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Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal ) — The U.S. government is offering help to Nepal following Saturday's massive 7.8 earthquake that killed at least 3,600 people, including three Americans. Powerful aftershocks have continued non-stop since the temblor struck, terrifying survivors as thousands are forced to sleep out in the open.

Along with an initial $1 million to help with quake relief, U.S. specialized disaster response teams are being dispatched to Nepal to help in the search for survivors.

A team from USAID will also determine how much long-term help the U.S. can provide.

 [CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL]

The quake near the capital of Kathmandu occurred just before noon local time Saturday, toppling temples and triggering an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least 18 climbers and guides and injured many others.

Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was also killed in the avalanche.  He was also on Mt. Everest last year in April when another big avalanche hit.

Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, witnessed people pulling victims out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances.

She said the earthquake reduced many of the temples to rubble, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city.

Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.

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plusphoto/amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A wealthy Finn is fed up with his country after being slapped with a speeding ticket that topped a hundred thousand dollars.

According to the local publication Italehti, Finland's speeding fines are linked to the wealth of the offender, and thanks to businessman Reima Kuisla's 2013 salary of over four million bucks, his ticket for doing 64 miles an hour in a 50 mile per hour zone will cost him 54,000 Euros, or the equivalent of more than 58,600 U.S. dollars.

Kuisla took to Facebook to complain about the fine, saying, "I would have thought ten years ago that I should seriously consider moving abroad. Finland is an impossible country...for certain kinds of people with large incomes..."

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ABC News(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Three Americans were among the thousands killed in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal's capital on Saturday.

The State Department hasn't identified any of the three, but two of the Americans were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by the magnitude 7.8-earthquake near Kathmandu.

Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was also killed in the avalanche.

Girawong, a physician's assistant, had attended school in Chicago and focused on trauma and wilderness medicine, said Madison Mountaineering. An avid rock climber and mountaineer, she had reached the summits of Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier.

The earthquake has killed more than 2,100.

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Abigail Hunter (BAKTAPUR, Nepal) -- An American traveling in Nepal described the moment a massive earthquake hit Saturday, as she witnessed "the whole ground, all the temples... moving at once."

"It was huge. Everyone felt it," Abigail Hunter said. "A lot of screaming going on, a lot of bricks coming down."

Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee, is traveling in Baktapur, about 30 minutes away from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. More than 2,100 people are dead and the death toll is expected to rise.

Hunter said she saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances.

"The streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust," she said. "[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust."

A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour after the initial earthquake and smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours.

During the aftershocks, "Lots of people [were] praying to the actual temples," Hunter said.

Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.

"Everyone was very scared," she said. "Lots of crying, families trying to find each other."

"I'm from California, I've felt smaller earthquakes before but [I've never] felt anything like this," Hunter said.

Now in the earthquake's aftermath, Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, another American visiting Bhaktapur, said water wasn't flowing and most of the remaining food was dried junk food and crackers.

He said he wandered around in search for something to eat until he came upon a restaurant.

"A restaurant owner filled us up -- all of our bottles -- and gave us potatoes, bread, and chicken, refused payment adamantly," he said. "I was actually moved to tears."

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Joel Carillet/iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Several alleged terrorists were killed Sunday night while trying to place explosives along the Syrian-Israeli border, the Israeli Defense Force announced.

An IDF patrol identified the targets around 9:30 p.m. local time who were “attempting to place an explosive device against IDF forces on Israel's border with Syria.”

"Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized threat,” the IDF tweeted.

 

Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized threat.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 26, 2015



In response to the incident, the IDF said it is raising the alert level along Israel’s northern border.

 

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neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- After Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims from his balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

The pope called for help for the survivors during his weekly Sunday blessing.

Francis said he was praying for the victims, the injured and all those suffering from this calamity.

He urged others to lend them support and fraternal solidarity.

The quake damaged a large swath of territory, destroying Kathmandu, dozens of small villages and shaking the slopes of Mount Everest where it triggered an avalanche that partially buried a base camp where foreign climbers were staying.

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zapatisthack/iStock/Thinkstock(ENSENADA, Chile) -- Chileans are digging out from under 15 inches of heavy inches of heavy ash, after twin eruptions from the Calbuco volcano Wednesday and Thursday spewed smoke, ash and lava 6 miles high.

More than 6,500 people have been evacuated from towns within 12 miles of the volcano, which had been dormant for more than 40 years.

Authorities worry there could be addition eruptions to come, as attention also turns to the weather.

Rain is forecast in the area over the next several days, which could solidify the thick layer of ash and ravel into rock-hard cement.

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RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The Canadian government and city of Vancouver are at odds over the regulation of marijuana dispensaries.

Earlier this week, Vancouver city officials announced a plan to regulate stores that sell medical marijuana.

The stores are technically illegal, but about 80 have opened up in the city, CBC News reports.

Vancouver officials want to regulate them and charge $30,000 to pay for enforcement of those rules, but lawmakers in the country’s capital say that will legitimize pot, encouraging young people to smoke it.

"Don't do it. There's no need for these storefront dispensaries,” said Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Friday.

Vancouver’s city council is expected to vote on the motion next week.

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Photo by Ian Gavan/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The anticipation of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second baby is at a fever pitch, as the people of Great Britain and the rest of the world wait to find out all they can about the coming bundle of joy and latest addition to the royal family.

In the meantime, here are some lesser-known facts about the royals while you await Kate’s second child and future “royal spare.”

1 Queen Elizabeth II has been head of the monarchy for more than 60 years, since 1952. She would pass Queen Victoria in September as having the longest reign of any king or queen of the British monarchy. The queen is also the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror wore the crown. Her coronation was June 2, 1953.

2 – Buckingham Palace is the queen's official London residence, but St. James's Palace is the ceremonial residence, according to the official site of the British monarchy. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

3 – The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents both worked for British Airways before founding Party Pieces, a party supply store, in 1987.

“I came up with the idea for Party Pieces when I was looking for party paraphernalia for my own children’s parties,” Carole Middleton wrote in a blog for Party Pieces. “It was impossible to find anything easily in the shops and trying to find value for money party bag presents was a complete nightmare!”

4 – During her reign as queen, Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Welsh corgis. According to the monarchy’s official website, “For her eighteenth birthday, The Queen was given a Corgi named Susan from whom numerous successive dogs were bred.”

5 – The queen not only owns Balmoral Castle, stud farms, a fruit farm, personal art and a fine collection of jewels, but she also own the Royal Philatelic Collection, one of the world’s largest stamp collections started in the 1800s, according to Forbes.

6 Rowan Atkinson, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Guy Richie and singer Joss Stone attended William’s 2011 wedding to Kate.

7 The queen has a long history with high fashion. Over her long, illustrious reign, Elizabeth II has had several designers, including Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Ian Thomas, Maureen Rose and Karl Ludwig. Angela Kelly now works as the queen’s dresser and is one of her closest confidantes.

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RONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images(LUENEBURG, Germany) -- In a moving moment, former Nazi guard Oskar Gröning embraced Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, a witness in the case against him.

Gröning, 93, who is on trial in Germany, kissed 81-year-old Kor on the cheek, according to The Times, and then the two hugged.

Kor, an Auschwitz survivor, tweeted about the interaction. She shared a photo of them, describing it as "two old people reaching out."

 

I am sharing with you my face to face meeting with Oskar Groening the former Nazi guard. Two old people reaching out pic.twitter.com/XlooNvPpQ1

— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) April 23, 2015

 

 

I met Oskar Groening, introduced myself reached to shake his hand-he grabbed my arm & fainted-I screamed 4 help. It was a strange reaction!!

— Eva Mozes Kor (@EvaMozesKor) April 21, 2015



Kor said the hug wasn't planned, according to The Times.

“This shows that former enemies can get along as human beings," Kor said, according to The Times. "What on Earth do we want to tell the world? Killing each other has never created anything good. I want to teach young people that even former Nazis and survivors can get along.”

On Kor's blog, she described what it was like when Gröning kissed her on the cheek: "Well I probably wouldn't have gone that far, but I guess it is better than what he would have done to me 70 years ago."

Kor testified Wednesday, recalling the medical experiments she endured while at Auschwitz, The Times said. It was not immediately clear when the hug occurred.

Kor's blog post concluded, "My idea is for people from the victims' side and people from the perpetrators' side to come together, face the truth, try to heal, and work together to prevent it from ever happening again."

 

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File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(PUERTO VARAS, Chile) -- The exact moment Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by a man hiking in Llanquigue National Reserve, according to the video's description.

The video shows a forest area with gentle waterfalls that appears to be a distance away from the foot of the 6,500-foot-high volcano.

After 28 seconds pass, the volcano erupts, sending a billowing cloud of smoke and ash into the air.

"Wow!" a man can be heard saying in the video, uploaded Thursday.

The video was uploaded by a user under the name Walter Witt. He did not immediately respond to ABC News' message requesting additional comment.



Calbuco erupted twice this week -- once on Wednesday and again on Thursday -- and Chile's national geology and mining service also warned people to prepare for a possible third and "even more aggressive eruption."

Around 4,000 residents in nearby towns were forced to evacuate due to raining ash blanketing their neighborhoods.

This week was the first time the volcano has erupted since 1973, officials said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Extremists may have plotted an attack against the Vatican in 2010, authorities in Italy said Friday in announcing the arrests of nine suspected Islamist extremists of Afghan and Pakistan origin.

Arrest warrants were issued for others in the sweep, authorities said.

The suspects are all said to be members of an international terrorist organization affiliated with al Qaeda.

Mario Carta, of the antiterrorism police in Sassari, Sardinia, told Italian media authorities had a “strong suspicion” from wiretaps that a plot against the Vatican had been planned. Recorded telephone conversations that took place near the seat of the Roman Catholic Church were said to have mentioned “restricted areas” and used the word “papa,” which is Italian for the pope.

The antiterrorism police subsequently alerted Rome and Vatican authorities. The alleged attackers may have aborted the plan because they knew they were under surveillance, Carta said.

Mauro Mura, an Italian prosecutor, told reporters the Vatican threat was from March 2010, when Benedict XVI was serving as pope.

Those detained included two men reported to be former body guards to Osama bin Laden and who had planned attacks in Pakistan. The group was also accused of plotting to destabilize the government of Pakistan, as well as being involved in the trafficking of refugees entering Italy, sometimes with the group’s financial assistance.

The center of the operation was on the island of Sardinia, authorities said. Italian authorities have been conducting wiretaps of the group for some years now.

Police in Sardinia said they believe some of the suspects participated in the October 2009 bombing of a market in Peshawar, Pakistan, where more than 100 people were killed.

At a news conference, authorities explained the network had access to a vast supply of weapons and included numerous followers who were prepared to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Police also stated the group was responsible for assisting illegal immigrants enter into Italy and, in some cases, helped move refugees to other parts of Europe. The group provided fake documents, cellphones, and provided statements to help obtain political asylum, authorities said.


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Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, England) -- An American woman studying in Britain has gained more than 335,000 followers on Instagram by posting pictures and stories about her fairy tale life at Cambridge University.

Caroline Calloway, 23, left New York almost two years ago. When she started blogging about white-tie dinners, fancy balls and young men in polo gear, her social media followers started growing.

"I am living my life through her stories," one of her fans, Emily Parsons, recently wrote on Instagram.

"The time Oscar flew us to Venice for Valentine’s Day” or “The time my friend Max and I went to a ball at Blenheim palace" are only some of the stories that have made the young woman popular with her peers.

One of her Cambridge friends, India, asking ABC News not to use her last name, said Calloway was always befriending people and that her success was because of her "crazy life with lots of parties."

But another student from the university, Abby Jitendra, said she thought Calloway's pictures tend to "amplify the ridiculousness of Cambridge" with its long-held traditions. “Her pictures are mainly for outsiders," Abby said, noting that less wealthy students often cannot afford the same lifestyle.

Calloway, a history of art major, says her motivation is "brightening" people's day "with jokes and stories and photos." Her fans’ reactions were unexpected, she says. "The pictures are cooler than I will ever be,” Calloway told ABC News.

Despite her apparent enjoyable life in Cambridge, Calloway says she misses her country. "In the U.S. we have the mentality that you can make it on your own," she said, before adding, "I also miss wearing my PJ's in the middle of the day. That's not a thing here."

In addition to her pictures, Calloway said, the key to her success has been the anecdotes she writes along with each of her posts.

"Without even acknowledging his concerned glances towards my vase full of red wine, I leapt out of bed saying, “Ten minutes and I’ll be ready.” “Lovely,” he replied, snapping his gaze up from the floor," Calloway wrote on Instagram to describe one picture.

“Do you need to borrow robes or— ” I pointed to the Ryder and Amies bag in the corner.“Black Undergraduate Robes? Check. AWWW YEA, CAMBRIDGE.”

The young woman plans on returning to America after she graduates in 2016. She says she has a book coming up next spring, in which she will tell her stories in a longer form.

“I hope readers will find the stories moving and funny,” said Calloway, who hopes to become an established writer one day.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday.

"The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in Aleppo, in Homs," Jolie said. "The problem is lack of political will. We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has risen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent."

Not enough people realize all that the United Nations does around the world, Jolie said.

"But all of this good is being undermined by the message being sent in Syria -- that laws can be flouted, chemical weapons can be used, hospitals can be bombed, aid can be withheld, and civilians starved, with impunity," she said.

She accused the United Nations of shirking its responsibility to intervene when a nation state fails, and rather "standing by" to watch.

Jolie has been working with the United Nations for 13 years. Before being promoted to special envoy, Jolie worked as goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In her time with the U.N., she has been on 50 field missions spanning more than 30 countries, including Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria.

In addition to her three biological children, Jolie has three adopted children with her husband, actor Brad Pitt. Her adopted children come from orphanages in Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia.


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iStock/Thinkstock(ASKIM, Norway) -– It's one small step for man, but one giant leap for pastry lovers everywhere.

Two Swedish brothers took a weather balloon and used it to send what they're calling the first ever donut in space.

A camera shows the pink frosted donut with sprinkles as it appears to take its helium-fueled ride high into the sky. The land below appears smaller and smaller as the donut makes its ascent.



Once it reaches a point 20 miles up in the stratosphere, it appears the weather balloon pops sending the perfect pastry and the other equipment on board in a free-fall back to Earth.

The donut met a tragic end when it splashed down into a lake, according to the video. The soggy pastry and its accompanying equipment were recovered by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society.

The donut may have been dampened, but the spirits of the two brothers who pulled off the apparent feat were anything but.

The duo posted a video a few days after their stunt where they sampled the space donut while preserving the rest of the pastry for posterity.

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