Russia's crumbling Baikonur spaceport is Earth's only launch pad for manned flights

(NEW YORK) -- The landscape approaching Russia’s spaceport in Baikonur is otherworldly. The yellow steppe of southern Kazakhstan where it is located is effectively desert, unbroken flatlands for... Read More

Paris protests continue for third weekend despite Macron conceding to original demands

(PARIS) -- Protesters took to the streets of Paris for a third weekend of violence and looting despite French President Emmanuel Macron backing down on the fuel tax hike that sparked the movement in the first place.

Seemingly hoping to rec... Read More

Astronaut Nick Hague is 'ready to go' again after failed launch to space station

(NEW YORK) -- Almost two months after NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his Russian counterpart Alexei Ovchinin survived a failed launch from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station, Hague told ABC News' David Kerley Friday he is ready to try again... Read More

NASA: InSight probe captured sound of Mars winds

(NEW YORK) -- NASA's InSight lander, which landed on Mars just over one week ago, has transmitted back to Earth audio of the Martian winds, the first time humans have heard these "sounds."

On December 1, sensors on the lander "captured a h... Read More

Nativity scene at Vatican's St. Peter's Square sculpted out of 700 tons of sand

(ROME) -- The Vatican unveiled its novel Nativity scene for Christmas in St. Peter’s Square Friday afternoon -- sculpted completely out of sand for the first time.

The traditional scene depicting Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus sur... Read More

Marines identify killed F/A-18 pilot as search continues for 5 missing off coast of Japan

(WASHINGTON) -- The Marines have identified the F/A-18 fighter pilot killed in a mishap with a Marine Corps KC-30 refueling tanker off the coast of Japan, as the search continues for five Marines still missing.

Captain Jahmar F. Resilard, ... Read More

Trump moving ahead with second Kim summit despite working-level frustrations

(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite growing frustration among U.S. officials about the lack of progress on getting North Ko... Read More

American priest facing 'horrifying' sex abuse charges in Philippines

(MANILA, Philippines) -- An American priest has been arrested after being accused of sexually abusing multiple young boys while he was doing missionary work in the Philippines.

Now, U.S. authorities are calling for the public's help in det... Read More

Chicago woman believed to have been tortured, killed in Syria: Human rights group

(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. citizen who had been held in Syria by the regime of Bashar al Assad for nearly three years was killed in its custody, according to a human rights group and the State Department.

Layla Shwekani, who was born and spent h... Read More

UN climate conference meets in coal-focused Poland

(KATOWICE, Poland) -- The U.N.’s 24th Climate Change Conference met this week in Katowice, Poland, with around 20,000 people from 190 countries aiming to negotiate ways to slow down climate change.

Participants may hold different vi... Read More

US military observation plane flies over Ukraine in direct response to Russia's actions in Kerch Strait

(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. military observation plane flew over Ukraine Thursday in direct response to Russia's "unprovoked attack" on Ukrainian Navy ships and sailors near the Kerch Strait last month, which the Defense Department described in a statemen... Read More