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British Indie Rock Band Dies in Car Crash in Sweden


iStock/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM) -- All four members of a British indie rock band called Viola Beach and their manager died in a car crash near Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday.The BBC reports Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Thomas Lowe, and Jack Dakin, and manager Craig Tarry were killed when their car fell more than 82 feet from a bridge into a canal.The band last performed in a Swedish music festival on Friday, and they were supposed to play a show in Guildford on Saturday.Fans, supporters, and other band

Putin and Obama Discuss Syria and Ukraine


JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have held a telephone conversation about the Syrian war and the unresolved conflict in Ukraine.A Sunday statement said the call took place at Washington's initiative, but didn't specify when it occurred.On Syria, the statement said "Both sides gave a positive assessment of the results of the meeting of the International Syrian Support Group in Munich on February 11-12, confirmed the principles a

Earthquake Hits Christchurch, New Zealand


USGS(CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand) -- A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday local time.GeoNet Science, New Zealand's official monitoring service, cautioned of aftershocks, according to Australia's ABC.The earthquake was too small to cause a tsunami, according to GeoNet spokeswoman Caroline Little, but objects were still sensitive enough to fall from walls and shelves.Jenny Krez, a coffee shop manager, said items broke in her shop, accordi

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Cleared to Sail, Coast Guard Says


ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by terrifying, hurricane-force winds off the coast of the Carolinas six days ago was cleared to sail by the Coast Guard Saturday.Anthem of the Seas is setting sail on its originally scheduled cruise itinerary, traveling from New Jersey to Florida and the Bahamas.Anthem of the Seas originally left Cape Liberty, New Jersey, last Saturday for a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas. But Sunday, when the ship en

Pope Francis's Busy Day in Mexico


Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images(HAVANA) -- Pope Francis has a very busy day ahead of him in Mexico City.He is planning to speak with the country’s elite, political, and church leaders and try to urge them to deal with the problems that plague Mexico, including corruption, drug violence, poverty, and inequality.The pope will then join the people for a mass at Mexico’s most sacred shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.Pope Francis told reporters on his way to Mexico from

Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somalia Plane Explosion


Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- The Islamist militant group in Somalia, al-Shabab, is taking the blame for the explosion on a plane that left a hole in the side of the plane’s body earlier this month.Al-Shabab said in an emailed statement that the attack was revenge for Western intelligence groups carrying out operations in Somalia.According to the BBC, the explosion occurred 15 minutes into flight, so the cabin was not yet pressurized.The BBC reports that most

Group Hopes to Reunite Lost Cat With Refugee Family


Courtesy Edward St. George/Reunite Dias(LESVOS, Greece) -- He may be named for the Greek god Zeus, but Dias the cat and his team of volunteers are faced with a Herculean task: trying to reunite him with his family.Dias arrived by boat on the shores of Lesvos, Greece, in November 2015 with his owners, who were fleeing ISIS-controlled Mosul, Iraq. When they landed, Dias broke free and ran off.“The family told the volunteers at the time what had happened and many helped the family search for

Orangutan Mesmerized By Breastfeeding Mom at Melbourne Zoo


Courtesy Elizabeth Hunt Burrett(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- An Australian mother had an unlikely audience while breastfeeding her infant son at the Melbourne Zoo.An orangutan closely watched from inside one of the zoo’s exhibits as Elizabeth Hunt Burrett breastfed her now-14-week-old son, Eli."I was there for about 20 minutes and the orangutan watched the whole feed," Burrett told ABC News in an email.Burrett, of Melbourne, was visiting the zoo to celebrate her older daughter's third birthday

Space Station Resupply Mission Delayed After Mold Found in Bags


NASA(NEW YORK) -- A cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station has been pushed back after mold was discovered in some of the bags used for packing supplies, NASA said. The initial launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft was scheduled for Thursday, March 10, but now has been pushed back to "no earlier than March 20," according to a NASA launch schedule. Officials are investigating the cause of the mold. NASA spokesman Dan Huot told ABC News in an email there is "no suspecte

Pope Francis Arrives for Historic Meeting 1,000 Years in the Making


neneos/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(HAVANA) -- Pope Francis met Friday with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Havana, bringing the heads of the Russian and Catholic churches together for the first time since Christianity split.Patriarch Kirill was the first of the two leaders to arrive in Cuba. Lengthy Lead Up to the MeetingThe meeting is about 1,000 years in the making, as the two faiths split in the 11th century.Popular convention dates the split of the Catholic and Orthodox churches t

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