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Tons of plastic, other waste washing onto shores of remote Australian islands: Study

(NEW YORK) -- Millions of pieces of plastic are washing onto the shores of a chain of remote Australian islands, according to a new study.The waste is polluting the Coco Islands, an archipelago of 27 tiny islands located in the Indian Ocean about 1,300 miles off the coast of northwest…... Read More

Austria's headscarf ban sensationalizes a marginal issue, Muslim groups say

(BERLIN) -- Six months after banning headscarves in Austrian kindergartens, the country's ruling right-wing government has gone a step further and prohibited girls under the age of 11 from wearing the Muslim covering in primary schools.The ban, which Austrian lawmakers approved in a vote late on Wednesday, was proposed by…... Read More

Prince Harry and Meghan's son meets his grandfather Prince Charles

(LONDON) -- Prince Charles finally met his newest grandson, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the firstborn child of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, on Thursday evening.The meeting took place at Harry and Meghan's home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, according to ABC News' royal contributor Omid Scobie. Charles' wife, Camilla, was not…... Read More

Prince Harry wins apology from paparazzi, court victory over photos of country home

(LONDON) -- New dad Prince Harry received an apology and won a court victory Thursday against paparazzi who took photos of his and his wife Meghan's country home in Oxfordshire. The photos were taken in January via a helicopter chartered by Splash News and Picture Agency LLC, according to court…... Read More

State Department defends Iran decisions as lawmakers ask for more detail on US intel

(WASHINGTON) -- Senior State Department officials are trying to tamp down concerns about the move to evacuate non-essential personnel from two diplomatic facilities in Iraq, while backing up the administration's intelligence of an Iranian threat."It would be an act of gross negligence if we did not take the necessary precautions…... Read More

Pope Francis gives ride to migrant kids during weekly audience

(ROME) -- Pope Francis gave a special lift to a group of kids during his weekly general audience.Eight migrant children joined him on his pope mobile as he cruised around St. Peter's Square Wednesday.Some of the kids are survivors of the dangerous boat crossing from Libya to Italy. Others came…... Read More

US suspends all flights to Venezuela citing safety and security

(NEW YORK) -- U.S. flights to Venezuela are being suspended due to safety and security concerns, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday.Officials said the decision was made "based on the ongoing political instability and increased tensions in Venezuela and associated inadvertent risk to flight operations."The suspension…... Read More

Anti-gay, anti-Semitic US preacher banned from Ireland says 'God is going to punish these countries'

(LONDON) — Ireland is now the 32nd country to ban American pastor Steven Anderson from preaching in the country.Charlie Flannigan, minister for justice of Ireland, signed an exclusion order under the 1999 Immigration Act to ban Anderson, the founder of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., on May…... Read More

State Department orders non-emergency government employees out of Iraq

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency government employees to leave Iraq as soon as they can amid tensions with Iran and warnings about possible threats to American interests. The order comes after U.S. officials told ABC News last week there were "clear indications" Iranian and Iranian…... Read More

Mother says son's alleged killers surrendered after learning she was on hunger strike

(CAIRO) -- Two people who were on the run after being accused of killing a 13-year-old boy by celebratory gunfire in Egypt have turned themselves in, the boy's mother told ABC News. Youssef El-Arabi was struck in the head by machine gun rounds fired from a nearby wedding on the…... Read More

UK's top-rated "Jeremy Kyle Show" canceled after guest suicide

(LONDON) -- One of British daytime TV’s most popular shows, The Jeremy Kyle Show, has been cancelled by channel ITV following the suicide of a guest who appeared on an episode filmed recently. The show is a tabloid-style talk show, similar to the Jerry Springer Show, where host Kyle moderates…... Read More

Trump dismisses report administration reviewing plan to send 120K troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

(WASHINGTON) --  President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed a New York Times report that the administration is reviewing a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacked U.S. forces as "fake news."But even as the president sought to brush off the report, he…... Read More

Putin tells Pompeo US and Russia can improve relations after Mueller report

(MOSCOW) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi as part of a renewed effort by the White House and Kremlin to improve relations following the publication of the Mueller report.Putin told Pompeo he hoped to restore relations and that the conclusion of…... Read More

Prince Harry and Meghan's son, Archie, meets his uncle and aunt, Prince William and Kate

(LONDON) -- Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has met two more of his royal family members, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.The son of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, met his paternal aunt and uncle on Tuesday at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.The visit took place after Archie's father,…... Read More