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Los Angeles-Based ‘Dating Guru’ Banned from UK

Los Angeles-Based ‘Dating Guru’ Banned from UK

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A self-styled "dating guru" who has stirred up controversy in a number of countries with what many feel are offensive tactics to approach women has been banned from entering the United Kingdom.

Julien Blanc holds seminars claiming to teach men how to attract women, but his methods have been widely criticized as sexually abusive. Blanc is the Swiss-born American "executive coach for the Los Angeles based 'Real Social Dynamics,'" according to his Twitter account. He describes himself as "an international leader in dating advice."

A petition in Britain to deny him a visa attracted more than 150,000 signatures ahead of his U.K. tour, which was scheduled to start in February. Twitter users have used the hashtag #ChokingGirlsAroundTheWorld to share pictures apparently showing Blanc with his hand around the throats of women. In one recorded seminar, Blanc is seen approaching girls and forcing their heads towards his crotch. Another hashtag that has stirred up the Twitterverse is #takedownjulienblanc.

Blanc has apologized, telling CNN earlier this month that his intention was "a horrible attempt at humor" taken out of context.

Blanc has already had to cut short a recent tour of Australia because his visa was cancelled following protests there.

On its website, his company Real Social Dynamics calls itself "the world's largest dating coaching company," and promises customers the chance to "witness dating coaches attract beautiful women in live demonstrations." But critics say videos and pictures of Blanc in action show that he encourages men to harass women with the aim of having sex with them.

Blanc and Real Social Dynamics did not respond to requests for comment by ABC News.

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Obama, Kerry Hold Secret Talks Amid Iran Negotiations

Obama, Kerry Hold Secret Talks Amid Iran Negotiations

Alex Wong/Getty Images(VIENNA) -- Nuclear negotiations with Iran continue on Wednesday, but there is plenty of diplomacy and secret meetings going on elsewhere. In London, Secretary of State John Kerry held a secret meeting with Oman's foreign minister, who has emerged as a go-between with Iran. Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., President Obama held an unannounced meeting with a Saudi prince. On Thursday, Kerry travels to Paris to meet his French and Saudi counterparts, who are nervous about a deal. The United Kingdom's top diplomat fears an agreement can't be reached by Monday's deadline. But most officials here are tight-lipped, which is often a sign of progress.

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Security Beefed Up in Israel Following Synagogue Attack

Security Beefed Up in Israel Following Synagogue Attack

Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Security has been beefed up in and around Jerusalem following Tuesday's brutal synagogue attack that left five Israelis dead, including three American Rabbis.  Extra police and border security forces have been deployed near large synagogues, schools, public institutions, squares and transportation centers.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reinstating the controversial policy of demolishing homes of Palestinians who carry out terrorist attacks. It's a policy Israel largely abandoned almost a decade ago over questions of its effectiveness as a deterrent and its legality. Nonetheless, on Tuesday night, Israeli forces destroyed the East Jerusalem home of the Palestinian who drove his car into a train stop on Oct. 22, killing two people, including an Israeli American baby girl.Officials say the homes of the two synagogue attackers, who also lived in East Jerusalem, will be demolished in the near future.

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US Scaling Back Number of Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia

US Scaling Back Number of Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia

Ruslan Olinchuk/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren confirmed on Wednesday that the United States is scaling back the number of planned Ebola treatment units in Liberia from 17 to 10.

That means that instead of setting up health facilities with 1,700 beds, there will actually be 650 beds.Currently, the U.S. military has 2,591 personnel for the Ebola mission -- 243 of them are in Senegal and the rest are in Liberia.  The U.S. is also going to reduce the number of beds in the six other facilities still under construction. Those units will now have only 50 beds each, instead of the 100 originally planned.The United States had gone into Liberia with plans to set up 17 100-bed Ebola treatment units. But once military personnel got the ball rolling, rainy weather and infrastructure problems significantly slowed down their construction.  Only one of the 100-bed units is currently open; another two will be open by this weekend. The 10th and final unit will be up and running by the first week of December.

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Guess Which Nation Is the Most Generous in the World

Guess Which Nation Is the Most Generous in the World

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States and Myanmar have tied for the title of the most generous country in the world, based on factors such as helping strangers, donating money and volunteering time.That's according to the 2014 World Giving Index, which looks at charitable behavior across the world, involving 135 countries over a five-year period (2009-2013). The index and rankings are compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation, a nonprofit group that focuses on promoting philanthropy.This year, the United States is the only country to be ranked in the Top 10 for all three of the charitable giving behaviors covered by the World Giving Index: helping a stranger (1st), volunteering time (joint 5th) and donating money (9th). Myanmar’s position is driven primarily by an incredibly high proportion of people donating money (91 percent).The report attributes Myanmar's high level of giving as a reflection of "the strong Theravada Buddhist community within Myanmar, with its estimated 500,000 monks receiving support from lay devotees."Canada came in at number three, followed by Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago to round out the top 10."This year’s report shows that giving is more than just about wealth, with only five G20 countries represented in the World Giving Index Top 20 -- indeed, eleven G20 countries are even ranked outside of the WGI Top 50," according to the report.The least-charitable nation of the 135 surveyed? Ecuador.

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Iran Nuke Talks Continue in Vienna

Iran Nuke Talks Continue in Vienna

iStock/Thinkstock(VIENNA) -- Nuclear negotiations with Iran continued in Vienna Wednesday, with Monday's deadline looming. Officials have been tight-lipped about how the talks are going. The most telling sign of whether a deal is close might be the stamps in Secretary of State John Kerry's passport.Kerry was expected to join the talks in Vienna by now, but he's still holding in London. On Thursday, he'll make a last minute trip to Paris for a meeting with his French and Saudi counterparts, who are nervous about a deal.Kerry is not the only one staying away for now -- his counterpart from Russia is also waiting until a deal is close.Kerry's spokeswoman says the secretary is still planning to come to Vienna this week. His arrival may be the biggest sign a deal is possible.

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Queen Fears Ebola Push at Expense of Other Killer Diseases

Queen Fears Ebola Push at Expense of Other Killer Diseases

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — Britain's Queen Elizabeth rarely voices her opinion on social issues, but she has publicly worried that all the attention being given to Ebola was at the expense of other killer diseases, like malaria.The queen reportedly made her comments Tuesday while speaking with David Heymann, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She told Heymann that her doctor informed her there were more people dying from malaria every week than are dying from Ebola, according to Press Association."She was afraid that malaria will have a comeback because of the fact people are not paying enough attention to it," Heymann later said.The professor described the queen as "very perceptive," but added this should not detract attention from Ebola."It's a very terrible disease," Heyman said, but what "the queen has done is call attention to other infectious diseases."The palace told ABC News the queen believes that while the response to the disease which has claimed more than 5,000 lives is essential and critical, it should not be to the detriment of fighting other deadly diseases. The queen was accompanied by Prince Philip on Tuesday making the remarks while visiting Chatham House to launch a new leadership academy and unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.Her concerns come on the heels of another royal whose made headlines about the disease recently. Prince William recorded an emotional and poignant video message saying, "I’ve been watching with great concern what’s been happening in West Africa due to Ebola."

In the video which was recorded at Kensington Palace, the prince said, "I wanted to take time to add my name to this video by Future View called Ebola is Real. It’s an educational piece that will keep you guys safe on how to treat and prevent the spread of Ebola."“Stay safe," the prince told people living in area hard hit by Ebola. "The world is thinking of you."

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Undocumented Immigrant Population Stagnated in Recent Years

Undocumented Immigrant Population Stagnated in Recent Years

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., estimated at 11.2 million, remained stagnant from 2009 to 2012 with some states seeing a rise in this population while others declined.According to the Pew Research Center, the peak of 12.2 million undocumented immigrants occurred in 2007 just as the Great Recession took hold.Pew estimates that undocumented immigrants made up 3.5 percent of the total U.S. population of 316 million in 2012 while representing just over a quarter of the 42.5 million residents who were born outside this country.Meanwhile, seven states, including Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, experienced a rise in undocumented immigrants between 2009 and 2012  The increases were predominantly due to an influx of Central Americans rather than Mexican immigrants.As for falling populations of undocumented immigrants, this phenomenon occurred in 14 states with 13 of them experiencing a drop in people from Mexico. Western states seeing declines were Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon.Mexicans account for 52 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., a figure that remained steady from 2009 to 2012.

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Netanyahu Vows ‘Heavy Hand’ After Synagogue Attack

Netanyahu Vows ‘Heavy Hand’ After Synagogue Attack

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would “reply harshly” after police said Palestinian assailants wielding knives and axes killed three Israeli-Americans and another man during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue.

A police officer who was critically injured later died of his wounds, pushing the death toll up to five.Police said they shot and killed the two alleged attackers at the scene.After the attack, Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the alleged attackers’ homes and arrested multiple members of each man’s family. He told reporters he would also demolish the homes of other Palestinians accused of recent attacks against Israeli citizens.“We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers,” said Netanyahu.Netanyahu earlier had denounced the attack as a "cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers."Three American citizens were among the victims in the attack -- Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, formerly of Boston, Rabbi Kalman Levine, 55, and Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, Israeli officials said. The fourth dead victim, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, was a British national.The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it will lead the U.S. side of the investigation and was "working in close collaboration and cooperation with the appropriate Israeli allies and partners."“This is a tragedy for both nations -- Israel, as well as the United States -- and our hearts go out to the families, who obviously are undergoing enormous grief right now," President Obama said, denouncing the attack as "horrific" before a meeting with his national security team.The attack happened in Har Nof, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood with a population of 20,000 residents, at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, local time during morning prayers.Thirty worshipers were taking part in the morning services when the two alleged assailants broke in wielding knives before using a gun to shoot at worshipers, according to the Israeli government. Many of those taken to the hospital had suffered blows to the head with an ax. Pictures of the scene showed the floor of the synagogue covered in blood, according to an Israeli Foreign Ministry official.At least seven people were injured in the attack, Israel Police foreign press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The area near the synagogue was closed off, and the injured were transported to Jerusalem hospitals.Hours after the attack, funerals for the four victims drew thousands of mourners, Rosenfeld tweeted.

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Iran Nuke Talks Open with Potential to Change Everything

Iran Nuke Talks Open with Potential to Change Everything

iStock/Thinkstock(VIENNA) -- Few events in history are momentous enough to reshape the world order. If the U.S. and its partners are able to come to an agreement in Vienna with Iran to curtail its nuclear program, this week may be one of those times.

A deal has the potential to place the United States and Iran on the same side of the table, while testing America’s longstanding -- but already strained -- alliances with Israel, Saudi Arabia and countries in the Persian Gulf. It could also dangerously alter the power struggle in the region between Sunnis and Shiites.

That geopolitical landscape has already been muddied recently by other factors including the fight against terrorism, booming U.S. energy production, plummeting oil prices and frustration over Israeli settlement construction.That’s not to say the U.S. and Iran would become friends (or that it would shatter old alliances), but it could add to other areas of possible cooperation between Washington and Tehran like the fight against ISIS.WHAT’S IN A DEAL?That’s also not to say a deal is a sure thing. It certainly won’t be easy.Talks opened Tuesday and the deadline is next Monday, Nov. 24. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive later in the week to help close a deal.The broad contours of any agreement have been known for some time. In short, the U.S. and its allies want Iran to significantly and irreversibly roll back its nuclear program so that it cannot build a nuclear weapon. They also want that program placed under ironclad monitoring. Crippling sanctions would, in turn, be lifted.Yet big questions remain.Would Iran be allowed any enrichment for energy production? What happens to Iran’s nuclear facilities? What about its nuclear material stockpile? Which sanctions are lifted, when, and in what order? Who would monitor implementation?And just as important: can President Obama deliver on his end of the bargain?The prospects of a deal got a boost recently when Russia said it was willing to take much of Iran’s fissile material and return it in a form that can only be used in a nuclear power plant. That could solve the problems about the stockpile and enrichment.Russia not only stands to make money off such an arrangement, but it also guarantees the influence it has coveted in the Middle East, helping preserve Moscow’s seat at the table of world powers. But with Russia also suffering from depressed oil prices, could Moscow seek to delay a deal in Vienna to prevent Iranian oil, now under sanctions, from returning to the market?IS A DEAL LIKELY?Ultimately this may come down to whether two men -- Obama and Iran’s supreme leader -- are willing to trust each other.U.S. officials are cautious and won’t even say it’s likely. That’s perhaps to manage expectations, but also because it has been so hard to get this far and negotiations have already blown through a previous deadline.So far, there is no talk of another extension if talks fail this week. But the domestic political map is about to get more complicated both in the U.S. and Iran, so there may be a short window of opportunity.Those looking to read tea leaves note that Kerry isn’t in Vienna yet. Kerry had been scheduled to join talks at the start on Tuesday, but officials say his schedule is up in the air and he remains in London. He’s still expected to come to Vienna to seal a deal if things get close. If that’s the case, as with last year’s interim deal, Kerry’s arrival could signal that an agreement is at hand.WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES?These talks have been going on for a long time. It was in Vienna back in 2006 that the United States joined negotiations started by three European countries -- the United Kingdom, France and Germany -- and brought on board Russia and China, the other two countries wielding vetoes in the United Nations Security Council.Since then the negotiations have been sporadic and halting. A breakthrough interim deal last November paved the way for this week’s talks, but an initial deadline to reach a deal last summer came and went.The half-steps and delays, celebrated by supporters as tiny signs of progress, have only made opponents of the deal more wary -- and outspoken.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted the deal, Jewish lobbying groups, led by Aipac, have mobilized against it, and their powerful allies on Capitol Hill stand ready to block its implementation. They don’t trust Iran and fear it will cheat.While Obama could take some steps on his own, removing the toughest sanctions would require approval by Congress. The prospect of that happening became potentially more difficult with the Republican takeover of the Senate.

Yet even within the president’s own party he faces staunch opposition to anything but the strongest deal from lawmakers like Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who remains the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee until the new Congress is sworn in next January.Still, seeing as how it’s not about to get any easier for either side, now may be Obama’s best -- and last -- chance for a deal for a long time.

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Norway’s New Passport Contains Secret Design Feature

Norway’s New Passport Contains Secret Design Feature

Neue Studio(OSLO, Norway) -- There's more than meets the eye to Norway's newest passport.The winning design in a competition hosted by the country's national police force offers colorful changes both inside and out in an effort to stem fraudulent travel documents.Created by the Neue Design Studio, the outside of Norwegian passports will now appear in three colors: red for citizens, blue for diplomats and white for immigrants.But inside, there is a surprise treat: A spread bearing a pale-blue image of a Norwegian landscape will change from day to night when held beneath a UV light.The pages transform from a pale image of an open sky sandwiched between two hills to reveal a starry vista with swirling ribbons of color that emulate the Northern Lights, as well as previously invisible text at the bottom.

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Suicide Attack Targets Foreign Compound in Kabul

Suicide Attack Targets Foreign Compound in Kabul

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A suicide attacker driving a small truck packed with explosives targeted a foreign compound in the eastern part of Kabul Tuesday. The attacker, acting in the guise of a construction materials delivery person, detonated the explosives at the entrance of the compound, killing two Afghan private security guards and injuring a foreign national. After the explosion, two additional suicide attackers armed with small arms tried to enter the compound but they were both killed by other guards on duty. Taliban were quick to take responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying their target was a compound run by foreign intelligence. In the last few days, there’s been an increase in the number of suicide bombings and other types of explosions in Kabul.  

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Americans Killed at Synagogue Include Grandson of Prominent Boston Rabbi, Kansas City Native

Americans Killed at Synagogue Include Grandson of Prominent Boston Rabbi, Kansas City Native

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Three Americans were among four killed in a brutal synagogue attack in Jerusalem Tuesday -- including a Kansas City-born rabbi and the grandson of a prominent American Jewish leader.Two Palestinians armed with knives and a gun ran into the synagogue and attacked worshipers during morning prayers.Kalman Levine, also called Cary William Levine, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, was among the Americans killed. He devoted himself to religious study after moving to Israel, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.His son, Rabbi Yerachmiel Levine, eulogized his father by recounting how he would read the Torah all day."My father would study [Torah] all day long and would return home at night only to learn some more until he would fall asleep in his chair," Yerachmiel Levine said, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Abba [Father], you were in the middle of saying the Shema [prayer] when your soul left your body and the terrorists came and murdered you."Levine’s former brother-in-law, Shimon Kraft, said Levine moved to Israel in 1982 and “never came back.”“It’s a rough day for all of us,” said Kraft, now based in Los Angeles. “The Kansas City Jewish community is a small one.”Kraft said he knew Levine, 55, since they were 7 years old and both in the first class of a Hebrew day school in 1966.Kraft said Levine lived in a “safe neighborhood” and had not talked about being worried for his safety.“He got killed in the same place he prayed every day for years,” said Kraft. “When you live there, you don’t think it's going to happen in your neighborhood."According to Kraft, Levine had remarried since they were brother-in-laws and had nine children and five grandchildren.Another attack victim, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, immigrated to Israel from America in 1990, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was the grandson of a prominent Boston rabbi Joesph Soloveichik and the son of Rabbi Isadore Twersky, the founder of Harvard's Center for Jewish Studies.Twersky lived next door to the synagogue where he was killed and was married with five children, Israeli officials said. He was the dean of an English-language school for Jewish students called Yeshivas Toras Moshe, according to the school’s website.The third American victim was identified as Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43. According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kupinsky worked in computers and regularly prayed at the synagogue where he was killed. Kupinsky was married with five children aged 5 to 16, according to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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American Wins International Children’s Peace Prize

American Wins International Children’s Peace Prize

ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) -- Neha Gupta became the first ever American on Tuesday to be awarded the Children’s International Peace Prize in The Hague, Netherlands.The prize is awarded annually to a child, anywhere in the world, for his or her dedication to children’s rights.Last week, in an interview for This Week, Gupta remarked to ABC’s Susan Saulny: "It’s such an honor to know that I was nominated for this award."Gupta began her work when she was just a child herself, visiting her parents' native India nine years ago. Carrying out a family tradition of celebrating birthdays by delivering gifts to orphans, she was struck by the condition these children were living in."The place was just really in shambles," Gupta told Saulny. "I didn't want to accept these things. These are things I wanted to fix."She moved to fix them quickly, any way that she could. Back home in Pennsylvania, she made a bold move, deciding to sell all of her toys to raise money for the orphans she had met in India."We just put it out on our driveway and people came, bought things and it turned out to be such a successful event,” Gupta said. “From that one event we raised $700 and I’ve wanted to keep going.”Gupta kept going, selling crafts door to door and collecting corporate donations in her dad’s SUV. Nine years later, now an 18-year-old college student, she runs Empower Orphans, a global charity that has raised $1.3 million. The organization reaches orphans in the U.S. and abroad, helping to build classrooms, buy books, equip computer labs, pay for health exams, supply water and buy sewing machines to empower other young women to start their own businesses.“This sewing machine that I bought for this girl was able to change her life,” Gupta told Saulny. “She went home. She started her own business and she was able to support her entire family.”Gupta follows perhaps the most famous children’s rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, who won the award last year. The two young women recently had a chance to meet."Honestly, I was about to cry! I felt so happy!" Gupta told Saulny about meeting Yousafzai.Despite all of her successes, Gupta describes herself as just an ordinary teenager who found her calling early in life.That bit of serendipity has touched the lives of more than 25,000 children so far."People I know and people I didn’t even know were willing to help, to get involved. So that meant so much to me," Gupta said.

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Russia Launches Mysterious Object into Space

Russia Launches Mysterious Object into Space

Purestock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Western space agencies are tracking a mysterious object that was reportedly launched into space by Russia -- and in turn has launched speculation about what the Kremlin could be pursuing.The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been following the puzzling object's maneuvers under the designation 39765.Little is known about the object other than the fact it was part of a Russian rocket launch in May that sent three satellites to join a military constellation and was originally classified as space debris, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the story.Experts have weighed in, saying the piece could be anything from space junk to the revival of a satellite destroyer program."I have no idea what it is!” Patricia Lewis, a space security expert at the think-tank Chatham House told The Washington Post.However, if it is indeed a revival of Russia's anti-satellite weaponry program, Lewis told the newspaper it could have huge repercussions if used."Imagine if you were having a Katrina episode and all of your satellites suddenly got jammed," she said.

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Danish Man Travels the World on $20 a Day

Danish Man Travels the World on $20 a Day

Once Upon a Saga/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Think only millionaires and celebrities can dream of globetrotting all over the world? Think again.Danish citizen Torbjørn C. Pedersen, 35, has been traveling since Oct. 10, 2013, with the goal of visiting every country without stepping on an airplane and surviving on just $20 a day. While he expects to complete his journey within four years, Pedersen has already ticked 65 countries off his list."No one in history has ever gone to every country in the world without setting foot in an airplane," Pedersen told ABC News from his current location in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. "So this is an attempt to push that barrier and inspire others to travel on a cheap budget."While his budget is small and his travel accommodations modest -- he bunks down mostly at hostels and on the couches of generous hosts; he eats street food and cooks often -- Pedersen does have a little help.The trip is sponsored by Ross Offshore and Ross Engineering, a Norwegian management and consulting firm for the oil and gas industry. He has also been honored with the title of Goodwill Ambassador for the Danish Red Cross in exchange for documenting his experiences in an ongoing blog titled "Once Upon a Saga."The predominantly positive stories and bootstrap approach has attracted an audience of more than 6,000 followers on Facebook. But the project does have its detractors.In a recent "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, Pedersen came under fire for stating that he intends to visit 203 countries, whereas only 195 are member states or observer states of the United Nations.Others argue that the goal has already been achieved, pointing to British adventurer Graham Hughes, who was acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012 for visiting 201 countries continuously on a shoestring budget, without air travel.Still, others expressed skepticism about how he will manage safe passage into North Korea or Liberia and through other conflict zones.Pedersen stated that he hopes contacts he has made through the Red Cross may be able to help with the latter. He also hopes to "shine some light on the good well meaning population" of many countries and areas that he feels are unfairly represented in the media."All that sensational information about beheadings, corruption, disease, poverty, terror, destruction, etc. begins to form our worldview as we digest it day by day," he said.He has, however, second-guessed a few decisions along the way.Pedersen told ABC News that his most dangerous experiences so far were walking through a "very dodgy part of Panama City" and heading across the ocean from Venezuela to Trinidad & Tobago."We did it in a small open boat without any safety equipment," he said. "Also I didn't know the two other men very well but trusted them anyway. It all went as it should and there were no problems. In hindsight, it might not have been smart. But it was an adventure."

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Four Killed, a Dozen Wounded in West Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Four Killed, a Dozen Wounded in West Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — At least four people were killed and a dozen others wounded inside a synagogue complex in West Jerusalem Tuesday by two men carrying guns, knives and axes.

Three American citizens were among the victims in the attack, an Israeli police spokesman said.

Israeli police responding to the assault in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood shot both attackers dead.Although Hamas did not claim direct responsibility for the attack, the militant group said it was likely the result of last month's closing of East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque as well as the mysterious circumstances surrounding Monday's hanging death of a Palestinian bus driver.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put the blame on Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, claiming they incited the attackers with fiery rhetoric. Netanyahu vowed, "We will respond decisively to the horrific murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers."In recent weeks, there have been several assaults targeting Israeli civilians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Tel Aviv, leaving at least three dead.

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WATCH: Adorable Video Shows Panda Tumbling in the Snow

WATCH: Adorable Video Shows Panda Tumbling in the Snow

File photo. Fuse/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — One Toronto resident made the most of the recent snow.Da Mao, one of two giant pandas at Toronto Zoo, was seen tumbling down a hill, rolling in the snow inside his outdoor enclosure in video released by the zoo.After skidding down a snow-covered hill, he walked up the hill and slid down again.

This isn’t the first time Da Mao’s snow exploits have drawn attention. He was also seen tumbling in the snow in a February video clip released by the zoo.

The 6-year-old, who’s on loan to the zoo from China, is expected to stay at the Toronto Zoo until 2018.

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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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