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Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Has Died, Afghan Officials Say


Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Mullah Omar, whose Taliban regime in Afghanistan sheltered Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda for years before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, has died, Afghan officials said on Wednesday.The Afghan president's and prime minister

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Confirmed Dead


iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, the Afghan president's office confirmed on Wednesday.More to come...Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu Readmitted to Hospital


Ashraf Hendricks/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu was readmitted to a hospital in South Africa Wednesday just over a week after being discharged.According to a statement from The Desmond and Leah Tutu

Russian Man's Adventure Gone Wrong


Fuse/iStock/ThinkStock(TORONTO) -- A Russian adventurer survived in Arctic waters after his helicopter crashed.Sergey Ananov was flying around the Arctic Circle in a tiny helicopter when the engine failed as he was flying over open water between eastern C

Son of Col. Gaddafi Sentenced to Death


LorenzoT81/iStock/ThinkStock(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- A Libyan court has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and eight others to death, according to the BBC.Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is the son of Libya's late removed leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi.The death sentences com

Gay CIA Contractor Claims Dangerous Harassment in War Zone


Brett Jones(WASHINGTON) -- He spent 13 years on secret missions around the world for the CIA, but when former Navy SEAL Brett Jones looked into his cell phone camera and pressed “record” earlier this month, he was scared.“The reason I&rs

Refugee Crisis Unfolding in Ukraine


Bigandt_Photography/iStock/ThinkStock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- One of the less obvious consequences of the war in Ukraine is the refugee crisis unfolding there.Charities in Ukraine are warning about a huge hidden refugee emergency. Fighting in the country betwee

Minnesota Dentist Acknowledges Killing Zimbabwe Lion Named Cecil


Cecil, Zimbabwe's famous lion, has reportedly been killed by a hunter. (Brent Stapelkamp)(NEW YORK) -- An American dentist acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion named Cecil during a recent hunting trip to Zimbabwe.Dr. Walter Palmer, 55, in a

Cassini: What It Saw on Saturn's Moon Tethys


NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute(NEW YORK) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a huge impact basin on Tethys, one of Saturn's 62 known moons, shining brightly and spiking curiosity about the landscape of the icy world.While the rest of t

Algae Invasion Turns Yellow Sea Green


iStock/Thinkstock(QINGDAO, China) -- It's beach time as usual for people on vacation in eastern China -- despite a thick layer of green algae appearing at popular resorts.More than 13,500 square miles of water along the Qingdao coast have been affected by

John Kerry Names New US Special Envoy for Syria


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Michael Ratney will replace Daniel Rubinstein as the third U.S. special envoy for Syria since the war there began in 2011, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday.In a statement, Kerry said Ratney is "a Senior F

NATO Gathers to Discuss Violence Along Turkey-Syria Border


iStock/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- An emergency gathering of NATO countries is taking place in Brussels Tuesday morning to discuss the increasingly volatile situation in Turkey.In recent days, trouble in neighboring Syria has spilled over the border. Those tr

Thousands of Students Perform Haka Dance for Beloved Teacher


iStock/Thinkstock(PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand) -- Thousands of high school students in New Zealand performed a traditional haka dance as a send-off for a beloved teacher who died.Video shows at least 1,700 students from Palmerston North Boys' High Schoo

War on ISIS: US, Turkey Partner to Create "Safe Zones" in Syria


iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) --  The US government and Turkey have agreed on a new partnership to fight ISIS in northern Syria along the Turkish border that involves flying armed US aircraft out of Turkey for the first time in this war and creating a

American Airlines Dreamliner Damaged by Weather During Flight from Beijing to DF


iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- An American Airlines Dreamliner suffered damage Monday during its flight from Beijing to Dallas due to weather.“American Airlines Flight 88, a flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth Inter

Terrorism on Agenda as Ethiopia Welcomes President Obama for Historic Trip


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- President Obama kicked off his first full day in Ethiopia as he heads into the second half of his historic trip to East Africa.Obama arrived on Monday morning at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, w

Obama Assembles Meeting with Regional Leaders on South Sudan


Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — President Obama met with regional leaders in Ethiopia Monday to discuss the crisis in South Sudan and counterterrorism efforts in Somalia. According to senior administra

Baby "AirForceOne" Named in President Obama's Honor


Pete Souza/The White House(KISUMU, Kenya) — Obamamania may have seized Kenya over the weekend, but for some, the frenzy will now be life-long.A handful of children born during the President’s visit to his father’s homeland have been name

State Department Releases Annual Report on Human Trafficking


State Department photo(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry formally released the State Department’s annual report on human trafficking Monday with a message of thanks to those who are fighting the issue abroad and in the U.S.The 384-pa

Turkey Requests Special Session of NATO Talks


iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Turkish officials are requesting a special session of NATO talks amid growing security concerns along the country's border with Syria.The proposed talks follow a string of attacks on Turkish soil and counterattacks in Syria

James Foley Execution Video Took White House By Surprise


ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House had no warning that ISIS had murdered American journalist James Foley before a video showing the brutal execution appeared online, to the horror of Obama officials, according to a top White Hou

Turkish Fighter Jets Hit Islamic State Targets in Syria


webking/iStock/ThinkStock(ISTANBUL) -- Turkish officials say they have arrested more than 600 terror suspects throughout the country.The arrests come as fighter jets hit Islamic State targets inside Syria for the second day.Warplanes also hit a camp for K

Canadian Doctor Under Fire for Texting Inappropriate Picture of Patient


fotoedu/iStock/ThinkStock(TORONTO) -- A Canadian doctor is being punished for texting a naked picture of an unconscious patient.Victoria urologist Dr. John Kinahan admits to snapping a photo of an obese patient's catheter site and sending it to a friend w