Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- A massive earthquake near the capital of Nepal killed at least 1,457 people on Saturday, toppling temples and triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest.
The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll, estimated by the Nepalese Army, was expected to rise, officials said.
Another 1,055 were injured, said the country's finance minister, Ram Sharan Mahat.
Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in Bhaktapur, saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances. The earthquake reduced many of the temples inside the city about 30 minutes away from the capital to rubble, she said, adding that she saw "lots of people praying to the actual temples" as aftershocks hit the city.
"The streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust," said Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee. "[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust."
A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour after the initial earthquake and smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours.
Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.
"Everyone was very scared," she said. "Lots of crying, families trying to find each other."
Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, another American visiting Bhaktapur, said water wasn't flowing in the city and most of the remaining food was dried junk food and crackers. He said he wandered around in search for something to eat until he came upon a restaurant.
"A restaurant owner filled us up -- all of our bottles -- and gave us potatoes, bread, and chicken, refused payment adamantly," he said. "I was actually moved to tears."
Weiner-Kaplow said most Nepalis were planning to sleep outside Saturday night, believing their homes were unsafe if another earthquake struck.
The quake also killed 34 in India, six in Tibet, two in Bangladesh, and two on the Nepal-China border.
The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least 10 climbers and guides and injured many more.
David Arvan, who was set to climb Mt. Everest, said he immediately realized it was an earthquake, after having felt quakes before living in California.
"We sought shelter under a concave boulder until it subsided," he told ABC News by email. "Some people were crying in fear during all the rumbling."
Azim Afif, a climber from Malaysia, was at a base camp when the quake hit and everything in his tent starting shaking.
"We go out and we see a big snowstorm coming to us," he said, adding that he saw "white, nothing else than white."
"We are very lucky to survive," Afif said.
The U.S. government is providing $1 million in assistance, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal. Disaster relief teams are en route.
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement, "To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time."
The Pakistan Army also said it is sending relief teams.
zapatisthack/iStock/Thinkstock(ENSENADA, Chile) -- Chileans are digging out from under 15 inches of heavy inches of heavy ash, after twin eruptions from the Calbuco volcano Wednesday and Thursday spewed smoke, ash and lava 6 miles high.
More than 6,500 people have been evacuated from towns within 12 miles of the volcano, which had been dormant for more than 40 years.
Authorities worry there could be addition eruptions to come, as attention also turns to the weather.
Rain is forecast in the area over the next several days, which could solidify the thick layer of ash and ravel into rock-hard cement.
RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The Canadian government and city of Vancouver are at odds over the regulation of marijuana dispensaries.
Earlier this week, Vancouver city officials announced a plan to regulate stores that sell medical marijuana.
The stores are technically illegal, but about 80 have opened up in the city, CBC News reports.
Vancouver officials want to regulate them and charge $30,000 to pay for enforcement of those rules, but lawmakers in the country’s capital say that will legitimize pot, encouraging young people to smoke it.
"Don't do it. There's no need for these storefront dispensaries,” said Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Friday.
Vancouver’s city council is expected to vote on the motion next week.
Photo by Ian Gavan/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The anticipation of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second baby is at a fever pitch, as the people of Great Britain and the rest of the world wait to find out all they can about the coming bundle of joy and latest addition to the royal family.
In the meantime, here are some lesser-known facts about the royals while you await Kate’s second child and future “royal spare.”
1 –Queen Elizabeth II has been head of the monarchy for more than 60 years, since 1952. She would pass Queen Victoria in September as having the longest reign of any king or queen of the British monarchy. The queen is also the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror wore the crown. Her coronation was June 2, 1953.
2 – Buckingham Palace is the queen's official London residence, but St. James's Palace is the ceremonial residence, according to the official site of the British monarchy. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
3 – The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents both worked for British Airways before founding Party Pieces, a party supply store, in 1987.
“I came up with the idea for Party Pieces when I was looking for party paraphernalia for my own children’s parties,” Carole Middleton wrote in a blog for Party Pieces. “It was impossible to find anything easily in the shops and trying to find value for money party bag presents was a complete nightmare!”
4 – During her reign as queen, Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Welsh corgis. According to the monarchy’s official website, “For her eighteenth birthday, The Queen was given a Corgi named Susan from whom numerous successive dogs were bred.”
5 – The queen not only owns Balmoral Castle, stud farms, a fruit farm, personal art and a fine collection of jewels, but she also own the Royal Philatelic Collection, one of the world’s largest stamp collections started in the 1800s, according to Forbes.
6 –Rowan Atkinson, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Guy Richie and singer Joss Stone attended William’s 2011 wedding to Kate.
7 –The queen has a long history with high fashion. Over her long, illustrious reign, Elizabeth II has had several designers, including Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Ian Thomas, Maureen Rose and Karl Ludwig. Angela Kelly now works as the queen’s dresser and is one of her closest confidantes.
Kor said the hug wasn't planned, according to The Times.
“This shows that former enemies can get along as human beings," Kor said, according to The Times. "What on Earth do we want to tell the world? Killing each other has never created anything good. I want to teach young people that even former Nazis and survivors can get along.”
On Kor's blog, she described what it was like when Gröning kissed her on the cheek: "Well I probably wouldn't have gone that far, but I guess it is better than what he would have done to me 70 years ago."
Kor testified Wednesday, recalling the medical experiments she endured while at Auschwitz, The Times said. It was not immediately clear when the hug occurred.
Kor's blog post concluded, "My idea is for people from the victims' side and people from the perpetrators' side to come together, face the truth, try to heal, and work together to prevent it from ever happening again."
File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(PUERTO VARAS, Chile) -- The exact moment Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by a man hiking in Llanquigue National Reserve, according to the video's description.
The video shows a forest area with gentle waterfalls that appears to be a distance away from the foot of the 6,500-foot-high volcano.
After 28 seconds pass, the volcano erupts, sending a billowing cloud of smoke and ash into the air.
"Wow!" a man can be heard saying in the video, uploaded Thursday.
The video was uploaded by a user under the name Walter Witt. He did not immediately respond to ABC News' message requesting additional comment.
Calbuco erupted twice this week -- once on Wednesday and again on Thursday -- and Chile's national geology and mining service also warned people to prepare for a possible third and "even more aggressive eruption."
Around 4,000 residents in nearby towns were forced to evacuate due to raining ash blanketing their neighborhoods.
This week was the first time the volcano has erupted since 1973, officials said.
iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Extremists may have plotted an attack against the Vatican in 2010, authorities in Italy said Friday in announcing the arrests of nine suspected Islamist extremists of Afghan and Pakistan origin.
Arrest warrants were issued for others in the sweep, authorities said.
The suspects are all said to be members of an international terrorist organization affiliated with al Qaeda.
Mario Carta, of the antiterrorism police in Sassari, Sardinia, told Italian media authorities had a “strong suspicion” from wiretaps that a plot against the Vatican had been planned. Recorded telephone conversations that took place near the seat of the Roman Catholic Church were said to have mentioned “restricted areas” and used the word “papa,” which is Italian for the pope.
The antiterrorism police subsequently alerted Rome and Vatican authorities. The alleged attackers may have aborted the plan because they knew they were under surveillance, Carta said.
Mauro Mura, an Italian prosecutor, told reporters the Vatican threat was from March 2010, when Benedict XVI was serving as pope.
Those detained included two men reported to be former body guards to Osama bin Laden and who had planned attacks in Pakistan. The group was also accused of plotting to destabilize the government of Pakistan, as well as being involved in the trafficking of refugees entering Italy, sometimes with the group’s financial assistance.
The center of the operation was on the island of Sardinia, authorities said. Italian authorities have been conducting wiretaps of the group for some years now.
Police in Sardinia said they believe some of the suspects participated in the October 2009 bombing of a market in Peshawar, Pakistan, where more than 100 people were killed.
At a news conference, authorities explained the network had access to a vast supply of weapons and included numerous followers who were prepared to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Police also stated the group was responsible for assisting illegal immigrants enter into Italy and, in some cases, helped move refugees to other parts of Europe. The group provided fake documents, cellphones, and provided statements to help obtain political asylum, authorities said.
Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, England) -- An American woman studying in Britain has gained more than 335,000 followers on Instagram by posting pictures and stories about her fairy tale life at Cambridge University.
Caroline Calloway, 23, left New York almost two years ago. When she started blogging about white-tie dinners, fancy balls and young men in polo gear, her social media followers started growing.
"The time Oscar flew us to Venice for Valentine’s Day” or “The time my friend Max and I went to a ball at Blenheim palace" are only some of the stories that have made the young woman popular with her peers.
One of her Cambridge friends, India, asking ABC News not to use her last name, said Calloway was always befriending people and that her success was because of her "crazy life with lots of parties."
But another student from the university, Abby Jitendra, said she thought Calloway's pictures tend to "amplify the ridiculousness of Cambridge" with its long-held traditions. “Her pictures are mainly for outsiders," Abby said, noting that less wealthy students often cannot afford the same lifestyle.
Calloway, a history of art major, says her motivation is "brightening" people's day "with jokes and stories and photos." Her fans’ reactions were unexpected, she says. "The pictures are cooler than I will ever be,” Calloway told ABC News.
Despite her apparent enjoyable life in Cambridge, Calloway says she misses her country. "In the U.S. we have the mentality that you can make it on your own," she said, before adding, "I also miss wearing my PJ's in the middle of the day. That's not a thing here."
In addition to her pictures, Calloway said, the key to her success has been the anecdotes she writes along with each of her posts.
"Without even acknowledging his concerned glances towards my vase full of red wine, I leapt out of bed saying, “Ten minutes and I’ll be ready.” “Lovely,” he replied, snapping his gaze up from the floor," Calloway wrote on Instagram to describe one picture.
“Do you need to borrow robes or— ” I pointed to the Ryder and Amies bag in the corner.“Black Undergraduate Robes? Check. AWWW YEA, CAMBRIDGE.”
The young woman plans on returning to America after she graduates in 2016. She says she has a book coming up next spring, in which she will tell her stories in a longer form.
“I hope readers will find the stories moving and funny,” said Calloway, who hopes to become an established writer one day.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday.
"The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in Aleppo, in Homs," Jolie said. "The problem is lack of political will. We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has risen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent."
Not enough people realize all that the United Nations does around the world, Jolie said.
"But all of this good is being undermined by the message being sent in Syria -- that laws can be flouted, chemical weapons can be used, hospitals can be bombed, aid can be withheld, and civilians starved, with impunity," she said.
She accused the United Nations of shirking its responsibility to intervene when a nation state fails, and rather "standing by" to watch.
Jolie has been working with the United Nations for 13 years. Before being promoted to special envoy, Jolie worked as goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In her time with the U.N., she has been on 50 field missions spanning more than 30 countries, including Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria.
In addition to her three biological children, Jolie has three adopted children with her husband, actor Brad Pitt. Her adopted children come from orphanages in Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia.
Ashley Stewart(Esperance, AUSTRALIA) -- Dusty the kangaroo is considered a family pet to an Australian family in Esperance that rescued him as a baby from his mother's pouch when they found her dead on the side of the road in 2013.
Now, you can find Dusty, 2, hopping around and in and out of Ashley Stewart's family home on a farm.
The friendly kangaroo actually thinks it's a dog, Stewart told ABC News on Friday, adding Dusty is always following and playing with their two dogs, Lilly the Golden Retriever, 5, and Rosie the Border Collie, 11.
"Dusty acts just like a dog," he said. "Wherever the dogs go, he goes with them and does what they do. He sleeps together with them in a bed, play fights with them and likes to get pet and scratches, too."
Stewart added he and his wife and three kids believe Dusty thinks Lilly the Golden Retriever is his mother.
"They've got an especially close bond, and Dusty is very attached to her," he said. "He'll groom Lilly and even affectionately lick her."
The four-foot tall kangaroo is free to roam outside around the farm and graze, but he always comes back to his family, Steward added.
"Since kangaroos are a bit nocturnal, sometimes he'll wander and graze at night, but he always comes back and sleeps next to the dogs," he said. "When my children are home from boarding school, Dusty also likes to come into the house and sit in the lounge, and then he'll go outside and walk with the dogs."
And while Dusty doesn't quite know any tricks (yet), he does respond to his name when called and communicates with the family using gestures, Stewart said.
"Once, when I was going for a drive around the farm, we loaded the dogs in the bed of the truck and Dusty came up, appeared to look up at me like he wanted to tag along," he said. "So I let him hop on back, and we all went for a ride. He also sometimes comes up to you and puts his arm around you asking to be pet or scratched."
"He’s just a pet like any dog or cat, and yeah, he just happens to be a kangaroo," Stewart added.
Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago on Friday, no one could have predicted the trove of new discoveries it would make about our cosmos.
NASA heralded the launch of Hubble on April 24, 1990, as "the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope."
Hubble's incredible reach -- made possible by the fact that its sight was not impaired by the Earth's atmosphere -- allowed astronomers to get closer looks at space phenomena like never before, watching stars and planets as they form, examining exoplanets and capturing the power of cosmic impacts.
Since its first day on the job, Hubble has made more than 1.2 million observations and its findings have been published in more than 12,800 scientific papers, according to NASA, making it one of the most successful scientific instruments ever built.
Whizzing around Earth at 17,000 mph, Hubble has racked up more than three billion miles in flight, according to NASA.
Its incredible resolution has allowed the telescope to look at areas as far as 13.4 billion light years away from Earth -- in essence, peering back into a time when our universe first emerged from the Big Bang. The telescope is so precise that it is equivalent to someone shining a laser beam on a dime from 200 miles away, according to NASA.
Clive Mason/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Mothers know that delivering a baby can sometimes be a marathon and sometimes, if you’re lucky, a sprint.
The world’s most famous expectant mother, Duchess Kate, may find herself literally in the midst of a marathon if she goes into labor with her second child Sunday.
Kate, 33, and due any day now, is waiting out her pregnancy at her and Prince William’s home in Kensington Palace, which happens to be right in the heart of London, a city hosting its annual marathon Sunday.
The 2015 London Marathon will see over 30,000 runners take to the streets to run the 26.2-mile course.
The thousands of runners, and their fans, will join an already crowded city full of royal watchers who have been camped out at St. Mary’s Hospital, where Kate is expected to deliver, for days.
“Been here since last Thursday,” one royal superfan, sleeping on a bench outside the hospital, told ABC News.
Duchess Kate has said only that she is due sometime between mid-April and the end of the month. The longer Kate is pregnant, the greater the chance the baby’s uncle, Prince Harry, could make it back to London for the birth.
Harry, 30, has been stationed in Australia as part of a month-long exchange program with the Australian Defense Force. Both he and his father, Prince Charles, the baby’s grandfather, will be attending the ANZAC celebrations in Gallipoli, Turkey, on Saturday.
Prince Harry will then make a quick turnaround to return by Sunday to London, where he will help hand out the medals to the London Marathon winners. A Saturday or Sunday royal baby birth would mean Harry may get to meet his second nephew before he has to return to Australia.
“We are so close to the due date now,” ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy said. “William and Kate are at Kensington Palace, ready to go, just a short drive to the Lindo Wing.”