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Iraq Says Islamic State Militants 'Bulldozed' Ancient Site


Romanista/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Iraq’s Tourist Ministry said on Thursday that militants from ISIS have begun bulldozing an ancient site: the Nimrud archaeological site near Mosul that dates back to the 13th century B.C.“Leaving these g

Signing Up for a Mission to Mars, and Planning to Never Return


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Kellie Gerardi is training for the mission of her life, one from which she might never return. Gerardi is one of thousands of applicants vying for a trip to Mars, courtesy of an audacious new company called Mars One. Only 100 potenti

Benjamin Netanyahu Receives Bump Before Israeli Election


Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is getting a bump back home ahead of the highly-anticipated election on March 17.  The latest election polls show Netanyahu got a boost after his address befo

Mark Lippert: Ambassador Only Had One Unarmed Guard


Handout/The Asia Economy Daily via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert had only one unarmed bodyguard assigned to protect him when he was slashed by a knife-wielding attacker at a breakfast event in Seoul, U.S.

Ceres: NASA Readies For Historic Visit to Dwarf Planet


JPL-Caltech/NASA(NEW YORK) -- Are we there yet?NASA's Dawn spacecraft will reach the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday after what has been a nearly eight-year long journey through space. When the probe reaches its destination and inserts itself into its orbit,

Jawbone Fossil Sheds New Light on the First Humans


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 2.8 million-year-old jawbone fragment discovered in Ethiopia is shedding new light on a period of evolution that has long remained a mystery to anthropologists.The fossil dates back to a time when Homo, the branch humans d

Duchess Kate Middleton to Visit "Downton Abbey"


Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) — Calling all Lords, Ladies and Countesses -- a real-life Duchess will be making a special appearance in the fictional world of Downton Abbey.Duchess Kate will visit the London set of the hit TV show next Thursday,

North Korea Hails Attack on Mark Lippert as 'Righteous Punishment' Against US


Handout/The Asia Economy Daily via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea hailed a South Korean man’s attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul in a statement through its Korean Central News Agency, stating that the attack “reflects

33 Miners Killed in Eastern Ukraine Coal Mine Explosion


JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images(DONETSK, Ukraine) — Thirty-three miners were confirmed dead Wednesday as the result of an explosion at a coal mine in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, a region that has been under siege in a conflict between pro-Russia rebe

Colorado Woman's Global Scavenger Hunt Ends in Marriage Proposal


Amy Linville(NEW YORK) -- After Amy Linville completed her master's degree, she learned that her boyfriend, Brett Arnold, had a huge surprise for her. That surprise would take her on an overseas journey more than 5,000 miles away. "Brett and I have been t

US Ambassador Mark Lippert Attacked in South Korea


oztasbc/iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The U.S Ambassador to South Korea was attacked in the country's capital on Wednesday while giving a speech, officials say. Photos from South Korea's official news agency show Ambassador Mark Lippert with bl

Prince William Visits Elephant Sanctuary Just Minutes From Circus


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(XISHUANGBANNA, China) -- Prince William visited an elephant sanctuary while on a historic trip to China on Wednesday in hopes of raising awareness about the endangered animals. “It is appalling that elephants and many ot

US General Says Airstrikes Have Killed 8,500 ISIS Fighters


Juan Bernal/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. Lloyd Austin of US Central Command and Christine Wormuth, the Pentagon’s top policy chief, were on the Hill Tuesday to talk about the authorization of use of military force against ISIS.Austin noted

Former British Marine Killed in Syria Fighting Against ISIS


iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- A former British marine was killed in Syria earlier this week while fighting alongside the Kurds against ISIS, according to Kurdish military officials.Konstandinos Erik Scurfield  was killed in a battle in northeast Syr

India Woman Lands Dozens of Proposals After Marriage Ad Goes Viral


Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- Indhuja Pillai may not sound like traditional marriage material, and that's just how she wanted it."I wear glasses and look dorky in them," she wrote in an online ad at marry.indhuja.com. "Detest masala &

'Spocking' Money Legal but 'Inappropriate,' Bank of Canada Says


@The_CDR/Twitter(TORONTO) -- Canadian Star Trek fans have been paying tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy through "Spocking," or drawing in the character’s sharp eyebrows, bowl-shaped hair and pointy ears on look-a-like former Prime Minister Sir Wilfr

At Least 17 Dead After Explosion at Ukraine Coal Mine


JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images(DONETSK, Ukraine) -- Dozens of miners were trapped, and at least 17 died, after an explosion at a coal mine in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, officials said. A rescue operation is underway.“Rescue teams are b

Microsoft Co-Founder's Submarine Finds Sunken WWII Warship


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and a team of researchers used his submarine to uncover a Japanese battleship that sunk during World War II.The battleship, called Musashi, was found in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippi

World's Tallest Burger: A Finland Cafe Says This Hamburger Is a Record Setter


Stiina Kokkonen(LAPINJARVI, Finland) — A café in Finland claims it broke the record this week for the world’s tallest burger.For the price of $2,200, customers were invited to take a bite from a 16-foot-tall hamburger tower.The owner of

At Least One Dead, Dozens Trapped in Explosion at Ukraine Coal Mine


JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images(DONETSK, Ukraine) — Dozens of miners were trapped, and at least one has died, after an explosion at a coal mine in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, and a rescue operation is underway, officials said.“Rescue

Dozens Feared Dead in Explosion at Ukraine Coal Mine


JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images(DONETSK, Ukraine) — Dozens of miners were trapped and are feared to be dead, after an explosion at a coal mine in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, and a rescue operation is underway, officials said.“Rescue t

Turkish Airlines Jet Skids Off Runway, Passengers Escape to Safety


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — A Turkish Airlines jet skidded off the runway while landing Wednesday, according to officials. Thick fog made landing difficult, but there were no serious injuries in the incident.The plane, Flight TK7

Woodpecker Takes Weasel On the Ride of Its Life


Martin Le-May(LONDON) -- A photograph of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker that seems almost too incredible to be true is not Photoshopped, according to the British man who snapped the now-viral photo.Martin Le-May says he was out for a walk on