May 25, 2018

Ireland overwhelmingly votes to repeal abortion ban, exit polls project

iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- Two major exit polls project that Irish voters have voted to repeal the country's Eighth Amendment, passed by voters in 1983, which effectively bans abortions in the island nation. One poll, by The Irish Times, projected 68 percent in favor of repealing. Another, by RTE, showed a similar projection of 69.4 percent in favor. The results followed a contentious and emotional campaign in a deeply Catholic nation, home to one of the world's strictest abortion ba..
May 25, 2018

Macron tries to woo Putin during state visit

Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) -- France's president Emmanuel Macron on Friday used a state visit to Russia to mount an energetic charm offensive on President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders rubbed elbows in a series of appearances at an economic forum in Saint Petersburg, but repeatedly stumbled on some of the stark disagreements that have set Russia and Western countries at odds with one another. Macron has said the trip is intended as an attempt to refresh relations..
May 25, 2018

How a Norwegian sound festival puts experimental music at the forefront

Sarah Hucal/ABC News(OSLO, Norway) -- On a warm spring evening in Oslo, a series of brass notes — some electrifying, others solemn — are played by a dozen instrumentalists perched in various corners of the multi-story entryway of the Sentralen, a former savings bank turned cultural center. The performance is part of the two-day experimental music Connect Festival of Sound, which takes concert-goers on a sonic journey through the building’s most unique rooms, including a former vault and an opule..
May 25, 2018

Brazilian grandparents convicted in high-profile Texas kidnapping case

iStock/Thinkstock(SAO PAULO) -- A federal jury in Texas on Friday found a Brazilian couple guilty of helping their daughter kidnap a Houston doctor's son and take him to Brazil, where the child remains, but declined to convict them of a related conspiracy charge. The split verdict came five years into Houston doctor Chris Brann's campaign to retrieve his son Nicolas, now 8, from Brazil, where his ex-wife Marcella Guimaraes took him for a temporary trip in July, 2013 and failed to retur..