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Attempt to Raise Fuselage of AirAsia Plane Fails


nuttapong/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SURABAYA) -- An attempt to raise the fuselage of the AirAsia flight that crashed into the water near Indonesia last month failed on Sunday.During the attempt to raise part of the wreckage, cables being used to lift the fuselage snapped, sending it back to the ocean floor. Strong currents have made the recovery effort difficult.So far, 70 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. There were 162 people on board when the plane crashed en route from Indonesi

Amnesty International: Hundreds of Thousands of Nigerians at 'Grave Risk' of Bok


Pontuse/iStock/Thinkstock(MAIDUGURI, Nigeria) -- Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians are at "grave risk" from large-scale attacks by militant group Boko Haram, Amnesty International says.Amnesty's Africa Director Netsanet Belay said in a statement that the latest attacks by Boko Haram "are significant and grim news. We believe hundreds of thousands of civilians are now at grave risk."The city of Maiduguri, and its population of over 600,000, may be the next target after locals and activists say B

Pope Francis Releases Balloons of Peace in Place of Doves


GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis broke with tradition on Sunday, releasing balloons of peace in place of the typical doves during his Sunday mass.Last January, shortly after the pontiff released the two peace doves, they were attacked by other birds. During the last Sunday mass of January, the pope traditionally released the doves to symbolize the need to pray and work for world peace, London's The Telegraph newspaper says.In the place of the doves, Pope Francis had c

Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Iraq


SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images(ERBIL, Iraq) -- Angelina Jolie traveled to Iraq on Sunday to visit Syrians and Iraqis displaced in the battle against ISIS.Jolie is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees and has made multiple visits to refugee camps in the region. The United Nations says more than three million people have fled the fighting in Syria and another 6.5 million were displaced within Syria. An additional 2.5 million were displaced in Iraq."It is shockin

Ukrainian President: Ukraine Has Evidence of Russian Involvement in Saturday Att


FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday that there is evidence of Russian involvement in the rocket attacks on the city of Mariupol on Saturday."Interception of radio and phone conversations by the Security Service of Ukraine irrefutably indicates that the given attack was organized by terrorists supported by Russia," Poroshenko said. "I consider it an issue of every country to determine its attitude to the tragedy in Mariupol and Voln

Japan PM Shinzo Abe Condemns ISIS Execution of Hostage as 'Outrageous and Imperm


YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday condemned the apparent execution of a Japanese hostage at the hands of ISIS.The video, which was posted online on Saturday, shows a still picture of Japanese television reporter Kenji Goto holding a photo of the beheaded body of Haruna Kuwana. Abe said in a statement that Japan has "been pursuing every possible means including all available diplomatic channels, first and foremost, the save the lives of the tw

Missing Snowboarder Found Without Serious Injury


SerrNovik/iStock/Thinkstock(WHISTLER, British Columbia) -- A woman who went missing while snowboarding in Whistler, British Columbia, was found in good condition Saturday after three days lost "in the backcountry," according to the police.The snowboarder was found by search and rescue teams Saturday afternoon, the Whistler Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.The snowboarder, identified as 21-year-old Julie Abrahamsen, had last been seen Wednesday morning on Blackcomb Mountain, according to police

Dozens Killed in Rocket Attacks in Ukrainian City


semakokal/iStock/Thinkstock(MARIUPOL, Ukraine) -- At least 27 people were killed following several rocket attacks in Ukrainian city of Mariupol.The rocket attacks on Saturday slammed into markets, schools, and homes in the city, which is strategically placed on the Azov Sea halfway between Russia and Crimea.Saturday’s attacks also raised concerns that a major offensive is underway, the biggest escalation in the war there since last summer. A top rebel commander was recorded saying the grou

"Charlie Hebdo" Protests Erupt Across Southern Asia


mjbs/iStock/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) -- Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout several countries on Friday in anger with the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.In the western Afghan city of Herat, an estimated 20,000 people protested the magazine’s anti-Islam satire.Police on Friday also clashed with thousands of demonstrators in India-controlled Kashmir, while some 15,000 protesters denounced Charlie Hebdo, and Fra

Italian Supreme Court Orders Compensation for Gay Driving Suspension


JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- An Italian man is celebrating after winning a 14-year legal battle to get his permanent driver's license back after officials revoked it because he was gay. It all started when then 18-year-old Danilo Giuffrida underwent a medical exam for the military service and told the doctor he was gay. At the time, Italy’s military banned gay men, and the doctor, disbelieving Giuffrida, told him to go register at the local gay rights organization. Giuffrid

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