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Koreas Trade Gunfire as Kim Jong-un Mystery Deepens

Koreas Trade Gunfire as Kim Jong-un Mystery Deepens

JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North and South Korea exchanged gunfire at the border Friday while speculation mounted over the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's absence from one of the country's most significant holidays.North Korean military fired anti-aircraft machine guns at balloons that had been released into the sky by about 50 protesters at the border city of Paju, South Korea. The 10 balloons contained 200,000 leaflets, 1,000 U.S. dollars, 400 DVDs and 300 books showing life in South Korea.When some of the shells fell south of the border, South Korean military gave a pre-warning, then fired a barrage of 40 bullets into the air towards North Korea.North Korea has repeatedly warned that the propaganda balloon launches would be met with "regrettable merciless retaliation."Despite the cross-border gunfire, the attention of most North Korea watchers remained focused on Pyongyang to see whether Kim would appear at the 69th anniversary of the Worker's Party Friday. Kim remained a no-show and the state media only listed names of countries and people who sent congratulatory flowers marking the anniversary."The flowers had messages that said we pray for the respectable leader Kim Jong-un's good health," the male anchor read at the beginning of its main evening news.Kim has not been seen in public since Sept. 3, sparking rumors that he may be seriously ill or could have lost grip of power in a quiet coup. But South Korea played down the rumors saying although the government could not confirm detailed status of Kim's health, his rule remains "in normal operation," Lim Byeong-cheol, spokesman for the south's unification ministry, told reporters Friday.North Korean state television throughout the day aired documentaries on Kim with praises for his leadership and called for the people to stand behind their "eternal great general" who is "not afraid to sacrifice for the people."Kim, thought to be 30 or 31, has been visibly limping during the summer and their state media did imply last month that he was not well, at one point describing Kim "in discomfort.""The only thing proven so far is that he is not well. There's obviously something wrong with his feet or ankles. That, we know since we saw it. But there's no indication of political unrest," a senior South Korean government official told ABC News.Some analysts in Seoul say the absence is intentional to draw attention from the international community."This could be a tactical silence. Kim Jong-Il {the father of the current leader} often would disappear from the public for more than 50 days in the past. They do this when they feel insecure about the stability of their regime from outside threat," said Ko Yoo-Hwan, professor of North Korean studies at Dongkuk University. "They do think that if there's a war, the leader's life is what the enemy is after. It's a message saying, 'Hey, I can hide when needed.'"

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US Envoys Meet with Turkish Leaders to Discuss ISIS Fight

US Envoys Meet with Turkish Leaders to Discuss ISIS Fight

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(ANKARA, Turkey) -- Special Presidential Envoy John Allen and his deputy Brett McGurk met with Turkish officials on Thursday to discuss the ongoing battle against ISIS.According to a readout of the meetings, which were "constructive and detailed," the pair met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. The American representatives highlighted the need to continue working to consolidate a coalition of nations against the, "terrorist network in what will be a long-term campaign."Allen and McGurk, "emphasized that urgent steps are immediately required to degrade [ISIS]'s military capabilities and ongoing ability to threaten the region," the readout says. The topic of arming and training the moderate Syrian opposition was also a major topic of discussion during the meetings.A joint military planning team is expected to visit Ankara next week and the two nations, "will continue a dynamic and deepening bilateral consultation process across multiple lines of effort against [ISIS]."

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Estonia Passes Bill Recognizing Same-Sex Partnerships

Estonia Passes Bill Recognizing Same-Sex Partnerships

husayno/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TALLINN , Estonia) -- The Estonian parliament passed the Cohabitation Bill on Wednesday, granting Estonians in non-marital cohabitation the right to register their relationship and receive many of the benefits of marriage.The Estonian legislature, the Riigikogu, passed the bill on its second reading. The legislation covers the procedure required to enter into a cohabitation agreement, the rights and responsibilities of those in such an agreement, and the reasons for which such an agreement can be terminated. Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee, Neeme Suur, said that the bill amends existing law to, "take into consideration the rights of children."While the bill does not establish full marriage equality for same-sex couples, it would make Estonia the first former Soviet republic to offer this level of protections to same-sex couples.

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DEA Confirms Arrest of ‘One of History’s Most Notorious Drug Traffickers’

DEA Confirms Arrest of ‘One of History’s Most Notorious Drug Traffickers’

fotokon/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Thursday that drug lord Vincente Carrillo-Fuentes, "one of history's most notorious drug traffickers," had been arrested.The announcement was made by DEA administrator Michele Leonhart, who noted that as the leader of the Juarez Cartel, Carrillo-Fuentes, "facilitated murder and violence in Mexico while fueling addiction in the United States and across the world." The DEA offered praise for the Government of Mexico, which reportedly took Carrillo-Fuentes into custody."Once again," Leonhart said, "our valiant partners in Mexico who pursue these dangerous criminals should be lauded for their efforts."

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Meet Kim Jong-un’s Mysterious Sister

Meet Kim Jong-un’s Mysterious Sister

Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- The mysterious absence of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has focused attention on his younger sister who is believed to be close to Kim and to be in his "core circle of advisers," despite enjoying such Western pleasures as attending an Eric Clapton concert.Kim Yo Jong is believed to be 27 and the youngest sibling of the supreme leader, but as with most of her family, details about her life are murky.The state government has never released any official information about Kim Yo Jong, so all reports about her are based largely on stories collected by experts who have connections to the country and reading body language in public photos and videos.Questions were raised about her rising star power in the country when she had an unusually prominent role in her father’s funeral ceremony in 2011. Michael Madden, a North Korean expert who runs a leadership watch blog and contributes to Johns Hopkins University’s Korean Studies site, said that she was seen interacting with senior party leaders and “pretty high level officials” during the public memorial ceremonies that were held in her father’s honor.“She’s the only one [of the siblings] that we’ve really seen in public, having public roles,” Madden told ABC News.Kim Yo Jong seemed to move closer the center of power after her uncle was executed and her aunt disappeared from formal photos last December.“We've seen her lined up in the same way that her aunt used to line up with the senior officials,” Madden said.Kim Yo Jong and Kim Jong-un are believed to be particularly close because they attended the same private school in Switzerland and, because they are close in age, they overlapped while at school.“She lived in the embassy under an alias with her brother,” Madden said. “They were portrayed as the children of the domestics, the maid and the gardener.”Madden does not believe she is married with children. “If she was married or had a kid, we would’ve heard something about it at this point,” he said.Konghan Oh, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the sister has had special privileges.“She’s been given a lot of opportunities to travel,” Oh said, telling how she was once spotted with her mother on a shopping trip to Paris shortly before her mother died of breast cancer in 2004. Yo Jung was last seen overseas in 2011 when she allegedly attended an Eric Clapton concert with her older brother, Jung-chul, in Singapore.“This is a very unusual dynastic rule and the power is usually shared among the cousins and relatives who have shown true loyalty to the family,” Oh said. “She's inside the core circle of advisers.”Exactly how high up she is in the country’s power chain remains a mystery, however.Speculation about Kim Yo Jong has been heightened as her powerful brother has been absent since Sept. 3 from his almost daily appearances on North Korean media.“Visibly he was limping some weeks before, and I think I could see some physical discomfort or pain,” said Han Park, a professor at the University of Georgia who has been unofficially involved in a number of negotiations with the North Koreans. “He might find it quite uncomfortable to walk and it may be prudent not to be seen in that physical condition.”A key test of the leader's health or political status is expected Friday, the beginning of one of the reclusive nation’s biggest holidays, the anniversary of the ruling party.“If he doesn’t show up, that means the extent of his discomfort is very severe, but I think chances are he reemerges because it is a very important day,” Park said.

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US Turns $486 Million Afghan Air Fleet into $32,000 of Scrap Metal

US Turns $486 Million Afghan Air Fleet into $32,000 of Scrap Metal

Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. has destroyed 16 cargo planes it purchased for almost half a billion dollars for the Afghan Air Force and sold the scrap metal for $32,000.The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is asking the Air Force why the fleet of G222 aircraft were turned into scrap metal this past August. The planes had been sitting idle for years on the tarmac at Kabul International Airport.The remaining four G-222 aircraft are now in storage at the U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany. No final decision has been made on their future.In 2008, NATO purchased 20 of the Italian-made aircraft for $486 million in hopes that they could serve cargo and transit needs for Afghanistan’s new air force. But it quickly became apparent that the aircraft were not suited for the dusty conditions found in Afghanistan and required constant maintenance and spare parts.According to a letter sent by SIGAR to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the G222 program was terminated in March 2013 “after sustained, serious performance, maintenance, and spare parts problems and the planes were grounded.”John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote to Hagel that his office had been reviewing the purchase of the planes, but said he had recently been made aware that the aircraft “were turned over to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and have since been scrapped.”In a separate letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Sopko wrote that the aircraft had been recently “towed to the far side of the airport and scrapped by the Defense Logistics Agency.”“I was also informed that an Afghan construction company paid approximately 6 cents a pound for the scraped planes, which came to a total of $32,000,” said Sopko.Sopko said he was concerned that the American defense officials involved in the scrapping of the aircraft “may not have considered other possible alternatives in order to salvage taxpayer dollars."According to Sopko’s office the aircraft never met expectations and only flew 234 of the 4,500 flight hours required from January to September 2012 because of constant maintenance issues and a lack of spare parts.A defense spokesman said the planes were purchased “as an interim solution to meet the medium airlift needs of Afghanistan.”Maj. Bradlee Avots confirmed that the aircraft at the airport in Kabul had been destroyed “to minimize impact on drawdown of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.” The American military force is currently drawing down from its current levels of 26,000 to a force of 9,800 that for the next two years will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s security forces.Avots said that the Department of Defense and the Air Force are still determining what to do with the remaining four aircraft including “screening for outside interest.” He noted that working in a wartime environment presents challenges “and we continually seek to improve our processes.”Sopko is requesting that the Air Force provide all documents related to the decision to scrap the aircraft in Kabul.

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French Author Patrick Modiano Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

French Author Patrick Modiano Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images(STOCKHOLM) -- This year's Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to French author Patrick Modiano on Thursday.Modiano won the prize “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation,” according to the Nobel Prize's website.The Nazi occupation was a frequent theme in the 69-year-old author's work. His father met his mother during the occupation of Paris, and he was born shortly after World War II ended.

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US Military Conducts Five Airstrikes Against ISIS Near Kobani

US Military Conducts Five Airstrikes Against ISIS Near Kobani

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military conducted five more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria on Wednesday and Thursday.According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the five strikes were south of Kobani and destroyed an ISIS support building and two vehicles. The attacks also damaged a training camp and hit two ISIS units.The bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft used in these airstrikes all managed to exit the areas safely.CENTCOM says it "continues to monitor the situation in Kobani closely. Indications are that Kurdish militia there continue to control most of the city and are holding out against ISIL."

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Astronauts Take Selfies During Six-Hour Spacewalk

Astronauts Take Selfies During Six-Hour Spacewalk

European Space Agency(HOUSTON) -- Astronauts Alexander Gerst, who is German, and Reid Wiseman, an American, snapped out of this world selfies during a six-hour mission outside the International Space Station on Tuesday.The two spacewalk rookies had a "perfect walk" and were able to accomplish everything on their "to do" list, according to the European Space Agency, including moving a pump, fixing a light and upgrading the power supply.And at the end of the day, the pair came away with two pretty awesome selfies to remember the moment.

Guilty pleasure to turn the camera upon thyself during a #spacealk pic.twitter.com/ivCZ4rxNyF

— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) October 7, 2014

Many thanks to the #BlueDot teams at @ESA and #DLR for making this such a successful mission! pic.twitter.com/B8e8Cxhkv3

— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) October 9, 2014

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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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