December 10, 2019

Chilean Air Force plane carrying 38 people missing, presumed crashed

StanRohrer/iStock(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- The Chilean Air Force announced Monday evening that a C-130 Hercules aircraft has gone missing after taking off from an air base in Puntas Arenas, Chile. The C-130 was bound for the Eduardo Frei Montalva air base in Antarctica. The Chilean Air Force said that the plane went missing at 6:13 p.m. local time and it is now presumed "wrecked." According to a release, officials continue their search operations where the plane lost contact in the hopes of rescuing ..
December 10, 2019

At least five dead, eight missing after New Zealand volcano erupts

Echinophoria/iStock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- At least five people were killed and eight more are feared dead after a volcano erupted several times on a small island in New Zealand on Monday, officials said. Two explosions occurred on White Island, also known as Whakaari, which is home to the country's most active cone volcano, around 2:11 p.m. local time, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters during a news conference. Officials initially feared that as many as 100 peop..
December 9, 2019

Russian court upholds release of American held for 2 years over cleaning product

DNY59/iStock(MOSCOW) -- A Moscow court has upheld a decision to release an American man who spent almost two years in a Russian jail after he was put on trial over a cleaning product he bought online. Gaylen Grandstaff, a 54 year-old English teacher from Texas, was arrested in 2017 and spent 608 days in pre-trial detention in Moscow as prosecutors sought to jail him on drug smuggling charges. One of the few Americans to spend so much time in a Russian prison, he was held in grim conditions, hara..
December 9, 2019

South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi named Miss Universe 2019

JadeThaiCatwalk/iStock(ATLANTA) -- Sunday saw the Miss Universe crown go to South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi. She bested 90 other women competing in the annual pageant that was filmed by Tyler Perry Studios. People reports that Tunzi is a 26-year-old public relations professional and a gender-based violence activist. While ecstatic about her win, she's more excited how dark-skinned girls will feel when they see her wearing the iconic tiara. "Society has been programmed for a very long tim..