July 18, 2019

More than 20 feared dead in blaze at Kyoto animation studio

JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images(KYOTO, Japan) -- More than two dozen people have died in a massive fire at an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, which investigators are treating as arson. An official with the Kyoto fire department told ABC News that at least 26 people were confirmed dead and at least one person was still missing. Dozens more were reported injured. The fire broke out Thursday morning at Kyoto Animation after a man, who police say is in his 40s, broke into the building and..
July 18, 2019

50 Years Later: Soviet probe raced Apollo 11 to the moon

makasana/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union continued even as Apollo 11 astronauts were already walking on the moon. Before the U.S. successfully reached the lunar surface, Americans watched the Soviet Union accomplish a few space exploration firsts. The Soviets put the first satellite, Sputnik I, and humans into orbit. "Sputnik shocked the American public," Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong recalled in 2009 during the Smithsonian National Air and Space Mu..
July 17, 2019

King Tut’s golden coffin to be restored for the first time

Egyptian Ministry Of Antiquities Handout(CAIRO) -- Egypt has started a project to restore the wooden coffin of Tutankhamun for the first time since the boy king's tomb was discovered in 1922, the country's antiquities ministry said. The process started after the coffin was transferred from Tutankhamun's tomb near Luxor to the under-construction Egyptian Grand Museum on the outskirts of Cairo a few days ago, ministry officials said in a statement Wednesday. It was the only coffin l..
July 17, 2019

WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak a public health emergency of international concern

Motortion/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo an international emergency. An emergency committee of experts convened by the WHO, the global health arm of the United Nations, recommended the decision after meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to reassess whether the current epidemic constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. "It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts..