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Israeli Defense Forces Thwart Attack From Syria, Raises Alert Level


Joel Carillet/iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Several alleged terrorists were killed Sunday night while trying to place explosives along the Syrian-Israeli border, the Israeli Defense Force announced.An IDF patrol identified the targets around 9:30 p.m. local time who were “attempting to place an explosive device against IDF forces on Israel's border with Syria.” "Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force

Pope Francis Offers Prayers for Victims of Nepal Earthquake


neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- After Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims from his balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square.The pope called for help for the survivors during his weekly Sunday blessing.Francis said he was praying for the victims, the injured and all those suffering from this calamity. He urged others to lend them support and fraternal solidarity.The quake damaged a large swath of territory, destroy

Three Americans Among Dead in Nepal Earthquake


ABC News(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Three Americans were among the thousands killed in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal's capital on Saturday. The State Department hasn't identified any of the three, but two of the Americans were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by the magnitude 7.8-earthquake near Kathmandu. Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google execut

Americans in Nepal Describe Massive Earthquake and Devastating Aftermath


Abigail Hunter (BAKTAPUR, Nepal) -- An American traveling in Nepal described the moment a massive earthquake hit Saturday, as she witnessed "the whole ground, all the temples... moving at once." "It was huge. Everyone felt it," Abigail Hunter said. "A lot of screaming going on, a lot of bricks coming down." Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee, is traveling in Baktapur, about 30 minutes away from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu,

Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Jumps Over 2,100


Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Rescue crews were racing to pull survivors from the rubble on Sunday after a powerful earthquake struck Nepal, even as officials said the death toll had soared over 2,100. The earthquake hit about 50 miles northwest of the capital of Kathmandu just before noon local time on Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude-7.8 quake toppled temples and triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest. At least 2,100 people have been killed, the Nepal Inter

Chilean Volcano Forces Thousands From Homes


zapatisthack/iStock/Thinkstock(ENSENADA, Chile) -- Chileans are digging out from under 15 inches of heavy inches of heavy ash, after twin eruptions from the Calbuco volcano Wednesday and Thursday spewed smoke, ash and lava 6 miles high. More than 6,500 people have been evacuated from towns within 12 miles of the volcano, which had been dormant for more than 40 years. Authorities worry there could be addition eruptions to come, as attention also turns to the weather. Rain is forecast in the area

Dispute Over Marijuana Dispensaries Heats Up in Canada


RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The Canadian government and city of Vancouver are at odds over the regulation of marijuana dispensaries.Earlier this week, Vancouver city officials announced a plan to regulate stores that sell medical marijuana. The stores are technically illegal, but about 80 have opened up in the city, CBC News reports.Vancouver officials want to regulate them and charge $30,000 to pay for enforcement of those rules, but lawmakers in the

Seven Things You May Not Know About the Royal Family


Photo by Ian Gavan/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The anticipation of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second baby is at a fever pitch, as the people of Great Britain and the rest of the world wait to find out all they can about the coming bundle of joy and latest addition to the royal family. In the meantime, here are some lesser-known facts about the royals while you await Kate’s second child and future “royal spare.” 1 – Queen Elizabeth II has been head of the

At Least 1,400 Believed Dead After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal


Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- A massive earthquake near the capital of Nepal killed at least 1,457 people on Saturday as it collapsed temples and triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest. The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll, estimated by the Nepalese Army, was expected to rise, said officials. Another 1,055 were injured, said the country's finance minister, Ram Sharan Mahat.Abiga

Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Embraces Former Nazi Guard Oskar Groning


RONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images(LUENEBURG, Germany) -- In a moving moment, former Nazi guard Oskar Gröning embraced Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, a witness in the case against him. Gröning, 93, who is on trial in Germany, kissed 81-year-old Kor on the cheek, according to The Times, and then the two hugged. Kor, an Auschwitz survivor, tweeted about the interaction. She shared a photo of them, describing it as "two old people reaching out." I am sharing with you my face to face meetin

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