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MarcelC/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti boldly brewed where no astronaut has ever done so before -- on board the International Space Station.

As if she couldn't get any cooler, Cristoforetti wore her Star Trek uniform as she sipped her cup of espresso from a cup designed for zero gravity use. The Italian astronaut shared the sweet snap on Sunday with her Twitter followers.

"Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised," Cristoforetti tweeted. "Fresh espresso in the new Zero-G cup! To boldly brew... "

Italian coffee maker Lavazza teamed up with engineering firm Argotec to create the specially designed espresso maker for space. It was delivered last month in the latest cargo shipment from the SpaceX Dragon.

 

#ISSpresso. Today at 12:44 GMT @AstroSamantha enjoyed the first espresso ever brewed in space @Lavazza @ASI_spazio pic.twitter.com/2mgYrlcdWJ

— argotec (@argotec_it) May 3, 2015



After half a year in space, Cristoforetti will soon be able to enjoy an endless array of espresso when she returns to Earth next weekend -- but for now, it seems this will get her through the next week.

The brew was likely an improvement from the instant coffee astronauts are used to getting their caffeine rush from at the International Space Station.

 

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Daniel Oberbillig/Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghan officials said on Monday that at least two people were killed and many others wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government officials.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the treatment of prisoners at a nearby detention facility that was once run by U.S. personnel.

The attack comes after a major Taliban offensive in northern Afghanistan, which has forced thousands of people to leave their homes in recent days.

At least 2,000 families fled from the area around the northern city of Kunduz following the surprise attack.

The recent large-scale assault is raising questions about the efficacy of the Afghan security force, amid reports that the Afghan army and police are experiencing record losses from their ranks.

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John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed a daughter Saturday and on Monday, royal officials confirmed the baby's name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Her official title will be Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

The baby girl was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the same place where Kate, 33, gave birth to the couple's first child, Prince George, in July 2013. The new baby is now fourth in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, William and George.

The naming of the second royal baby is similar in time frame to when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose George Alexander Louis for their first child. George was born on July 22 and his name was released a little more than a day later.

The announcements of Charlotte and George's names were actually much sooner than their father and grandfather. Prince William's full name is William Arthur Philip Louis. When William was born on June 21, 1982, his parents didn't reveal his name until one week later. William's father, Prince Charles, was a month old before his name was made public.

William's brother, Harry, has been an exception. His name was announced on the day he was born.

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SpaceX(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- SpaceX faces a crucial test this week when the private space company shows off the emergency capabilities of the Crew Dragon, a capsule that could one day ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

The launch pad abort test is scheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The test represents the first big hurdle for SpaceX's crew vessel, which will have to show it is ready to meet NASA's safety standards.

While no humans will be on board the spacecraft, an emergency evacuation will be simulated on the launch pad. Eight SuperDraco engines will lift Dragon 5,000 feet above the launch pad, according to NASA, before it parachutes and falls into the Atlantic Ocean.

The spacecraft is expected to land a mile from shore and will be recovered at the end of the test, which NASA said should take around a minute and a half.

Being able to abort a launch and safely evacuate crew is a crucial milestone SpaceX will need to pass before the capsule begins transporting astronauts as early as 2017.

In the interim, NASA has been purchasing seats aboard the Russian Soyuz.

NASA last year awarded multi-billion dollar deals to Boeing and SpaceX for development of spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from space.

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Doctors Without Borders(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- After the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal left at least 7,000 dead, Doctors Without Borders brought new life into the world, delivering a baby girl in Bhaktapur.

Doctors Without Borders surgeons delivered the baby on May 1, making it the first they'd delivered in the area since the quake. According to the organization's website, it was an emergency delivery.

The earthquake shook the Kathmandu Valley more than a week ago. According to the United Nations, the natural disaster affected 8.1 million people.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second child, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, is just days old, but royal watchers are already looking to what’s ahead for the royal bundle of joy.

Here is a look at the details, photos and more we can expect in the weeks and months ahead for Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and her royal family:

Move to Anmer Hall: Duchess Kate, 33, brought Princess Charlotte home from St. Mary's Hospital on Saturday to the family's home at Kensington Palace. It was there that Charlotte met her grandparents and spent more time with her older brother, Prince George, but it is not likely where Charlotte will spend her first few months. Instead, Kate and William will likely move their two children in the coming days to Anmer Hall, their 10-bedroom home on the queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

The couple spent nearly $2.5 million to renovate the property and the 10-bedroom home has plenty of space for William and Kate to welcome relatives. The home's more remote location also gives William and Kate the opportunity to ensure their children have a childhood away from the prying eyes of the public.

Registering the Birth: Prince William and Kate registered Prince George’s birth on Aug. 2, 2013, 10 days after his birth. The palace released on the same day a photo of the registration, which listed William and Kate’s occupations as prince of the United Kingdom and princess of the United Kingdom, respectively.

First Official Photo: Just a few days shy of Prince George’s 1-month birthday, Prince William and Kate chose to release the first official image of George in 2013. The duke and duchess decided to forgo professional portraits in favor of a few backyard snapshots taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton.

Christening: Prince William and Kate held the christening for Prince George in October 2013, three months after their son’s birth. It is quite likely that Princess Charlotte will be christened in late July, before the Queen heads to Balmoral.

Princess Charlotte would be outfitted in the same gown worn by Prince George, an exact replica of Queen Victoria’s first child's gown from 174 years ago. The gown has been used for every generation of royal infants, totaling 62 royal babies in all and including the queen's father, King George, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. The gown was so delicate it was deemed too fragile for further use and remade by the Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly, in 2004.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Desperation drove almost 6,000 people to risk their lives on the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend.

Italy, with the help of French ships, pulled 5,800 migrants from 17 overcrowded boats. They also recovered 10 bodies of people who drowned when their boat capsized.

So far this year, almost 1,800 people have died trying to make it from Libya to southern Italy. That's 20 times the number of people who died last year during the same time period trying to make it to Europe.

Observers say more migrants are attempting the perilous crossing because the number of conflicts have risen in the past year.

After 800 died last month in one single capsize, Europe agreed to triple the size of its naval patrol operation to help Italy. It's also threatened to target smugglers' boats with military strikes and is considering how to make it easier for refugees to make claims without risking the dangerous crossing.

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Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images(LONDON) — When choosing their second child’s name, Kate Middleton and Prince William went the sentimental route.

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is an homage to both sides of the Duke and Duchess’s families.

Charlotte is one of the oldest and most iconic names associated with the royal family, first used by the eldest daughter of King George III in 1766. Charlotte is also the feminine form of Charles, the new baby’s paternal grandfather, and the middle name of her only aunt, Kate’s sister Pippa.

Elizabeth, meanwhile, is a tribute to the baby’s paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to whom the Duke of Cambridge is close. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning monarch on Sept. 9. Her coronation took place on June 2, 1953, when she was 25 years old.

Elizabeth is also the name of Prince William’s great grandmother, the Queen Mother Elizabeth. She was the beloved grandmother of Prince Charles, who was a constant presence to the nation during WW II.

The name is rooted in history: Elizabeth also ruled in the 16th and 17th centuries.

And finally, there’s the name Diana, perhaps most famously associated with William’s late mother. The former Princess of Wales died at the age of 36 in 1997 after a car accident in Paris. The European root of the name means “divine or heavenly."

Diana in recent weeks had been the sentimental favorite among the British population, however few thought it would be a first name for the child.

Patrick Jephson, Princess Diana’s Chief of Staff up until her death, told ABC News people worried that naming the baby Diana would create a bit of a burden, though it could also be inspirational.

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Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — Now that Duchess Kate is home from the hospital with her newborn daughter, she, Prince William and their older child, Prince George, are spending time at their home in nearby Kensington Palace.

After that, Kate, Prince William, Prince George and the new baby are likely to retreat to their country home, Anmer Hall, a 10-bedroom home on the queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

It is there, in a quiet, small town atmosphere, that William, 32, and Kate, 33, intend to settle for the first few months of the princess’s life.

"There's a huge amount of private space there," royal commentator and writer Roya Nikkhah told ABC News recently. "There's an enormous garden. There's tennis, there's swimming — but all in one place.”

“They don't have to get protection officers to take them from one bit to the other as they do in London,” Nikkhah said.

The couple spent nearly $2.5 million to renovate the property including a conservatory, a new kitchen and a new roof. Kate has been seen at the local shops even bargaining for a discount as she decorates the mansion so she and William can call it home.

The 10-bedroom home has plenty of space for William and Kate to welcome relatives — including Kate’s Middleton clan — who want to be a part of George and the new baby’s upbringing. William and Kate spent last Christmas at the home alongside family and Anmer Hall is where William and his brother, Prince Harry, vacationed as children, themselves.

Some of the couple's closest friends and family are still in Norfolk, an area commonly known as the "Norfolk Riviera" because of its short distance from the seaside. The area gives the Duke and Duchess the privacy and lifestyle they enjoyed in their seaside home in Wales, where they spent their earliest years of marriage..

Hugh Van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William and Harry's, is godfather to Prince George and lives in Norfolk. His curly-haired daughter, Grace, stole the show as William and Kate’s flower girl at their wedding by covering her ears and is also William's goddaughter.

Van Cutsem's family, wealthy landowners and bankers, rented Anmer Hall for 10 years and William and Harry spent many years in the countryside hunting, riding and playing with the Van Cutsem sons. The home was given to Prince William by his grandmother, the queen, on his 30th birthday.

William's cousin, Laura Fellowes, a writer who is the daughter of Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Fellowes, lives nearby with her husband two children, while James Meade, a friend of Prince William from Eton, and his wife, Laura, are old family friends who also have a place near Anmer Hall.

William's mother, the late Princess Diana, was born on the Sandringham estate, a stone's throw from Anmer Hall, in 1961. Diana was raised in the estate's Park House and her family rented the property for many years from the royal family until the Spencers moved to their ancestral home, Althorp.

Princess Diana wanted as normal a life as possible for William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, and William is following suit so he can ensure his children have a similar life away from the prying eyes of the public.

There are several local pubs William and Kate frequent in the area, about 120 miles outside of London. The Dabbling Duck, The Crown, and the Kings Head Hotel in Great Bircham are favorites of the couple. The Duke and Duchess were spotted at the Kings Head sharing the grilled sea bream with arrabiata sauce and then shared a vanilla ice cream together, according to the Daily Express newspaper.

Kate has also been spotted with Prince George at the local petting zoo at Snettisham Farm Park and is often seen at the local playground.

"It's a kind of completely enclosed childhood,” said Nikkhah of what Anmer Hall provides. “And I think that's what William and Kate, particularly William, wants for his children. He wants to have that incredibly normal life that's completely private, that's away from the spotlight."

Setting up base at Anmer Hall also provides the young family a chance to support Prince William's new career as an air ambulance helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service, located quite close to Anmer Hall.

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to spend most of the summer at Anmer Hall getting to know her second child, taking maternity leave to be with Prince George and the baby. After the birth of Prince George, Kate returned to official royal engagements after about five weeks of leave but this time she’s expected to take considerably more leave with her family.

Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace in London will remain the family's official home.

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STR/AFP/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — A 101-year-old man was rescued from the rubble of his home in one of the countless villages that were devastated in the earthquake that hit Nepal last week, killing more than 7,000 people.

Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center said the rescue occurred in Kimtang village, in the Nuwakot district, about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu.

A police official told Agence France Press that Phanchu Tamang — whose name is also spelled Fenchu — had only minor injuries, despite being trapped in his demolished home since the earthquake hit on April 25.

"He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable," police officer Arun Kumar Singh told AFP.

Officials have said they fear that the death toll will climb much higher as search and rescue teams reach more and more of the mountainous country's isolated villages.

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Bas Stubert/iStock/Thinkstock(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- The first U.S. aircraft sent to Nepal to assist in relief efforts after last week's deadly earthquake arrived on Sunday afternoon, with four more expected to arrive later in the day.

A UH-1Y helicopter arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday via a C-17 cargo plane, the United States Pacific Command said in a press release. Two additional helicopters are expected to reach Nepal in the coming days, while four MV-22 Osprey tilt-totor aircraft and two C-130 transport aircraft are slated to arrive Sunday evening.

The aircraft were sent to help deliver earthquake relief to remote areas.

The first helicopter was expected to reach Nepal on Saturday, but was slowed, though U.S. Pacific Command did not offer an explanation for the delay.

The number of people killed in the quake has now surpassed 7,000, the Nepalese government said.

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Ivan Cholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- The U.S.-led coalition conducted 41 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in the last week, targeting ISIS militants in the region.

A news release from the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve indicated that 18 of the strikes took place in Syria, with 23 in Iraq. The strikes were spread out within each nation, though the most targeted areas were near Kobani and Raqqah in Syria and Beiji and Fallujah in Iraq.

The coalition said that the Kobani strikes hit eight ISIS units, seven fighting positions and a pair of vehicles, while the Raqqah targets denied the militant group a tactical advantage.

The U.S. has said that its operations in the region aim at limiting ISIS' ability to project terror and conduct operations.

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LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton's newborn princess has already received her first royal visitors.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the Duke and Duchess Sunday, a Kensington Palace spokesman said.

Kate's parents and sister, Pippa Middleton, also visited.

While Prince Harry wasn't there to meet his new niece in person, according to Kensington Palace, he said, "She is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to meet her."

"The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world," a Kensington Palace spokesman said. "It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter."

The baby's name has not yet been released but she has already made her world debut.

The newborn's first sighting was Saturday evening, as her parents posed outside the Lindo Wing. She was wrapped in a white blanket in the Duchess of Cambridge's arms.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at 8:34 a.m. local time Saturday, Kensington Palace said. The newborn weighed in at 8 pounds and 3 ounces and both mother and daughter were said to be doing well.

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goralikus/iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) -- Officials in South Korea confirmed on Sunday that a 21-year-old South Korean student at New York University is being held in North Korea.

The student, identified as Won Moon Joo, is in his third year at NYU, says a school spokesman.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that it is "personally troubling to think of a student, obviously a very young person, in a repressive country and potentially in danger."

"We're very, very concerned," the mayor added.

The New York Times quotes a school spokesman, who said that the 21-year-old "is not taking classes this semester, and the university was unaware of his travels." Still, the spokesman said that NYU had been in touch with both the U.S. State Department and the South Korean Embassy.

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Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- More than 800 Iraqis were killed and nearly 2,000 more injured by terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April, says the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq.

UNAMI released it's monthly report on casualties in Iraq on Saturday, showing 535 Iraq civilians were killed, along with 277 members of the Iraqi Security Forces. An additional 1,456 civilians and 270 ISF fighters were wounded.

The governorate of Baghdad was most heavily impacted by violence, with 319 civilian deaths and 846 injuries last month.

The report, as always, does not include the casualty figures from the Anbar province.

"Scores of innocent Iraqis are falling every day," said United Nations Special Representative for the Secretary-General Jan Kubis. "Victims of criminal terrorist acts and of the ongoing armed conflict in some of the country's provinces."

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