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Natalie Portman snubs $1 million award, blames Benjamin Netanyahu

(JERUSALEM) -- Natalie Portman has drawn ire from her native Israel after declaring to boycott receiving a $1 million award known as the "Jewish Nobel."

But the activist actress explained t... Read More

Four Palestinians killed, including teen boy and disabled man, by Israeli snipers in Gaza

(GAZA CITY) -- Four Palestinians, including a teenage boy and a disabled man, were killed Friday as Israeli soldiers opened fire across a fence dividing Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip, officials said.

According to the Gaza Health Mini... Read More

Earth Day 2018: Everything you need to know

(NEW YORK) -- People around the world will come together this weekend to celebrate the planet and to take action to protect it.

Here's everything you need to know about Earth Day 2018.

When is Earth Day?

First ce... Read More

Trump administration's first human rights report sparks fierce criticism

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department has released its first human rights report fully compiled under the Trump administration, and it's generating controversy for several changes and omissions - including eliminating references to "reproductive ... Read More

US believes Austin Tice still alive as FBI offers new $1 million reward

(NEW YORK) -- Intelligence gathered over the past 18 months suggests that American journalist Austin Tice is still alive almost six years after he went missing in Syria, ABC News has learned.

The assessment comes as the FBI has, for the fi... Read More

Endangered African penguins threatened by avian flu

(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- Endangered African penguins living in a colony on Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa, have been further threatened by an outbreak of avian flu.

According to Nature, veterinarians detected the virus in Fe... Read More

700-year-old Banyan tree in southern India put on a 'drip' to save it

(NEW YORK) -- A 700-year-old Banyan tree whose branches spread across about three acres is believed to be one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the world.

But when one of the branches of the tree in Telangana in southern India broke... Read More

Australian ex-deputy prime minister welcomes baby with former staffer

(NEW YORK) -- The former deputy prime minister of Australia and his partner, Vikki Campion, have welcomed a baby boy.

Joyce quit his government post and position as leader of the National Party of Australia after it emerged he was having an af... Read More

Direct hotline set up for North, South Korea presidents

(SEOUL) -- A direct hotline has been set up between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    
A test call was made Friday between Seoul's presidential office and Pyongyang's State Affairs C... Read More

China province tries spraying and publicly shaming jaywalkers to deter them

(BEIJING) -- Crossing the street in China is often a chaotic business.

 It seemingly has nothing to do with whether a light is red or green. Instead, people just crowd onto the curb until they reach critical mass, and then off they go.Read More

What you need to know about Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, as Raul Castro steps down

(HAVANA) -- Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez is the first person outside of the Castro family to rule over Cuba in almost 60 years.

Raul Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel in 2006, stepped down as president Thursday and gave power to his succes... Read More