April 26, 2019

American released from prison in Venezuela after 5 years

Barbara Leininger(WASHINGTON) -- American Todd Leininger has been released by Venezuela's government and returned to the United States, his family said Friday. "Over the past five years, all I have hoped and worked for is Todd’s safe return home. This was a long and often heart-breaking journey, but I am so grateful to be reunited with my son and to have him back home in Indiana," his mother Barbara Leininger said in a statement. Leininger had been held for five years, accused of arms traf..
April 26, 2019

Man braves crocodiles, hippos to set world record in 54-day swim across lake

Solo swimmer/Facebook (NEW YORK) -- A South African swimmer has splashed his way into history by swimming across Lake Malawi during the tropical cyclone Idai, breaking two world records in the process. Martin Hobbs became the first person to swim the full length of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. Hobbs, 45, also set the world record on Wednesday for longest solo swim in a lake, when he swam for 54 days straight. Apart from running the risk of chance encounters..
April 26, 2019

Sri Lanka bombing suspects exchange gunfire with soldiers, police say

Carl Court/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A shoot-out erupted in eastern Sri Lanka on Friday night between security forces and suspects linked to the string of suicide bombings that has claimed hundreds of lives, according to Sri Lankan police. The exchange of gunfire happened as security forces were conducting an operation in Kalmunai, a city on the island nation's east coast. Three explosions, believed to be suicide bombings, erupted during the shootout, police said. At least 60 people, all o..
April 26, 2019

Kim Jong Un leaves Russia after summit with Vladimir Putin

Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un departed the Russian city of Vladivostok on Friday, a day after a summit with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Kim boarded his armored train at Vladivostok’s train station, where he was seen off by a small Russian military parade. He watched as the troops marched past and the band played the North Korean and Russian national anthems. Earlier in the day Kim laid a wreath at a Soviet-era World War II memorial, accompanie..