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Two Journalists Among Five Killed in Gaza Explosion

Two Journalists Among Five Killed in Gaza Explosion

David Silverman/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Two journalists were killed and another one critically injured Wednesday morning as they were reporting on a team of Palestinian bomb disposal experts who were attempting to defuse an Israeli rocket. The sudden blast claimed the lives of an Italian cameraman, a Palestinian translator, both who worked for the Associated Press, along with three members of the bomb disposal unit. A Palestinian photographer, also working for AP, is in critical condition after the blast.At the time of the explosion, the bomb squad was trying to neutralize a Israeli rocket that had landed in a northern neighborhood of Gaza City at some point before the start of the current ceasefire. Israel denies carrying out any airstrikes Wednesday, reports the New York Times.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Why South Korea’s Only Astronaut Quit

Why South Korea’s Only Astronaut Quit

NASA/Victor Zelentsov(SEOUL, South Korea) — Yi So-yeon, South Korea’s first and only astronaut, quit her job this week, ending the country’s manned space program.The Korea Aerospace Research Institute said Yi sent a resignation letter by mail that explained she would be stepping down from her position due to personal reasons, according to local reports.Yi beat out more than 36,000 South Koreans who applied to become the first Korean astronaut. The government paid $20 million to Russia for her ticket to space, something that has been called a “matter of national pride.”She made history on April 8, 2008, when she boarded a Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station, becoming the first Korean and the 49th woman to visit space.During her 11 days at the ISS, Yi conducted science experiments and even hosted a traditional kimchi dinner in honor of the first Russian in space, Yuri Gagarin.The 29-year-old bio-engineering student’s space flight was celebrated across the country and a crowd of thousands convened in front of Seoul City Hall to mark the occasion. Gwang Ju Science High School, Yi’s alma mater, also held a rally to cheer on its famous alumna.Her return to Earth wasn’t so smooth. The space capsule, which was carrying two other astronauts, veered off course and landed 260 miles away, near some shepherds in Kazakhstan.”They thought at first we were aliens,” Yi said in an interview.Since her stint in space, Yi has worked on research from the ground, given speeches about her time in space and participated in educational programs to inspire students. In 2010, she began a new journey as a MBA student at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to pursue endeavors in the private sector.Reflecting on why she was chosen for the trip of a lifetime, Yi said: “I think they felt I was open minded and would easily reach out to the public.”
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American Tourist Found Dead in Suitcase in Bali, Daughter Arrested

American Tourist Found Dead in Suitcase in Bali, Daughter Arrested

iStock/Thinkstock(BALI, Indonesia) — An American woman was found dead and stuffed into a suitcase at a Bali resort, and her teenage daughter was arrested Wednesday in connection to the grisly murder, police said. The teen’s boyfriend was also arrested, police said.A taxi driver found the bloody suitcase containing 62-year-old Sheila von Weise-Mack’s remains in his trunk on Tuesday, authorities said. He told police the suspected couple had hailed his cab outside the ritzy Saint Regis Bali resort, and dropped off the suitcase and two bags before going back inside the hotel. They never returned, he told police.After the taxi driver turned the suitcase over to police, authorities found the couple sleeping at a hotel about six miles away, according to Indonesian media. They reportedly told police they had been held captive by gang members but escaped.Von Weise-Mack is from the Chicago area and lived in Oak Park for years, neighbors told the ABC News-owned station WLS-TV. Her husband James Mack, a popular composer and conductor, died in 2006. Von Weise-Mack was his third wife.James Mack also died while on vacation — of an aneurysm while in Athens, Greece, according to an obituary published in The Chicago Sun-Times.Neighbors told WLS that after his death, police often visited the home for domestic issues.A family member who did not want her name released told ABC News she was shocked by the news, but had “sensed [von Weise-Mack's daughter] Heather was going to be a troubled little girl.” She said von Weise-Mack didn’t get along with her husband’s family.”I was leaving this morning and going past the TV set and I heard something about Heather Mack, which is a very rare name,” the family member said. “But I just thought the world was too big for that to be her. …I don’t believe this.”
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Pope Francis Heads to South Korea

Pope Francis Heads to South Korea

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) — Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in South Korea Thursday, marking the first papal trip to Asia in 25 years.Before departing for Seoul Wednesday, the pope tweeted, “As I begin my trip, I ask you to join me in praying for Korea and for all of Asia.”During his five-day trip to South Korea, Pope Francis will beatify more than 120 South Korean martyrs who were killed several centuries ago for refusing to give up their Catholic faith.About 11 percent of South Koreans are Catholic. While most of the population is Buddist, the Asian country boasts the highest rate of conversion to Catholicism.
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Egypt Presents Long-Term Ceasefire Plan to Israelis and Palestinians

Egypt Presents Long-Term Ceasefire Plan to Israelis and Palestinians

David Silverman/Getty Images(CAIRO) — With the 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza set to end at midnight Wednesday, Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo were presented with a plan by Egypt that would bring a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the militant group Hamas.The Jerusalem Post said that news of the proposal revealed by Palestinian sources would bring an immediate end to Israeli air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza and shrink the buffer zone along the Israeli border.However, the ultimate goals of the Israelis and Hamas, which include the demilitarization of Gaza and the lifting of a seven-year-long blockade, respectively, won’t be addressed until later.Neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian delegation offered a reaction to the Egyptian plan.So far, there have been no reports of significant progress made between the two sides in Cairo as the clock counts down to the end of the three-day temporary truce.Israel has expressed a willingness to extend the ceasefire in an effort to keep negotiations going but indicated that it will be up to Hamas on whether to continue the suspension of hostilities.The armed conflict involving Hamas rocket attacks on Israel and the Israeli military’s invasion of Gaza has left more than 1,900 Palestinians dead while 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers, have also been killed.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Russia Aid Convoy Won’t Be Allowed into Eastern Ukraine

Russia Aid Convoy Won’t Be Allowed into Eastern Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — An agreement to provide humanitarian aid to pro-Moscow supporters in eastern Ukraine appeared on the verge of collapse Tuesday as both Kiev and the International Committee of the Red Cross alleged that a 280-truck convoy on the way from Russia was not part of the deal.The ICRC said that the convoy was not certified and there was no way of knowing what the trucks were carrying.  Therefore, the convoy would not be allowed to cross the border into Ukraine.The fear is that the convoy is actually some kind of subterfuge and that Russia will used the guise of humanitarian aid to conduct a full-scale invasion of eastern Ukraine.Adding to the suspicions are the Russian troops near the border, which are estimated at anywhere between 20,000 and 45,000.Russia is insistent that humanitarian aid is necessary since close to a million people have been displaced in the rebel stronghold regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.These areas have come under heavy fire from Ukraine’s military, which is seeking to return eastern Ukraine into its fold. It’s estimated that 1,100 people have died since rebels broke away from the central government last April.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Iran Backs New Iraqi Prime Minister

Iran Backs New Iraqi Prime Minister

Hemera/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Attempts by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to hang on to his job were dealt a major blow Tuesday when Iran’s Supreme National Security Council declared its support for Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.Although an endorsement of Abadi by the U.S. and the West was expected, Tehran’s announcement is particularly significant since Maliki has had close ties with Iranian leadership since ascending to power eight years ago.In other developments, the top Shiite militia in Iraq, another one-time supporter of Maliki, also expressed its support for Abadi.Although his political base appears to be crumbling as well, Maliki, for now, is going nowhere even as the country’s security situation remains tenuous with the rise of the militant Islamic State in the north and west.The fear is that Maliki could provoke an armed confrontation to remain prime minister, having deployed soldiers presumably still loyal to him on the streets of Baghdad.However, Maliki, who claims Iraq’s new Sunni president usurped the constitution by appointing his successor, may not have the stomach for deepening the chaos that already exists in his country.He’s quoted as telling his security chiefs “to distance [themselves] from the political crisis,” a sign that he would prefer to resolve the conflict without bloodshed.
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Obama Speaks with Leaders of Turkey, Canada About Cooperation on Iraq Situation

Obama Speaks with Leaders of Turkey, Canada About Cooperation on Iraq Situation

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama reached out to a pair of world leaders on Tuesday, speaking with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in part to ensure ongoing cooperation in regards to the situation in Iraq.Obama offered his congratulations to Prime Minister Erdogan on winning an election to become the 12th president of Turkey, a term he will begin later in August. According to a readout of the call from the White House, Obama and Erdogan agreed on the importance of cooperation on both Iraq and Syria, noting the terrorist threat emanating from the region. The two leaders also discussed the tensions in Gaza, and Obama welcomed Turkish humanitarian aid to vulnerable Syrians and Iraqis. Speaking with his fellow North American leader, Obama and Harper agreed to work with the rest of the international community to continue to provide humanitarian aid to civilians near Mount Sinjar. Each of the three leaders also agreed upon the importance of the formation of an inclusive government in Iraq that can pull the country together.
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More than 100 US Military Personnel Sent to Iraq

More than 100 US Military Personnel Sent to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ERBIL, Iraq) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that the United States has sent a new, 130-member military assessment team to Erbil in northern Iraq to determine what further assistance the U.S. can provide in easing the humanitarian crisis of thousands of Yazidis trapped at Mount Sinjar.
For now, the United States has provided five airdrops of food and water to the Yazidis and conducted 18 airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters surrounding the mountain or who were approaching Erbil.
Addressing a group of Marines during a visit to Camp Pendleton in California, Hagel said the team had arrived in northern Iraq “to take a closer look and give a more in-depth assessment of where we can continue to help the Iraqis with what they’re doing and the threats that they are now dealing with.”
The new team is in addition to the 40 U.S. military personnel already in Erbil who for several weeks have been manning a Joint Operations Center with Kurdish military forces.
Hagel said the team would soon provide an assessment to Centcom that would make its way to the Pentagon “very shortly.”
It is similar in scope to the assessment teams sent to Baghdad in June to determine potential U.S. assistance to Iraqi Security forces in the wake of the surprising ISIS advance in northern Iraq that led to the capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
At the time Pentagon officials stressed that the teams would provide useful intelligence to help determine whether U.S. military advisors should be sent to work with the Iraqi military. The assessments were completed weeks ago, but a decision on whether to proceed to that step has yet to be made by the White House.
The new deployment to Erbil will raise to 935 the number of U.S. military personnel now in Iraq, including 100 who were already in Iraq serving at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Hagel described the new team in Erbil as not going beyond the parameters President Obama has laid out for the earlier teams sent to Baghdad. He said the assessment team was “not a combat boots on the ground operation. As the president has made very clear, we are not going back into Iraq in any of the same combat missions dimensions that we once were in in Iraq.”
“We’re not going to have that kind of operation, but short of that there are some things that we are going to continue to do and we are doing,” said Hagel.
He said the team’s arrival in Erbil was “to find ways to assist and help advise Iraqi security forces which we have been doing.”
A defense official stressed that “these forces will not be engaged in a combat role” but will assess the scope of the humanitarian mission at Mount Sinjar and develop additional humanitarian assistance options beyond the airdrops.
The official said the team was “comprised of Marines and special operations forces from within the U.S. Central Command region.”
According to the official the team would coordinate with the State Department and USAID “to coordinate plans with international partners and non-government organizations committed to helping the Yazidi people.”
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Sixth Humanitarian Aid Airdrop Made in Iraq

Sixth Humanitarian Aid Airdrop Made in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SINJAR, Iraq) — The U.S. military made a sixth airdrop of humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar on Tuesday.The airdrop was conducted from multiple airbases, according to the U.S. Central Command, and included two C-17 aircraft and two C-130 cargo aircraft. In total, 108 bundles of supplies were dropped, containing over 7,000 gallons of water and over 14,000 meals for Yazidi refugees in Iraq.To date, U.S. Central Command says over 100,000 meals and 27,000 gallons of drinking water have been dropped by U.S. military aircraft, in conjunction with the Iraqi government.
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Spanish Priest Dies of Ebola in Madrid Hospital

Spanish Priest Dies of Ebola in Madrid Hospital

Creatas/Thinkstock(MADRID) — A Spanish missionary who contracted the Ebola virus while working in West Africa died at a Madrid Hospital.According to BBC News, Miguel Pajares, 75, was airlifted to Spain from Liberia last week, along with a nun who tested negative for the virus. For the past few days he had been treated with the experimental drug Zmapp. Pajares was part of a Catholic order at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. The hospital has since been closed due to the outbreak, BBC News says.The United Nations Health Agency says over 1,000 West Africans have died as the outbreak continues to spread.
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Helicopter Carrying Aid to Iraqis Crashes, Killing One

Helicopter Carrying Aid to Iraqis Crashes, Killing One

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — A helicopter carrying aid to stranded refugees went down in northern Iraq Tuesday, killing one on board.The chopper was delivering food and supplies to members of Iraq’s Yazidi community, when on the return flight, it crashed, killing the pilot.Two western journalists — Alyssa Rubin and Adam Ferguson, both on assignment for the New York Times — were among those on board. A statement from the newspaper says Rubin suffered broken wrists and a concussion while Ferguson wasn’t hurt.Kurdish officials aren’t saying what caused the crash, but the speculation is that it was overloaded with refugees who were stranded on the mountain top and desperate to escape.
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Perseids Meteor Shower Expected to Peak Tuesday Night

Perseids Meteor Shower Expected to Peak Tuesday Night

NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser(NEW YORK) — The Perseids meteor shower is set to peak Tuesday night as 100 shooting stars an hour are expected to streak across the night sky, and continue for several days.“Despite a bright moon, there should still be a good show from this prolific shower,” NASA wrote on its website. “Much of the world can see Perseid any time after full dark, with peak viewing projected on the early morning of Aug 13.””The best time to see the showers will be at around 2 a.m.,” Tony Berendsen, an outreach astronomer and founder of Tahoe Star Tours, told ABC News.“To see the meteor shower, you don’t need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment,” Berendsen said. “All you need is your eyes.”The Perseids meteor shower is the result of space debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet striking the Earth’s atmosphere.The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet orbiting around the sun once every 133 years. The Earth passes through a cloud of the comet’s debris each year in August, according to NASA.If you are not sure about the visibility of meteor shower, you can join NASA’s live chat and ask an expert.If you don’t live in the Northern hemisphere, or if clouds and city lights spoil your views, you can watch the meteor shower live on Space.com at 7 p.m. ET, courtesy of Slooh and NASA.
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Truce in Gaza Holding for Now

Truce in Gaza Holding for Now

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — For now, all is in quiet in Gaza as the Israelis and the militant group Hamas observe a 72-hour truce that allows Palestinians to gather essential items just in case there is another violent siege.The temporary truce that began 10 p.m. Sunday has also prompted Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to resume talks in Cairo in an effort to form a more lasting peace.Ominously, however, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the new talks would be “the last chance” for an agreement that would end the conflict that has cost the lives of more than 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, insists that Israel lift its blockade and allow the opening of a seaport.The Israelis, who want assurances that Hamas will stop firing rockets at their homeland, say these conditions can only be addressed during ongoing peace talks with Palestinians from the West Bank who are seeking their own state.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Aid Will Flow to Rebel City in Ukraine

Aid Will Flow to Rebel City in Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(GENEVA) — Amid fears that Moscow is ready to launch an invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian and Russian governments have nonetheless agreed upon a humanitarian aid mission to Luhansk, a city under the sway of rebel forces.The operation is being overseen by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which says both countries have to adhere to strict guidelines in order for aid to reach civilians caught in the crossfire.Kiev, Washington and Western allies previously worried that Russia could use the delivery of aid to launch unilateral military action in eastern Ukraine. Although the mission itself appears to be benign, NATO expressed concerns Monday that Russia might still invade as Ukrainian government forces have surrounded Donetsk, the epicenter of the insurgent uprising.NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen went as far to say there is a “high probability” Moscow will respond militarily, given that at least 20,000 Russian troops are standing by just over the border from Ukraine.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bright Red Supermoon Glows over Madrid

Bright Red Supermoon Glows over Madrid

NASA/Bill Ingalls(MADRID) — A bright red supermoon dazzled stargazers in Spain Monday night, captured glowing between Madrid’s Four Towers in an incredible photo.The spectacular sight came a day after the world watched a rare supermoon rise.
Supermoons happen a few times a year, when the moon is at its brightest and closest to Earth.
Sunday night’s supermoon was the biggest and brightest of the year.Changes in Earth’s atmosphere can cause the moon to appear a dramatic red or orange, experts said.
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US Has Launched 17 Targeted Airstrikes Against Iraq Militants

US Has Launched 17 Targeted Airstrikes Against Iraq Militants

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — So far, the United States has launched 17 targeted airstrikes against militant extremists in Iraq.On Monday, Lt. Gen. William Mayville briefed reporters on the effectiveness of the airstrikes. Mayville said, “We assess that U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have slowed ISIL’s operational tempo and temporarily disrupted their advances towards the province of Erbil. However, these strikes are unlikely to affect ISIL’s overall capabilities, or its operations in other areas of Iraq and Syria.”
The Pentagon said humanitarian airdrops have helped those fleeing militant extremists in Iraq by providing food and water.
Mayville said U.S. and U.K. air crews have flown 14 successful missions over the last four nights and have delivered almost 16,000 gallons of water and 75,000 meals.
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George Clooney’s Fiancée Turns Down UN Job Investigating Gaza War Crimes

George Clooney’s Fiancée Turns Down UN Job Investigating Gaza War Crimes

Karwai Tang/WireImage(GENEVA) — George Clooney’s fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, has turned down a position with the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of war crimes in Gaza.
U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq confirmed to ABC News that the 36-year-old lawyer pulled out of the job, but offered no additional explanation.
The U.N. had posted a statement earlier on Monday, saying that Alamuddin would serve as part of a three-person commission to “investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.”
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Fascinating Facts About Ebola-Weary Liberia’s Rich History

Fascinating Facts About Ebola-Weary Liberia’s Rich History

iStock/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) — No one would mistake Liberia for a model of prosperity, but the Ebola-weary West African nation certainly has a rich history like no other: It was colonized by freed U.S. slaves.Here are some details about its intriguing origins:1. The sight of freed slaves so unnerved one particular group of white Americans in the early 1800s that they concocted a plan to resettle them in Africa. It worked, and the American Colonization Society, as the members called themselves, found a partial solution to their “problem” by developing a colonization project that would eventually produce the West African nation of Liberia, according to the U.S. State Department Office of the Historian.By 1821, the U.S. Navy even helped in the search for land to accommodate what remained of the 88 free black settlers and three society members who had set sail for Sierra Leone the year before in search of territory to claim. “The Navy officer in charge, Lieutenant Robert Stockton, coerced a local ruler to sell a strip of land to the Society,” according to the State Department.The indigenous Africans initially staged violent resistance against the colony before other U.S. colonization societies bought additional land, and most of those settlements combined up to 20,000 people into a single organization that forged a rocky path toward a sovereign state, declaring its independence from the American Colonization Society in 1847, the State Department website says.2. U.S. President James Monroe committed so many government resources to the project that Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, was named in his honor. 3. Despite helping to establish Liberia, however, the U.S government didn’t recognize the nation until 1862, “because of fears of the impact this might have on the issue of slavery in the United States,” according to the State Department.4. Liberia’s first president, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, was born and raised in the U.S., overseeing a U.S.-style of government that excluded indigenous Africans from citizenship until 1904, according to About.com.
5. With an eye toward home, the founders designed the Liberian flag with red and white stripes and a blue square resembling the U.S. flag, but only one white star that “symbolizes the freedom that the ex-slaves were given and the blue square stands for the African mainland,” according to the Maps of the World website. “The eleven stripes on the flag of Liberia represent the eleven signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watch the Yo-Yo World Champion’s Amazing Routine

Watch the Yo-Yo World Champion’s Amazing Routine

iStock/Thinkstock(PRAGUE) — Top yo-yo competitors gathered in Prague over the weekend to compete for the chance to be named a World Yo-Yo Champion.
A California native took home the title, and his winning routine is mind-blowing and a must-see.
Gentry Stein, 18, beat out more than 300 competitors from more than 35 countries in a close race, winning with 88.2 points, just 1.5 points ahead of runner-up Takeshi Matsuura.
Check out his routine here.
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