January 14, 2020

Rome museum launches crowdfunding to buy Bernini bronze bust

roccomontoya/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The director of the art collection in Rome's jewel-like villa museum Galleria Borghese has launched a fundraising campaign to buy an important sculpture by Baroque genius Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The sculpture, a bronze bust of Barberini Pope Urban VIII, Bernini's most important patron, was made for Cardinal Antonio Barberini in 1658. The piece is privately owned, the property of Pope Urban's descendants in Florence, but the director of the museum, A..
January 14, 2020

Iran announces arrests over shootdown of Ukrainian passenger plane that killed 176

Leit_Wolf/iStock(LONDON) -- Iran's judiciary spokesman on Tuesday announced the arrests of an unspecified number of suspects in connection with the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger jet that killed all 176 people on board shortly after takeoff from Tehran last week. “Extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested," the spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, said in remarks carried by Iran's official state-run news agency, IRNA. Further information ..
January 14, 2020

Acrobat announces wire walk over an active volcano for next big stunt

cnicbc/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Acrobat daredevil Nik Wallenda, best known for his daunting high-wire stunts, announced his next big stunt will be the highest and longest walk to date. After completing a challenging routine 1,000 feet above New York City's Times Square with his sister Lijana last June, Wallenda has set his sights on his next big target: an active volcano. "I'm going to become the first person in the world to walk a wire directly over an active volcano," he announced on Good..
January 14, 2020

Sinkhole swallows bus in China, killing six and injuring 16

yorkfoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- At least six people have been killed and 16 injured after a city bus crashed through the road and into a sinkhole in the Chinese city of Xining on Monday. Footage aired by Chinese state TV shows the rear of the bus poking out of the sinkhole seconds after it fell through. It also shows pedestrians trying to help others escape the sinkhole falling into it themselves as the ground beneath them breaks away while others flee. A lamp-post is then seen sinking further in..