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Venezuelan fighter 'aggressively shadowed' US reconnaissance plane over Caribbean Sea
iStock (WASHINGTON) -- A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter plane "aggressively shadowed" a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft operating over the Caribbean Sea, according to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), in a move the U.S. is calling "unprofessional."In a series of tweets on Sunday, SOUTHCOM said the Venezuelan fighter, which took off from an airfield 200 miles east of Caracas on Friday, "'aggressively shadowed' a U.S. EP-3 at an unsafe distance" and had been "jeopardizing the crew and aircraft.""The EP-3 was performing a multi-nationally recognized and approved mission in international airspace" over the Caribbean Sea, SOUTHCOM added.Venezuela has purchased military aircraft, including the Su-30, from...
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Search for missing teen Emanuela Orlandi leads to recovery of bones at the Vatican
iStock/MichalLudwiczak (ROME) -- Bones were collected from the depths of the Vatican Saturday, the latest effort to solve the mystery of a 15-year-old girl who vanished 36 years ago.Representatives of the family of Emanuela Orlandi, who has been searching for the girl since she went missing from a street in the center of Rome in 1983, were at the Vatican at 9 a.m. local time when the containers holding the bones were unsealed.Emanuela's sister, Federica, represented her family along with their lawyer, Laura Sgro, and a forensic expert, Giorgio Portera.They remained there for six hours."Obviously it’s an emotional experience because...
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Hong Kong police find large cache of explosives ahead of weekend protests, reports say
Chris McGrath/Getty Images (HONG KONG) -- Hong Kong authorities seized a large haul of explosives and weapons in a raid Friday, leading to an arrest and an investigation just as the city braces for another mass protest, according to local reports.The discovery comes ahead of the latest of ongoing demonstrations, in part calling on the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, to resign after a widely criticized bill that would have cleared the way for extraditions to China.In what police said was the "largest" seizure they have ever made, they also found the highly dangerous explosive substance tri-acetone peroxide, or TATP,...
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Iran seizes British, Liberian oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz
iStock (TEHRAN) -- Iran's paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have seized a British-flagged and a Liberian-flagged oil tanker traveling through the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, Britain's foreign secretary said, in what appeared to be a significant new escalation between Tehran and Western countries.Late Friday, a management company for the Liberian tanker, Mesdar announced in a statement that "the armed guards have left and the vessel is free to continue the voyage. All crew are safe and well."Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement he was "extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities."Iran's State...
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Hackers gain access to London police's Twitter account, request release of rapper
iStock (LONDON) -- Hackers gained access to the main account for the London Metropolitan Police on Friday night and began making odd demands, taunting police and even requesting the release of a British rapper.The account, @metpoliceuk, was hacked just before midnight Greenwich Mean Time, when it began sending out largely nonsensical tweets. Among them were, "What you gonna do call the police?," "We are the police” and "no comment get my lawyer."The hackers then began advocating for the release of British rapper Digga D from prison. It's not clear the artist is actually in prison currently, but he has been...
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Canadian police investigating 'suspicious' deaths of couple on side of remote highway
iStock (BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada) -- Authorities in British Columbia, Canada, are desperately looking for answers after the lifeless bodies of a young couple were found on the side of a remote highway.Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and boyfriend Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, of Australia, were found Monday on Alaska Highway 97, south of Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia, according to the Northern Rockies, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Authorities said that they considered the deaths "suspicious" and that they believed the killings had occurred between Sunday and Monday. They did not specify the manners of death.It was not clear...
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Trump says White House is helping rapper ASAP Rocky, who is being held in Sweden without charges
Christian Vierig/Getty Images (STOCKHOLM) -- President Donald Trump spoke out for the first time Friday about the case of rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in a Swedish jail for more than two weeks without charges following a street fight. The president said the White House has been communicating with Sweden and working on the release of the hip-hop star, who will be detained at least until July 25, a judge ruled Friday."A$AP Rocky is a situation in Sweden. Sweden's a great country and they're friends of mine, the leadership. And we are going to be calling, we'll be...
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German Chancellor Merkel expresses 'solidarity' with freshman lawmakers after Trump attack
Omer Messinger/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized President Donald's Trump's comments that four Democratic congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from, saying the idea "contradicts America's strength," and expressed "solidarity with the attacked women.”The chancellor, who made the comments on Friday during her annual press event, said the country's strength is derived from the contributions of people from many backgrounds, and that Trump's comments -- first expressed on Twitter and repeated to his supporters at a campaign rally -- run "counter to this impression.""This is something that contradicts America's strength,” she said.Theresa May, the...
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Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seizes British-flagged tanker in Strait of Hormuz
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Iran's paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said it had seized a British-flagged oil tanker traveling through the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, in what appeared to be a significant new escalation between Tehran and Western countries. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement he was "extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities." The British tanker, the Stena Impero, was crossing through the strait when it abruptly changed course and headed north towards Iran's Qeshm Island, ship tracking sites showed. The tanker's owner and management companies issued a statement that the...
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Earthquake hits Athens, Greece
KeithBinns/iStock (ATHENS, Greece) -- An earthquake hit Athens, Greece, on Friday, causing strong shaking in the capital city. The earthquake was a 5.3 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and hit just after 2 p.m. local time. The mobile phone network went down and there were some power outages reported around the city. The fire department is responding to calls of people trapped in elevators. Otherwise, there was no reported serious damage or injuries immediately after the quake. The Acropolis Museum remains open, although many people around the city were sent home from work for the day.It officially hit...
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Study: Parts of Marshall Islands have more radioactivity than Chernobyl, Fukushima
Marshall_Islands/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Parts of the Marshall Islands where the U.S. government carried out nuclear testing are more contaminated with radioactive material than Chernobyl and Fukushima, a new study found.Researchers from Columbia University located external gamma radiation on nine islands and four atolls on the Marshall Islands, a chain of islands in the central Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the Philippines, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. In addition, soil samples from 11 islands in four of the northern atolls yielded radioactive concentrations, scientists found.The U.S. military used two...
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11th American to die in Dominican Republic died of 'natural causes,' government says
Family Photo (SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) -- One of the 11 Americans who have died while visiting the Dominican Republic since June of 2018 died of "natural causes," according to the country's minister of tourism. Tracy Jerome Jester Jr. of Forsyth, Georgia, died on March 17 after a day of sightseeing while vacationing with his sister at a resort, his mother, Melody Moore, told ABC News last week. The 31-year-old was planning to fly back to the U.S. the next morning but complained of vomiting and breathing problems the day he died, she said.Jester's autopsy confirms that he died of...
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