Seven Injured By Turbulence on Flight from Dominican Republic

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iStock/Thinkstock(FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Seven people were transported to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after an Allegiant Air jet hit turbulence returning from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, first responders told ABC News. The flight was bound for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Allegiant Air’s Flight 7001, a charter operated on behalf of Apple Vacations, encountered “unreported moderate clear air turbulence” Thursday afternoon and was diverted to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport, according to the company.

When the Airbus A319 landed, emergency personnel assisted four flight attendants and three passengers who had suffered multiple injuries, from bruises and lacerations to head injuries — none life-threatening.

According to airline spokesperson Jessica Wheeler, a nurse aboard the flight assisted crew members following the turbulence, and all passengers were “ambulatory” by the time they were transported to Broward Health Medical Center.

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At Least 28 Killed During an Airstrike on a Syrian Refugee Camp

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An airstrike on a refugee camp in northern Syria has reportedly killed at least 28 people, according to the BBC.

Tents at the Kamouna camp near Sarmada near the Turkish boarder were completely destroyed.

Some unconfirmed reports say the attack was brought about by Syrian or Russian warplanes, according to the BBC.

Thursday’s strike comes shortly after the Syrian military and non-jihadist rebel forces agreed to extend a truce.

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Panama Seizes Bank After Arrest of Alleged Money Launderer

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Panama authorities take control of Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. and post police outside its main office after U.S. officials announce the arrest of a Panama-based businessman who allegedly ran a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers

Venezuela Faces Beer Shortage as Country’s Largest Brewer Shutters Its Doors

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Empresas Polar produces about 80 percent of the beer brewed in the country.

Raging Wildfire in Alberta Is So Intense It’s Visible From Space

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iStock/Thinkstock(ALBERTA, Canada) — Evacuation orders are now in effect for four Alberta communities as a wildfire rages out of control, a representative with the Alberta Wildfire Prevention and Enforcement told ABC News Thursday.

Some 88,000 residents have fled their homes as the fire gains new ground, now covering 85,000 hectares — about 10 times the size of Manhattan — senior manager Chad Morrison said. More than 350 firefighters are on scene, accompanied by 16 air tankers and 10 helicopters. A thousand more firefighters are on standby, as officials monitor the situation, described as unpredictable.

“The fire behavior is so extreme and conditions are so volatile, we want to make sure we are bringing in resources when it’s safe to do so,” Morrison said.

The burgeoning blaze has reportedly created its own weather system, including lighting. Fire crews must also contend with 40 mph wind gusts.

Extreme wildfire in Fort McMurray area that's burned ~19,000 acres is seen by our satellites https://t.co/cW5rWrBGzt pic.twitter.com/C4IZ0wUvBy

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“Firefighters being able to work safely is a challenge,” Morrison said, adding that the main priority right now is human safety, and the protection of homes and critical infrastructure.

Fears are also mounting that the fire could possibly reach nearby oil sands, prompting oil prices to surge today.

“We don’t believe that [the oil fields] are threatened at this time, but, of course, that’s a concern,” Morrison said.

The wildfire is expected to continue on its path for the next three days. Morrison said he is hoping a much-needed shower of rain will put it out, or at least slow it down. Firefighters, however, are beginning to make progress, he said.

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Alberta Wildfire Is So Intense It’s Visible From Space, Triggering Lightning

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Fears are also mounting that the fire could possibly reach nearby oil sands.

The Latest: Colombian Navy: Adrift Mariner Is a Fisherman

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The Colombian navy’s press office says the mariner who survived two months adrift at sea is a fisherman named Javier Eduardo Olaya

Expert: Alberta Evacuation 1 of Largest in Recent Memory

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The wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta is driving one of the largest evacuations in North America in recent memory, says fire expert

The Latest: UN Says Aleppo Attack Could Be War Crime

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A top U.N. official says air strikes that hit two settlements holding displaced people seeking sanctuary in northern Syria may constitute war crimes

Russia Stages Classical Concert in Recaptured Palmyra Amphitheater

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iStock/Thinkstock(PALMYRA, Syria) — An orchestra from one of Russia’s most famous theaters Thursday played a concert in a Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra to triumph its recapture by Syrian government forces.

Syrian troops retook Palmyra from ISIS militants in late-March under the cover of Russian airstrikes and artillery.

Thursday, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater Orchestra performed on Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Roman stage in a surreal scene among the desert ruins, which ISIS had used as an execution site. The orchestra played Bach and a symphony by Sergei Prokofiev to a crowd of Russian and Syrian soldiers and civilians, beneath a facade where the Roman Emperor Nero had once ordered a statue of himself placed.

The face of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin appeared on a screen inside the amphitheater by video-link to address them. “Thank you for this surprising humanitarian action,” Putin told the crowd.

The concert, titled “A Prayer for Palmyra,” was broadcast live by Russian state television. The concert’s conductor, Valery Gergiev, told the audience the concert was protesting “against barbarians who have destroyed monuments of world culture.”

Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the sprawling well-preserved remains of an ancient city that was once Syria’s most popular tourist attraction. ISIS forces seized the city last May and began dynamiting some of its architectural sites that the terror group believes were idolatrous, causing extensive damage.

After Palmyra was retaken, the Russian military de-mined the ruins, removing thousands of ISIS booby traps, according to the country’s defense ministry.

Moscow and the Syrian government have trumpeted Palmyra’s recapture as a symbol of how their campaign is rescuing civilization in Syria after five years of savage warfare. Thursday’s concert seemed intended to underscore that idea.

Putin said the concert was meant as as sign of hope “for the deliverance of modern civilization from this terrible plague, from international terrorism.”

But even as the Russian orchestra played, fighting continued across Syria, with reports that an airstrike had struck a refugee camp, killing dozens. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pledged that his forces would eventually achieve victory over rebels in Aleppo, despite a 48-hour truce brokered by the United States there Wednesday. The comments suggested Assad had little intention of engaging seriously in peace negotiations with rebels that had all but collapsed last month.

Monitoring groups estimate over 400,000 people have been killed in Syria since 2011, the great majority by forces loyal to Assad, many through indiscriminate barrel bombing and airstrikes. Leaked documents acquired by international rights groups have shown tens of thousands have been brutally tortured by Assad’s security services, beaten, suffocated, electrocuted, some with limbs drilled, their eyes gouged out.

Russia has been supporting Assad’s government with a ferocious air campaign targeting rebels, as well as with advisers on the ground. Russian aircraft in Syria have been accused by rights groups of indiscriminately bombing hospitals in rebel areas and causing hundreds of civilian casualties. Rebel groups last week blamed Russia for airstrikes on a hospital in Aleppo that killed at least 27 people.

Staging musical concerts on the sites of its military successes is becoming a signature move for the Kremlin. Valery Gergiev, the conductor at Palmyra known for his outspoken support of Putin, also led the orchestra when it played in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia after Russian troops routed Georgian troops in a 2008 war there.

Popular Russian singers have also held concerts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine after pro-Russian rule was established there.

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Survivors Found 6 Days After Kenyan Building Collapse

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Four people were found alive after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a building that collapsed in heavy rains in the Kenyan capital

The Latest: US Says Syria Truce on Aleppo Soon to Expire

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US says the truce in the Syrian city of Aleppo could expire in a couple of hours

EU Official Tusk: Idea of One European Nation Is ‘Illusion’

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Top EU officials are debating the state of the European Union amid nationalist gains

Israeli General Touches Raw Nerve With Holocaust Comments

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The Israeli army’s deputy chief of staff has drawn a rebuke from hawkish Israeli ministers for comparing pre-Holocaust Germany to trends in Israel today

Amid Political Crisis, Iraqi PM Calls for Focus on IS Fight

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Iraq’s prime minister has called on his nation to prioritize the battle against the Islamic State group amid a deepening political crisis that is roiling the country

Libya Official: IS Suicide Bomber Kills 5 Militiamen in West

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Libyan military official says IS suicide bomber rams car into checkpoint manned by militiamen from Misrata, killing 5

Candidate for Next UN Chief Asks to Meet Security Council

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Croatia’s former foreign minister Vesna Pusic who is campaigning to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations says she has asked to meet members of the UN Security Council who will make the final decision

Turkish Premier to Step Down, Boosting President’s Position

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Turkey’s prime minister has announced that he will stand down, giving the country’s increasingly authoritarian president free reign to appoint someone less likely to challenge him

Activists: At Least 28 Dead in Strike on Syria Refugee Camp

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Syrian pro-opposition activists say at least 28 people have been killed in an airstrike on a refugee camp in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border

Israel Pauses to Remember Holocaust

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Traffic and pedestrians were still as sirens blared across the country.

Wildfire in Alberta Now 85,000 Hectares in Size

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A massive raging wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta is now 85,000 hectares in size and officials would like to move south 25,000 evacuees who fled north

Kenyan Woman’s Dramatic Rescue From Rubble After Trapped for 6 Days

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Three adults and one baby have been rescued so far.

Syrian Activists Say at Least 28 Killed in Airstrike on Refugee Camp in Northern Syria

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Syrian activists say at least 28 killed in airstrike on refugee camp in northern Syria

The Latest: 78 Refugees Rescued off Greece in 2 Incidents

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The Greek coast guard says 78 refugees have been rescued at sea from crippled smugglers’ boats in two separate incidents in the eastern Aegean Sea

‘Severe’ Turbulence Injured Passengers, Crew Aboard Etihad Airways Flight

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “Severe and unexpected” turbulence injured 31 passengers on a flight to Jakarta Wednesday, sending nine to the hospital, Etihad Airways confirms.

The Airbus A330, en route from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, encountered bumpy air about 45 minutes prior to its arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Photos show debris strewn throughout the aisles and a possible crack in the cabin ceiling.

The oxygen masks reportedly deployed mid-flight, and one passenger even said she saw another passenger hit his head on the ceiling, suffering a severe head injury.

Medical assistance teams met passengers on the tarmac. Twenty-two were treated by paramedics on site, and nine were hospitalized. According to Etihad, which says it’s covering passengers’ medical expenses, most will be discharged by the end of the day.

“Our pilots and cabin crew are to be commended for the calm and professional manner in which they dealt with this exceptional event, and the care they showed the passengers, despite several being injured themselves,” Etihad Aiways President and CEO James Hogan said in a statement. “It is testament to the high standard of our crew training that the effects of the turbulence were minimised. At no time was the safety of the aircraft, passengers or crew compromised.”

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London Could Get First Muslim Mayor in UK Local Elections

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Londoners cast votes Thursday in an election that could give the city its first Muslim mayor, while voters elsewhere in Britain were expected to punish the main opposition Labour Party in local and regional polls

The Latest: Activists Say Deadly Strike Hits Syrian Refugees

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Syrian pro-opposition activists say an airstrike has hit a refugee camp in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey, killing and wounding dozens

Rainstorm Kills 7, Injures 65 During Hindu Pilgrimage

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A heavy rainstorm Thursday collapsed several tents, sheds and gates at a sprawling Hindu pilgrimage site with hundreds of thousands of devotees in central India, killing at least seven people and injuring 65 others, police said

Israel Discovers New Cross-Border Tunnel From Gaza Strip

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The Israeli military says it has discovered a new tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip under the border and into Israel

Mariner Rescued After 2-Month Ordeal at Sea

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The U.S. Coast Guard says a Colombian mariner has been rescued after surviving a two-month ordeal in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, but he says his three companions died