Nasief Manie/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — Britain's Prince Harry told a group of young kids at a correction center in South Africa that he always wanted to be the "bad boy."
Harry, who has been touring Lesotho and South Africa on behalf of the Queen, toured the Ottery Youth Center in Cape Town and told students he didn't like school and would have preferred a more down-to-earth school than Eton, the posh private school that educates princes and prime ministers, the best and brightest and the most privileged in British society.
"I didn't enjoy school at all," said Harry. "I would have liked to have come to a place like this. When I was at school, I wanted to be a bad boy."
Harry, the fifth-in-line to the British throne, visited the center, behind barbed wire, which counsels teenagers with troubled backgrounds referred by the courts. Many of the youths have been exposed to gang culture and had no idea who their visitor was.
When Harry asked if any of them knew who he was, many stared at the prince with blank faces, according to ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy who is traveling with Harry in Cape Town.
"My name is Prince Harry, the Queen of England's grandson, Princess Diana's son," he told the crowd. "I came all the way from England. I want to hear all your stories."
The 31-year-old encouraged the kids to turn away from the lure of gang culture and spoke of the importance of trusting role models.
And without missing a beat, he told the crowd, "If you've got an older brother that's not into gangs, that's a huge positive. Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones."
Prince Harry then used the opportunity to joke about his relationship with Prince William.
"I'm a younger brother but I'm much cooler than my older brother," Harry said.
The head of the program laughed at Harry's remark, promising Harry they wouldn't tell Prince William. Harry joked right back, saying it was okay because, "He knows it."
Harry also visited a woodwork shop at the center where he was presented with a wooden frame showing a photo of Princess Diana hugging Harry as a young child.
Prince Harry, who is often compared to his late mother for his uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of society, also took time out to see one of the poorest townships in Cape Town.
Harry went to Khayelitsha, where most of the residents still live in shacks. It is the second poorest area of South Africa, with crime averaging one murder per day and gave Harry an opportunity to see how many Capetonians still live.
One four-year-old girl was so taken by the prince she cried her eyes out when he left.
Harry also paid a visit to South African Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been battling prostate cancer, was presented by Prince Harry with the Order of the Companion of Honour on behalf of the Queen The medal is presented to individuals who distinguish themselves in service to arts culture and religion.
The Archbishop Emeritus told Harry of his "deep thanks to Her Majesty" and thanked Harry for his work in Lesotho with his charity Sentabale
"I am very touched by your commitment to Lesotho. I taught at the university there and became Bishop of Lesotho," Archbishop Tutu said. "It has always had a very soft spot in our hearts, just wonderful that you and the English are helping. Thank you very much"
Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department said Monday that the United States believes that a Russian jet that was shot down had violated Turkish air space.
"The available information, including evidence from Turkey and our own sources, indicates the Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace," State Department Spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said Monday. "We also know that the Turks warned the Russian pilots multiple times before the airspace violation to which the Turks received no response."
That statement marked the first time the U.S. has directly acknowledged the Russian jet had crossed into Turkish territory.
But while the U.S. has acknowledged that Turkey has the right to defend itself, Trudeau called on both sides to "de-escalate." She was also careful in her language, refusing to directly answer questions about whether Turkey was justified in its actions or if it had used proportional force.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded angrily to the attack, which left one pilot and a member of the rescue team dead. He has called for sanctions on Turkey, and on Monday Russia instituted a ban on food imports.
Turkey is a member of the NATO alliance, meaning the U.S. has an obligation to defend it in a military conflict.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency(LONDON) -- The rocket debris that washed up near the British coast last week comes from one of SpaceX's launches, the company confirmed on Monday.
Initial speculation pointed to the debris possibly being from the company's failed launch to the International Space Station in June.
Elon Musk's company is putting the mystery to rest though, telling ABC News on Monday the debris has actually been at sea much longer and comes from the successful CRS-4 mission that launched 14 months ago from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Covered in barnacles and measuring 32 feet by 14 feet, the metal structure has an American flag painted on it. The rocket debris was found bear the Isles of Scilly, which are more than 4,000 miles away from the launch site.
The debris were spotted on the sea's surface and recovered with the help of local boatmen, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in a statement.
"It was pretty shocking to scrape the barnacles off and then find out it was a rocket ship," said Joe Thomas, a skipper for Tresco Boat Services who said he came across the metal 100 meters off the shore.
The structure was towed to the beach of the island of Tresco, where it was kept under guard after its discovery.
"It’s not every day a bit of a rocket floats up at home," Thomas said.
It was not immediately clear what fate awaits the rocket debris now that the mystery has been solved.
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — President Obama extended his condolences to the people of France Monday and reaffirmed the United States’ solidarity with the country in the wake of the deadly terror attacks that ravaged Paris two weeks ago.
“We have come to Paris to show our resolve,” President Obama said in his first public remarks at the United Nation’s summit on climate change. “We offer our condolences to the people of France for the barbaric attacks on this beautiful city. We stand united in solidarity not only to deliver justice to the terrorist network responsible for those attacks but to protect our people and uphold the enduring values that keep us strong and keep us free.”
The president, in his first visit to France since the Paris massacre, reflected on the collection of heads of state for the climate conference, asking “what greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it?”
At nearly 1 a.m., within an hour of landing in Paris, Obama made an impromptu stop at the Bataclan theater, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly attacks earlier this month. He was accompanied by French Francois President Hollande and Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Obama laid a single white flower, bowed his head and stood in silence at a card-and-candle laden memorial outside the theater, the deadliest site of the Nov. 13 attack that left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.
Obama is joining Hollande and other world leaders in launching Mission Innovation, a new clean energy initiative built on commitments from 19 countries, including India and China, to double investments in clean energy research and development over five years.
In addition to the multi-government worldwide project, a group of billionaires, led by Bill Gates and including Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Jack Ma, will commit to providing money to jumpstart some of these projects.
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — The world’s biggest conference on climate change started Monday in Paris, with the pressure on leaders from over 150 countries to stem the most destructive effects of global warming.
The COP21 conference, through Dec. 11, has a goal to hold the increase in temperature by the end of the century to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.
President Obama arrived in Paris Sunday night with negotiators and participants who had been working to deliver a comprehensive agreement for months. The White House wants to be seen as taking a lead in containing greenhouse gas emissions, observers say.
"I think the U.S. wants to make a credible case that the administration is doing everything in its power to reduce greenhouse gases,” Adele Morris, a policy director at the Brookings Institution and lead negotiator during 2000 international climate change talks, told ABC News. “The U.S. wants to put forward that we’re going to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels.” POINTS OF CONTENTION
Morris said negotiations are not really centered around one deal like carbon taxes but, instead, many of the countries participating will put forward their individual contributions. “I think the Paris agreement is going to be a job of stapling these agreements together,” Morris said.
One major sticking point is who will pay for the “loss and damage” caused by the effects of climate change, such as intense storms and hurricanes that have ravaged whole towns and economies. Developing countries want the European Union and United States to bear more of the cost.
At home, Obama faces Republicans who want to prevent the administration from instating rules on decreasing carbon pollution from power plants. Twenty-four states have filed lawsuits against the measures. They hope to send a clear message to the international community attempting to negotiate the agreement in Paris: The president does not have the support of the U.S. Congress. They’ve even tried forcing the president to acquire Senate approval before signing any deal.
The United States, Canada and nine European countries today pledged nearly $250 million to help the most vulnerable countries adapt to rising seas, droughts and other effects of climate change. IS A DEAL GOING TO HAPPEN?
Since the terrorist attacks in the host city two weeks ago, some negotiators and observers believe there is more will to produce an agreement by the end of the conference. By tackling climate change, the international community could address the struggle over resources that helps breed terrorism.
"I believe that it will make a deal more likely, because what I feel from the parties is that they are very eager to move," Amjad Abdulla of the Maldives, who chairs the Alliance of Small Island States in the negotiations, told the BBC.
In 2009, the Copenhagen talks ended in no deal and were seen as a failure. As 45,000 journalists, non-governmental organization participants and negotiators pour into Paris for COP21 and the city ramps up security, the world hopes for something different in Paris.
French President Francois Hollande, hosting the talks, said "no conference has ever gathered so many leaders from so many countries ... but never before have the international stakes been so high."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Alan Kurdi became a symbol for the dangers refugees heading to Europe face when his little body washed up on a Turkish beach. Now, part of the boy's remaining family is a step closer to a "new life," Alan's aunt, Tima Kurdi, told ABC News from her home in Canada.
Alan was not even 3 years old when he drowned alongside his 5-year-old brother, Ghalib, and their mother after falling off an overcrowded boat. They were on their way to the Greek island of Kos, reportedly headed to Canada from Kobani, Syria. Abdullah Kurdi, the boys' father, had decided to make the journey after allegedly being denied asylum in Canada, where his sister lives.
Back in September, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada noted they had no record of receiving Abdullah Kurdi's application. The agency said they had received an application for his brother, Mohammad Kurdi, and Mohammad Kurdi's family, which was returned because "it was incomplete as it did not meet regulatory requirements for proof of refugee status recognition," the agency said at the time.
A heartbroken Abdullah buried his sons and wife in their homeland as photos of Alan's body in Turkey caused outrage around the world. Nearly three months later, Canada has approved the asylum applications of Alan's uncle and six other family members, Tima Kurdi said.
"So far it's nothing confirmed yet. They're still going through the process," Kurdi told ABC News on Monday. She received an email from Immigration Canada saying the applications were approved, but the family is now waiting for medical and security checks to be processed in Turkey and Germany, where the family members are now, she said. "The final decision will be from overseas."
Those slated to come include several children, including a 5-month-old baby, and Abdullah's brother and sister, Kurdi said. They have already gone through the medical checks, and will soon go through security, she added.
Alan's father, however, is not moving to Canada, she said.
"Abdullah is still not thinking to leave anywhere," Kurdi said of her brother, adding that he now lives in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where he works with refugees.
"He says 'The poor is my family now, that's what is going to keep me alive'," she said.
But for Tima Kurdi, the news are bittersweet.
"It's a beautiful feeling to see seven family members, but at the same time we are heartbroken," she said. "I'm happy to give seven people a new life, a new beginning, specially for the kids to go to school after three years of not going, but at the same time there's always a part missing because of these nephews we couldn't save."
Kurdi now hopes to have her family with her by Christmas; she hopes they are included in the 10,000 refugees the Canadian government said the country would receive this year.
From Canada, Kurdi asks the world not to send refugees away.
"Don't be afraid of the Syrian refugees," she said. "Refugees are in desperate need. Don't close the door on their faces, open your heart, and open the doors for them. They know no one wants them, they can feel it."
THIBAULT CAMUS/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — At the opening ceremonies for the UN Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget Monday morning, nearly 150 world leaders participated in a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris terror attacks.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for the moment of silence at the start of the conference as French President Francois Hollande sat nearby him on the stage.
Hollande has previously said the climate conference will be the largest-ever gathering of world leaders in Paris.
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) — President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris Monday morning for the U.N. conference on climate change. But while they discussed ways their countries are cooperating to cut global carbon emissions, the global threat of terrorism was the dominate subject.
Without directly mentioning the Paris attacks launched by the Islamic State earlier this month, President Obama expressed his condolences to President Xi for the killing of a Chinese hostage at the hands of ISIS.
“This is a threat to all of our countries,” Obama told reporters. He added his belief that when China is invested in solving global problems, the entire global community, including the United States, benefits.
Seated at the end of a long table, the duo also reflected on Xi’s state visit to Washington in September, and reiterated their “fruitful” cooperation on climate issues.
Obama said the leader’s cooperation on a range of issues will demonstrate to the world that “there is far more that the United States and China have in common than separates us, and when we work together good things happen.”
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kensington Palace released two new photos of 6-month-old Princess Charlotte on Sunday. The photos were taken in early November by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge at their country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk, the palace said.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to be able to share two new photographs of Princess Charlotte," the palace said in a statement. "The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."
Now third-in-line to the throne, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has inherited her grandmother and namesake Princess Diana's blue eyes, which she shares with her father, but has brown hair like her mother.
The new Princess of Hearts, Charlotte was born on May 2 in the same hospital where her older brother Prince George was born.
Charlotte was last seen by the public at her christening in July on Her Majesty The Queens' estate at Sandringham. William and Kate released several photos of the family at the time.
William recently described his daughter as a "little joy of heaven" and "ladylike" while Kate acknowledged that Charlotte was getting used to "her noisy big brother."
William and Kate wanted to share the photos as a thanks for allowing their children to grow up with some semblance of privacy.
Absent from the photos is Prince George. The Palace last released photos of him over the summer around his second birthday.
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Within an hour of landing in Paris, President Obama made an impromptu stop early Monday morning at the Bataclan theater, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly Paris attacks earlier this month.
Accompanied by French President Hollande and Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama laid a single white flower, bowed his head and stood in silence at a candle-laden memorial outside the theater, the deadliest site in the attacks that killed 130 people.
The president's visit to Paris comes just two weeks after France's capital city was rocked by the terror attacks. His official business on the trip is to attend an international climate conference, aiming to secure a deal to limit the rise of global warming.
But terrorism and the fight against ISIS will loom large over the two days of events the president will attend. Last week, the president said the climate conference would serve as a "powerful rebuke to the terrorists" as over 150 world leaders committed to attend the summit despite the terror attacks that ravaged France's capital city.
On Monday evening, President Obama and Hollande are scheduled to meet one-on-one for dinner in Paris where the two men will discuss climate change and the strategy to combat ISIS.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Two men involved in a fathers' rights group scaled a roof of a building on the Buckingham Palace grounds on Sunday.
The men climbed onto the roof of the Queens Gallery, a public art gallery on the Buckingham Palace grounds that has a separate entrance from the residence itself.
The Queen and Prince Philip were not at the palace on Sunday.
The men are a part of the fathers' rights group Fathers For Justice.
The activists claimed to have breached security by creating a distraction and climbing a ladder, according to the group. One member told British television station ITV over the phone that it was "easy" and he could "have gone further."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said that security was being handled by Scotland Yard and the palace had no further comment.
There have been several security lapses at Buckingham Palace over the years, including one in 2004 also involving a fathers' rights protest, during which a man in a Batman costume climbed the facade of the Palace.
Leigh Vogel/WireImage(PARIS) -- President Obama said Sunday that the international climate summit this week in Paris is a chance for world leaders to show that terrorism will not succeed in stopping them from "building a better future for our children."
Leaders from more than 180 countries are expected to attend the summit, working towards wide-ranging actions on climate change, but with the terror attacks on Paris two weeks ago, the fight against ISIS is also expected to take a central spot. Obama has private meetings scheduled with several leaders, including French President Francois Hollande.
"It's an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our oldest ally, just two weeks removed from the barbaric attacks there, and reaffirm our commitment to protect our people and our way of life from terrorist threats," President Obama said in a post on his Facebook. "It's also an opportunity for the world to stand as one and show that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children."
At the end of his recent nine-day overseas trip, Obama said it was "absolutely vital" for leaders to attend the long-planned UN Climate Summit despite obvious security concerns following the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead.
"Paris -- one of the most beautiful, enticing cities in the world -- is not going to be cowered by the violent, demented actions of a few," Obama said. "And that's part of the overall message that I want to very clearly send the American people. We do not succumb to fear."
The White House took a surprisingly apologetic tone in January following the attack on the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, when it failed to send a major diplomatic official to a rally that featured multiple heads of state.
In the wake of this most recent attack, Obama has made multiple public statements on the matter and last week hosted Hollande at the White House.
However prominent the attacks will be though, Obama is still making a hard push on the nations in attendance to commit to emissions reductions targets as a part of a long-term framework on combating climate change.
Waniala Paul /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- An exuberant crowd of young people, 150,000 strong, welcomed Pope Francis on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.
They sang. They danced, some wearing colorful grass skirts, others sporting feathered headdresses. And they smiled.
Their message to him: that Catholicism is more than a Sunday ritual to them. It is a tribe, an extended family and a shared sense of identity. Catholics make up nearly half the country.
Francis listened intently to testimony from 24-year-old Winnie Nansumba, who was born with an HIV infection and lost both her parents to AIDS before she was 7. He also heard from a young man, Emmanuel Odokonyero, who was abducted and tortured as a child by the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Francis reciprocated by tossing aside his prepared remarks and speaking from the heart, giving three pieces of advice.
Overcome difficulties, he said: Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by life’s hardships, instead let faith give you courage.
Second, he advised: Do your best to turn the negative into the positive, citing Nansumba and Odokonyero as prime examples.
Thirdly, he told them, pray. Ask for help from a power higher than yourself.
"When we stumble or fall down or hurt ourselves, who better to turn to for help than our mother?" he asked.
"And who is our Mother?"
"Mother Mary," they shouted in unison, repeating it three times.
Then Pope Francis joined them in that most fundamental of Catholic prayers, the Hail Mary, with 150,000 voices sounding as one.