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US Embassy in Djibouti to Close Thursday to Review Security Posture

US Embassy in Djibouti to Close Thursday to Review Security Posture

bogdanserban/iStock/Thinkstock(DJIBOUTI) -- The U.S. embassy in Djibouti will be closed to the public on Thursday as a review of its security posture is conducted, a Security Message for U.S. Citizens said Wednesday.U.S. citizens in the country are being advised to "maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance [their] personal security." The message says that the embassy will reopen for regular business on Sunday, March 22.A State Department official said Wednesday that the decision to close was made "in light of ongoing threats." The embassy regularly receives information about potential terrorist threats aimed at Western (including U.S.) and Djiboutian interests in Djibouti, the official pointed out.

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DOD Confirms Drone Strike Killed Westgate Mall Attack Planner

DOD Confirms Drone Strike Killed Westgate Mall Attack Planner

Wiiliam Oeri/Nation Media/Gallo Images/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that a top al-Shabaab leader who planned the deadly Westgate Mall attack in Kenya was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Somalia last week.Adan Garar was a senior member of the Somali terror group and believed to have been behind the September 2013 attack on a Nairobi mall that killed 67 people.Garar's death in the drone strike was confirmed in a Pentagon statement."On March 12 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time, working from actionable intelligence, U.S. forces using unmanned aircraft struck a vehicle carrying Adan Garar, a member of al-Shabaab's intelligence and security wing, in the vicinity of Diinsoor, Somalia," according to the statement. "The attack was a success and resulted in the death of Garar."The statement described Garar as a "key operative for coordinating al-Shabaab's external operations, which target U.S. persons and other Western interests in order to further al Qaeda's goals and objectives." It said he "posed a major threat to the region and the international community and was connected to the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya."His death was described as "another significant blow to the al Shabaab terrorist organization in Somalia."Last Friday, the Pentagon confirmed a "counterterrorism" military mission in Somalia drone strike against an al-Shabaab leader, but declined to identify the target because the mission's success was still being assessed.Over the last year, the U.S. military has conducted several drone strikes that have killed senior al-Shabaab leaders, including one last September that killed Ahmed Gobane, the group's co-founder.

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DOD Confirms Drone Strike Killed Westgate Mall Attack Planner

DOD Confirms Drone Strike Killed Westgate Mall Attack Planner

Wiiliam Oeri/Nation Media/Gallo Images/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that a top al-Shabaab leader who planned the deadly Westgate Mall attack in Kenya was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Somalia last week.Adan Garar was a senior member of the Somali terror group and believed to have been behind the September 2013 attack on a Nairobi mall that killed 67 people.Garar's death in the drone strike was confirmed in a Pentagon statement."On March 12 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time, working from actionable intelligence, U.S. forces using unmanned aircraft struck a vehicle carrying Adan Garar, a member of al-Shabaab's intelligence and security wing, in the vicinity of Diinsoor, Somalia," according to the statement. "The attack was a success and resulted in the death of Garar."The statement described Garar as a "key operative for coordinating al-Shabaab's external operations, which target U.S. persons and other Western interests in order to further al Qaeda's goals and objectives." It said he "posed a major threat to the region and the international community and was connected to the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya."His death was described as "another significant blow to the al Shabaab terrorist organization in Somalia."Last Friday, the Pentagon confirmed a "counterterrorism" military mission in Somalia drone strike against an al-Shabaab leader, but declined to identify the target because the mission's success was still being assessed.Over the last year, the U.S. military has conducted several drone strikes that have killed senior al-Shabaab leaders, including one last September that killed Ahmed Gobane, the group's co-founder.

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Vladimir Putin Storms Back to Public Stage to Celebrate Crimea Takeover

Vladimir Putin Storms Back to Public Stage to Celebrate Crimea Takeover

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin returned in force to the public stage Wednesday evening, appearing at a large concert outside the Kremlin to celebrate the annexation of Crimea one year ago.Tens of thousands of people, plastered in multicolored jackets, waving flags and brandishing placards with slogans such as “Je suis Crimea,” turned out to see Putin and celebrate what they view as a moment marking Russia’s resurgence as a great power.Soviet-style crooners cried out, “We are invincible. Because now we are together. Forever.”The return of Crimea was a matter of “the historical roots of our spirituality and our state,” Putin told the crowd. “It’s what makes us one people.”A girl, watching, clutched a bouquet of heart-shaped balloons with Putin’s face on them.It was Putin’s first major public appearance since his peculiar disappearance last week that sparked wild rumors about his health and even that he had been toppled by a coup. He reappeared after 10 days Monday for a meeting with Kyrgyzstan’s president, but he had looked pale then, with bruises on his face that led some to wonder whether a botched botox injection had caused him to take cover.But he was comfortably back in control Wednesday, leading chants of “Russia, Russia” on Red Square. The concert marked the culmination of a steady buildup of strident nationalist events this week celebrating the anniversary.One year ago, Putin signed a law formally incorporating Crimea into Russia, completing the takeover of the peninsula, which has plunged Russia’s relations with the West into crisis and helped spark a separatist war in east Ukraine.Since then, and despite Western sanctions, Crimea is rapidly becoming a core plank of Putin’s political system. State media has portrayed the annexation as an historic victory against an encroaching West intent on degrading Russia. In a documentary aired last weekend, Putin revealed, sometimes with evident satisfaction and almost step by step, how Russian special forces had taken control of Crimea, rescuing its people, he said, from rampaging Ukrainian nationalists.The Kremlin’s narrative plays strongly on nostalgia among many Russians for the country’s prestige as a super-power under the Soviet Union, as well as their pride in defeating the Nazis. Wednesday’s concert was heavy with Soviet and nationalist icons, including communist hammers and sickles, as well as mustachioed Cossacks, semi-folkloric figures who have been revived under Putin as a paramilitary force.“Friends, the word Crimea has always meant ‘victory’ to us,” MCs shouted from the stage, referring to defenses against Napoleon and the Nazis.Although Putin, 62, was greeted with a strong cheer, the atmosphere for much of the concert was strangely limp, if good humored. As often occurs at state-organized events here, there were a significant number of people who appeared to have been required by their employers to attend: One man was heard complaining loudly on his phone about having to spend the evening at the rally, and hundreds of people streamed away after only half an hour.But thousands also attended out of genuine enthusiasm, with independent polls here showing roughly 80 percent of Russians support the annexation.“I love Putin,” Dmitri Vetrov, 26, said. “I love him because he will do anything for his country."Vetrov said he felt the takeover of Crimea had restored historical justice.A number of people seemed overthrown by emotion, struggling to articulate why they were happy about the annexation. Asked how she felt about the president, one woman simply gasped, “Pride,” her pupils dilating.

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Mars Mystery: NASA’s MAVEN Spots Aurora, Strange Dust Cloud

Mars Mystery: NASA’s MAVEN Spots Aurora, Strange Dust Cloud

Artist's rendering. University of Colorado(NEW YORK) -- A mysterious dust cloud and a glowing aurora stretching deep into the Martian atmosphere have captivated scientists at NASA who are trying to unlock the mysteries of the Red Planet.NASA's MAVEN spacecraft observed the high-altitude dust cloud in the Martian atmosphere. Since the probe has only been at work for four months, researchers said it remains unclear if it is temporary or a long-lasting phenomenon.Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, may be the possible culprits for the clouds, according to NASA. Other possibilities include a collection of dust from the atmosphere or particles carried by solar wind away from the sun."However, no known process on Mars can explain the appearance of dust in the observed locations from any of these sources," NASA said in a statement Wednesday.As for the light show that occurred for five days before Christmas, NASA said the aurora was likely caused by energetic particles from the sun."What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs -- much deeper than at Earth or elsewhere on Mars," Arnaud Stiepen, a MAVEN team member at the University of Colorado, said in a statement.The particles were even more energetic and able to strike deeper into Mars' atmosphere since the Red Planet lost its protective magnetic field billions of years ago, according to NASA.

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Mars Mystery: NASA’s MAVEN Spots Aurora, Strange Dust Cloud

Mars Mystery: NASA’s MAVEN Spots Aurora, Strange Dust Cloud

Artist's rendering. University of Colorado(NEW YORK) -- A mysterious dust cloud and a glowing aurora stretching deep into the Martian atmosphere have captivated scientists at NASA who are trying to unlock the mysteries of the Red Planet.NASA's MAVEN spacecraft observed the high-altitude dust cloud in the Martian atmosphere. Since the probe has only been at work for four months, researchers said it remains unclear if it is temporary or a long-lasting phenomenon.Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, may be the possible culprits for the clouds, according to NASA. Other possibilities include a collection of dust from the atmosphere or particles carried by solar wind away from the sun."However, no known process on Mars can explain the appearance of dust in the observed locations from any of these sources," NASA said in a statement Wednesday.As for the light show that occurred for five days before Christmas, NASA said the aurora was likely caused by energetic particles from the sun."What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs -- much deeper than at Earth or elsewhere on Mars," Arnaud Stiepen, a MAVEN team member at the University of Colorado, said in a statement.The particles were even more energetic and able to strike deeper into Mars' atmosphere since the Red Planet lost its protective magnetic field billions of years ago, according to NASA.

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Trio of Celestial Events Set for Friday

Trio of Celestial Events Set for FridayGetty Images(NEW YORK) -- A total solar eclipse is headlining an incredible show in the sky this Friday, which will also include two other celestial events -- a supermoon and the spring equinox.People in the Faroe Islands, which are located in the Nort...

Trio of Celestial Events Set for Friday

Trio of Celestial Events Set for FridayGetty Images(NEW YORK) -- A total solar eclipse is headlining an incredible show in the sky this Friday, which will also include two other celestial events -- a supermoon and the spring equinox.People in the Faroe Islands, which are located in the Nort...

What Prince Charles and Wife Camilla Did in Washington

What Prince Charles and Wife Camilla Did in Washington

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The royals are back on American soil.Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who arrived in Washington Tuesday evening, spent Wednesday morning touring the nation’s capital.Their first stop: the Lincoln Memorial, with Lincoln biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin in tow.

After shaking hands with several tourists, Charles and Camilla continued on to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, where they were greeted by civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson.Later on Wednesday, the couple will visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Northern Virginia. Then it’s on to the National Archives, where their royal highnesses will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the charter drafted in 1215 that abolished the British monarchy’s absolute power.On Thursday, they’ll meet with President Obama at the White House. Then the prince will visit a local charter school while the duchess meets with D.C.’s Sexual Assault Response Team. On Friday, they’ll proceed to Louisville, Kentucky, where they’ll stump for food literacy and sustainability.This is Prince Charles’ 20th official visit to the United States, and his third official appearance with his wife.Charles' son, Prince William, and his wife, Duchess Kate, visited America in December.

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Tunisia Attack: At Least 20 Dead in Shooting at Museum

Tunisia Attack: At Least 20 Dead in Shooting at Museum

Tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)(TUNIS, Tunisia) — At least 20 people have been killed in a shooting attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunisia, including 17 foreign nationals, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said Wednesday.In addition, two attackers have also been killed, Essid said, calling it a "cowardly terrorist operation" that targeted tourists.The tourists were attacked while they were getting off a bus to enter the museum, Essid said, noting this is the first attack there targeting tourists.The attackers were wearing military fatigues, and when the tourists ran toward the museum to avoid the shooting, the attackers pursued them, Essid said.Among the 17 tourists killed, the nationalities included Polish, German, Italian and Spanish, Essid said. An additional 22 tourists and two Tunisians were injured, he said.

Radek Sikorski, speaker of Polish Parliament, said seven Polish tourists were dead and three were in in critical condition. And the Italian Foreign Ministry told ABC News that three Italians were dead and six were wounded.

The country's Interior Ministry initially said earlier Wednesday that eight people had been killed but also noted that a number of hostages were also being held captive in the museum and that security forces were deployed inside it.Carina D. Klein, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, told ABC News they cannot confirm nor deny whether Americans are among the those dead in the attack.

A statement from the White House Press Secretary offered condolences to the victims of the attack, which it called an example of "heinous violence." The statement did say that American officials had been in touch with Tunisian authorities to offer assistance."While we do not yet know the identities of the attackers or their motives," the White House statement said, "what we do know is that their cowardly acts will not intimidate the Tunisian people."

At least two cruise ships, which were at port in Tunis on Wednesday, said passengers were on shore excursions at the time of the shooting. MSC Cruises said its ship, the Splendida, was at port in La Goulette with 3,714 guests and 1,267 crew.MCS said in a statement that it was still awaiting passengers to return to the ship, and that its departure -- scheduled for Wednesday night -- had been postponed. "For this, local security authorities set up exceptional security measures in the port and around the ships to ensure the [utmost] safety of MSC Cruises' guests and crew members."Costa Cruises said its Costa Fascinosa was also at port in Tunis at the time of the shooting. A statement from the cruise line said that 14 passengers had not yet returned to the ship, which is scheduled to depart at 12:30 a.m. local time on Thursday.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Gets Vote of Confidence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Gets Vote of Confidence

State Department photo/Public Domain(JERUSALEM) -- It appeared early Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored an even clearer victory than Tuesday night's exit polls suggested.With some 99.5 percent of votes counted early Wednesday, his Likud party appeared to have earned 30 out of the Israeli parliament's 120 seats. The opposition Zionist Union appeared to wind up with just 24 seats."Against all odds, we achieved a great victory for Likud. We achieved a great victory for our people," Netanyahu told supporters late Tuesday before final election results were in, according to The Times of Israel.Netanyahu tacked hard to the right in recent days. And what many saw as desperate, hail-Mary moves to get that far right vote, paid off domestically.However, the promises he made in this pre-election blitz have put him on a direct collision course with Washington. He promised settlement expansion in Israel's occupied territories and backed away from the long-stated international goal of arriving at a two-state solution to settle differences with the Palestinians.Now, the coalition-building will start, and Netanyahu said he's already spoken with all party leaders who will take part in his coalition.Meanwhile, Netanyahu's biggest rival, center-left Isaac Herzog of Zionist Union, released this statement Wednesday morning: "This is not an easy morning for us and for those that believe in our way. We will lead the fight, together with our partners in Knesset, for the values we believe in."Netanyahu is now on track to become the country's longest serving prime minister -- a title currently held by the country's founding father, David Ben-Gurion.

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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Receives Death Threats

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Receives Death Threats

State Department photo(TOKYO) -- Police in Tokyo are investigating death threats phoned into the U.S. Embassy against Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.There were also threats reportedly made to the U.S. Consul General in Okinawa, where the U.S. has about 25,000 troops based.A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo told ABC News she could not comment on the threats.The threats come a short time after U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was injured in a knife attack.Kennedy took over as ambassador to Japan in late 2013.

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Suicide Car Bombing in Afghanistan Leaves Seven Dead

Suicide Car Bombing in Afghanistan Leaves Seven Dead

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Seven people were killed and dozens more were wounded in Afghanistan Wednesday when a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the wall of the governor's house in Helmand province, according to the deputy governor.The explosion also caused a lot of structural damage to many nearby buildings.Among those injured was the spokesperson for the governor of Helmand province. He was in his office at the time of the explosion.

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Suicide Car Bombing in Afghanistan Leaves Seven Dead

Suicide Car Bombing in Afghanistan Leaves Seven Dead

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Seven people were killed and dozens more were wounded in Afghanistan Wednesday when a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle at the wall of the governor's house in Helmand province, according to the deputy governor.The explosion also caused a lot of structural damage to many nearby buildings.Among those injured was the spokesperson for the governor of Helmand province. He was in his office at the time of the explosion.

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Prince Harry to Leave British Armed Forces After 10 Years of Service

Prince Harry to Leave British Armed Forces After 10 Years of Service

Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry will leave the British Armed Forces this summer after 10 years of military service, Kensington Palace announced Tuesday.The statement describes Harry's military career as "fulfilling" and said that the prince "considers it a huge honour to have served his country in the Armed Forces, during which time he has undertaken two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan, qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander and spearheaded the Invictus Games."Prior to leaving the service, Prince Harry will spend four weeks in April and May with the Australian Defence Force, "where he will be attached to various units to gain an appreciation of the Australian Army's domestic operating environment and capabilities," Kensington Palace said. Prince Harry will also undertake an official Royal tour of New Zealand in May, immediately following his time with the Australian Defence Force."After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision," Prince Harry said in an open statement. "The experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful."Saying he is "at a crossroads in my military career," Prince Harry also said that he was still "considering the options for the future."

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Netanyahu Claims Victory in Parliamentary Elections

Netanyahu Claims Victory in Parliamentary Elections

Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory on Tuesday night in parliamentary elections.Exit polls on Tuesday afternoon showed tight voting figures between Netanyahu's Likud Party and the Zionist Union Party. Nonetheless, Netanyahu took to Twitter to call the election "a great victory for the Likud" and "a great victory for our nation."

 

Against all odds:a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel!

— בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) March 17, 2015

This is a great victory for our nation. I'm proud of people of Israel who in the moment of truth knew what was important.

— בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) March 17, 2015

Every family, soldier, citizen, Jewish or not are important to me! We will form a strong government to work for them.

— בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) March 17, 2015

 

Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog will compete for a chance to form a coalition to control the 120-seat parliament. Herzog could take the tight voting figures and negotiate with smaller parties, bringing a bid to Israel's president to form the next government.

Earlier Tuesday, Netanyahu had made eyebrow-raising comments, calling for his supporters to turn out and vote -- pointing to high turnout numbers among Arab voters as a danger for his right-wing government.Firmer voting results should be unveiled by Thursday.

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U.S. Loses Contact With Predator Drone Over Syria

U.S. Loses Contact With Predator Drone Over Syria

icholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(LATAKIA, Syria) -- U.S. officials say the U.S. military has lost contact with an unarmed Predator drone as it flew over the Syrian port city of Latakia. The Syrian news agency has said that drone was brought down by Syrian air defenses, but U.S. officials could not confirm that report."We can confirm that at approximately 1:40 p.m. EDT today, U.S. military controllers lost contact with an U.S. MQ-1 Predator unarmed remotely piloted aircraft operating over northwest Syria," a defense official said Tuesday. "At this time, we have no information to corroborate press reports that the aircraft was shot down. We are looking into the incident and will provide more details when available."Latakia is a major Syrian port and has been under the control of Syrian government forces.Photos and videos appeared on social media sites Tuesday showing what appeared to be the wreckage of what was claimed to be an American drone that had been flying over Latakia Tuesday evening local time.One photo appeared to show pieces of wreckage falling from the night sky in flames.U.S. officials said it was unclear if the U.S. drone was shot down, as the Syrians claimed, or if it crashed because of mechanical problems.The Syrian military has one of the largest air defense systems in the Middle East, but it has not engaged any of the U.S. or coalition aircraft that have been flying over Syria conducting reconnaissance and airstrikes against ISIS.If the American drone was brought down by Syrian air defenses, it could create a new security dynamic for the American and coalition aircraft that have had free rein over Syrian airspace since last summer.

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Lindt Cafe, Site of Sydney Siege, to Reopen Friday

Lindt Cafe, Site of Sydney Siege, to Reopen Friday

Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- The Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, which had been shut down since a December hostage situation and shooting that left two victims dead, will reopen this week, the company announced on its Facebook page."Our doors will officially reopen to the public at 10:00 am [Friday] and the Cafe will return to standard trading hours from Saturday onwards," the Facebook post from Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane reads. "We feel that reopening the Cafe to the public and moving forward positively is the right thing to do.""After the tragic events that happened in December we discussed this reopening with our staff and gave a lot of thought to next steps...overwhelmingly, the feeling was that reopening and moving forward is the best thing to do for everyone affected," the post continued.Loane also noted that the cafe will feature a plaque in memory of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson, the two people killed during a siege after hostage taker Man Haron Monis held a 16-hour standoff with police. Monis was also killed in the siege. The Facebook post also included links to donation pages for charities selected by the families of the victims.

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Massive Sinkholes Break Open as Dead Sea Shrivels

Massive Sinkholes Break Open as Dead Sea Shrivels

iStock/Thinkstock(EIN GEDI, Israel) -- There are more than 3,000 sinkholes on the banks of the Dead Sea -- and they're multiplying exponentially, according to environmentalists, as the body of water dries up."It's nature's revenge," said Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli Director at EcoPeace Middle East, an organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to protect their shared environmental heritage. "These sinkholes are a direct result of the inappropriate mismanagement of water resources in the region."More than 1,400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on land. The first sinkhole was spotted in the 1980s. By 1990, there were 40, and 15 years later new chasms are breaking open every day."They could develop overnight. Or over time," Bromberg said. "Making them unpredictable. And very dangerous."With salinity levels 10 times that of the Atlantic Ocean, the Dead Sea is evaporating at a rate of nearly 4 feet per year and large salt pockets are left behind as the water recedes. As ground water dissolves the salt, washing it back into the Dead Sea, empty cavities develop creating massive sink holes.Bromberg explained that sinkholes develop in clusters, collapsing into each other and creating even larger craters."The big fear is that overnight, the road will collapse," Bromberg said of Route 90, which runs along the Dead Sea.A portion of Route 90 was closed for repairs this week after parts of the road sank some 2 inches.Bromberg said the only way to halt the opening of these chasms is to "stabilize" the Dead Sea.The Dead Sea relies on the fresh water of the Jordan River -- but only about 5 percent of the historic flow is currently flowing into the Dead Sea.Bromberg's organization argues that 30 percent of the historic flow would at least be a step in the right direction."If nothing is done, it's only a matter of time until someone dies," he said.

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Frenchman Accused of Trying to Smuggle His Wife in a Suitcase

Frenchman Accused of Trying to Smuggle His Wife in a Suitcase

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- A love-struck Frenchman has been caught allegedly trying to smuggle his young Russian wife into the European Union in a suitcase.The man, who officials say is in his 60s, was arrested by Polish border guards in the town of Terespol, close to Belarus, after they opened his suitcase, the size of which had attracted their attention."To their surprise, a woman in her 30s emerged," border guard spokesman Dariusz Sienicki told French news agency AFP.Also speaking to ABC News, Sienicki said, “It was a shocking piece of content: his Russian wife. I've never heard of such a thing."The couple, who Sienicki said were married in December 2014, were traveling from Moscow to the French city of Nice by train. Both could face up to three years jail time for evading border controls, but Siencki said they had been released and allowed to return to Belarus. They should expect to be summoned to court, he told ABC News.Oddly enough, the wife didn't need to travel as hand luggage at all because non-Europrean Union citizens can visit Poland freely provided they prove they are married to an E.U.-citizen."Had she been sitting next to her husband," Sienicki said, "she would have made it through without incident."

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