observers, which is expected to confirm the election of Dr. Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah claims that he was the deserving victor.

Monday, Abdullah disavowed violence in the case that Ghani is declared the winner at the end of the audit. Still, he said, he will be unable to control his sizable number of supporters.

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Kerry Hails Iraqi Parliament’s Formation of New Government

Kerry Hails Iraqi Parliament’s Formation of New Government

State Department photo/Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry appeared in the State Department briefing room Monday to hail the Iraqi parliament’s formation of a new government, even as two major cabinet positions — Interior and Defense — remain vacant.

“Tonight we mark what is unquestionably a major milestone for Iraq, and what President Obama has made clear will be a cornerstone of our efforts against ISIL,” Kerry said.

He framed the formation of the unity government amid the broader backdrop of a U.S.-led coalition to combat the threat of ISIS.

“As we build this coalition, I want to underscore that almost every single country on Earth has a role to play in eliminating the ISIL threat and the evil that it represents,” Kerry said. He urged all countries that will be involved in the coalition to support the newly-formed government.

Kerry also stressed that the struggle against ISIS will be measured in months and years, not days and weeks.

“Our global, coordinated campaign with a global, coordinated coalition will be built not just in a matter of days or weeks but it will be built to endure for the months and perhaps even the years to come,” he said.

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Prince William and Wife Kate Expecting Their Second Child

Prince William and Wife Kate Expecting Their Second Child

Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images(LONDON) — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — are expecting their second child, royal officials confirmed Monday.

“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news,” a statement reads.

As with her first pregnancy for son George Alexander Louis, now 1, Kate is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a condition characterized by very acute morning sickness, officials said. She is being treated for the condition at Kensington Palace, the royal residence.

Baby George is third in line to the British throne after his father and his grandfather, Prince Charles.

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US Air Marshal in ‘Quarantine’ After Syringe Attack in Nigeria

US Air Marshal in ‘Quarantine’ After Syringe Attack in Nigeria

PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — A federal air marshal is in quarantine in Houston Monday after being attacked Sunday night by an unknown assailant wielding a syringe at the Lagos, Nigeria, airport.

U.S. law enforcement officials told ABC News they were alarmed by the bizarre, unprovoked attack because the assailant was apparently able to inject an unknown substance into the back of one of the air marshal’s arms.

The air marshal was traveling with a team of other marshals when the attack took place in an unsecured area of the airport terminal in Lagos, the officials said.

He was able to board the United Airlines flight to Houston on which he was scheduled to work and was met early Monday morning in Houston by FBI agents and health workers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A spokesman for the CDC had no immediate comment.

While the unknown assailant ran away and could not be located, officials said the other air marshals on the team were able to secure the needle and bring it on the flight for testing in the U.S.

Amid fears the substance could contain some form of the Ebola virus, the air marshal was immediately put into quarantine at an undisclosed location in Houston.

Health experts say most infectious agents would not immediately manifest or make the patient contagious.

U.S. air marshals travel undercover in plain clothes and it would not be immediately obvious to an attacker that his target was an American law enforcement agent, officials say.

“While there is no immediate intelligence to confirm this was a targeted attack, this is our reminder that international cowards will attempt to take sneaky lethal shots at our honorable men and women abroad,” said Jon Adler, the national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

The Lagos airport has long been considered a possible target for the terror group Boko Haram, which has conducted a series of deadly attacks across Nigeria.

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Pentagon to Send Field Hospital to Liberia for Ebola Outbreak

Pentagon to Send Field Hospital to Liberia for Ebola Outbreak

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon will soon be sending a 25-bed field deployable hospital to Monrovia, Liberia, to help with the Ebola outbreak there.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said on Monday that the U.S. will deliver the hospital to meet a USAID request. He said no U.S. military personnel will be involved in providing health care from the hospital.

“We will set it up, stockpile it and turn it over to the government of Liberia for their use,” said Warren. He explained that “the intent of this piece of equipment is to provide a facility that health care workers in the affected region can use for themselves if they become ill or injured.”

It’s unclear when the field hospital will be delivered or by what means. 

“The planning for that is ongoing, it is not en route yet,” said Warren. “It’s a top priority and we expect it to get there rapidly.”

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Flooding in India, Pakistan Leaves More than 300 Dead

Flooding in India, Pakistan Leaves More than 300 Dead

iStock/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — The death toll from flooding in India and Pakistan continues to rise, with more than three hundred people dead and tens of thousands left homeless. 

The worst-hit area is the Himalayan city of Kashmir, where after six straight days of rain, parts of the city remain underwater. Hundreds of villages have been washed away.

Both India and Pakistan’s armies have been called in to help rescue stranded villagers on their own sides of the border.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spent the weekend touring flood-hit areas by helicopter.

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Princes William, Harry React to Royal Baby News

Princes William, Harry React to Royal Baby News

Tom Dulat/Getty Images for Invictus Games(LONDON) — Britain’s Prince Harry needed just one word to describe his feelings about being pushed one step further from the monarch with Monday’s news that his brother, Prince William, is expecting a second child with Duchess Kate.

“Great,” Prince Harry, 29, said when asked by BBC News’ Peter Hunt at an event in London for the Invictus Games, an athletic competition for wounded warriors.

Harry will now become fifth-in-line to the British throne, following his father, Prince Charles, his brother, William, his nephew, Prince George, and, now, this unborn child who is expected to be born in the spring.

“I can’t wait to see my brother suffer more and, with any luck, if it’s a girl he’ll suffer even greater,” Harry joked of William becoming a father-of-two. “I’d love to see him try and cope with that.”

For now, William, 32, is focused on helping Kate cope with hyperemesis gravidarum, a form of acute morning sickness that appeared to force Kensington Palace to announce Kate’s pregnancy earlier than they would have liked.

The duchess is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, Palace officials told ABC News. She was scheduled to travel to Oxford, England, on Monday with William for an event but is instead being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

“She’s feeling OK,” Prince William said in Oxford. “[It's the] early days but I hope things settle down and she feels a bit better.”

Prince Harry too said that his sister-in-law was feeling “pretty poorly” the last time he saw her, although he did not say when that was.

“Luckily I’m not a woman, so I don’t have to go through that and nor do you,” Harry said to Hunt. “So it’s a pretty horrible thing to have to go through but she’s doing…as best she can.”

“I hope my sister-in-law gets better soon and the two of them have the opportunity to, I suppose, go through the whole process again in a little bit of peace and quiet,” Harry added.

News of Middleton’s first pregnancy, with Prince George, broke in December 2012 when she was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London with the same illness.

She gave birth to George the following July and he is now walking and learning to swim.

“I think George will be over the moon,” Harry said of his 14-month-old nephew. “He’ll be thrilled having another younger smaller brother or sister. So we’ll wait and see.”

“The family continues to grow,” he said.

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Will Ukraine Cease-Fire Hold Much Longer?

Will Ukraine Cease-Fire Hold Much Longer?

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) — The cease-fire deal negotiated last Friday by Russia and Ukraine is already showing signs of falling apart at the seams.

One of the hot spots in eastern Ukraine is the key port city of Mariupol with reports of rocket attacks on government forces.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military-held airport in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk has also come under fire.

The chairman of the Supreme Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic said Sunday that while the parties agreed to end five months of fighting in eastern Ukraine, “the battles are continuing.”

A full 12-point cease-fire agreement that consisted of only a page-and-a-half of stipulations was made public Sunday. Among the items listed were concessions made by Kiev to give more autonomy to Russia-friendly Ukrainians in the east.  However, it was unclear how much leeway the central government would grant the separatists.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is not willing to allow full independence to rebels interested in merging with the Russian Federation, similar to what happened with Crimea.

There is also some grumbling among Ukrainians that Poroshenko was interested in a quick truce because his forces would not be able to withstand Russian military might.

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What to Expect from Monday’s Harvest Moon

What to Expect from Monday’s Harvest Moon

A super moon from Aug. 10, 2014, is pictured. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)(NEW YORK) — After two majestic super moons this summer, get ready for Monday night’s grand finale when the harvest moon lights up the sky.

Sky gazers across North America can expect to see a glowing orb around sunset — providing a beautiful backdrop for Instagram photos or an evening stroll.

The full moon will be the one closest to this year’s autumnal equinox, which falls on Sept. 22, giving it the distinction of being the harvest moon. It is expected to reach its full phase at 9:38 p.m. ET.

In the days before electricity, the harvest moon illuminated the fields, allowing farmers to tend to their crops under the night sky, according to EarthSky.

The early Harvest Moon also qualifies as a super moon because it turns full less than one day after the moon reaches its closest point to Earth for the month.

The super moon is part of a trio of summer super moons that illuminated the Northern Hemisphere.

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Palestinian President Threatens to Dissolve Unity Government

Palestinian President Threatens to Dissolve Unity Government

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(RAMALLAH, West Bank) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to withdraw from the recently unified Palestinian government unless Hamas disarms and surrenders control of more than 25 ministries.

During a diplomatic visit to Cairo this weekend, Abbas went public about his power struggle with Hamas, who he says accuses of running a “shadow government.”

The open-ended truce in Gaza is holding firm nearly two weeks after its inception, though deep divisions in Palestinian leadership are threatening to impede progress.

The leader added that the group refuses to turn over control of Gaza.

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