Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 6:04 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 6:03 AM

            Smoke from an explosion rises during fighting against Islamic State militants in the old city of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, June 23, 2017. Formally launched in October, the fight for Mosul has displaced more than 850,000 people. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Smoke from an explosion rises during fighting against Islamic State militants in the old city of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, June 23, 2017. Formally launched in October, the fight for Mosul has displaced more than 850,000 people. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A Swiss journalist died Saturday from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Veronique Robert died in a Paris hospital Saturday, Sophie Pommier, a French Embassy spokeswoman, told The Associated Press. State-owned France Television said Robert had covered numerous conflicts and expressed its "sincere condolences."

Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and French journalist Stephen Villeneuve, who were working with Robert, were also killed in the explosion. Haddad died moments after the blast and Villeneuve died hours later from his wounds.

The fight to retake Iraq's second largest city was launched more than eight months ago, and while Iraqi forces experienced periods of swift gains, fighting inside the city has been slow and deadly for both Iraqi security forces and civilians.

In February, Iraqi Kurdish journalist Shifa Gerdi was killed by a roadside bomb just south of Mosul, which also wounded her colleague, Younis Mustafa. In October, Iraqi television journalist Ali Raysan was killed while covering a battle to retake a small village south of Mosul.

This week, Iraqi forces began to push into Mosul's Old City, where they expect to encounter the toughest fighting yet. Streets shrink to the width of foot paths in the densely populated district, where the United Nations estimates IS fighters are holding some 100,000 civilians as human shields.

Prince Harry, toddler steal show as she steals his popcorn

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 9:38 AM

Toddler ‘Steals’ Royal Popcorn

If there’s any wonder as to how good of an uncle Prince Harry could be to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, then this video is the proof you need.

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During an event at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, a toddler seized her chance as the adults talked, and helped herself to the royal popcorn, Mashable reported.

When he notices Emily Henson’s little hands going from popcorn box to mouth, Harry jokingly removes temptation and then picks out the prime popcorn to give to the 2-year-old, the Telegraph reported

He then chats with her and her mother and other neighboring spectators. He also made silly faces and stuck his tongue out at her as the cameras watched their every move.

At one point, Emily took such a shine to the prince that she leaned on his knee as the volleyball match continued. 

Emily’s father, David Henson, is a paralympian who had both of his legs amputated when an IED exploded in Afghanistan in 2011, The Telegraph reported.

Since first competing in the Invictus Games in 2014, Henson has become a friend to Prince Harry.

Harry is no stranger to children, as he is the godfather to six of his friends’ children and believes he does a good job with them.

“I think the key to that is to be able to grow up, but also be able to stay in touch with your childhood side,” Harry told The Telegraph.

The games run until Saturday. There are 550 competitors from 17 countries taking part in 12 sports during the week-long event.

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When do adults reach peak happiness? Not until age 50, study says

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 6:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

Wondering what age you’ll reach peak happiness? It may be well after your 50s, according to new research.

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Scientists from Dartmouth College and the University of Warwick in England conducted a study, which was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, to determine the pattern of psychological well-being among adults.

To do so, they assessed seven different surveys that questioned 1.3 million people across 51 countries. The questionnaire focused on individuals’ life-satisfaction and happiness. 

They found that happiness follows a U-shape over the course of most people’s life, where they experience high levels of euphoria in their teens and early 20s. However, it lowers over the next few decades. 

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According to the analysis, people are more miserable around age 50, and they become elated again in their later years on through retirement. 

“There is much evidence that humans experience a midlife psychological ‘low,’” the authors said in the paper. "The decline in well-being is apparently substantial and not minor.”

Researchers did note that other studies that have used more longitudinal data or examined the same participants over a certain period of time found different patterns of happiness. While some reported more wavy patterns, others saw more flat routes. 

Despite the differences, the scientists believe their conclusions will prove effective. 

“Our own view,” they wrote, “is that these kinds of plots of happiness and life satisfaction should be shown - with a discussion of appropriate caveats - to all young psychologists and economists.”

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Prince William, Kate Middleton expect 3rd child in spring

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Third Child Coming for Prince William, Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday announced that the couple is expecting their third child in April.

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Kensington Palace officials shared the announcement in a post on Twitter.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, announced last month that they were expecting. The couple has two children, 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte.

Kensington Palace officials said in a statement that Queen Elizabeth and other family members were "delighted with the news."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Julian Simmonds - Pool/Getty Images)(Pool/Getty Images)

The duchess, 35, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, during her first two pregnancies, and Kensington Palace officials said last month that she was again dealing with the illness through her third pregnancy.

Hyperemesis gravidarum affects about one in every 200 pregnancies, BBC News reported. Symptoms include severe and constant nausea, dehydration and reduced appetite, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

Caitlan Coleman, Family Rescued After Being Held Prisoner by Terrorists in Afghanistan

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children were rescued in Pakistan on Wednesday, five years after the couple was captured by a terrorist group while hiking in Afghanistan.

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The rescue, prompted by a tip from U.S. intelligence officers tracking the family, was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan’s army.

President Donald Trump identified the rescued captives as 31-year-old American Caitlan Coleman, 34-year-old Canadian Joshua Boyle and their three children.

Coleman and Boyle were abducted in 2012 and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban, the president said.

“Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan,” Trump said. “Today they are free.”

FILE - In this June 4, 2014, file photo, mother's Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold photo of their married children, Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle and American citizen Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in late 2012, in Stewartstown, Pa. Pakistan's military says soldiers have recovered five Western hostages held by the Taliban for years. Pakistan's army did not name those held, only saying it worked with U.S. intelligence officials to track down the hostages and free them after discovering they had been brought into Pakistan. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman, File)(Bill Gorman/AP)