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Iran Claims Video Shows Reverse-Engineered US Drone Can Fly

Iran Claims Video Shows Reverse-Engineered US Drone Can FlyFile photo. Lockheed Martin(NEW YORK) — The Iranian military Wednesday released video of what it claimed was the successful maiden voyage of an advanced stealth drone the Islamic nation copied from an American unmanned aircraft that crashed in I...

Here’s How the US Is About to Change Global Torture Rules

Here’s How the US Is About to Change Global Torture Rules

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Obama administration will tell a U.N. anti-torture committee Wednesday that the U.S. has reversed a Bush administration rule that had said the ban on torture did not extend beyond America's borders.A U.S. delegation will appear in Geneva Wednesday before the Committee Against Torture, the U.N. body that monitors Geneva Conventions anti-torture compliance. The American delegation will state that the U.S. ban on torture now does apply to U.S. facilities overseas, at places like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The U.S. hasn’t come before the committee since Obama took office. The Bush administration had maintained the Conventions don’t apply outside the U.S., the White House confirms to ABC News.“In contrast to positions previously taken by the U.S. government, the delegation will affirm that U.S. obligations under Article 16, which prohibits cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, do not apply exclusively inside the territorial United States," White House National Security Council Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a written statement Wednesday.The U.S. delegation will also tell the committee America does not believe a time of war means the Geneva Conventions do not apply, although more specific laws or war can take precedence, Meehan said.Since Bush's presidency, the U.S. has come under fire from international organizations like Amnesty International and the Red Cross for its treatment of prisoners held as suspected terrorists allied with al Qaeda and the Taliban, who were subjected to "enhanced interrogation" tactics like waterboarding at locations outside U.S. borders, like the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo and the U.S. air base at Bagram, Iraq.

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Rosetta Spacecraft’s Philae Probe Pulls Off Comet Landing

Rosetta Spacecraft’s Philae Probe Pulls Off Comet Landing

ESA via Getty Images(DARMSTADT, Germany) — The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander successfully touched down on a speeding comet Wednesday after a 10-year journey through the solar system.Rosetta already had gone where no other spacecraft has ever attempted to go before, becoming the first to orbit a comet -- in this case one that can move at more than 80,000 miles per hour.The spacecraft's Philae lander separated from its mother ship and made a seven-hour journey Wednesday morning to land on 67P shortly after 11 a.m. ET. The rubber duck shaped comet is less than three miles wide, making the landing an even more impressive feat.

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When Rosetta phoned home Wednesday to the European Space Agency’s mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, it took 28 minutes for the signal to reach Earth, traveling more than 317 million miles.Upon contact, Philae fixed itself to the comet using a harpoon and ice screws.

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Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill Recounts Moment He Found Osama bin Laden

Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill Recounts Moment He Found Osama bin Laden

Universal History Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rob O’Neill entered the compound from the balcony.The “Martyrs’ Brigade” is what the group called themselves. The Navy SEAL was on the third floor when he says he saw a familiar figure -- Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist.“Standing on two feet in front of me, with his hands on his wife, was the face that I’d seen thousands of times, UBL. My first thought was, we got him,” O’Neill said. UBL referred to bin Laden whose first name was sometimes spelled Usama.“We got him. We just ended the war,” O'Neill said in the first half of a Fox News special that aired Tuesday and continues Wednesday night.O’Neill’s comments mark the first on-camera statements by the SEAL who claims to have killed bin Laden in the May 2, 2011 operation in Pakistan. Before the raid, O’Neill called his father and wrote letters to his children, preparing to die in the mission.“It was sad,” he said. “You know, there were a few times the tears hit the pages.”After the mission was a success, O’Neill shredded the letters.Despite the fear of death, O’Neill was excited to be part of the historic mission. “We wanted to go. We really wanted to do this,” he said.In the special, O’Neill admitted that he’s still troubled by the shooting and that it’s something he has to live with."I'm still trying to figure out if it's the best thing I ever did, or the worst thing I ever did," he told Fox News.O’Neill has been criticized for breaking the SEALs' code of silence surrounding their missions, but he said he decided to tell his story because he thought his name would leak anyway.

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Egyptian Terrorist Group Pledges Obedience to ISIS

Egyptian Terrorist Group Pledges Obedience to ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Egypt's problems with the country's most infamous terrorist organization may have gotten worse now that Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has declared its allegiance to the Islamic State.The New York Times reports that the militant group, which has already killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police officers, could presumably follow the lead of ISIS by indiscriminately massacring civilians.The pledge of obedience is also a coup for ISIS because it further diminishes the sway of a rival terrorist organization, al Qaeda.Egypt has had some success in fighting Ansar Beit al-Maqdis with the security forces attacking its base in northern Sinai. Yet, despite its vastly superior firepower, the Egypt government is unable to eradicate the group, partly because informants are believed to have infiltrated its military.Since the popular revolution that began almost four years ago, Egypt's prime source of commerce, tourism, has suffered. Even as it has rebounded somewhat with the Muslim-led government having been overthrown, there are fears that Ansar Beit al-Maqdis siding with ISIS will further discourage travelers, particularly those from the West, from coming to Egypt.

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Chinese President Xi Declines to Directly Answer Tough US Questions

Chinese President Xi Declines to Directly Answer Tough US Questions

Tevfik Durul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BEIJING) — It’s what you didn’t hear at President Obama's joint press conference with Chinese President Xi that stands out most.Xi, who rarely takes questions from the press, refused to directly answer several very tough questions from the New York Times about Obama’s Asia pivot and access for foreign journalists, surprising even the president, who looked at the U.S. press and just shrugged.While not entirely unexpected, it was quite a sight to see.President Obama had just finished talking at length about the areas where the U.S. and China can work together and defending his interests in the region, saying he wanted to “debunk” the notion that his administration’s “pivot to Asia” is about containing China.“Our strong relationship with China is at the heart of our pivot,” Obama said.Then, it was Xi’s turn to respond. He said nothing, acting as if the questions from the Times had never been raised. Instead, he went directly to a question, no doubt pre-screened, from the Chinese press.Xi did eventually briefly address foreign press access in China, pointing the finger back at the press.“China protects our citizen’s freedom of expression and the normal rights and interests of media organizations in accordance with the law. On the other hand, media outlets need to obey China’s laws and regulations,” Xi explained at the very end of his answer to the question from the Chinese press.“When a car breaks down on the road, we need to get under the car to see where the problem lies. And when a certain issue is raised as a problem there must be a reason. In Chinese we have a saying, ‘the party which has created the problem should be the one to resolve it.’ So perhaps we should look into the problem to see where the cause lies,” he said.The New York Times’ Mark Landler also asked Xi a pointed question about permits for foreign journalists, moments after Obama said he has pressed Xi on human rights issues during their two days of meetings. The New York Times has been banned in China for years after writing a story critical of the government.China has gone to great lengths to carefully craft and choreograph Obama and Xi’s appearances together. But as is often the case with these summits, it’s what happens on the sidelines and what you don’t hear that’s often the most interesting.

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US, China Announce Climate Change Efforts

US, China Announce Climate Change Efforts

Feng Li/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- The United States and China have found common ground in the ongoing effort to combat global climate change.

President Obama and President Xi made a joint announcement Wednesday morning in Beijing, unveiling ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gases.

The goal is to reduce greenhouse gases by 26% to 28% by 2025, compared with the 2005 levels.

"This is an ambitious goal, but it is an achievable goal," Obama said.

Obama claimed that the long-term effects of the agreement are wide-ranging."It will help improve public health, it will grow out economy, it will create jobs, it will strengthen our energy security, and it will put both of our nations on a path to a low carbon economy," he said.

Obama also expressed his support for a new China."The United States welcomes the continuing rise of a China that is peaceful, prosperous and stable, and that plays a responsible role in the world. And we don't just welcome it, we support it."

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How Scientists Hope to Land a Spacecraft on a Speeding Comet

How Scientists Hope to Land a Spacecraft on a Speeding Comet

iStock/Thinkstock(DARMSTADT, Germany) -- Rosetta already has gone where no other spacecraft has ever attempted to go before, becoming the first to orbit a comet -- in this case one that can move at more than 80,000 miles per hour.And now, scientists are on the verge of a daring attempt to land a probe from the vessel on comet 67P, the comet shaped like a rubber duck that Rosetta has been chasing around the solar system like a cosmic pingpong ball for 10 years.This mission has captivated even Star Trek commander Captain Kirk -- prompting the actor who played him, William Shatner, to send his best wishes.

When Rosetta phones home to the European Space Agency’s mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, it will take 28 minutes for the signal to reach Earth, traveling 317,520,679 miles.NASA will broadcast the event, and ESA will stream it live, as well.Rosetta will be 14 miles from the comet when it launches its comet harpoon, Philae, at 3:35 a.m. ET Wednesday. ESA will get the first signal at 4:03 a.m. ET.The spacecraft is scheduled to land at 8:30 a.m. ET, and by 11 a.m. ET we will know if it hit its target and is functioning.

Phil Plait, an astronomer and author living in Boulder, Colorado, who writes the “Bad Astronomy” blog for Slate, said this mission is phenomenal in every possible way.“There’s a little machine. It’s going to detach from the probe, itself, land physically on the comet and then take samples and investigate it right there on the surface," he said. "Never been done before."ESA will give the "go" -- or "no go" -- seven hours before the probe is scheduled to be released from Rosetta. If the systems are not ready, ESA will move Rosetta to a higher orbit and try again in two weeks.Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will take time off from preparations for her launch to the International Space Station next week to watch this.“It is incredibly exciting, a mission of firsts," Cristoforetti said. "There are so many things that have never been attempted before -- rendezvousing with a comet, attempting a landing, even technological firsts. Rosetta has gone all the way to 800 million kilometers from the sun. To give you an idea, the Earth is only 150 million kilometers from the sun.”Rosetta certainly has a sense of humor about its mission -- even pausing for selfies with its target comet.

Once Philae lands, it will take some time to get the first pictures. ESA’s mission control will get a connection two hours after separation. Then, the lander will start sending data to the orbiter, after which it finally will be relayed back to Earth.The information Rosetta will learn from this mission could change what we know about how our universe, Plait said. After all, he added, this comet is one big time capsule -- “a four-and-a-half-billion-year-old time capsule telling us, 'Hey, what were conditions like when the Earth itself was just forming? That’s HUGE. We can learn so much about the ancient solar system by studying comets up close.”Rosetta, launched 10 years ago from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and has already defied the odds. In January, the spacecraft famously “woke up” after a 31-month-long hibernation period, tweeting, “Hello World.”

One can only imagine what Philae will tweet after it lands on Comet 67P.How do you land on a comet? It’s tough when you don’t know what to expect -- and no one has done this before.The trick is to find a smooth landing spot with no rocks and no slope, especially when the spacecraft is free-falling toward the comet, counting on its gravity to pull it to a safe touch-down.

If this succeeds, it doesn’t mean the end of the mission for Rosetta. It's just the halfway point, Cristoforetti said.“It’s going to actually accompany this comet all the way on its path through the internal solar system as it approaches the sun," Cristoforetti said, "all the way to the closest point to the sun -- and it will accompany it as it heads back out.”

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Vatican Creates Judicial Body to Handle Abuse Cases

Vatican Creates Judicial Body to Handle Abuse Cases

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Pope has taken another step in the Vatican's handling of priests who commit sexual abuse.The Vatican is setting up a unit of experts to speed up the procedure for expelling sex abusers from the priesthood.Pope Francis decided to create the new judicial body to deal with the backlog of serious crimes, including child sex abuse.The pope has also defrocked several senior priests and a former archbishop for the crime. But victims rights groups point out that the pope and the Vatican have yet to prosecute any bishops for covering up for abusing priests by moving them around. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Looking for the Cheapest iPhone 6? Come to Russia

Looking for the Cheapest iPhone 6? Come to Russia

Apple(MOSCOW) -- Back in September, Russians were shelling out thousands of dollars to get Apple's new iPhone 6 on the day it came out in the U.S.Even when it was finally available in Russia a week later, the 31,990 ruble price tag was much higher than the $650 (minus tax) it cost to buy an unlocked 16 GB version of the smartphone in the U.S.But now, thanks to the ruble’s nosedive, shoppers can actually get an iPhone 6 in Russia for less than in the U.S. or elsewhere in Europe.While the price tag remains the same in rubles, given today's exchange rate of 46.2 rubles to the dollar, the 16 GB model of the phone costs $684 with taxes. In New York City, meanwhile, it would cost over $700 when you factor in taxes.Last Friday, when the ruble peaked at a low of 48.6 to the dollar, the price was as low as $658.23 including taxes.

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Final Poppy Placed on Tower of London WWI Memorial

Final Poppy Placed on Tower of London WWI Memorial

ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The moat surrounding the Tower of London has been filled with ceremonial poppies as part of Britain's Veterans Day remembrance display.The installation of ceramic flowers by artist Paul Cummins and theater stage designer Tom Piper, called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” was timed to coincide with Armistice Day on Tuesday. The last of the 888,246 poppies were placed the same day.

The number marks an estimate of the British and Colonial military fatalities from World War I.

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SEAL Who Claims He Killed Osama bin Laden Expected to Die in Raid

SEAL Who Claims He Killed Osama bin Laden Expected to Die in Raid

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rob O’Neill expected the 2011 assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound to be a one-way mission, with a grim outcome for himself and his fellow members of SEAL Team Six.“We’re going to die when the house blows up. We’re going to die when he blows up. Or we’re going to be there too long and we get arrested by the Pakistanis, and we’re going to spend the rest of our short lives in Pakistani prison,” O’Neill said in an interview for a Fox News Channel special set to air Tuesday night.Instead, O’Neill says, he got his shot -- and killed the most wanted terrorist in the world.O’Neill’s statements mark the first on-camera remarks by the SEAL who claims to have killed bin Laden in the May 2, 2011 raid. He has been criticized for breaking the code of silence surrounding the mission, but O’Neill says he decided to tell his story because he thought his name would leak anyway.His version of the raid was recounted in 2013 in Esquire magazine, which identified him only as “the shooter.”Another SEAL, Matt Bissonnette, previously wrote a book on the topic, No Easy Day.In recent weeks, Rear Adm. Brian Losey, who commands the Naval Special Warfare Group, and Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci, the top non-commissioned officer of the group, urged SEALs to lower their public profile.“At Naval Special Warfare's core is the SEAL ethos," an Oct. 31 letter said. "A critical tenant of our ethos is 'I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.'"

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Putin, Obama Commit Diplomatic Faux Pas at Beijing Conference

Putin, Obama Commit Diplomatic Faux Pas at Beijing Conference

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Forget the closed-door meetings and trade negotiations: the real drama at the Asia summit came from world leaders in front of the cameras.Chinese President Xi Jinping played host, but his guests President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin committed some diplomatic faux pas.Ever-watchful observers in protocol-driven China were quick to notice certain slights that others with a more casual interpretation of manners may have missed.The president's armored limousine, dubbed "The Beast," is a familiar sight when Obama travels abroad, but this time it was not a welcome one.All of the other world leaders accepted rides in the chauffeured cars ordered through Red Flag limousine, but not Obama. He opted to use his own ride out of security concerns, but that rationale did not necessarily translate fully as USA Today reports that some Chinese bloggers blasted the move online.While the choice of limo may have been somewhat understandable, the fact that the American president was seen chewing gum as he entered the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference on Monday was considered gauche.Obama is a known user of Nicorette gum in an effort to fight off his cigarette cravings, but USA Today reported that some local bloggers thought he looked like "an idler" or a "rapper" when he arrived at the grand event.Possibly the most offensive moment came from Putin, however, when he placed a shawl on the shoulders of Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan.Many would consider the move a chivalrous one, but some Chinese saw it as inappropriately flirtatious. Liyuan graciously accepted the shawl in the moment, but as soon as Putin turned, she slipped it off.Putin and Obama weren't the only ones making viewers cringe during the ongoing summit, however. China's president and his Japanese counterpart, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, could barely contain their contempt when they shook hands.The two gentlemen didn't put on any airs when they greeted each other on Monday, with no smiles in sight.Their meeting was the first time they have met since taking office in the fall of 2012.

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Obama, Putin Have Three Quick Meetings at APEC Summit

Obama, Putin Have Three Quick Meetings at APEC Summit

Kremlin Press Center/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BEIJING) — There was no formal meeting planned, but with President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin attending the same international summit, it was impossible for the political foes to avoid one another.In periodic run-ins throughout the day, the two leaders discussed several key issues, including Iran, Syria, and Ukraine, the White House confirms."On three occasions throughout the day, for a total of approximately 15-20 minutes, President Obama had an opportunity to speak with President Putin,” according to National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.Putin’s spokesman said the two leaders “have managed to use pauses at the summit several times to talk. They focused on the issues of bilateral relations, the situation around Ukraine, Syria and Iran.”Relations between the U.S. and Russia are at their lowest point since the Cold War, amid disputes over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.Cameras caught the two leaders crossing paths on the sidelines of the APEC Summit, as they came first face-to-face for the first time since June. At times, their interactions appeared friendly. At one point, Putin even reached out to pat Obama on the shoulder.The Kremlin even released a rare photo of Putin smiling as Obama greeted him before the APEC class photo.Other moments, however, revealed the signature tension between the two leaders.

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US Veteran Reunites with the Soldier Who Saved His Life

US Veteran Reunites with the Soldier Who Saved His Life

Courtesy Sean Clifton and Mark Wanner(NEW YORK) — The friendship between U.S. Army Master Sgt. Sean Clifton and Sgt. First Class Mark Wanner is one born on the battlefield.The pair, both members of the Green Berets, the elite division of the U.S. Army Special Forces, were with their troops in Afghanistan on May 31, 2009, when their lives would change forever."We targeted a Taliban commander,” Wanner recalled to ABC News’ Michael Strahan, who brought the two soldiers together this month in New York City to share their story.“We knew that he was there that day and we rolled out and we ran into a hornet's nest, really,” Wanner, of South Dakota, said. “I round the corner. That's when Sean kicked the door and a guy point blank just took his AK and shot right at Sean.”“And he's like, ‘Help. Help me.’ I'm like seeing his eyes are, like, just big…and then he collapsed down,” Wanner said.Clifton was gravely wounded in the attack. He recalls thinking of his wife and three kids as he waited for help.“I'm just thinking, ‘Lord, let this be a dream. Just please, Lord, let this be a dream,’” Clifton said. "But, you know, visions of those boys and trying to fight back to get back home to them and to my wife, to my family.”As Clifton lay bleeding and close to his last breath, Wanner, a medic, took charge. He dove through bullets to treat his friend’s wounds and convinced a medevac pilot to defy orders and land the helicopter inside the firefight.It was then that Wanner and the medics discovered a miracle. A hidden bullet was lodged beneath Clifton’s armor, just millimeters away from what would have been a fatal shot."There was a higher power definitely that day that was looking out for us,” said Wanner, also a father of three.“It’s pretty surreal, it really is, to be here with you, my personal angel that saved my life five years ago,” Clifton said to Wanner. “Mark’s obviously my hero of the day, as are a lot of the guys on the team.”Clifton returned to the U.S. for treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The soldier underwent over 20 surgeries in five months before going on to an additional two years of rehabilitation that included six more surgical procedures and physical and occupational therapies."In our minds we think we’re these big, bad Green Berets and to being to the point where I can’t even sit up on my bed under my own power, that was pretty humbling,” Clifton said.Clifton powered through his recovery, going from, in his own words, “kicking the walker away to dropping the cane and walking and jogging.”In October 2010, Clifton, who lives in Ohio, completed a marathon.“It wasn't just for me,” he said. “These guys risked their lives. So, you know, the best thing I can do is get back up on my feet and then that's my thank you back to them.”Wanner, who said soldiers’ motto is “never quit,” went on to receive a Silver Star Medal for his actions in Afghanistan and saving Sean’s life under enemy fire.The medal, awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the U.S., is one of the highest military decorations for valor that can be awarded to any person serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces.Clifton went on to win a Bronze Star medal for that mission, which killed three senior Taliban officials and over 30 Taliban fighters. He also received a Purple Heart, the medal awarded to armed forces’ members wounded in battle.

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Bombing at Nigerian Boy’s School Leaves Dozens Dead, Wounded

Bombing at Nigerian Boy’s School Leaves Dozens Dead, Wounded

iStock/Thinkstock(POTISKUM, Nigeria) — The Islamist militant group Boko Haram is suspected in the bombing of a boy's boarding school in northeast Nigeria Monday that left dozens of children dead or wounded.Although the terrorist organization did not claim responsibility for the attack, it has been blamed for previous bombings on at least 10 other schools in the town of Potiskum, located in a region of the country that the Nigerian military has almost no presence.According to witnesses, the bomber was a man dressed as a student who carried a large bag into the morning assembly. It was when he was questioned about his bag that the assailant detonated the explosives inside.The school itself has virtually no security so anyone could easily walk in and launch an assault.Some reports said parents were so enraged following the bombing that killed upwards of 50 youngsters that they threw stones at soldiers who arrived later to inspect the carnage.Boko Haram has frequently targeted schools that teach Western education. In its most publicized act this year, the group kidnapped nearly 300 girls from one school and allegedly married off more than 200 of them.

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Captain of South Korean Ferry That Sank Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

Captain of South Korean Ferry That Sank Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank last April, killing 304 people, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in prison.Lee Jun-seok had been found guilty of being professionally negligent and abandoning passengers although he was acquitted of murder, which carried the death penalty. Still, the sentence he received amounts to life in prison for Lee, who is 68 years old.Meanwhile, the chief engineer of the ferry Sewol received a sentence of 30 years in prison while 13 crew members received sentences of between five and 20 years for negligence.During the trial, which began last June, prosecutors submitted 1,900 pieces of evidence to make their case against Lee, his engineer and 13 crew members.The Sewol was carrying 475 people, most of them high school students on a field trip, when it suddenly tilted to one side and sank on April 16.Lee and his crew were accused of telling passengers to stay put while they safely got off the vessel. About 170 people managed to be rescued before the Sewol sank.Meanwhile, the government announced earlier it had given up the search for nine passengers whose bodies were never recovered.

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Jet Carrying Pastors in Bahamas Crashed Four Miles from Airport

Jet Carrying Pastors in Bahamas Crashed Four Miles from Airport

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(FREEPORT, Bahamas) -- A private jet carrying a prominent Bahamian pastor and eight others en route to a religious conference crashed at a shipyard recycling facility about four miles away from the airport where they were scheduled to land.Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth, who were the co-leaders of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, were two of the nine people on board the plane that crashed Sunday evening. It appears that they were making their descent around the time of the crash.The investigation into the fatal crash started Monday morning, but the Grand Bahamas Shipyard confirmed the site of the crash in a statement released Monday afternoon. It said the plane crashed at a recycling facility just east of the shipyard that is used to collect "recycled waste material, scrap metal and construction debris."Bahamas Faith Ministries International released the identities of six of the other fatalities, three of whom were leaders in the church. The group's senior vice president, Dr. Richard Pinder, and two newly installed youth ministers -- Pastors Lavard and Radel Parks and their son, Johann -- died in the crash. There was one other passenger who has still not been named. Other victims included pilot Frakhan Cooper and Munroe's longtime personal pilot Stanley Thurston."Words cannot express our profound sense of loss for all of the team members on this tragic flight," the group said in a statement. "Dr. Munroe was our visionary, our founder, our mentor, adviser, father figure and friend. He was a global leader and icon and was respected worldwide."Munroe was scheduled to give the opening address at the conference and Pinder was also slated to speak to the hundreds of followers gathered in Freeport for the four-day event."As a Church body and organization we will move forward as Dr. Munroe would have wanted us to. We recognize that there will be challenges but we have full confidence that God will see us through and we intend to make our founding leaders proud," Bahamas Faith Ministries International said in their new statement.

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Oscar Pistorius Appeal to Be Heard in December

Oscar Pistorius Appeal to Be Heard in December

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- The application to appeal Oscar Pistorius' conviction and sentence will be heard on Dec. 9, the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed on Monday.The appeal comes two months after the Olympian was found guilty of culpable homicide -- the equivalent of manslaughter -- in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot through a locked bathroom door on Valentine's Day 2013.State prosecutor Gerrie Nel wants to appeal both the conviction on culpable homicide and the five-year sentence. He also wants to challenge the acquittal on a charge of illegal possession of ammunition.The defense will oppose the application. The application for leave to appeal will be heard by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who found Pistorius could not be convicted on a murder charge. Masipa has to give permission for the appeal to be heard. The prosecution would have to convince her that another court might have come to a different conclusion. This could happen in an open court, but the judge has the discretion to hear the matter in chambers.If Masipa does not grant permission for the appeal to go ahead, the NPA can still petition the Supreme Court of Appeals to hear the matter. The decision to appeal could see Pistorius face a murder conviction again for shooting Steenkamp, and a minimum of 15 years in prison if he is found guilty on appeal.

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Why Moscow Smells Like Burned Popcorn

Why Moscow Smells Like Burned Popcorn

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- For much of the day Monday, Moscow has smelled like a mixture of sulfur and burned popcorn.Russia’s Emergencies Ministry eventually said the cause was a leak at a sulfur dioxide processor at an oil refinery outside town, according to Russian media reports.While Muscovites vexed about safety and searched for answers on social media, authorities were initially silent. They then suggested people stay indoors, before insisting the vapors are harmless.The Emergencies Ministry said that while the amount of hydrogen sulfide in the air was above acceptable levels for a short while, levels of sulfur dioxide are within the acceptable range.Near the plant, a thick, hazy cloud hung in the air. A local resident posted a video, complaining that they suffer from these kinds of emissions often.

Gazprom Neft, which runs the plant, however, reportedly denied there was an accident.Amid the conflicting and shifting statements, Moscow’s over 11.5 million residents have been left wondering who to believe.

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