October 9, 2019

American hostage held by ISIS is alive: Niger president

Woodke Family(NEW YORK) -- An American missionary abducted by Islamic State-linked terrorists in Africa three years ago is still alive and in captivity, the president of Niger said in a recent interview with ABC News. Jeffery Ray Woodke, 59, of McKinleyville, California, was kidnapped in October 2016 while doing humanitarian missionary work in Niger. He is believed to be a hostage of a jihadi group affiliated with ISIS, multiple U.S. counterterrorism officials have told ABC News. "Fortunately -..
October 8, 2019

After backlash, Trump defends Syria moves as he both praises and threatens Turkey

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended himself against the accusation he has abandoned Kurdish fighters in Syria as Turkey prepares for an invasion -- using a series of tweets to lavish praise both on the Kurds and Turkey. Trump tweeted that, while the United States "may be in the process of leaving Syria ... in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters." The president has faced harsh criti..
October 8, 2019

Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to three scientists for work on evolution of the universe

mik38/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on understanding "Earth's place in the cosmos" and the evolution of the universe. One half of the award was given to James Peebles, of the United States, "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology." The other half was awarded jointly to Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star." The three men will share a 9-million ..
October 8, 2019

Glaciers on Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe, are melting rapidly: Expert

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe, located in the Alps between Italy and France, has become a symbol of climate change as its glaciers continue to rapidly melt in response to the warming of the Earth. As the ice melts and falls, it creates a dangerous hazard for both locals and the millions of tourists who visit the site annually while also drying up fresh water supplies, said Fabrizio Troilo, a geologist for the Safe Mountain Foundation, an Italian-based organizat..