May 2, 2019

Church of Scientology cruise ship quarantined in St. Lucia due to measles case

iStock(CASTRIES, St. Lucia) -- The cruise ship quarantined in St. Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles is the Freewinds, which belongs to the Church of Scientology, according to St. Lucia Marine Police. The country's ministry of health said Thursday in a news release that the ship had entered the country’s ports on Tuesday and confirmed the measles diagnosis aboard the ship. The person diagnosed with the measles, as well as other crew and passengers, are "stable." They remain under ..
May 2, 2019

Everest tackles 30-ton trash problem with campaign to clean up waste

iStock(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- You don’t need a map to get to the Everest base camp. Just follow the trash, says climber Dragana Rajblovic. Rajblovic knows what she's talking about: She's the only Balkan woman to have conquered Mount Everest. To date, 5,200 men and women have climbed to the peak of the world's highest mountain, according to Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Another 775 are planning to test themselves against the 29,029-foo..
May 2, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci remembered 500 years after his death

iStock(FLORENCE, Italy) -- This year, myriad celebrations of Renaissance-era genius Leonardo da Vinci are opening across Europe to mark the 500th anniversary of his death. The Italian and French presidents on Thursday commemorated him at his tombstone in Amboise, in France's Loire Valley, where da Vinci died at age 67. Invited by the French king Francois I to live in a small castle next to the Royal Chateau D'Amboise, Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life feted in grand style..
May 2, 2019

US officials still weighing military options for Venezuela amidst another day of protest

adam smigielski/iStock(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- The Trump administration is weighing options for what to do next in Venezuela to support opposition leader Juan Guaido in his effort to oust Nicolas Maduro, the socialist president embattled by mass protests and the country's economic crisis. Guaido supporters turned out in the streets of the capital Caracas again on Wednesday, with skirmishes between protesters and security forces deploying tear gas, but pro-Maduro demonstrations also took plac..