Prince Harry Walks 17 Miles With Wounded Veterans

October 1, 2015

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(SHROPSHIRE, England) — Prince Harry has taken to the streets, literally.

The 31-year-old prince vowed that he would join the Walking with the Wounded’s 1,000-mile trek across Britain, and on Wednesday morning he kept his promise.

Prince Harry, who is fifth-in-line to the British throne, joined six wounded service members, including two Americans, in Shropshire for their 17-mile leg of the walk on Wednesday.

The team are thrilled to be joined on the #WalkOfBritain today by Prince Harry, @DanMarino & @OsiUmenyiora pic.twitter.com/wnWkbJKTe9

— WWTW (@supportthewalk) September 30, 2015

The service members began the walk on Aug. 22 in Scotland and are expected to finish at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 1.

Prince Harry and the service members were also joined by former Miami Dolphins’ star Dan Marino in support of the walk.

Captain Wales, as Prince Harry was known in the Army, served two tours of duty in Iraq and retired as an Apache pilot in June. He is the Royal Patron of the Walking with the Wounded charity and hasn’t been afraid to take on the challenges himself to show his support.

He joined the team in the North Pole in 2011 and made the grueling mission to the South Pole in 2013.

Prince Harry also used his profile to start the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style games for wounded and former service members. The games launched in 2014 in the U.K. and Prince Harry will bring them to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla., in 2016.

In a new interview with Britain’s ITV News, Prince Harry said society needs to do more to support those suffering mental health issues, both in military and civilian life.

“We need to do more. Not just with these guys but with everybody,” the prince said. “Mental health is a sensitive subject among a lot of people but it doesn’t need to be. I think we need to talk about it more, get rid of the stigma.”

Prince Harry also spoke to ITV about his future plans on the personal front.

“At the end of the day there’s a lot of things to get done before settling down,” Harry said, adding with a laugh, “We’ve still got seven miles to walk today which I’m really not looking forward to.”

After ITV reporter Tim Ewart jokingly corrected Harry that he still had eight more miles to walk, the prince replied, “I think everyone looks forward to settling down but, in the meantime, it’s work as usual so crack on.”

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Thirsty Leopard Wanders Into Indian Village, Gets Head Stuck in Pot

October 1, 2015

KURK(RAJASTHAN, India) — A leopard in India found himself in a pickle on Wednesday by getting his head stuck in a pot while trying to fetch a drink, according to local media reports.

The animal wandered into the village of Sardul Kheda of Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district and was trying to drink water from the pot when it got stuck, according to local reports.

The leopard was seen struggling to get the vessel off, as onlookers snapped photos and video of the event.

Forest officials took hours to tranquilize and safely free the leopard’s head from the pot.

“The male leopard is about 3 years old,” district forest officer Kapil Sharma told NDTV India. “He is being kept under observation. He has been checked by vets and seems to be fine.”

“He will be released in the forest later,” Sharma added. “It is difficult to say where he came from because the Kumbhalgarh sanctuary is about 20 kilometers away.”

The animal was eventually released back into the wild, reports said.

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Migrant Camp Torn Down at France-Italy Border

September 30, 2015

Benjamin Haas/iStock/Thinkstock(VENTIMIGLIA, Italy) – Police tore down the first migrant camp to go up in Europe early Wednesday morning.

Bulldozers moved in, sweeping away the tents and the few personal possessions of the migrants living in the border town of Ventimiglia.

The camp was set up there earlier this summer, when France started restricting the entry of those seeking asylum.

About 50 migrants and Italian activists took refuge in the nearby coastal rocks.

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Prince Harry Walks 17 Miles with Wounded Veterans

September 30, 2015

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry has taken to the streets, literally.

The 31-year-old prince vowed that he would join the Walking with the Wounded’s 1,000-mile trek across Britain, and on Wednesday morning, he kept his promise.

Prince Harry, who is fifth-in-line to the British throne, joined six wounded service members, including two Americans, in Shropshire for their 17-mile leg of the walk Wednesday.

The service members began the walk on Aug. 22 in Scotland and are expected to finish at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 1.

Prince Harry and the service members were also joined by former Miami Dolphins’ star Dan Marino on Wednesday in support of the walk.

Captain Wales, as Prince Harry was known in the Army, served two tours of duty in Iraq and retired as an Apache pilot in June. He is the Royal Patron of the Walking with the Wounded charity and hasn’t been afraid to take on the challenges himself to show his support.

He joined the team in the North Pole in 2011 and made the grueling mission to the South Pole in 2013.

Prince Harry also used his profile to start the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style games for wounded and former service members. The games launched in 2014 in the U.K. and Prince Harry will bring them to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida, in 2016.

In a new interview with Britain’s ITV News, Prince Harry said society needs to do more to support those suffering mental health issues, both in military and civilian life.

“We need to do more. Not just with these guys but with everybody,” the prince said. “Mental health is a sensitive subject among a lot of people but it doesn’t need to be. I think we need to talk about it more, get rid of the stigma.”

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Struggle for Control of Afghan City Against Taliban Rages

September 30, 2015

STR/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Fierce fighting continues for control of one of Afghanistan’s biggest cities as Afghan forces, backed by American airstrikes and advisors, attempt to retake Kunduz from the Taliban.

Despite U.S. airstrikes, Afghan government forces have failed to push the Taliban out of the city of Kunduz, the first to fall to the Taliban since the U.S. drove them from power in 2001.

Two days after seizing Kunduz, the Taliban are on the offensive, threatening the city’s airport, where troops and civilians had retreated to believing it was safe.

Most of the reinforcements deployed from Kabul couldn’t reach Kunduz as Taliban have ambushed convoys of them en route.

The city’s power has been cut for the past three days and people are running out of food and water.

Taliban members are searching house by house, looking for government employees. They have set up check points all over the city.

According to an Afghan security official, the Taliban has reached within roughly 110 yards of the Kunduz airport, where most government employees and others are taking shelters. The airstrike helped to push the Taliban back from the airport.

The Taliban have increased their attacks on different districts in neighboring Takhar province. Most main roads or supply routes towards Kunduz are blocked or under control of the Taliban.

The pressure on Afghan government and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who has been in office for one year, is mounting.

For their part, American military sources believe that while the Taliban has control of some buildings in the city, they don’t have full control of the city as a whole or the hundreds of thousands of residents.

A senior U.S. military officer in Afghanistan told ABC News that the local police force has retaken control of the police station and the prison, two areas that had previously been overtaken by the Taliban.

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US Confirms Russian Airstrikes in Syria

September 30, 2015

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. official confirmed that Russian military aircraft conducted airstrikes Wednesday in the vicinity of the city of Homs, Syria. The Russians gave the U.S. only an hour’s advance notification that the airstrikes were about to occur through a message conveyed to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, a U.S. official said.

The official did not have details on what types of Russian aircraft conducted the airstrike in the vicinity of Homs or what the Russians were targeting. The Russian Defense Ministry has so far not confirmed any airstrikes in Syria by Russian military aircraft.

However, the U.S. official noted that there is no major ISIS presence in Homs, which is located in western Syria. Over the past three weeks, Russia has moved 32 fighter and bomber aircraft to the airport in Latakia, a city on the Mediterranean. That airport been developed by Russia into a military operations hub, according to U.S. officials.

“There doesn’t seem to be any operational effect on ISIL where they are flying,” said the official, who used the acronym used by the U.S. government to describe ISIS.

A senior Russian military officer attached to the newly created intelligence center set up by the Russians, Syrians, Iranians and Iraqis in Baghdad went to the U.S. embassy and notified the defense attaché that Russia was going to begin flying airstrikes in Syria in an hour, according to the U.S. official.

The official characterized the notification as an advisory that Russian aircraft would be flying over Syrian airspace. There was no specific mention of where the airstrikes would occur or any demand that U.S. military aircraft leave Syrian airspace.

The official said Russian airstrikes are not going to affect U.S. air operations in Syria.

The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter had ordered staff to begin work “to open lines of communication” with Russia to “de-conflict” air operations between both countries over Syria.

But Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, said details on how that de-confliction between the two military forces remained to be worked out.

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US Forces Continue Airstrikes in Fight to Retake Afghan City from Taliban

September 30, 2015

STR/AFP/Getty Images(KUNDUZ, Afghanistan) — The battle to retake Kunduz from the Taliban continues as U.S. warplanes target the hardline group in northern Afghanistan.

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan tells ABC News that three airstrikes have targeted Taliban positions in and around the city of Kunduz.

Meanwhile, an Afghan intelligence official says that a Taliban commander was killed in one of the strikes.

The U.S. began the series of airstrikes after gunmen stormed the country’s fifth largest city earlier this week, prompting thousands of residents to flee and Afghan forces to retreat. Kunduz is the first to fall to the Taliban since the U.S. drove them from power in 2001.

Despite the airstrikes, the Taliban has now taken an offensive position in the neighboring Takhar Province, east of Kunduz, where government facilities have come under fire.

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Young Canadian Cancer Patient Gets Her Wish

September 30, 2015

UniversalImagesGroup/Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) — A Canadian girl fighting leukemia got to save the day as “Spider Mabel.”

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, six-year-old Mabel Tooke hit the streets of Edmonton Tuesday dressed as her favorite superhero for a day.

After Edmonton Oilers hockey player Andrew Ference was “kidnapped,” the police appeared on television asking for Tooke’s help and the mayor granted her special powers. Tooke eventually found Ference at the zoo.

Tooke says she often reads the “Spider-Man” comics during leukemia treatments.

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Biofluorescent Turtle Discovered Near Solomon Islands

September 29, 2015

Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(NEGU ISLAND) — While continuing research in the Solomon Islands, a marine biologist discovered and documented the first biofluorescent reptile — a hawksbill sea turtle.

Marine biologist and biology professor at the City University of New York David Gruber was filming small biofluorescent sharks near Nugu Island on July 31 when the turtle swam directly into him, Gruber told ABC News.

“I followed it for a few minutes and then it dove down a deep coral wall. I decided to leave it alone as it had already divulged its secret,” Gruber said.

Biofluorescence is the ability for an organism to absorb light, transform it and re-emit it as a different color. Many sea creatures have shown the ability to show single colors but this turtle is one of the first organisms to show two, Gruber said, adding that so far only corals have shown two colors.

“Biofluorescence was first intensively studied in corals,” Gruber said. “Scientists were surprised last year to find it widespread in fish and sharks, where we hypothesized it to be a potential ‘covert’ means of communication.”

Gruber added that a few weeks ago scientists found evidence of this phenomenon being a “prey attractant,” meaning it can have functional significance among marine life.

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Marine Biologist Discovers First Biofluorescent Sea Turtle

September 29, 2015

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While continuing research in the Solomon Islands, a marine biologist discovered and documented the first biofluorescent reptile — a hawksbill sea turtle.

Marine biologist and biology professor at the City University of New York David Gruber was filming small biofluorescent sharks near Nugu Island on July 31 when the turtle swam directly into him, Gruber told ABC News on Tuesday.

“I followed it for a few minutes and then it dove down a deep coral wall. I decided to leave it alone as it had already divulged its secret,” Gruber said.

Biofluorescence is the ability for an organism to absorb light, transform it and re-emit it as a different color. Many sea creatures have shown the ability to show single colors but this turtle is one of the first organisms to show two, Gruber said, adding that so far only corals have shown two colors.

“Biofluorescence was first intensively studied in corals,” Gruber said. “Scientists were surprised last year to find it widespread in fish and sharks, where we hypothesized it to be a potential ‘covert’ means of communication.”

Gruber added that a few weeks ago scientists found evidence of this phenomenon being a “prey attractant,” meaning it can have functional significance among marine life.

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