January 9, 2020

Duchess Kate celebrates her 38th birthday

GraceHenley/iStock(LONDON) -- Thursday is Duchess Kate's 38th birthday, and celebrations are in order. The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to celebrate her birthday privately on Thursday. She and her family are back in London after spending time at Anmer Hall, their country home, over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Her birthday comes on the heels of an announcement from Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, revealing their plans to "step back as senior members" o..
January 8, 2020

Plane carrying at least 170 crashes in Iran after takeoff with no survivors

Leit_Wolf/iStock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran, the capital of Iran, Wednesday morning, killing all on board. The crash occurred about three hours after Iran fired multiple missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military sites in what appeared to be retaliation for the recent American drone strike that killed one of its top generals. There was no immediate sign, however, that the two events were linked. Iranian officials..
January 8, 2020

Rockets land in Baghdad’s Green Zone near US Embassy; no injuries reported

iStock(BAGHDAD) -- Two explosions were heard in Baghdad's Green Zone late on Wednesday night. The two rockets landed near the U.S. Embassy in the Green Zone, but there were no injuries, a security source told ABC News. The Iraqi prime minister's security office confirmed two Katyusha rockets landed in Baghdad's international zone, where NATO forces remain. Security is handled by Iraqi forces, since being handed control over 10 years ago. Rocket attacks are common in the area, incl..
January 8, 2020

Australia wildfires destroyed nearly 800 homes in 8 days

mamember/iStock(MOLLYMOOK, Australia) -- Almost 800 homes have been destroyed in eight days in the devastating wildfires ravaging Australia, officials said Wednesday. So far this fire season, 1,687 homes have been destroyed in New South Wales, with 771 homes lost since Jan. 1 alone, according to the state's Rural Fire Service. "That figure is likely to increase," a tweet from the firefighting agency read. Australia's fire season typically runs from December to March, but these fires be..