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Meteor Photographed Shooting Across Loch Ness

Meteor Photographed Shooting Across Loch Ness

iStock/Thinkstock(DOCHFOUR, Scotland) -- A tour guide in Scotland says it was a “fluke” that he managed to capture a stunning image of a meteor shooting across the sky on the shores of Loch Ness.John Alasdair Macdonald was near Dochfour, Scotland, Sunday when he shot the image.“I was taking some new pictures to put on my Facebook page using a Sony RX10,” Macdonald told the BBC. “It was a beautiful, clear night and I got some nice pictures but capturing the meteor was a fluke.“I will never take a picture like that again,” he added.Macdonald posted the photo on the Facebook page of his tour company, The Hebridean Explorer, where it has received over 14,000 “likes” since Sunday.In the meteor’s reflection can be seen the colors orange, green and white, the colors of neighboring Ireland’s flag.The meteor over Loch Ness Sunday prompted a "deluge" of calls to local authorities from people concerned the lights from the meteor were distress "flares," according to the BBC.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Front and Center for Tuesday’s Israeli Elections

Benjamin Netanyahu Front and Center for Tuesday’s Israeli Elections

State Department photo/Public Domain(JERUSALEM) -- Israelis are headed to the polls Tuesday to settle a hard-fought parliamentary election.

Here's what you need to know:What Happens Today?Polls opened at 7 a.m. in Jerusalem and the first exit polls will emerge at 10 p.m. local time, but no one is putting too much stock in those numbers. By the numbers, there are 5,881,696 voters casting ballots at 10,372 polling stations for the 20th Knesset. In 2013, 67.8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.There are 25 party lists, six slates made up of more than one party and a staggering 1,280 candidates.The two biggest players of the day -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and challenger Isaac Herzog -- voted first thing on Tuesday.It’s Complicated, Let’s Go Through ThisIsraelis vote for a party list, so getting the most votes doesn’t necessarily mean winning. To get in the front doors of the Knesset, the legislative branch of the Israeli government, a party must get a minimum of four seats.Each seat is roughly 30,000 votes a pop. Once you’re in, seats are allocated proportionally by vote counts: the more votes you get, the more seats.Official results will likely be announced at noon local time Thursday. With 120 Knesset seats up for grabs, we'll learn how many votes each party got and which parties didn't make the cut. A majority coalition requires 61 seats and in Israel’s history, no single party has ever won an outright majority.That Means CompromiseIn the days following the vote, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will meet with party leaders to hear recommendations for prime minister. The president will then tap a prime minister candidate, giving that person the green light to form a coalition within 28 days.That's when the wrangling begins, which could take a few days or a few weeks.If successful, Israel has a new prime minister. If not, Rivlin goes back to the drawing board and someone else gets 28 days. If his second attempt fails, elections will be scheduled for 90 days.Will He Stay, or Will He Go?All eyes are on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel’s longest-serving prime minister since David Ben-Gurion, most analysts agree the election has become a referendum on the man himself.But the name everyone has been talking about is Isaac Herzog, who heads up the center-left Zionist Union, which includes his Labor party and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua.Herzog wants to resume negotiations with Palestinians, repair ties with the White House and has emphasized economic issues. The economy, specifically housing prices, is the biggest domestic issue getting Israelis to the polls on Tuesday.For Netanyahu's part, he has done tremendous damage to his relationship with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and skirted economic issues on the campaign trail in favor of ramping up his rhetoric on Iran and security.Monday, in an 11th-hour bid for the right-wing vote, Netanyahu told the NRG website, owned by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, that if he is re-elected, there would be no Palestinian state.So, Who Is Going to Win?Recent polling suggests Herzog’s center-left party could best Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party in total votes.The latest Dialog organization poll published by Haaretz had the Zionist Union pulling 24 seats and Likud pulling just 21.But it’s hard to see how Herzog gets to the magic number 61. This means Netanyahu will likely get the first stab at forming a government with the other right-wing parties, which probably leaves him in the prime minister’s office.Early Tuesday morning as the polls opened, Netanyahu tweeted his first calls will be to other right-wing politicians, adding: “no unity government with the left.”

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NASA Photo Provides a New Look at Saturn’s Rings

NASA Photo Provides a New Look at Saturn’s Rings

JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/NASA(NEW YORK) -- NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn has captured a stunning photo showing off the layered details of the planet's famous rings.While Saturn's rings appear to be solid disks from a distance, a closer look snapped by the Cassini mission shows intricate structures within the rings.The detail seen in the photo was snapped on Jan. 8 at a distance of 566,000 miles using Cassini's wide-angle camera, but was posted  Tuesday by NASA.The space agency said the varied structures in the rings are likely caused by Saturn's numerous moons. Two of those moons, Pan and Daphnis, are responsible for the dark gaps seen around the outermost ring.Another moon, Prometheus, can be seen in the lower left quadrant of the new Cassini image.The Cassini mission launched in 1997 on a seven-year journey to Saturn. Since its arrival in 2004, the spacecraft has closely studied the sixth planet from the sun, gathering data on its atmosphere, magnetic fields, rings, and icy moons.

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IKEA Cracking Down on Hide-and-Seekers at Its Stores

IKEA Cracking Down on Hide-and-Seekers at Its Stores

30 VOOR 30 by Elise De Rijck(LONDON) -- IKEA is hoping to control a phenomenon born in Belgium in June and now gaining steam in the Netherlands: adult hide-and-seek events organized online by customers to be conducted in several stores.In the Dutch town of Eindhoven, more than 32,000 people signed up on Facebook to participate. In Amsterdam, 19,000 registered interest in playing.“We enjoy the idea,” said Martina Smedberg, a spokeswoman at IKEA Netherlands, “but it’s not very good for health and safety.”The huge numbers of potential attendees are the main concern for the furniture company.

“We need to know how many people are in our store if something happens,” Smedberg told ABC News.This trend started in Belgium, when a popular local blogger, Elise De Rijck, organized a hide-and-seek event at the Wilrijk store, with the blessing and assistance of IKEA Belgium. The idea, she said, came to her when she decided to write a bucket list of 30 things to do before her 30th birthday.“Initially, I created a Facebook event for my friends, but thousands of people started joining,” said De Rijck, who hid in the store while her friends tried to find her. She added, “IKEA contacted me and said they wanted to help me organize the event. They had to spend money hiring extra staff and security, but it brought them a lot of attention.”A spokeswoman from Ikea Belgium, Annelies Nauwelaerts, said the event went really well: “We wanted to make her dream come true -- and clearly the dream of thousands of others -- but it was an exclusive, one-off thing.”IKEA Netherlands has reached out on Facebook to the organizers and asked them to consider the security and safety risks.

“Ninety-nine percent of them understood,” Smedberg said.

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ISIS Still Hanging Tough in Iraqi City of Tikrit

ISIS Still Hanging Tough in Iraqi City of Tikrit

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Islamic State is not giving up the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit without a fight.Despite being outnumbered by a force of mostly Shiite militiamen with help from Iranian soldiers, ISIS fighters are still in control of certain sections of the city, which is the birthplace of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.The New York Times reports that the pro-government force has temporarily suspended its operation to await reinforcements and allow civilians to exit areas of Tikrit where the battles are most intense.However, there are fears that Iraq's military, now a hodgepodge of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, is still not strong enough uproot ISIS, which took control of much of northern and western Iraq last year.Tikrit could also be an important turning point in the effort to vanquish the Islamic extremists since the government is planning a major spring offensive to take back Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, which is firmly under ISIS' control.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Iran Brings Up Republicans’ Letter in Nuclear Talks

Iran Brings Up Republicans’ Letter in Nuclear Talks

iStock/Thinkstock(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — The letter that Obama administration officials fear could waylay efforts to arrive at a deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program suddenly became as issue during talks Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland.According to The Wall Street Journal, the letter signed by 47 Republican senators that warned Tehran that any agreement can be scuttled by a new president was brought up to Secretary of State John Kerry by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.The Journal, quoting a senior official familiar with the discussions, said that the missive instigated by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton was not helpful to the negotiations. Zarif, meanwhile, also referred to it before leaving for Brussels, telling reporters, "We see the letter as a political move, we need to know the U.S. government’s stance on this issue."Nonetheless, U.S. and Iranian officials appear determined to try and work out an agreement before the March 31 deadline. Zarif will now confer with European negotiators who acknowledged that there was still much more ground to cover.No matter their differences, the White House believes that skeptical lawmakers can be convinced to go along with a deal, provided it's shown that Iran won't be able to obtain a nuclear weapon.However, Republicans remain adamant that any agreement with Iran is essentially worthless without the approval of Congress despite the president being legally able to sign a pact on his own.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Netanyahu Vows No Palestinian State on Eve of Crucial Election

Netanyahu Vows No Palestinian State on Eve of Crucial Election

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(JERUSALEM) — As Israelis head to the voting booths Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that he will not allow the creation of a Palestinian state if reelected.This promise, if he is returned to office, essentially undercuts the pledge Netanyahu made in 2009 to works towards a Palestinian state under certain conditions.Some see Netanyahu's remarks as a last-ditch effort to stir up his right-wing supporters with polls showing his Likud party trailing his rival Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union party.

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His backers are hoping that even if Likud loses on election day, the right-wing bloc will still keep Netanyahu in power. However, if the center-right parties defect, he will likely be out of a job.

Netanyahu claims that if the Zionist Union party wins, it will likely lead to the creation of a "Hamas-stan," a play on words of the radical group that is intent on the destruction of Israel.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Melaleuca unveils global headquarters

Melaleuca unveils global headquartersIDAHO FALLS — Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot unveiled his company’s new global headquarters to members of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the media on Monday. The 350,000 square-foot complex, located south of Idaho Falls, consolidates the majority of Melaleuca’s regional holdings into a single a 195-acre campus. The building, VanderSloot said, is […]

‘Monster’ Cyclone Strikes Heavy Toll in Vanuatu

‘Monster’ Cyclone Strikes Heavy Toll in Vanuatu

Tom Patrick/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is trying to claw its way back after a monster cyclone hit the chain over the weekend. The first step is trying to exactly determine the extent of the damage, a task that will take days, if not longer.“It is a big challenge, to reach all of the affected communities given the large geographical coverage and the effect of the cyclone, as well as the fact that many of these communities are extremely remote and only accessible by boat,” said Kate Roux, who is coordinating relief for the International Red Cross in Bangkok. “So it will take days until we have a clear picture and full extent of the damage,” she added.

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Damage in the country's capital of Porta Vila is extensive, with 90 percent classified as either "damaged or destroyed."The airport on the country’s main island has reopened, allowed some aid flights to reach the country. Given the fact that damage to homes and infrastructure throughout the country is severe, a wide range of items such as tarps, water containers, medical supplies and construction tools are needed. Roux said on Monday that getting supplies quickly is extremely important. “Thankfully we do have a lot of good hubs and pre-positioned relief supplies in different parts of Vanuatu as well as the wider Pacific region so that we’re able to quickly pull together our resources,” she said. “So again, as a global network, the Red Cross and the British Red Cross down to the Vanuatu Red Cross is able to link together and bring together expertise to meet the needs such as food, water, shelter of these affected communities,” Roux added. The country of Vanuatu has a population of 267,000 over 65 islands, and lies about a quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii.

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Prince Harry Calls It ‘Really Tough Decision’ to Leave Military

Prince Harry Calls It ‘Really Tough Decision’ to Leave Military

Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Saying “most good things come to an end,” Britain’s Prince Harry confirmed that he will leave the armed forces, calling the move a “really tough decision” and adding that he’s looking forward to a new chapter in his life. In a statement released Monday, Harry – who is known as Captain Wales in the military – said he considered himself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do “some very challenging jobs,” and met “many fantastic people in the process.” “From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan - the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful,” Harry said. Harry said he will continue to wear his uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women “for the rest of my life, helping where I can, and making sure the next few Invictus Games are as amazing as the last.” The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded and sick male and female veterans from several nations. The inaugural games were held last year in London. Harry is heading to Australia next month, where he will spend four weeks in April and May as part of an exchange program with the Australian Defense Force. “So while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter. I am really looking forward to it,” he said. Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, chief of the ADF, welcomed the news. “We have prepared a challenging program that will see Captain Wales deploy on urban and field training exercises, domestic deployments, as well as participate in Indigenous engagement activities” and observe the ADF’s work to support wounded, injured and ill members, Binskin said in a statement on Monday. Binskin added that the prince’s time with the Australian Army would be an extension of his regular duties with the British Armed Forces. “It is also an opportunity for Australian Army personnel to learn from their British counterpart and I know our Diggers will welcome Captain Wales into the ranks when he arrives in Australia next month," he said. Advocacy on behalf of wounded, injured and ill troops has been a key component of Harry’s public outreach. During his attachment to the Australian Army, he will accompany his father, Charles, the Prince of Wales, to the Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey at the end of April. In May, Harry will take an official tour of New Zealand, according to Britain’s Royal Communications office. Harry’s operational service with the Armed Forces ends in June, after which the prince will perform volunteer work alongside conservation experts in Africa, the office said in a statement. He plans to focus on learning how local communities in sub-Saharan African work to protect and conserve wildlife and natural resources. In the fall, Harry will return to volunteer work with the Ministry of Defence’s Recovery Capability Programme while considering other long-term opportunities. He will also continue to support the work of the queen and the royal family with official domestic and international engagements as well as his charitable responsibilities. Gen. Sir Nicholas Carter, who holds the rank of chief of the General Staff – the head of the British Army -- praised Harry's military career. “Captain Harry Wales, as he is known affectionately in the Army, has achieved much in his ten years as a soldier. He has been at the forefront throughout his service. He has insisted on being treated the same as his peers....We wish him the very best for the future, we thank him for his service, and we look forward to his continuing involvement with his regiments and with our wounded," he said. Harry, the fourth-in-line to the British throne, joined the British Army in May 2005 and rose to the rank of Apache helicopter commander. The British Defense Ministry named Harry the best front-seat pilot, or co-pilot gunner, in February 2012 from his class of more than 20 fellow Apache helicopter pilots. He served as a forward air controller in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008. He returned to the U.K. when his cover was blown. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant with the Household Cavalry in 2008, and began training as an Army Air Corps pilot in January 2009. In July 2010, he began the 18-month Apache training course, during which he was awarded the prize for best co-pilot gunner. He served a second tour of Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot from 2012 to 2013. Later that year he qualified as an Apache aircraft commander.

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UK Kennel Club Provides Update on Dog Poisoning

UK Kennel Club Provides Update on Dog Poisoning

volofin/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A development in the high-profile dog poisoning mystery in Britain. Britain's Kennel Club, the body which oversees the famous Crufts dog show, said on Monday that toxicology tests show that the Irish Setter who died after appearing at the top event was almost certainly poisoned after the contest, back home in Belgium. The club said in a statement the dog, Jagger, died after eating fast-acting poison some 28 hours after attending the show."There has been a lot of concern about whether the poisoning happened at Crufts and we are now able to reassure all dog lovers who came to Crufts that this could not have been possible and it is highly likely that the poisons, thought to be on a piece of beef, were eaten in Belgium, shortly before Jagger's death,” said club secretary Caroline Kisko in a statement. Two different poisons were identified in the lab, according to Kisko, which would usually occur within half an hour to three hours after being ingested. "Regardless of the fact that the poison was not ingested at Crufts a dog has very sadly died and we must now respect the owners' privacy and give them time to grieve,” said Kisko.

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White House: Syria Relationship Not Re-evaluated

White House: Syria Relationship Not Re-evaluated

thehague/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House said on Monday its relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not changed, despite comments from Secretary of State John Kerry.Kerry had said on Sunday that the U.S. wanted to reignite negotiations with Assad, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest downplayed those remarks. “It has not been re-evaluated,” Earnest said. “The administration believes that President Assad has lost legitimacy to lead. We are not in a position of coordinating militarily with him as we strike ISIL targets.”Assad dismissed Kerry's remarks on Monday, saying that "declarations from the outside do not concern us."

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Ed Sheeran, John Legend Contributing to UN’s ‘World’s Happiest Playlist’

Ed Sheeran, John Legend Contributing to UN’s ‘World’s Happiest Playlist’

UNICEF(NEW YORK) -- Ed Sheeran and John Legend just want to make people happy.

According to Rolling Stone, the two musicians have teamed up with the United Nations to create “the world’s happiest playlist” in celebration of International Day of Happiness on March 20.The United Nations has enlisted the two singers for its week-long #HappySoundsLike campaign. James Blunt, DJ/producer David Guetta, actress Charlize Theron, and Australian singer and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Cody Simpson will also be contributing some joyful songs to the playlist.You're encouraged to submit your own song suggestions by using the hashtag #HappySoundsLike on social media. Simpson will choose five of the fan-nominated tracks to be included on the official playlist, which will become available Friday, March 20 at HappySoundsLike.com.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. ambassadors are getting in on the action, too. Ban has already nominated his song pick: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder, who's also a U.N. Messenger of Peace."On this day, we are using the universal language of music to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world suffering from poverty, human rights abuses, humanitarian crises and the effects of environmental degradation and climate change," Ban said in a statement.The International Day of Happiness was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to promote the idea that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.” Last year's International Day of Happiness featured Pharrell Williams' 24 Hours of Happiness campaign, for which fans posted YouTube videos of themselves expressing their happiness to the tune of Pharrell's track "Happy."

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Netanyahu Pulls Out All the Stops Ahead of Israeli Election

Netanyahu Pulls Out All the Stops Ahead of Israeli ElectionUriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israel's prime minister is fighting tooth and nail, hoping to win re-election when Israelis head to the voting booths on Tuesday.In a last-ditch effort to woo voters, Benjamin Netanyahu headlined a rally in Tel Av...

Elton John Boycotts Dolce & Gabbana After Designer’s IVF Remarks

Elton John Boycotts Dolce & Gabbana After Designer’s IVF Remarks

Jason Kempin/Getty Images for EJAF(ROME) -- Elton John has launched a boycott against Dolce & Gabbana after one of the Italian designers called in vitro babies "synthetic."In an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, designer Domenico Dolce, who is gay, said he was not convinced by "children of chemistry" -- whom he called "synthetic babies" -- "rented uteruses, semen chosen from a catalogue."John, who is raising two young sons conceived through IVF with his husband David Furnish, posted an Instagram message on Sunday, announcing he would never wear Dolce and Gabbana again. "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic". And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana," the singer wrote.

 

A photo posted by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on Mar 14, 2015 at 10:29pm PDT

 

Ricky Martin and Martina Navratilova have also spoken out against the Italian designers.

 

.@dolcegabbana ur voices R 2powerfull 2B spreading so much h8 http://t.co/30Oe2hcxNt Wake up,Its 2015 Luv urselves guys #boycottdolcegabbana

— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) March 15, 2015

 

 

Right on Elton and David http://t.co/qmORSvTnUe My D&G shirts are going in the bin- don't want ANYONE to wear them

— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 15, 2015

 

The designers have responded by saying they believe in freedom and love."We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love," Stefano Gabbana said in a statement.Dolce added: "I'm Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father and children. I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I've known. But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family. This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don't understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people's choices and decisions."

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Putin Makes First Appearance After More Than 10 Days

Putin Makes First Appearance After More Than 10 Days

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) — Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in public Monday for the first time in more than 10 days. Putin was in St. Petersburg for a meeting with Kyrgyzstan’s president.Putin apparently addressed the rumors about his disappearance, according to Interfax, telling reporters things “would be boring out without gossip.”Out of public view since March 5, speculation about Putin’s whereabouts and his health stirred in the media. The Kremlin consistently denied claims the Russian leader, who rarely shies away from the spotlight, was ill.In a photo from his appearance on Monday, Putin appeared to be in good health.

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Suicide Bombers Kill and Wound Dozens at Churches in Pakistan

Suicide Bombers Kill and Wound Dozens at Churches in Pakistan

iStock/Thinkstock(LAHORE, Pakistan) — At least 14 people were killed and scores of others wounded in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday when two suicide bombers detonated explosives near two Christian churches that were filled with worshipers.The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest against religious minorities in the heavily Muslim country.According to witnesses on the scene, one bomber blew himself up near the gate of a church and when people rushed to help the victims, the other bomber set off his explosives.There were also reports that an angry mob went after two people they believed responsible for the bombings, killing them and then burning their bodies.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

US Still the Favorite of World Travelers

US Still the Favorite of World Travelers

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On your mark, get set, go plan a vacation.Americans aren't the only ones setting their sights on traveling this year, based on a TripAdvisor survey of 44,000 people from around the world.As it happens, the U.S. was listed as the top destination among the survey respondents in 2015 as it was last year. But if money was not an issue, global travelers would make Australia their number one destination.Meanwhile, two-thirds of U.S. respondents to the poll say they plan to travel abroad this year, way up from the 50 percent who claimed to have vacationed internationally in 2014.The budget for the American traveler is also the same in 2015 as it was last year: about $8,700.Overall, about 40 percent of travelers worldwide say they will spend more this year, citing "going somewhere on my wish list" and "my family deserves it" as their reasons for doing so.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Taking Over the “Daily Show”’ Would Be Hard, Even for ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’

Why Taking Over the “Daily Show”’ Would Be Hard, Even for ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- He’s the megastar you might not have heard of: Bassem Youssef is known as “The Jon Stewart of Egypt,” a wildly popular Egyptian political satirist. Youssef was the face of the groundbreaking show Al Bernameg, averaging an audience of 40 million viewers each week and becoming the most-watched show in the history of Egyptian TV. Could this irreverent Middle Easterner be in line to host The Daily Show on Comedy Central? Youssef eschewed the idea, telling ABC News’ David Wright Stewart will leave “huge shoes to fill,” and joking that it would be “the worst rebound ever, like a bad rebound boyfriend for the show.” But why not Youssef? He already has the seal of approval from Stewart, who has called his pioneering comedy “heroic.” The 40-year-old points to the U.S. audience. “First of all, I don't think Americans are ready for a Middle Easterner like me to lecture them all on political satire. We need to cross a bridge and then maybe wait another fifty years,” he said. “Like the civil rights movements, they have a black president fifty years later, so we can have a Middle Eastern satirist fifty years from now. At that time I will be ninety years old.” Despite the fame, Youssef’s show was taken off the air in Egypt. But, he says, not for lack of laughter. “The whole show was hilarious. People were laughing their asses off,” he said. “I think because we were too funny I think we were banned.” A cardiac surgeon by trade, Youssef rose to popularity after the Arab Spring. “I was like a regular everyday-life heart surgeon,” he explained. “And suddenly I had a revolution and they were out on the streets and I was doing my part helping the wounded people of Tahrir Square.” With the help of a friend, Youssef decided he would “do Jon Stewart on the Internet.” He worked out of his laundry room and says he only expected about 10,000 views – but in mere months, his routine had been seen 5 million times. That led to his television show, and multiple appearances on The Daily Show. In a 2013 appearance, Jon Stewart told Youssef he was “carving out the space for people to breathe and express themselves in a way that I think is incredibly admirable.” Youssef says his admiration for Stewart goes beyond hero worship, telling ABC News, “This guy is not just an idol, he’s a brother.” He may not be hosting these days, but Youssef is still plenty busy. He’s a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and is working on a documentary about satire and free speech in the Middle East, titled Tickling Giants. But if he were hosting, would he find room for humor in some of the world biggest headlines, including ISIS? “Look at YouTube in the Middle East. People are making fun of ISIS left right and center.” Looks like Youssef is well on his way to a second act.

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Teenagers Sent Back to UK after Attempting to Reach Syria

Teenagers Sent Back to UK after Attempting to Reach Syria

Christopher-Oliver/iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Authorities in Turkey have apprehended three teenagers from the United Kingdom that were on their way to join ISIS in Syria. Turkish officials said on Saturday the three teenagers planning to join the Islamic State were detained in Istanbul. The teens, ages 17 to 19 years old, were allegedly planning to cross the border into Syria.The three have since been returned to the UK and arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, the BBC reports.The arrests follow reports earlier this week that a foreign intelligence operative helped three British teenage girls join the Islamic State.

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