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Ukraine drone attack hits 2 military bases deep inside Russia

omersukrugoksu/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Explosions that struck two military airbases deep inside Russia on Monday were the result of drone attacks launched by Ukraine, according to Russian and Ukrainian officials, in what appeared to be an audacious attempt to hit the long-range bombers Russia has used to devastate Ukraine’s power grid. Russia’s defense ministry on Monday confirmed the attacks on the bases that are located hundreds of miles from the frontline, saying two of its aircraft were damaged and three military personnel killed. The unprecedented strikes were the first time Ukraine has hit so far into Russia, targeting bases that had generally been thought of as untouchable, according to military experts. A senior Ukrainian official from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s circle, speaking   ... Read More

Eruption of Mount Semeru, Indonesia’s tallest volcano, prompts evacuations for thousands living downslope

JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP via Getty Images(LUMAJANG REGENCY, Indonesia) -- Several villages surrounding Mount Semeru, Indonesia's tallest volcano, have been blanketed in ash and soot following its latest eruption. Evacuations were announced Sunday as the 12,060-foot volcano, located in East Java in Indonesia, about 300 miles southeast of the capital Jakarta, began to spew lava and ash into the densely populated island on Sunday just before 3 a.m. local time, according to local authorities. Thick ash was blasted more than 4,000 feet into the air while lava flowed down the slopes toward the Besuk Kobokan river, about 8 miles from the crater, the country's National Disaster Management Agency announced. At one point, the volcanic activity level had been raised to Level 4,   ... Read More

Iran’s morality police status unclear, but wearing the hijab is still mandatory for Iranian women

Contributor#072019/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Women in Iran will still be required to wear the hijab under Islamic Republic law, even if the country's government decides to abolish the religious police who were in charge of enforcing the dress code. Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri announced on Saturday the country's morality police had been dismantled, adding that the judicial system will keep monitoring people's behavior in the country. But on Sunday, Alalam News, the Arabic outlet of the Iranian state media, denied the attorney general’s comment on ending the morality police in a short piece on Sunday. In addition, Iran's parliament and the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution are studying the topic of hijab, and the result will be announced   ... Read More

With candles and flashlights, Ukrainians maintain daily routines despite blackouts caused by Russian attacks

Candles light a classical music concert in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, an event where there were no empty seats. - ABC News(KYIV, Ukraine) -- At one school in Kyiv, students and teachers are continuing to go to class, even in the dark, doing their schoolwork with the help of flashlights. "We don’t care, if it takes months and years without light -- we still continue," said 16-year-old Egor Egorenko. While large parts of Ukraine are plunged into darkness amid rolling blackouts following Russian attacks on its energy grid, Ukrainian defiance appears to be shining as brightly as ever. Power crews are continuing to work overtime on the new frontlines in an effort to keep the lights on. "There were emergencies before.   ... Read More

Iran accused of stealing bodies of slain protesters as families rush to reclaim loved ones

Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iranian authorities have been accused of stealing the bodies of slain protesters from hospitals and morgues in order to prevent families from holding funerals, which activists say could prove rallying points for the protests. The families of the protesters who have been killed called it a disturbing new tactic of intimidation. The U.N. has previously warned that Iranian authorities have refused the release of bodies or made their release contingent on the families staying silent. Iran has denied allegations of human rights violations against protesters and has accused Western nations of turning "peaceful assemblies into riots and violence." The family of 16-year-old protester Nika Shakarami claim that her body was stolen by government   ... Read More

‘Rogue wave’ strikes Antarctic cruise ship, leaves one dead and four injured

Smith County aggravated assault under investigationCourtesy Beverly Spiker(NEW YORK) -- An American passenger on an Antarctic cruise died and four other guests were injured after their Viking ship was struck by a "rogue wave," officials said. The incident happened on Tuesday around 10:40 p.m. local time while the Viking Polaris ship was sailing toward Ushuaia, Argentina, Viking said. A guest died following the incident, Viking said, though did not share further details on the cause of death. The victim's family has been notified, the company said. The passenger killed was a U.S. citizen, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Friday. "We are offering all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment," the   ... Read More

Ngozi Fulani speaks out on racism she faced at Buckingham Palace

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The founder of nonprofit organization Sistah Space drew international attention after she detailed racist comments from a British royal aide while attending a Buckingham Palace reception on combatting violence against women hosted by Queen Consort Camilla. Ngozi Fulani, whose charity focuses on supporting women of African and Caribbean heritage affected by domestic violence, detailed her encounter with "Lady SH'' in a viral tweet about her experience that took place Tuesday at an event to mark the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. "Because of the work that we do at Sistah Space, we talk about domestic abuse, but we also look at the racism or, you know, barriers for Black women reporting domestic   ... Read More

Prince Harry, Meghan share never-before-seen moments together in trailer for new Netflix docuseries

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After months of anticipation, the public now has its first glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan's upcoming docuseries. Netflix on Thursday released a trailer for the six-episode docuseries, Harry & Meghan. The roughly one-minute trailer shows snapshots of personal moments for the Sussexes, from falling in love to leaving their royal roles and charting their own future in California. "No one sees what is happening behind closed doors," Harry says after a voice asks why the couple wanted to make the documentary. Meghan later says in the trailer, "When the stakes are this high, doesn't it make more sense to hear our story from us?" Along with the intimate photos, the trailer also shows Harry   ... Read More

Greco-Roman funerary building, mummy portraits discovered in Egypt

Courtesy of The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities(FAYOUM, Egypt) -- A huge 2,300-year-old funerary building and a number of mummy portraits were discovered in Egypt's southern province of Fayoum, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Cairo, the country's antiquities ministry said on Thursday. The building and the paintings, which are famously known as the Fayoum portraits, date back to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras in the 3rd century B.C. They were found in Fayoum's Gerza village, which was known as Philadelphia during the Roman period. "The discovered structure is a large building styled as a funerary building with colored gypsum tiled floors," Adel Okasha, who heads the antiquities department in Cairo and Giza, said in a statement. "To the   ... Read More

Scientists discover fossils of new predatory dinosaur species in Mongolia

Archaeologists explore a dig site in the Omnogovi Province in Mongolia, where they discovered a new species of dinosaur, the Natovenator polydontus, in 2008. - Sungjin Lee and Yuong-Nam Lee(NEW YORK) -- Scientists have discovered a new predatory dinosaur fossil in Mongolia that was likely a semiaquatic diving predator. A near-complete skeleton, found in the Omnogovi Province, depicts a bird-like specimen and was named "Natovenator polydontus," or "Swimming hunter with many teeth," according to a paper published in Communications Biology on Thursday. Researchers from the Korea-Mongolia International Dinosaur Expedition located the fossils at the Baruungoyot Formation in 2008, Young-Nam Lee, a professor of vertebrate paleontology who led the dig, told ABC News. During the expedition, 27 members of the team gathered   ... Read More

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia-Ukraine live updates: Ukrainian special forces were in Russia during strike

Andrei Pungovschi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than six months after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion into neighboring Ukraine, the two countries are engaged in a struggle for control of areas throughout eastern and southern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose forces began an offensive in August, has vowed to take back all Russian-occupied territory. But Putin in September announced a mobilization of reservists, which is expected to call up as many as 300,000 additional troops. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: Dec 06, 4:22 PM EST Ukrainian special forces were deep in Russia to guide drone, senior Ukrainian official says Ukrainian special forces were deep inside Russian territory and helped guide drones to   ... Read More

Hosting thousands of war refugees, Lviv preps for winter without electricity and heating

Yuriy Zalizniak(LVIV, Ukraine) -- Officials have warned that the city of Lviv, Ukraine, home to over 150,000 internally displaced people, could face a winter without power as they anticipate another surge in refugee numbers. The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, told ABC News that the city, near the western border with Poland, is preparing to stay completely without power supply and natural gas supply because of Russian missile attacks which have devastated Ukrainian infrastructure in recent weeks. To cope with the coming winter, a major construction project is now underway in the city in order to facilitate a new wave of people fleeing from regions badly targeted by Russian missile strikes which involves both renovating existing modular houses and building   ... Read More

Macron says Putin made ‘huge mistake’ invading Ukraine but negotiations still ‘possible’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- French President Emmanuel Macron told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that he believes a negotiation is still "possible" with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to end Russia's invasion of Ukraine -- which Macron called a "huge mistake." Macron spoke with Stephanopoulos ahead of meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday for the first state dinner of Biden's administration. In the interview, Macron talked about his visit to Washington and reinforcing France as the oldest ally of the U.S., especially during the war between Russia and Ukraine. Stephanopoulos asked Macron about his vision for a "successful peace" in Ukraine, which Russia invaded in February. The French president stressed that such peace would need to be “sustainable" and driven by the   ... Read More

Prince William, Kate will not see Prince Harry, Meghan during US trip, sources say

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Royal watchers hoping for a family reunion between Prince William and Prince Harry while William and Kate are visiting the United States may be left disappointed. Sources close to William and his brother Prince Harry, who lives in the U.S. with his wife Meghan, confirm the two couples have no plans to meet while William and Kate are on their three-day visit to Boston. William and Kate, the prince and princess of Wales, are visiting Boston to attend Friday's awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize, an initiative William launched in 2019 to create solutions for environmental problems. While in Boston, the couple will meet with Caroline Kennedy and tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and   ... Read More

Watch Prince Harry, Meghan in new Invictus Games promo

SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Invictus Games are still less than a year away, but Prince Harry and Meghan, the duke and duchess of Sussex, are getting ready for the international event. On Wednesday, the Invictus Games Foundation released a new promotional video for the paralympic-style competition featuring several Invictus competitors facing off in a ping-pong match -- Prince Harry and Meghan appear in the video. Are you ready? The incredible experience that is the #InvictusGames is coming ever closer. Be a part of it to experience the power of sport in recovery in Düsseldorf 9-16 Sept 2023. Tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are now available! 📲 — Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 (@InvictusGamesDE)   ... Read More

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