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Fatal Fire at Residential Complex in Saudi Arabia

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Marcio Silva/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- At least 200 people are injured and 11 are dead after a fire ripped through a residential complex in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Khobar, according to the BBC.

The complex is used to house those who work for the Saudi oil company, Aramco. Many of those injured are of different nationalities.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, says the BBC.

Aramco says it will investigate the cause.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Pumps Iron, Grills in Newly Released Photos

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- The Kremlin wants the world to know Russian President Vladimir Putin pumps iron and grills meat before most of the world gets out of bed.

New photos released by the Kremlin show Putin working out and barbecuing with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a government residence in Sochi before sitting down to breakfast and tea.

Putin regularly works out, detailing his personal fitness routine to ABC News last year ahead of the Sochi Olympics.

"How does one control weight? By not overeating. How does one stay in shape? One plays sports. There are no magic pills here," Putin told ABC's "This Week" last January. "I spend a little time every day to play sports. Last night, I was skiing here until 1:30 in the morning. I hit the gym this morning. I swim almost every day, a thousand meters."

Putin had refrained from his characteristic macho antics for the last few years, but appears to be ramping them up again. Earlier this month, he took a mini-submarine to the bottom of the Black Sea to visit a shipwreck off the coast of Crimea.

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Arrests Made in Connection to Migrant Deaths; More Migrants Found in Another Truck

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jon Gorr/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Four alleged human traffickers appeared in court in Hungary on Saturday accused of playing a role in the deaths of 71 migrants found packed into a delivery truck in Austria.

Razor wire failed to hold back the tide of humanity flooding into Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of people are now on the move - a river of refugees escaping from war and terror in Syria and beyond, traveling through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and the Balkans into Hungary, then Austria, Germany and the rest of Europe.

The crisis has prompted leaders in the European Union to call for immediate talks.

BBC News reports that authorities believe the men arrested are members of a human trafficking group.

On Sunday, Austrian authorities confirmed that a truck with 26 people from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were discovered.

The driver of that truck has been taken into custody.

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Watch the Sky for a ‘Supermoon’

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's a bird, it's a plane, it's supermoon!

Remember to stop and look at the sky Saturday night to witness one of the biggest and fullest moons of the year -- known as a "supermoon."

A supermoon occurs when a full moon or new moon is closest to Earth and comes within 224,834 miles of us, which will happen six times this year, according to earthsky.org.

But if you miss the supermoon, don't worry. The next one is just one month away, on Sept. 28.

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Three Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Jail in Egypt

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

fotokon/iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- Three journalists were sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt on Saturday, in what their employer is calling "another deliberate attack on press freedom."

Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy will return to prison after the ruling and colleague Peter Greste was sentenced though he had been deported earlier this year. "It is a dark day for the Egyptian judiciary," Al Jazeera's statement continued. "Rather than defend liberties and a free and fair media, they have compromised their independence for political reasons."

The media network called for the release of its journalists, as well as urging "everyone to continue the fight for freedom of speech, for the right of people to be informed and for the right of journalists around the world to be able to do their job."

The men, according to Al Jazeera News, had been accused of not registering with Egypt's journalist syndicate, bringing equipment into the country without approval, broadcasting false information and using a hotel as a broadcasting point without permission.

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Radar Image, Deathbed Confession May Help Solve Nazi Treasure Train Mystery

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Underground galleries, part of Nazi Germany 'Riese' construction project are pictured under the Ksiaz castle in the area where the 'Nazi gold train' is supposedly hidden underground, on August 28, 2015 in Walbrzych, Poland JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WARSAW, Poland) -- A radar image and a deathbed confession may be the final pieces of the puzzle in solving the mystery of a gold-filled Nazi train that may have gone missing in Poland during World War II.

A German military train rumored to be filled with gold and weapons went missing near Walbrzych, Poland, in 1945, and fortune-hunters have searched for it for decades.

BBC News quotes the deputy mayor of Walbrzych, a town near where the train is believed to be, saying that "the find is within our administrative borders."

In a statement earlier in the week, Poland's Deputy Cultural Minister Piotr Zuchowski urged treasure hunters not to seek out the train, due to concern over hazardous substances and possible booby traps.

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Tropical Storm Erika Has Dissipated near Cuba

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tropical Storm Erika dissipated Saturday morning as it pushed over Hispaniola and Cuba.

As the storm was moving towards Cuba, it dissipated due to higher terrain and unfavorable atmospheric conditions. The National Hurricane Center canceled all tropical storm watches and warnings related to the storm at about 9 a.m.

Before losing strength, Erika caused widespread devastation on the small Caribbean island of Dominica, killing at least 20 people and leaving more missing.

"The extent of the devastation is monumental. It is far worse than expected,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a statement Friday. "We have, in essence, to rebuild Dominica."

The main impacts to Florida will likely be heavy rain and breezy winds during the early portion of next week.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm's expected approach late Sunday.

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Japan Passes Bill Requiring Companies to Set Goals for Hiring Women

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- There may soon be more women executives in Japan.

On Friday, Japan's upper house passed a bill requiring companies with more than 301 employees to set numerical targets for the hiring of female employees and managers.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the efforts allowed the country to "move forward onto a new stage" at the World Assembly for Women conference in Tokyo.

The approved legislature comes during a time for Japan when the economy is slow and the country's population is shrinking.

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Tropical Storm Erika Moving Across Haiti

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

iSTock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Erika may be losing steam.

As of Friday evening, Tropical Storm Erika was 25 miles southwest of Port au Prince and dumped rain on Haiti causing mudslides and flooding.

The storm is moving toward the west at 21 mph with maximum sustained winds at 45 mph, but it's expected to slow, according to the National Hurricane Center.

So far, Erika has caused multiple deaths on many islands, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the state before the storm hits.

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Poland Officials ’99 Percent’ Certain Radar Shows Nazi Gold Train

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WALBRZYCH, Poland) -- Has the legendary Nazi gold train finally been found?

The Polish government says ground-penetrating radar images mean its "99 percent convinced" that a World War II German military train is buried near the south-western city of Walbrzych.

According to Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski, the images appeared to show a train equipped with gun turrets, calling it an "exceptional" discovery.

Officials believe the train may be booby-trapped and say information about the train came in a deathbed confession from one of those involved in concealing it.

The train was rumored to have been carrying gold from what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw as the Soviet army closed in at the end of World War Two. Local folklore said it went missing near Ksiaz castle, 2 miles from Walbrzych.

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