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Pope Francis Arrives in Sri Lanka to Kick Off Six-Day Asia Trip

Pope Francis Arrives in Sri Lanka to Kick Off Six-Day Asia Trip

neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(COLOMBO, Sri Lanka) -- Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday for a six-day trip that will also include a stop-over in the Philippines. As he stepped off the plane Tuesday morning, the pope delivered a strong message about the country's post-war reconciliation, saying it must include "the pursuit of truth" as a way to promote justice, healing and unity.Sri Lanka's civil war ended just five years ago and the country is still struggling toward democracy and religious tolerance. Just 10 percent of Sri Lankans are Catholic but they come from both sides of the formerly warring ethnic groups. Observers say the Catholic church hopes to create peaceful religious dialogue to counter the rise of Buddhist extremism.During his visit, the pope will lead a ceremony to make the Indian-born 17th-century missionary Joseph Vaz a saint.

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Customs Officials Catch Man Wearing Suit Made of iPhones

Customs Officials Catch Man Wearing Suit Made of iPhones

Shenzhen Huanggang Customs(HONG KONG) — Wearables are all the rage in the tech world this year, but this guy took it to the extreme.Chinese officials apprehended a man who tried to smuggle 94 iPhones from Hong Kong into China, according to a report in the state run People's Daily.It turns out it isn't so easy to walk with an iPhone suit of armor under one's clothes.The newspaper reported that officials were tipped off that something was amiss when they noticed the man walking strangely.While iPhones are manufactured in China, a hefty value-added tax has kept the devices out of reach for many consumers in the country.

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France Finds Potential Terror Accomplice in Handcuffs in Bulgaria

France Finds Potential Terror Accomplice in Handcuffs in Bulgaria

STR/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — A French national arrested in Bulgaria while trying to slip into Turkey is linked to the massacre of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, and is expected to be extradited back to France, according to a local prosecutor.Fritz-Joly Joachim, 29, was nabbed by Bulgarian authorities in the early morning on New Year's Day on a European arrest warrant for allegedly kidnapping his three-year-old son and trying to eventually take him into Syria, said Darina Slavova, a prosecutor in the southern Bulgarian city of Haskovo. But Slavova told ABC News Tuesday that Bulgarian authorities received another European arrest warrant Monday alleging Joachim was part of a "terrorist criminal group" and that he had been in contact with Cherif Kouachi, one of the Charlie Hebdo shooters, prior to his attempted escape to Syria.The warrant, Slavova said, did not say how exactly Joachim and Kouachi were in contact.According to the original arrest warrant, Joachim, who is of Haitian origin, converted to Islam 15 years ago, but became radicalized two years ago. He lives in the Bobigny suburb of Paris. Slavova said she expects Joachim to be extradited to France to face charges.French officials said Monday they were hunting potential accomplices of brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who last week killed 12 people in an attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, and of Amedy Coulibaly, who killed five people and held many more hostage in a kosher supermarket. All three gunmen were killed by police Friday.Turkish officials said Monday that another individual wanted by French authorities, Coulibaly's romantic partner Hayat Boumeddiene, had slipped into Turkey before the attacks and has since disappeared into Syria.The news of Joachim's arreset comes as American authorities are putting into place a series of urgent security steps designed to stop what they fear could be another wave of attempted airplane bombings on the heels of the Paris attacks.The security order, issued last week but revealed publicly in recent days, also comes in the wake of a step-by-step bomb-making guide published by al Qaeda, designed to get a bomb onboard a plane."This group, AQAP, is absolutely determined... to try to [carry] out an attack on a U.S.-bound airplane," said Matt Olsen, former head of the National Counterterrorism Center and ABC News consultant, referring to al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate.U.S. and French officials have said one or both of the Kouachi brothers had received terror training from AQAP prior to their assault in Paris.

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Netanyahu’s Paris Visit Mired in Controversy

Netanyahu’s Paris Visit Mired in Controversy

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(PARIS) — As much as President Obama received criticism for his no-show at the Paris solidarity march Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is getting more heat for actually appearing there.Initially, Netanyahu was supposed to have stayed home at the request of President Francois Hollande, who feared that the prime minister would inadvertently throw the spotlight on his country's conflict with the Palestinians.However, Netanyahu reversed course, which led to Hollande inviting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.The Israeli leader also took barbs at home when he apparently muscled his way to the front of the march line to join Hollande, Abbas and German Chancellor Angela Merkel among others world leaders.One Israeli columnist wrote sarcastically, "Only our leaders know the elbowing drill."Meanwhile, Netanyahu came under fire for suggesting that French Jews migrate to Israel for security reasons following the slaying of four people last Friday by one of the terrorists at a kosher market.On Monday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he told Netanyahu that he resented the suggestion that the French can't take care of their own.Netanyahu tried tempering the criticism in remarks to French Jewish leaders, saying, "There is great significance to what the world saw: the prime minister of Israel marching with all the leaders of the world in a united effort against terrorism."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Toxic Crocodile Bile Blamed for Dozens of Deaths in Mozambique

Toxic Crocodile Bile Blamed for Dozens of Deaths in Mozambique

iStock/Thinkstock(MAPUTO, Mozambique) — Authorities in the southeastern African country of Mozambique are trying to learn how a beer was allegedly poisoned with crocodile bile that led to the deaths of 69 people attending a funeral last weekend.Those attending the funeral got deathly ill from drinking the locally brewed beer Pombe, which was reportedly spiked with the toxic substance.Nearly 200 others were hospitalized with diarrhea and muscle aches.Since the health system treating the victims isn't equipped to deal with a crisis of this magnitude, the death toll is expected to rise.Authorities say the woman who brewed the beer also died after drinking it. There were also reports that people who drank the beer during the morning of the funeral did not get sick, meaning it was likely contaminated during the afternoon.Samples of the beer have been sent to the Mozambique capital of Maputo for testing.Crocodile bile is commonly known in Africa as a lethal substance.

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AirAsia Flight 8501: Cockpit Voice Recorder Recovered, Malaysian Official Confirms

AirAsia Flight 8501: Cockpit Voice Recorder Recovered, Malaysian Official Confirms

nuttapong/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SURABAYA, Indonesia) -- Divers have retrieved the second black box from the crashed AirAsia jet from the Java Sea. Liow Tion Lai, Malaysia’s Minister of Transport, made the announcement late Monday that the cockpit voice recorder from AirAsia Flight 8501 was recovered. Lai said on Twitter that now that the two critical devices have been recovered, investigators can begin to analyze the important data.

 

#QZ8501 SAR operations have recovered the cockpit voice recorder. Now blackbox & CVR recovered, the investigators can analyse the data.

— Liow Tiong Lai (@liowtionglai) January 13, 2015

The aircraft's tail -- the largest portion of the plane found thus far -- was discovered underwater last Wednesday.Retrieval of these two devices may be the only way of learning exactly what brought down Flight 8501 when it disappeared from radar last Dec. 28 with 162 people on board.The plane was on its way from Surabaya to Singapore when air traffic control lost contact with the pilots about 40 minutes into the flight.Nearly 50 bodies have been recovered from the crash area off the coast of Indonesia. It's believed that the remains of most of the other passengers are likely in the fuselage of the plane that has yet to be located.

 

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Canadian Museum Acquires World’s Oldest Hockey Stick

Canadian Museum Acquires World’s Oldest Hockey Stick

Canadian Museum of History(GATINEAU, Quebec) -- A Canadian museum has paid more than a quarter of a million dollars for the oldest known hockey stick in the world. The hockey stick made in the 1830s originally showed up on eBay, which created a stir in the place where hockey is as much of Canada’s national identity as maple syrup and the Canadian Mounties.It was called a national treasure, and there were demands that it not be allowed to leave the country. That's when the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, stepped in and bought it from Mark Presley.

 

#CanMusHistory acquires world’s oldest hockey stick http://t.co/gIRlKk5XUX http://t.co/rP779713WT #pressrelease

— Museum of History (@CanMusHistory) January 9, 2015

“It’s my dream come true for a fellow like most Canadians who loves that game but has a real fascination with history,” said Presley. Researchers say the stick was made from a piece of sugar maple and was carved by William Moffat in Nova Scotia, who lived not far from where the game is said to have been invented. The museum is going to put it on display beginning July 1st, 2017 -- the 150th anniversary of the Canadian state.

 

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More French Terror Cell Suspects at Large After Paris Attacks, Official Says

More French Terror Cell Suspects at Large After Paris Attacks, Official Says

(PARIS) -- Other members of a terror cell in France may still be at large after last week's attacks in Paris on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market, French officials said on Monday. "We know there is a circle," a spokeswoman for the French Interior Ministry told ABC News. French authorities are also searching for the Mini Cooper that belonged to Hayat Boumedienne, the romantic partner of the hostage taker at the Paris kosher market. "From what we know, the Mini Cooper is still missing," the spokeswoman said. The latest development came as new video emerged on Monday purportedly showing Boumedienne slipping into Turkey, days before her partner killed five people at the kosher market as part of a dual terror attack, and before she fled towards terrorist safe havens in Syria.

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Caught on Camera: Paris Gunman Partner Makes Her Escape

Caught on Camera: Paris Gunman Partner Makes Her Escape

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New video emerged on Monday purportedly showing the romantic partner of one of the Paris attackers slipping into Turkey, days before her boyfriend killed five people as part of a dual terror attack, and before she fled towards terrorist safe havens in Syria.According to Turkish media that published the videos, two clips show Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, going through airport checkpoints on Jan. 2, a week before Coulibaly is believed to have murdered five people, including a police officer, in Paris in what he claimed was an attack that was “synchronized” with the massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last Wednesday.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Turkey’s state run media that Boumeddiene entered the country from Madrid on Jan. 2 and then crossed into Syria on Jan. 8, a day after Coulibaly’s murder of the police officer.Boumeddiene originally came to international attention when she was featured on a Parisian police wanted poster along with Coulibaly for her alleged connection to the Jan. 7 murder of a police officer. It’s unclear where she’s gone since entering Syria, though some extremists posted Twitter messages online claiming she had made it to areas controlled by ISIS, the terror group to which Coulibaly said he belonged.Boumeddiene and Coulibaly were married in a religious ceremony but the marriage is not recognized by French law.

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Latest Issue of “Charlie Hebdo” Heads to Printer

Latest Issue of “Charlie Hebdo” Heads to Printer

A man reads the back cover of French satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo" on Sept. 19, 2012 in Paris. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)(PARIS) -- The latest issue of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has been put to bed ahead of the Wednesday publication date, according to one of the surviving cartoonists.This issue will be the first released after last Wednesday's attack in which nine editors and contributors were shot execution-style by terrorists in the publication's office in Paris.Other staffers were injured in the attack but the extent of their injuries have not been disclosed and they are expected to make a recovery, according to authorities.Corinne Rey, the cartoonist who entered the security code allowing the attackers in after they threatened her young daughter, posted an update on the issue to her Twitter account."The issue is getting there. Put to bed tonight. We are supporting each other. We are together. Even our injured Riss is drawing. #Charlie #Warrior," she wrote in an update posted Monday.

 

Le journal avance. Bouclage ce soir. On se soutient. On est ensemble. Même notre Riss blesse a dessine. #charlie #warrior

— Corinne (@cocoboer) January 12, 2015

 

The weekly newspaper's highly anticipated return is already scheduled to make a splash and the number of copies ordered has been increased dramatically as a result.The newspaper, known largely for its controversial cartoons lampooning religion and politicians, normally prints 50,000 copies per week and that run was increased to one million for this issue.

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Haiti Earthquake: Five Years Later, Country Still Feeling Aftershocks

Haiti Earthquake: Five Years Later, Country Still Feeling Aftershocks

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people according to estimates by the Haitian government.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses, schools and government buildings were leveled, with roughly a quarter of all the country’s civil servants killed and much of its public infrastructure destroyed.Five years later, ABC News returned to see how Haitians are recovering, and while the country is still feeling the aftershocks of that natural disaster, it has also made significant progress.Haiti is often cited as the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere with roughly 60 percent of its population living on less than $2 a day. Despite this severe blow to an already struggling economy, an overwhelming majority of the 1.5 million people left homeless by the quake have been resettled. Thousands of new homes as well as hospitals, schools and roads have been built."There have been several successes since the earthquake,” said Sophie de Caen, the senior country director of the United Nations Development Program in Haiti. “Over 88 percent of children are going to school, we’ve seen improvement in the weight of children, and we’ve seen a drastic improvement with some aspects of housing and civil protection."From a school rebuilt with help from UNICEF to a pioneering community for children with disabilities run by Partners in Health, ABC News found a country bouncing back from catastrophe.But the work is not over and the need for international assistance remains. Ayiti, as this island nation is called in the native Creole, faces critical challenges, including 85,000 people still living in camps for those displaced by the quake, a cholera epidemic that is infecting thousands of victims a year, and rising political turmoil.A series of anti-government protests, some of them violent, have broken out in Port-au-Prince with demonstrators criticizing a lack of economic development and calling for Haitian President Michel Martelly and parliament to hold long-delayed local elections in 2015.“Having those elections, free fair elections, a functioning parliament and eventually voting for a new president -- we need to have this process done in a peaceful manner," said de Caen. “When you look at issues of poverty here…we’ve seen a lot of growth in the last five years and we don’t want to go back."

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Robotic Arm Grabs SpaceX Dragon at International Space Station

Robotic Arm Grabs SpaceX Dragon at International Space Station

NASA TV(NEW YORK) -- The SpaceX Dragon arrived safely at the International Space Station Monday with cargo and belated Christmas gifts after a two-day journey through space.The arrival marked the fifth time SpaceX had successfully sent its vessel filled with cargo to the ISS on a resupply mission.A giant robotic arm was deployed to catch Dragon and bring it closer to the space station. Crew members then spent two hours installing the vessel before unloading the precious cargo, which includes food, science experiments and belated Christmas presents.Attached to a Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon blasted off Saturday, however the mission's historic efforts to land the leftover booster on an ocean barge were unsuccessful."Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for future tho," SpaceX founder Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.Having the ability to recycle rockets is something Musk previously said will "revolutionize access to space.""If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred," he said.

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Paris Terror Attacks: New Photos Show Fear Inside Grocery Store

Paris Terror Attacks: New Photos Show Fear Inside Grocery Store

Obtained by ABC News(PARIS) -- New photos show the terror inside the kosher grocery store in Paris, where a gunman held customers hostage for hours Friday.Two pictures taken inside the store show how people were hiding in a freezer and using their phones to communicate with the outside world via text.The exact number of hostages in the supermarket has not been released, but the photos show one person texting and three adults in the freezer, one of whom appears to be holding a young child.The hostage-taking at the supermarket lasted from about 1 p.m. local time until police in full tactical gear started an operation at 5:13 p.m. to end the siege.Booms and explosions, some of which were believed to come from flash bangs, were heard as police bolted into the store.The suspect, identified as Amedy Coulibaly, was killed during the siege and four hostages were found dead, although officials said they were killed before the final shootout with police.

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WATCH: Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt Play Tennis on Speedboats

WATCH: Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt Play Tennis on Speedboats

Nick Laham/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Tennis stars Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt played tennis across speedboats in the Sydney Harbor Monday.Each tennis star had their own boat, with its own driver, and as the boats sped through the harbor, the pair tried to volley the ball back and forth to one another.The video shows the tennis pros struggling to find balance, losing more than a few tennis balls in the harbor and almost hitting one of the speedboat drivers with a ball. But, occasionally, the pair managed to find a rhythm and actually hit the same ball back and forth multiple times.According to 9News, the stunt was performed to promote FAST4, a new tennis format that will be launched Monday night at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney.

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Public Asked to Sew Pouches for Injured Kangaroos in Australia

Public Asked to Sew Pouches for Injured Kangaroos in Australia

International Fund for Animal Welfare(NEW YORK) -- A public appeal for people to make mittens for burned koalas worked so well that an animal group is asking for pouches for rescued kangaroos and wallabies.The International Fund for Animal Welfare says it has plenty of koala mittens, thanks to the public, but joeys, or young marsupial animals, like Gabby the Western Grey Kangaraoo, also need attention.Gabby was orphaned after the recent Sampson Flat bush fire, The Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organization (AMWRRO) said on its website.The International Fund for Animal Welfare last week asked the public to make koalas mittens after fires swept the Sampson Flat locality in South Australia, where it's the summer season.Koalas injured in wildfires in Australia have been healing with the help of paw protectors, a template of which is available online.Like the koalas that have burned paws from fleeing fire grounds, the IFAW explained on its website that rescued kangaroos need the public's help to create warm, pouch-like environments in five sizes."Gabby was found in extreme pain due to badly burnt feet and paws she sustained whilst fleeing the fire ground," AMWRRO said on its website.Photos show Gabby wearing sock-like bandages on her limbs and wrapped in fleece."Gabby is still very dehydrated and will undergo burn and fluid treatment until she is considered stable," AMWRRO said.

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France Hunts Potential ‘Accomplices’ in Deadly Terror Attacks

France Hunts Potential ‘Accomplices’ in Deadly Terror Attacks

Obtained by ABC News(PARIS) — French authorities are racing Monday to find possible "accomplices" of the gunman who killed five people, including a police officer, as part of the dual terror attacks in Paris last week, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on French television."We think Coulibaly had probably accomplices...The threat is still present," Valls said, echoing concerns of U.S. security experts that the extremists who killed a total of 17 people last week in Paris may not have worked alone.Valls' comments come a day after a video emerged online, which shows one of the gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, pledging his allegiance to the leader of the Iraqi terror group ISIS and claiming his actions are "totally justified." In the video, Coulibaly shows off an arsenal of several firearms and at one point wears what appears to be a ballistics vest.Coulibaly was killed in a hostage rescue operation Friday, after investigators say he murdered a policeman and then four other people in Paris. On Wednesday, two other alleged terrorists, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, opened fire on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, including two police officers. The Kouachis were also killed in a raid by authorities Friday after a tense standoff elsewhere in Paris Friday.Overnight Parisian officials said they identified the apartment in the Gentilly suburb of Paris where Coulibaly stayed shortly before the attack. The local mayor told ABC News Coulibaly rented the place just a week before his violent attacks.Before their deaths, both Coulibaly and one of the Kouachis reportedly spoke with a French television station in the midst of their separate standoffs with police. Cherif Kouachi claimed they were part of al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate, AQAP, and had received funding from the terror group during trips to Yemen. U.S. officials said it appears at least one of the brothers received firearms training from the terror group.Over the weekend a senior U.S. intelligence official told ABC News the French terror attacks, specifically the Charlie Hebdo assault, were carried out with the support of an unknown number of "enablers" from some form of jihadi network that reached into Syria and Yemen. Morten Storm, a former jihadi who spied on AQAP for years for Western intelligence, told ABC News last week he suspected such a network was involved in the massacre.Cherif Kouachi declined to answer when reporters at the French TV station asked if any other people were involved in their assault on Charlie Hebdo. Coulibaly spoke to the same station and claimed he was a member of ISIS -- generally thought to be a rival terror group to al Qaeda -- and claimed he had "synchronized" his attack with the Kouachis.Law enforcement agencies as far away as New York are also taking extra precautions Monday, as another video posted by a jihadi supporter Sunday renewed calls for attacks on Westerners, including on police and soldiers.Authorities are also still chasing a woman identified as the girlfriend of Coulibaly, who left Paris early last week before the attacks began and is now believed to have crossed from Turkey into Syria.

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Paris Terror Attacks: Police Raid Hideout of Suspected Gunman Amedy Coulibaly

Paris Terror Attacks: Police Raid Hideout of Suspected Gunman Amedy Coulibaly

ABC News(PARIS) — Police have found the hideout where they believe Amedy Coulibaly -- the gunman suspected of killing a police officer and then four other people last week in Paris -- prepared for his attacks, local authorities told ABC News.Coulibaly rented an apartment in the Paris suburb a week before the attacks, according to the mayor’s office in Gentilly.Authorities raided that apartment Sunday, according to France’s RTL Radio, locating a stash of weapons and ISIS flags.It’s unclear whether the apartment was used to record video purportedly showing Coulibaly’s pledging allegiance to the leader of the terror group, saying his killings and a separate massacre at a French magazine are "totally legitimate."In the undated video uploaded to Twitter by an unidentified jihadi supporter, a man appearing to be the Frenchman addresses the camera with a jihadist-associated flag in the background and an automatic weapon by his side, one of several guns shown in the video, as he says, "I pledge allegiance to the emir of the faithful Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi," the self-declared head of ISIS.Coulibaly, speaking mostly in French but at times in halting Arabic, says he, as well as the two brothers who killed 12 people in the Wednesday attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, were "avenging the prophet." He also repeats a claim he made to a French television station Friday that his killing of a police officer and the four others at a kosher market, along with the attack on Charlie Hebdo, were "synchronized."The seven-minute video splices together several scenes of Coulibaly as he speaks. It also lacks the graphics and other production trappings of an "official" ISIS video, such as the many released by the terror group in recent months.Coulibaly and the Charlie Hebdo attackers, identified by officials as Cherif and Said Kouachi, were killed Friday in near-simultaneous hostage rescue operations by French authorities, after a tense, sprawling manhunt for the gunmen.Both Coulibaly and the Kouachis apparently spoke with a French television outlet during their respective standoffs with police. A man who identified himself as Cherif Kouachi reportedly told the station he was working for the al Qaeda affiliate AQAP just before Coulibaly said he was a member of ISIS. Al Qaeda and ISIS are believed to be rival terrorist groups.

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Dozens Killed in Pakistani Bus Crash

Dozens Killed in Pakistani Bus Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(SINDH, Pakistan) — A bus crammed with people smashed an oil tanker traveling on the wrong side of the road in southern Pakistan's Sindh province Sunday, leaving at least 62 people dead.Local authorities said that some of the passengers managed to get out of the bus alive, including those riding on the roof who jumped to safety.One of the survivors said that the oil tanker was in the wrong lane and moving at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred.About a minute after impact, the bus caught fire with flames moving quickly because of a natural gas cylinder that had been on the bus.Many of those killed were burned beyond recognition.  The dead included many women and children.Traffic accidents with massive casualties are a regular occurrence in Pakistan due to reckless drivers, poor infrastructure and vehicles that are badly maintained.Last November in Sindh province, 57 people died when the bus they were riding collided with a coal truck.

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WATCH: Wild Elephant Climbs on Car in Thailand

WATCH: Wild Elephant Climbs on Car in Thailand

moodboard/Thinkstock(BANGKOK) -- A wild elephant in Thailand was caught on video climbing onto a car Saturday.The elephant can be seen on camera walking into a lane of traffic and putting its front legs on the hood of a car in Khao Yai National Park near the capital, Bangkok, the BBC reported.The elephant had reportedly escaped from a national park earlier in the day.Just two days later, an elephant reportedly crashed into a shop and restaurant at the park, breaking through the window with its trunk. It's unclear whether it was same elephant.No injuries were reported in either incident.Officials reportedly said the behavior is caused by mating season.

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One of AirAsia Flight 8501’s Black Boxes Found

One of AirAsia Flight 8501’s Black Boxes Found

(SURABAYA, Indonesia) — After the hoisted tail of downed AirAsia Flight 8501 revealed no black boxes last Saturday, recovery crews finally got good news Monday when they found one of the flight data recorders under the wing of wrecked aircraft.According to Henry Bambang Soelistyo, chief of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, drivers were drawn to the sound of pings underwater, enabling them to retrieve the box and bring it to the surface.Meanwhile, the search for the cockpit voice recorder continues.The aircraft's tail -- the largest portion of the plane found thus far -- was discovered underwater last Wednesday.

Retrieving all these critical devices may be the only way of learning exactly what brought down Flight 8501 when it disappeared from radar last Dec. 28 with 162 people on board.The plane was on its way from Surabaya to Singapore when air traffic control lost contact with the pilots about 40 minutes into the flight.Nearly 50 bodies have been recovered from the crash area off the coast of Indonesia. It's believed that the remains of most of the other passengers are likely in the fuselage of the plane that has yet to be located.

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