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Venus and Jupiter to Put on 'Best Backyard Sky Show of 2015'


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Venus and Jupiter will appear to glide closer together Tuesday night, with the bright planets' spectacular conjunction being visible in the night sky in what NASA says could be the "best backyard sky show of 2015."The planets have been slowly getting closer to each other over the past few weeks. Tuesday night will be the culmination with both planets appearing one-third of a degree apart, giving them the appearance of a double star, according to NASA.While conjunct

Iran Nuclear Deal Deadline Extended


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday morning that Iran and the major countries negotiating a nuclear deal have extended the deadline from Tuesday to July 7 to "allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UN: South Sudan Army Said to Have Sexually Abused, Burned Girls Alive


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- South Sudanese armed forces and associated groups reportedly embarked on a “campaign of violence” against its own population, killing civilians, looting villages and, in some instances, sexually abusing women and girls and then burning them alive in their own homes.The allegations are contained in a new report released Tuesday from the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan [UNMISS], which pulls from the testimony of more than 100 witness

Horrifying Scenes from Indonesia in Desperate Search for Plane Crash Survivors


iStock/Thinkstock(MEDAN, Indonesia) — The death toll in the latest Indonesian airplane crash has reached at least 113 people but that number is expected to increase.Tuesday's accident involved a military transport plane that crashed into a residential area in the city's third largest city, Medan.[PHOTOS: DESPERATE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS AFTER PLANE CRASHES IN INDONESIA]Air force chief air marshal Agus Supriatna told ABC News all 101 passengers and 12 crew members on board the plane died but

Vatican Releases Details of Pope Francis' Trip to Cuba, US


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- The Vatican on Tuesday released the pope's full itinerary for his trips to Cuba and the U.S. later this year.Pope Francis will depart for Havana on Sept. 19, spending two days in Cuba's capital before traveling to Holguin and Santiago. During his time on the island, he will deliver holy masses and meet with locals.The pope will then make his way to Washington, D.C. from Santiago, Cuba on Sept. 22. He will kick off his first visit to the U.S. since becoming po

Taliban Attack in Kabul Targeted NATO Convoy


iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan Tuesday.The Afghan Health Ministry says at least four people were killed. Another 17 people were injured in the attack. Among the injured were three women and three children.Witnesses say the blast damaged several buildings in the area. Meanwhile, NATO officials did not confirm the nationality of the soldiers in the convoy or whether any wer

Dozens Killed in Plane Crash in Indonesia Residential Area


iStock/Thinkstock(MEDAN, Indonesia) — A plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia, killing dozens of people, authorities said.At least 36 people were reported dead by a local hospital, according to Indonesian news outlet DetikCom. Three crash victims were rescued, two of which are still hospitalized. One of the three rescued victims was treated for burns on her hand and has been sent home.ABC US News | World NewsCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Orphaned Tree Kangaroo Gets Surrogate Mother at Adelaide Zoo


File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(ADELAIDE, Australia) -- Zookeepers in Australia used a new technique that saved the life of a tree kangaroo.A five-week-old joey, Makaia, was orphaned in November after a falling branch killed his mother. Zookeepers ‘cross-fostered’ the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo with a yellow-foot rock-wallaby to save his life, according to the Adelaide Zoo’s website.Makaia was put into the surrogate mother’s pouch since he was too small to be hand-r

Shocking Video Shows Frantic Moments as Shooter Attacks Tunisian Hotel


PeterHermesFurian/iStock/Thinkstock(SOUSSE, Tunisia) -- Harrowing footage taken during the attack on a Tunisian beach-side resort shows the chaos facing tourists as they were running for safety.The video was shot by one of the employees at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, according to the BBC, when the shooting unfolded on Friday morning.Two different portions of the footage captured what appears to be the alleged shooter, covered head-to-toe in black clothing. In one shot, what looks to be a machine

WATCH: A Brief History of US-Iran Relations


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States and Iran have been at odds ever since a CIA-backed coup reshaped Iranian politics more than half a century ago.Brutal secret police, the infamous hostage crises and the fatal downing of an Iranian civilian airliner are just a few of the seminal events to chill relations in the decades since.But the ice between the two nations may be thawing as the deadline for a historic nuclear deal approaches this week.Watch the video below to experience the gri

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