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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(LONDON) -- A murder investigation has been launched after 39 dead bodies were discovered in a semi tractor-trailer near London, police said Wednesday.

Emergency services were called to an industrial park in Grays, Essex, at around 1:40 a.m. local time, when the vehicle was discovered to have people inside. Thirty-nine people, one of whom was a teenager according to early indications, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths.

The vehicle is believed to have originated from Bulgaria and entered the U.K. via the town of Holyhead on Oct. 19, police said. A cordon has been placed around the industrial park and an investigation has begun to identify the victims and determine the exact circumstances behind the deaths. The Home Office, the government department responsible for domestic security and immigration, will be working with Essex police on the investigation.

"This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives," Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said in a statement. "Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened. We are in the process of identifying the victims, however I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process."

"We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our enquiries continue," he added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the news as "tragic," and said he was receiving regular updates from the authorities as they piece together what happened.

"I’m appalled by this tragic incident in Essex," he tweeted. "I am receiving regular updates and the Home Office will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened. My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives & their loved ones."

Jackie Doyle-Price, the local Member of Parliament, described the incident as "sickening" and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

"Sickening news of 39 people found dead in a container in Grays," she posted in a tweet. "People trafficking is a vile and dangerous business. This is a big investigation for @EssexPoliceUK. Lets hope they bring these murderers to justice."

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omersukrugoksu/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement to share control of Syria's northern border superseding a deal between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that was reached last Thursday.

The deal came just before the U.S.-Turkish halt in hostilities reached its deadline, with a senior Trump administration official touting it as "one of the best ceasefires I've ever seen."

But as the remaining 1,000 U.S. troops withdraw from northeast Syria at President Donald Trump's command, critics have blasted his administration as ceding this territory to Turkey, Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has overseen a brutal war against his own people, and giving up leverage to accomplish U.S. goals in the region, including ensuring the defeat of the Islamic State and expelling Iranian forces from Syria that threaten U.S. allies, especially Israel.

After the announcement, the U.S. special envoy for Syria told the Senate Tuesday that Putin took "a page from what we have done" and came up with a "similar ceasefire in many regards for the rest of northeast Syria, except the Turks got even less" -- meaning Russia got more out of its negotiations with Turkey than the U.S. team.

The deal between Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for Syrian Kurdish forces and their weapons to be removed from a buffer zone the length of the border in northeastern Syria -- an expansive area where these forces live now that extends 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) in from the border. Turkey would maintain control of the portion it now has, thanks to its agreement with the U.S., while Assad's forces, backed by Russia, would secure the rest of it.

It was unclear Tuesday whether the Syrian Kurdish forces, known as the YPG, would agree to that or whether they were consulted on the deal. The YPG constituted the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, the fighting force that effectively served as U.S. ground troops in the fight against ISIS.

If the YPG exit this area in the next 150 hours, or just over six days, then Russian and Turkish military units will conduct joint patrols at the 10 km line to ensure the deal meets what Turkey says are its security concerns about Kurdish terrorists in the area. Turkey considers the once U.S.-backed YPG to be a terrorist organization, indistinguishable from Kurdish separatists across the border in Turkey that Ankara and Washington both consider terrorists.

In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria and for defeating ISIS, cast some doubt on the Russia-Turkish deal, saying it's "not particularly believable" that Russia can get the YPG out of the area.

"Turkey has not really gained all that much from this, as I said, but in the process has scrambled the entire northeast, undercut our efforts against ISIS, and brought in the Russians and Syrian regime forces in a way that's really tragic for everyone involved," he said, adding at another point that ISIS is now "emboldened" by the situation.

But he again denied blame for the Trump administration. While he said it was not "inevitable" that Turkey conducted this operation, he said Erdogan and his government chose to act "unwisely and dangerously ... despite warning after warning and incentive after incentive" from the U.S. not to do this, including from Trump himself.

Before the deal was announced, the U.S. had warned Turkey and Russia against "any agreement ... that would undermine the security and stability and the current calm that we now have in the far northeast of Syria," according to the senior administration official.

But they also said the U.S. opposed "any Turkish kinetic military operation that moves forward" from the territory Turkey currently controls under the U.S.-Turkish deal announced last week.

That agreement called for a 120-hour, or five-day, "pause" in Turkey's offensive into northeastern Syria against the YPG. During that time, the U.S. facilitated the exit of YPG fighters and the dismantlement of their heavy weapons -- something that the SDF commander, Gen. Mazloum Abdi, told Pence they had completed in a letter delivered on Tuesday. The senior administration official told reporters that the U.S. was "fairly confident" that was the case, but was working with Turkey now to address their questions on it.

"If the Turks can find any (Kurdish fighters) inside the safe zone ... the Turks will either let us know or they'll shoot them if they find them because the Turkish ceasefire does not involve people who are behind their lines," the official added, "but we don't think that's going to happen. We think that Turkey in the end will agree that the withdrawal is taking place."

An SDF spokesperson told ABC News they had withdrawn from the buffer zone, but declined to say more. There was no comment yet from the Turkish side.

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iStock(LONDON) -- A proposed deal that could lead to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU) passed a critical vote in Parliament on Tuesday, but was followed by another vote that failed, suggesting it might not met the required deadline for Brexit to happen.

The first vote Tuesday evening was on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and there were 329 members who voted in favor of the bill, with 299 against.

Debates on the deal started earlier Tuesday after the deal was first published Monday. The lengthy document details a package of laws required to be put in place to help allow the U.K.'s retreat from the EU to happen.

The agreement is upwards of 110 pages long and details the deal reached between the EU and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week.

The second vote that was held Tuesday night was related to the timeline of the further passage of the bill, and that vote failed, meaning that some of the members who voted in favor of the bill voted against the proposed three days they were being given to evaluate and amend the bill.

The second vote failed by a margin of 308 to 322. Those who voted against the timetable complained that the three-day timetable would not be long enough to evaluate such a complicated and lengthy bill.

The move comes as Johnson and his supporters, who are in favor of Brexit, push to take action before an Oct. 31 deadline.

The House of Commons held the votes on Tuesday, and any final version approved by the House of Commons will eventually need to be sent to the Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords, before it is final.

The battle over Brexit has been raging on for years at this point, with various deals being voted down at the hands of both former Prime Minister Theresa May and current Prime Minister Johnson.

Tuesday's vote is a step towards the possible separation, but the timeline of further votes this week remains critical to determining whether or not the final deal will be reached by the Oct. 31 deadline.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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ABC News Illustration(GENEVA) -- Over 7,100 refugees arrived in Iraq from Syria within seven days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, as Turkish forces targeted Kurdish regions after the U.S. withdrew troops.

A majority of the people -- three out of four -- are women and children, including unaccompanied minors, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said at a press briefing in Geneva. Mahecic added that many "require psycho-social first aid" and that some witnessed the violence that has been occurring in the region this month.

The people crossed from northeast Syria into Iraq between last Monday, Oct. 14, and this Monday, Oct. 21. They are primarily being held at a camp at Bardarash, Iraq, which is being managed by the local Board of Relief and Humanitarian Affairs, a UNHCR partner.

The arrivals detailed in this UNHCR report began a week after President Donald Trump announced U.S. troops would be withdrawing from northeast Syria, leaving behind Kurdish forces with whom they had been allied with in the fight against ISIS.

Two days after Trump's announcement, on Oct. 9, as U.S. troops were withdrawing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a Turkish operation had begun in northeast Syria with the stated intention of ridding the area of terrorist threats. The operation targeted many of the Syrian-Kurdish forces the U.S. had supported.

Following international outcry, Vice President Mike Pence announced in Turkey on Thursday, Oct. 17, that Turkey and the U.S. had agreed to a 120-hour "ceasefire," giving Kurdish forces time to withdraw from a 20-mile-deep "safe zone" on the Turkish-Syrian border to be controlled by Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was a "pause in Turkey's operation" and "not a ceasefire."

By Friday morning, eyewitnesses reported that violence was still ongoing as it appeared Turkish artillery continued shelling Ras al-Ayn, a Syrian city on the Turkish border.

Trump said on Twitter Friday that Erdogan told him "there was minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated."

The 120-hour "pause" expires Tuesday night.

Mahecic of the UNHCR said the refugees are being provided hot meals, transportation, shelter and identification of unaccompanied minors, among other resources, and that the camp at Bardarash has "a water network, an electricity grid and a sewage system."

However, Mahecic said, those networks at the Bardarash camp need to be expanded as more people arrive.

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NataliaCatalina/iStock(LONDON) -- New details are emerging about how Prince William is reportedly reacting to a documentary in which Prince Harry said he and William are currently "on different paths."

William, 37, reportedly watched the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey on Sunday night, when it aired in the U.K., according to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie.

"Kensington Palace sources say that William actually watched the documentary with the rest of the nation and they say that he was worried about what he saw on the screen," said Scobie. "He said that he has concerns for Harry, that he thinks he is fragile."

Harry and Meghan: An African Journey -- which airs in the U.S. on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC -- follows Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, through their 10-day tour of Southern Africa earlier this month and explores what has been happening behind the scenes for the couple.

Tune into Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET, on the ABC Television Network.


Both Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, spoke candidly with ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby about the struggles and pressures they are experiencing in the public eye.

Some of the most recent British tabloid headlines the couple has faced have been about William and Harry, suggesting a rift between the only children of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Harry addressed the rumors in his interview with Brady.

"Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it's under, inevitably stuff happens," he said. "But look we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers."

"We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me," Harry added. "We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy but I love him dearly."

"The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers it’s just as I said, you have good days, you have bad days," he said.

Since Harry and Meghan's wedding last year, the two brothers have split their royal households, divided their charitable foundations and lost their status as neighbors when Harry and Meghan moved from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage.

Royal sources say that William and Harry speak less than they have done in recent years, according to Scobie, who added, "what their relationship will be moving forward is for everyone to find out."

While William and other royal family members were out of the loop on Harry and Meghan's new documentary, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had the support of Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, according to Scobie.

Tune into Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET, on the ABC Television Network.

"The royal family motto’s is never complain, never explain but for Harry, he has worn his heart on his sleeve," Scobie said. "He has championed mental health. He wants to remove the stigma around the subject ... this documentary is very much living proof of that."

Some royal fans have shown support for Harry and Meghan's vulnerability in speaking out about how they are holding up under the public pressure, with the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan trending on Twitter.

Harry and Meghan, who recently announced legal action against some British tabloids, wanted the public to see that side of them behind the scenes, according to Scobie.

"Harry and Meghan have been under an intense amount of scrutiny from the British tabloids and they wanted this documentary to be an insight into their minds and how they’ve really taken it," he said. "Both of them say that they haven’t been OK, that they’ve really struggled to deal with this."

"Now this will be their biggest challenge moving forward, to put up with the constant attacks from the press," he added.

Tune into Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET, on the ABC Television Network.


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Piotr Krzeslak/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The images are stunning, but the cause is bittersweet. Victor the cameraman eagle soars over the Alps with a GoPro on his back to catalogue the impact of temperature rise on Western Europe’s highest mountain range. But the Eagle Wings Foundation, who organizes Victor's flights, also hopes that the videos will inspire people to care more about the environment.

“We want to raise attention about climate change,” Ronald Menzel told ABC News. “Glaciers are disappearing. We know that in 100 years we’re not going to have any glaciers in the Alps.”

Menzel is one of the co-founders of the Eagle Wings Foundation, a project that combines photos, video and satellite imagery to document humankind’s effect on the planet. “This project talks about the impact of climate change on the Alps, in a very original way,” he says.

Victor is a nine-year-old white tailed eagle. He was raised in captivity and trained by his owner Jacques-Olivier Travers who first had the idea to strap a GoPro to his back.

After a quick snack Victor glides down the mountain side, hugging the contours of the terrain and taking advantage of air currents that lift him and aid his flight. He is held by falconer Eva Meyrier on the mountainside at the Plan de l’Aiguille and flies the four kilometres to Jacques-Olivier Travers down in the town of Chamonix as soon as he spots him. Victor arrives at the bottom in just over four minutes.

Eagles have excellent eye sight but four kilometres is Victor’s limit, Meyrier explains to ABC News. “We did so many flights with different lengths,” she says, that “you can tell when Victor doesn’t see Jacques-Olivier anymore and it’s more or less 4 km.” Travers always wears orange, and he always stands in an orange target, in a green field, which Victor has been taught to recognise. When he flies greater distances than for kilometres, Victor aims for a green field, knowing that he will find his handler there.

Eagles are intelligent, they really learn. Once, says Meyrier, he landed in the Chamonix golf course – the first green space he saw. “He was waiting next to the road … it’s something not normal for an eagle, but he has learned that somebody will pick him up!”

“Victor is the perfect ambassador,” says Menzel, as he shows how beautiful the planet is from a unique point of view. “We want to use these amazing images to show the world how beautiful it is and that it’s worth doing things to preserve this environment,” he adds. “We have to act right now so that the changes do not become totally irreversible.”

Data shows that the average global temperature has increased by 0.8 degrees centigrade. But in the Alps overall the temperature has increased by 1.5 centigrade. And at Mont Blanc, says Menzel, it’s 2 degrees. “Climate change is affecting the Alps much more than the rest of Europe. Places that have more extreme climates see a bigger impact. The Alps are experiencing changes that are really dramatic.”

We are already seeing glacier shrinkage, and alpine wildlife is losing habitat – including the habitat of white tailed eagles like Victor. Humans should take note too, and not only those who live within a risk zone of crumbling glaciers.

“Everyone unanimously agrees that mountains are so beautiful,” said Dr. Jan Beutel a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, talking to ABC News. But they are also a vital water supply around the world. “The Alps represent the ‘water tower’ of Europe and form the watershed of the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea/North Atlantic Ocean, and the Black Sea” according to the World Glacier Monitoring Service. And not just the Alps; all the water that comes from the Rocky Mountains is fed from glaciers, Beutel explains. Without glaciers, people have to rely on rain only. “You live in Kansas and you don’t think you have anything to do with mountains,” he says. "But it’s all connected."

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BrianAJackson/iStock(LONDON) -- The U.K. police department in charge of investigating the traffic collision that killed a British teenager sparking a diplomatic row have said they will be travelling to the U.S. to interview Anne Sacoolas, the American diplomat's wife who was involved in a crash.

Chief Constable Nick Adderley of Northamptonshire Police said that officers would be travelling to the U.S. to interview the suspect, although they did not name her in the press conference.

“The suspect has cooperated fully with police and authorities and requested to be interviewed by British police officers under caution in the United States," Adderley said. “She did not want to provide a pre-prepared statement, as is her right. As soon as we have the visas available officers from Northamptonshire police will be travelling to the United States.”

Police would still not be naming her because she had not yet given a full account of what happened with the collision, he said.

Dunn was riding his motorcycle along a roadway in the village of Croughton, England, on the night of Aug. 27, when a car traveling in the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road hit him head-on. The teen was taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Oxford, where he died soon after, according to Northamptonshire Police.

The crash occurred less than a mile down the road from Royal Air Force Croughton, commonly known as RAF Croughton, which is a British military station that houses an intelligence-gathering base operated by the United States Air Force. Sacoolas, whose husband is a U.S. diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom, is believed to have been the one driving the car.

Northamptonshire Police are treating Sacoolas as a suspect in the fatal crash investigation, although they have not officially named her.

Sacoolas fled the United Kingdom after apparently claiming diplomatic immunity, which protects diplomats and their family members from prosecution or lawsuits under the host nation's laws. Dunn's family have repeatedly called on Sacoolas to come back to the U.K. to face the investigation.

President Donald Trump himself spoke out about the incident, describing it as a “terrible accident” while conceding it was a “very complex issue” due to Sacoolas’ claim of diplomatic immunity earlier this month.

The British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has said that Sacoolas is no longer covered by diplomatic immunity since she fled the country.

"We have pressed strongly for a waiver of immunity, so that justice can be done in Harry's case," Raab wrote in a letter to Dunn’s parents seen by ABC News early October. "Whilst the U.S. government has steadfastly declined to give that waiver, that is not the end of the matter."

But in the press conference Tuesday, which Adderley described as “fairly unprecedented” at this stage in an investigation, police said their sole aim was to make sure justice was done, despite the diplomatic furor that was prompted by the incident, which has seen Dunn’s parents personally speak to Trump.

“Forget the immunity, from the police’s point of view we have to make sure we maintain the integrity of all the evidence,” he said. “Should we get to the point of extradition we want to insure she has a fair trial.”

Sacoolas being in the U.S. “frustrates the investigation, but does not stop it,” he added.

The diplomat's wife has issued a written apology to Dunn's family, which his mother, Charlotte Charles, described as "not strong enough."

"I think she needs to just face what she's done," Charles told ABC News in October. "We're a normal family and we're not out for revenge."

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omersukrugoksu/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- There have been internal discussions about possibly keeping some U.S. troops in eastern Syria near oil fields, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters in Afghanistan on Monday, but he added that no options had been presented to President Donald Trump.

Hours later, the president seemed to indicate support for the idea when he told reporters at a cabinet meeting that it would not be necessary to keep American troops in Syria, "other than that we secure the oil."

A senior U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that an idea being discussed at the Pentagon is keeping a mixture of U.S. troops and European partners close to the oil fields so that the fields do not become a target for the Syrian regime and their Russian military backers.

The New York Times was the first to report that the president was leaning towards keeping about 200 American troops in the oil fields located in eastern Syria.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted about the U.S. troops who were close to the oil fields.

"USA troops are not in combat or ceasefire zones. We have secured the Oil," he tweeted.

The U.S. is in the process of withdrawing all of its 1,000 troops from northeast Syria in a phased process, with the exception of a small force that Trump said last week would remain at At-Tanf garrison near the border with Jordan to deter the Islamic State. Trump indicated the decision to keep the troops there was prompted by a request from Israel and Jordan. U.S. officials have previously said that the presence of about 150 service members at that facility is intended to deter Iran from transporting weapons into Syria.

At a news conference in Afghanistan on Monday, Esper said that the U.S. troops near oil fields in eastern Syria were in place because the phased withdrawal is fully underway to the west, near the Kobani Landing Zone. That airstrip, about 20 miles south of the border city of Kobani, is where American forces in western Syria have consolidated from smaller outposts. They will move their equipment and personnel either by air or ground convoy in a process that Esper said would take "weeks, not days."

"We presently have troops in a couple cities that are located right near that area," said Esper. "The purpose is to deny access to -- specifically -- revenue to ISIS and other groups that may want to seek that revenue to enable their own maligned activities. There has been a discussion about possibly doing it but no decision with regard to numbers."

On Monday, video emerged on social media showing Kurdish protesters in the eastern border town of Qamishli hurling potatoes at U.S. vehicles that were escorting semi-trucks, presumably carrying equipment to Iraq.

Esper also disclosed that -- for the first time -- American military drones were being used to monitor the ceasefire between Turkey and Syrian Kurds, which he had earlier characterized as "generally holding."

"We are allocating some ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets to monitor, as best we can, specific areas of the new safety zone, if you will, to monitor to the best we can the ceasefire," Esper said.

"It's difficult to do from the air, you're often impeded by weather you don't get the precision of visibility that you need," he added. "We're trying to support that the best we can with the resources we have."

It remains unclear what will happen when the 120-hour ceasefire negotiated by the U.S. ends on Tuesday.

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Cesare Ferrari/iStock(LONDON) — The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to pose an international emergency as the deadly virus emerges in a remote gold mining area.

The global health arm of the United Nations convened its technical advisory committee on Friday to review the situation since first declaring the Ebola epidemic -- the second-deadliest in history -- a "public health emergency of international concern" on July 17. The rare designation, which often mobilizes more resources and commands global attention, will be maintained for at least another three months.

"This remains a complex and dangerous outbreak," WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference Friday, after accepting the committee's recommendation to keep the emergency status.

A total of 3,239 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern provinces of North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu since Aug. 1 of last year, according to Congolese health officials, and 3,123 of those individuals have tested positive for Ebola virus disease, which is transmitted through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person and causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever.

There have been 2,169 deaths so far, including 2,053 people who died from confirmed cases of Ebola. The other deaths are considered probable cases. Just over a thousand people sickened with the virus have recovered, according to Congolese health officials.

This is the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the most severe there since 1976, when scientists first identified the virus near the eponymous Ebola River. It's also one of the worst on record anywhere, second only to the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in multiple West African nations that infected 28,652 people and killed 11,325, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The WHO director-general on Friday noted the "very impressive progress" since the advisory committee last met, with the expanded screening and contact tracing, strengthened infection prevention and control, intensified preparedness efforts in neighboring nations and the implementation of new vaccination strategies.

"So far, these efforts are working," Tedros said.

The number of new Ebola cases has consistently declined each week for the past month. There were just 15 new confirmed cases reported during Oct. 7-13, compared with the peak of nearly 130 cases during one week in April, according to the WHO's advisory committee.

Health officials have managed to contain the virus in former hot spots such as Beni, a conflict-torn Congolese city that was the initial epicenter of the current outbreak. They have also successfully prevented further transmission in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, as well as in Uganda, where an infected Congolese family traveled across the border in June.

"But these encouraging trends should be interpreted with caution," Tedros warned.

While the number of affected areas has reduced, there has been a shift in hot spots from urban settings to more rural, remote communities with "major security challenges," according to the WHO's advisory committee. Many of the most recent cases were clustered in the Biakato Mine area in northeastern Ituri province, where there is both legal and illegal mining activities for gold, diamonds and other minerals.

"Although the outbreak is now concentrated in a smaller geographic area," Tedros said, "that region is more rural and difficult to reach."

This is the first Ebola outbreak to occur in an active war zone. Health workers have faced sporadic attacks by armed groups operating in the region, which have hampered response efforts. Political instability, a highly mobile population, community mistrust and the spread of misinformation have also posed challenges to bringing the yearlong epidemic under control.

The WHO director-general said the risk of spread within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to neighboring nations remains "very high," but still low at the global level. The advisory committee will meet again to reassess the situation in three months.

"We must treat every case as if it is the first, because every single case has the potential to spark a new and bigger outbreak," Tedros said. "Until we reach zero cases, we are in full response mode."

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konstantin32/iStock(PARIS) -- France's anti-terrorism prosecutor's office announced Monday morning that investigations into the terror attacks on Nov. 13, 2015 that killed 130 people in Paris have ended.

The attacks at cafes, a Bataclan concert hall, and outside a stadium in Saint-Denis -- which also wounded more than 350 -- were the deadliest committed on French soil since the Second World War.

Four years after ISIS claimed responsibility, the investigations revealed a much larger jihadist cell behind these attacks with ramifications throughout Europe but mainly in Belgium, according to AFP.

On March 22, 2016, the cell also hit the Brussels airport and metro, killing 32 people.

The five magistrates who investigated the attacks indicted 14 people, 11 of whom were placed in pre-trial detention. The other three were placed under court supervision, according to the prosecutor's office's press release.

Among them is Salah Abdeslam, the only member still alive of the three jihadist commandos who perpetrated the attacks, who is currently being held in France after his arrest in Belgium in 2016.

A total of 1,740 people, including victims and the families of the victims, will be civil parties in the trial against him and other suspects, which is not expected to happen for another year.

French judges closed another investigation on Monday, according to local newspaper Franceinfo, relating to the foiled terror attack on the Thalys train linking Paris to Amsterdam in which a member of the same terrorist cell responsible for the 2015 attacks, armed with a Kalashnikov, opened fire and wounded two passengers.

The 26 year-old attacker was famously overpowered by three American soldiers on vacation.

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Jo Wing Ying/iStock(HONG KONG) -- The Hong Kong Police have come under fire as video surfaced of one of its crowd clearing water canon trucks sprayed blue tinted water towards the entrance of the city’s largest mosque.

As violent protests escalated on Sunday, Hong Kong Police moved to clear the streets using tear gas and a truck equipped with high pressure water cannons.

The truck stopped Sunday in front of the Kowloon Mosque, aiming its water cannons in the direction of the front gate where a small group of journalists and bystanders had gathered.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam happened to be outside of the Mosque and shared video of what it looked like from the bystanders point of view on his Facebook page.

The blue dyed water doused the front gate and stairs to the mosque before the truck moved on in its crowd clearing mission. The coloring is used to help the police catch front line protesters after they disperse.

Shortly after the incident took place, many citizens came out to help clean the gate and stairs of the mosque.

In a message on its Facebook page, the Muslim Council of Hong Kong wrote that they do not believe the Mosque was targeted, but many have taken to social media to express outrage.

The Hong Kong Police force called the event “unfortunate” on its official twitter feed and wrote “The Police respect religious freedom in Hong Kong and will strive to protect all places of worship.”

Sunday Hong Kong saw it’s 20th consecutive weekend of protests where protesters blocked roads, vandalized businesses and set fire to numerous public transportation entrances.

On Monday, as the city continued to clean up from the previous night of violence, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam along with Hong Kong Police chief Stephen Lo visited the mosque to apologize in person.

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NataliaCatalina/iStock(LONDON) -- Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is planning to give her son Archie his first look at his American roots.

Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are expected to bring their 5-month-old son to the U.S. later this year, a royal source confirmed to ABC News.

While no dates for the family's travel from the U.K. to America have been finalized, it is expected they will visit the U.S. towards the end of the year, once they have finished their current commitments.

ABC News understands Harry and Meghan plan to take some time off from royal duties and enjoy some family time, which will include visiting friends and family in the U.S.

Meghan, 38, was born and raised in California and her mom, Doria Ragland, still lives in the Los Angeles area.

The duchess lived in both Los Angeles and Toronto, where she filmed the TV show Suits, prior to her engagement to Prince Harry. She moved to London full-time in late 2017, when her engagement to Harry was announced.

Meghan has made several trips back to the U.S. since her engagement to Harry -- including most recently flying to New York to cheer on Serena Williams at the U.S. Open -- but this will mark Archie's first trip to America and the first trip there as a family of three.

Archie traveled with his parents to Southern Africa earlier this month for the family's 10-day tour. He made one official appearance on the tour, when he joined his parents to meet human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"It’s not lost on us what a huge and significant moment that is and I think Archie will look back at that in so many years and understand that right at the beginning of his life he was fortunate enough to have this moment with one of the best and most impactful leaders of our time," Meghan told ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby about the meeting. "It’s really special."

The new details about Harry and Meghan's expected trip to the U.S. come as the royal couple is speaking out about their behind-the-scenes struggle of living their lives in the spotlight.

"It’s hard," Duchess Meghan told Bradby for the documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. "I don’t think anybody could understand that."

Harry & Meghan: An African Journey -- which airs in the U.S. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC -- follows the couple during their Southern Africa tour.

Prince Harry spoke to Bradby about the pressure he feels to protect Meghan and Archie decades after the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash that involved paparazzi.

"I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect," Harry said. "So everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day and that’s not me being paranoid that’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past."

"And if anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father, be it a husband, be it anyone, you’d probably be doing exactly what I’m doing as well," he said.

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ABC(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gave an unprecedented glimpse into the struggles they face as newlyweds and new parents under the glare of the public spotlight.

"It’s hard," Duchess Meghan told ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby for the documentary, "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey." "I don’t think anybody could understand that."

"In all fairness I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand and hear," said Meghan, who was the California-born star of "Suits" when she met Harry. "But when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’"

Tune into “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey," hosted by "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC Television Network.

"And I very naively -- I’m American. We don’t have that there -- [I said], ‘What are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in any tabloids,'" said the duchess. "I didn’t get it. So it’s been, yeah, it’s been complicated."

"Harry & Meghan: An African Journey" -- which airs in the U.S. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC Television Network -- follows the couple during their 10-day tour of Southern Africa earlier this month.

 High moments on the tour -- which included their son Archie's meeting human rights activist Desmond Tutu and Meghan's engaging with women in South Africa as a "woman of color and as your sister" -- are featured in the film. Yet, the documentary also explores what has been happening behind the scenes for the couple.

Bradby later described Harry and Meghan in an essay about the documentary as "a couple who clearly feel under the most extreme pressure and seem, at times, to be buckling beneath it."

Meghan spoke candidly to Bradby about what she described as unfair treatment by some members of the British press.

 "The biggest thing that I know is that I never thought that this would be easy but I thought it would be fair," she said. "And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile but, I don’t know, just take each day as it comes."

Meghan, who has seen endless headlines splashed about her family and herself, also brought up fairness when asked about the counter argument that, yes, she faces public scrutiny but she also lives a life of power and privilege.

"If things are fair, that completely tracks for me if things are fair," said Meghan, who wed Prince Harry last year. "If I do something wrong I’d be the first one to go, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. I would never do that,’ but when people are saying things that are just untrue and they’re being told they’re untrue but they’re allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel that that’s okay. And that’s different than just scrutiny. That’s, what would you call that? That’s a different beast. It’s really a different beast."

"And I think the grass is always greener," Meghan added. "You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like. I know what it seems like it should be. It’s a very different thing. That’s okay. The good thing is I’ve got my baby and I’ve got my husband and they’re the best."

When asked whether she thinks she can continue on with the pressures of her very public life, Meghan described an ongoing conversation she says she has with Harry.

"I’ve said for a long time to H -- that’s what I call him -- it’s not enough to just survive something. That’s not the point of life," Meghan said. "You’ve got to thrive. You’ve got to feel happy."

"I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried. I really tried," she added. "But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging."

The documentary was underway at the same time that Harry and Meghan announced legal action by Meghan against a British tabloid over privacy concerns.

Shortly after they left South Africa, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry had also started legal action against some U.K. media outlets with regard to "the illegal interception of voicemail messages."

 Before any of that was made public, Harry spoke to Bradby about the pressures he feels to protect his family today, more than two decades after the 1997 death of his mother Princess Diana in a Paris car crash that involved paparazzi.

"My mum clearly taught me a certain set of values of which I will always try and uphold despite the role and the job that sometimes that entails, if you know what I mean," Harry said. "But I think, I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect."

"So everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day and that’s not me being paranoid that’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past," he said. "And if anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father, be it a husband, be it anyone, you’d probably be doing exactly what I’m doing as well."

One of the most poignant moments of Harry and Meghan's trip came when Harry retraced Princess Diana's footsteps at a former active landmine minefield in Angola.

Harry described his mom's death to Bradby as a "wound that festers." He said dealing with the pressure of his royal life and the grief over his mother's death is something that takes "constant management."

"I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back and I suddenly realized, no, actually this is something that I have to manage," he said. "Part of this job and part of any job, like everybody, means putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff but, again, for me and for my wife of course there’s a lot of stuff that hurts, especially when the majority of it is untrue."

"But all we need to do is focus on being real and focus on being the people that we are and standing up for what we believe in," Harry continued. "I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum."

 Harry has in the past credited his older brother, Prince William, with encouraging him to seek help for his mental health in the years after their mom died.

British tabloid headlines have more recently suggested a rift between the two brothers, the only children of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Harry addressed the rumors in his interview with Brady.

"Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under … stuff happens," he said. "But look we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers."

"We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me," Harry added. "We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy but I love him dearly."

"The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers it’s just as I said, you have good days, you have bad days," he said.



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iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The expected move is part of an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, which dictates that any giant panda cub born at a U.S. zoo be sent to a breeding program in China after their fourth birthday. Bei Bei follows in the pawprints of his sister, Bao Bao, who left in 2017, and his brother, Tai Shan, who left in 2010, in an effort to breed more of the giant panda species in their native homeland.

"Bei Bei is part of our family," Steve Monfort, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement on Friday. "Our team has cared for him, learned from him and, along with millions, loved watching him grow. We’re sad he’s leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population."

A fan-favorite at the zoo, visitors have watched Bei Bei in person and via "panda cam" grow from a small cub to a 240-pound bear since his birth on Aug. 22, 2015. To celebrate Bei Bei's first four years of life in the district, the zoo is hosting a farewell celebration dubbed "Bye Bye, Bei Bei" from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18.

PARTY ANIMAL: Bei Bei the panda munches on a buffet of treats as he celebrates his fourth birthday at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Happy birthday, Bei Bei! https://t.co/FJ5YzwTmWp pic.twitter.com/1ev7ZN4CDt

— ABC News (@ABC) August 22, 2019

With less than a month left until his departure date, zookeepers are busy preparing Bei Bei for the 16-hour nonstop flight from Washington to Chengdu. Zoo officials said Friday they will first get Bei Bei accustomed to his travel crate by having him walk through it every day before having him spend short periods of time inside with the door closed.

A panda keeper and a veterinarian will accompany Bei Bei on a dedicated B777 FedEx aircraft and offer him treats while he's in the crate, from bamboo and apples to cooked sweet potatoes and biscuits. FedEx has experience transporting giant pandas including the successful transfers of Bei Bei's older siblings to China and Bei Bei's parents to Washington.

Once Bei Bei arrives in Chengdu, his new keepers will accompany him to his new habitat at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. Keepers from the National Zoo have also said they will stay with him until he settles in.

"We have known since the day Bei Bei was born he would be moving to China." Smithsonian Zoo spokesperson Devin Murphy said at Bei Bei's fourth birthday celebration on Aug. 22. "It's also a really exciting milestone for us so we want him to move to China and become part of the breeding program and eventually have cubs and hopefully maybe one day some of those cubs will be released into the wild."

Bei Bei will join the giant panda breeding program in China when he reaches sexual maturity, likely between the ages of 5 and 7.

The National Zoo has worked on a breeding program with Chinese scientists since the U.S. received its first pair of pandas as a gift following President Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972. It is one of just three American zoos -- including Zoo Atlanta and Memphis Zoo -- that currently have agreements with China to host giant pandas. Earlier this year, the San Diego Zoo sent back its remaining two giant pandas when their lease with China ended and was not renewed.

Bei Bei's parents, Mei Xing and Tian Tian, are the National Zoo's only breeding giant panda couple since 2000. Though the original 10-year, $10 million lease agreement with China to study the pair has been extended multiple times, it's now set to expire on Dec. 7, 2020. It's entirely up to China whether to recall its pandas or not.

According to the National Zoo's website, around 1,800 giant pandas currently live in the wild, while another 300 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world. The International Union for Conservation of Nature changed the status of giant pandas from endangered to vulnerable in 2016, reflecting the species' comeback in recent years.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Security video of a car speeding from the Texas home of a father gunned down on his 29th birthday while defending his wife and two young children from intruders was released by authorities desperate to identify the suspects and bring them to justice.

Brenton Estorffe, an Australian native raising his family in the Houston suburb of Katy, was shot to death early Wednesday while attempting to fight off at least two men who broke into his residence, according to Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office investigators.

"He wrestled those two blokes away from his wife and kids," Estorffe father, Michael Estorffe, told The Australian newspaper before flying from Australia to Texas to be with his son's grieving widow and children. "That’s when they shot him. Unfortunately, he paid the highest price."

The killers remained on the run on Sunday. A $25,000 reward was offered by the Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrests and prosecution of the killers.

Estorffe's death sent shockwaves from the Lone Star State to Australia, where the headline in Estorffe's hometown newspaper, The Courier-Mail, screamed, "Australian man, Brenton Estorffe, shot dead in Texas home while confronting intruders."

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls requested the public's help in finding the owner of a light-colored, four-door sedan with a sunroof that was spotted on home security video arriving and speeding away from Estorffe's block around the time of the shooting. He said the tail lights on what he described as a "vehicle of interest" may not have been operating properly.

Nehls said at least a dozen investigators are working around the clock to solve the homicide of a "loving husband and a loving father."

"He gave his life in defense of his family. What more honor can you bestow upon an individual than that," Nehls, a retired Army Reserve major and recipient of two Bronze Star medals, said of Estorffe.

"They're going to pay for this," Nehls said of the killers during a news conference on Friday, attended by Estorffe's widow, Angeleanna.

Staring into a bank of news cameras, he told the killers to surrender, saying, "You came into the wrong county."

Nehls said there could be more than two suspects involved in the homicide.

"There could have been another individual inside that vehicle of interest that might have been the getaway driver. We don't know," Nehls said.

Det. Thomas Cantu, the lead investigator on the case, described the two intruders Estorffe confronted in his home. He said one was about 5-foot-11, had a medium build, a dark complexion and was wearing a dark-colored hoodie with the hood covering his head. He said the other intruder was about 6 feet tall, had a slender build, a dark complexion and a buzz-cut hairstyle.

The slaying unfolded just after midnight on Wednesday when Estorffe and his wife were startled awake by glass breaking at the rear of their home, Nehls said. Estorffe's children, 1-year-old Eliana and 3-year-old Asher, were asleep in the house.

"Try to put yourself through this: somebody breaks the glass. You hear glass breaking at the back of your home. Two individuals enter the home. They startle you. You wake up and then all of a sudden a confrontation takes place and then the next thing you hear are gunshots," Nehls said.

"Brenton gets up, confronts two individuals inside the residence, at which point in time he was shot and killed," Nehls said. "Brenton was there to protect his family."

He said Estorffe's wife and neighbors called 911. Estorffe was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Help me please … ohh … someone just broke into my house and shot my husband," Angeleanna Estorffe said in the 911 call released by authorities. "I just heard glass shattering and then my husband jumped up and took off after them … and they just … they started shooting."

"A few minutes later we have a vehicle of interest ... leaving the neighborhood. We see the same vehicle entering the neighborhood before the 911 calls took place," Nehls said, asking anyone who has seen the vehicle to contact investigators immediately.

Nehls and Cantu said it remains under investigation whether Estorffe and his family were targeted or if the culprits went to their home seeking the previous owners.

Cantu said Estorffe and his family moved into the home about six months ago.

Nehls said the intruders must have known the home was occupied and that children were inside the home because cars were parked in the driveway and the house was decorated for Halloween.

"Anybody would know that there were obviously children in that house. I mean there's Halloween decorations. You almost got to make the safe assumption, these individuals knew somebody would be at home. But yet they still had the audacity to break a window and enter the home. That's a little unusual," Nehls said.

He said the neighborhood is generally "very quiet, very safe," and added that of the seven homicides this year in the county, of which there are more than 500,000 residents, six of the cases have been solved.

Estorffe was originally from Mooloolaba on the Queensland's Sunshine Coast of Australia, his family said. He moved to the United States in 2011 to attend college at Southern Virginia University, where he played football. At one point, according to his family, Estorffe had aspirations of someday playing in the NFL.

Estorffe got married in 2015 and he and his wife decided to settle down in Katy, Texas, and Estorffe took a job at a car rental company, his family said.

A crowdfunding page established for Estorffe's family had raised more than $35,000 as of Sunday afternoon.

"We will stop at nothing," Nehls said. "We will investigate, we will investigate, we will investigate until we can bring these individuals to justice."

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