Volcano erupts on New Zealand’s North Island, no injuries

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (BNO NEWS) -- A volcano on the North Island of New Zealand erupted without warning on Wednesday afternoon, sending a massive plume of dark ash into the sky, authorities said. Scientists believe another eruption could [...]

14 hanged as Afghan government returns to executions

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) -- At least fourteen Afghans have been executed by hanging so far this week, and two more are due to be executed soon, officials said on Wednesday, ending a four-year virtual moratorium on the use of the death penalty [...]

Voice actor of Elmo resigns amid underage sex allegations

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who has been on "Sesame Street" for more than 28 years and created the high-pitched voice of Muppet character Elmo, resigned Tuesday after new allegations were made public that he had a sexual [...]

Estonian Air to fire half its staff, cut flights to avoid insolvency

TALLINN, ESTONIA (BNO NEWS) -- Estonian Air on Tuesday announced it will be forced to fire nearly half of all its employees and cut its flights to 10 or fewer core destinations as the Baltic nation's national carrier seeks to avoid insolvency. [...]

Great apes also experience midlife crises, study finds

COVENTRY, ENGLAND (BNO NEWS) -- Chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a mid-life crisis just like humans, according to a team of international researchers who have studied hundreds of great apes in recent years. It is the first time animals [...]

Survey: Majority of Michigan residents now support gay marriage

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN (BNO NEWS) -- A majority of residents in the U.S. state of Michigan now support the legalization of same-sex marriage, according to a new survey which reflects similar changes seen in other parts of the United States. [...]

Small plane crash in the Canadian Prairies kills 1, injures 7

SNOW LAKE, CANADA (BNO NEWS) -- A pilot who was the son of an airline owner was killed Sunday and seven others were injured when a small plane crashed in the Canadian prairie province of Manitoba, officials said on Monday. The cause of the crash [...]

James Bond actor Daniel Craig visits British troops in Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) -- English actor Daniel Craig, who has starred as the legendary British secret agent James Bond since 2006, on Sunday made a surprise visit to southern Afghanistan where he met with British service members [...]

Comatose Dutch Prince Friso showing signs of minimal consciousness

TILBURG, NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) -- Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who has remained in a coma after being critically injured in an avalanche in western Austria earlier this year, has begun showing minimal signs of consciousness, the royal family said [...]

Gaza crisis: UN’s Ban calls for ceasefire after Israeli airstrike kills civilians

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called on all parties in Israel and Gaza to cooperate with Egypt and reach an immediate ceasefire to end the escalating conflict, hours after an Israeli airstrike [...]