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Dutch Mayor Sorry He Said Putin's Daughter Should Be Deported from Netherlands


Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- The mayor of a Netherlands city has apologized for suggesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's daughter should be kicked out of the country.Pieter Broertjes, mayor of Hilversum, made the comment during a radio interview Wednesday, The Guardian reported. His dig at Maria Putin, who reportedly lives in South Holland, comes as the Netherlands mourns victims of a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down by a missile in Ukraine last week. Ukrain

Airline with Missile Defenses Goes to Israel When US Carriers Won't


iStock/Thinkstock(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- As the grounding of American air carriers flying to Israel was extended Wednesday, one major Israeli airline -- one of the only ones in the world boasting high-tech anti-missile defenses --  says it’s braving potential rocket attacks to fly home to Tel Aviv. “In light of flight cancelations to Israel by foreign air carriers we would like to inform you that El Al, as always, will continue to fly from and to Israel,” the airline wrote o

Costa Concordia Being Towed to Final Destination


Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images(ROME) -- The Costa Concordia set sail for its final voyage on Wednesday.With the help of more than a dozen tugboats, the cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Tuscany on Jan. 13, 2012 -- killing 32 people -- is heading up the Italian coast to the port city of Genoa, where it will be scrapped.Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy's Civil Protection agency, called the send off "a moment of great satisfaction." The $2 billion salvage operation has been the most costl

Astronaut Sees Israeli-Gaza Conflict from Space


Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The death, destruction and chaos from the Israeli-Gaza conflict has been captured in striking photos on the ground, but even astronauts can see the fighting as it unfolds.Alexander Gerst, a European astronaut working at the International Space Station, captured a photo of rocket fire and explosions apparently being exchanged between Israeli and Gaza as the ISS flew over the region Wednesday night.“My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see

American Circus Troupe Stuck in Israel Due to FAA Ban


Jessica Hentoff/Circus Harmony(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- A circus troupe that traveled from St. Louis to Tel Aviv, Israel to take part in a cross-cultural exchange expected to be doing backflips as part of their routine, but not when it came to their travel plans.Jessica Hentoff is one of the chaperones for Circus Harmony, a Missouri circus group that has been traveling to Israel since 2007 to work with a youth circus in Galilee that includes both Jewish and Arab children.The Americans' trip was sche

Taiwan Plane Crash in Typhoon's Tail Kills 47


iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- A passenger plane trying to land at a Taiwan airport in stormy weather in the tail end of a typhoon crashed and killed 47 people, authorities said.The TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed and caught fire in the Penghu Islands, an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan.Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration says the TransAsia plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew.Taiwan had been battered by Typhoon Matmo. The center of the storm had moved

China Hammered by Second Typhoon in Two Weeks


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- The powerful typhoon Matmo slammed in China’s southeastern coastal province of Fujian Wednesday as China was still recovering from typhoon Rammasun, which killed dozens earlier this month.Matmo, with sustained winds of 85 mph, brought heavy rains, downed trees and threatened landslides.According to the official Xinhua News Agency, the category-two typhoon will lead to 300 millimeters of rainfall in Shanghai. The nearby Zhejiang and Anhui Province wi

The Slow, Sad Journey Home for Victims of Malaysia Airlines Tragedy


(EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands) -- The bodies of victims from last week’s Malaysia Airlines crash are headed home, being flown to the Netherlands as the Dutch government declared a day of national mourning.Meanwhile, the black boxes from MH17 were delivered to the U.K.’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) headquarters at Farnborough, a spokesman told ABC News. Investigators expect to be able to download the info from the recorders within 24 hours. There is no significant damage t

Two Ukrainian Jets Shot Down, Defense Ministry Says


iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down in the Donetsk region of the country Wednesday, the Ukrainian defense ministry said.The planes were identified as Sukhoi-25 fighter jets. The fate of the planes' pilots was not immediately known.It happened at 12:30 p.m. Ukraine time (5:30 a.m. ET). Defense ministry did not state what kind of weapon was used to down the jets.The Sukhoi-25 are single seat combat fighter jets. That same type of jet was shot down by a mi

Cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Plane Remains Unguarded Amid Pleas to Preserve, Pro


(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Fields with wreckage from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane remained completely unguarded Monday amid international calls for the evidence to be protected and secured from looters.A team of international experts was on their way to the rural Ukrainian town of Donetsk to examine the crash site first hand, but until then, the plane wreckage remains out in the open.One field, miles from the main crash site, was littered with debris and completely unguarded, reported ABC News

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