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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.

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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.

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WATCH: Waterspouts astonish fishermen in Black Sea

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

Fishermen in Russia's Krasnodar region came across a waterspout in the Black Sea on Monday.

Fishermen in Russia's Krasnodar region came across a waterspout in the Black Sea on Monday, July 16.

In a video filmed from their fishing boat, they described their astonishment at the natural phenomenon, which can be seen on the horizon. 

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According to the NOAA, a waterspout is a whirling column of air and water mist that fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts. 

Krasnodar region saw floods after heavy rains during last weekend and Monday.

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Prince Louis christened: Prince George, Princess Charlotte join royal family at ceremony

Published: Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 7:58 AM
Updated: Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 1:40 PM

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)(Dominic Lipinski/AP)

The world got its latest, long-awaited glimpse of the newest member of the House of Windsor as Prince Louis was christened Monday, 11 weeks after his birth.

The service was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s two other children. It was the first time all five members of the young royal family have been seen together, the BBC reported

Also in attendance were Prince William’s father and his wife, Prince Charles and Camilla.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were at the ceremony along with Kate’s sister Pippa; her husband, James Matthews; and their brother, James Middleton.

Prince Louis was christened at Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, baptized by the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, Metro reported.

But two people were missing from the ceremony. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh decided not to attend, according to Metro.

The queen has an extensive schedule this week. She travels back to Windsor Palace from Norfolk Monday, then will have a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the creation of the Royal Air Force Tuesday and has a meeting with President Donald Trump Friday, Metro reported.

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Hours before the ceremony, Kensington Palace announced whom the couple named as Prince Louis’ godparents.

 

He now has three godfathers and three godmothers.

Harry Aubrey-Gletcher went to Eton with Prince William, The Telegraph reported. Nicholas Van Cutsem is a family friend. His daughter was a bridesmaid at their wedding, The Telegraph reported. The final godfather is Guy Pelly, who founded nightclubs and was friends with both William and Prince Harry during their single years, ITV reported.

As for the godmothers, the family named Lady Laura Meade, who is married to James Meade, a friend of Prince William and who is Princess Charlotte’s godfather; Hannah Gillingham, a friend of the Duchess; and Lucy Middleton, Duchess Katherine’s cousin, The Telegraph reported.

Prince Louis wore the same christening gown used for George and Charlotte, which is a copy of the lace and satin dress made for Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841, Daily Mail reported.

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Thailand cave rescue: 5 things to know

Published: Saturday, July 07, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

Scenes From the Thai Soccer Team Cave Rescue

A soccer team and their coach who are trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand have garnered international attention as rescuers work to save them.

The group of boys and their coach disappeared at the end of June and were found alive earlier this week. Although they’ve been discovered, rescue efforts have been challenging as weather and dangerous pathways complicate the operation.

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Here are five things to know about the rescue. 

Who is trapped?

Twelve young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team, aged 11 to 16, and their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, disappeared after they entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai to go exploring. 

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The boys and their coach are known to be a tight-knit group that goes on adventures, including swimming in waterfalls, cycling trips through the mountains, river rafting and cave exploring, The Associated Press reported.

How did they get trapped?

On June 23, they disappeared when flooding trapped them. Thai Navy SEAL divers discovered the boys and their coach alive 10 days later on July 2 after they had been totally cut off from the outside world.

What condition is the team in?

Video taken inside the cave on July 2 showed the boys and their coach interacting with the rescuers, who were sent to supply them, provide medical care and keep them company, according to The AP

Related: Photos: Rescuers work to free soccer team, coach trapped in Thai cave

The members of the group  are visibly skinny and weak. However, the boys and their coach appeared to be in good spirits.

Why is the rescue operation taking so long? 

The only way out of the cave at this time would be for the boys to dive through the same route they entered, which includes narrow passageways that are extremely dangerous, The AP reported. However, rescuers are reconsidering this route, because oncoming storms could worsen the floods.

Furthermore, CNN reported, oxygen levels have dropped 15 percent, which could cause hypoxia. A diver, identified as former Sgt. Saman Kunan, died due to a lack of air during his return to a command center, according to Chiang Rai Deputy Gov. Passakorn Boonyalak.

How long can the team survive in the conditions? 

Although officials initially thought the team could remain trapped for up to four months until waters lowered, the dropped oxygen levels have caused them to reconsider, CNN reported. Rescuers did not say how long those trapped could survive with current levels. As of July 7, the team has been trapped for 15 days.

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Man gored, three others injured after Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Published: Saturday, July 07, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Revellers run next to Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Revellers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Revellers run next to Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Revellers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)(Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

Four people were hospitalized -- including one man who was gored -- during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday.

The Associated Press reported that three men were trampled and one man was gored, according to city officials.

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One injured man is a 20-year-old from Canada. According to a statement from the Navarra regional government, he has mild traumatic injuries.

The three other men are from Spain, including a 38-year-old who was gored. A 40-year-old, according to The AP, has traumatic injuries.

BBC reported that, according to the Pamplona government, hundreds of people are injured on average during the yearly festival. Most injuries do not require medical attention as they are caused by grazes and falls.

Most participants in the run are men. Women have been allowed to participate since 1974. 

According to records established since 1910, at least 16 people have died during the runs. The most who died in a run were two, each in the 1947 and 1980 runs. The last death in the run was in 2009.

The 2018 run, which was 930 yards, was completed in two minutes, 37 seconds. The AP reported that many runners were trampled early in the run, which included 12 bulls that weigh 1,100 to 1,400 pounds.

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