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Oscar Pistorius Back in Court for Sentencing

Oscar Pistorius Back in Court for Sentencing

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius returned to a South Africa courtroom Tuesday, with his freedom -- and his future -- hanging in the balance.As the athlete's sentencing hearing enters its second day, it remains unclear exactly when a verdict can be expected.The athlete was found guilty last month of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. The trial has now entered its sentencing phase, with the defense and prosecution calling witnesses, trying to influence Judge Thokozile Masipa’s sentencing decision.Masipa could sentence Pistorius to a maximum of 15 years -- but he could also be spared prison, instead being sentenced to house arrest and community service. That was the suggestion Monday by Joel Maringa, a social worker for South Africa’s prison authorities. Maringa testified that he believes the paralympian would benefit from “correctional supervision,” urging the court to sentence Pistorius, 27, to three years of house arrest.He also suggested other requirements: 16 hours of community service a month; abstinence from alcohol and drugs; no gun ownership; and attending anger management courses.Prosecutor Gerrie Nel called Maringa’s suggestions “shockingly inappropriate.”Earlier Monday, Pistorius psychologist Dr. Löre Hartzenberg testified that Pistorius was devastated by Steenkamp's death."We are left with a broken man who has lost everything. He’s lost his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp, he’s lost his moral and professional reputation. He’s lost his friends. He’s lost his career,” Hartzenberg said. “On an emotional level, his self-perception and self-worth have been damaged.”Pistorius fired four shots through a locked bathroom door, killing Steenkamp. Pistorius claimed that he believed there was an intruder in the bathroom. The judge dismissed the murder charges against Pistorius and found him guilty of culpable homicide.The defense will call at least one more witness Tuesday before Nel begins his case. While the prosecutor has not indicated how many witnesses he will call, it is expected that Pistorius' ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor would be among them.It is unclear if Steenkamp's parents will testify, although there are indications they won't be called to the stand. After witnesses are called on both sides, the state and defense will deliver closing arguments.The judge will only indicate once all the evidence has been heard when she will make her decision known.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pilot Dead After ‘Homemade’ Plane Crashes in Australia Neighborhood

Pilot Dead After ‘Homemade’ Plane Crashes in Australia Neighborhood

meechy78/Twitter(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- A small plane crashed into a residential area in Australia Tuesday, killing its male pilot and injuring at least one person on the ground, police said.The accident happened in the Chelsea area of Melbourne.The small plane -- police suspect it was homemade -- struck a house and damaged two vehicles, with the plane likely bursting into flames upon impact, police said. Heavy smoke was visible in the area following the crash.

 

Plane crash Chelsea 10 min ago! pic.twitter.com/mfPar9oAC0

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A woman inside the home sustained minor injuries, police said.Police believe the crash occurred after the plane’s engine stalled.

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Thousands of Iraqis Flee ISIS

Thousands of Iraqis Flee ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq has created a new refugee crisis, according to the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.It's estimated that as many as 180,000 people, many of whom were already displaced, have moved away from the western Anbar province city of Hit, which was taken over by ISIS last month.In desperation, most of the refugees have headed eastward towards Ramadi, which is also under siege.The U.N. says that Iraqis seeking shelter from violence are in immediate need of food, blankets and medical supplies.ISIS fighters have been nearly unstoppable in Anbar, a longtime Sunni stronghold where many sympathize with the militant extremist cause that includes strict Islamic law.The Iraqi government is concerned that if ISIS become firmly established in Anbar, it will give the group easier access to attacks on Baghdad.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kim Jong-un Makes First Public Appearance in Over a Month

Kim Jong-un Makes First Public Appearance in Over a Month

KNS/AFP/Getty Images(North Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance in over a month, appearing at a newly-constructed residential complex, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.Kim's previous public appearance came on Sept. 3, when he attended a concert by the Moranbong Orchestra. Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean state media organization, said that Kim received "field guidance" during his trip to Wilsong Scientists Residential District.Speculation had grown in recent weeks as Kim remained out of sight. Some wondered whether the North Korean leader may have been ill or injured.

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UK, Sweden to Recognize Palestinian State As Part of Two-State Solution to Middle East Conflict

UK, Sweden to Recognize Palestinian State As Part of Two-State Solution to Middle East Conflict

daboost/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British lawmakers voted to recognize a Palestinian state as part of a push for a two-state solution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The members of the House of Commons voted 274-12 in favor of recognizing "the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel," according to the legislature's Twitter feed.

 

#MPs vote 274 to 12 to approve amended motion that Govt recognise #Palestine state alongside #Israel as part of negotiated 2 state solution

— House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) October 13, 2014

Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom also said on Monday that her country's government would recognize the Palestinian state, in the hopes of "making the parties to the conflict less unequal." Sweden will also provide approximately $10 million in contributions to Gaza for "humanitarian and development support," on top of the annual financial support of about $100 million.Wallstrom did say that the Palestinian Unity Government must continue to reform, fight corruption and increase the political influence and economic participation of women -- responsibilities that come with the international recognition.

 

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Three More Men Arrested on Terrorism Suspicions in London

Three More Men Arrested on Terrorism Suspicions in London

Raylipscombe/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The United Kingdom's Metropolitan police announced the arrest of three men in a continuing terrorism investigation on Monday.The three men, aged 21, 24 and 25, were taken into custody on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, according to a press release. They were all located and arrested in central London.The arrests come six days after five other men were arrested on terrorism suspicions. Two of the five have since been released from police custody.Police also noted that they had searched a business address in west London and were continuing to search four residential addresses in northwest London.

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Vatican Document Shows Shift in Tone Towards Gays

Vatican Document Shows Shift in Tone Towards Gays

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- A new Vatican document reveals a significant shift in tone towards LGBT people, saying gay Catholics had "gifts" to offer the church.The document on gay Catholics was released Monday after the first week of a two-week-long Vatican synod on the family with more than 200 church leaders. In it, leaders wrote the Catholic Church should attempt to find "a fraternal space" for homosexuals while at the same time sticking to its doctrine on family and marriage.The Catholic Church has long condemned homosexual acts and has opposed gay marriage, but in this synod, leaders suggested for the first time that the Church should stop using such language as "intrinsically disordered." That's how former Pope Benedict described LGBT people.The document serves as a guideline for the last week of closed-door discussion on the family and poses questions for Catholics to mull over before the final round of talks on the family in a year.

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Marine Held in Death of Transgender in the Philippines

Marine Held in Death of Transgender in the Philippines

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Hammond/Released(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. Marine in the Philippines is being detained aboard a U.S. Navy ship in the death of a transgender person after apparently finding out she was anatomically a male following a night at a local disco while on a port call, officials said.“A joint Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Philippine National Police investigation is being conducted concerning the death of Jeffrey Laude, a Philippine national,” said Col. Brad Bartelt, the spokesperson for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific.In a statement, Bartelt said the Marine Corp “is working closely and cooperating fully with the Philippine National Police to ensure a thorough investigation is completed and due process of law is followed.”He confirmed that the unidentified Marine is being held onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu during the investigation.The Marine is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  That unit has been in the Philippines since late last month participating in an annual amphibious landing exercise.Bartelt said “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family as they deal with their loss.”The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported this weekend that police were investigating the death Saturday night of Laude, whose body was found in a hotel in Olongapo City. Laude’s friend said they had met a “male white foreigner” at a local disco before they headed off to a nearby hotel. When they reached the hotel, Laude told the friend to leave the hotel “before the foreigner could discover that they were transgenders.”A hotel employee later discovered Laude’s body in a hotel room bathroom an apparent victim of strangulation.

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Son of African Dictator to Surrender $30M in Assets, But Keeps MJ’s Glove

Son of African Dictator to Surrender $30M in Assets, But Keeps MJ’s Glove

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After a three-year campaign, the Department of Justice is getting tens of millions in assets from the son of an African dictator accused of corruption, but not one of his most sought-after prizes: one of Michael Jackson’s crystal-encrusted “Bad Tour” gloves.According to a settlement agreement announced Friday, the Justice Department has required Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of Ecuatorial Guinea dictator Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo and the country’s Second Vice President, to relinquish a Malibu, California mansion, a Ferrari, and several life-size statues of the late pop star, in total valued at $30 million. However, the dictator’s son may keep Jackson’s crystal glove, a jacket used during the “Thriller” tour, and a Gulfstream jet, as they remain outside the United States.According to a Justice official, should the memorabilia reenter the U.S., it will be subject to seizure by the government. Also, Nguema Obiang must still compensate for the value of the items by paying $1 million to the U.S. government, to be used “for the benefit of the Equatorial Guinean people.”Funds collected from the sale of the other assets will be deposited into a government account, then subsequently donated to a charity chosen by the government and Nguema Obiang or, lacking cooperation between the two, a three-member panel.The DOJ originally took action against Nguema Obiang in 2011 as part of its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, announced by Attorney General Eric Holder 2010. The initiative is “aimed at combating large-scale foreign official corruption and recovering public funds for their intended -- and proper -- use: for the people of our nations.”“Through relentless embezzlement and extortion, Vice President Nguema Obiang shamelessly looted his government and shook down businesses in his country to support his lavish lifestyle, while many of his fellow citizens lived in extreme poverty,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in a press release Friday. “After raking in millions in bribes and kickbacks, Nguema Obiang embarked on a corruption-fueled spending spree in the United States.”A 2010 Senate investigation alleged that a series of middle men -- including lawyers, real estate agents, and others -- set up several shell companies in the U.S. Investigators believe Nguema Obiang funneled funds through those companies, allowing him to amass a fortune of over $300 million worth of assets.Other gloves owned by the former King of Pop have gone for hundreds of thousands of dollars at various auctions, meaning Nguema Obiang will still hold on to a priceless piece of pop history despite his $1 million transfer of value.

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US, Saudi Military Forces Conduct Seven Airstrikes on ISIS Near Kobani

US, Saudi Military Forces Conduct Seven Airstrikes on ISIS Near Kobani

iStock/Thinkstock(KOBANI, Syria) -- U.S. and Saudi military forces conducted seven more airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria on Sunday and Monday, using bomber and fighter aircraft to take out units and equipment near Kobani. Four attacks struck a large unit from the terrorist group, damaged an ISIS staging location, and destroyed a heavy machine gun firing position. Three other airstrikes northeast of Kobani hit a small unit belonging to the group, damaged two ISIS buildings, and eliminated three other facilities. U.S. and partner military forces also conducted an attack northwest of Ar Raqqah, targeting the militant group's garrison. The strikes followed additional assaults this weekend in President Obama's attempt to "degrade and destroy" ISIS.

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Duchess Kate Send Letters to Fans

Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Duchess Kate Send Letters to Fans

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain’s Royal family may be busy preparing for the birth of a new heir and conducting royal duties like making Angelina Jolie an Honorary Dame, but they are not too busy for their youngest fans.A trio of siblings from Catherington, England, each received letters from the royals after they sent postcards to them while on vacation in Italy.Maia Reid, 8, wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth, while her 6-year-old twin brothers Alex and Finlay, wrote a letter to 1-year-old Prince George, according to The News, a newspaper in Portsmouth.“When I was at home Alex got a letter first and then Finlay got one. I was waiting for my letter and I thought it wouldn’t come,” Maia told the newspaper.“And then one day I came home from school and there was a letter so I opened it and it was from the Queen,” she said. “I was very happy because I waited for ages for it to come. I feel very special.”Maia’s letter technically came not from Queen Elizabeth but from one of her Ladies-in-Waiting, the group of women who help the Queen with her correspondence and personal and private matters, according to the Monarchy’s website.Maia’s younger brothers, who wrote to Prince George, each received a letter sent on behalf of George’s parents, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.William and Kate, who are expecting their second child, also included a souvenir photo of their family in the letters, according to The News.“I feel very happy,” Alex told the newspaper.

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Gen. Dempsey: ISIS Fighters Are Getting Savvier, More Evasive

Gen. Dempsey: ISIS Fighters Are Getting Savvier, More Evasive

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As the United States enters the third month of a bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, the nation’s top military leader said that ISIS has adapted its tactics -- finding new ways to blend in to with the population -- to evade detection.“They're becoming more savvy with the use of electronic devices,” said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey. “They don't fly flags and move around in large convoys. They don't establish headquarters that are visible or identifiable.”Though the new techniques make it harder for coalition forces to track and target ISIS fighters, Dempsey told ABC News that the coalition has had success in containing and disrupting ISIS while also building up the Iraqi forces’ offensive abilities.Moving forward in what he estimates to be a several-year-long campaign, Dempsey explained how the fight against ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, inside Iraq and Syria are different.“The campaign against ISIL, it's been Iraq first,” he said. “And it's Iraq first because we have a credible partner in the government of Iraq, and we have a credible partner in the security forces…We don't have those partners in Syria.”He explained that airstrikes in Syria are “a disruptive aspect of the campaign” to hold ISIS in check until there is a capable and trusted opposition on the ground in Syria. Until that happens, Dempsey said, there will continue to be “a gap in our capability.”So, how long will it take? Dempsey estimates that it could take as long as three years before there’s such a force in Syria.“The capacity is approximately 5,000 [opposition fighters] a year, that we think we need 12,000 to 15,000 to put the kind of pressure we need,” Dempsey said. “That doesn't mean you have to wait until you have 15,000 before you unleash it.”Establishing a no-fly zone in Syria is not currently on the table, Dempsey said, but one may be employed as a tactic to counter the Syrian regime at some point in the future.“Have I been asked to do it? The answer is no,” said Dempsey of establishing a no-fly zone. “Do I anticipate that there could be circumstances in the future where that would be part of the campaign? I can foresee circumstances where that could be part of the campaign. But at this point, it's not.”Dempsey stopped short of saying that the United States will need to commit more ground forces in the coming months beyond the 1,600 forces committed to Iraq but added that he “can’t rule that out.”“I do see a need for additional advisory teams to help the Iraqi security forces prepare to go on the offensive and potentially to accompany them,” Dempsey said. “That doesn't have to be U.S. forces, though; there are some very capable partners in this coalition.”

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Oscar Pistorius Prosecutor Shocked Over House Arrest Suggestion

Oscar Pistorius Prosecutor Shocked Over House Arrest Suggestion

Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius case said Monday he was shocked that a corrections social worker recommended that the convicted killer be spared prison instead be sentenced to three years of house arrest and required to do community service.Pistorius was found guilty last month of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. The trial has now entered its sentencing phase.Joel Maringa, a social worker working for South Africa's prison authorities, testified Monday that he believed for paralympian sprinter known as Blade Runner would benefit from "correctional supervision," essentially recommending house arrest instead of prison time. Maringa urged the court to sentence Pistorius, 27, to three years of house arrest.In addition, he said Pistorius should be required to perform 16 hours of community service a month cleaning a museum, not be permitted to consume alcohol or drugs, own a gun, and take courses in dealing with anger management.Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the social worker if he had read the judgment, describing the suggestion of three years correctional supervision as "shockingly inappropriate."Maringa repeated several times that a sentence of correctional supervision is not a "getaway sentence," stressing that it would entail stringent conditions imposed by the court.Pistorius fired four shots through a locked bathroom door, killing Steenkamp. Pistorius claimed that he believed there was an intruder in the bathroom. The judge dismissed the murder charges against Pistorius and found him guilty of culpable homicide.Judge Thokozile Masipa could sentence him to a maximum of 15 years.Personal psychologist Dr. Löre Hartzenberg testified that Pistorius described himself as devastated."We are left with a broken man who has lost everything. He’s lost his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp, he’s lost his moral and professional reputation. He’s lost his friends. He’s lost his career,” Hartzenberg said. “On an emotional level, his self-perception and self-worth have been damaged.”When Hartzenberg called Pistorius a “broken man,” the Olympian became tearful in court.Nel countered by asking the psychologist about Steenkamp’s relatives."Would you not expect a broken family?" Nel asked.Hartzenberg says some of her sessions with Pistorius only involved him weeping and crying and her holding him. She said Pistorius carries photos of Steenkamp with him and showed them to Hartzenberg.The defense will call at least one more witness Tuesday before Nel begins his case. The prosecutor has not indicated how many witnesses he will call.After witnesses are called on both sides, the state and defense will deliver closing arguments.

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ISIS Releases New Hostage Messages

ISIS Releases New Hostage Messages

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The extremists in Syria and Iraq who've publicized their gruesome decapitations of four American and British hostages released new messages Sunday from one of the men they murdered as well as from another hostage who has said he may soon suffer the same fate.Both releases show that in the face of a daily dose of western military air power, the Islamic State, also called ISIS and ISIL, is determined to pressure the Obama administration over the fate of a dozen or fewer remaining western hostages with emotional twists of the knife for the families of both the living and dead."To Mom, I do not have much time and will probably not get this opportunity again, so I would like to get straight to the point. Your recent public video of pleading to the Caliphate not to kill me has been received loud and clear by them. However, this in itself is not enough to save me," began a purported message from American journalist Steven Sotloff, apparently composed before he was beheaded by a masked British killer in a video posted online on Sept. 2."You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child," Shirley Sotloff had said in an Aug. 27 video addressing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which he ignored.The full text of Steven Sotloff's purported letter to his mother was published by ISIS in its online magazine Dabiq, released on Sunday.A Sotloff family representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the "letter" published by ISIS or its authenticity.The parents of another American hostage who ISIS has said may be executed next, former Army Ranger Abdul-Rahman Kassig, made pleas to al-Baghdadi to spare their son in tweets late last week as well as during a prayer vigil Friday at the Islamic Society of North America in Indianapolis. Paula and Ed Kassig said their son, formerly known as Peter, had converted to Islam while in captivity.The cruelly agonizing letter by Sotloff -- very likely written not by him but by his murderers, officials said -- insisted that his fate would be determined by President Obama's "next judgment," and said his mother "can still save my life" by not letting the American leader "get away with murder again." The solution was simple, Sotloff's letter argued: "Leave them [ISIS] to fight their own war."Meanwhile, ISIS released the latest in a series of "programs" by another hostage, British freelance journalist John Cantlie, who officials believe has been forced by his captors to blame the U.K. government for the video beheadings of his former cellmates.It was unclear when the video was made, as he referenced -- perhaps deceptively -- that the "most recent" hostage to be killed was fellow Englishman David Haines. Haines, whose beheading was shown Sept. 13, was a humanitarian aid worker like another British hostage, Alan Henning, whose killing was publicized by ISIS in a video released Oct. 3.The beheading videos made in Syria's desert landscape have come in a cycle of every two weeks, but have more recently shown less of the local terrain to frustrate intelligence services.Cantlie quoted military blog "War On The Rocks," New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, and Obama about the difficulty of fighting ISIS, as well as outspoken former CIA Osama Bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer. Appearing to read from a teleprompter, Cantlie blandly delivered the terrorists' dare for the West to inject ground forces into the fight now being waged only with daily air strikes.

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Tensions Continue to Rise in Hong Kong Protests

Tensions Continue to Rise in Hong Kong Protests

LewisTsePuiLung/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONG KONG) -- Tempers flared Monday around the main Hong Kong protest zone in Admiralty as the massive blockade of the area's central business district enters its third week.Around 1:30pm Monday, several dozen men wearing surgical masks to conceal their identities marched up to the western barricades of the protest zone and started forcibly dismantling them with knives. At the same time, another large of group of taxi drivers from the Hong Kong Taxi Union and group of truck drivers marched up converged on opposite ends of Queensway, a blockade artery that runs parallel to the main protest site.  On the eastern end of Queensway, a long line of taxis with signs reading “Protect Our Livelihood, We’ve Had Enough” gathered as a dump truck with a crane broke through as pushed the protesters’ barricade down half a block.At the western barricades, taxi drivers voiced their complaints to the pro-democracy protesters that began gathering there for a standoff. The taxi and truck drivers told the students that they initially supported them but after two weeks of unable to make a decent living because of the blocked roads, they’ve had enough.While the Hong Kong Police, who also removed some outlying unmanned barricades earlier in dawn brief dawn operation, held the anti-Occupy protesters at bay and dispersed most of the masked men and the drivers, law enforcement are now caught in between the Occupiers and the Anti-Occupiers, trying to keep the peace.The students were demanding for police assistance, a far cry from the anti-police sentiments immediately after the deployment of tear gas on Sept 28. Protesters in recent days have allowed some cars and trams to pass through Queensway with supplies and even signaled that they may open up this main traffic artery to ease congestion woes.However, since Monday afternoon’s incursion from anti-Occupy factions, protesters from the main Admiralty site have been moving in, redoubling their efforts and reinforcing their  blockade.Protests dwindled once again over the weekend, with only an estimated 200 protesters at the main site  Monday morning. After recent events, however, the number of Pro-Occupy supporters is expected to spike again.

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International Donors Pledge $5.4 Billion to Rebuild Gaza

International Donors Pledge $5.4 Billion to Rebuild Gaza

Alex Wong/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- At a meeting in Cairo this weekend, a group of international donors agreed to give more than $5 billion to help rebuild Gaza from recent Israeli rocket strikes.

The United States is pledging about $212 million of the approximately $5.4 billion total. According to BBC News, Qatar promised $1 billion.

Norway's Foreign Minister Borg Brende made the announcement Sunday.

"This is a major breakthrough," Brende said. "A very important signal of solidarity to the Palestinian people in general, and not at least to the people that are suffering so badly in Gaza."Secretary of State John Kerry said, "Today, I'm pleased to announce an additional immediate $212 million in assistance to the Palestinian people, but obviously we will have to see how things develop in the days ahead.  But this immediate money will mean immediate relief for reconstruction."

Kerry said both sides must work toward peace."Out of this conference must come not just money, but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for a peace that meets the aspirations of all -- for Israelis, for Palestinians and for all peoples of this region."

Kerry added, "This money will, we hope, help promote security, stability, economic development."

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Typhoon Vongfong Cuts Power and Floods Streets in Japan

Typhoon Vongfong Cuts Power and Floods Streets in Japan

Trevor Williams/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Typhoon Vongfong swept over Japan's southern island of Okinawa Saturday and is now taking aim at the island of Kyushu.

At least 35 people are injured and 150,000 people have been evacuated.

The typhoon toppled trees, flooded streets, and cut power to more than 60,000 homes.

Vongfong is expected to reach the Tokyo area on Tuesday.

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Deadly Tropical Cyclone Hits India

Deadly Tropical Cyclone Hits India

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- A deadly tropical cyclone named Hudhud is pounding the eastern coast of India in the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

According to BBC News, there have been at least six fatalities.

With wind speeds of more than 120 miles per hour, over 300,000 people have been forced to evacuate. Authorities are worried about a storm surge that could possibly go up to 6.5 feet high, flooding the low-lying coastal areas.

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At Least 30 Killed, 40 Wounded in Baghdad Car Bomb Attacks

At Least 30 Killed, 40 Wounded in Baghdad Car Bomb Attacks

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Two suicide car bombs detonated northwest of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 40 others. Another vehicle bomb claimed the lives of numerous victims in the city of Kadhimiyah.

While it is unclear who is to blame for the attacks, the incidents come on the heels of the Anbar Provincial Council's president calling for U.S. military intervention to help in the fight against ISIS. Iraqi forces also foiled an ISIS attack against a base in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, involving seven suicide car bombs. Security crews managed to detonate three cars, and the other four went off by the base and killed two soldiers.

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US Conducts Six More Airstrikes on ISIS Targets Near Kobani

US Conducts Six More Airstrikes on ISIS Targets Near Kobani

iStock/Thinkstock(KOBANI, Syria) -- The U.S, conducted six more airstrikes on ISIS targets around the embattled city of Kobani on Friday and Saturday, as Kurdish forces continue to fight off the terrorist group's surge. The U.S. used bomber and fighter aircraft for the weekend's strikes and also teamed with partner nation military forces to conduct three airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. Four attacks north of Kobani struck the groups' fighting position, damaged a command and control facility, destroyed an ISIS staging building, and struck two small units. Two airstrikes south of the area destroyed three trucks. In addition to the strikes, the U.S. conducted multiple airdrops to support Iraqi forces near Bayji. A total of 36 container delivery system bundles with more than 7,000 halal meals, 2,065 gallons of water, and 16,000 pounds of ammunition were unloaded.

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