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US Targets ISIS with Five More Airstrikes in Iraq


iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- U.S. military forces continued their attacks on ISIS this weekend, hitting the militant group with five new airstrikes. Military crews targeted the areas near Haditha and south of Baghdad on Friday and Saturday, according to U.S. Central Command. One strike destroyed an ISIS boat ferrying supplies across the Euphrates River, while the other four eliminated two armed vehicles, three of the group's checkpoints, and two guard outposts. "The strikes were conducted as pa

5 Things To Know About the Pope's Trip to Albania


Buda Mendes/Getty Images(TIRANA, Albania) -- On Sunday, Pope Francis will make a one-day trip to Albania's capital Tirana, his first visit to a European country outside of Italy.After a quick flight over the Adriatic Sea, Francis will spend 11 hours in the predominantly Muslim country. He'll meet the nation’s leaders and bishops, representatives of other religions and Christian denominations, disadvantaged children and others assisted by Catholic charitable organizations. He will also cele

Bin Laden Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to 1998 Embassy Bombings


Kuzma/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Osama bin Laden's "mouthpiece" pleaded guilty on Friday to three terrorism offenses dating back to the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Africa.Adel Abdel-Bari cried as the charges against him were read, later admitting to conspiring to "transmit the claim" of al-Qaeda for embassy bombings that left 224 people dead. Abdel-Bari also admitted to making threats on behalf of the former al-Qaeda leader to bring "fire and explosions" to American targets,

NORAD Confirms Two Incidents Involving Russian Planes Approaching American Airsp


Darko Dozet/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Authorities have confirmed two separate incidents this week in which Russian fighter planes approached the North American coastline. Each time, a North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) spokesman said, fighter jets accompanied the Russian planes. They never entered American airspace, which begins 12 nautical miles from the coast.The first incident occurred on Wednesday, when two Alaskan-based F-22 jets identified and intercepted a pair of

US Military Launches Pair of Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq


iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military conducted two more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Iraq, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Friday.One strike was southeast of Baghdad and "destroyed a boat on the Euphrates River conducting resupply of ISIL forces," CENTCOM said in a statement, using one of several acronyms for the militant Islamic group.The other was southwest of Baghdad and hit a small ISIS ground unit.The fighter aircraft used in the at

France Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq


Jelle v/d Wolf/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- France conducted its first airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets on Friday.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the strikes were ordered by President Francois Hollande, and that "French planes intervened against a warehouse occupied by ISIS terrorists in the east of Iraq." The warehouse, Fabius said, was "completely destroyed."The strike is an important development in the U.S.' effort to build an international co

Pope Francis to Travel to Albania


neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(TIRANA, Albania) -- Pope Francis will travel to the capital of Albania on Sunday, meeting with political and religious leaders.According to Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, the pope's trip to Albania will be his fourth international voyage and his first trip to a European country outside of Italy.Pope Francis will spend his time in Albania honoring the "victims of atheistic Communism," Vatican Radio reports. He will also aim to e

UK Leaders Say Referendum Outcome Offers Promise for Future


Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth offered praise for the voters of Scotland who declined to vote for Scottish independence on Thursday, calling on all residents of the United Kingdom to "remember...we have in common an enduring love of Scotland."After months of debate, Scottish voters opted not to approve a referendum for independence on Thursday. The Queen had previously chosen not to get involved in the referendum, calling it "a matter for the people of Scotland."A st

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Fined $488.8 Million for 'Massive Bribery Network' in Chin


Warren Little/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- China has fined the British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $488.8 million (3 billion Yuan) for a "massive bribery network" to get doctors and hospitals to use its products. Five former employees were sentenced to two to four years in jail, but ordered deported instead of imprisoned, according to state news agency Xinhua Friday.The guilty verdict was delivered after a one day closed door trail in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province. The

First Person to Buy an iPhone 6 Drops It on Live TV


Apple(PERTH, Australia) -- The first person to buy a new iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia, early Friday morning proceeded to drop it on the ground as he was being interviewed on live TV.The young man, named Jack, and a Channel 9 reporter struggled to cut the plastic covering the box. As he excitedly opened it, the phone fell out and landed on the concrete."All good, all good," he said.The reporter responded with an expletive.The brand-new phone appeared to survive the fall as Jack carefully placed i

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