November 15, 2019

$20M set aside for Venice flooding, state of emergency declared

mammuth/iStock(ROME) -- Italy's government declared a state of emergency on Thursday after floodwaters ravaged Venice, causing inestimable damage to the centuries-old city. Twenty million euros (approximately $22 million, U.S.) is being set aside in response, reported Italian press agency ANSA. Venice saw its worst flood in 50 years on Tuesday, close to midnight, after floodwaters reached over 73 inches. As tourists posted selfies on social media with the flooded streets as backdrop, local..
November 15, 2019

Hillary Clinton meets Duchess Meghan, Archie in Windsor

NataliaCatalina/iStock(LONDON) -- Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had a chance to thank Hillary Clinton for the supportive comments she's made about her recently. The duchess and the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate had a private meeting Tuesday at Frogmore Cottage, Meghan and Prince Harry's home in Windsor, according to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson. Although Prince Harry was not at the meeting, Clinton, a grandmother of three, did get to meet Archie, Harry and Meghan's 6..
November 14, 2019

Plans for Notre Dame spire reconstruction cause a fight among officials

Erika Parfenova/iStock(PARIS) -- The debate over the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris continues. Since the April fire that burnt down the roof of Paris' most beloved cathedral, causing the collapse of the 800 year-old spire, debates on its reconstruction have opposed France's conservatives and modernists. Emotions ran high Wednesday when Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, who was chosen by President Emmanuel Macron to lead the restoration, asked the chief architect of the pr..
November 14, 2019

Australia’s Melbourne Zoo welcomes first baby koala in eight years

nattanan726/iStock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- The first koala to be born at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo in more than eight years has just started to peek out from its mother's pouch -- and the footage captured by zookeepers is every bit as adorable as you’d expect. In video released by the wildlife park, the as-yet-unnamed 5-month-old joey is seen tucked inside its mom’s pouch, occasionally peeping out to approach the camera. Maddy Jamieson, Melbourne Zoo's Australian Bush Keeper, said th..