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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.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MEDAN, Indonesia) — The death toll in the latest Indonesian airplane crash has reached at least 113 people but that number is expected to increase.

Tuesday's accident involved a military transport plane that crashed into a residential area in the city's third largest city, Medan.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan Tuesday.

The Afghan Health Ministry says at least four people were killed. Another 17 people were injured in the attack. Among the injured were three women and three children.

Witnesses say the blast damaged several buildings in the area.

Meanwhile, NATO officials did not confirm the nationality of the soldiers in the convoy or whether any were injured. A defense official has confirmed there were no coalition forces casualties.

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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.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States and Iran have been at odds ever since a CIA-backed coup reshaped Iranian politics more than half a century ago.

Brutal secret police, the infamous hostage crises and the fatal downing of an Iranian civilian airliner are just a few of the seminal events to chill relations in the decades since.

But the ice between the two nations may be thawing as the deadline for a historic nuclear deal approaches this week.

Watch the video below to experience the gripping events both sides must overcome to get there:

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Hemera/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — Over 500 people have been injured, including over 200 in serious condition, after a fire at a Taiwanese water park Saturday night.

Investigators say a cigarette butt or spark may have been the cause of the fire at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in suburban Taipei.

Cellphone video from the scene showed crowds running for their lives when powder being sprayed into the crowd went up in flames.

A 20-year-old woman attending a dance party at the water park Saturday night died Monday from injuries she sustained in the flames that engulfed hundreds of the partygoers.

The young woman suffered burns to 90 percent of her body and is the first fatality as a result of that deadly blaze.

Meanwhile, authorities are pursuing criminal charges against the party organizer as well as two technicians who are all currently out on bail.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- The Islamic State has executed more than 3,000 people in the last year, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitoring group says more than 1,700 civilians including 74 children were executed since the terrorist group officially declared the establishment of a caliphate on June 29, 2014.

The Islamic State's execution toll includes those killed last week when the extremist group re-entered the embattled town of Kobani.

The hardline fighters executed more than 150 people as they attempted to retake Kobani from Kurdish fighter.

But not everyone executed by the Islamic State over the last year was an enemy combatant or civilian.

According to the watchdog organization, the Islamic State also killed 143 of its own members on various charges, including desertion and spying.

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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.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(ROME) -- An Italian father is reportedly suing his two sons for refusing to lend him money.

Until recently in Italy, adult kids who couldn't find jobs sued their parents for support. Now, with pension cutbacks, parents are suing back.

The 80-year-old retired man from Treviso in Northern Italy says he just can't make it on his 600 euros pension, which comes out to about $670 a month.

He says he asked his sons for about $90 a month each, but they refused.

In Italy, the Christian commandment "honor thy parents" is also part of the civil and criminals code.

The man says he supported his sons into adulthood and helped them find jobs and now it's their turn to help.

The man's lawyer says it's within his rights to sue his sons for violating their family obligations.

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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.”


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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.”


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zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The atrocities committed by the terror group ISIS are so horrific that a high-profile al Qaeda member, an American citizen, purportedly addressed the group directly in a new al Qaeda publication and lectured them that if they keep it up, Allah will not grant them paradise in the afterlife.

“My dear brothers: While no one can deny the considerable strength and prowess of the Islamic State group [ISIS] in military terms, at the same time, the crimes it has committed against Muslims cannot simply be overlooked or forgotten with time, because in Islam there is no statute of limitations,” the late Adam Gadahn said, according to an al Qaeda magazine published recently online. “And if these wrongs are not brought to an end and rectified here in this world, then a severe punishment has been promised both for those who committed them as well as those who encouraged, condoned or justified them, even if from behind a computer or mobile phone thousands of miles away.”

“Oppression of any kind is wrong, and [there] will be darkness for its perpetrator on the Day of Judgment. The Ummah’s [Muslim community’s] Jihad is not a video game; it is real life, with real consequences, in this world and the next,” he said.

Gadahn, born Adam Pearlman, was killed accidentally in an American counter-terrorism operation in January, according to the White House. Apparently the U.S. forces who conducted the mission didn’t know Gadahn was at the target location. Another al Qaeda member said in the magazine that it was an airstrike that killed Gadahn.

The interview with Gadahn, in which he discusses his background as a California boy in an unorthodox home and his bizarre journey into the ranks of al Qaeda, appears to have been conducted last fall. A majority of the 80-plus page interview is dedicated to sharp criticism of ISIS, the terror group that split from al Qaeda in recent years and one that Gadahn says “is already known to be responsible for the murder and killing of a large number of Muslims on the flimsiest of pretexts.”

“Does anyone think [Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda figures] were calling on them to bring the wrath of the entire world down on Iraq and Syria by attacking and displacing largely powerless and defenseless minorities and slaughtering their men and enslaving their women and children?... Of course not!” he said. “Frankly, all of us used to be sympathetic to varying degrees towards the Islamic State of Iraq [ISIS] -- despite its mistakes –- when it was seen as a weak and oppressed force valiantly fighting brutal tyrannies. But now that it has become clear that it has – unfortunately – adopted some of the traits, methods and tactics of those same tyrannies, it no longer holds the same place in our hearts that it did once upon a time.”

Early last week ISIS released its most gruesome video yet -– one showing the execution of a dozen fighters, some purportedly members of al Qaeda’s Syria faction. Different groups of the men are drowned, blown up by a rocket-propelled grenade or decapitated with explosives. Friday an ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for the bombing of a mosque in Kuwait, which killed 27 Muslim worshippers.

In addition to the mass killing of Muslims, Gadahn also took issue with ISIS’s on-camera murder of Alan Henning, a British humanitarian. Henning was one of a string of Western hostages, including three Americans, to be executed by ISIS. Gadahn claimed that al Qaeda went as far as demanding ISIS release Henning because he was an aid worker.

“…[T]he brothers in An-Nusra [al Qaeda’s faction in Syria] sought the release of Henning soon after his kidnapping, but regrettably, their appeals – like the rest – fell on deaf ears,” Gadahn said. “Alan Henning didn’t go to Syria as a soldier or a spy. He went to Syria as a member of a Muslim aid convoy to distribute relief supplies to displaced and needy Syrians. But rather than thank him, some interlopers rewarded him first by kidnapping him and then by slaughtering him on camera.”

But Gadahn's sympathetic words are out of place compared to other parts of the interview, where the American celebrated the attacks on Canadian soldiers and the Canadian Parliament, and later described his jubilant reaction to the 9/11 attacks in which his organization killed 3,000 innocent Americans.

“It was a mix of surprise, amazement and exhilaration as well as some apprehension, at least in the beginning,” he said. Gadahn said he was in Kandahar, Afghanistan when it happened and that night “there was a celebratory atmosphere… People were congratulating each other on this incredible and historic victory with which Allah had favored us.”

And like ISIS, Gadahn also called for attacks in Western countries.

“We in al Qaeda have been consistent in calling for attacks on America and its Crusader allies,” he said.

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neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Pope Francis' recent call for the world to act against climate change sparked a rally of thanks in Rome on Sunday.

Multi-faith leaders strolled alongside scientists and environmental activists on their way to St. Peter's Square to celebrate the Pope's tough stance against climate change.

A recent paper by Pope Francis on the issue calls for the world to wane itself off fossil fuels and chastised leaders for creating a system that serves wealthy countries at the expense of the poor.

The paper on climate change comes ahead of a UN conference in Paris later this year.

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