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Americans, Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria freed, police say

(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped by gunmen in northern Nigeria earlier this week have been rescued, police said.

The foreigners -- three men and a woma... Read More

Saudi Arabia changes its tune on music in public

(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- On the outskirts of Riyadh, at an amusement park on the edge of the desert, there it was: rap music. It’s all part of the sweeping changes being unleashed in Saudi Arabia by the 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sa... Read More

Saudi women take to the races

(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- This June, for the first time ever, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive.

In this deeply conservative country, which for decades has officially embraced and enforced a strict, all-encompassing version o... Read More

Baby killed, 15 injured after car crashes into pedestrians on Rio de Janeiro beach

(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- A baby was killed and 15 people were injured -- including more children -- after a car crashed into pedestrians along a beach walk in Brazil, according to media reports and local authorities.

An 8-month-old baby was kil... Read More

Schools in India's capital plan to livestream classes after alleged crimes against students

(DELHI, India) -- State-run schools in India's capital, Delhi, will soon provide a live feed of classrooms parents access on their mobile phones, on the heels of serious crimes alleged to have been committed against students.

The goal, Chi... Read More

Dramatic drone rescue of two Australian swimmers billed as a first

(BALLINA, Australia) -- In what’s being billed as the world’s first, a drone helped to rescue two swimmers today caught in the surf off an Australian beach.

Gabe Vidler and Monty Greeslade, both 17, were body-surfing in the Pac... Read More

Pope performs 'unexpected' wedding on a plane in Chile

(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Thursday morning Pope Francis married a couple on board his flight from the Chilean capital, Santiago, to the northern coastal town of Iquiqe, where he was headed to celebrate a large open-air mass.

It is the first tim... Read More

52 Uzbek migrant workers die after their moving bus bursts into flames

(KALYBAI, Kazakhstan) -- At least 52 people died when their moving bus caught fire in Kazakhstan Thursday in one of the region’s deadliest bus accidents in years.

All the victims are believed to be Uzbek migrant workers on their way ... Read More

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle greeted by cheering fans in Wales

(CARDIFF, Wales) -- Meghan Markle stepped out with Prince Harry Thursday for their second official event of the New Year as an engaged couple.

Markle, 36, and Harry, 33, were greeted by large crowds of cheering fans and chants of "Meghan" ... Read More

Gunmen kidnap 2 Americans, 2 Canadians in Nigeria, police say

(NIGERIA) -- Two Americans and two Canadians who were traveling through northern Nigeria have been kidnapped by gunmen, police said.

Police officers were escorting the four foreigners through Kaduna state on Tuesday night when they were am... Read More

Norwegian teen fighting deportation to Afghanistan: 'This is our last hope'

(TRONDHEIM, Norway) -- For 18-year-old Taibah Abbasi, Thursday's vote in parliament will almost certainly be another blow in a losing battle with the Norwegian government over her future.

Her message to politicians in Oslo today: "Don't ta... Read More