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Buzz Aldrin Departs New Zealand After Weeklong Hospital Stay

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

NASA/Bill Ingalls(NEW YORK) — Buzz Aldrin, prepare for lift off.

After spending more than a week at a New Zealand hospital, Aldrin’s assistant tweeted a photo Friday morning showing the legendary NASA astronaut on an airplane with the caption, “Bye bye New Zealand! Hope to see you again! (But next time for vacation and not evacuation).”

Bye bye New Zealand! Hope to see you again! (But next time for vacation and not evacuation) pic.twitter.com/MYRFAchFmF

— Christina Korp (@Buzzs_xtina) December 9, 2016

Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, had to be evacuated from the South Pole on Dec. 2 after a medical emergency. Aldrin later released a statement saying he “started to feel a bit short of breath” and, upon further evaluation, doctors discovered some congestion in his lungs.

The 86-year-old had been in Antarctica “to experience and study conditions akin to Mars,” according to his website.

As @TheRealBuzz is recovering I did want to let people know that he did make it to the South Pole which was his objective. Thnx for prayers! pic.twitter.com/jDWcq7PvU0

— Christina Korp (@Buzzs_xtina) December 2, 2016

Prior to his medical evacuation, Aldrin became the oldest person to reach the South Pole.

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Buzz Aldrin Departs New Zealand After Weeklong Hospital Stay

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

NASA/Bill Ingalls(NEW YORK) — Buzz Aldrin, prepare for lift off.

After spending more than a week at a New Zealand hospital, Aldrin’s assistant tweeted a photo Friday morning showing the legendary NASA astronaut on an airplane with the caption, “Bye bye New Zealand! Hope to see you again! (But next time for vacation and not evacuation).”

Bye bye New Zealand! Hope to see you again! (But next time for vacation and not evacuation) pic.twitter.com/MYRFAchFmF

— Christina Korp (@Buzzs_xtina) December 9, 2016

Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, had to be evacuated from the South Pole on Dec. 2 after a medical emergency. Aldrin later released a statement saying he “started to feel a bit short of breath” and, upon further evaluation, doctors discovered some congestion in his lungs.

The 86-year-old had been in Antarctica “to experience and study conditions akin to Mars,” according to his website.

As @TheRealBuzz is recovering I did want to let people know that he did make it to the South Pole which was his objective. Thnx for prayers! pic.twitter.com/jDWcq7PvU0

— Christina Korp (@Buzzs_xtina) December 2, 2016

Prior to his medical evacuation, Aldrin became the oldest person to reach the South Pole.

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Hong Kong’s Leader Says He Won’t Run for Another Term

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, says he won’t run again for the job after his current term ends next year, citing unspecified family reasons

Hong Kong’s Leader Says He Won’t Run for Another Term

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Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, says he won’t run again for the job after his current term ends next year, citing unspecified family reasons

The Latest: SKorea Ups Military Readiness After Impeachment

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

South Korea’s defense minister on Friday ordered heightened military readiness to brace for any possible provocation by North Korea after the South’s President Park Geun-hye was impeached by lawmakers

The Latest: SKorea Ups Military Readiness After Impeachment

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South Korea’s defense minister on Friday ordered heightened military readiness to brace for any possible provocation by North Korea after the South’s President Park Geun-hye was impeached by lawmakers

South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President

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The opposition-controlled parliament passed the motion by 234 votes out of 300.

South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President

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The opposition-controlled parliament passed the motion by 234 votes out of 300.

South Korean President Is Impeached in Stunning Fall

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South Korean lawmakers have impeached President Park Geun-hye, suspending her powers over an explosive corruption scandal that saw millions protest in recent weeks

South Korean President Is Impeached in Stunning Fall

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South Korean lawmakers have impeached President Park Geun-hye, suspending her powers over an explosive corruption scandal that saw millions protest in recent weeks

Judges to Deliver Verdicts in Wilders Hate Speech Trial

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Judges are set to deliver their verdicts in the politically charged hate speech trial of Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders

Judges to Deliver Verdicts in Wilders Hate Speech Trial

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Judges are set to deliver their verdicts in the politically charged hate speech trial of Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders

Duchess Kate Dazzles in Princess Diana’s Beloved Tiara

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) —  Duchess Kate stepped out Thursday night wearing the famous pearl-and-diamond-clad Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, which was a favorite of Princess Diana, for the annual white tie diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked regal in red, recycling the same dress by designer Jenny Packham that she chose for her first state dinner with the Chinese President. She accessorized the look with diamond chandelier earrings.

The Duchess of Cambridge has only worn tiaras on four previous occasions. She first donned the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara last year at the same event. The jeweled headpiece was given as a wedding present to the late Princess Diana by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.

Kate borrowed the Lotus Flower Tiara for her first State Banquet with the Chinese President and the Cartier Halo Tiara at her wedding.

 The Queen wore her sapphire and diamond tiara and a dress by Angela Kelly. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, dressed in a white, beaded, Bruce Oldfield gown with a Boucheron tiara, a pearl choker and diamond earrings.

The reception held by the Queen is attended by the most senior members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Philip and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. More than 1,000 guests from 130 nations attend the event, which is known as one of the most coveted social invitation of the year for the diplomatic community.

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Duchess Kate Dazzles in Princess Diana’s Beloved Tiara

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) —  Duchess Kate stepped out Thursday night wearing the famous pearl-and-diamond-clad Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, which was a favorite of Princess Diana, for the annual white tie diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked regal in red, recycling the same dress by designer Jenny Packham that she chose for her first state dinner with the Chinese President. She accessorized the look with diamond chandelier earrings.

The Duchess of Cambridge has only worn tiaras on four previous occasions. She first donned the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara last year at the same event. The jeweled headpiece was given as a wedding present to the late Princess Diana by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.

Kate borrowed the Lotus Flower Tiara for her first State Banquet with the Chinese President and the Cartier Halo Tiara at her wedding.

 The Queen wore her sapphire and diamond tiara and a dress by Angela Kelly. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, dressed in a white, beaded, Bruce Oldfield gown with a Boucheron tiara, a pearl choker and diamond earrings.

The reception held by the Queen is attended by the most senior members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Philip and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. More than 1,000 guests from 130 nations attend the event, which is known as one of the most coveted social invitation of the year for the diplomatic community.

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Princess Kate Dazzles in Princess Diana’s Beloved Tiara

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) —  Princess Kate stepped out Thursday night wearing the famous pearl-and-diamond-clad Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, which was a favorite of Princess Diana, for the annual white tie diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked regal in red, recycling the same dress by designer Jenny Packham that she chose for her first state dinner with the Chinese President. She accessorized the look with diamond chandelier earrings.

The Duchess of Cambridge has only worn tiaras on four previous occasions. She first donned the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara last year at the same event. The jeweled headpiece was given as a wedding present to the late Princess Diana by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.

Kate borrowed the Lotus Flower Tiara for her first State Banquet with the Chinese President and the Cartier Halo Tiara at her wedding.

 The Queen wore her sapphire and diamond tiara and a dress by Angela Kelly. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, dressed in a white, beaded, Bruce Oldfield gown with a Boucheron tiara, a pearl choker and diamond earrings.

The reception held by the Queen is attended by the most senior members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Philip and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. More than 1,000 guests from 130 nations attend the event, which is known as one of the most coveted social invitation of the year for the diplomatic community.

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Princess Kate Dazzles in Princess Diana’s Beloved Tiara

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) —  Princess Kate stepped out Thursday night wearing the famous pearl-and-diamond-clad Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, which was a favorite of Princess Diana, for the annual white tie diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked regal in red, recycling the same dress by designer Jenny Packham that she chose for her first state dinner with the Chinese President. She accessorized the look with diamond chandelier earrings.

The Duchess of Cambridge has only worn tiaras on four previous occasions. She first donned the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara last year at the same event. The jeweled headpiece was given as a wedding present to the late Princess Diana by Queen Elizabeth II in 1981.

Kate borrowed the Lotus Flower Tiara for her first State Banquet with the Chinese President and the Cartier Halo Tiara at her wedding.

 The Queen wore her sapphire and diamond tiara and a dress by Angela Kelly. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, dressed in a white, beaded, Bruce Oldfield gown with a Boucheron tiara, a pearl choker and diamond earrings.

The reception held by the Queen is attended by the most senior members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Philip and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. More than 1,000 guests from 130 nations attend the event, which is known as one of the most coveted social invitation of the year for the diplomatic community.

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Missing Marine Pilot Who Ejected off Japan Coast Confirmed Dead

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The pilot had been missing since Wednesday.

Missing Marine Pilot Who Ejected off Japan Coast Confirmed Dead

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The pilot had been missing since Wednesday.

Missing Marine Pilot Who Ejected off Japan Coast Confirmed Dead

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Lance Cpl. Samantha K. Torres(TOKYO) — A U.S. Marine pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 fighter jet off the eastern coast of Japan has been confirmed dead after being recovered earlier on Thursday by a Japanese naval vessel, military officials said.

The Marine Corps identified Captain Jake Frederick as the pilot who ejected from his F/A-18C+ fighter aircraft after it went down 120 miles off the coast of Iwakuni, Japan.

The Japanese Defense Ministry had announced earlier in the day that a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship had recovered Frederick.

“He is pronounced deceased,” Marine Corps said in a statement today. “We will provide more releasable information after the 24-hour window. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the pilot. The cause of the crash is still unknown.”

A timeline posted on the Japanese ministry’s website indicated that the missing pilot was spotted at 1:05 a.m. ET by the 71st Air Division and rescued five minutes later.

Frederick was taken to the base at Iwakuni, Japan, officials said, but no details of the pilot’s condition were provided.

Initial efforts to locate Frederick on Wednesday proved unsuccessful leading U.S. and Japanese officials to broaden the search radius and increase the number of search assets.

A search-and-rescue operation was launched on Wednesday after Frederick ejected from his F/A-18 aircraft during a scheduled training mission.

 Frederick had ejected at about 4:40 a.m. ET, 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, according to Marine Corps Base Camp Butler in Okinawa. The F/A-18 was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa and was conducting “regularly scheduled training at the time of the mishap,” Marine Corps Base Camp Butler said.

Another F/A-18 fighter that was flying alongside Frederick’s aircraft remained in the area until it had to leave because it was running out of fuel, officials said.

Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Wednesday that a number of U.S. and Japanese air and surface vessels were involved in the search-and-rescue efforts.

The USS Montford Point, an expeditionary Transfer Dock, was searching the area and the guided missile destroyer USS Wilbur Curtis was moving to the search area, officials said at the time the search-and-rescue efforts were launched.

Three Japanese ships and multiple Japanese fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft also assisted in the search, officials said.

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Missing Marine Pilot Who Ejected off Japan Coast Confirmed Dead

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Lance Cpl. Samantha K. Torres(TOKYO) — A U.S. Marine pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 fighter jet off the eastern coast of Japan has been confirmed dead after being recovered earlier on Thursday by a Japanese naval vessel, military officials said.

The Marine Corps identified Captain Jake Frederick as the pilot who ejected from his F/A-18C+ fighter aircraft after it went down 120 miles off the coast of Iwakuni, Japan.

The Japanese Defense Ministry had announced earlier in the day that a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship had recovered Frederick.

“He is pronounced deceased,” Marine Corps said in a statement today. “We will provide more releasable information after the 24-hour window. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the pilot. The cause of the crash is still unknown.”

A timeline posted on the Japanese ministry’s website indicated that the missing pilot was spotted at 1:05 a.m. ET by the 71st Air Division and rescued five minutes later.

Frederick was taken to the base at Iwakuni, Japan, officials said, but no details of the pilot’s condition were provided.

Initial efforts to locate Frederick on Wednesday proved unsuccessful leading U.S. and Japanese officials to broaden the search radius and increase the number of search assets.

A search-and-rescue operation was launched on Wednesday after Frederick ejected from his F/A-18 aircraft during a scheduled training mission.

 Frederick had ejected at about 4:40 a.m. ET, 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, according to Marine Corps Base Camp Butler in Okinawa. The F/A-18 was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa and was conducting “regularly scheduled training at the time of the mishap,” Marine Corps Base Camp Butler said.

Another F/A-18 fighter that was flying alongside Frederick’s aircraft remained in the area until it had to leave because it was running out of fuel, officials said.

Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Wednesday that a number of U.S. and Japanese air and surface vessels were involved in the search-and-rescue efforts.

The USS Montford Point, an expeditionary Transfer Dock, was searching the area and the guided missile destroyer USS Wilbur Curtis was moving to the search area, officials said at the time the search-and-rescue efforts were launched.

Three Japanese ships and multiple Japanese fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft also assisted in the search, officials said.

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Tsunami Warnings Are Cancelled After Big Pacific Earthquake

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Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were cancelled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat

Tsunami Warnings Are Cancelled After Big Pacific Earthquake

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Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were cancelled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat

Leaders of Poland, Hungary to Discuss EU Future, Migration

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Poland’s prime minister is meeting with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban for talks concerning European Union’s security, economy and migrants

Leaders of Poland, Hungary to Discuss EU Future, Migration

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Poland’s prime minister is meeting with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban for talks concerning European Union’s security, economy and migrants

US-Canadian Agency OKs Changes for Lake Ontario Water Levels

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The U.S. and Canada have ratified a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally

US-Canadian Agency OKs Changes for Lake Ontario Water Levels

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The U.S. and Canada have ratified a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally

A Lethal Mistake Leads to a Harrowing Ambush in Iraq’s Mosul

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

After advancing too far, too fast, Iraqi troops in an abandoned hospital in Mosul were surrounded by hundreds of Islamic State fighters.

A Lethal Mistake Leads to a Harrowing Ambush in Iraq’s Mosul

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After advancing too far, too fast, Iraqi troops in an abandoned hospital in Mosul were surrounded by hundreds of Islamic State fighters.

Abandoned Baby Penguins Rescued in South Africa

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Nearly 500 chicks have been rescued so far this year, the aquarium said.

Abandoned Baby Penguins Rescued in South Africa

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Nearly 500 chicks have been rescued so far this year, the aquarium said.