State Department photo/Public Domain(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday morning that Iran and the major countries negotiating a nuclear deal have extended the deadline from Tuesday to July 7 to "allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution."
The announcement comes after Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for almost two hours earlier Tuesday. Zarif had just returned from a trip back to Tehran to consult with his country’s leadership.
Asked whether he was given a mandate to get a final deal, Zarif told reporters, "I didn't go to get a mandate. I already had a mandate to negotiate and I'm here to get a final deal and I think we can.”
The Obama Administration has consistently stood by statements saying negotiators would stick to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deadline of June 30, though the new deadline would still leave room for a final deal to be submitted to the U.S. Congress before a July 9 deadline.
Negotiations in Vienna between Iran and the ‘P5 1,’ made up of the United States, China, France, Russia, the U.K. and Germany, have been set back by divisions on how a final deal will be implemented.
At issue is how fast billions of dollars in sanctions relief against Iran’s economy will be implemented by the international community, as well as the level of access inspectors will have to Iranian military sites and nuclear scientists.
In recent months, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has made public statements suggesting Iran would not agree to key parameters outlined in the framework pitched by the U.S., however Khamenei tweeted his support for the country’s negotiating team Tuesday morning.
Air force chief air marshal Agus Supriatna told ABC News all 101 passengers and 12 crew members on board the plane died but the number of fatalities on the ground has not yet been reported.
The number of fatalities has steadily climbed in the hours since the crash, with Supriatna originally telling a local television station there were only 12 people on board.
He said the plane was a C-130 Hercules, has four engines and was built in 1964.
Bambang Soelistyo, the chief of Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency, told Indonesia's TV One the plane took off from Soewondo Air Force Base, which is less than 3 miles from the center of Medan.
The crash took place shortly after noon local time, just minutes after takeoff.
Supriatna told TV One there was communication between the pilot and the air traffic control tower, saying that the pilot wanted to return after taking off and turned right, but the exact reason why that occurred is unclear.
Local station Metro TV has reported that 50 forensic doctors will be tasked with identifying the corpses.
This is the region's second deadly crash in seven months, after 162 people were killed when an AirAsia jet crashed into the Java Sea in December.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Venus and Jupiter will appear to glide closer together Tuesday night, with the bright planets' spectacular conjunction being visible in the night sky in what NASA says could be the "best backyard sky show of 2015."
The planets have been slowly getting closer to each other over the past few weeks. Tuesday night will be the culmination with both planets appearing one-third of a degree apart, giving them the appearance of a double star, according to NASA.
While conjunctions aren't rare, they are fun to check out in a clear night sky. When the sun goes down, head outside and look west. Venus and Jupiter, the brightest planets in the night sky, should be visible in clear weather.
Since they'll be closer together than the diameter of a full moon, try outstretching your hand and covering both glowing planets with something as small as your pinky finger.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- South Sudanese armed forces and associated groups reportedly embarked on a “campaign of violence” against its own population, killing civilians, looting villages and, in some instances, sexually abusing women and girls and then burning them alive in their own homes.
The allegations are contained in a new report released Tuesday from the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan [UNMISS], which pulls from the testimony of more than 100 witnesses, the U.N. said.
“Revealing the truth of what happened offers the best hope for ensuring accountability for such terrible violence and ending the cycle of impunity that allows these abuses to continue,” Ellen Margrethe Loj, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a U.N. press report. “We call on the SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] to fulfill this commitment and allow our human rights officers unfettered access to the sites of these reported violations.”
The U.N. reported that the recent “campaign of violence” also has displaced over 100,000 people -- adding to what the U.N. expects to be a total of 1.95 million internally displaced people in 2015.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- The Vatican on Tuesday released the pope's full itinerary for his trips to Cuba and the U.S. later this year.
Pope Francis will depart for Havana on Sept. 19, spending two days in Cuba's capital before traveling to Holguin and Santiago. During his time on the island, he will deliver holy masses and meet with locals.
The pope will then make his way to Washington, D.C. from Santiago, Cuba on Sept. 22. He will kick off his first visit to the U.S. since becoming pope by meeting with President Obama the following day.
While in D.C., Francis will address a joint session of Congress before traveling to New York City, where he will address the United Nations General Assembly, celebrate mass at Madison Square Garden and make a stop at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
The pope will wrap up his trip to the states in Philadelphia, visiting Independence Mall and Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility before heading back to Rome on Sept. 27.
File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(ADELAIDE, Australia) -- Zookeepers in Australia used a new technique that saved the life of a tree kangaroo.
A five-week-old joey, Makaia, was orphaned in November after a falling branch killed his mother. Zookeepers ‘cross-fostered’ the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo with a yellow-foot rock-wallaby to save his life, according to the Adelaide Zoo’s website.
Makaia was put into the surrogate mother’s pouch since he was too small to be hand-reared by zookeepers, the zoo said.
“We’ve had great success over the years’ cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialized breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo,” veterinarian Dr. David McLelland said.
“Not only are tree kangaroos distant relatives of wallabies, they also have many behavioral and physical differences. We had no idea if the yellow-foot would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck,” he added.
Makaia survived the critical 24 hours after the transfer and popped his head out of his surrogate mom’s pouch at the end of January.
He stayed with her for three and a half months before Gayl Males -- Adelaide Zoo team leader of natives -- became his “third mum,” she said.
“He’s certainly a cheeky little fellow and loves running amok, testing the boundaries using my home as his personal playground, climbing on everything, pulling toilet paper off the rolls, but he also loves quiet time cuddling with my husband in the evening while we watch TV,” Males said.
Makaia spends days at the zoo and evenings with Males. Zookeepers expect to continue full-time care of Makaia until he’s 15-18 months old and no longer has to be fed overnight.
The cross-fostering process allows the breeding cycle to accelerate and lets the Adelaide Zoo grow the population of endangered species six to eight times faster than normal, according to the zoo.
PeterHermesFurian/iStock/Thinkstock(SOUSSE, Tunisia) -- Harrowing footage taken during the attack on a Tunisian beach-side resort shows the chaos facing tourists as they were running for safety.
The video was shot by one of the employees at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, according to the BBC, when the shooting unfolded on Friday morning.
Two different portions of the footage captured what appears to be the alleged shooter, covered head-to-toe in black clothing. In one shot, what looks to be a machine gun is seen slung over one of his shoulders.
The suspect has been identified by Tunisian authorities as Seifeddine Rezgui, a 24-year-old student who was fatally shot by police after killing 38 people.
The man filming the video is heard screaming out warnings to others, including one portion where he says the attacker "has grenades" after explosions can be heard.
"Why are you killing people brother? These are tourists," the man taking the video is heard saying, though it is unclear how close he is to the shooter at that time.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated on social media on Friday.
Security official Rafik Chelli told Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM that the gunman hid his Kalashnikov rifle under an umbrella before he opened fire at the hotel near the town of Sousse. The gunman then entered the Hotel Imperial through the pool and shot at people, Chelli told Mosaique FM.
Sousse is one of Tunisia's most popular vacation spots and draws visitors from across Europe -- particularly France.
The nationalities of the victims are still being determined, officials said, but a security official confirmed to Mosaique FM that many victims were foreigners. At least 18 victims were British, according to British Prime Minister David Cameron's office.
SpaceX(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- The second catastrophic failure in recent months of a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station has once again left astronauts without new supplies, including food, science experiments and computers.
SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule, filled with 4,000 pounds of supplies, lifted off Sunday morning on the back of a Falcon 9 rocket. Less than three minutes later, it exploded in mid-air making what was the private space company's seventh mission to the International Space Station a total loss.
The loss of Dragon comes just two months after Russia's Progress 59 failed on its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.
The spacecraft entered into an uncontrolled spin shortly after launch and days later burned up when it re-entered Earth's atmosphere.
Despite the losses of two consecutive missions, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said astronauts have enough supplies to last them for the next several months.
"We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several months," he said in a statement. "We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what happened, fix the problem and return to flight."
Both failures make the next resupply mission set for July 3 especially crucial. The next mission will be carried out by a Russian Progress spacecraft, while a Japanese cargo flight is set for August.
Orbital ATK, which lost its Cygnus vehicle during an explosion in October, is also set for a launch later this year, according to NASA.
Denise Thiem, from Arizona, has gone missing while on vacation in Spain. Courtesy of Cedric Thiem(MADRID) — The FBI is working with the Spanish national police to find an Arizona woman who disappeared while hiking across a popular European destination.
Denise Thiem, who had recently quit her job to travel the world, was last seen walking along the famed Camino de Santiago, a nearly 500-mile Catholic pilgrimage from France to Spain traveled by hundreds of thousands each year, authorities say.
Denise Thiem's brother, Cedric Thiem, says she was inspired to make the journey after watching the Martin Sheen movie “The Way," which focuses on a father's soul-searching journey on the trail.
Denise Thiem, 41, was last seen in April having breakfast with a man in the Spanish town of Astorga before leaving him around noon, officials say. The day before she disappeared, she had reportedly made plans to continue walking the trail with another man from the pilgrimage, but it’s unclear whether they ever met up.
“She's had a lot of experience traveling,” he brother said. “Everywhere you go there's Wi-Fi. It didn't make any sense that there's no communication whatsoever.”
The U.S. embassy in Madrid, which is helping search, told ABC News, "The welfare of U.S. citizens is one of the Department's highest priorities."
Hoping for answers, Cedric Thiem is meeting with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., this week.
“I just want to make sure that the government is doing everything they can,” Cedric Thiem said, “because I'm just trying to do everything I can and so, hopefully, something will come out of it.”
The missing woman’s family members are organizing their own search parties, with her brother even flying across the globe to trace her steps, hoping to find answers.
“I always thought that when she needed me, I would always be there for her. I just feel like I'm just failing,” he said. “I wish I could see her and tell her how much I love her, that I hope she comes back safe and sound.”
A recent Israeli military investigation called the incident a "tragic accident," claiming the target of the attack was a Hamas "compound," and mistook the young boys for militants. ABC News(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Um Atawf will never go to the beach again.
"I will never, ever want to even see the sea again,” she says through tears, just a few blocks from crashing waves of the Mediterranean.
She hasn’t set foot on the beach since July 16, 2014.
Mohammad Ramiz Bakr, 11, Ahed Atef Bark and Zakariya Ahed Bakr, both 10, and Ismail Mahmoud Bakr, 9, all died that day as the international press, including an ABC News correspondent, watched in horror. Within seconds, two Israeli airstrikes hit the children while they played on the beach; Um Atawf lost a son, grandson and two nephews.
A recent Israeli military investigation called the incident a “tragic accident,” claiming the target of the attack was a Hamas “compound,” and mistook the young boys for militants. But a new United Nations report, released last week and to be presented Monday at the Human Rights Council, tells a different story.
While critical of both sides of the conflict, the U.N. finds that Israelis blatantly failed to take all measures to avoid harming civilians that day.
"Firstly, the boys were aged between 9 and 11 years, and were therefore small in stature in comparison to the size of an average adult,” the U.N. writes, pushing back against the Israel Defense Forces’ conclusion that real-time visual surveillance was unable to identify the figures as children.
The IDF summary concluded that “it would not have been possible for the operational entities involved to have identified these figures, via aerial surveillance, as children."
As for this week’s U.N. report, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “It is regrettable that the report fails to recognize the profound difference between Israel’s moral behavior during Operation Protective Edge and the terror organizations it confronted. This report was commissioned by a notoriously biased institution, given an obviously biased mandate.”
Eight boys from the Bakr family were on the beach that day, and four suffered serious injuries but survived, including Um Atawf’s 12-year–old son, Moatasir Bakr.
"We were playing soccer,” Moatasir told ABC News at his house in Gaza City, speaking in stunted, haunted sentences.
The kids were playing on the breakwater near a metal storage container with no electricity, no running water, and no military equipment that ABC News was able to see at the time.
“We went to get the football [inside the container],” Moatasir recalled. “[My cousin] got hit by a missile immediately. We started running.”
The first boy was killed by the first strike, the other three were hit as they sprinted across the beach.
"When one of the identified figures entered into the remains of the container which had been attacked on the day prior to the incident, one missile was fired from the air towards the container and the adjoining shed,” Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Peter Lerner wrote on Facebook. "As a result of this attack, it appeared that one of the figures identified was hit. Following this attack, the rest of the figures began to run in the direction of the compound's exit.”
Moatasir says that’s when he screamed, “We will all die at once.”
The IDF's Lerner wrote, "Shortly before their exit from the compound, an additional missile was fired from the air towards them, which hit the figures in question after they had exited the compound.”
Moatasir said, "From the sea, they shot another missile at us. We start screaming and we start saying, ‘Oh, my God, oh my God…’”
When he stopped running, his younger brother and two cousins lay on the sand, motionless. Returning to the same beach a year later, Moatasir freezes, unable to speak.
Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, Moatasir barely sleeps now and violent nightmares plague his nights. He doesn’t go to school and his parents can’t remember the last time he picked up a soccer ball. The PTSD medicine costs around $100 per prescription, an unmanageable fee for the impoverished family of fishermen.
And Moatasir is far from alone; there are about 308,339 psychologically distressed kids in Gaza, according to UNICEF. Palestinian children older than 6 living in the Gaza Strip have now witnessed three conflicts with Israel in their short lives.
Moatasir has tried to throw himself off the family’s second floor balcony, grows angry easily, his mother says, and lashes out at his siblings.
After a year, he’s not getting any better, she adds.
"I have nobody to play with now.” Moatasir said, not looking particularly interested in playing. “Nobody.”