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Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Embraces Former Nazi Guard Oskar Groning

RONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images(LUENEBURG, Germany) -- In a moving moment, former Nazi guard Oskar Gröning embraced Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, a witness in the case against him. Gröning, 93, who is on trial in Germany, kissed 81-year-old Kor on the cheek, according to The Times, and then the two hugged. Kor, an Auschwitz survivor, tweeted about the interaction. She shared a photo of them, describing it as "two old people reaching out." I am sharing with you my face to face meeting with Oskar Groening the former Nazi guard. Two old people reaching out— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) April 23, 2015  I met Oskar Groening, introduced myself reached to shake his hand-he grabbed my arm & fainted-I screamed 4 help. It was a strange reaction!!— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) April 21, 2015Kor said the hug wasn't planned, according to The Times. “This shows that former enemies can get along as human beings," Kor said, according to The Times. "What on Earth do we want to tell the world? Killing each other has never created anything good. I want to teach young people that even former Nazis and survivors can get along.” On Kor's blog, she described what it was like when Gröning kissed her on the cheek: "Well I probably wouldn't have gone that far, but I guess it is better than what he would have done to me 70 years ago." Kor testified Wednesday, recalling the medical experiments she endured while at Auschwitz, The Times said. It was not immediately clear when the hug occurred. Kor's blog post concluded, "My idea is for people from the victims' side and people from the perpetrators' side to come together, face the truth, try to heal, and work together to prevent it from ever happening again." Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hundreds Dead After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- At least 688 people were killed after a massive earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, collapsing centuries-old temples and triggering avalanches on Mt. Everest. The magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Images of the country show extensive damage with many buildings crumbling as a result of the quake. Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in Baktapur, saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances. The earthquake reduced many of the temples inside the city to rubble, she said, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city. "Buildings here are mostly old, brick buildings and the streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust," said Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee. "[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust." A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour later. Smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours.The earthquake triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest, where eight bodies have been recovered, an official with Nepal's mountaineering department said. The quake also killed 20 in India, six in Tibet, two in Bangladesh, and two Chinese citizens on the Nepal-China border.David Arvan, who was visiting Nepal with family and friends, said he immediately recognized the earthquake having lived in California. "We sought shelter under a concave boulder until it subsided," Arvan told ABC News by email. "Some people were crying in fear during all the rumbling."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";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.src="";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.src="";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.A photo posted by Caroline Calloway (@carolinecalloway) on Jan 20, 2015 at 5:00pm PSTOne 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.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Meet Dusty, the Australian Pet Kangaroo Who Thinks He's a Dog

Ashley Stewart(Esperance, AUSTRALIA) -- Dusty the kangaroo is considered a family pet to an Australian family in Esperance that rescued him as a baby from his mother's pouch when they found her dead on the side of the road in 2013. Now, you can find Dusty, 2, hopping around and in and out of Ashley Stewart's family home on a farm. The friendly kangaroo actually thinks it's a dog, Stewart told ABC News on Friday, adding Dusty is always following and playing with their two dogs, Lilly the Golden Retriever, 5, and Rosie the Border Collie, 11. "Dusty acts just like a dog," he said. "Wherever the dogs go, he goes with them and does what they do. He sleeps together with them in a bed, play fights with them and likes to get pet and scratches, too." Stewart added he and his wife and three kids believe Dusty thinks Lilly the Golden Retriever is his mother. "They've got an especially close bond, and Dusty is very attached to her," he said. "He'll groom Lilly and even affectionately lick her." The four-foot tall kangaroo is free to roam outside around the farm and graze, but he always comes back to his family, Steward added. "Since kangaroos are a bit nocturnal, sometimes he'll wander and graze at night, but he always comes back and sleeps next to the dogs," he said. "When my children are home from boarding school, Dusty also likes to come into the house and sit in the lounge, and then he'll go outside and walk with the dogs." And while Dusty doesn't quite know any tricks (yet), he does respond to his name when called and communicates with the family using gestures, Stewart said. "Once, when I was going for a drive around the farm, we loaded the dogs in the bed of the truck and Dusty came up, appeared to look up at me like he wanted to tag along," he said. "So I let him hop on back, and we all went for a ride. He also sometimes comes up to you and puts his arm around you asking to be pet or scratched." "He’s just a pet like any dog or cat, and yeah, he just happens to be a kangaroo," Stewart added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What Makes the Hubble Space Telescope So Special

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago on Friday, no one could have predicted the trove of new discoveries it would make about our cosmos.NASA heralded the launch of Hubble on April 24, 1990, as "the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope."Hubble's incredible reach -- made possible by the fact that its sight was not impaired by the Earth's atmosphere -- allowed astronomers to get closer looks at space phenomena like never before, watching stars and planets as they form, examining exoplanets and capturing the power of cosmic impacts.Since its first day on the job, Hubble has made more than 1.2 million observations and its findings have been published in more than 12,800 scientific papers, according to NASA, making it one of the most successful scientific instruments ever built.Whizzing around Earth at 17,000 mph, Hubble has racked up more than three billion miles in flight, according to NASA.Its incredible resolution has allowed the telescope to look at areas as far as 13.4 billion light years away from Earth -- in essence, peering back into a time when our universe first emerged from the Big Bang. The telescope is so precise that it is equivalent to someone shining a laser beam on a dime from 200 miles away, according to NASA.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";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.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Armenians Mark 100th Anniversary of Mass Killings

iStock/Thinkstock(YEREVAN, Armenia) -- Armenians on Friday are marking a century since the death of 1.5 million of their countrymen at the hands of Turkish Ottoman forces. Among those on hand for the ceremony in the Armenian capital were the presidents of France and Russia. Leading up to the date, other world leaders, along with Pope Francis, have referred to the killings as Armenians always have: The first genocide of the 20th century. However, Turkish leaders refute the claim, saying the deaths occurred during conflict, not systematic killing.They also say the death toll from the conflict a century ago was much lower.    Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Baby Watch, Marathon and Prince Harry's Return Have London Abuzz

Clive Mason/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Mothers know that delivering a baby can sometimes be a marathon and sometimes, if you’re lucky, a sprint.The world’s most famous expectant mother, Duchess Kate, may find herself literally in the midst of a marathon if she goes into labor with her second child Sunday.Kate, 33, and due any day now, is waiting out her pregnancy at her and Prince William’s home in Kensington Palace, which happens to be right in the heart of London, a city hosting its annual marathon Sunday.The 2015 London Marathon will see over 30,000 runners take to the streets to run the 26.2-mile course.The thousands of runners, and their fans, will join an already crowded city full of royal watchers who have been camped out at St. Mary’s Hospital, where Kate is expected to deliver, for days.“Been here since last Thursday,” one royal superfan, sleeping on a bench outside the hospital, told ABC News.Duchess Kate has said only that she is due sometime between mid-April and the end of the month. The longer Kate is pregnant, the greater the chance the baby’s uncle, Prince Harry, could make it back to London for the birth.Harry, 30, has been stationed in Australia as part of a month-long exchange program with the Australian Defense Force. Both he and his father, Prince Charles, the baby’s grandfather, will be attending the ANZAC celebrations in Gallipoli, Turkey, on Saturday.Prince Harry will then make a quick turnaround to return by Sunday to London, where he will help hand out the medals to the London Marathon winners. A Saturday or Sunday royal baby birth would mean Harry may get to meet his second nephew before he has to return to Australia.“We are so close to the due date now,” ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy said. “William and Kate are at Kensington Palace, ready to go, just a short drive to the Lindo Wing.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";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.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Middleton Family Expected to Have 'Huge Influence' on Royal Baby

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's Prince William and Duchess Kate aren't afraid to let the world see their love and affection, much like William's mother, the late Princess Diana, showered her boys -- William and his younger brother, Prince Harry -- with affection in public.Unlike William's father, Prince Charles and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who rarely show emotion in public, Princess Diana set a new royal precedent and William, 32, and Kate, 33, have followed suit.Holding hands and embracing in public, they're a couple in love, comfortable with showing their intimacy in public, something unthinkable just a few short years ago.Princess Diana was keen to make sure Princes William and Harry, who's 30, saw how people outside of aristocratic circles lived. Like William’s famous mother, William and Kate are committed to seeing that their son, Prince George, and their second child, due this month, have as normal an upbringing as possible, with Kate’s non-royal parents playing a significant role in Prince George’s life."The Middletons have had a huge influence on Prince George's upbringing and will have a huge influence on his little brother or sister's upbringing," said ABC News royal contributor, Victoria Murphy.Prince William has admired his in-laws, even embraced their solid, middle-class values, and the warmth that permeates Kate’s family life. Along with William's royal relatives, Kate's parents -- Michael and Carole Middleton -- will have a significant role in the new baby’s life, just as they have with Prince George.Some royal watchers are even suggesting that the little prince-who-will-be-king, Prince George, is being raised as a Middleton instead of a Windsor, with Prince Charles taking a backseat to Kate’s parents.William's parenting style toward Prince George, who will turn two in July, has been influenced by watching and embracing the close-knit, middle-class Middleton family.“Mike and Carole have been really loving and caring and really fun. They have been really welcoming towards me so I've felt really a part of the family,” Prince William said while announcing his and Kate’s engagement in 2010.The royal family has learned from their mistakes in making sure Kate hasn’t felt the isolation that Princess Diana felt as a 20-year-old, when she married into the royal family in 1981. This time it’s been different. The Middletons have been embraced by the royal family -- indeed, welcomed into the fold -- so they too have a major role in their daughter's life, and their grandson, Prince George, has the love of his non-royal grandparents.“William is very close with the Middleton family. He apparently calls Michael Middleton 'Dad,'" said Murphy.When Prince George was born in 2013, the Middletons, the owners of a mail-order party supply company, Party Pieces, were the first to visit their new grandson at the hospital in London. They spent a little more than an hour at the hospital and told reporters outside their first grandchild was, “absolutely beautiful.” William and Kate returned to Kensington Palace after Prince George's birth and, a few days later, the couple and their newborn decamped to Bucklebury to spend time with Kate’s parents.William and Kate, with Prince George in tow, often spend carefree weekends in Berkshire at the Middleton’s $7 million Georgian home, surrounded by open fields, dogs and the privacy that William and Kate enjoyed in Anglesey, Wales, during the early days of their marriage.As Kate planned Prince George’s first birthday party last July, she turned to her mother and to her sister, Pippa Middleton, to plan the perfect intimate family birthday celebration for her firstborn.So eager is the royal family to make Kate feel comfortable that for the first time, Pippa, James -- Kate's younger brother -- Carole and Mike joined Kate and William for the royal family's Christmas festivities at the Queen's Norfolk estate. James Middleton was invited to join Prince Harry for the annual Christmas Eve soccer match that William sat out to nurse a reportedly injured ankle.The Duke and Duchess attended the traditional Christmas service with the Queen and the royal family, but, in a departure from tradition, enjoyed Christmas lunch with the Middletons at Kate and William’s home, the 10-bedroom Georgian mansion on the Sandringham estate that Queen Elizabeth II gifted to them after their wedding.“The royal family have gone out of their way to be welcoming to them and not keep them at arms' length,” royal commentator Roya Nikkhah told ABC News. “I think that's been William's wish.”Part of that effort includes making sure the Middletons -- particularly Kate’s mom, Carole -- play a major role in young Prince George’s life.“Of course, Carole is the grandmother, the only grandmother, to this baby, so she has quite a unique, important relationship with this new baby and with Prince George,” Nikkhah said. “With the absence of Princess Diana it's a very significant role.”Kate was raised in a secure, loving environment, something William missed as he witnessed the breakdown of his own parents’ marriage, which saw their fairytale wedding end in bitter divorce.“Just like Kate, William is very keen for his children to have the upbringing that she had. She had a very happy childhood. She's very close to both of her parents who are still together and still very much in love. It's a very secure family unit," Murphy said. "And I think that's what she and William want to give their children. They want to try and shut out all the craziness of royal life and give their children a little cocoon."Princess Diana was the first royal mother to attempt to give her children a normal, ordinary life, and William and Kate are attempting to do the same with their children.Prince William has taken part in George’s life like many fathers around the world, giving him his nighttime bottle at the end of the day, being around for bath time, and reading him a bedtime story. Although Kate and William have hired a nanny to help, both are hands-on parents, making every effort to make sure their children feel loved, and shielding them from the prying eyes of the public.Patrick Jephson, Princess Diana's chief of staff for eight years until her death in 1997, could not agree more.“Well, if it means that there's a welcome blast of fresh air and, you might say, good middle-class attitudes in the nursery, and that's all to the good," Jephson said. "Kate's parents came from humble origins. They made themselves prosperous. They were aspirational. They were successful. Those are all good lessons for a baby born into the ultimate privilege.""They're [a] very hands-on, very tight-knit family and I think that George and the new baby are going to be welcomed into that," Duncan Larcombe, royal editor of the U.K.'s The Sun newspaper, said of the Middletons. "One of the things that William loved about Kate was her family and this close relationship with that family unit that he didn't have in his own."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Iranian Convoy Tracked by US Near Yemen Has Turned Around, Official Says

The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in a file photo from 1993, has been patrolling the waters near Yemen. DERRICK CEYRAC/AFP/Getty Images(SANA'A, Yemen) -- An Iranian convoy that some U.S. officials were concerned might be carrying weapons for the Houthi rebels in Yemen has turned around and is no longer bound for Yemen. A U.S. defense official says that there was never visual contact between the Iranian ships and U.S. ships in the region, but that U.S. surveillance planes had flown in the area keeping an eye on the convoy. The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, an American aircraft carrier, will remain in the Arabian Sea, Pentagon spokesperson Col. Steve Warren said.The Iranian convoy had consisted of nine ships, Warren said, including some small military vessels. A senior Navy official says that the ships haven't moved very far, meaning they could still change direction again.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

EU Leaders Meet to Discuss Migrant Situation

Bunyos/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It is time to take responsibility for the deaths of thousands of migrants at sea, said European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini on Thursday.European leaders met this week to discuss the thousands who have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa into Europe this year, hundreds of whom died when their ships have sunk or capsized. The summit came days after more than 700 people were thought to have died on a boat crossing from Libya.Mogherini said in her remarks on Thursday that "this is a tragedy not only for the people who die at sea and the countries that save them and host them, but for all Europeans, the European community.""We'll respond in a European way, in a concrete way to this tragedy," she added. "This is about saving lives, it's about protecting people, it's about protecting human rights and security."BBC News reports that several European Union member states vowed to provide more ships and resources to improve search-and-rescue operations involving migrant boats. The EU also hopes to capture and destroy smugglers' boats.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

See Elian Gonzalez 15 Years After US-Cuba Controversy

Roberto Chile(HAVANA) -- Exclusive new photos of Elian Gonzalez, the now-21-year-old industrial engineering student at the University of Matanzas in Cuba, have been released to ABC News.They are the most recent photos released of Gonzalez by Fidel Castro’s former personal photographer.Gonzalez, who was 6 when he was at the center of a 1999-2000 tug-of-war between the U.S. and Cuba, is now, according to Cuban press reports, a karate- and swimming-loving university student who enjoys going to movies and hanging out with friends.The photos were taken of Gonzalez and his family by renowned Cuban photographer Roberto Chile. Chile was the personal photographer to Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader and former president.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Named Adam Pearlman

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gadahn, the al Qaeda spokesman killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation, was an American-born suburbanite named Adam Pearlman who went from listening to heavy metal to Islamic radical.On the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, the State Department had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of 36-year-old Adam Yahiye Gadahn, who had identified himself as "Azzam the American" and had aliases like Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki. He was indicted in 2006 for treason by a federal grand jury, the first American to have been charged since the 1950s.A former resident of Orange County, California, he started appearing in a series of videotaped segments broadcast in October 2004, the FBI said. In a 2004 video, he said, “The streets of America shall run red with blood.”At age 17, Gadahn posted a statement online about his conversion to Islam called "Becoming Muslim," rejecting evangelical Christianity and what he called his obsession with demonic heavy metal music."I discovered the beliefs and practices of this religion fit my personal theology and intellect as well as basic human logic," he wrote at the time. "Islam presents God not as an anthropomorphic being but as an entity beyond human comprehension, transcendent of man, independent and undivided."The son of musician Phil Pearlman, Gadahn was raised in Orange County on a goat farm. He was home-schooled until the age of 15, at which point he moved in with his grandparents in Santa Ana, California, ABC News reported in 2004.His aunt, Nancy Pearlman, told ABC News in 2004 that Gadahn was a typical teenager with shifting interests."Adam was a very loving, caring, intelligent young man," she said. "He was listening to hard rock music. He gave that up when he got religious."Gadahn was recruited by Egyptian Hisham Diab, who ran one of the first al Qaeda support cells out of his apartment complex in Orange County. They met at a local mosque. Gadahn eventually left California for Karachi, Pakistan, where his parents last heard from him in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.Diab’s ex-wife told ABC News' Brian Ross in 2004 that Gadahn was "fresh meat.”Gadahn was "someone they could control," Saraah Olson, Diab’s ex-wife said. "Not only that, he's very unassuming-looking, he can do a lot of their tasks.”The first piece of evidence that Gadahn was tied to al Qaeda was his name on a tax form for Charity Without Borders, a sham 501(c)3 in Garden Grove, California, that funneled money back to extremists in the Middle East. The group's listed officers included Diab and Khalil al-Deek, also known as “Joseph Adams,” who was implicated in the Millennium plot to attack western hotels in Amman, Jordan. Gadahn was also listed as an officer of Charity Without Borders, though his importance didn’t become apparent until he appeared in a 2004 al Qaeda video as a masked American promising blood would flow on the streets of U.S. cities.The "prominent member" of the terrorist organization was killed in January, the White House said on Thursday, "likely in a separate U.S. Government counterterrorism operation," from that which killed American hostage Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto. The White House said Gadahn wasn't specifically targeted.Gadahn once tore up his U.S. passport on camera and regularly produced videos in English and Arabic."America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," Gadahn said in a 2011 al Qaeda video urging individual violent jihad. "So what are you waiting for?"In October 2012, Gadahn urged al Qaeda’s followers to attack the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.Gadahn was one of a handful Americans the U.S. had offered millions of dollars in rewards to help capture because they served under Osama bin Laden or his henchmen.A family member declined to comment to ABC News.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'Samurai Ghost': Photo Shows Mysterious Boots Behind Girl

Courtesy Martin Springall(NEW YORK) -- A photo of a 4-year-old girl on a beach in Zushi, Japan, seems innocent until you look closely behind her legs and back.A closer look appears to reveal a mysterious pair of boots and part of a blue shirt peeking out from behind herThe photo, which was uploaded to Reddit by a friend of the girl's father, is making the rounds on the Internet. Many are speculating the photo shows a Samurai ghost because the beach the girl and her dad were on was across a samurai graveyard."My daughter thinks the whole thing is just so funny," Martin Springall, who took the photo, told ABC News Thursday. "She thinks it's a ghost, but not a scary ghost -- a nice one."Springall said the photo was taken on July 6, 2014 during a weekend trip to the beach. He added that his family now lives in Toronto, but had been living in Tokyo at the time."I took a few pictures, and when I was looking through them at night, I noticed what appeared to be a pair of boots behind her in one of the photos," he said. "I took several of her in the same spot, but only one had the boots."Springall said he freaked out, and he later showed the photo to his friend Brian Publicover during a camping trip in Japan in August.Publicover put it up on Reddit's "Ghosts" subreddit, and theories poured in."Some thought it could be the ghost of a World War II sailor," Springall said.He added the photo is "completely legitimate" and not retouched in any way."My daughter is really shy, and she wouldn't have taken a picture if there was someone standing behind her, which I would have definitely noticed," Springall said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Baby: Long List of Those in Line to Throne to Get Makeover

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- With the second child of Kate Middleton and Prince William on the way, what this means for the royal line of succession is the new baby will be fourth in line to the throne -- behind Prince Charles, William and Prince George.The top 10 are pretty well known, with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward -- and their families -- close to the top.But as you scroll down the royal line, there's still family connected to King George V, but down in the late 40's or early 50's -- namely Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and her family.Alexandra, 78, who is the youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary, was 44 to 48 in the royal line -- different lists have her in different spots -- before the new baby. She and the rest of her family will all move down one spot after the new addition for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Behind Alexandra is her son James Ogilvy, who is joined down the list by his two children Alexander Ogilvy and Flora Ogilvy. When James, 51, was born in 1964, he was 13th on the list and is the godson of Queen Elizabeth II.Even though James is close to 50th on the list as of the royal birth, he's a successful publisher, launching Luxury Briefing magazine in the late 1990s. His magazine "charts luxury news from around the world, features key people and tackles issues relating to the industry. Our informed commentators and curators of content, such as Faith Hope Consolo, Georgia Fendley and Keith Wilson, give their unique perspectives in monthly columns, providing thought leadership on topics of interest," according to the magazine's website.There's more to know about Alexandra too. Before she married Sir Angus Ogilvy, she was Princess Alexandra of Kent.Alexandra "is the second child and only daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Ken," according to the official website of the British Monarchy."Much of Her Royal Highness's childhood was spent at the Duke and Duchess of Kent's country home, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire," it adds.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks, Illuminating Night Sky

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak overnight with as many as 20 meteors per hour darting through the night sky.The meteors are pieces of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and have made an appearance every April for at least the past 2,600 years as Earth runs into a stream of debris from the comet.Peak meteor action began Wednesday around 10:30 p.m. local time in the Northern Hemisphere, while people in the Southern Hemisphere were able to catch a glimpse after midnight local time.The most breathtaking views were in areas with an unobstructed view of the sky away from artificial lights. While the Lyrid has peaked, the annual meteor shower is expected to continue to a lesser extent into the weekend.The annual show is known for its unpredictability. In the past, as many as 90 meteors per hour have streaked across the sky, providing a spectacular view.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chile's Calbuco Volcano Erupts in Stunning Display

Ivan Konar/LatinContent/Getty Images(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday after being dormant for more than four decades.The eruption, the first since 1972, emitted a huge ash cloud and prompted evacuations in nearby towns.Time-lapse video footage showed an ash cloud forming as the volcano erupted:Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Baby: Who's Who in Duchess Kate's Inner Circle

Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images(LONDON) — Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is undoubtedly one of the most famous women in the world who has met thousands of people in her royal duties. But when it comes to her daily life, Kate, 33, relies on a close-knit circle of family and friends.When Kate gives birth to her second child this month, the circle will be even more important as she and her husband, Prince William, take on the task of raising two children as world-famous royals.Read below to see who is in Duchess Kate's inner circle.Pippa Middleton - No one is closer to Kate than her younger sister, the 31-year-old middle child of the Middleton clan. Pippa stole the show in "that dress" at William and Kate's 2011 wedding and is Kate's closest confidante.James Middleton - Kate is incredibly close to her successful businessman brother. James, 28, is the founder and "Wonka in Chief" of luxury marshmallow company Boomf. His wedding gift to William and Kate was their beloved pooch, Lupo, who has become a best friend to the couple's nearly 2-year-old son, Prince George. James often hits the tennis court with Kate. Like any brother, he is fiercely protective of his sister and brother-in-law, Prince William.Rebecca Deacon - As trusted chief of staff and private secretary to the duchess, whenever you see Kate out in public, Rebecca is always by her side offering her wise counsel and support. The thoughtful and beautiful Rebecca, daughter of a church vicar, advises Kate on everything from policy, speeches to what she should wear. She is discrete and private yet has a great sense of humor to keep the moment light when required.Emilia Erlanger - Emilia is a godmother to Prince George and has been school friends with Kate since the age of 13, when they attended Marlborough College together. Emilia has been a discrete presence by Kate's side throughout her relationship with William. She is now a well-known London interior designer and has reportedly offered advice to the duchess on the renovations of Kensington Palace Apartment 1A and William and Kate's country property, Anmer Hall.Olivia Bleasdale - Olivia, or Livvie as she's sometimes called, was one of Kate and William's roommates at St. Andrews University as their love blossomed. In their second year, they lived in a rented flat in Hope Street and Olivia also shared a farmhouse off-campus with William and Kate for their final year.Hugh and Lady Rose van Cutsem - Hugh is one of the oldest friends of William and his younger brother, Prince Harry. Indeed, Hugh's family lived in Anmer Hall when William and Harry were growing up. The couple's adorable, ringlet-covered daughter, Grace, stole the show at the royals' 2011 wedding when she covered her little ears with her hands on the Buckingham Palace balcony. William served as an usher at the couple's wedding. Rose founded and runs Kensington Mothers and the children's club, Maggie and Rose. The van Cutsems also have a home near William and Kate's Anmer Hall home.Trini Foyle - Another school friend of Kate from her Marlborough days, Trini has been seen pushing her stroller through Kensington Gardens with her son, Alexander, while Kate accompanies Prince George. Trini was by Kate's side when she briefly broke up with William in 2007 and has been a longtime confidant and is fiercely protective of the couple's privacy.Amanda Cook Tucker - Amanda keeps Kate's lovely locks perfectly coiffed and accompanies her on all of her worldwide trips. She reportedly cut William and Harry's hair as children and has been working in royal circles for years. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.