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6-year-old has raised over $250K for Australian wildfires by making clay koalas
iStock (HINGHAM, Mass.) -- A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy who started making clay koalas as a way to help the animals hurt in the Australia bushfires has raised more than $250,000 for relief efforts.Owen Colley, of Hingham, Massachusetts, lived in Australia for a few months as a toddler and has been asking his parents to go back to visit, according to his dad, Simon Colley, who grew up in Sydney."My wife [Caitlin] said now is really not a good time and told him about the fires and he learned that not only were animals being hurt but a lot of them,"...
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Scientists find evidence of oldest impact structure on Earth
beyhanyazar/iStock (NEW YORK) -- New geologic data reveals that a crater in Western Australia is likely the oldest impact structure on Earth, according to a paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.At roughly 2.2 billion years old, the approximately 40-mile wide Yarrabubba crater was previously considered to be among the Earth's oldest meteorite impact structures, but lacked a precise age -- until now.To calculate the age of crater, scientists analyzed recrystallized mineral deposits, according to Timmons Erickson, lead author of the new paper and a research scientist at NASA."Without the precise age, we would have had no clue that...
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Three rockets fired into Baghdad's Green Zone as protests grow; no casualties
CT757fan/iStock (BAGHDAD) -- Three rockets were fired into Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified area of the capital that houses the U.S. embassy, government buildings and U.S. service members. The Katyusha rockets landed "in the vicinity of the Green Zone," but caused no casualties, according to Iraqi officials.A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said they could hear the rockets at the military and embassy compound areas. Rocket attacks on the Green Zone are very common.There were at least two attacks just weeks ago, including most recently on Jan. 8 and previously on Jan. 4 and 5. There were no known...
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Prince Harry leaves UK for Canada to reunite with Meghan, Archie
BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images (LONDON) -- Prince Harry has left the U.K. and is flying to Canada to reunite with his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and their 8-month-old son Archie, according to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie. Harry, 35, boarded a flight late Monday afternoon, according to Scobie. Buckingham Palace has not commented on Harry's whereabouts.Harry, the Duke of Sussex, made what could be one of his last official engagements as a senior member of the royal family Monday when he met with world leaders at the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit hosted by the U.K. government. Harry...
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Prince William, Kate step out at reception after Harry, Meghan royal family exit
iStock (LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, made their first public appearance Monday since the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan's exit from the royal family.William and Kate hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of Queen Elizabeth to mark the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit that took place in London Monday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Prince Harry makes first comments on split from royal family
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale (LONDON) -- Prince Harry has made his first public comments about the decision he and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made to no longer be "working members" of Britain's royal family. "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly," Harry, 35, said Sunday night at an event to benefit his charity Sentebale. "It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there...
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17 new cases of SARS-like virus reported in China, officials say
nopparit/iStock (BEIJING) -- Chinese officials have announced 17 new cases of the new coronavirus, a SARS-like illness that began to spread in Wuhan, China, in December.The total number of coronavirus infections in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is now at 62, Hong Kong's Department of Health reported in a statement.Two patients, both older adults, have died from the virus, which is in the same family as SARS, MERS and the common cold. Another eight patients are currently hospitalized in serious condition.Travelers passing through San Francisco International Airport, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport...
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer 'working members' of royal family: Buckingham Palace
Paul Grover- WPA Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer "working members" of the royal family, according to Buckingham Palace.With the queen's blessing, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are embarking on the "next chapter of their lives" by stepping back from their royal duties and will no longer receive public funds.The new arrangement goes into effect in the spring of 2020 and will be reviewed in a year's time."This is seismic. It’s an abdication really," said Alastair Bruce, ABC News' royalty consultant."He was given the opportunity to serve as a member of the royal...
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London man reports fake bomb threat to delay flight he was running late for: Police
Sussex Police Department (LONDON) -- A London man running late for his flight reported a fake bomb threat to try and delay it, police said.Rashidul Islam, 32, was going to meet his fiancee in Marrakech, but had issues with public transport on the way to his flight out of Gatwick and worried he would miss it, according to a statement from Sussex police on Friday.He then allegedly decided to anonymously call the police and report a fake bomb threat."EasyJet flight 8897 leaves in 40 minutes ... There may be a bomb on the plane, you need to delay it, you...
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Australian wildfires prompt $11,000 fine for tossing lit cigarette out of car
Brett Hemmings/Getty Images (SYDNEY) -- Drivers in Australia can now face a penalty of up to $11,000 if they are caught tossing a lit cigarette out of their car.The new punishment, which went into effect on Friday in New South Wales, can also apply to automobile passengers if they throw a cigarette. Passengers would be fined $1,320.The hefty fine would be given if the offense was committed during a total fire ban, which is declared on days of extreme weather and prohibits people from the lighting of any fires in the open or engaging in other activities that may start...
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Fact checkers expose alleged news site run by far-right media company
spyarm/iStock (NEW YORK) -- EU DisinfoLab, in cooperation with newsroom fact-checkers, has uncovered a far-right Polish media operation running a website that was making slight changes to real, existing stories and re-posting them to sow discord.The non-governmental organization, which collaborates with newsrooms throughout the European Union to combat misinformation, discovered the alleged news site after being contacted by fact-checkers from Agence France-Presse.Roman Adamczyk, research coordinator for EU DisinfoLab, told ABC News he was contacted by the AFP fact-checkers after they saw suspicious activity on a site called France Libre 24. Adamcayk said a quick review of the site set off...
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Military: 11 US service members treated for blast injuries in Iran missile attack
scyther5/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military confirmed late Thursday that some American troops were evacuated for blast injuries sustained in Iran's ballistic missile attacks on bases in Iraq last week. Ten service members injured at Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq were flown out of the country on Wednesday, and another service member was flown out on Jan. 10. Eight were taken to Landstuhl, Germany, while the three others were taken to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command."While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad...
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