Former South Korean First Lady Travels to North Korea

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The widow of South Korea’s ex-president Kim Dae-jung is visiting North Korea for a four-day trip.

Five Police Forces Investigating Former Prime Minister Edward Heath

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Cambridge Jones/Getty Images(LONDON) — Investigations involving high profile figures in the U.K. and pedophilia now include a former prime minister.

Five police forces are investigating whether the late former British Prime Minister Edward Heath was a pedophile after allegations of underage sexual abuse, including the rape of a 12-year-old boy.

The former prime minister served from 1970 to 1974, and was then ousted by Margaret Thatcher as the leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. Heath died in 2005.

The allegations fall among claims that high profile figures in the U.K. sexually abused children and covered up the crimes.

According to the BBC, one of the investigations happening is Operation Midland, looking into allegations of sexual abuse against boys by a group of powerful men in areas across southern England and London in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Another investigation follows a brothel operator in Heath’s home town who had a prosecution against her dropped when she threatened to expose him as a pedophile.

Heath has also been confirmed as a suspect by the States of Jersey Police in Operation Whistle, an ongoing investigation into alleged historical abuse on the Island of Jersey.

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Super Typhoon Soudelor: A Look at the World’s Biggest Storm

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Soudelor is the strongest storm of the year.

Arrest Made in Connection to West Bank Arson Attack

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israeli police have made their first arrest in connection to the firebombing of a West Bank home that killed a Palestinian toddler last Friday.

Meir Ettinger, 23, was well known to Israeli police before his arrest. He’s a former settler that was banned from living in the West Bank for his alleged involvement in previous attacks on Palestinians.

Investigators say they found a manifesto by Ettinger showing he leads a radical and religious anarchist group that aims to overthrow the Israeli government and attack not just Palestinians, but also Christians.

Authorities want to know if Ettinger helped plan Friday’s deadly arson attack. No charges have been filed against him yet.

Ettinger’s lawyers insist he’s innocent.

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Take a Peek at Turkey’s ‘Titanic Hotel’

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Titanic Beach Lara(NEW YORK) — For the Titanic super fan, recreation dinners just won’t cut it. There was the Titanic Memorial cruise of 2012, but that was a one-time deal.

What are enthusiasts of the doomed ship to do between now and the launch of Titanic II?

Book a night at Turkey’s Titanic Hotel, of course.

Titanic Beach LaraThe Titanic Beach Lara is an all-inclusive resort in Antalya on the Mediterranean.

Titanic Beach LaraSome of the 589 “cruise style resort rooms” have sea views (just like a cruise ship) and all have private balconies. Some even have circular-style windows. There are four restaurants and seven bars, including a bowling alley, pool bar and disco.

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Despite what some might call a bizarre homage to a tragic event, overall the hotel gets great reviews on TripAdvisor. It gets 4.5 of 5 stars and past guests love the service and overall cleanliness.

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Here’s One Store That Wants You to Shop for Christmas Now

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

One upscale retailer starts the shopping season early.

Idaho Big Game Hunters Defend ‘Kill’ Photos

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Idaho big game hunters Sabrina Corgatelli and Aaron Neilson strongly defended legal trophy hunting, saying it helps with conservation.

Verification Process of Flaperon to Begin Wednesday

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iStock/Thinkstock(TOULOUSE, France) — The world may soon know if a piece of wreckage recently found on an island is part of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia’s transport minister, said on Monday the verification process for the flaperon found on Réunion last week will begin on Wednesday in France.

Spokesman for the minister, Lim Chau Leng, told ABC News that Malaysia is seeking help from nearby territories such as Magadascar and Mauritius to see if they find any debris.

According to engineers, the flaperon belongs to a Boeing 777, the same plane as MH370.

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Big Game Hunters Defend Actions Amid Controversy About Cecil the Lion

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe) –– Amid the backlash over Cecil the lion’s death, a second American doctor is now under fire for allegedly illegal lion hunting, but Idaho big game hunters Sabrina Corgatelli and Aaron Neilson strongly defended legal trophy hunting, saying it helps with conservation.

“I’m a passionate lion hunter, have been for 20 years,” Neilson told Nightline in a Skype interview from South Africa. “[People] think it’s about the trophy and being able to take this trophy home and mount it in our trophy room that is not what it’s about. It’s about the pursuit and the adventure of the hunt. That is why we hunt.”

Another doctor has also been accused of illegally shooting and killing a lion with a bow and arrow in April.

The accusations after Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer was accused of illegally killing Zimbabwe’s famous lion, Cecil. Zimbabwe has since suspended bow and arrow hunting, as well as the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants near Hwange National Park.

Both doctors have been the subject of enormous public outrage, which has forced the controversy of big game hunting back into the spotlight.

Corgatelli has been dealing with negative comments herself after posting a series of photos on her Facebook page and Instagram account showing her and Neilson’s various kills, including a warthog, a crocodile, a wildebeest, an impala and a giraffe, during what they say was a legal hunting trip in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

In the giraffe photo posted on Facebook, Corgatelli is standing next to the animal with its neck wrapped around towards her. “I couldn’t be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget,” she wrote.

“So many people are calling me a poacher because they don’t even think it’s legal to hunt giraffe,” Corgatelli added. “So before you speak make sure you know what you are speaking about.”

Corgatelli said she has received numerous negative comments on her photos, including death threats against her, Neilson and their son, but both defended their African hunt.

“People like to claim that hunters like us are hunting endangered species when that is absolutely factually incorrect,” Neilson said.

Neither Neilson nor Corgatelli condone what Palmer and Seski did if their hunts were in fact illegal, as Zimbabwe officials have claimed.

Palmer has acknowledged killing Cecil but said that the hunt was done legally.

When done legally, Neilson insisted that hunting in Africa helps with conservation because big game hunters pay national parks thousands of dollars to hunt lions and other wild animals, generating revenue for the parks so they can provide the animals protection from habitat loss and poachers.

“It’s not about the few lions that are killed every year by sports hunters. It’s about the tens of thousands of acres of habitat that are lost every year,” Neilson said. “Hunting absolutely is the only tool right now that’s paying for the vast majority of the wildlife conservation throughout the continent of Africa… We might take a small surplus of [lions], but without what we’re doing there won’t be any of them at all.”

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Photos: This Week in Pictures: Top Photos from Around the Globe

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Find this week’s top photos from around the globe in ABC News’ This Week in Pictures slideshow

Italian Police Uncover Secret Code Used By Mafia Members

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — Italian police decode a cheesy method of communication used by the mafia.

Using hidden cameras and microphones, police in Sicily cracked a code used by members of the Sicilian mafia, leading to the arrests of 11 suspects.

The secret code centered around cheese and sheep, allowing mafia members to communicate with their boss.

One of the suspects arrested, 77-year-old Vito Gondola, would say something along the lines of “I’ve put the ricotta cheese aside for you, come by to get it,” alerting members to a note under a rock.

Other phrases included “the sheep need shearing” and “the hay is ready.”

Sicilian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro remains on the lam, and has been since 1993.

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2nd US Doctor Accused of Illegally Killing Lion in Zimbabwe

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A second U.S. doctor is accused by Zimbabwe officials of illegally killing a lion.

Netanyahu Cracks Down on Jewish Extremists

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is following through on his promise to crackdown on Jewish extremists who carry out terror attacks against Palestinians after last week’s firebombing in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler.

Netanyahu’s security cabinet has approved holding Jewish terror suspects in administrative detention.

The controversial policy of jailing suspects without charging them had only applied to Palestinian terror suspects. Now Jewish extremists can be held in custody without trial, provided the Attorney General approves.

Civil rights groups in Israel repeated their opposition, saying it denies detainees of civil liberties and due process.

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Kerry Discusses Ballistic Missile Defense with Gulf Cooperation Council

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

State Dept photo(DOHA, Qatar) — Leading Gulf Arab States say they are onboard with the Iran nuclear deal after Secretary of State John Kerry offered U.S. support for a regional ballistic missile defense system.

Kerry met with wary foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, six Sunni-ruled Arab nations concerned about Shiite Iran’s assertiveness in the region, Monday in Doha.

Speaking after the meeting, Kerry said the U.S. will expedite arms transfers and offer special forces training and work with the nations to combat terror groups in Syria and Iraq.

“We focused on a wide range of very specific regional challenges, including the fight against Daesh, al Qaeda, other violent extremists,” he said.

“We discussed for example, our work on an integrative ballistic missile defense capability and expediting certain arms transfers. We also discussed enhancing our cooperation on combating violent extremism,” he added.

Last week the State Department authorized the sale of $5.4 billion in anti-ballistic missiles and another $500 million in ammunition to Saudi Arabia, one of the GCC nations.

“We agreed to talk about how to integrate the region’s anti-ballistic missile defenses based on some of the activities in other countries,” Kerry said.

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Surfer Mick Fanning on Seeing Shark in First Return to the Water

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Australian surfer Mick Fanning says he feels “lucky” after spotting a shark in the water on what was supposed to be his triumphant return to surfing after he survived a shark attack that played out on live TV.

Fanning, 34, said Monday on ABC News’ Good Morning America that he was “already on edge” when he went to Hastings Point on the Tweed Coast off Australia with a crew from the Australian TV news program 60 Minutes less than one week after his July 19 shark attack during a surfing competition.

As Fanning, a three-time World Surfing League Champion, and his friend were driving a Jet Ski off the coast to catch a wave, Fanning says he saw a shark fin.

“I was lucky that I was just on the back of the Jet Ski and I was actually looking at another wave to catch,” Fanning said Monday on GMA. “I was okay. I went in and regrouped.”

While the 60 Minutes encounter was taped and aired Sunday night, Fanning’s first encounter with a shark played out while cameras rolled live. While competing in the J-Bay Open surfing competition in South Africa, Fanning was approached by a shark and had to defend himself by punching and kicking the shark until safety boats arrived.

Fanning, who was uninjured in the attack, says it took him a few days to “come back down to earth” after the attack.

“There was definitely nightmares and stuff like that but everything is starting to move forward now and just cruising on as if I was getting ready for a new event,” he said.

Part of that moving forward process for Fanning included jumping back into the water with the 60 Minutes crew, which he said he did on purpose.

“I just didn’t want to leave it too long,” he said of the ocean waters key to his career. “I felt like if I left it too long I would start playing tricks with myself and having too many mind games go on so I just really wanted to get it done pretty quickly.”

The 60 Minutes reporter, Peter Stefanovic, who was with Fanning during the second shark sighting told News.com.au that he did not see the shark himself. The news station reports that two more shark sightings were reported in the same area one hour after Fanning’s sighting.

Stefanovic was on the shore watching Fanning with the surfer’s mom, Elizabeth Osborne, who watched her son’s first shark encounter play out on TV and told reporters after that she was “terrified” and went to the TV as though she “could pull him out of the television.”

“With mom, you sort of just smile and laugh a little bit and make sure that’s she okay and then just run away before she can grab you again and hold you in,” Fanning told GMA.

“Obviously between her and my wife we’ve definitely had some talks about when to go out and when not to go out,” he added.

Fanning says he is now back in the gym training and looking forward to his next surfing competition, the Billabong Pro Tahiti, a World Surfing League competition that kicks off on Aug. 14.

“Everything is starting to feel like it’s moving in the right direction and i just hope we get some really good waves over there,” Fanning said. “It’d be great just to get back into the water, get back into an event and just concentrate on surfing again.”

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Frowny Face: Politician Moves to Ban Gay Emoji in Russia

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications is investigating complaints from a Russian senator who thinks emoji depicting people in “non-traditional” sexual relationships are corrupting his country’s family values.

The Senator, Mikhail Marchenko, claims the emoji, found on social media sites like Facebook, violate a 2013 law against so-called “gay propaganda,” according to a report by the Russian newspaper Izvestia. That law gives authorities the power to block or censor websites that it says “promote homosexuality.”

Marchenko claims emoji like “Two Men Holding Hands” denies “family values” and shows “disrespect for parents and other family members.”

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Hubble Telescope Captures Image of Dying Star

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Matej Novak(NEW YORK) — A picture is worth a thousand words, and NASA’s Hubble telescope captured the death throes of a dying star, a process it says has taken tens of thousands of years.

The photo, posted to the NASA website this week, shows the star radiating wisps of blue and orange light. The European Space Agency says that a cloud of gas ejected from the star left its core exposed.

The result, The ESA says, is gas energized by ultraviolet light and radiating an array of colors. Similar colors are seen in the Ring Nebula.

Planetary nebulae general last about 10,000 years, The ESA adds, before the central star cools and turns into a white dwarf, fading from view.

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Teen Dies 3 Days After Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Stabbing

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Netanyahu’s office expressed condolences to Shira Banki’s family.

Second Victim Dies From Jerusalem Pride Parade Attack

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iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — A second victim has died in a spate of violent attacks by Jewish extremists in Israel.

Shira Banki, a 16-year-old Israeli, succumbed to her wounds after being stabbed by an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on Thursday at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have “zero tolerance towards Jewish extremists” following two deadly attacks that have raised concerns here that a fringe of ultra-nationalists are growing more violent.

Netanyahu vowed again to find and try the suspected Jewish settlers who on Friday torched a West Bank home and burned a Palestinian toddler to death.

The manhunt by police and IDF forces is ongoing but so far, no arrests.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his security forces to prevent revenge attacks.

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Police Using Pepper Spray on Migrants Attempting to Cross Channel Tunnel

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Riot police in France are using pepper spray on migrants who attempt to get into the United Kingdom from the French side of the Channel Tunnel.

The measure was employed after hundreds of migrants attempted to storm the perimeter fences of the cross Channel Tunnel while chanting “open the border.”

The tunnel is a 30 mile rail link beneat the English channel.

It’s the main point of entry for thousands of migrants who scale or cut fences to hop on freight trains and trucks bound for Britain.

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Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force Apologizes for Story About Jericho the Lion, Says He’s ‘Alive and Well’

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has apologized after claiming that a lion named Jericho, which they said was the “brother” of Cecil, was shot and killed by a hunter, and now says the lion is “alive and well.”

“I would like to sincerely apologise for my last report where I stated that Jericho had been killed,” Johnny Rodrigues, Chairman for the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said in a statement Sunday. The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force is not an official government agency.

“I have now discovered that he is alive and well. The cubs are also doing well,” Rodrigues said.
Rodrigues said that the story began with a phone call from a journalist who told him that Jericho had been killed.

“I was completely devastated by this news and I tried to confirm it,” he wrote in the statement.
After trying the research center in Hwange, “I eventually got through to one of the wardens in Hwange who confirmed to me that Jericho had been killed,” he wrote. “A couple of other people also confirmed the story.”

But the story proved to be false.

“I don’t know why I was given this story and I feel very embarrassed about it,” he wrote. “Bear in mind, I live 900km away from Hwange so I couldn’t go and check for myself so I had to trust the people on the ground.”

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, the government authority on wildlife in Zimbabwe, said Sunday that Jericho is living and being monitored by Brent Stapelkamp of the Lion Research Project. It released a photo of Jericho as of 7:06 a.m. on Sunday feeding with the pride.

The authority also clarified that Jericho is a ‘coalition’ partner to Cecil — unrelated males who team up to defend their territory — not a blood-related sibling, after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force described Jericho as Cecil’s “brother.”

Oxford University Department of Zoology/WildCRU, whose study lion was Cecil, also said that Jericho is alive and well. The department also mentioned that both Jericho and Cecil are not brothers.

On Saturday, Rodrigues told ABC News Jericho was shot and killed Saturday at Hwange National Park.
“It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil’s brother has been killed at 4pm today,” the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a Facebook post. “We are absolutely heart broken.”

Rodrigues told ABC News Jericho was shot by a hunter and died at 4 p.m. local time, just a half hour after the park put out a statement at 3:30 p.m. announcing a ban on hunting all lions, leopards and elephants.

“The park released the statement at about 3:30, and not even half an hour later I got a phone call that Jericho was killed,” Rodrigues said in the statement.

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Zimbabwe Group Apologizes: Jericho the Lion ‘Alive and Well’

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“I feel very embarrassed,” say Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force chairman.

Zimbabwe Task Force Apologizes: Jericho the Lion ‘Alive and Well’

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“I feel very embarrassed,” say Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force chairman.

Zimbabwe Authorities Suspend Hunting Outside National Park

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Zimbabwe is trying to get the United States to extradite the Minnesota man who killed the country’s favorite lion.

The United States is unlikely to grant the request but the man who killed the lion could face more charges here at home.

The U.S. law that could apply here isn’t about the poaching of wild animals overseas, but it’s the issue of importing them. If charges are pursued and a conviction made, jail time is possible.

Another lion was rumored to have been shot and killed but has since been found safe and sound in Zimbabwe.

Authorities in Zimbabwe, however, aren’t taking any more chances and are instituting new rules int he country.

The Zimbabwe parks and wildlife management authority released a statement saying, “The hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in areas outside the Hwange National Park has been suspended with immediate effect.”

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Second Metallic Object Picked Up on Réunion Island

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Police in Réunion are reporting a second metallic object has been picked up one the beach.

A plane wing found there last week has been sent to France for testing as it is suspected to be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

A new, small piece of evidence was discovered near the same area where part of a wing was found on the beach of Réunion Island.

The new piece of debris is being described as a small, metallic object with ideograms and Chinese characters that could identify where the object came from.

Local police say the object has been picked up from the beach and taken away.

It is unclear if the piece will be flown to France for analysis.

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US Ship at Croatian Shipyard Catches Fire

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

The USS Mount Whitney destroyer sits in the waters of the Georgian city Poti on September 5, 2008. SEIRAN BAROIAN/AFP/Getty Images(RIJEKA, Croatia) — A  U.S. ship caught fire while undergoing maintenance at a Croatian shipyard on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S Mount Whitney was being worked on at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard since January. That work was intended to extend the service life of the ship through 2039. The fire, the Navy says, was extinguished in under an hour and no one was injured.

The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage to the ship remains under investigation.

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Zimbabwean Wildlife Authority: Jericho the Lion Is Alive, Not Cecil???s Brother

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Cecil the Lion was killed in July by an American dentist.

US Ship at Lithuanian Shipyard Catches Fire

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The USS Mount Whitney destroyer sits in the waters of the Georgian city Poti on September 5, 2008. SEIRAN BAROIAN/AFP/Getty Images(RIJEKA, Croatia) — A  U.S. ship caught fire while undergoing maintenance at a Croatian shipyard on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S Mount Whitney was being worked on at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard since January. That work was intended to extend the service life of the ship through 2039. The fire, the Navy says, was extinguished in under an hour and no one was injured.

The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage to the ship remains under investigation.

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UNAMI: 1,332 Killed, Over 2,000 Injured in Iraq Violence in July

Posted on: August 1st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The United National Assistance Mission for Iraq says that more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in acts of terror and violence in July.

UNAMI’s monthly press release shows the number of Iraqis killed in attacks last month was 1,332, and an additional 2,108 were injured in those attacks. The figures include 844 civilians killed and 1,616 injured. Baghdad was the site of much of the violence, with 335 fatalities and 756 injuries occurring in that Governorate.

“Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called [ISIS],” Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis says, “Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases in its modern history.” Kubis called for resolute action to end the “tragic situation.”

“The human cost of the conflict and the suffering of the people is enormous and profoundly worrying,” Kubis added.

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Cecil the Lion’s ‘Brother,’ Jericho, Reported Dead in Zimbabwe

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Cecil the Lion was killed in July by an American dentist.