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Dozens of migrants found dead on Libya's coast


iStock/Thinkstock(ZAWIYA, Libya) -- Dozens of bodies have washed ashore on the coast of Libya.At least 74 bodies were found in Zawiya, according to a spokesperson for the United Nations' International Organisation for Migration. They are believed to be migrants who were trying to reach Italy by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.The UN spokesperson said a torn dinghy that was found nearby on the beach had departed from Sabratha on Saturday with 110 people on board.Smugglers are using new boats in or

Scientists discover 4 new species of tiny frogs in India


Courtesy SD Biju(NEW YORK) -- Scientists from India have discovered seven new species of frogs, according to a news release Tuesday from PeerJ, a peer-reviewed biological and medical sciences journal.All of the newly discovered frogs all belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, scientists said. Frogs of this genus are commonly known as night frogs because of their dark colors and habitats.The amphibians were found over the course of five years by University of Delhi scientists who went on extensive e

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian assailant


iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- A military court Tuesday sentenced Elor Azaria, the Israeli combat medic found guilty of manslaughter, to 18 months in prison, half the time requested by prosecutors.The three-judge panel in Tel Aviv had last month found Azaria, 21, guilty of killing Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. The verdict included a description of the killing as "needless."The military prosecution had asked for three to five

What you need to know about NATO after VP's visit to headquarters


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In his first overseas trip as vice president, Mike Pence is re-assuring European allies that America will honor its security commitments and has "strong support" for NATO.As recently as January, in an interview with The Times of London, then-President-elect Donald Trump repeated his view that NATO is "obsolete," raising doubts about whether the United States, under his leadership, would jump to the defense of its NATO allies in Europe if Russia attacked them.&ldquo

Is President Trump right about crime in Sweden?


ABC News(NEW YORK) — Just a few days after President Trump's remarks on Saturday about what he said happened "last night in Sweden," unrest erupted in a Stockholm suburb, home to a large immigrant population. Rioters set cars on fire and threw rocks at police in Stockholm's Rinkeby district Monday night after one person was arrested, local police said. Police fired guns, but without hitting anyone.When Trump made his comments on Sweden at a rally in Florida he also referenced Paris, Nice a

Five killed, including four Americans, in Australian charter plane crash


iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Four Americans were among five killed when a plane crashed into a shopping center shortly after takeoff near Melbourne, Australia, authorities said.The plane had taken off from Essendon Airport around 9 a.m. local time and suffered a "catastrophic engine failure" in the air, according to Victoria Police’s Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane.The pilot attempted to return to the airport and crashed into the DFO shopping center, Leane said. The

Five dead in Australian charter plane crash


iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Five people have died in a charter plane crash in Melbourne, Australia, according to police.Victoria Police’s Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said there were no survivors after the Beechcraft airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Essendon Airport at about 9 a.m.The plane suffered "catastrophic engine failure" while in the air, according to Leane, and it crashed into a shopping center when the pilot attempted to return to the airport.Vic

Paris' 'Spider-Man' art thief sentenced to eight years in prison


BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- A Paris art thief known as "Spider-Man" has been sentenced to eight years in prison after stealing five paintings worth about $110 million.Vjeran Tomic, a 49-year-old with acrobatic skills, admitted to taking the five masterpieces from the Musee d'Art Moderne in 2010, according to BBC. The works of art-- which include an Henri Mattisse, a Pablo Picasso and an Amedeo Modigliani-- are still missingTomic said he originally broke into the museum to steal a wo

Canada's border sees surge in families, others crossing illegally from US


iStock/Thinkstock(QUEBEC CITY) -- A family of seven with small children; a woman who was taken to a hospital after falling on ice; a Nigerian man who had to have fingers amputated due to frostbite. These are among a growing number of asylum-seekers and other migrants trekking on snow and ice to cross over the United States border into Canada, according to an attorney and Canadian network CTV.They come from a range of countries, like Iraq, Syria, Sudan, as well as nations in Latin America -- many

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, dies


Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Vitaly Churkin, the longtime Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died Monday in New York, according to Russian officials.The Russian Mission to the U.N. declined to reveal the circumstances of his death.In a short statement calling Churkin an “outstanding” diplomat, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Churkin died Monday, the day before his 65th birthday, in New York.Churkin had served as the Russian am

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