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'Severe' Turbulence Injured Passengers, Crew Aboard Etihad Airways Flight


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- "Severe and unexpected" turbulence injured 31 passengers on a flight to Jakarta Wednesday, sending nine to the hospital, Etihad Airways confirms.The Airbus A330, en route from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, encountered bumpy air about 45 minutes prior to its arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport.Photos show debris strewn throughout the aisles and a possible crack in the cabin ceiling.The oxygen masks reportedly deployed mid-flight, and one passenger even said she

Russia Stages Classical Concert in Recaptured Palmyra Amphitheater


iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Russia’s famed Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra is playing in a Roman amphitheater in Palmyra Thursday in a surreal propaganda exercise triumphing the recapture of the ancient city by Syrian government forces.Syrian troops retook Palmyra from ISIS militants in late-March under the cover of Russian airstrikes and artillery.Now, Moscow has dispatched the Mariinsky orchestra from St. Petersburg, one of Russia’s most celebrated classical troupes -- second only to

Kenyan Woman Rescued from Rubble After Trapped for Six Days


TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- A woman has been rescued after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building in Nairobi, Kenya, the Red Cross confirmed to ABC News.A rescue team made contact with the woman around 11 a.m. local time Thursday, Anthony Mwangi, head of corporate affairs for the Kenya Red Cross Society, told ABC News."Emergency responders were able to give her oxygen and intravenously administer water and glucose to stabilize her. She was successfu

New Video Shows Intense ISIS Battle that Killed US Navy Seal


U.S. Navy photo/Released(WASHINGTON) -- New video released by The Guardian shows the intense battle between American, Kurdish and ISIS forces that killed U.S. Navy Seal Charles Keating IV.On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that a U.S. service member had died in northern Iraq after ISIS penetrated the front lines of Kurdish Peshmerga forces.The footage shows a convoy of U.S. vehicles under attack by ISIS fighters. Members of a SEAL quick reaction force rush in to rescue a small te

US Embassy in Kabul Warns of Kidnapping Attempt Against US Citizen


MatthewBrosseau/iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The U.S. Embassy in Kabul sent out an emergency message to U.S. citizens in Afghanistan after an attempted kidnapping earlier this week.According to the message, the kidnapping attempt targeted "several expatriates including a U.S. citizen" and took place on Monday. American citizens are urged to take security precautions and avoid "predictable travel patterns."The embassy didn't put out any additional information about the kidnapping atte

Canada Wildfires Continue As State of Emergency Declared


paulync/iStock/Thinkstock(ANZAC, Alberta) --  As wildfires continue to rage in Alberta, Canada, the provincial government has declared a state of emergency as two more communities prepared to evacuate overnight Wednesday.Just after midnight, some of the 80,000 residents who fled Fort McMurray to Anzac after a mandatory evacuation notice, were told they would have to move again urgently."Buses are being assembled," local authorities said in a statement, adding they were "going door-to-door,"

North Korea to Hold First Communist 'Party Congress' in 36 Years


AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in 36 years, North Korea's ruling Workers' Party will hold a congress, scheduled to begin on Friday. The event will likely include high-office candidate nominations and celebrate the communist regime of current leader, Kim Jong-un – but no one is sure why now.North Korea has held only seven party congresses in its history. During the last one, in 1980, Kim’s father – Kim Jong-il – was confirmed as the successor to the state

Inside the Battle With ISIS That Killed a US Navy SEAL


Raphye Alexius/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Navy SEAL killed in northern Iraq Tuesday was part of a reaction force sent to rescue a small team of American advisers who had joined in the fight to help Kurdish Peshmerga forces push back a large surprise ISIS assault to take the small town of Tel Skuf, north of Mosul.Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego, was identified on Tuesday evening as the SEAL killed in the attack launched by 125 ISIS fighters.Army Col. S

Poverty, Lack of Purpose May Push Syrian Boys to Extremism, Study Finds


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Young Syrians don’t necessarily join extremist groups like ISIS because they believe in their radical ideas, a study finds.Many Syrian boys and young men may be pushed into extremism because they need to make a living, are missing a sense of purpose and because they want to avenge the death of loved ones, according to a new study by International Alert, an NGO that advises governments, organizations and companies on how to support peace."ISIS promises t

Canadian Wildfires Force Evacuation of 80,000 People


iStock/Thinkstock(FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta) -- Hundreds are offering lodging and assistance to people stranded in Alberta, Canada, after more than 80,000 people were asked to evacuate from their homes and workplaces in 12 northern communities Tuesday because of wildfires.Beaconhill is the hardest hit neighborhood of Fort McMurray so far, with 80 percent of homes destroyed, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo confirmed on its website, adding that areas of Waterways and Abasand have also susta

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