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New Zealand volcano death toll climbs to 15, as divers search for more bodies
dan_prat/iStock (WHAKATANE, New Zealand) -- Another person has died from their injuries in the deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island, bringing the confirmed fatalities to 15, police said Saturday.The bodies of two people are still unaccounted and divers have been deployed into the waters surrounding the island to search for them.So far, authorities have retrieved the bodies of six tourists from the volcanic island during a major operation that began at first light on Friday."Unfortunately the recovery option is not over as two people remain unaccounted for. We know at least one body is in the water," New...
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$66 million Klimt painting stolen 20 years ago may have been found
DeAgostini/Getty Images (ROME) -- The "Portrait of a Lady," a painting by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt now valued at $66 million, was stolen from a gallery in northern Italy more than 20 years ago.But it may have just been found -- and in the external wall of the very gallery from which it was thought pilfered.Investigators said they're remaining cautious as they await the results of high-tech X-rays to verify the work's authenticity, after which questions on how it went missing and who was involved still require answers.The theft of "Portrait of a Lady" was believed to have happened during...
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Lawyers' attack on hospital in Pakistan leaves 3 dead
iStock (LAHORE, Pakistan) -- Dozens of lawyers attacked the Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Pakistan in an escalation of a feud that started last month in a dispute over the care of a lawyer's relative.Three patients died during Wednesday’s incident after they were left unattended while others, including attendants and nurses, were injured when lawyers went amok to settle a score between their group and doctors who took part in a brawl at the same hospital last month.“They came prepared,” and had planned for a fight, Dr. Salman Haseeb, President of the Punjab Young Doctors Association, said.The previous attack on...
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Conservatives win landslide majority in UK election
Ramberg/iStock (LONDON) -- Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a huge victory in U.K.'s closely watched general election.Britain went to the polls for the third time in five years Thursday to determine who the public wants to resolve the stalemate over Brexit.While early polling suggested the Conservatives would win a narrow majority, in the end the result was decisive.With just one seat left to declare, the Conservative Party won 364 seats, with a majority of 78, in the largest majority they have secured since 1987, when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.The opposition Labour Party meanwhile only won 203 seats --...
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Iraqi protesters lynch teenager, string up his corpse
CT757fan/iStock (LONDON) -- An angry crowd of protesters killed a teenager and strung up his corpse in the streets of Iraq's capital on Thursday amid the ongoing anti-government demonstrations, Iraqi officials said.The brutal killing in Baghdad apparently stems from a days-old dispute in which the teen -- identified as 17-year-old Haitham Ali Ismael -- repeatedly ordered a group of protesters gathered on the street near his home to move but they refused, according to Maj. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for the Iraqi Armed Forces.The argument took a violent turn on Thursday morning when the teen climbed up onto...
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Debris from missing Chilean Air Force plane may have been found, officials say
StanRohrer/iStock (LONDON) -- Chile's air force said it has located debris at sea believed to be from its cargo plane that vanished this week with 38 people aboard.The Chilean-flagged vessel Antarctic Endeavour found the debris on Wednesday in the treacherous, icy waters of Drake Passage, about 19 miles south of where the C-130 Hercules aircraft last made contact, according to a statement from the Chilean Air Force.The debris included floating pieces of sponge, which the air force said "could be part of the remains of the sponges of the internal fuel tanks of the C-130." The parts were recovered and...
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'Starry night' toad rediscovered in Colombia after nearly three decades
Global Wildlife Conservation (NEW YORK) -- Biologists have rediscovered the "starry night" harlequin toad in Colombia for the first time in nearly three decades after the species was largely wiped out by a deadly fungal pathogen.The toad, characterized by its black and white spots, was photographed in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the tallest coastal mountain on Earth, the Global Wildlife Conservation announced on Thursday. The harlequin toad species is classified as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species and typically resides in mountainous regions of Latin America.While the "starry night"...
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Archaeologists discover oldest cave painting to tell a story
DanielBendjy/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Archaeologists have discovered what they say is the earliest figurative painting known to man, in a cave in Indonesia.It depicts an intricate hunting scene, scholars believe, in which eight small, human-like figures pursue an anoa, a type of buffalo found in Indonesia.The humans have animal features, like snouts and tails, and appear to be wielding thin objects that scholars are interpreting as spears or ropes.After testing the painting using uranium analysis, scientists determined it to be 44,000 years old. The findings were published this week in the journal Nature.While the painting is believed to be the...
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China, Turkey top annual list of world’s worst jailers of journalists: Watchdog
iStock (LONDON) -- China and Turkey were the world’s most prolific jailers of journalists in 2019, according to a special report released by the press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists this week.The report, described as “a snapshot of those incarcerated at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2019,” found at least 250 journalists imprisoned around the world in relation to their work, including at least 48 journalists jailed in China and at least 47 journalists jailed in Turkey. The report also identified Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Eritrea, Vietnam and Iran as particularly repressive media environments.“China tightened its iron grip on the...
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Senate recognizes Armenian genocide over Trump White House opposition
iStock (WASHINGTON) -- In a historic vote, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to recognize as genocide the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turkey a century ago, overcoming weeks of active opposition from President Donald Trump's White House as it convinced three Republican senators to block earlier votes.The vote is sure to further roil U.S.-Turkish relations and upset the country's strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who, despite a warm relationship with Trump, has overseen a fraying between the two NATO allies.This is the first time this kind of resolution passed the Senate -- unanimously, no less -- and weeks...
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Early exit polls indicate huge victory for Conservatives in UK election
iStock (LONDON) -- If early exit polls are any indication, Conservatives have won a huge victory in U.K.'s closely watched general election.Britain went to the polls for the third time in five years Thursday to determine whom the public wants to resolve the stalemate over Brexit.In an exit poll released at 10 p.m. local time, with the Conservative Party winning 368 seats and the Labour Party taking 191. The victory would mean a clear vindication for Brexit-champion Boris Johnson, who would remain as prime minister.Polling booths in the historic election opened at 7 a.m. local time and closed at 10...
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Brexit hangs in the balance as polls open in Britain's general election
oversnap/iStock (LONDON) -- Britain goes to the polls for the third time in four years Thursday to determine whom the public wants to resolve the stalemate over Brexit.Polling booths in the historic election opened at 7 a.m. local time and will close at 10 p.m. -- which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States.The results are expected to be announced Friday morning.Boris Johnson, the prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, called the election to secure the majority he needs to get his Brexit deal through Parliament. His primary opponent, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader...
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