Conflicting reports emerge over company's safety record. A British passenger and the pilot are hospitalized. The balloon carried tourists from the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Hungary. A gas explosion caused the balloon to fall about 300 meters (almost 1,000 feet).
The last time Shinzo Abe was Japan's prime minister, from 2006 to 2007, he staked his job on a campaign to strengthen ties with the US. But as he heads to Washington for his first summit since retaking power, any expectations of American gratitude will have to be tempered by new and complex political realities.
Hard-line Islamist groups like the Nusra Front are becoming more popular in Syria. They're fighting the Syrian regime while providing social services for Syrian civilians. The United States blacklisted the Nusra Front in December, labeled it terrorist.
Bodies of the three girls aged 6, 9 and 11 are found at the bottom of a well. Police say initial medical reports suggest the girls were sexually assaulted. The girls' mother says police should have acted more quickly.
Pretoria Police replaced Hilton Botha after prosecutors reinstated murder charges against him. A hearing to decide whether the track star gets bail will resume Friday.
163 deaths from Syrian violence reported, including 48 in one aerial raid near DamascusSyrian general, Lebanese former minister accused of plotting terror, moving explosives from Syria. The government blamed "terrorists" for an attack on a sports stadium.
Thieves were dressed like police and threatened air crew at gunpoint, prosecutor says. Team of eight takes only three minutes to steal the rough and polished stones from a plane's cargo hold. They breached the periphery and sped off with their haul in 2 vehicles.
Model Reeva Steenkamp was shot four times through the bathroom door at the home of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, a South African official familiar with the case told CNN on Monday.
A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia, exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt, authorities said. Described as once-in-100-years event, the meteor released a 300-kiloton blast.
Meteorites slam into Russia as a meteor was seen streaking through morning sky, injuring more than 400 people.
Faisal al-Maqdad, a member of Bashar al-Assad's government, declares the rebellion has failed. The rebels' vow to take Damascus hasn't materialized, deputy foreign minister says. However, battles continue in the capital's southern suburbs.
"What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?" the 29-year-old asked her thousands of followers on Twitter a day before. "Get excited." Olympic "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius is charged with Reeva Steenkamp's murder this morning.