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‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid zooms close to Earth

California Institute of Technology/NASA(NEW YORK) -- An asteroid -- the largest to get close to Earth this year -- tumbled past the planet Friday. According to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, the "potentially hazardous" asteroid is 1.1 miles long and at least 3,280 feet wide. It crossed into Earth's orbit around 9 a.m. ET. The asteroid, officially called 1989 JA, is roughly four times the size of the Empire State Building. This asteroid would be catastrophic if it hit Earth, but it will be at a safe distance of 2.5 million miles away, according to the Virtual Telescope Project, the nonprofit organization that runs remotely controlled telescopes. In a livestream showing the asteroid passing through the Earth's orbit,   ... Read More

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russian airborne forces suffer ‘heavy casualties’

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's "special military operation" into neighboring Ukraine began on Feb. 24, with Russian forces invading from Belarus, to the north, and Russia, to the east. Ukrainian troops have offered "stiff resistance," according to U.S. officials. The Russian military has since launched a full-scale ground offensive in eastern Ukraine's disputed Donbas region, capturing the strategic port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal corridor to the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: May 27, 1:32 pm Zelenskyy calls for Russia to unblock Ukraine's seaports amid 'food crisis' Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for Russia to unblock Ukraine's seaports to end a global "food crisis" while speaking at   ... Read More

Across the border from Uvalde, anger, sorrow, calls to action in Mexico after another US mass shooting

KeithBinns/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- In the hours and days after the horrifying school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, foreign governments around the world expressed their condolences to the American people. But in Mexico, officials added something different -- outrage, anger and calls to action. "The gun lobby has succeeded in selling weapons of war, of a military nature, with the potential to leave victims unrecognizable, to civilians knowing the damage they cause. This failure to foresee, to prevent the damage is negligence, and the gun firms must be held responsible," said Alejandro Celorio Alcántara, the Mexican Foreign Ministry's legal adviser, in a tweet. That vocal criticism is part of a new, more assertive stance by Mexico's government against American guns, which   ... Read More

Students from Ukraine win awards at world’s largest science fair

Society for Science (NEW YORK) -- Six students from Ukraine were among the finalists at this year's Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest global high school competition, run by the Society for Science. The fair was held in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center from May 7-13. This year's competition was hybrid due to the ongoing pandemic, allowing the Ukrainian students to compete virtually. Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of the Society for Science, spoke to ABC News about the courage shown by the Ukrainian students, who were competing while their country was under attack, saying she hoped they would be able to continue with their research and go on to study at the universities of their choice.   ... Read More

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia’s airborne forces suffer ‘heavy casualties,’ UK says

Rick Mave/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's "special military operation" into neighboring Ukraine began on Feb. 24, with Russian forces invading from Belarus, to the north, and Russia, to the east. Ukrainian troops have offered "stiff resistance," according to U.S. officials. The Russian military has since launched a full-scale ground offensive in eastern Ukraine's disputed Donbas region, capturing the strategic port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal corridor to the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: May 26, 6:06 am Russia's airborne forces suffer 'heavy casualties' after 'tactical failures,' UK says The Russian military's airborne forces, known as the VDV, "have been heavily involved in several notable tactical   ... Read More

Trevor Reed says US should trade Viktor Bout if it will free Americans held in Russia

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Trevor Reed, the former U.S. Marine recently released after nearly three years in Russian captivity, has called on the U.S. government to negotiate a prisoner swap like the one that freed him to bring Americans Paul Whelan, a former Marine, and WNBA player Brittney Griner, who are both being detained in Russia. Reed and his parents, Joey and Paula Reed, told ABC News if it meant freeing Whelan and Griner, the United States should trade the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence, and who Russia has floated as a possible candidate for a swap. "I think that the United States should make any type of agreement to get Paul out.   ... Read More

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Ukraine outgunned 20 to 1 in east, Zelenskyy says

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's "special military operation" into neighboring Ukraine began on Feb. 24, with Russian forces invading from Belarus, to the north, and Russia, to the east. Ukrainian troops have offered "stiff resistance," according to U.S. officials. The Russian military has since launched a full-scale ground offensive in eastern Ukraine's disputed Donbas region, capturing the strategic port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal corridor to the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: May 24, 4:21 pm Canada announces plans to send artillery to Ukraine Canada's Defense Minister Anita Anand announced Tuesday that her country is sending Ukraine more than 20,000 artillery rounds of 155mm NATO-standard ammunition, to further   ... Read More

Russian opposition group pushing US to sanction ‘next tier’ of Putin enablers

Contributor/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Top members of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's team are pressing U.S. officials to pursue sanctions against 6,000 Russians who they say are among the "next tier" of those enabling Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine. Members of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation met Thursday with members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as officials with the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department, the group's executive director, Vladimir Ashurkov, told ABC News. Navalny has been held in a Russian jail since January of 2021, while his anti-corruption foundation is based outside of Russia. Thursday's meetings were part of a four-day trip to push the U.S. to take action   ... Read More

North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload tops 2 million

KIM WON JIN/AFP via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korea reported 2.24 million people "sickened with fever" as of Thursday evening -- a big jump from last week when the secretive nation acknowledged its first suspected cases of COVID-19. North Korean's state-run Korean Central News Agency is still not referring to the outbreak as COVID-19, likely because there are no test kits to diagnose patients. South Korea-based analysts who have been closely monitoring the North for the last few decades suggest that the tally revealed by the reclusive regime each day may not be accurate, due to a lack of testing capabilities. "There is no evidence that North Korea is using PCR test kits to determine COVID-19 patients, so   ... Read More

Two Secret Service employees being sent home from South Korea ahead of Biden’s arrival after alleged incident: Sources

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two Secret Service employees -- an agent and an armed physical security specialist -- in South Korea to prepare for President Joe Biden's impending arrival are being sent home after an alleged alcohol-fueled incident that ended with a report being filed with local police, according to two sources briefed on the situation. The personnel were assigned to help prepare for the presidential visit when they went out for dinner and then stopped at several bars, the sources told ABC News. As the evening progressed, the two Secret Service staffers became apparently intoxicated and the agent wound up in a heated argument with a cab driver, according to the sources. Police were called and   ... Read More

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia publishes list of Americans banned from country

OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's "special military operation" into neighboring Ukraine began on Feb. 24, with Russian forces invading from Belarus, to the north, and Russia, to the east. Ukrainian troops have offered "stiff resistance," according to U.S. officials. The Russian military has since launched a full-scale ground offensive in eastern Ukraine's disputed Donbas region, capturing the strategic port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal corridor to the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: May 21, 11:42 am Biden signs $40 billion Ukraine aid bill into law President Biden signed the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill into law Saturday, the White House announced in a press release.   ... Read More

International trade of spiders, scorpions is 80% unregulated — threatening conservation, scientists say

Auscape/Universal Images Group via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Spiders, tarantulas and scorpions may be creepy to many, but it turns out there's a gargantuan market for arachnids as pets, and it is mostly unregulated -- posing problems for the sustainability of their species. Nearly 80% of the global arachnid trade, which is quite larger than previously estimated, is not monitored or regulated, researchers who studied the market over two decades discovered. More than 1,200 species of arachnids, including spiders and scorpions, have been or are currently being traded around the world, according to the findings of a study published in Nature on Tuesday. About 79% of the creatures are listed on arachnid-selling websites but not included in trade databases, according   ... Read More

Russian soldier pleads guilty to shooting unarmed Ukrainian civilian

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images(KYIV, Ukraine) -- Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian. The guilty plea carries a life sentence. Shishimarin, 21, is accused of shooting a 62-year-old man on Feb. 28. The man was a resident of Chupakhivka who was riding a bike on the roadside when he was shot, according to Iryna Venediktova, Ukraine's prosecutor general. This is the first trial Ukraine has conducted for an act that could be considered a war crime. Asked by the presiding judge whether he accepted his guilt, Shishimarin said: "Yes. Fully yes." Shishimarin is charged with murder and two counts of robbery. He surrendered to Ukrainian law enforcement and has been a prisoner of war   ... Read More

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia fires top commanders over Ukraine war failures

OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's "special military operation" into neighboring Ukraine began on Feb. 24, with Russian forces invading from Belarus, to the north, and Russia, to the east. Ukrainian troops have offered "stiff resistance," according to U.S. officials. The Russian military has since launched a full-scale ground offensive in eastern Ukraine's disputed Donbas region, capturing the strategic port city of Mariupol and securing a coastal corridor to the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: May 19, 2:33 pm Blinken authorizes drawdown of arms and equipment worth $100 million for Ukraine U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Thursday that he has authorized a 10th drawdown of additional   ... Read More


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