Eight Russian Athletes Test Positive for Doping in London 2012 Retests

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — After retesting samples from the London 2012 Olympics, the Russian Olympic Committee announced Saturday that eight of the country’s athletes had failed drug tests.

The announcement marked the second time this month that Russia admitted its athletes were involved in a doping scandal.

According to BBC, the athletes were involved in three sports in 2012, but they will not be named until a second urine sample, the B sample, is analyzed.

Recent retests of samples found that 14 Russian athletes were using illegal substances in the 2008 Beijing Games. One of the named athletes in those retests, Olympic bronze medallist in 2008 and high jumper Anna Chicherova, won gold in 2012.

Russian athletes, already banned from international competition, will find out in June whether they will be allowed to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Lightning Strikes Injure Several Adults, Children in Germany and Paris

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Lightning strikes in France and Germany caused several injuries on Saturday.

German police said 35 people were taken to the hospital after lightning struck a children’s soccer match in Hoppstadten, Germany. Three adults, including the referee, were seriously injured in the incident, and the other 32 people were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

According to BBC, witnesses said the lightning strike happened when there were no dark clouds and the sky was blue.

In Paris, eight children and three adults were struck by lightning after a sudden storm sent bolts crashing down upon a children’s birthday party in a city park, a fire official said. According to BBC, several of the victims are in a life-threatening condition. Police sad the victims had sought shelter under a tree at Parc Monceau, a wealthy district in Paris.

No place outside is safe when you hear thunder or see lightning, according to the National Weather Service. To stay safe during a lightning strike, the NWS says to immediately seek shelter inside a building with electricity or plumbing, or an enclosed metal-topped vehicle with the windows up.

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UN: Syria Impedes Humanitarian Aid to Besieged

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Deliberate interference, most notably by the Syrian government, continues to hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid

Catholic Priest Says Colombia Rebels Free Spanish Journalist

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A Roman Catholic priest says the National Liberation Army has freed a Spanish journalist who went missing a week ago in a lawless region of Colombia

Testimony Done in Trial of 3 Men Accused in IS Plot

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Testimony has concluded in the trial of three Minnesota men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group

US Official: Tribal Shield Should Be Pulled From Auction

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is asking French authorities to prevent the auction of a ceremonial shield from a Native American community in New Mexico, saying the item was believed to have been stolen decades ago

Italy Navy: 135 Saved, 45 Bodies Retrieved From Migrant Boat

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The Italian navy says it has saved 135 migrants from a smugglers’ sinking boat and recovered 45 bodies in the Mediterranean

Argentine Court Sentences Ex-Dictator for Operation Condor

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A court in Argentina has sentenced former junta leader Reynaldo Bignone to 20 years in prison for Operation Condor crimes

ISIS Military Commander Killed in Fallujah Airstrike

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Maher al- Bilawi was killed Wednesday.

AP Exclusive: Bridge Collapse Survivor Linked to IS in Syria

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One of the survivors of a 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145 is now believed to be in Syria with the Islamic State group

Brazil Police Identify 4 of 30-Plus Men Wanted in Gang Rape

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Brazilian police say they have identified and are searching for 4 of the more than 30 men being investigated in the gang rape of a teenage girl

US Special Ops Forces in Syria Ordered to Remove Kurdish Patches

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Photos of U.S. forces wearing the patches had outraged Turkey.

In Iraq’s Battle for Fallujah, Residents Gird for Long Fight

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Five days into an Iraqi military operation to push Islamic State fighters out of Fallujah, residents still inside the city see a long battle ahead

Israeli Ex-Officers Issue Peace Plan, Condemn Gov’t Inaction

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A group of more than 200 Israeli military and intelligence officers are criticizing the government for a lack of action in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and have issued a detailed plan they say can end the impasse

President Obama Embraces Hiroshima Survivor During Historic Visit

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KIMIMASA MAYAMA/AFP/Getty Images(HIROSHIMA, Japan) — President Barack Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, met several survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing during his trip to the nation.

The president laid a wreath at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and said he visited the historic site to mourn those killed in the bombing. After his remarks he visited with survivors in the audience. He embraced a man named Shigeaki Mori, who created a memorial for American WWII POWs killed at Hiroshima.

Obama said the world must change its mindset about war and focus on diplomacy, signing the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum’s guest book with the comment: “We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”

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The Latest: UK Ready to Deploy 5th Ship off Libya

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Prime Minister David Cameron will deploy another warship off the coast of Libya to help stop the trafficking of people and arms

President Obama in Hiroshima: ‘Death Fell From the Sky’

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President Obama visits Hiroshima, calls for ‘moral awakening’

Village Where Children Climb Cliffside Ladder May Get Stairs

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A village in China’s mountainous west where schoolchildren must climb an 800-meter (2,625-foot)-high bamboo ladder secured to a sheer cliff face may get a set of steel stairs to improve safety

Official: Beacon From Egypt Crash Detected, Search Narrows

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The chief investigator in the EgyptAir plane crash that killed all 66 people on board says search teams in the Mediterranean Sea have picked up a beacon believed to be from the doomed aircraft

UNHCR Concerned About Conditions of Evacuees From Idomeni

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The U.N. refugee agency is expressing concerns that migrants and refugees who have been moved to several sites with “sub-standard conditions” after being evacuated from a makeshift camp near Greece’s border town of Idomeni

GM Recalls 2.2 Million Cars in China

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General Motors Co.’s main Chinese joint venture is recalling 2.2 million cars to deal with insufficient corrosion resistance on crankcase valves

President Obama Arrives in Hiroshima

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President Obama arrives in Hiroshima for historic visit.

Missing Everest Climber’s Body Found; Australian’s Retrieved

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An expedition organizer says climbers have found the body of one of two Indians who went missing several days earlier on Everest, while a helicopter has brought back the body of an Australian woman who died on the mountain

President Obama Urges ‘Moral Awakening’ During His Historic Visit to Hiroshima

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(HIROSHIMA, Japan) — “Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” President Obama began, imagining the horror of Aug. 6, 1945. “A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed the city. It demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.”

After laying a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, President Obama mourned the Japanese, Korean and American victims of the world’s first atomic blast in World War II.

“Their souls speak to us, and they ask us to look inward, take stock of who we are and what we might become,” he said.

Invoking the image of a mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, the president cited “humanity’s core contradiction’ — the capacity for “unmatched destruction” — and called for a “moral evolution.”

“That is why we come to this place,” Obama said. “We stand here, in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry.”

Obama credited the United States and Japan for forging “not only an alliance but a friendship” and called for the ultimate elimination of the existence of nuclear weapons.

The United States currently maintains about 4,700 nuclear warheads, far less than the peak during the Cold War, when the U.S. had more than 31,000 nuclear warheads in its arsenal.

“We must change our mindset about war itself and prevent conflict through diplomacy and strive to end conflicts after they’ve begun,” he declared. “We must reimagine our connection to each other, as members of one human race.”

“The world was forever changed here but today the children of this city will go through their day in peace. What a precious thing that is. It is worth protecting and then extending to every child,” Obama said, concluding his remarks. “That is the future we can choose. A future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke after Obama, and then the two leaders greeted several atomic bomb survivors who were in attendance. Obama and Abe then spent several minutes observing the Atomic Bomb Dome.

Obama’s visit to Hiroshima made him the first U.S. president to visit since the atomic bombing of the city more than seven decades ago.

Marine One landed in Hiroshima at 5:00 p.m. local time. The president was joined by U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.

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“We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama wrote in a museum guest book.

The event capped off his five-day trip to Vietnam and Japan. After a long flight, President Obama returns to Washington on Saturday.

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President Obama Urges a Nuke-Free World As He Arrives for Historic Visit to Hiroshima

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(HIROSHIMA, Japan) — President Obama has arrived in Hiroshima, becoming the first U.S. president to visit since the atomic bombing of the city in 1945.

Marine One landed in Hiroshima at 5:00 p.m. local time. The president was joined by U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.

Obama says his visit to Hiroshima Friday is “an opportunity to honor the memory of all those who were lost during World War II.”

“It’s a chance to reaffirm our commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world where nuclear weapons would no longer be necessary, and it’s a testament to how even the most painful divides can be bridged,” Obama said, delivering remarks to U.S. service members and Japanese Self-Defense Forces at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Iwakuni shortly before arriving in Hiroshima, where he’s the first U.S. president to visit since the atomic bombing of the city in 1945.

Soon, President Obama will participate in a wreath laying ceremony and deliver remarks at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, where hundreds of people lined roads adorned with American and Japanese flags. The president is also scheduled to meet with several atomic bomb survivors during his visit.

President Obama is not expected to apologize for the United States’ use of two atomic bombs at the end of World War II. Instead, he is to reflect on the significance of the site and atomic blast that occurred there, while stressing his pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons.

The United States currently maintains about 4,700 nuclear warheads, far less than peak during the Cold War, when the U.S. had more than 31,000 nuclear warheads in its arsenal.

The wreath laying ceremony caps off his five-day trip to Vietnam and Japan.

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China’s Zoomlion Drops Bid for US Crane Maker Terex

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Chinese heavy equipment maker Zoomlion says it’s abandoning its takeover bid for U.S. crane maker Terex because it failed to reach a deal after months of talks

Hundreds Evacuate Korean Air Jet After Engine Catches Fire

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KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Hundreds of passengers onboard a Korean Air flight at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport were forced to evacuate onto the tarmac Friday after one of the Boeing 777-300’s engines caught fire, the airline said.

Flight KE2708 was taxiing for take-off to Seoul, South Korea, when flames were detected from engine No.1. The take-off was immediately canceled, Korean Air said.

Once the take-off was cancelled all passengers were immediately deployed using emergency chutes, the company added.

Korean Air said there were 302 passengers and 16 crew members, excluding pilots, on the plane.

Japanese media showed live images of at least two fire trucks on scene as crews used white foam to put out the fire as smoke came out the back of the engine.

Crowds were also seen gathered on a grassy area next to the runway.

Despite passengers making if off the plane safely, 30 people were being treated for “feeling sick” and “shaken up,” Japanese media reported.

Korea Air said they would reroute its passengers on another flight.

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BY THE NUMBERS: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

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A by-the-numbers look at the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Body of Australian Climber Retrieved From Mount Everest

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Rescuers retrieved the body of an Australian climber who died on Mount Everest

Obama Arrives in Hiroshima, Becoming First Sitting President to Visit Site Where US Dropped the First Atomic Bomb

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Obama arrives in Hiroshima, becoming first sitting president to visit site where US dropped the first atomic bomb