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Japan Passes Bill Requiring Companies to Set Goals for Hiring Women


Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- There may soon be more women executives in Japan.On Friday, Japan's upper house passed a bill requiring companies with more than 301 employees to set numerical targets for the hiring of female employees and managers.

Tropical Storm Erika Moving Across Haiti


iSTock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Erika may be losing steam.As of Friday evening, Tropical Storm Erika was 25 miles southwest of Port au Prince and dumped rain on Haiti causing mudslides and flooding.The storm is moving toward the west at 21 mph with maximum su

Poland Officials '99 Percent' Certain Radar Shows Nazi Gold Train


iStock/Thinkstock(WALBRZYCH, Poland) -- Has the legendary Nazi gold train finally been found?The Polish government says ground-penetrating radar images mean its "99 percent convinced" that a World War II German military train is buried near the south-west

Senior ISIS Member Killed by Drone Strike Inside Syria


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. military says it had killed Junaid Hussain, a senior ISIS recruiter and cyber specialist during a drone strike in Syria.Hussain's death was confirmed in a tweet from Brett McGurk, the Deputy Special Presidentia

What We Know About the Latest Deaths in European Migrant Crisis


Antonio Melita/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of people are feared dead off the coast of Libya in the latest shipwreck of migrants desperately trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.“We are still wai

American's First Thought During Train Attack Was 'Just Trying Not to Die'


Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- U.S. serviceman Alek Skarlatos, who helped stop a gunman on a Paris-bound train last week, said his first thought was "just trying not to die."Recalling on ABC News' Good Morning America Friday what ran though hi

Former Archbishop Accused of Sexual Abuse Dies Awaiting Trial


ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- The first Vatican official set to stand trial for sex abuse died in Rome Friday. Disgraced former Archbishop Josef Wesolowski was a high-ranking Vatican diplomat accused of paying young boys for sex in the Domini

Hundreds Feared Dead After Two Boats Capsize Off Libyan Coast


iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Hundreds are feared dead after a pair of boats carrying people fleeing conflict and poverty capsized near Libya. Libyan officials have been working around the clock trying to find survivors of two boats that sank off the coast o

Buzz Aldrin's Master Plan for Colonizing Mars


Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Leave it to Buzz Aldrin to come up with a grand plan for colonizing Mars.Aldrin, 85, who was the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to create an

Tropical Storm Erika Hits Caribbean, 4 Dead


NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) -- Another powerful storm is churning in the Caribbean.Tropical Storm Erika arrives in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Thursday night and it may threaten Florida's Atlantic coast as soon as Monday.So far, the s

Calgary's Air Quality Affected by Washington State Wildfires


iStock/Thinkstock(CALGARY, Canada) -- The air quality in one Canadian city may be similar to Shanghai's.Because of wildfires burning in Washington State, those living in Calgary can smell, see, and taste the smoky air.One resident, Nolan Hill, says he's e

Saudi Arabian King Salman Visiting Washington Next Week


Carolyn Kaster/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Saudi Arabia's king is making a trip to Washington soon.On Thursday, the White House announced Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud would be making his first trip to Washington D.C. since his ascensio

ZSL London Zoo Holds Annual Weigh-In for 2015


Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It's time for these animals' annual check-up.On Wednesday, the Zoological Society of London's London Zoo held its annual "weigh-in," weighing more than 17,000 animals as a way to keep a record of their health and

American Kids Try Foreign School Lunches


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After watching this hilariously enlightening video, your kid heading back to school might not be complaining about that cafeteria sloppy joe after all.Cut.com has compiled a video of American children trying school lunches f

Hubble Telescope Captures Shimmering 'Cosmic Butterfly'


ESA/NASA(NEW YORK) -- The cosmic butterfly, or as its known more formally, the twin jet nebula, was captured in a vibrant new image taken from the Hubble Telescope.The glowing colors and expanding gas seen in the image are the final gasps of life for an o

Parole Review Board Sets Hearing Date for Oscar Pistorius


Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius could be released from jail in about three weeks.A parole review board has set a Sept. 18 hearing date that could result in the release of the former Olympic runner.P

Ukraine Reaches Debt Deal


iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukraine has reached a debt restructuring deal with its creditors, according to the BBC.The repayment period will be extended and Ukraine's sovereign debt will be cut by one-fifth, says Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia

Austrian Authorities Find Dozens of Bodies in Truck


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At least 20 bodies have been found in the eastern Austrian province of Burgenland, according to the BBC.At a police press conference on Thursday, an Austrian regional police commander said a refrigerated truck was found on t

Sinkhole Swallows People Waiting at a Bus Stop in China


AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A sinkhole swallowed up at least four people in China as they were waiting at a bus stop, according to The Independent. The sinkhole opened up on Saturday night and was caught on surveillance video. The video shows th

Gunman in Afghan Military Uniform Kills Two American Airmen


Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two American service members were killed after an attacker wearing an Afghan National Defense and Security Force uniform opened fire on their vehicle in Helmand province early Wednesday morning, military offic

ISIS Recruiter and Cyber Specialist Believed Killed in Drone Strike


icholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. military believes it has killed a senior ISIS recruiter and cyber specialist, a senior U.S. official tells ABC News.The Pentagon has not confirmed the death of Junaid Hussain, but the official said that he

Dozens Found Dead in Hold of Ship Carrying Migrants from Libya to Europe


So-CoAddict/iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Dozens of people were found dead in the hold of a boat carrying migrants near the coast of Libya on Wednesday.BBC News reports that about 50 people were found dead on Wednesday and 430 more were rescued alive by a Sw