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North Korea warns of 'abyss of doom' if 'old lunatic' Trump remains president

Exclusive: Undercover teams record grisly remote Faroe Islands whale slaughter

Wrestler had 15 drinks a day, slept with 10,000 women, documentary reveals

What critter has been found hidden in Van Gogh painting?

Germany must legally recognize 'third gender' from birth, top court rules

Lightning strike instantly kills two surfers

'Super mom' Sherri Papini filmed running to safety the morning she was found

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Turkey election: Erdogan seeks second term in hard-fought contest
Twin polls will decide if President Erdogan wins a second term, and who sits in Turkey's parliament.

Why Turkey’s election matters to you
Turkey will hold snap elections on 24 June, brought forward by President Erdogan.

Saudi women hit the road
Women in Saudi Arabia are finally allowed to get behind the wheel of a car.

World Cup 2018: Fifa investigates Switzerland duo over goal celebrations
Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings against Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for their goal celebrations during Switzerland's win over Serbia.

Sarah Sanders kicked out of restaurant because of work for Trump
The US president's press secretary says she was refused service because she works for Donald Trump.

Woman 'humiliated' by Walgreens over drugs to end pregnancy
Nicole Mone says a pharmacist rejected her prescription for pills to end her abnormal pregnancy.

Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa says he was 'inches' from Bulawayo explosion
President Mnangagwa says he was close to the blast at a rally in Bulawayo but was unhurt.

Vatican ex-diplomat sentenced to five years on child pornography charges
Former diplomat Carlo Alberto Capello, who was recalled from the US, is given five years in jail.

Nicaragua protests: Baby killed in Managua clashes
Security forces launched an assault on six neighbourhoods and a university east of the capital.

Italy migrant row: Malta defiant over stranded rescue boat
Malta says it will not be dictated to after Italy called on it to accept migrant rescue ship Lifeline.

SC congressional candidate injured in deadly crash
South Carolina police say Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington and a friend were seriously injured in a head-on collision that killed the other driver Friday. Diane Hodges reports.

Blast hits Ethiopia PM's rally as peace deal nears
A grenade attack has killed several people at a rally for Ethiopia's prime minister, after a wave of recent reforms and sudden move toward peace with neighboring Eritrea.

Supreme Court tightens cellphone tracking rules
In a major victory for privacy advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday tightened rules on the ability of police to obtain past cellphone location data. Linda So reports.

Nevada evangelicals back 'honest' pimp
Dennis Hof, Nevada’s most famous brothel owner, won the Republican nomination for a state assembly seat earlier this month with the support of evangelicals in his district who are setting aside his untraditional background.

Uber driver was streaming Hulu before crash
Police in Tempe, Arizona say evidence showed the “safety” driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber was distracted and streaming a television show on her phone right up until about the time of a fatal accident in March, deeming the crash that rocked the nascent industry “entirely avoidable.”

Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit
BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks
MADRID -- Moody's downgraded the debt of 30 Spanish banks Thursday but left untouched the ratings of the country's three largest banks, highlighting the weaknesses in Spain's financial system a day after the government in neighboring Portugal fell.

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns
LONDON -- Markets on Thursday brushed aside mounting speculation that Portugal would soon be tapping a European bailout fund amid hopes that the continent's debt crisis may be about to claim its final scalp - for now.

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance
NEW YORK -- It might be inconceivable to small business owners that a disaster hundreds or thousands of miles away could shut them down. But the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have interrupted shipments of parts and finished goods to companies in the U.S., and sent many of them to call their...

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year
DUBLIN -- Ireland's economy shrank in 2010 for the third straight year and the yields on Irish bonds rose to euro-era highs Thursday amid fears that the cost of rescuing the country's failed banks will overwhelm its finances even with the international bailout.

Quote of the Day

Herman Melville
Insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, may not the savage be the happier man of the two? Discuss

L. Frank Baum
It is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.

Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.

This Day in History

Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE)
The Aqua Traiana was an aqueduct built under Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century CE. The structure channeled water to Rome from sources around Lake Bracciano, about 25 mi (40 km) northwest of the city. In 1605, Pope Paul V initiated the Aqua Traiana's repair to augment the city's water supply. Renamed the Acqua Paola in the pope's honor, it was completed in 1612 and boasted a lavish fountain with columns of granite and marble. What is meant by the Roman saying "as good as the Acqua Paola"? Discuss

Edgardo Mortara Kidnapped from Jewish Family after Secret Baptism (1858)
Mortara, the son of a Jewish couple living in the Papal States, was secretly baptized Catholic as an infant by a panicked servant during an infantile illness. The baptism was deemed valid by the Catholic Church and, because canon law forbade non-Christians from raising Christian children, Pope Pius IX ordered the six-year-old Mortara to be taken to Rome as his ward. Several countries objected to the pope's decision and called for the boy to be returned to his parents. What became of Mortara?

The Hammond Circus Train Wreck (1918)
On the morning of June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train's wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery, their graves marked with nicknames like "Baldy" and "Smiley" since many bodies could not be formally identified. What caused the collision?

Word of the Day

Definition: (adjective) Showing poise and confidence in your own worth. Synonyms: self-confident. Usage: He's a self-assured negotiator, and his confidence helps him make sales that no one else can. Discuss

Definition: (adjective) Greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation. Synonyms: exorbitant, usurious, outrageous, steep, unconscionable. Usage: The extortionate price of designer clothes makes them all the more desirable to those that can afford them.

Definition: (noun) Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others. Synonyms: mischief, devilment, roguery, devilry, mischievousness, rascality. Usage: Mr. Jones had had enough of Billy's shenanigans and sent him to the principal's office in the hopes that she would be able to straighten the unruly student out.

Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

Denmark’s metal festival 'Copenhell' opens its gates to 25,000 fans
One of the biggest metal festivals in Europe, 'Copenhell' opened its door to 25,000 dedicated metal fans in Copenhagen. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Black Superhero show 'Luke Cage' season 2 premiere in NY
The cast of Netflix television series about black superhero "Luke Cage" were on the red carpet in New York for the season 2 premiere. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Macron turns Elysee palace courtyard into dance floor
French DJs played France's Elysee palace courtyard in celebration of the country's 'Fete de la Musique' festival night marking the beginning of summer. Rough cut. No reporter narration.

Pete Davidson confirms Ariana Grande engagement
Ariana Grande's engagement confirmed by fiance and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Italy's Osteria Francescana scoops world's best restaurant prize
Flamboyant chef Massimo Bottura collects top culinary prize at World's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Bilbao, Spain. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Megan Mullally: Courageous Women and Their Untold Stories
When Megan Mullally began her journey into the past, she discovered that many records for her family belonged to her male ancestors. She learned the sad truth that most legal documents in the 19th century related to men, with far fewer records belonging to women at the time. Megan realized, like many others researching their Read More

Laverne Cox: Expressions of Freedom
The search for African American ancestors often reveals a tale of hardship and overcoming trials. Laverne Cox went on the hunt to learn more about the family of her 2x great-grandmother, Georgiana Banks, and discovered a trove of stories that showed the African American experience in the 19th century, as well as expressions of freedom Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Conduct Search Utilizing the information on another Member’s Tree
Customers have been able to conduct a search for a person within their own tree utilizing the information in their timeline. Now we have made it possible for customers to conduct a targeted search from a person in a Public Member Tree. Steps: Navigate in the person page of another customer’s tree. To search Read More

It’s the Most Jamboree Time of the Year
One of my favorite conferences of the year is the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree held in June in Burbank each year.  The speakers are stellar.  The exhibit hall is full of learning opportunities.  There are great prizes to won and lots of genealogy networking to be done. In Person If you live anywhere near Burbank, Read More

Jon Cryer: Ascension to a Legacy
Through an incredible journey, Jon Cryer discovered that his 9x great-grandfather, James Adams, came to America as an indentured servant. After a disastrous attempt to repel the English from his beloved Scotland, James Adams and other Scots were captured, shipped to Massachusetts against their will, and compelled into approximately 7 years of indentured service for Read More

A photoshoot to find new homes for abandoned pets
Photographer Emilio Cuenca is helping Spain's abandoned pets by snapping their portraits to encourage people to adopt them. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

From Iceland to Russia - two fans drive to World Cup in a Lada
Two Iceland fans pay homage to the spirit of the Vikings by driving to the World Cup in a Russian-built Lada. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Bolivians catch the sun to celebrate new year
The indigenous Aymara people of Bolivia celebrate their new year on the day of winter solstice with colorful rites. Elly Park reports.

Yoga summer solstice celebration in Times Square
More than 12,000 yogis hit New York's Times Square to usher in the summer solstice and celebrate International Yoga Day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

From roll to runway
Designers compete in the 14th annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest hosted by and Quilted Northern. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Viking culture comes alive in Kaliningrad village
World Cup fans have chance to see how the Vikings lived at a rebuilt settlement close to modern-day Kaliningrad, one of the host cities of the tournament. Elly Park reports.

Ronaldo fan cycles Portugal to Russia for World Cup
Nothing could stop cyclist Helder Batista from supporting his national team at the World Cup in Russia - not even the distance. Jayson Mansaray reports.

Wearing bast shoes, fans test their skills at Mordovian soccer
Mordovian soccer, dubbed 'lapotball,' refers to the traditional shoes made of vine which Mordovian residents used to wear in olden days. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Christo's first UK major artwork floats on London lake
A sculpture by artist Christo made from 7,506 red, white and mauve barrels, has taken temporary residence among the wildlife on a lake in London's Hyde Park. Jayson Mansaray reports.

World Cup: London block of flats flies 300 flags for England
Residents of a block of flats in London have decked out their whole estate with more than 300 England flags to celebrate the World Cup.