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Malala’s Mission Thriving Two Years After Her Attack

Malala’s Mission Thriving Two Years After Her Attack

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two years ago Thursday, on Oct. 9, 2012, a masked gunman stepped onto a school bus in northwest Pakistan and shot Malala Yousafzai, then 15, in the head. The assassination attempt had been ordered by the Taliban because she had dared to speak out for the right of all girls to go to school.Malala, who was critically injured in the attack, survived.In a speech at the United Nations nine months after she was shot, Malala stepped onto the world stage: “They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed,” she said. “And then, out of that silence came thousands of voices. …Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”Today the 17-year-old has become a global advocate for education, despite continued threats by the Taliban. As chairman of the nonprofit Malala Fund, she traveled to Jordan earlier this year to meet with Syrian refugees, and went to Nigeria on her birthday to shine a light on the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram.She continues to meet with world leaders and announce grants for organizations that help educate and empower the millions of girls who are denied an education.And for the second year in a row, Malala Yousafzai has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced Friday. Malala, who is now in the tenth-grade in Birmingham, England, plans to be in school all day Friday.The Malala Fund is poised to make several major advocacy announcements in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned.A MALALA FUND TIMELINEFall 2013: Malala Fund launches under the New Venture Fund.September: Malala meets with President Obama and confronted him about drone attacks in Pakistan.October: Malala's memoir I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, was published.February 2014: Malala visits Syrian refugees to shine a spotlight on the need to educate refugee children and prevent a lost generation. Malala calls on the world community to increase funding and support. Funds two programmatic initiatives to help more Syrian refugee children get an education.June: Malala Fund supports the Global Partnership for Education, which garnered over $28 billion in pledges with a focus on girls education.July: Malala Fund launches the #StrongerThan Campaign. Malala visits Nigeria, meets with parents of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls and girls who escaped the kidnapping. Also meets with President Goodluck Jonathan to advocate for greater action in the return of abducted schoolgirls, resulting in Jonathan agreeing to meet the escaped schoolgirls and the families of some of the girls still in captivity. Malala Fund announces $200,000 in new grants to Nigerian organizations that educate and empower girls. Malala speaks at the Girl Summit in London.August: Malala joins the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN to launch 500 days of action on the Millennium Development Goals. Young Reader’s Edition of I am Malala is released.September: At the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th Annual Meeting, the Malala Fund makes $3 million multi-year commitment in partnership with Echidna Giving to develop and support developing country leadership in girls’ education, including organizing and funding a girls’ education summit in December 2014.

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WATCH: Horse Walks Right into England Police Station

WATCH: Horse Walks Right into England Police Station

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A group of officers in Britain got an unexpected visitor when a horse trotted right into the station from a nearby field.

Cheshire Police, in North West England, said the "local resident" showed up Monday in the reception area of the police headquarters in Winsford.The horse was later escorted home -- but the entire thing was caught on camera.Superintendent Peter Crowcroft had a cheeky response to the horse's visit."We were somewhat saddled with our unexpected guest, who in the early hours of the morning quickly became the mane event of the night shift," Crowcroft said in a statement. "We like to ensure a warm welcome to all our guests at HQ, and at neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security and appeared to be a well cared for animal."

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Kobani Closer to Falling to ISIS

Kobani Closer to Falling to ISIS

ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(KOBANI, Syria) -- The battle for the key Syrian town of Kobani continued into Thursday with more signs that it is ready to fall to Islamic State forces.Despite U.S. airstrikes around the town that borders Turkey, ISIS fighters have reportedly moved deeper into Kobani.In Washington, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby noted that U.S. air power may not be enough to fend off ISIS militants.Meanwhile, fears are growing that the Sunni extremists will begin slaughtering civilians who've remained behind in the mostly Kurdish town.Turkey, which recently joined an international coalition to repel the ISIS advance, has done little so far to assist in the effort to save Kobani.Kurds in Turkey say they're willing to join the fight but the government has been reluctant to allow it, fearing that they will also be helping the Kurdish terrorist group, the PKK.Ankara has also been backing off from the battle against ISIS, saying the U.S. should be more concerned with overthrowing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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WATCH: Big Lego Fan Uses Lego Cow to Pop the Question at Legoland in Denmark

WATCH: Big Lego Fan Uses Lego Cow to Pop the Question at Legoland in Denmark

Holger Leue/Getty Images(BILLUND, Denmark) -- When Sarah King messaged Sam Pearce on the Internet, he thought she was “too good to be true.”Then he met her, and discovered that she was all she seemed to be -- and she loved Legos.After more than six years together, Pearce, of Portsmouth, England, knew it was time to ask her to marry him, but the proposal had to be right.Pearce, 29, decided he would pop the question at Legoland Billund in Denmark, but it would be a surprise for King, 24, so he enlisted the aid of Legoland, which was only too happy to help.He also enlisted the aid of a Lego cow, which he built over time in secret and hid from King. The cow held a sign which said “Sarah King, will you … ,” and Legoland staff who were in on the plan placed the figure strategically in the display at Legoland’s Miniland on Sept 27.Video of what came next was posted on YouTube, and in it, King can be seen strolling along the park, taking in the display of Legos that formed a miniature town. Her jaw drops when she spots the cow bearing the sign and she stops to point at it. Then Pearce gets down on one knee, and told her that he loved her.“I’ve got a little question to ask you,” he said, and she smilingly asks: “What are you doing?”He goes on: “Will you do me the honor of being my wife?” She starts to cry and says yes.In an email interview with ABC News, Pearce said he came up with the idea of asking King for her hand at Legoland Billund because of their mutual love for the brand and a desire to create a cherished memory for King. He also cited the fact that Denmark is the home of Lego as the reason for selecting Legoland Billund over England's Legoland Windsor.In the YouTube video -- which was posted by Legoland Billund -- the amusement park said it couldn’t resist Pearce’s unusual request.Pearce wrote that King “loves her Friesian cow print things, including plush Friesian cows,” so he decided to make a Lego version of her cow stuffed toy for use in the proposal.He was confident King would accept his proposal, but he acknowledged that he developed a surprise attack of nerves in the last few minutes.“When it came to the actual proposal, everything I had planned to say disappeared from my mind and the only words that I could think of were what was said in the video!” he wrote. “Thankfully the words my heart was thinking were along the same lines as what I wanted to say so I did manage to propose successfully!”Legoland said it offered King and Pearce a stay at its hotel in a Lego-themed room.The couple hasn’t yet set a date for the big day. Pearce is in the final year of an aeronautical engineering apprenticeship and King is a receptionist coordinator at a private hospital. He says the wedding will likely come after he’s found a job and he and King have purchased a house.

“So in total, between two to three years from now,” Pearce wrote, adding: “She is the most patient girl I have known!”

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FBI Has New Leads from ISIS Tip Line

FBI Has New Leads from ISIS Tip Line

FBI(NEW YORK) -- A day after a public appeal for help, the FBI said it is running down new leads in its effort to track Americans who may have joined ISIS, possibly including a man with a “North American” accent who appeared in a recent ISIS propaganda video presiding over the execution of prisoners.“The FBI tips website that was announced yesterday has received a substantial number of web visits, some of which have generated leads,” the Bureau said Wednesday. “We continue to call on the public to report suspicious activity of travelers in support of a terrorist organization or information about the subject speaking with a North American accent in the video issued by ISIL on September 19.”On Tuesday, the FBI announced on its website it had established a new tip line devoted to information about U.S. persons who have joined or want to join ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, at www.fbi.gov/ISILtips. As noted in the FBI statement Wednesday, in particular, the Bureau wants to identify that man with the North American accent featured in ISIS’ 55-minute-long “Flames of War” video from mid-September.“In the video, a man whose face is obscured by a mask alternates seamlessly between English and Arabic in pro-ISIL [ISIS] pronouncements intended to appeal to a Western audience,” the web post Tuesday read. “Dressed in desert camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, the masked man can be seen standing in front of purported prisoners as they dig their own graves and then later presiding over their executions.”“The FBI needs your help identifying the individuals in this video as well as anyone traveling abroad to join terrorist groups,” said the FBI post.Top U.S. security officials estimate some 100 Americans have joined the fighting in Iraq and Syria on the side of various militant groups -- around a dozen or so for ISIS.In addition to American recruits, the FBI has been working with its counterparts in Britain to identify another infamous masked ISIS member -- the British-accented man who appears in the videos that purport to show the beheadings of Western hostages. FBI Director James Comey said last month the Bureau has identified that man.

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UK Foreign Secretary Hasn’t ‘Ruled Out Playing a Role in Syria,’

UK Foreign Secretary Hasn’t ‘Ruled Out Playing a Role in Syria,’

Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Philip Hammond, the U.K. Foreign Secretary, said on Wednesday that the U.K. has "not ruled out playing a role in Syria."Hammond made the comments during a press availability also featuring U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Hammond noted that while Britain would consider involvement in strikes against ISIS in Syria, such action would require additional parliamentary approval.The U.K. has been working with the existing coalition put together by the U.S. and has aided in conducting airstrikes in Iraq. Hammond also discussed the British response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, saying that the country was deploying 750 military personnel, a medical ship and three helicopters to the region.

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Pentagon: 100 Marines Deploying to Liberia as Part of Ebola Response, Will Arrive Thursday

Pentagon: 100 Marines Deploying to Liberia as Part of Ebola Response, Will Arrive Thursday

Michael Fitzsimmons/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In the first wave of U.S. military forces being sent to Liberia to help combat the ongoing Ebola outbreak, 100 marines and six aircraft will travel to West Africa on Wednesday night.According to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, the marines, along with four MV-22 Ospreys and two KC-130 tanker aircraft will be spend Wednesday night in Senegal before arriving in Liberia. The marines are part of the Special Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa stationed in Spain.The first 100 marines will serve as a "bridge" for air assets "in an austere environment" until larger numbers of military personnel arrive. The station in Senegal where the marines and aircraft will stop over is a transportation hub being set up by the U.S. The Osprey aircraft will fly personnel and equipment from Senegal to hard-to-reach places without runways. Kirby called travel to such locations "one of the challenges we're having."

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US Air Force Jet Crashes in England

US Air Force Jet Crashes in England

Dax151/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A U.S. Air Force jet crashed during a combat training mission in England on Wednesday.According to the U.S. Air Force, the crash involved an F-15D Eagle and occurred at about 10:28 a.m. EST Wednesday. One person, the pilot, was on board the aircraft at the time. The pilot, who had taken off from Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, ejected from the plane and was located safely on the ground. The USAF said that "a board of qualified officers will investigate the accident."

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Spanish Ebola Patient’s Dog Euthanized Despite Outcry

Spanish Ebola Patient’s Dog Euthanized Despite Outcry

PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images(MADRID) -- The pet dog of the Spanish Ebola patient was euthanized Wednesday despite a plea from the owner to spare the pet and a worldwide outcry.Javier Limon, who owned the dog along with Ebola patient Teresa Romero Ramos, burst into tears when told the mixed breed dog Excalibur had been put down according to Carlos Rodriguez, the host of a Spanish radio show who called Limon.Limon is in quarantine while his wife is being treated for Ebola in an isolation unit at a Madrid hospital.Spain’s Ministry of Health confirmed the dog had been euthanized, and said it was sedated before it was put down.Police escorted a health team into the building and scuffled with animal rights activists who tried to prevent them from entering the apartment. Protesters screamed "killer" as they tried to block the ambulance.Police with batons later cleared a path as they left the building with the dog.Madrid officials feared that the dog could be carrying the virus even though it would not develop symptoms, and could possibly pass it to humans with a bite or lick.Limon, who along with two others have been quarantined for observation, pleaded in a video for help to convince authorities to spare his dog, claiming, "They want to kill him for no reason."Hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition urging health authorities to spare Excalibur.Limon's wife is a nurse's aide who contracted the disease after helping to care for a Spanish priest who had been working in West Africa. The priest died of Ebola.

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UN: More than 300 Killed Since Cease-Fire Enacted in Ukraine

UN: More than 300 Killed Since Cease-Fire Enacted in Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Despite a cease-fire in Ukraine, both sides continue their attacks almost every day. And now, new numbers show just how bad it's been.At least 331 people have been killed since the cease-fire was enacted a month ago, a new report from the United Nations finds.

And the violence is only increasing.Some of the most intense fighting is for control of the airport outside Donetsk. Even though it's nearly destroyed, it has strategic importance for both sides. Since fighting began over six months ago, the U.N. calculates that over 3,500 people have been killed in Ukraine.

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Three Scientists Share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Three Scientists Share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

iStock/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM) -- This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists on Wednesday.Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner, along with German Stefan Hell, picked up the award "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy," according to the Nobel Prize's website.Their work let microscopes see finer detail than they could before -- right down to the molecular level inside cells, the tiniest components of life.

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US, Partners Conduct 14 More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

US, Partners Conduct 14 More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military, with the help of partner nations, conducted 14 more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Wednesday.Nine of the strikes were conducted throughout Syria on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to CENTCOM, four south of Kobani destroyed an ISIS armored personnel carrier, three armed vehicles, an artillery piece, and damaged another armed vehicle. Two other strikes near Kobani destroyed an armed vehicle and an artillery piece. Elsewhere in Syria, two airstrikes northwest of Ar Raqqah hit an ISIS training camp, and one northwest of Dayr az Zawr destroyed a tank. Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft from the U.S. and United Arab Emirates were used in these nine strikes and all managed to exit the areas safely.Meanwhile, in Iraq, one airstrike east of Fallujah destroyed an ISIS checkpoint and armed vehicle; two strikes near Ramadi destroyed three buildings held by ISIS, two anti-aircraft artillery pieces, an ISIS unit and a checkpoint; and one northeast of Sinjar Mountain destroyed an armed vehicle. The fifth strike, which targeted an ISIS vehicle, was unsuccessful, CENTCOM said.The U.S., United Kingdom and Netherlands participated in these five attacks, and all aircraft were able to exit the areas safely, as well.

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Google Camel Cam Gives ‘Street View’ Glimpse of UAE Desert

Google Camel Cam Gives ‘Street View’ Glimpse of UAE Desert

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Google strapped a camera to a camel's hump as it roamed the vast Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates. The tech giant posted a video of the footage online, giving fans a chance to see the rolling sand dunes up close and personal."It collects imagery which are then put together to create that panoramic experience," Susan Cadrecha, who works with Google's Street View and Maps department, told ABC News Wednesday.Attaching the camera to a camel instead of a car "allowed us to minimize our disruption of the environment," she said.Google launched the Street View program in 2007 to let people across the world explore different cities from the comfort of their computers."Hopefully, people will be inspired to view this place on Google Maps and visit it in person as well," Cadrecha said.

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EU Wants Answers After Spanish Nurse’s Aide Contracts Ebola

EU Wants Answers After Spanish Nurse’s Aide Contracts Ebola

iStock/Thinkstock(MADRID) -- Spanish health authorities reacted forcefully Tuesday after a nurse's aide was found to have contracted Ebola, putting her in an isolation unit, quarantining her husband and two other people and getting a court order to euthanize the woman's dog.The case marked the first time the disease has been contracted outside of West Africa and has alarmed health workers throughout Europe.The European Union has demanded an explanation from Spain by Wednesday as to how the health worker could have become infected and why "the hospital was not ready for Ebola patients."The 44-year-old Spanish patient, who has not been publicly identified, worked as the equivalent of a nurse's aide at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital. She was part of a team that treated two missionaries who were repatriated from West Africa after contracting the disease.Both have since died with reports that the nurse's aide having contact at least twice with one of the missionaries.Officials said the woman wasn't feeling well for a week before she was admitted to the isolation unit. El Mundo Daily reported that it was the nurse who asked repeatedly to be tested for Ebola, before it was done on Monday.Since her disease was diagnosed, her husband, who has no sign of disease, and two more people, including a colleague who treated one of the missionaries, are being monitored in the hospital in a bid to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus.Meanwhile, the city of Madrid got a court order to euthanize and incinerate the woman's dog over her and her husband's objections. The dog is a mixed breed pooch named Excalibur.Although the Spanish government said available scientific knowledge suggests a risk that the dog could transmit the virus to humans, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, remarked, "We have not identified this as means of transmission," but declined to comment on the actions by Madrid officials.

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USAID Launches Ebola Innovation Competition

USAID Launches Ebola Innovation Competition

SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a challenge on Tuesday asking for innovators to come up with solutions in protective gear and frontline tools for the battle against Ebola.The challenge will focus on, "pioneering solutions to improve personal protective equipment and tools used by healthcare workers battling Ebola," USAID said in a statement. The challenge was mentioned by President Obama on Sept. 26.PPE includes masks, gloves, boots and other protective gear used by healthcare workers in Ebola-affected countries. While PPE is integral to workers' protection, it, "is also the greatest source of physical discomfort and stress for the workers," USAID says.USAID hopes to create, "an open innovation platform to crowd source and incubate innovative ideas," create a challenge to fund and test innovations for protection, treatment and control of infections, and partnerships for rapid testing and deployment of the best solutions.

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Gen. Dempsey Claims Airstrikes in Syria that Targeted Khorasan Group Disrupted Plots Against US

Gen. Dempsey Claims Airstrikes in Syria that Targeted Khorasan Group Disrupted Plots Against US

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he believes that airstrikes in Syria that targeted the Khorasan Group succeeded in disrupting the group’s plots on U.S. and western targets.In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Martha Raddatz, Gen. Martin Dempsey said, “I think it's absolutely safe to say disrupted. But the unknown is for how long.”Dempsey added, “their aspiration to conduct attacks in Europe and the United States and elsewhere in the region remains an aspiration. I don't know how significantly they were disrupted.”He said the group is still, “capable of hitting the homeland because they have some skills, honed over the course of the last decade, and they are in collaboration with each other.”Most of the 47 Navy Tomahawk missiles launched on the opening night of airstrikes in Syria targeted Khorasan Group targets around the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo.U.S. intelligence believes the group is made of about 50 al-Qaeda veterans who moved from Afghanistan and Pakistan to western Syria to use the chaos of that country’s civil war to plan terror attacks in the west. They have been afforded protection by the Islamic rebel group Jubhat al-Nusra, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda.U.S. officials have said the group was in the final stages of executing a terror attack in either the United States or Europe that prompted heightened aviation security alerts this past summer. Officials said they believe that the group was planning to smuggle undetectable, non-metallic bombs onto Western passenger planes.Dempsey said the U.S. is still trying to determine if the Khorasan Group’s leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli, a 33-year-old Kuwaiti, was killed in the strikes. He said he is “hopeful” that is the case, noting “he hasn't been very prominent on the airwaves, and so it remains to be seen.”However, Dempsey said it appears that another unidentified senior leader may have been killed in the strikes.“The assessment, which has been in open sources,” said Dempsey, “is that we got one for sure and possibly two. it takes a while to confirm.The nation’s top military leader says the U.S. is maintaining “constant vigilance” on the group, “they remain a threat, and as long as they are a threat, we will pursue them.”See the interview with Gen. Dempsey on this Sunday’s broadcast of This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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Four Arrested in London on Suspicion of Terrorism

Four Arrested in London on Suspicion of Terrorism

Raylipscombe/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Four men were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of terrorism, the Metropolitan Police said.The men, each 20 to 21 years old, were arrested after the execution of warrants at multiple London locations. The men were taken to police stations in Central London and remain in custody. Police said that one of the men, 21, was tasered during the course of his arrest -- but that he was uninjured and did not require medical treatment.Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, SO15, took the lead in the execution of the warrants and were assisted by officers from the Specialist Firearms Command. No shots were fired during the course of the arrests.Police continue to search "a number of residential addresses and vehicles" as part of the investigation on Tuesday evening. The men were officially arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

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Vongfong, Most Powerful Typhoon of 2014, Tracks Toward Japan

Vongfong, Most Powerful Typhoon of 2014, Tracks Toward Japan

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Super Typhoon Vongfong, currently tracking towards Japan, is being called the most powerful storm on Earth this year.

The typhoon underwent rapid intensification Monday night and is now packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm comes after the deadly Typhoon Phanfone made landfall in Japan earlier this week.Vongfong is forecast to take a similar path to that of Phanfone. Although it may strengthen a bit over the next 24 hours, the long-term track shows it weakening while moving North.

Officials in Japan will be monitoring the typhoon closely over the next few days. Heavy rain, strong winds and mudslides are possible as this storm tracks closer to the island.

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Russia Marks Vladimir Putin’s Birthday with Over-the-Top Tributes

Russia Marks Vladimir Putin’s Birthday with Over-the-Top Tributes

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin turned 62 on Tuesday and, as they do every year, many Russians organized over-the-top tributes in celebration.In St. Petersburg, a children’s choir recorded a highly produced music video, literally singing Putin’s praises.“May you have many more years with the same strength in your heart,” the children sang.In Moscow, a pop-up art exhibit portrayed Putin as the Greek god Hercules. Just like Hercules slayed the multiheaded hydra and tamed the Cretan bull in Greek mythology, Putin is depicted defeating Western sanctions and annexing the Crimean peninsula.At GUM, an ultrahigh-end Moscow shopping center, customers lined up for hours to purchase Putin iPhone covers and $75 sweatshirts of the Russian president in his manliest of moments.“I want them all,” exclaimed Nina Zabolotskaya, a hotel employee who was waiting in line. “I like Putin. I love my president.”When asked whether the prices were too steep, she said, “for the president, no.”In the Chechen capital of Grozny, over 100,000 people marched, wearing the colors of the Russian flag, according to Russian state media. Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a Putin ally, claimed on Instagram that the crowd set a world record for the largest “living” flag.Meanwhile, back in Moscow, a pro-Kremlin art group calling themselves “Impolite People” draped a giant banner from a bridge opposite the Kremlin showing President Obama wearing a Putin shirt that says, “Happy birthday global daddy.”A Russian lawmaker recently suggested making Putin’s birthday a national holiday. He remains wildly popular in Russia and his approval ratings have been well north of 80 percent since he annexed Crimea. The numbers have stayed high as he is seen defending Russia from outside forces.As for Putin himself, he marked his birthday far away from the madness. The Kremlin said the Russian leader was taking the day off, the first time he’s done so for his birthday in 15 years in power, and is spending it in the Siberian wilderness hundreds of miles from civilization.

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Airstrikes Near Kobani Not Stopping ISIS Takeover of Syrian Town

Airstrikes Near Kobani Not Stopping ISIS Takeover of Syrian Town

Emin Menguarslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ANKARA, Turkey) -- Lightly armed Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani have for weeks held off an ISIS onslaught, but the battle has moved to the streets of Kobani as the president of Turkey warned Tuesday that the town was about to fall to the Islamic militants.The fight for the Kurdish city and its surrounding villages has sent more than 160,000 Kurdish refugees streaming to the Turkish border when many have been prevented from crossing.Turkish tanks are poised along the border with their guns pointed toward Kobani, but the tanks haven't moved. Instead, Turkish authorities have been battling desperate Kurdish refugees trapped between ISIS and the border.The embattled Kurds are also angry that U.S. air power has been used sparingly in recent days as ISIS pushed its way into Kobani. There were a handful of sorties on Monday and the U.S. military said that Tuesday's strikes around Kobani destroyed five ISIS armed vehicles, a tank and an ISIS unit of fighters.U.S. and partner nations reportedly fired five airstrikes over the course of Monday and Tuesday that were specifically targeting ISIS tanks and artillery. CENTCOM released a statement Tuesday morning saying that they used "attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft" to strike the targets in the areas surrounding Kobani.Though the strikes were targeting ISIS anti-aircraft artillery and tanks that were likely headed towards Kobani, there are no reports of clear action being taken against the ISIS fighters who are fighting in Kobani.The jihadist group's signature black flags with white writing were spotted flying on top of a few buildings in the outskirts of Kobani on Monday and Tuesday.Kurdish protesters in Cyprus are demanding further action by Turkey and other European nations to help defend Kobani.

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