There are no survivors in the crash of an Air Algerie flight. The U.S. accuses Russia of firing into Ukraine. And Islamist militants blow up Jonah's tomb.
It's Friday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. AIR ALGERIE CRASH
Wreckage found: No one survived the crash of an Air Algerie flight that went down in a desert in northern Mali. Flight 5017 was carrying at least 116 people when it departed for Algeria from Burkina Faso. It disappeared from radar after diverting from its planned course because of bad weather. Mali will lead the investigation into the crash. Air Algerie is Algeria's national airline, with flights to 28 countries.
2. UKRAINE, AND MALAYSIA AIRLINES
Help from Moscow: Serious allegations from the United States: Washington says it has proof that Russia is firing into Ukraine. "We have ... evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. The Ukrainian government has been battling pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. More than 400 people have died in the fighting.
Bodies: More bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are expected to arrive in the Netherlands today. The Boeing 777 was shot down by a suspected surface-to-air missile last week over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
3. MIDEAST CRISIS
The conflict continues: There's plenty of controversy surrounding a U.N. shelter in northern Gaza that was hit during yesterday's fighting. At least 16 people were killed and more than 200 wounded, officials said. A Palestinian government statement condemned the incident, calling it brutal Israeli aggression, but it's unclear who was behind it. The Israeli military said it could have been a rocket fired from Gaza that fell short of Israel and exploded.
4. IRAQ - JONAH'S TOMB
Holy site's demise: Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have blown up Jonah's tomb in northern Iraq. Civil defense officials said the Islamist group planted explosives around the tomb and detonated them remotely. The holy site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. The group has taken over large chunks of Iraq and Syria, and has declared it an Islamic state.
5. MOON BASE SECRETS
Space race: The United States had big plans for the moon back in the 1960s. Slipping behind the Soviets at the tail end of the last decade, the U.S. Army created Project Horizon. It had ambitious goals, and military officials wanted it to have the same type of status as the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. There were plans for a moon base, water and oxygen systems, lunar nuclear power plants - you get the idea. The details come from declassified national security documents released this week. Ultimately, the military didn't get its way. NASA, the U.S. space agency, put the first man on the moon in 1969.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Toddler power: This 15-month-old thinks he's all that as he leads a crowd of 500 boys at Camp Rockmont in North Carolina.
- Giraffe on the loose: Our tall, spotted buddy escapes from a Mexican circus and takes a gallop around town.
- Beautiful and scary: An iceberg collapses off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, sending a wall of water toward its panicked admirers.
- K9 happiness: This schnauzer passes out with pure joy after seeing a family member for the first time in two years - that's 14 years to you and me.
- Fairy tale proposal: Some guys go all out when it comes to asking for their lady love's hand in marriage.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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The schnauzer should have his heart checked by a veterinary cardiologist. They get a heart problem called sick sinus syndrome that can cause fainting with excitement and more serious problems.
Ugh...........that Schnauzer made me tear up. 🙂