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Iran Fires Warning Shots at Cargo Ship in Strait of Hormuz


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots at the MV Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel, as it transited through the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday.The ship has been boarded by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy as it heads deeper into Iranian waters, a Pentagon official said.There are no Americans aboard the vessel and none of the ship’s crew was injured by the warning shots fired across the ship’s bridge, according to the Pentagon, noting that the U.S. Navy has dispatched a destroyer to the scene of the incident to monitor the situation from international waters. There are believed to be more than 30 mariners serving aboard the vessel.Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that at 9:05 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (5 a.m. ET), the MV Maersk Tigris was approached by Iranian patrol vessels while in Iranian territorial waters during an inbound transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf.The ship’s master of the MV Maersk Tigris did not comply with an Iranian order to go deeper into Iranian territorial waters, Warren said.In response, the Iranian vessels fired warning shots in front of the ship’s bridge, Warren said. The MV Maersk Tigris’ ship’s master then complied with the order to go deeper into Iranian waters.The MV Maersk Tigris is currently in the vicinity of Larak Island, which is in Iranian waters and has been boarded by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, Warren said.The ship’s master sent a distress call to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain, which has dispatched the destroyer USS Farragut “to proceed at best speed” as close as it can to the MV Maersk Tigris while in international waters, Warren said."We do not know why the Iranians directed this action," said Warren, who also labeled the Iranian fire at the commercial vessel as "inappropriate."The fleet has also directed an aircraft to maintain overhead surveillance and has issued a notice to mariners about the incident and assistance the U.S. Navy could provide if needed.A Maersk Line representative contacted by ABC News said the company does not own the MV Maersk Tigris but charters it from Rickmers Shipmanagement Singapore Pte. Ltd. The crew of more than 30 aboard are not employed by Maersk.The vessel was en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE. It is deployed in Maersk Line’s ME3 service (Black Sea -- Persian Gulf).Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Officials: Saudi Arabia Thwarted Suicide Bombing Attack on US Embassy


iStock/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- The Saudi Arabian government and U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that the Middle East nation has arrested nearly 100 alleged terror plotters who planned a series of attacks, including one aimed at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh.In an announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency Tuesday, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said authorities uncovered the plot by a militant cell involving at least two Syrian citizens and a Saudi citizen to attack the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh in mid-March.The Saudi national, who had a criminal record according to the Interior Ministry, was arrested April 18 when authorities searched his car and found pipes, batteries, mobile chargers and a few electric wires, officials said.The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported at least one of the Syrians and the Saudi citizen were part of a group of 93 people arrested for ties to the Islamic State group, including 65 Saudi citizens involved in planning attacks on residential compounds, prisons and security forces.Multiple U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to ABC News the reports from the Saudi Press Agency and the Interior Ministry, with one senior U.S. official saying the Saudis had rolled up “the cells” and that there was a “legitimate plot.” The U.S. officials said the 93 arrests occurred over recent weeks.A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh had no immediate comment.The U.S. Embassy as well as diplomatic missions in Jiddah and Dhahran were shuttered around mid-March due to security fears and the timing of the closures appears to match the timing of this plot.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Duchess Kate, Prince William Send Surprise to Fans Outside Hospital


Christopher Furlong/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A still-pregnant Duchess Kate and her husband, Prince William, sent boxes of treats to royal super fans waiting outside St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday -- but it could be what is on the outside of the boxes that matters.The two boxes of pastries and croissants were wrapped in pink ribbon, leading those desperately awaiting the royal baby’s birth to speculate it could be a girl.Royal sources insist Kate, 33, and William, 32, do not know the gender of their second child. Their first child, Prince George, will turn 2 in July.The Duchess has said publicly she is due sometime between mid-April and the end of the month so fans have been camped outside St. Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing -- where Kate is expected to deliver -- for weeks.Though Kate and William obviously did not deliver the special treats -- which also included coffee -- themselves, Palace officials confirmed the treats came directly from the royals.“The Duke and Duchess wanted them to know they were thinking of them,” a Palace official told ABC News. "They saw they had been camped out and wanted to send over some breakfast.”Kate is waiting out her pregnancy at her and Prince William’s home in Kensington Palace. The duchess avoided a potential logistical nightmare by not delivering on Sunday, which was also the day around 30,000 runners descended on London for the city’s marathon.By not delivering though, Kate missed the opportunity for the baby’s uncle, Prince Harry, to immediately meet his new niece or nephew. Harry, 30, has been stationed in Australia as part of a month-long exchange program with the Australian Defense Force. He was in London Sunday to hand out medals at the London Marathon before returning to his duties in Australia.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Russian Spacecraft Glitch May Keep Astronauts from Getting Supplies


NASA(NEW YORK) — Russia's Progress 59 cargo spacecraft is spinning uncontrollably in space, a glitch that could keep astronauts from receiving the food and water they need at the International Space Station.After separating from the Soyuz rocket that launched it into space Tuesday morning, NASA said several navigational antennas on the spacecraft failed to deploy and problems were reported with the propulsion system.The spacecraft went into a slow rotational spin. Attempts to dampen the spin were made as it passed over Russian ground stations, but NASA said the status of the systems on board was still unclear.If this cargo ship doesn't reach the space station, it leaves the six-person crew short of food and water and supplies.NASA's supply chain to the space station has been a problem since the space shuttle quit flying, and has been a patchwork of SpaceX, ESA ATV, Japanese HTV and Orbital Cygnus that has been bolstered by the annual four shipments a year on the Progress 59 cargo ship.If they lose the cargo on this trip, it will present a serious challenge to get critical supplies to the space station.Last October, an Antares rocket exploded shortly after launch, destroying thousands of pounds of cargo on board Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Crews Race to Rescue Climbers on Mount Everest


ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Crews battled shifting weather conditions as they raced to rescue the remaining Mount Everest climbers stranded by Saturday’s deadly avalanche.According to International Mountain Guides, a helicopter was able to recover gear from Camp 1, as well as the remaining climbers, after the fog lifted Tuesday — the first favorable weather since the earthquake and avalanche.More than 150 climbers, trapped with no other way off the mountain, were rescued Tuesday by helicopter, IMG said.The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake has climbed above 4,300, and could go much higher if it turns out that vulnerable mountain villages — where information is still scarce and rescue workers are still struggling to reach — were hit hard.At least 18 others were killed in the avalanche, officials said.The disasters have created huge humanitarian need. According to the World Food Program, 1.4 million people are in need of immediate help following the earthquake. WFP emergencies officer Geoff Pinnock says it has identified eight places that are in need of critical help and "our focus is on relief operations in those places."Those areas in Gorkha district, where the earthquake was centered, are Ghyachol, Saurpani, Warpak, Larpak, Gundra, Lapa, Kashigaun and Kerauja.In Kathmandu, houses across the city were damaged and flattened, with thousands upon thousands of people left homeless. Many streets are impassible, filled not only with rubble but with the injured.Thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu, unwilling to go into any building, fearing the effects of another aftershock.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

T-Rex's Vegetarian Relative Discovered in Chile


Gabriel Lio(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Meet the vegetarian relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex.A team of researchers in Chile have discovered fossils belonging to an unusual platypus-like dinosaur they dubbed the Chilesaurus diegosuarezia -- a bizarre creature that roamed Patagonia during the late Jurassic period some 145 million years ago.While it has a duck bill like a platypus, the Chilesaurus had hands with two fingers that made it resemble its meat-eating relative, the T-Rex.The dinosaur's skull was proportionally small to its body, while its teeth and footprints would have been similarly sized to primitive long-neck dinosaurs, according to findings published Monday in the journal Nature.While some of the fossils were turkey-sized, researchers were able to determine from all of the samples that the Chileosaurus measured about 3 meters long."Chilesaurus provides a good example of how evolution works in deep time and it is one of the most interesting cases of convergent evolution documented in the history of life," Martin Ezcurra, a researcher at the University of Birmingham and one of the co-authors of the journal article, said in a statement.The fossil is named for Diego Suarez, the 7-year-old son of geologists who first found the fossils at the Toqui Formation, which is located south of Chilean Patagonia.More than a dozen objects have since been excavated from the Jurassic era rock. Among them were four complete skeletons, showing off the jigsaw-like traits of the unique dinosaur.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UNESCO: Nepal Earthquake Did 'Extensive and Irreversible Damage' to Cultural Sit


Photo by: JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is working to assess the damage done by the recent earthquake to the Kathmandu Valley."I am deeply aggrieved by the magnitude of human loss caused by the earthquake in Nepal," said Irina Bokova, UNESCO's director general. "I am also shocked by its devastating impact on the unique cultural heritage in the country, in particular extensive and irreversible damage at the World Heritage site of Kathmandu Valley."A preliminary assessment showed that monuments and sites within the valley have been heavily affected by the earthquake. Several other cultural and natural heritage sites nearby are also believed to be affected."UNESCO has mobilized its expertise as well as international support for Nepal at this difficult time, including for the safeguarding of its heritage," Bokova added. UNESCO hopes to undertake an "in-depth damage assessment" in an effort to support and advise Nepalese authorities on the protection and recovery of those sites.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nepal Earthquake Strands Americans at Airport, US Embassy


Bulent Doruk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Hundreds of American citizens are stranded in Nepal, with many sheltered at the U.S. embassy and others desperately looking for flights at the Kathmandu airport, in the wake of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake this weekend.Eighty-five American citizens are sheltering in the embassy, according to the U.S. State Department, while another 220 Americans are at the exclusive American Club in Kathmandu.The State Department said on Monday that four Americans were killed in Nepal, all in the Everest base camp area.There have been hundreds of inquiries about the welfare and whereabouts of American citizens, according to the U.S. embassy in Kathmandu. The State Department estimates that there were thousands of Americans in Nepal when the earthquake struck, but the department said it does not have authoritative numbers for missing Americans.About 3,000 U.S. citizens reside in Nepal, and 3,000 to 4,000 Americans usually visit the country during this tourism season, according to Ineke Stoneham, press and information officer with the public affairs section for the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu.Many Americans, including Alex Diaz of New York, are waiting at the Kathmandu airport, which Diaz described as a "complete madhouse."Diaz told ABC News some people have been stranded at the terminal for days where they are sitting and tracking flights."Every so often one lands and that airline’s people scuttle to the super crowded gates or they run out of fuel and divert and everyone madly dashes out to the ticket counters," Diaz said. "You just don’t know which ones will leave."But unlike those at the Kathmandu airport looking to flee, Chicago native Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, who’s now in Kathmandu, says he plans to stay to help with the recovery."I've been here for six months and the country's given me so much," he told ABC News. "It sounds cliche but I would feel not good leaving in this time right now and want to stay and help as much as possible."Weiner-Kaplow says most people are sleeping outdoors in fear of aftershocks. He said he has been sleeping outside the Israeli Embassy."Some people have started to go back into buildings, but most people are still sleeping in tent cities," he said. "They're not even public parks, they're just open areas in the city.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Baby Watch: Meet the Royal Baby's Aunt and Uncles


Karwai Tang/WireImage(LONDON) -- Prince George and his younger brother or sister -- due to be born any day now -- will be brought up in a life of privilege and power. Their parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, also want to make sure the royal children are grounded and lead a life away from the spotlight, surrounded by love.William, 32, and Kate, 33, will no doubt look to the children's uncles, Prince Harry and James Middleton, and aunt, Pippa Middleton, to provide fun, friendship and all-important perspective to their children about what it is like as they grow up in the spotlight.“Prince George and his brother or sister have very cool aunts and uncles," ABC News Royal Contributor and Daily Mirror Royal Correspondent Victoria Murphy told ABC News. "Pippa, James and Harry are really keen to have a laugh and spend as much time as they can with George and his little brother or sister."Like any set of busy parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will naturally turn to their siblings -- Harry, 32, Pippa, 31, and James, 28 -- for support.Harry, as the only royal of the trio, will have a particularly unique role."He'll be the only person that will know what it feels like to grow up as a kind of spare," said Duncan Larcombe, royal editor of the U.K.'s The Sun newspaper, referring to the new baby's position in royal lineage as fourth in line to the British throne.With the baby's birth, Harry will move to fifth in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.Even more importantly, William and Kate's children will turn to Prince Harry for memories of their grandmother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997."Harry is going to play a role of really continuing his mother's legacy and really keeping that magic alive," Larcombe said. "I think it'll be lovely for Harry to be able to share stories about when he was growing up ... all the fun things he did with Princess Diana.""I'm sure the young prince or princess will love to sit on Harry’s lap and listen to all those anecdotes and stories," he said.On Duchess Kate's side of the family, her sister, "it girl" Pippa Middleton, who took the world by storm in that bridesmaid dress at the couple's royal wedding, will no doubt be at Kate's side lending a hand with Prince George and his sister or brother.Middleton is the very closest person to the Duchess of Cambridge, as Kate’s confidante and the one person she knows she can truly trust. Kate's sister will be at her side as she seeks privacy and normalcy for her children while they grow up in a fishbowl.Larcombe said Harry's brother and Kate's sister will likely pay special attention to the new baby, who is being born second to Prince George, the future King of England."It's actually going to be a huge challenge for William and Kate," Larcombe said. "Because, yes, the first child is showered with attention until the second one arrives, but in this rather strange situation Prince George is going to be the one that gets the lion's share of attention."“He’s a future King of England,” Larcombe added. “So the dynamic is actually slightly different with a new baby arriving. I think Pippa, Harry and James will be working quite hard to make the younger sibling, the heir to the spare, feel important and feel they have a role.”James Middleton, "Wonka-in-Chief" of a personalized marshmallow company, "Boomf," told ABC News' Amy Robach last year that he never imagined he’d be uncle to the future King of England and cherishes his relationship with Prince George.“I still see Prince George as my nephew and I just want to be the best uncle possible,” James Middleton said. “Like any uncle wants to be, I want to be the cool uncle, the fun uncle.“That’s what sort of [uncle] I’ll always try and be," he said.Murphy says James Middleton may have some friendly competition in being the "fun" uncle."Harry has got the reputation as being naughty Uncle Harry. He likes to have a laugh," Murphy said. "He's going take the opportunity after this next baby is born to spend some time with Prince George and also to get to know the new baby."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

British Couple Could Be Oldest Newlyweds in the World


Tony Kershaw/SWNS.com(LONDON) -- A U.K. couple is taking love to the limit; age limit, that is.Doreen Luckie, 91, is engaged to her 102-year-old boyfriend, George Kirby, and when the pair wed this June, their combined age will be 194, potentially making them the oldest newlyweds in the world."I didn’t think that was possible. Because you hear so many people living into their hundreds now, and lots of people in their nineties, I thought, ‘Well, we can’t be the only ones,’” Luckie told Metro UK, which first reported the story.The record for "oldest couple to marry, aggregate age" is based on "the combined number of years and days both individuals had lived to taken at the day of marriage," Kristen Ott, a representative for Guinness World Records, told ABC News.While Luckie and Kirby have submitted their application for the record, they will still need to submit evidence from the day of the marriage for review.The organization is a stickler for paperwork.When Lillian Hartley and Allan Marks of Indio, California, wed in 2012 with more than 193 combined years under their belts, many news outlets, including ABC News, reported the couple as having broken the previous record set by a French couple in 2002.But, it turned out, Hartley and Marks may have been too distracted by their honeymoon."Lillian and Allan were never recognized as it seems they never submitted a formal application," Ott said. "All record attempts must be submitted through our application process in order to be recognized."Francois Fernandez and Madeline Francineau, who exchanged marriage vows at the rest home Le Foyer du Romarin in Clapiers, France, in 2002, are recognized by Guinness World Records as the record-holder in this category with 190 years 126 days between them at the time of their vows.Luckie and Kirby will be married at their residence, the Langham Hotel, owned by Kirby's son, in Eastbourne, East Sussex on June 13.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

See the Moment a Great White Shark Attacked a Film Crew


iStock/Thinkstock(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- Groups protesting the shark cage-diving industry in New Zealand are now using footage of a great white shark attacking two film crew members on a small boat to highlight what they see as a growing problem.The video was part of the Discovery documentary, Lair of the Megashark, which aired last year.Two film crew members can be seen on a small inflatable boat when suddenly, a shark lunges and can be seen trying to bite the dinghy's rope connecting it to a larger boat."I don't think this is such a brilliant f****** idea you know," a voice can be heard saying. "I don't think we can have a boat in there. I really don't."Many locals believe close encounters such as these are the result of cage-diving, which makes sharks comfortable around boats and humans, the New Zealand Herald reported.Fisherman Richard Squires told the newspaper he was attacked by sharks recently -- and believes sharks are getting more comfortable around boats because of cage diving."We've been attacked twice," he said. "A shark came up and bit a buoy on the stern of the vessel, it came charging out of the water with its mouth open."The Herald added New Zealand's First Members of Parliament Clayton Mitchell and Winston Peters went to a public meeting about the shark problem last week."We are calling on the government to put a moratorium on this and actually do a comprehensive study on what the impact [of cage diving] is," Mitchell said. "When you start bringing the sharks in close to your boat for the thrill-seekers, like any animal, their behavior becomes modified."However, Allan Munn, who directs conservation services for the southern South Island, told the Herald it was "highly unlikely" shark diving had anything to do with increased great white activity.A few miles away in Southern Australia, a 26-year-old surfer was in critical condition Monday following a shark attack this past Saturday, local Adelaide paper, The Advertiser, reported.Local fishermen said the "attack does not bode well for the popular shark diving industry who they say we’re looking to expand their operations to those waters," The Advertiser reported.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nepal Earthquake: Americans Trying to Get Out Describe 'Really Bad' Situation


Omar Havana/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Alex Diaz is just one of hundreds of Americans stuck at Kathmandu airport trying to flee the aftermath of this weekend's deadly quake in Nepal.Diaz, who hails from New York, described the situation at the airport as a “complete madhouse” -- with many Americans stuck trying to leave the disaster ravaged country.“It's really bad," he told ABC News. "Flights are not leaving, or landing fast enough, so many diversions. My flight out is stuck in Dhaka."As the situation worsens at the airport, officials announced on Monday that the death toll had topped 4,000.Diaz was visiting Nepal when the quake struck and is now urgently trying to leave along with countless Americans.The U.S. State Department has not indicated exactly how many Americans are in Nepal who are trying to get out.Diaz said the situation at Kathmandu airport it is “past desperate.""We are just exhausted and resigned," he added. "Some people have been in this terminal for days. Basically you’re living landing to landing. If your plane can land and only then you can get out, but you don’t know which ones will land."Diaz says people are sitting in the terminal tracking flights on flightradar24."Every so often one lands and that airline’s people scuttle to the super crowded gates or they run out of fuel and divert and everyone madly dashes out to the ticket counters. You just don’t know which ones will leave," he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nepal Earthquake Rescue Teams En Route in Wake of Devastation


JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Rescue crews from around the globe are headed to Nepal in the race to provide disaster relief and pull survivors still beneath the rubble in the wake of Saturday's earthquake that toppled temples, triggered a Mt. Everest avalanche and devastated the capital of Kathmandu.This comes as officials said Monday that death toll had surpassed 4,000.The U.S. government is providing $1 million in assistance, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal. Disaster relief teams are en route to join U.S. Special Forces already in Nepal. A search-and-rescue team from California took off for Nepal late Sunday night, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement, "To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time."Crews from Israel, Japan, Australia, India, China, Germany, Canada and New Zealand are also headed to the region.Even social media is contributing to the rescue efforts. Facebook has activated its “safety check” feature, which allows users to tell friends and family they are safe. Google has also activated its own disaster tool called “person finder” and is updating satellite imagery to help with relief efforts.At Mt. Everest, where the magnitude-7.8 quake triggered an avalanche, three helicopters have started to rescue up to 150 stranded mountaineers. The mountain is too treacherous to walk down; the only way to evacuate safely is by helicopter.Kat Heldman of San Diego was on Mt. Everest when the deadly avalanche struck, which she described as "a white billowing cloud.""I thought I was dead," Heldman said.Tents, clothing and oxygen supplies are strewn across the mountain as rescuers try to reach survivors before supplies run out or another aftershock hits. Nearly the entire 100,000-soldier Nepalese army is involved in rescue operations, the army said. Many climbers remain unaccounted for.In Kathmandu, many streets are impassable, filled not only with rubble but with the injured. Drone footage captures the chaos in the streets as global rescue teams continue to dig through collapsed buildings in search for buried survivors.Thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu, unwilling to go into any building, fearing the effects of another aftershock.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nepal Earthquake: For Climbers on Mount Everest, a Terrifying Tragedy


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Nick Cienski considers himself fortunate.He was on Mount Everest with his team when a massive earthquake -- and avalanche -- hit. The disasters are responsible for more than 4,000 deaths, plus 18 people killed on the mountain.Cienski was located at the edge of the avalanche.“When you looked up and saw this thing coming at you, it was like out of a Hollywood movie. It was huge, this huge wave of snow,” he said in an interview with ABC News. “We just hunkered into our tents and started praying and lived through it.”Cienski didn’t initially believe that it was an earthquake, but he understood the gravity of the situation when the snow headed in his direction.“Once we hunkered into our tent, my wife and I were just sort of huddled in our sleeping bags holding each other and this whole tent was just moving with the wind and the snow being pelted into it,” he said. "You can’t really describe it. It was incredibly terrifying. We had no idea if we were going to get ripped off the ground inside these tents and flung into rocks and who knows what, and thank the Lord we weren’t."Cienski and his wife started working their way to harder-hit areas, witnessing the destruction -- the winds, rocks and ice ripping through tents.“Some people were incredibly badly broken up,” Cienski said. “The early evening was the most difficult, as we started to retrieve bodies. It was very difficult. Some of these people were incredibly badly damaged and hurt and, in some cases, in pieces, and so the evening was very, very somber, indeed.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Finnish Man Nearly Finished with Country After $60K Speeding Ticket


plusphoto/amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A wealthy Finn is fed up with his country after being slapped with a speeding ticket that topped a hundred thousand dollars.According to the local publication Italehti, Finland's speeding fines are linked to the wealth of the offender, and thanks to businessman Reima Kuisla's 2013 salary of over four million bucks, his ticket for doing 64 miles an hour in a 50 mile per hour zone will cost him 54,000 Euros, or the equivalent of more than 58,600 U.S. dollars.Kuisla took to Facebook to complain about the fine, saying, "I would have thought ten years ago that I should seriously consider moving abroad. Finland is an impossible country...for certain kinds of people with large incomes..."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Continues to Rise


Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal ) — The U.S. government is offering help to Nepal following Saturday's massive 7.8 earthquake that killed at least 3,600 people, including three Americans. Powerful aftershocks have continued non-stop since the temblor struck, terrifying survivors as thousands are forced to sleep out in the open.Along with an initial $1 million to help with quake relief, U.S. specialized disaster response teams are being dispatched to Nepal to help in the search for survivors.A team from USAID will also determine how much long-term help the U.S. can provide. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL]The quake near the capital of Kathmandu occurred just before noon local time Saturday, toppling temples and triggering an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least 18 climbers and guides and injured many others.Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was also killed in the avalanche.  He was also on Mt. Everest last year in April when another big avalanche hit.Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, witnessed people pulling victims out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances.She said the earthquake reduced many of the temples to rubble, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city.Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Jumps Over 3,200


Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal ) — The U.S. government is offering help to Nepal following Saturday's massive 7.8 earthquake that killed at least 3,300 people, including three Americans. Powerful aftershocks have continued non-stop since the temblor struck, terrifying survivors as thousands are forced to sleep out in the open.Along with an initial $1 million to help with quake relief, U.S. specialized disaster response teams are being dispatched to Nepal to help in the search for survivors.A team from USAID will also determine how much long-term help the U.S. can provide. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL]The quake near the capital of Kathmandu occurred just before noon local time Saturday, toppling temples and triggering an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least 18 climbers and guides and injured many others.Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was also killed in the avalanche.  He was also on Mt. Everest last year in April when another big avalanche hit.Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, witnessed people pulling victims out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances.She said the earthquake reduced many of the temples to rubble, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city.Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Israeli Defense Forces Thwart Attack From Syria, Raises Alert Level


Joel Carillet/iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Several alleged terrorists were killed Sunday night while trying to place explosives along the Syrian-Israeli border, the Israeli Defense Force announced.An IDF patrol identified the targets around 9:30 p.m. local time who were “attempting to place an explosive device against IDF forces on Israel's border with Syria.” "Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized threat,” the IDF tweeted. Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized threat.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 26, 2015In response to the incident, the IDF said it is raising the alert level along Israel’s northern border. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pope Francis Offers Prayers for Victims of Nepal Earthquake


neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- After Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims from his balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square.The pope called for help for the survivors during his weekly Sunday blessing.Francis said he was praying for the victims, the injured and all those suffering from this calamity. He urged others to lend them support and fraternal solidarity.The quake damaged a large swath of territory, destroying Kathmandu, dozens of small villages and shaking the slopes of Mount Everest where it triggered an avalanche that partially buried a base camp where foreign climbers were staying.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chilean Volcano Forces Thousands From Homes


zapatisthack/iStock/Thinkstock(ENSENADA, Chile) -- Chileans are digging out from under 15 inches of heavy inches of heavy ash, after twin eruptions from the Calbuco volcano Wednesday and Thursday spewed smoke, ash and lava 6 miles high. More than 6,500 people have been evacuated from towns within 12 miles of the volcano, which had been dormant for more than 40 years. Authorities worry there could be addition eruptions to come, as attention also turns to the weather. Rain is forecast in the area over the next several days, which could solidify the thick layer of ash and ravel into rock-hard cement.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chile Volcano Eruption: Hiker Witnesses Exact Moment Calbuco Erupts


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(PUERTO VARAS, Chile) -- The exact moment Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by a man hiking in Llanquigue National Reserve, according to the video's description. The video shows a forest area with gentle waterfalls that appears to be a distance away from the foot of the 6,500-foot-high volcano. After 28 seconds pass, the volcano erupts, sending a billowing cloud of smoke and ash into the air. "Wow!" a man can be heard saying in the video, uploaded Thursday.The video was uploaded by a user under the name Walter Witt. He did not immediately respond to ABC News' message requesting additional comment.Calbuco erupted twice this week -- once on Wednesday and again on Thursday -- and Chile's national geology and mining service also warned people to prepare for a possible third and "even more aggressive eruption." Around 4,000 residents in nearby towns were forced to evacuate due to raining ash blanketing their neighborhoods. This week was the first time the volcano has erupted since 1973, officials said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Extremists Sought in Possible Plot Against the Vatican


iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Extremists may have plotted an attack against the Vatican in 2010, authorities in Italy said Friday in announcing the arrests of nine suspected Islamist extremists of Afghan and Pakistan origin.Arrest warrants were issued for others in the sweep, authorities said.The suspects are all said to be members of an international terrorist organization affiliated with al Qaeda.Mario Carta, of the antiterrorism police in Sassari, Sardinia, told Italian media authorities had a “strong suspicion” from wiretaps that a plot against the Vatican had been planned. Recorded telephone conversations that took place near the seat of the Roman Catholic Church were said to have mentioned “restricted areas” and used the word “papa,” which is Italian for the pope.The antiterrorism police subsequently alerted Rome and Vatican authorities. The alleged attackers may have aborted the plan because they knew they were under surveillance, Carta said.Mauro Mura, an Italian prosecutor, told reporters the Vatican threat was from March 2010, when Benedict XVI was serving as pope.Those detained included two men reported to be former body guards to Osama bin Laden and who had planned attacks in Pakistan. The group was also accused of plotting to destabilize the government of Pakistan, as well as being involved in the trafficking of refugees entering Italy, sometimes with the group’s financial assistance.The center of the operation was on the island of Sardinia, authorities said. Italian authorities have been conducting wiretaps of the group for some years now.Police in Sardinia said they believe some of the suspects participated in the October 2009 bombing of a market in Peshawar, Pakistan, where more than 100 people were killed.At a news conference, authorities explained the network had access to a vast supply of weapons and included numerous followers who were prepared to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.Police also stated the group was responsible for assisting illegal immigrants enter into Italy and, in some cases, helped move refugees to other parts of Europe. The group provided fake documents, cellphones, and provided statements to help obtain political asylum, authorities said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

This American in Britain Is the Envy of Social Media


Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, England) -- An American woman studying in Britain has gained more than 335,000 followers on Instagram by posting pictures and stories about her fairy tale life at Cambridge University. Caroline Calloway, 23, left New York almost two years ago. When she started blogging about white-tie dinners, fancy balls and young men in polo gear, her social media followers started growing. "I am living my life through her stories," one of her fans, Emily Parsons, recently wrote on Instagram. "The time Oscar flew us to Venice for Valentine’s Day” or “The time my friend Max and I went to a ball at Blenheim palace" are only some of the stories that have made the young woman popular with her peers.One of her Cambridge friends, India, asking ABC News not to use her last name, said Calloway was always befriending people and that her success was because of her "crazy life with lots of parties."But another student from the university, Abby Jitendra, said she thought Calloway's pictures tend to "amplify the ridiculousness of Cambridge" with its long-held traditions. “Her pictures are mainly for outsiders," Abby said, noting that less wealthy students often cannot afford the same lifestyle. Calloway, a history of art major, says her motivation is "brightening" people's day "with jokes and stories and photos." Her fans’ reactions were unexpected, she says. "The pictures are cooler than I will ever be,” Calloway told ABC News. Despite her apparent enjoyable life in Cambridge, Calloway says she misses her country. "In the U.S. we have the mentality that you can make it on your own," she said, before adding, "I also miss wearing my PJ's in the middle of the day. That's not a thing here." In addition to her pictures, Calloway said, the key to her success has been the anecdotes she writes along with each of her posts. "Without even acknowledging his concerned glances towards my vase full of red wine, I leapt out of bed saying, “Ten minutes and I’ll be ready.” “Lovely,” he replied, snapping his gaze up from the floor," Calloway wrote on Instagram to describe one picture. “Do you need to borrow robes or— ” I pointed to the Ryder and Amies bag in the corner.“Black Undergraduate Robes? Check. AWWW YEA, CAMBRIDGE.” The young woman plans on returning to America after she graduates in 2016. She says she has a book coming up next spring, in which she will tell her stories in a longer form. “I hope readers will find the stories moving and funny,” said Calloway, who hopes to become an established writer one day.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Angelina Jolie Rips United Nations for Inaction in Syria


Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday."The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in Aleppo, in Homs," Jolie said. "The problem is lack of political will. We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has risen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent."Not enough people realize all that the United Nations does around the world, Jolie said."But all of this good is being undermined by the message being sent in Syria -- that laws can be flouted, chemical weapons can be used, hospitals can be bombed, aid can be withheld, and civilians starved, with impunity," she said.She accused the United Nations of shirking its responsibility to intervene when a nation state fails, and rather "standing by" to watch.Jolie has been working with the United Nations for 13 years. Before being promoted to special envoy, Jolie worked as goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In her time with the U.N., she has been on 50 field missions spanning more than 30 countries, including Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria.In addition to her three biological children, Jolie has three adopted children with her husband, actor Brad Pitt. Her adopted children come from orphanages in Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Detainee Bail


John Moore/Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- A Canadian, once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo, was freed on bail Friday by a court.Omar Khadr was freed by a judge in Edmonton after spending nearly half his life in custody. Khadr was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, accused of killing a U.S. soldier.He was later sentenced to 40 years in prison by a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay in 2010 but, as part of his plea deal, his sentence was limited to eight years. Khadr was transferred back to Canada in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence.He’s been freed on bail while his Guantanamo conviction is being challenged by the Canadian government in a Washington court.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.