US Embassy Issues Warning to Americans in Iraq

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_e1370efc05.jpgcreisinger/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- As Iraq prepares for its first parliamentary elections since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued an alert for American citizens not to travel via the airport in the capital through April 8, citing a "specific threat." The embassy also issued the following statement on its website, "U.S. citizens are advised to keep a low profile, vary days, times and routes of travel and exercise caution while driving and entering or exiting vehicles."

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: Defense to Start Its Case

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_8db94f5047.jpgEsa Alexander/AFP/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Lawyers for Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will start building his defense Monday when his highly publicized murder trial resumes in the High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius, who shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year, has denied the state's charge that he acted in cold blood, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

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Navy Ship Rescues American Family Stranded at Sea with Sick Baby

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_22c77e4936.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico) -- On Sunday a U.S. Navy ship reached an American family that had been stranded at sea with a sick baby. The rescue operation began Thursday when the Kaufman family, two weeks into a sailing trip across the Pacific, called for help after their 1-year-old developed a serious rash and fever.

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One-Ton, Man-Eating Crocodile Caught in Uganda

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_91d4c78678.jpgPETER BUSOMOKE/AFP/Getty Images (JINJA, Uganda) -- A monstrous one-ton crocodile that terrorized a village in Uganda has been caught after a four-day hunt, according to Ugandan wildlife officials. Authorities believe the reptile is responsible for killing a local resident as well as mauling several other people, a Uganda Wildlife Authority officer told The New Vision.

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Afghans Turn Out in Droves for Historic Elections

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_26b563e9d6.jpgSayed Khodaberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghans headed to the polls in droves Saturday in elections that are expected to lead to the nation's first transfer of power between democratically-elected governments, despite calls for violence by the Taliban and a massive show of force by Afghanistan's security forces. More than 350,000 soldiers and police guarded polling places in Afghanistan's presidential and provincial elections as Afghans fanned out across the country to cast their ballots.

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