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Kate Middleton, Prince George Shine Down Under

Kate Middleton, Prince George Shine Down Under

Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — The Royals’ tour of New Zealand has been a trip of diplomacy and, not surprisingly, fashion hits.Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, attended her first state dinner of the tour overnight …

Ukraine Issues Ultimatum to Pro-Russian Separatists

Ukraine Issues Ultimatum to Pro-Russian Separatists

metrokom/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — The Ukrainian government is preparing to get tough with pro-Russian separatists occupying buildings in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.Ukrainian acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Wednesday that a…

Royal Couple Makes Statement Down Under

Royal Couple Makes Statement Down Under

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(BLENHEIM, New Zealand) — With the sun finally peeking out of overcast skies, this tiny town of 28,000 residents will host the royal couple’s first walkabout. Children and adults have been lining up since early Thursday…

Top US Official: US Has Low Expectations for Russia and Ukraine Talks

Top US Official: US Has Low Expectations for Russia and Ukraine Talks

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said the United States doesn’t have “high expectations” for upcoming talks between leaders from the U.S. and European Unio…

Death, Mayhem in Central African Republic as UN Plans Next Move

Death, Mayhem in Central African Republic as UN Plans Next Move

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(BANGUI, Central African Republic) — What has been unleashed here in the Central African Republic is terrifying.Since December, about 4 million people have made war on each other across religious lines, Muslims attacking …

Prince George’s First Royal Playdate

Prince George’s First Royal Playdate

James Whatling-Pool/Getty Images(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — Prince George crawled and played his way to a series of firsts Wednesday, his first major royal engagement on his first overseas trip with his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, in N…

Pope Stops for Cross Made from Migrant Shipwrecks

Pope Stops for Cross Made from Migrant Shipwrecks

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) — Pope Francis stopped his open popemobile Wednesday as he entered St. Peter’s square to bless a large cross built from bits of wooden boats that shipwrecked while carrying migrants off the Italian island of Lam…

Search for MH370: New Underwater Signals Detected

Search for MH370: New Underwater Signals Detected

(PERTH, Australia) — Australian officials say new signals have been detected in the southern Indian Ocean, consistent with the pings of a plane’s black box. Officials believe that the pings could be connected to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, w…

Prosecutor Grills Oscar Pistorius: ‘You Killed Reeva Steenkamp’

Prosecutor Grills Oscar Pistorius: ‘You Killed Reeva Steenkamp’

DEAAN VIVIER/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius testified Wednesday that he didn’t “purposefully” fire his gun four times killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — that the gunfire was an accident.Pistorius’ statement came duri…

US Navy Captain ‘Shocked’ to Hear Pinger Signals

US Navy Captain ‘Shocked’ to Hear Pinger Signals

Australian Government(PERTH, Australia) — U.S. Navy Captain Mark Matthews is an engineer by training, not prone to outbursts of emotion. And while he’s still cautious, he’s feeling a bit like he just won the lottery on Wednesday.
“It…

Malaysian Airlines Search Destined to Be Most Costly Ever

Malaysian Airlines Search Destined to Be Most Costly Ever

Nick Perry – Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is already on track to becoming the most expensive operation of its kind in aviation history, according to The New York Times.There is speculation t…

US, NATO Again Warn Russia to Stay Out of Ukraine

US, NATO Again Warn Russia to Stay Out of Ukraine

metrokom/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — World powers united against further Russian intervention in Ukraine delivered more rebukes against Moscow Tuesday as pro-Russian protests continued in eastern Ukrainian cities.Testifying before the Senate Foreign Rela…

Kerry Blames Israel for Breakdown of Peace Talks

Kerry Blames Israel for Breakdown of Peace Talks

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry put the blame for the collapsed Middle East peace talks on Israel during testimony Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Kerry, who has been in constant contact with …

What Is Greystone, Firm Accused of Disguising ‘Mercenaries’ as Ukrainians?

What Is Greystone, Firm Accused of Disguising ‘Mercenaries’ as Ukrainians?

Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Russian government on Tuesday claimed there are more than 100 American “mercenaries” from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops in the embattled former Soviet na…

First State Visit By an Irish President to UK

First State Visit By an Irish President to UK

Peter Macdiarmid – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — After a tense century of conflict, President Michael Higgins on Tuesday became the first Irish head of state to visit Britain since the Republic of Ireland fought to secede from the United Kingdom in …

Earth to Line Up Directly with the Sun and Mars

Earth to Line Up Directly with the Sun and Mars

NASA(NEW YORK) — As the sun sets Tuesday night, sky-gazers will get a special treat from Mother Nature: a view of the sun setting in the west and Mars rising in the east.NASA announced that Mars and Earth are traveling toward one another on their orbi…

Oscar Pistorius Judge Won’t Be Swayed by His Tears, Experts Say

Oscar Pistorius Judge Won’t Be Swayed by His Tears, Experts Say

THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius’ emotional meltdown in court Tuesday — along with his crying and vomiting earlier in the trial — will likely have no effect on the judge’s verdict, but could help Pistorius at …

Meet the Geep, a Goat-Sheep Hybrid Born in Ireland

Meet the Geep, a Goat-Sheep Hybrid Born in Ireland

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Talk about daddy issues!A farmer in Ballymore Eustace, Ireland, says he has bred a rare “geep” — what he’s reportedly calling an animal whose mother is a sheep and whose father is apparently…

Oscar Pistorius Wails as He Describes Finding Girlfriend’s Body

Oscar Pistorius Wails as He Describes Finding Girlfriend’s Body

Esa Alexander/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius sobbed loudly on the stand Tuesday as he described how he discovered that he had killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a day of powerful and emotional testi…

Frantic Search Goes on for Flight 370′s Black Boxes

Frantic Search Goes on for Flight 370′s Black Boxes

Nick Perry – Pool/Getty Images(PERTH, Australia) — At least two dozen planes and ships scrambled over an area of the Indian Ocean Tuesday where two pings from what might have come from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s black boxes were detected two days …

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