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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 ISIS-free zones along the border region to provide relief for refugees and rebel-fighting forces.The Pentagon said Monday it hopes it can use the strategic air bases to create “ink blots on the map” where ISIS does not exist and over

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 International Airport, returned to Beijing due to damage sustained by weather in flight,” American Airlines said in a statement to ABC News.The aircraft was in flight for 44 minutes before it had to turn around. There were 209 passengers and a

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, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The two men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries in the sunlit courtyard, where the Ethiopians had prepared an elaborate arrival ceremony.The leaders stood at attention in front of th

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 administration officials, the assembled leaders, which included the president of Uganda, president of Kenya, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, chairman of the African Union and the foreign minister of Sudan, agreed the two parties in South Sudan must reach an a

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 named after him, his family — and even his airplane.That’s right: Baby AirForceOne.The boy’s full name is “AirForceOne Barack Obama,” and he’s one of three babies born Friday in the city Kisumu with Barack Obama v

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-page report, titled “Trafficking in Persons,” calls attention to the $150 billion illicit trafficking industry. “It’s a battle against money. It’s a battle against evil,” Kerry said Monday. “It’s qui

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 and Iraq.Over the last week, a Turkish soldier was killed in a cross-border attack by the Islamic State. Soldiers and policemen in southern Turkey were also killed in attacks blamed on a Kurdish rebel group. Prior to the shootings, a bombing nea

Philippines Crushes World Record for Largest Zumba Class Ever to Dance


Guinness World Records(MANILA, Philippines) -- More than 12,000 people have officially crushed the Guinness World Record for the largest Zumba class ever to dance.The event, which took place on July 19, was organized by the city of Mandaluyong in the Philippines and was part of Mayor Benhur Abalos' birthday celebrations.Abalos, who recently won a United Nations Public Service Award, launched a health care program that encourages a healthier lifestyle, Guinness said."More than being a record-brea

Bombing at Mogadishu Hotel Leaves at Least 10 Dead


iStock/Thinkstock(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- An Islamist group claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion in Mogadishu Sunday.BBC News reports that Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at a hotel and left at least ten dead. President Barack Obama was leaving Kenya for Ethiopia on his African trip at the time of the attack. Obama had noted al-Shabaab as a threat earlier in the trip.The White House issued a statement condemning the "abhorrent attack...wh

Car Crash Near Tour de France Finish Line


Gemini-Create/iStock/ThinkStock(PARIS) -- Police in Paris say they're searching for a vehicle that hit a cab and ran into barriers set up near the Tour de France finish line on Sunday morning.There was a simple accident between two cars and one of the cars tried to get away. The car tried to force its way through a police road block that was set up because of Sunday's final stage of the Tour de France.A policeman at the scene then fired a couple of shots toward the car, but the car managed to ge

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