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NASA Spacecraft Temporarily Lost Communication with Earth

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 by

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Photo by SSPL/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A NASA spacecraft traveling to Pluto experienced an “anomaly,” the space organization said Sunday.

The New Horizons spacecraft lost communication with Earth on Saturday, NASA said. Communication was eventually re-established and NASA determined that the spacecraft is “healthy.”

In total, communication was lost between 1:54 pm ET and 3:15pm ET on Saturday.

The craft’s autopilot recognized the issue and switched itself to the backup computer, placing it in “safe mode” and reinitiating communication with NASA.

NASA is now working to return New Horizons to its original flight plan. Recovery could take multiple days, due to the “round trip communication delay that results from operating a spacecraft almost three billion miles from Earth,” NASA said. During that time, the craft will be unable to collect science data.

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Pope Francis Begins South America Trip in Ecuador

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RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images(QUITO, Ecuador) — Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday for a nine-day, three-country trip in which he hopes to connect with some of the poor of South America.

Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi predicted crowds of more than one million during the pope’s trip to South America. “I think there will be people all over the continent watching TV, all the events,” he said, saying the total number of people following the pope’s trip could be in the hundreds of millions.

Pope Francis is from Argentina, but he will not visit that country during the trip, instead making appearances in Bolivia and Paraguay in addition to Ecuador.

The trip aims, in part, to connect

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Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Christened in Front of Royal Family, Godparents

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on July 5, 2015 in King’s Lynn, England (Photo by Matt Dunham – WPA Pool /Getty Images)(KING’S LYNN, England) — Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was christened on Sunday in a ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The 2-month-old daughter of Prince William and Princess Kate arrived to the church in a stroller pushed by Kate.

The family was greeted by well-wishers who had gathered outside the church to see the fourth-in-line to the British throne.

Kate then picked up Charlotte to carry her inside.

William held George’s hand as they entered and left the church, and George at one point waved to the crowds.

Charlotte, born May 2 in London, wore the same christening gown worn by her big brother, Prince George, at his christening. The gown, remade by the queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly, in 2008, is an exact replica of the gown first commissioned by Queen Victoria 174 years ago and has been used for every generation of royal infants.

Duchess Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen ensemble to the ceremony, while Prince George sported a white shirt with red shorts.

The queen wore a rose Angela Kelly dress and hat.

Joining the family for Princess Charlotte’s christening were the queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Kate’s family, siblings Pippa and James, and her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

Charlotte’s uncle, Prince Harry, missed the christening because he is spending the summer in Africa.

Also in attendance were Charlotte’s godparents and their spouses.

Prince William and Princess Kate announced Princess Charlotte’s five godparents this weekend: Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton, William’s cousin The Hon. Laura Fellowes, and three of the couple’s friends, Thomas van Straubenzee, Sophie Carter and James Meade.

The invited guests celebrated the christening in a place of special significance to Princess Charlotte’s paternal grandmother, the late Princess Diana, who was baptized in the same church in 1961. In choosing St. Mary Magdalene Church for Charlotte’s christening, Prince William and Kate made a poignant nod to William’s mother, as they did when they selected their daughter’s name, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

St. Mary Magdalene Church is also the parish church of the queen on the Sandringham estate and is where the royal family spends Christmas every year.

The church is also close to Anmer Hall, the 10-bedroom home also on the queen’s Sandringham estate, where William, Kate, Charlotte and her big brother, Prince George, have been spending most of their time since Charlotte’s May 2 birth.

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who also presided over Prince George’s christening, conducted the ceremony.

Princess Charlotte was baptized with water from the River Jordan poured from the priceless silver “Lily Font,” which is housed in the Tower of London with the rest of the crown jewels. The silver baptism bowl is 17-inches high and 16-inches wide, decorated with gilded lilies and ivy and was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840.

It is supported by the lily-shaped stem, which gives the font its name, on a bed of acanthus leaves. The scrolled sides of the high base are decorated with three cherubs playing lyres, and the royal arms of Queen Victoria and the joint arms of Queen Victoria and Albert Prince Consort.

A gold-jeweled Bible, with more than 500 sapphires, rubies and opals, an early-1900s gift from the American Wanamaker family, is also housed inside the queen’s local church on the Sandringham estate.

Documenting the historical day for the royal family is Mario Testino, the world-renowned photographer whom William and Kate tapped to take the official photographs of the christening party.

Testino, 60, photographed the engagement photos for Princess Kate and Prince William, and was also chosen by the late Princess Diana selected to photograph her for Vanity Fair.

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Polls Close on Historic Greek Referendum

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Polling station officials count the ballots at a polling station in Athens on July 5, 2015. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)(ATHENS, Greece) — The polls have closed in Greece in a historic referendum that could determine the country’s future in Europe, its currency and impact the global economy.

Greece’s government has cast the vote as one about increased unpopular austerity measures.

Opponents argue it has more to do with Greece’s place in the European Union and the Eurozone.

Surveys leading up to the referendum show voters almost evenly split.

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At Least 10 ISIS Militants Killed in US-Led Airstrikes

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Purestock/Thinkstock(RAQQA, Syria) — America military officials said on Sunday that at least 10 Islamic State militants were killed US-led airstrikes targeting the extremist group’s capital.

Dozens of others were wounded in the attack on the Syrian city of Raqqa, which serves as the headquarters of the Islamic State caliphate.

Warplanes reportedly targeted Islamic State buildings and supply routes into the city.

In recent weeks, the region north of Raqqa has been the scene of intense fighting between the Islamic State and Kurdish forces back by coalition airstrikes.

Last month Kurdish fighters captured a town on the Turkish-Syrian border once controlled by the Islamic State.

The capture of Tal Abyad and other towns has since cut off a crucial supply line to Raqqa.

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ISIS Releases New Execution Video

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zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The Islamic State released a new video on Sunday showing dozens of Syrian regime forces being executed by teenage boys.

In the video, the Syrian soldiers are on their knees as the boys prepare to kill them.

The mass execution took place at an ancient Roman amphitheater in the eastern Syrian city of Palmyra.

The extremist group frequently documents its executions on videos, which are then posted to its extensive social media network.

In recent weeks the ISIS militants have posted videos of victims being slowly drowned and beheaded.

The hardline group’s penchant for public executions has evoked the condemnation of the international community and the rebel groups fighting them.

In an apparent role reversal, one rebel group recently filmed the execution of a group of ISIS fighters which had been captured.

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US Conducts Airstrikes in Syria Against ISIS

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. celebrates its independence and strikes against one of its major enemies.

The state department announced late Saturday that coalition forces had launched “the most sustained set of airstrikes to date” against ISIS.

According to a tweet from Ambassador, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk, the 16 airstrikes would inhibit ISIS from operating inside Raqqa, ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital.

The news of the airstrikes came as a fireworks viewing party took place at the south lawn of the White House among men and women in the military.

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Italian Politician Strikes for LGBT Rights in Italy

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — An Italian politician goes on a hunger strike to push for gay marriage in Italy.

Italian politician Ivan Scalfarotto wants equal rights for the LGBT community in Italy.

Inspired by the U.S.’s decision to legalize gay marriage, Scalfarotto says he will continue his hunger strike until he sees some kind of change of position from Italy on gay rights. He also says that the country is the only Western European country that refuses to recognize LGBT couples.

Some Italians blame Italy’s inaction on the Vatican. Scalfarotto says it’s no excuse.

“I don’t want to give the establishment in my country an alibi because the church is very powerful in Spain, Portugal, Malta and Ireland,” said Scalfarotto.

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Iran Nuclear Agreement Getting Closer

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CGinspiration/iStock/Thinkstock(VIENNA) — According to diplomats, Iran and the P5+1 nations have reached an agreement on lifting sanctions against Iran as part of a larger nuclear deal.

The deal was approved by experts on both sides, though a senior administration official says that “there will remain some open issues that can only be decided by ministers.” One of those issues may be determining when the sanctions would be lifted.

The nations have been working on a possible nuclear deal for months, with President Obama saying earlier this week that he was hopeful an agreement could be reached.

“There’s still some hard negotiations to take place,” Obama said, “but ultimately it’s going to be up to the Iranians to determine whether or not they meet the requirements that the international community has set forth.”

Obama also said that he would be willing to walk away from a deal if Iran did not agree to conditions that would block the nation’s path to a nuclear weapon.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted a YouTube video on Friday saying that the two sides “have never been closer to a lasting outcome,” but that the P5+1 nations must choose between “agreement or coercion.”

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Drifting Baby Reportedly Rescued Out at Sea in Turkey

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 by

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Turkish coast guard rescue 10 month-old baby Melda Ilgin as she drifts a kilometer out to sea on a sea buoy in Ayvacik district of Canakkale province, Turkey on July 3, 2015. (Photo by Hanife Erdinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)(AYVACIK, Turkey) — A baby girl was reportedly rescued by the Turkish coast guard after she drifted out to sea.

The 10-month-old was in an inflatable crib when she floated about half a mile, the BBC reported.

The incident happened off the coast of Ayvacik, which is on the western tip of Turkey.

The girl’s parents didn’t realize she was gone until other beachgoers told them, the BBC reported, attributing the details to a state-run news agency.

The BBC did not report the girl’s condition.

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