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North Korea's Kim Jong Un brings daughter to visit troops in her 4th known public outing
North Korea's Kim Jong Un brings daughter to visit troops in her 4th known public outing

New Zealand police find over 3 tons of cocaine floating in the Pacific Ocean
New Zealand police find over 3 tons of cocaine floating in the Pacific Ocean

Disney pulls
Disney pulls "Simpsons" episode airing in Hong Kong over "forced labor" reference, report says

Town elects man mayor day after he's assassinated amid violent crime wave in Ecuador
Town elects man mayor day after he's assassinated amid violent crime wave in Ecuador

Why did the Turkey earthquake do so much damage? Many buildings collapsed like pancakes
Why did the Turkey earthquake do so much damage? Many buildings collapsed like pancakes

Newborn saved after mother gives birth and dies trapped under earthquake rubble in Syria, activists say
Newborn saved after mother gives birth and dies trapped under earthquake rubble in Syria, activists say

British mother vanishes
British mother vanishes "into thin air" after dropping two daughters off at school

18-year-old wins $48 million her first time playing the lottery
18-year-old wins $48 million her first time playing the lottery

Jellyfish Lake in Palau draws tourists who want to swim with jellyfish
Jellyfish Lake in Palau draws tourists who want to swim with jellyfish

Turkey earthquake: 2,000-year-old Gaziantep Castle damaged
Turkey earthquake: 2,000-year-old Gaziantep Castle damaged

Teen killed by shark in Australia while jet skiing
Teen killed by shark in Australia while jet skiing

British sailors hospitalized after drinking water on naval ship
British sailors hospitalized after drinking water on naval ship

Italian mafia fugitive arrested after 16 years on the run, working at pizza restaurant
Italian mafia fugitive arrested after 16 years on the run, working at pizza restaurant

30-year-old Bobi breaks record for world's oldest dog ever
30-year-old Bobi breaks record for world's oldest dog ever

Models who say they were victims of the fashion industry's rape culture are fighting for change
Models who say they were victims of the fashion industry's rape culture are fighting for change

Zoo director
Zoo director "slaughtered and cooked" 4 pygmy goats for holiday party, Mexican authorities say

Ukrainian ballet company uses the stage as a refuge from the horrors of war
Ukrainian ballet company uses the stage as a refuge from the horrors of war

15 students in Mexico treated after taking part in internet tranquilizer
15 students in Mexico treated after taking part in internet tranquilizer "challenge" to see who can stay awake the longest

Tiny radioactive capsule found after search of vast swath of Australia:
Tiny radioactive capsule found after search of vast swath of Australia: "Needle in a haystack"

Police say woman murdered lookalike she found online to
Police say woman murdered lookalike she found online to "fake her death due to family problems"

Inside the battle for Bakhmut, where Ukraine's tech-savvy troops say Russia treats men like meat
Inside the battle for Bakhmut, where Ukraine's tech-savvy troops say Russia treats men like meat

Boy ends up 1,600 miles from home in another country after opting for shipping container in hide-and-seek game
Boy ends up 1,600 miles from home in another country after opting for shipping container in hide-and-seek game

Asia's richest man, Gautam Adani, accuses short-seller Hindenburg of attacking India
Asia's richest man, Gautam Adani, accuses short-seller Hindenburg of attacking India

Tiny radioactive capsule that was lost in Australia triggers search
Tiny radioactive capsule that was lost in Australia triggers search

Japan firm opens whale meat vending machines to push sales
Japan firm opens whale meat vending machines to push sales

Wounded correspondent Benjamin Hall recounts talking with dying colleague after Ukraine bombing
Wounded correspondent Benjamin Hall recounts talking with dying colleague after Ukraine bombing

Transgender woman convicted of 2 rapes will be sent to men's prison in Scotland
Transgender woman convicted of 2 rapes will be sent to men's prison in Scotland

Mysterious shipwreck identified as Dutch warship that sank after surprise attack in 1672
Mysterious shipwreck identified as Dutch warship that sank after surprise attack in 1672

Book excerpt:
Book excerpt: "The Nazi Conspiracy"

Oldest non-royal mummy ever discovered in Egypt found at bottom of deep shaft, wrapped in gold
Oldest non-royal mummy ever discovered in Egypt found at bottom of deep shaft, wrapped in gold

Archaeologists uncover golden secret inside mouth of 17th-century socialite who did not have a good reputation
Archaeologists uncover golden secret inside mouth of 17th-century socialite who did not have a good reputation

Controversial WWII Museum Exhibit Highlights 'the Bad Sides of History'
Controversial WWII Museum Exhibit Highlights 'the Bad Sides of History'

Human skull found on U.K. beach may be from shipwreck victim
Human skull found on U.K. beach may be from shipwreck victim "lost many centuries ago"

Egyptian archaeologists tout firsts among latest discoveries unearthed in ancient city of Luxor
Egyptian archaeologists tout firsts among latest discoveries unearthed in ancient city of Luxor

Rapper Ye could be denied entry to Australia over antisemitic comments
Rapper Ye could be denied entry to Australia over antisemitic comments

Hundreds of children seeking asylum disappear in U.K.
Hundreds of children seeking asylum disappear in U.K.

Artificial intelligence study determined a painting with mysterious origins is likely a Raphael, researchers say
Artificial intelligence study determined a painting with mysterious origins is likely a Raphael, researchers say

Earth's inner core may have started spinning in the other direction, study says
Earth's inner core may have started spinning in the other direction, study says

Meet boy-genius Teddy Hobbs, Britain's youngest-ever Mensa member
Meet boy-genius Teddy Hobbs, Britain's youngest-ever Mensa member

600-square-mile iceberg, roughly the size of two New York Cities, breaks off Antarctica ice shelf
600-square-mile iceberg, roughly the size of two New York Cities, breaks off Antarctica ice shelf

China's COVID surge cast a shadow over Lunar New Year travel rush, but there are signs of hope
China's COVID surge cast a shadow over Lunar New Year travel rush, but there are signs of hope

Ghislaine Maxwell claims in jailhouse interview that photo of Prince Andrew with his accuser is fake:
Ghislaine Maxwell claims in jailhouse interview that photo of Prince Andrew with his accuser is fake: "I don't believe it's real for a second"

Sections of Balkan river have become a floating garbage dump
Sections of Balkan river have become a floating garbage dump

Australia rangers find massive
Australia rangers find massive "Toadzilla" that's as big as a newborn baby and can cause animals to "die almost instantly"

TikTok vs. Europe: Could EU data privacy law slay the
TikTok vs. Europe: Could EU data privacy law slay the "data dragon"?

A man accidentally drifted out to sea with only ketchup and seasonings. He was rescued 24 days later after writing
A man accidentally drifted out to sea with only ketchup and seasonings. He was rescued 24 days later after writing "help" on the boat.

Kim Kardashian buys amethyst cross pendant worn by Princess Diana at auction
Kim Kardashian buys amethyst cross pendant worn by Princess Diana at auction

Paleontologists make rare discovery of 256 dinosaur egg fossils in India
Paleontologists make rare discovery of 256 dinosaur egg fossils in India

Mystery divers rescued near Polish energy sites in the middle of the night offer dubious explanation, and vanish
Mystery divers rescued near Polish energy sites in the middle of the night offer dubious explanation, and vanish

Greenland ice sheet — the second largest in the world — experiencing its highest temperatures in 1,000 years, researchers say
Greenland ice sheet — the second largest in the world — experiencing its highest temperatures in 1,000 years, researchers say

Usain Bolt missing $12.7 million from account in Jamaica, attorneys say
Usain Bolt missing $12.7 million from account in Jamaica, attorneys say

Tiger euthanized after escaping farm, attacking local man and animals
Tiger euthanized after escaping farm, attacking local man and animals

Sister André, world's oldest known person, dies at 118
Sister André, world's oldest known person, dies at 118

British government revisits bill banning
British government revisits bill banning "conversion therapy" with new protections for trans people

A yellow kitchen in Ukraine is torn open, laying bare the sudden impact of Russia's war on innocent lives
A yellow kitchen in Ukraine is torn open, laying bare the sudden impact of Russia's war on innocent lives

Beavers reintroduced to English county for first time in 400 years after being
Beavers reintroduced to English county for first time in 400 years after being "hunted to extinction"

Nepal plane crash: Co-pilot lost her husband, also a pilot, in a previous Yeti Airlines crash
Nepal plane crash: Co-pilot lost her husband, also a pilot, in a previous Yeti Airlines crash

The art of getting to
The art of getting to "yes": Marriage proposals become big business in Japan

Italian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, the last of Cosa Nostra's leaders, arrested after 30-year manhunt
Italian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, the last of Cosa Nostra's leaders, arrested after 30-year manhunt

Gina Lollobrigida, Italian film legend dubbed
Gina Lollobrigida, Italian film legend dubbed "the most beautiful woman in the world," dies at 95

Jeremy Clarkson apologizes about a month after scathing article about Meghan Markle in The Sun
Jeremy Clarkson apologizes about a month after scathing article about Meghan Markle in The Sun

Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding
Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding "every second" for a year. Researchers say it's "getting worse."

Photo with Hillary Clinton used as evidence in Belarus opposition politician's trial over protests
Photo with Hillary Clinton used as evidence in Belarus opposition politician's trial over protests

Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding
Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding "every second" for a year. Researchers say it's "getting worse."

Europe saw unauthorized migrant entry attempts hit a six-year high in 2022
Europe saw unauthorized migrant entry attempts hit a six-year high in 2022

Border officials allow asylum-seekers to request U.S. entry through mobile app
Border officials allow asylum-seekers to request U.S. entry through mobile app

LVMH owner Bernard Arnault promotes daughter to lead Christian Dior
LVMH owner Bernard Arnault promotes daughter to lead Christian Dior

Hunter avoids prison over killing of man he had mistaken for a boar in France
Hunter avoids prison over killing of man he had mistaken for a boar in France

Why the fight for Soledar has become the
Why the fight for Soledar has become the "most bloody battle" of Russia's war in Ukraine

AP: WHO knew of past sex misconduct claim against doctor
AP: WHO knew of past sex misconduct claim against doctor

Police identify man allegedly killed in
Police identify man allegedly killed in "swarming" attack by 8 teenage girls in downtown Toronto

Map revealed, sparking treasure hunt for riches buried by Nazi soldiers during WWII in the Netherlands
Map revealed, sparking treasure hunt for riches buried by Nazi soldiers during WWII in the Netherlands

Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket suffers in-flight failure in Britain's first orbital flight
Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket suffers in-flight failure in Britain's first orbital flight

Earth's ozone layer on track to recover within 40 years, U.N. experts say
Earth's ozone layer on track to recover within 40 years, U.N. experts say

Earth's ozone layer on track to recover within 40 years, U.N. experts say

Earth's ozone layer on track to recover within 40 years, U.N. experts say

The Earth's ozone layer is expected to recover within the next 40 years as ozone-depleting chemicals are being phased out of use, a panel of international experts backed by the U.N. says. The panel, which publishes a new ozone layer report every four years, credits the phasing out out of nearly 99% of ozone-depleting chemicals for the improvement.

The agency said the Montreal Protocol, a landmark global agreement to phase out harmful chemicals, has significantly aided the recovery of the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol entered into force in 1989 and regulates nearly 100 manmade chemicals that damage the ozone layer.

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Tue, January 10, 2023 11:33pm
 
Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket suffers in-flight failure in Britain's first orbital flight

Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket suffers in-flight failure in Britain's first orbital flight
Virgin Orbit's "Cosmic Girl" 747 jumbo jet undergoing final preparations before taking off with a LauncherOne rocket attached to its left wing. The rocket, carrying nine small satellites, was released over the Atlantic Ocean south of Ireland for a planned climb to polar orbit, but a malfunction of some sort triggered a mission-ending failure. VIRGIN ORBIT WEBCAST

Virgin Orbit launched nine small satellites atop a rocket dropped from a 747 jumbo jet south of Ireland on Monday, but the booster suffered a failure during the climb to space and the payloads were lost, the company said.

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Tue, January 10, 2023 11:36pm
 
Map revealed, sparking treasure hunt for riches buried by Nazi soldiers during WWII in the Netherlands

Map revealed, sparking treasure hunt for riches buried by Nazi soldiers during WWII in the Netherlands
Metal detectorist and treasure hunter Jan Henzen digs into soil near the village of Ommeren, in the Netherlands, hoping to find riches buried during World War II by Nazi German soldiers. REUTERS

Few things spark the imagination like a good old treasure hunt, and there's a big one underway in the Netherlands this week. Officials in the European country have published an old map, believed to reveal where soldiers invading from Nazi Germany hid millions of dollars in riches that they'd looted during World War II.

The high-pitched hum from a metal detector tells treasure hunter Jan Henzen that he could be getting closer.

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Wed, January 11, 2023 10:22pm
 
Police identify man allegedly killed in "swarming" attack by 8 teenage girls in downtown Toronto

Police identify man allegedly killed in swarming attack by 8 teenage girls in downtown Toronto

Canadian police have identified the Toronto man who was fatally stabbed last month, allegedly by a group of eight teenage girls. Toronto Police named him as 59-year-old Ken Lee and released few other details. Police previously said the man had moved into the city's shelter system in recent months.

Police said Lee died in hospital after he was allegedly swarmed and stabbed by a group of eight teenage girls in mid-December. Three 13-year-olds, three 14-year-olds and two 16-year-olds are facing second-degree murder charges.

Police have said they believed the teens congregated after meeting on social media and are from homes across the Greater Toronto Area. They said three had previous...more



 

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Wed, January 11, 2023 10:26pm
 
AP: WHO knew of past sex misconduct claim against doctor

AP: WHO knew of past sex misconduct claim against doctor<br>
This image shows part of an election-style campaign brochure produced by the World Health Organization in September 2022, to promote Fijian Dr. Temo Waqanivalu to become WHO's top official in the western Pacific. AP

When a doctor tweeted that she was "sexually assaulted" by a World Health Organization staffer at a Berlin conference in October, the U.N. agency's director-general assured her that WHO had "zero tolerance" for misconduct.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was "horrified" by the accusations of groping and unwelcome sexual advances and offered his personal assistance. WHO suspended the staffer and opened an investigation.

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Wed, January 11, 2023 11:00pm
 
Why the fight for Soledar has become the "most bloody battle" of Russia's war in Ukraine

Why the fight for Soledar has become the most bloody battle of Russia's war in Ukraine
This grab taken from AFP video shows a member of Ukraine's military looking away as a BM-21'Grad' MLRS 122mm rocket launcher fires on the outskirts of Soledar, Ukraine January 11, 2023. ARMAN SOLDIN/AFP/GETTY

The battle for conflict-battered Soledar in eastern Ukraine is one of the most ferocious of Russia's nearly year-long campaign, with Moscow desperate for a win and Kyiv determined to hold ground. Here's what you need to know about Soledar and why the battle for this small industrial city matters:

Location, location, location
Soledar is a small salt mining town in Ukraine's largely-Russian-occupied industrial Donetsk region. It had a pre-fighting population of...more



 

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Thu, January 12, 2023 9:58pm
 
Hunter avoids prison over killing of man he had mistaken for a boar in France

Hunter avoids prison over killing of man he had mistaken for a boar in France
Portraits and candles are displayed during a white march to pay tribute to Morgan Keane, a year after he was killed by a hunter, in Cajarc, southwestern France, on December 4, 2021. VALENTINE CHAPUIS/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

A French hunter on Thursday avoided prison over the killing of a Franco-British man he had mistaken for a boar, disappointing relatives and friends who had wanted a stiffer penalty.

Morgan Keane, 25, was shot dead in December 2020 in southwestern France by Julien Feral, 35, while he was chopping wood on his land.

The verdict came days after the French government outlined tighter rules for the sport designed to prevent such accidents, as controversy grows over...more



 

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Thu, January 12, 2023 10:27pm
 
LVMH owner Bernard Arnault promotes daughter to lead Christian Dior

LVMH owner Bernard Arnault promotes daughter to lead Christian Dior
Bernard Arnault and his wife Helene pose with their children Frederic Arnault, Delphine Arnault, Antoine Arnault and Alexandre Arnault. GETTY IMAGES

In a reshuffling of top management at his luxury goods empire, the world's richest man — LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault — tightened his family's grip by appointing his daughter, Delphine Arnault, as the new head of Christian Dior.

The 47-year-old had been an executive vice president at Louis Vuitton, LVMH's biggest brand, since 2013, and will serve as chair and CEO of the French label starting in February, LVMH announced Tuesday.

"The appointment of Delphine Arnault is another milestone in a career journey in fashion and leather...more



 

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:42am
 
Border officials allow asylum-seekers to request U.S. entry through mobile app

Border officials allow asylum-seekers to request U.S. entry through mobile app
Immigrants wait overnight next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence to seek asylum in the U.S. on Jan. 7, 2023, as viewed from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. GETTY IMAGES

U.S. border officials on Thursday began allowing some asylum-seekers to use a free mobile application to request an opportunity to be processed at an official port of entry. It is part of a strategy the Biden administration hopes will dissuade migrants from entering the U.S. illegally.

Eligible migrants in Mexico who use the app will be granted an appointment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a port of entry, where officials will determine whether they should be allowed into the country under humanitarian exemptions to a...more



 

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Sat, January 14, 2023 12:46am
 
Europe saw unauthorized migrant entry attempts hit a six-year high in 2022

Europe saw unauthorized migrant entry attempts hit a six-year high in 2022
Migrants rest at a makeshift camp near a border line between Serbia and Hungary, near the village of Horgos, Serbia, Oct. 20, 2022.
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The number of attempts by migrants to enter the European Union without authorization reached around 330,000 last year, the highest number since 2016, the EU's border and coast guard agency said Friday. Almost half of the 2022 attempts were made over land through the Western Balkans region, EU agency Frontex said, according to its "preliminary calculations." Regardless of entry route, Syrians, Afghans and Tunisians together accounted for roughly 47% of the attempted border crossings.

Men accounted for more than 80% of the attempts to get in,...more



 

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Sat, January 14, 2023 1:15am
 
Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding "every second" for a year. Researchers say it's "getting worse."

Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding every second for a year. Researchers say it's getting worse.

During World War II, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, wiping out 90% of the city. Last year, researchers say, the ocean heated up an amount equal to the energy of five of those bombs detonating underwater "every second for 24 hours a day for the entire year."

John Abraham, a professor at the University of St. Thomas, is among more than a dozen scientists who revealed this week the ocean in 2022 was "the hottest ever recorded by humans." It increased by 10.9 Zetta Joules, an amount of energy equivalent to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and an amount of heat about 100 times more than the electricity generated worldwide...more



 

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Sat, January 14, 2023 1:26am
 
Photo with Hillary Clinton used as evidence in Belarus opposition politician's trial over protests

Photo with Hillary Clinton used as evidence in Belarus opposition politician's trial over protests
Andrey Dzmitryeu shows his presidential candidate's identification card in Minsk, Belarus, July 14, 2020, after being registered to run in the national election. SERGEI GRITS/AP

Belarusian investigators are using a photo of an opposition politician shaking hands with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as evidence in a criminal case tied to the mass protests after Belarus' disputed 2020 presidential election.

The Investigative Committee of Belarus on Friday published the photo of Andrey Dzmitryeu, who ran in the election against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and is now facing up to four years in prison over his involvement in the...more



 

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Sat, January 14, 2023 1:37am
 
Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding "every second" for a year. Researchers say it's "getting worse."

Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding every second for a year. Researchers say it's getting worse


During World War II, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, wiping out 90% of the city. Last year, researchers say, the ocean heated up an amount equal to the energy of five of those bombs detonating underwater "every second for 24 hours a day for the entire year."

John Abraham, a professor at the University of St. Thomas, is among more than a dozen scientists who revealed this week the ocean in 2022 was "the hottest ever recorded by humans." It increased by 10.9 Zetta Joules, an amount of energy equivalent to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and an amount of heat about 100 times more than the...more



 

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Sun, January 15, 2023 9:28pm
 
Jeremy Clarkson apologizes about a month after scathing article about Meghan Markle in The Sun

Jeremy Clarkson apologizes about a month after scathing article about Meghan Markle in The Sun

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix docuseries, released in December, made headlines and became a polarizing topic of discussion in many circles. One of their most vocal critics, British TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, has now offered a new and more direct apology for comments he made in a column published in The Sun newspaper, in which he said he "hates" Markle.

In the December article, which has been removed from The Sun's website, Clarkson said he lies awake at night "grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she [Meghan] is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her."

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Tue, January 17, 2023 1:58am
 
Gina Lollobrigida, Italian film legend dubbed "the most beautiful woman in the world," dies at 95

Gina Lollobrigida, Italian film legend dubbed the most beautiful woman in the world, dies at 95
Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida is seen on the set of the 1959 film "La Legge" ("The Law"). LES FILMS CORONA/ROGER CORBEAU/SUNSET BOULEVARD/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES

Italian film legend Gina Lollobrigida, who achieved international stardom during the 1950s and was dubbed "the most beautiful woman in the world" after the title of one of her movies, died in Rome on Monday, her agent said. She was 95.

The agent, Paola Comin, didn't provide details. Lollobrigida had surgery in September to repair a thigh bone broken in a fall. She returned home and said she had quickly resumed walking.

Culture minister Gennaro Sangiuliano wrote on Twitter: "Farewell to a diva of...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 2:18am
 
Italian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, the last of Cosa Nostra's leaders, arrested after 30-year manhunt

Italian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, the last of Cosa Nostra's leaders, arrested after 30-year manhunt
Italian mafia leader Matteo Messina Denaro (right), one of the most wanted mafia bosses, is seen after he was arrested by Italian security forces in Palermo, Italy, January 16, 2023. ITALIAN GENDARMERIE (CARABINIERI) PRESS SERVICE/HANDOUT/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY

Italian authorities arrested Italy's most-wanted fugitive on Monday, taking mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro into custody after a 30-year manhunt. Messina Denaro's arrest brings to a close the era of the "Cosa Nostra" Sicilian crime syndicate depicted in "The Godfather" movies.

The 60-year-old fugitive was caught in a "health facility in Palermo, where he had gone for therapeutic...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 2:29am
 
The art of getting to "yes": Marriage proposals become big business in Japan

The art of getting to yes: Marriage proposals become big business in Japan


It seemed like an ordinary date; Dinner at a plush restaurant followed by a romantic stroll around the restaurant grounds. But suddenly, a smiling staff member appeared out of nowhere, guiding the couple through a fairytale-like gate to the steps of an English-style chapel.

As his date stood awkwardly the man went into action, dropping to one knee and brandishing a tiny engagement ring box. The startled young woman scarcely had time to mumble her assent before his parents stepped into view to offer their congratulations, and then, from a jumbo-sized monitor, her family joined in on the fun via video link, shouting greetings from their home in Taiwan.

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Tue, January 17, 2023 9:45pm
 
Nepal plane crash: Co-pilot lost her husband, also a pilot, in a previous Yeti Airlines crash

Nepal plane crash: Co-pilot lost her husband, also a pilot, in a previous Yeti Airlines crash
A rescue team recovers the body of a victim from the site of the plane crash of a Yeti Airlines operated aircraft, in Pokhara, Nepal on Jan. 16, 2023. STRINGER / REUTERS

After Dipak Pokhrel died in a crash while piloting a small Yeti Airlines passenger plane in 2006, his wife Anju Khatiwada used the money she got from her husband's insurance to pay for her own pilot training. On Sunday, Khatiwada was the co-pilot flying the Yeti Airlines plane that crashed on its descent into a new airport in Pokhara, Nepal, killing all 72 people on board.

A spokesman for the airline confirmed the fate of Khatiwada, 44, to various news agencies on...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 10:00pm
 
Beavers reintroduced to English county for first time in 400 years after being "hunted to extinction"

Beavers reintroduced to English county for first time in 400 years after being hunted to extinction

Eurasian beavers used to run rampant, but by the 16th century, humans hunted the species to extinction in numerous countries, including the United Kingdom. Now, the U.K. is working to bring the species back.

On Monday, two beavers named Hazel and Chompy were released into an enclosed area in the southern English county of Hampshire. According to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, their release is a "truly historic event," as it marks the first time in 400 years that beavers are in the area. They were extinct for centuries in many parts of the continent after being "hunted to extinction for their fur, meat and scent-glands (used for making perfume),"...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 10:15pm
 
A yellow kitchen in Ukraine is torn open, laying bare the sudden impact of Russia's war on innocent lives

A yellow kitchen in Ukraine is torn open, laying bare the sudden impact of Russia's war on innocent lives
A kitchen, which belonged to the Koronevsky family, is seen torn open after a Russian missile destroyed a large section of an apartment building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro on January 14, 2023.

This is what it looks like when a 38-foot-long missile designed to take out an aircraft carrier cuts an apartment building in half. The building was home to hundreds of families in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro. The apartment with the yellow kitchen was home to the Korenovsky family.

The apples still sitting on the table, right on the precipice of where the rest of the building was cleaved away, offer a stark example of the suddenness with which...more



 

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Tue, January 17, 2023 10:52pm
 
British government revisits bill banning "conversion therapy" with new protections for trans people

British government revisits bill banning conversion therapy with new protections for trans people
A protester holds a Trans Pride flag and a "Protect Trans Kids" placard during a trans rights demonstration in London on Aug. 6, 2021. Protesters gathered outside Downing Street demanding an end to discrimination against the trans community, better support from the government against hate, and improvements to trans healthcare waiting times. VUK VALCIC/SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES

Government leaders in the U.K. pledged on Tuesday to revisit a piece of proposed legislation that would outlaw "conversion therapy" if passed — this time, with amended protections for transgender people in addition to other LGBTQ residents of England and Wales.

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Sister André, world's oldest known person, dies at 118

Sister André, world's oldest known person, dies at 118
Sister Andre poses for a portrait at the Sainte-Catherine Laboure nursing home in Toulon, France, on April 27, 2022. DANIEL COLE / AP

The world's oldest known person, French nun Sister André, has died at the age of 118, her spokesperson confirmed to AFP Tuesday.

Sister André, whose real name is Lucile Randon, died in her sleep in Toulon, France, according to David Tavella with the Sainte-Catherine Laboure nursing home.

"There is great sadness, but…it was her desire to join her beloved brother," Tavella told AFP. "For her, it's a liberation."

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Fri, January 20, 2023 4:11pm
 
Tiger euthanized after escaping farm, attacking local man and animals

Tiger euthanized after escaping farm, attacking local man and animals
A local community police group searches for a tiger that escaped from its enclosure in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, January 16, 2023. THEMBA HADEBE/AP

Sheba, an 8-year-old tiger that escaped from a small enclosure at a farm south of Johannesburg over the weekend, was euthanized Monday after officials decided trying to recapture the animal was too risky.

South African police in helicopters and rescue teams on foot spent five days following up on sightings as they searched for the big cat.

Rescuers using bait came close to capturing the tiger three times on Monday, but she managed to thwart all their attempts. A 39-year-old local man, William...more



 

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Fri, January 20, 2023 4:17pm
 
Usain Bolt missing $12.7 million from account in Jamaica, attorneys say

Usain Bolt missing $12.7 million from account in Jamaica, attorneys say

Lawyers for Usain Bolt, one of the world's greatest sprinters, said Wednesday that more than $12.7 million is missing from his account with a private investment firm in Jamaica that authorities are investigating.

Attorney Linton P. Gordon provided The Associated Press with a copy of a letter sent to Stocks & Securities Limited demanding that the money be returned.

Gordon said Bolt's account once had $12.8 million but now reflects a balance of only $12,000.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 4:50pm
 
Greenland ice sheet — the second largest in the world — experiencing its highest temperatures in 1,000 years, researchers say

Greenland ice sheet — the second largest in the world — experiencing its highest temperatures in 1,000 years, researchers say

The Greenland ice sheet, one of the coldest and most remote regions of the world that serves a pivotal role in the Earth's climate, is now clearly feeling significant effects of climate change. Researchers found that central and northern areas of the sheet have recently seen the hottest temperatures in a millennium.

It has been long clear that many parts of Greenland are warming, but the latest research, published in Nature on Wednesday, took a deeper look at the central part of Greenland's ice sheet, where the impact of climate change has long been unclear.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 5:27pm
 
Mystery divers rescued near Polish energy sites in the middle of the night offer dubious explanation, and vanish

Mystery divers rescued near Polish energy sites in the middle of the night offer dubious explanation, and vanish
An image provided by the Pomeranian Police department of Poland shows a boat used by men found diving off the Gulf of Gdansk in the middle of the night on January 15, 2023. POMERANIAN POLICE

Coast guards rescued three divers off the northern coast of Poland over the weekend whose dubious explanation of their night-time dive near critical energy infrastructure, along with their mysterious identities, has reportedly sparked a cross-agency investigation. The three men, who told authorities they were Spanish nationals, were rescued near the Polish coastal city of Gdansk on Saturday night after their small motorboat broke down and they couldn't return to...more



 

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Fri, January 20, 2023 5:33pm
 
Paleontologists make rare discovery of 256 dinosaur egg fossils in India

(A) Sketch of the circular clutch type (modified after Moratalla et al. [64]). (B) Field photograph of circular type clutch showing eggs with sediment gaps from clutch P35 from Padlya, M.P. HARSHA DHIMAN & G. V. R. PRASAD
(A) Sketch of the circular clutch type (modified after Moratalla et al. [64]). (B) Field photograph of circular type clutch showing eggs with sediment gaps from clutch P35 from Padlya, M.P. HARSHA DHIMAN & G. V. R. PRASAD

Paleontologists in India have found 92 dinosaur nesting sites and 256 egg fossils. The scientists made the discovery between 2017 and 2020 in the Narmada valley in central India. The discovery was the first of its kind for the Narmada valley, the researches say.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 5:42pm
 
Kim Kardashian buys amethyst cross pendant worn by Princess Diana at auction

Kim Kardashian buys amethyst cross pendant worn by Princess Diana at auction
The cross was formerly part of the collection of the late Naim Attallah, CBE. It was made by jewelry manufacturer, Garrard, in 1920 and worn by Princess Diana in 1987. SOTHEBY'S

A diamond cross pendant once worn by Princess Diana now belongs to Kim Kardashian, after the reality star and business mogul outbid others at a Sotheby's auction. The amethyst pendant was expected to go for $80,000 GBP to $120,000 GBP. Kardashian bought it for $163,800 GBP – or $202,492.18 U.S. dollars.

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A man accidentally drifted out to sea with only ketchup and seasonings. He was rescued 24 days later after writing "help" on the boat.

A man accidentally drifted out to sea with only ketchup and seasonings. He was rescued 24 days later after writing help on the boat.

A 47-year-old man was working on his boat in St. Maarten in December when the weather suddenly churned and he drifted out to sea. He soon became lost and now, weeks later has been found off the coast of Colombia – with only ketchup and seasonings helping to keep him nourished.

The Colombian Navy announced Wednesday that they rescued the man, identified as Elvis Francois of Dominica, about 120 nautical miles away from Puerto Bolívar in the Caribbean Sea. They responded to the stranded man after learning that there was an adrift sailboat with the word "HELP" spelled out on the boat's hull.

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Fri, January 20, 2023 10:22pm
 
TikTok vs. Europe: Could EU data privacy law slay the "data dragon"?

TikTok vs. Europe: Could EU data privacy law slay the

The social media platform TikTok has been in American lawmakers' crosshairs for months, and the sentiment is spreading across the Atlantic. European legislators are voicing increasing concern about the Chinese-owned app's data policies and its influence on young people, and Europe's regulators may have more potent legal weapons at their disposal to challenge the company.

French President Emmanuel Macron has been the highest-profile European leader to criticize the social platform whose parent company ByteDance is based in China. At an event on mental health in December, Macron called TikTok "the most disruptive" social media outlet for young people, warning that it was "deceptively innocent" and...more



 

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Australia rangers find massive "Toadzilla" that's as big as a newborn baby and can cause animals to "die almost instantly"

Australia rangers find massive Toadzilla that's as big as a newborn baby and can cause animals to die almost instantly
Rangers found a massive toad weighing in at nearly 6 pounds, naming it "Toadzilla." QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE

The biggest toad in history may have just been discovered at a national park in Queensland, Australia. It's so massive that when a park ranger discovered it, all she could do was gasp at its size.

The enormous amphibian has been aptly named "Toadzilla."

The Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Science unveiled the toad's discovery on Friday, saying that she was found near Airlie Beach in Conway National Park. According to the department, park ranger Kylee Gray was in a vehicle when she saw a...more



 

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Fri, January 20, 2023 10:33pm
 
Sections of Balkan river have become a floating garbage dump

Sections of Balkan river have become a floating garbage dump
Aerial view of waste floating in the Drina river near Visegrad, Bosnia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Tons of waste dumped in poorly regulated riverside landfills or directly into the rivers across three Western Balkan countries end up accumulating during high water season in winter and spring, behind a trash barrier in the Drina River in eastern Bosnia. ARMIN DURGUT / AP

Tons of waste dumped in poorly regulated riverside landfills or directly into the waterways that flow across three countries end up accumulating behind a trash barrier in the Drina River in eastern Bosnia during the wet weather of winter and early spring.

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Ghislaine Maxwell claims in jailhouse interview that photo of Prince Andrew with his accuser is fake: "I don't believe it's real for a second"

Ghislaine Maxwell claims in jailhouse interview that photo of Prince Andrew with his accuser is fake: I don't believe it's real for a second
Britain's Prince Andrew is seen in a file photo with Virginia Giuffre (center) and Ghislaine Maxwell. REX FEATURES

Disgraced former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed in a jailhouse interview with a U.K. broadcaster that a decades-old photograph of Prince Andrew with his sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre is "fake."

Maxwell, a friend to British royalty, is imprisoned in Florida after her conviction and 20-year sentence for helping late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls.

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Mon, January 23, 2023 4:38pm
 
China's COVID surge cast a shadow over Lunar New Year travel rush, but there are signs of hope

China's COVID surge cast a shadow over Lunar New Year travel rush, but there are signs of hope
A woman holds up a rabbit-shaped cotton candy as she wades through a crowd at a temple fair at Yuanmingyuan Garden, during the second day of Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing, China, January 23, 2023. ANDY WONG/AP

Celebrations are underway all over the world this week as Asians mark the Lunar New Year. It's always the most festive time of the year in China, but that's especially true this year. After Beijing suddenly dropped virtually all of its draconian COVID-19 restrictions for the first time since 2020, millions of people headed home to their towns and villages, taking full advantage of their new-found freedom.

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Mon, January 23, 2023 5:00pm
 
600-square-mile iceberg, roughly the size of two New York Cities, breaks off Antarctica ice shelf

600-square-mile iceberg, roughly the size of two New York Cities, breaks off Antarctica ice shelf

One of the planet's most closely observed ice shelves just had a major change. On Sunday, a massive piece of Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf — a chunk about the size of two New York Cities — broke free.

The British Antarctic Survey said Monday that the iceberg is 1,550 square kilometers, or just under 600 square miles.

This is the second major break-off from the ice shelf, known as calving, in two years, although scientists have long predicted it to happen. According to the British Antarctic Survey, cracks have been naturally developing across the entire ice shelf for a decade.

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Tue, January 24, 2023 6:29pm
 
Meet boy-genius Teddy Hobbs, Britain's youngest-ever Mensa member

Meet boy-genius Teddy Hobbs, Britain's youngest-ever Mensa member
Teddy Hobbs, Britain's youngest Mensa member at just 4, plays with an abacus. BBC

A lot of people used the COVID-19 lockdowns as an opportunity to learn something new, but few accomplished what one talented toddler in the U.K. managed to pull off. Teddy Hobbs might be the brainiest little boy in Britain.

Still only 4 years old, Teddy could count to 100 before he turned 2. Now he can do it in seven different languages.

"I just assumed, you know, every child has their own quirk. Each child develops slightly quicker in something else than the other ones, and we just assumed that was his thing," said his mother, Beth.

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Wed, January 25, 2023 5:42pm
 
Earth's inner core may have started spinning in the other direction, study says

Earth's inner core may have started spinning in the other direction, study says
Diagram of the Earth's interior showing the crust (aluminium, silicate), the mantle (magnesium, silicate) and the core (iron, nickel). Colour illustration. PHOTO BY DEAGOSTINI/GETTY IMAGES

Earth's inner core, a hot iron ball the size of Pluto, has stopped spinning in the same direction as the rest of the planet and might even be rotating the other way, research suggested on Monday.

Roughly 3,100 miles below the Earth's surface, this "planet within the planet" can spin independently because it floats in the liquid metal outer core.

Exactly how the inner core rotates has been a matter of debate between scientists — and the latest research is expected to prove...more



 

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Wed, January 25, 2023 5:48pm
 
Artificial intelligence study determined a painting with mysterious origins is likely a Raphael, researchers say

Artificial intelligence study determined a painting with mysterious origins is likely a Raphael, researchers say
The de Brécy Tondo painting and Raphae's Sistine Madonna side-by-side. UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM & UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD

A painting with mysterious origins is likely a Raphael masterpiece, researchers from the U.K. said after using facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze the portrait.

The Renaissance-era painting, named the de Brécy Tondo, has been studied extensively for more than 40 years. Researchers from the University of Nottingham and University of Bradford used an artificial intelligence facial recognition system developed by Hassan Ugail, a professor of visual computing at Bradford, to...more



 

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Wed, January 25, 2023 5:55pm
 
Hundreds of children seeking asylum disappear in U.K.

Hundreds of children seeking asylum disappear in U.K.
A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, England, onboard a Border Force vessel following a small boat incident in the English Channel on January 2, 2023. GARETH FULLER/PA IMAGES VIA GETTY IMAGES

Approximately 200 children who were seeking asylum in the United Kingdom have gone missing from hotels where they were being housed, Britain's immigration minister told members of Parliament on Tuesday. Robert Jenrick called the situation "extremely concerning," BBC News reported.

Jenrick said that out of 4,600 asylum-seeking children who had arrived in the U.K. since 2021, 440 had gone missing, but half had returned to their accommodations. He said the majority of the missing children are teenage...more



 

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Wed, January 25, 2023 5:58pm
 
Rapper Ye could be denied entry to Australia over antisemitic comments

Rapper Ye could be denied entry to Australia over antisemitic comments
Rapper Kanye West, who is now known as Ye, arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a February 9, 2020, file photo, in Beverly Hills, California. EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP

A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday that rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, could be refused a visa due to antisemitic comments if he attempts to visit Australia. Education Minister Jason Clare was responding to media reports that the U.S. celebrity intends to visit the family of new Australian partner Bianca Censori in Melbourne next week.

Clare said he did not know if Ye had applied for a visa but that Australia has previously refused them to people with antisemitic views.

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Wed, January 25, 2023 6:03pm
 
Egyptian archaeologists tout firsts among latest discoveries unearthed in ancient city of Luxor

Egyptian archaeologists tout firsts among latest discoveries unearthed in ancient city of Luxor


Egyptian archaeologists announced Wednesday the discovery of the first burial site in the city of Luxor that dates back to the ancient Egyptian 13th Dynasty. That means the sarcophagi, remains and artifacts found at the site, in Luxor's Dra' Abu el-Naga' Necropolis, date back almost 4,000 years, to sometime between 1803 BC and 1649 BC.

"We have discovered more than a thousand burial sites before in Luxor, but this is the first time we find one from the 13th Dynasty," Dr. Fathy Yaseen, Director General of Antiquities of Upper Egypt, told CBS News about the site, which is more than 50 yards wide and 70 yards long.

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Thu, January 26, 2023 4:13pm
 
Human skull found on U.K. beach may be from shipwreck victim "lost many centuries ago"

Human skull found on U.K. beach may be from shipwreck victim lost many centuries ago
The remains of a human skull found on a Cornish coast in January 2023. CORNWALL COUNCIL

The remains of a human skull found on a beach in the United Kingdom might be hundreds of years old, officials say.

The remains were found on a beach in Cornwall, England, according to a news release from the Cornwall Council. Emily Stevenson, the co-founder of an area environmental group called Beach Guardian, came across the remains earlier in January while organizing a clean-up of the shoreline.

"The beach clean we hosted that day was just like any other, and off I went as usual to scour the sand dunes for plastic. The dunes are a great place to discover vintage litter, as the sand can...more



 

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Thu, January 26, 2023 4:20pm
 
Controversial WWII Museum Exhibit Highlights 'the Bad Sides of History'

Controversial WWII Museum Exhibit Highlights 'the Bad Sides of History'

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It was designated as such by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 to mark the date when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated sixty years prior. The hope is that the day of remembrance can commemorate the victims of the Nazi regime, promote education about the Holocaust, and inspire people to work to prevent further genocide.

But while nations around the world will set aside time today to remember those who died, the proper form of that remembrance remains a matter of some debate. And as those in charge of Amsterdam’s Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum) have learned recently, some can be very vocal when they believe the memory of those who passed has not been honored...more



 

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Fri, January 27, 2023 11:39pm
 
Archaeologists uncover golden secret inside mouth of 17th-century socialite who did not have a good reputation

Archaeologists uncover golden secret inside mouth of 17th-century socialite who did not have a good reputation


Scientists have discovered the long-buried secret of a 17th-century French aristocrat 400 years after her death: she was using gold wire to keep her teeth from falling out.

The body of Anne d'Alegre, who died in 1619, was discovered during an archaeological excavation at the Chateau de Laval in northwestern France in 1988.

Embalmed in a lead coffin, her skeleton — and teeth — were remarkably well-preserved.

At the time the archaeologists noticed that she had a dental prosthetic, but they did not have advanced scanning tools to find out more.

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Fri, January 27, 2023 11:54pm
 
Oldest non-royal mummy ever discovered in Egypt found at bottom of deep shaft, wrapped in gold

Oldest non-royal mummy ever discovered in Egypt found at bottom of deep shaft, wrapped in gold
The 4,300-year-old mummy of an ancient Egyptian named "HqA-Sps," or Hekashepes, is seen in a 45-ton limestone sarcophagus in Saqqara, outside Cairo, Egypt, in a photo shared with CBS News by archaeologist Ali Abu Desheesh on January 26, 2023. COURTESY OF ALI ABU DESHEESH

Egyptian archaeologists who have spent years meticulously excavating a site amid the ancient ruins of Saqqara, near Cairo, announced a number of major discoveries on Thursday dating to the fifth and sixth dynasties of Egypt's "Old Kingdom," more than 4,000 years ago. One of the most important was a large, rectangular limestone sarcophagus found at the bottom of a vertical shaft about 50 feet deep.

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Sat, January 28, 2023 12:03am
 
Book excerpt: "The Nazi Conspiracy"

Book excerpt: The Nazi Conspiracy


Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch have previously explored dramatic plots against political leaders in their bestsellers "The First Conspiracy" (about a treasonous plot against Gen. George Washington), and "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (about an effort to assassinate Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of his first term in office).

In their latest book, "The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill" (Flatiron Books), they examine an alleged Nazi plan to assassinate the three Allied leaders as they attended a summit in Tehran in 1943 – a plot foiled by the head of FDR's Secret Service detail.

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Sat, January 28, 2023 12:10am
 
Mysterious shipwreck identified as Dutch warship that sank after surprise attack in 1672

Mysterious shipwreck identified as Dutch warship that sank after surprise attack in 1672

A 17th-century shipwreck off the coast of southern England has been identified as the Dutch warship Klein Hollandia, which sank after a surprise attack in 1672, heritage body Historic England said Friday.

Dubbed the "Unknown Wreck off Eastbourne" since it was discovered near the seaside resort, the 44-gun Klein Hollandia was identified through research by the agency and Dutch counterparts working with nautical archaeologists.

The wreck, which is 103 feet underwater, was found by a local dive operator in 2019. The ship "was considered so important that it was granted the highest level of protection in the same year," under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, Historic England wrote,...more



 

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Sat, January 28, 2023 12:23am
 
Transgender woman convicted of 2 rapes will be sent to men's prison in Scotland

Transgender woman convicted of 2 rapes will be sent to men's prison in Scotland
Isla Bryson, 31, formerly known as Adam Graham, arrives at the High Court in Glasgow, Scotland, January 23, 2023. ANDREW MILLIGAN/PA IMAGES/GETTY

A transgender woman who raped two women before beginning to transition will not be housed in Scotland's only all-female prison, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Thursday. Isla Bryson, 31, previously known as Adam Graham, was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday of raping one woman in 2016 and another in 2019.

Bryson, who claimed during the trial to have decided to transition gender at aged 29, was reportedly due to be held at Cornton Vale women's prison ahead of sentencing next month, stirring widespread...more



 

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Sat, January 28, 2023 12:26am
 
Wounded correspondent Benjamin Hall recounts talking with dying colleague after Ukraine bombing

Wounded Fox correspondent Benjamin Hall recounts talking with dying colleague Pierre Zakrzewski after Ukraine bombing
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall. FOX NEWS

Fox News Channel correspondent Benjamin Hall, who was badly injured while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, said Thursday that he credits his dying colleague — as well as seeing a vision of his daughters — for motivating him to survive after the Russian bombing.

Hall was hospitalized and two of his colleagues, cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova, were killed when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire in March 2022 in Kyiv.

Hall told "Fox & Friends" Thursday that he and Zakrzewski talked to each other as they lay wounded, and that conversation helped give him strength to keep going.

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Sat, January 28, 2023 12:30am
 
Japan firm opens whale meat vending machines to push sales

Japan firm opens whale meat vending machines to push sales

A Japanese whaling operator, after struggling for years to promote its products amid protests from conservationists, has found a new way to cultivate clientele and bolster sales: whale meat vending machines.

The Kujira (Whale) Store, an unmanned outlet that recently opened in the port town of Yokohama near Tokyo, houses three machines for whale sashimi, whale bacon, whale skin and whale steak, as well as canned whale meat. Prices range from 1,000 yen ($7.70) to 3,000 yen ($23).

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Mon, January 30, 2023 3:54pm
 
Tiny radioactive capsule that was lost in Australia triggers search

Tiny radioactive capsule that was lost in Australia triggers search

Authorities in West Australia were searching for a tiny but potentially deadly radioactive capsule that got lost while being transported on a truck from a mine to a depot in the city of Perth, officials said Saturday.

Emergency services said they were hampered by a lack of equipment and have called on the Commonwealth and other states to provide assistance.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has deployed teams with handheld radiation detection devices and metal detectors along 36 kilometers (22 miles) of a busy freight route to look for the 8 millimeters by 6 millimeters (0.31 inches by 0.24 inches) unit.

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Mon, January 30, 2023 4:02pm
 
Asia's richest man, Gautam Adani, accuses short-seller Hindenburg of attacking India

Asia's richest man, Gautam Adani, accuses short-seller Hindenburg of attacking India

India's Adani Group, run by Asia's richest man, has hit back at a report from U.S.-based short-seller Hindenburg Research, calling it "malicious," "baseless" and full of "selective misinformation."

Shares in the conglomerate have suffered massive losses since Hindenburg issued its report alleging fraud and other malfeasance. In trading Monday, the company's Adani Enterprises gained 4.8% but shares in other Adani listed companies fell between 5% and 20%.

Adani's 400-page rebuttal issued late Sunday accused Hindenburg of attacking India and its institutions and of breaking securities and foreign exchange laws. Adani has also accused Hindenburg, which said it was betting against the...more



 

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Mon, January 30, 2023 5:05pm
 
Boy ends up 1,600 miles from home in another country after opting for shipping container in hide-and-seek game

Boy ends up 1,600 miles from home in another country after opting for shipping container in hide-and-seek game
An August 17, 2022 file photo shows shipping containers stacked up at the Northport in Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia. SAMSUL SAID/BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY

Around the middle of this month, workers at Malaysia's Port Klang were surprised to hear knocking from inside one of the shipping containers that had just come off a ship from Bangladesh. When they opened it, they were even more surprised to see a young boy step out.

He couldn't speak the local language, so the port workers couldn't figure out who he was or how he ended up inside the container. They alerted law enforcement agencies, which immediately suspected it was a case of human...more



 

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Mon, January 30, 2023 5:41pm
 
Inside the battle for Bakhmut, where Ukraine's tech-savvy troops say Russia treats men like meat

Inside the battle for Bakhmut, where Ukraine's tech-savvy troops say Russia treats men like meat
Ukrainian forces rest in a bunker on the front line near the eastern city of Bakhmut, amid Russia's ongoing invasion of the country in late January 2023. CBS NEWS

The city of Bakhmut was home to around 70,000 people before it found itself on the front line of Russian President Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war to seize Ukrainian territory. Almost 12 months of war have left Bakhmut barely recognizable.

Once renowned for sparkling wine, the small city has been reduced to a hollowed-out shell of its former self. But Bakhmut, and the Ukrainian forces defending it, have hung on. "Bakhmut holds" has even become a battle cry for the nation as it fights back against the Russian...more



 

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Police say woman murdered lookalike she found online to "fake her death due to family problems"

Police say woman murdered lookalike she found online to fake her death due to family problems


A German-Iraqi woman murdered a lookalike she found on social media to fake her own death, police have said as new details emerge of the bizarre case that first came to light last year. The body of a 23-year-old woman was found in a car in August at the Bavarian town of Ingolstadt with multiple stab wounds.

Police initially said they believed the victim owned the car, but the next day identified her as someone else who looked "remarkably similar."

The 23-year-old German-Iraqi and a 23-year-old Kosovan man were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

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Canada province decriminalizes hard drugs in new bid to combat opioid crisis

Canada province decriminalizes hard drugs in new bid to combat opioid crisis
Eric sits on his skateboard as he visits the cross that commemorates his girlfriend Jada - one of 243 crosses that cover a lot as part of the Crosses for Change project memorializing victims of the opioid overdose crisis in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, May 9, 2022. STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR/GETTY

A Canadian province on Tuesday decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and other hard drugs in a radical policy shift to address an opioid overdose crisis that has killed thousands. Adults found with up to 2.5 grams of these drugs, rather than face jail or fines, will be provided with information on how to access addiction treatment programs.

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Tiny radioactive capsule found after search of vast swath of Australia: "Needle in a haystack"

Tiny radioactive capsule found after search of vast swath of Australia: Needle in a haystack
A handout image shows Department of Fire and Emergency Services crew members searching for a radioactive capsule from a Rio Tinto mine after it disappeared on a long journey across the Australian Outback in this picture obtained on Jan. 28, 2023. AAP / DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES / HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Authorities in Western Australia on Wednesday recovered a tiny but dangerous radioactive capsule that fell off a truck while being transported along an 870-mile highway last month in what an official said was like finding a needle in a haystack.

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15 students in Mexico treated after taking part in internet tranquilizer "challenge" to see who can stay awake the longest

15 students in Mexico treated after taking part in internet tranquilizer challenge to see who can stay awake the longest

Fifteen grade school students in Mexico have been treated after apparently taking part in an internet "challenge" in which groups of students take tranquilizers to see who can stay awake the longest.

The incident occurred Monday in the north-central city of Guanajuato. It came just days after health authorities issued a national alert about the craze. It was the fourth school in Mexico to suffer such incidents in the last year.

Guanajuato Mayor Alejandro Navarro said the students were treated at the school, and urged parents to supervise their kids' use of social media.

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Ukrainian ballet company uses the stage as a refuge from the horrors of war

Ukrainian ballet company uses the stage as a refuge from the horrors of war
Dancers of the United Ukrainian Ballet perform during rehearsal for Swan Lake at ICC Sydney Theatre on Oct. 27, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. DON ARNOLD/WIREIMAGE VIA GETTY IMAGES

The men and women of the United Ukrainian Ballet company will make their U.S. debut Wednesday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The company of 60 relative strangers formed with the help of professional dancers who found housing and rehearsal space in The Hague.

Last February, Oleksii Knyazkov was about to star in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Kharkiv National Opera House. Instead, he found himself at the center of a different tragedy when Russia invaded Ukraine.

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Zoo director "slaughtered and cooked" 4 pygmy goats for holiday party, Mexican authorities say

Zoo director slaughtered and cooked 4 pygmy goats for holiday party, Mexican authorities say

The former director of a zoo in southern Mexico killed four of the zoo's pygmy goats and served them up at a Christmas-season party, authorities said.

José Rubén Nava was replaced as director of the local zoo in the city of Chilpancingo on Jan. 12 following the death of a deer there.

But officials said Wednesday that an investigation found some of the animals in the zoo's collection had allegedly been sold off, traded or eaten under Nava's orders.

The state environment department said a zebra was traded for tools and deer and Watusi cattle were traded off to private individuals, without proper accounting.

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Models who say they were victims of the fashion industry's rape culture are fighting for change

Models who say they were victims of the fashion industry's rape culture are fighting for change
Five former fashion models - all of whom claim French fashion agent Gerald Marie raped or sexually assaulted them in the 1980s - speak on group video call with CBS News correspondent Holly Williams. CBS NEWS

In 2017, the entertainment industry was rocked by the sexual assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, which led to the #MeToo movement. Now the fashion industry is facing a similar reckoning.

CBS News has spoken with five former models who all allege that a top modeling agent attacked and assaulted them during the 1980s. They're now lobbying governments to ensure greater protection for women in the industry.

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30-year-old Bobi breaks record for world's oldest dog ever

30-year-old Bobi breaks record for world's oldest dog ever

A dog named Bobi who lives in Portugal has been declared as both the world's oldest living dog, and the world's oldest dog ever, Guinness World Records announced Thursday.

Born on May 11, 1992, Bobi is now 30 years and 267 days old, the Guinness World Records said. He is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed known for protecting livestock, according to the American Kennel Club. Rafeiro do Alentejo dogs have an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, Guinness said.

Bobi's age was verified by SIAC, a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government, Guinness said.

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Italian mafia fugitive arrested after 16 years on the run, working at pizza restaurant

Italian mafia fugitive Edgardo Greco arrested after 16 years on the run, working at pizza restaurant
Edgardo Greco is seen working at a pizza restaurant in Saint-Etienne, France. INTERPOL

An Italian fugitive and convicted murderer suspected of belonging to the 'Ndrangheta syndicate, one of Italy's most powerful organized crime groups, was busted this week after more than 16 years on the run, including years spent working at a pizza restaurant in France, the Interpol international police agency said.

Edgardo Greco, 63, a fugitive of the Italian state, was arrested Thursday in the city of Saint-Etienne after coordinated efforts by Italian and French authorities, according to Interpol. Greco was handed a life prison sentence in absentia in Italy on charges including a double-homicide...more



 

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British sailors hospitalized after drinking water on naval ship

British sailors hospitalized after drinking water on naval ship

A Royal Navy warship has returned to port in Britain after several sailors got sick from the vessel's drinking water, officials said Saturday.

The navy said frigate HMS Portland had returned to its base at Portsmouth on England's south coast on Friday "as a precautionary measure, following an issue with one of the ship's fresh water systems."

It said "a small number of personnel were taken to hospital as a precaution."

The Daily Telegraph reported that a crew member put the wrong chemicals into the system that converts sea water to drinking water, but quickly realized the mistake and reported it to their superiors.

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Teen killed by shark in Australia while jet skiing

Teen killed by shark in Australia while jet skiing

A teenage girl was killed in a suspected shark attack in the Western Australian city of Perth after she jumped from her jet ski, police said Saturday.

The 16-year-old was pulled from the Swan River with critical injuries. Emergency personnel provided medical assistance to her at the scene but she died, said Police Acting Inspector Paul Robinson.

He said the victim was with her friends on jet skis.

"The family weren't there when this took place, however, her friends were and as you can imagine this is an extremely traumatic incident for anyone to witness so obviously we're offering counselling services to anyone who did witness it or is affected by the incident," he said.

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Turkey earthquake: 2,000-year-old Gaziantep Castle damaged

Turkey earthquake: 2,000-year-old Gaziantep Castle damaged
A view of damaged historical Gaziantep Castle after an earthquake hit southern provinces of Turkiye, in Gaziantep, Turkiye on February 6, 2023.
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An ancient castle in Turkey was one of the historic monuments damaged when major earthquakes hit the country and neighboring Syria, killing more than 2,000 people on Monday. Images show parts of the Gaziantep Castle, which was first built in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, during the Roman Empire, crumbling after the earthquake.

The 2,000-year-old castle is located in the Gaziantep region, about 80 miles south of the epicenter of one of the quakes in Kahramanmaras Province, according to the Reuters news agency....more



 

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Jellyfish Lake in Palau draws tourists who want to swim with jellyfish

Jellyfish Lake in Palau draws tourists who want to swim with jellyfish

An extraordinary place called Jellyfish Lake draws visitors every year from around the world who are looking to swim with jellyfish. Surrounded by mangrove trees, millions of the world's rarest jellyfish can be found in the lake, which is located in the western Pacific island nation of Palau.

While some jellyfish, like the box jellyfish, can kill a person within minutes, the inhabitants of Jellyfish Lake are benign. If felt, their sting would cause no more than mild discomfort.

"I would normally be scared, but nothing's going on, I mean, they don't sting me, you know?" said Eyren Yepez, who came all the way from Nashville for the experience. "I just touch them!"

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18-year-old wins $48 million her first time playing the lottery

18-year-old wins $48 million her first time playing the lottery
Juliette Lamour, a college student at Algoma University, won $48 million in the Ontario lottery. OLG

A $48 million lottery ticket was recently sold in Canada to someone who had never played the lottery before — because she had just turned 18. Juliette Lamour purchased the ticket at a Circle K store in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and found out she won on Jan. 7 while at work.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation presented Lamour with her massive check on Friday, calling her the youngest Canadian to ever win such a big jackpot through the lottery.

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British mother vanishes "into thin air" after dropping two daughters off at school

British mother vanishes into thin air after dropping two daughters off at school
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Specialist divers on Monday were scouring a river bed for traces of a missing woman, more than a week after she appeared to "vanish into thin air" leaving her phone still dialed into a work conference call at an isolated rural spot in northern England, police said.

Family and friends of Nicola Bulley, 45, have questioned the police theory that she fell into the river in a tragic accident. They say there is no evidence for the hypothesis which leaves them in a distressing limbo.

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Newborn saved after mother gives birth and dies trapped under earthquake rubble in Syria, activists say

Newborn saved after mother gives birth and dies trapped under earthquake rubble in Syria, activists say
A newborn baby who was rescued from earthquake damage in Syria after its mother died giving birth is shown in this undated photo, according to local activists. LOCAL ACTIVISTS

A pregnant mother who was trapped under a collapsed building in Aleppo, Syria, after Monday's devastating earthquake gave birth to her child under the rubble but died before rescue workers could reach her, local activists reported. Her newborn was saved by rescue workers.

The dramatic scene unfolded just hours after a Syrian volunteer organization shared video showing a young child being pulled alive from the earthquake rubble in the village of Qatma.

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Why did the Turkey earthquake do so much damage? Many buildings collapsed like pancakes

Why did the Turkey earthquake do so much damage? Many buildings collapsed like pancakes


A pair of huge earthquakes have struck in Turkey, leaving more than 6,000 people dead and unknown numbers injured or displaced.

The first quake, near Gaziantep close to the Syrian border, measured 7.8 in magnitude and was felt as far away as the UK. The second occurred nine hours later, on what appears to be an intersecting fault, registering a magnitude of 7.5.

Adding to the devastation, some 3,450 buildings have collapsed, according to the Turkish government. Many of the modern buildings have failed in a "pancake mode" of structural collapse.

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Town elects man mayor day after he's assassinated amid violent crime wave in Ecuador

Town elects man mayor day after he's assassinated amid violent crime wave in Ecuador
A file photo from his Facebook page shows Omar Menendez, a mayoral candidate in the town of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, on the campaign trail. FACEBOOK/OMAR MENENDEZ

Residents of a town in western Ecuador elected a man as their new mayor on Sunday just hours after he was assassinated. Mayoral candidate Omar Menendez took more than 46% of the vote in Sunday's election in Puerto Lopez.

Menendez was fatally shot on Sunday evening, hours before the polls opened, inside an office building by unknown gunmen on motorcycles. A 16-year-old boy was also hit in the attack and died from his wounds.

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Disney pulls "Simpsons" episode airing in Hong Kong over "forced labor" reference, report says

Disney pulls Simpsons episode airing in Hong Kong over forced labor reference, report says

Disney has removed an episode of "The Simpsons" that mentions China's human rights abuses from the entertainment company's streaming platform in Hong Kong, the Financial Times reports.

The episode, titled "One Angry Lisa," features a joke about "forced labor camps where children make smartphones" in China. It is no longer available on Disney+ in Hong Kong, Reuters confirmed.

In the episode, the character Marge Simpson rides a Peloton-style bike with an instructor whose backdrop is the Great Wall of China. "Today our pedal odyssey will take us on the Great Wall of China," the instructor says. "Behold, the wonders of China. Bitcoin mines, forced labor camps where children make...more



 

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New Zealand police find over 3 tons of cocaine floating in the Pacific Ocean

New Zealand police find over 3 tons of cocaine floating in the Pacific Ocean
In this undated photo supplied by the New Zealand police, a shipment of cocaine floats on the surface of the Pacific Ocean with Royal New Zealand Navy vessel HMNZS Manawanui behind. / AP

New Zealand police said Wednesday they found more than 3 tons of cocaine floating in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean after it was dropped there by an international drug-smuggling syndicate.

While they had yet to make any arrests, police said they had dealt a "significant" financial blow to everyone from the South American producers of the drugs through to the distributors in what was the nation's largest-ever drug seizure.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un brings daughter to visit troops in her 4th known public outing

North Korea's Kim Jong Un brings daughter to visit troops in her 4th known public outing
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter attend a photo session with officials involved in the testing of a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile in an undated photo released on Nov. 27, 2022, by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. KCNA VIA REUTERS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un brought his daughter to visit troops to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country's army as he lauded the "irresistible might" of his nuclear-armed military, state media said Wednesday. The visit preceded a massive military parade that apparently began Wednesday night in the capital, Pyongyang, where Kim was expected to showcase...more



 

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