U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo spoke at a conference at the Vatican today which is being attended by leaders of different faiths, heads of state, scientists and thinkers. The participants in the conference released a statement saying that nature “is a precious gift entrusted to our common care, making it our moral duty to respect rather than ravage the garden that is our home." The meeting comes ahead of Pope Francis’ encyclical (a letter sent out to bishops) this summer, which is expected to directly address climate change and the Church. World leaders will soon meet again in Paris to discuss climate change and how it will continue to be addressed globally ... Discuss

According to a new report from the U.N., 8 million people have been affected by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal this weekend. That’s a quarter of the country’s entire population. The earthquake has leveled countless structures, and caused massive shortages in food, water and electricity. The U.N. said that currently, 1.4 million residents require food aid, nearly 8,000 are injured and the earthquake has killed at least 4,310—though that number could dramatically increase in the coming days. Tens of thousands are still sleeping outside, as aftershocks continue to effect areas near the heavily-populated city of Kathmandu. Though aid has begun to arrive, even the airport has been dramatically effected, with flights having difficulty getting in and out. Organizations including CARE, WorldVision, The Red Cross and many others are accepting donations to help the people of Nepal ... Discuss

This footage, shot with a unmanned drone by a Reuters reporter over the city of Kathmandu in Nepal shows the widespread destruction of this weekend’s massive earthquake. At least 3,600 were killed, and tens of thousands lost their homes ... Discuss

A large earthquake and a series of aftershocks has killed at least 3,600 people in Nepal, injuring at least 6,300 more. Tens of thousands are now without homes or shelter as the government of the small, impoverished country begs the international community to help its residents. This weekend’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake was the largest to hit the country in nearly eight decades. The earthquake struck near the country’s largest city Kathmandu, destroying large factories, ancient temples and countless homes.

The government's chief secretary and rescue coordinator told reporters, "We are appealing for tents, dry goods, blankets, mattresses, and 80 different medicines ... that we desperately need now. We don't have the helicopters that we need or the expertise to rescue the people trapped." Organizations including CARE, WorldVision, The Red Cross and many others are currently orchestrating aid efforts and are seeking further donations to help the people effected by this massive disaster ... Discuss

Italian police have arrested 18 people who were allegedly part of a terrorist network with connections to al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. Authorities say the group, which had been working from the island of Sardinia since 2005, had been part of several terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including a 2009 bombing that killed over 100 people. They also said the group had planned to take down the Pakistani government and planned a 2010 attack on Pope Benedict that never got carried out. The members of the network were Pakistani and Afghan nationals, some of whom are believed to have been former bodyguards for Osama Bin Laden. “"In a wiretapped conversation, one of them ... boasted that Bin Laden sent him personally to Italy," a police official leading the raids told NBC News. "We believe they were in touch with people who knew the whereabouts of Bin Laden” ... Discuss

An MMA fight promoter may have just invented the world’s next great sport: Knight fighting. Russia’s M-1 Global recently launched a new division of their MMA tournaments—fittingly called M-1 Medieval—in which two fighters armed with dull swords and suits of armor fight it out in an octagon for three rounds of pure glory. After watching a video of the first bout, it’s undeniable that this is the true sport of kings. It is now only a matter of time before Knight Fights become the globe’s most popular game. The revolution has begun ... Discuss