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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said Tuesday that those who violate human rights in the country will be punished, but she did not publicly criticize Myanmar’s military, which has been accused of killing and terrorizing the country's Rohingya ethnic minority.

More than 410,000 Rohingya have fled the country in what the United Nations has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” with security forces and local militia reportedly burning villages and shooting civilians.

"Human rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and harmony and undermine the rule of law will be addressed in accordance with strict laws and justice," Suu Kyi said in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, in her first speech since recent violence erupted in the country’s northern Rakhine state.

She said that most Muslims are staying in their homes and that more than 50 percent of their villages are intact, but that she is “concerned” to hear that many are fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

"We want to understand why this exodus is happening,” she said. “We would like to talk to those who have fled as well as those who have stayed."

A new analysis by Human Rights Watch of satellite images from Myanmar’s Rakhine State shows the near destruction of 214 villages. A military campaign by Myanmar's security forces has destroyed thousands of homes across Maungdaw and Rathedaung Townships, Human Rights Watch said.

“These images provide shocking evidence of massive destruction in an apparent attempt by Burmese security forces to prevent the Rohingya from returning to their villages,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

Amnesty International described Suu Kyi’s remarks as “little more than a mix of untruths and victim blaming.”

“There is overwhelming evidence that security forces are engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing through murder and forced displacement. While it was positive to hear Aung San Suu Kyi condemn human rights violations in Rakhine state, she is still silent about the role of the security forces in this,” James Gomez, Amnesty International’s regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement.

In her speech, Suu Kyi invited diplomats to visit villages that weren't affected so they could learn why fighting did not take place in those areas. She also said that her government “does not fear international scrutiny,” a comment Amnesty International said “rings hollow.”

“If Myanmar has nothing to hide, it should allow U.N. investigators into the country, including Rakhine State. The government must also urgently allow humanitarian actors full and unfettered access to all areas and people in need in the region,” Amnesty International's Robertson said.

Rohingya Muslims have faced persecution in Myanmar for decades, but attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces on Aug. 25 sparked the fresh violence against the minority group.

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Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia put on a display of heavy firepower for president Vladimir Putin and foreign media gathered Monday to watch military exercises that are believed to be some of the largest held since the end of the Cold War.

Putin watched as dozens of planes and artillery units unleashed a barrage of projectiles onto a firing range close to Saint Petersburg as part of a drill simulating a defense against an attack by a force intended to represent NATO.

The demonstration was part of Zapad 2017, the week-long exercises that Russia is conducting with its eastern European ally, Belarus and that have attracted intense attention recently and has even stoked war fears among some.

The major exercises have elicited criticism from NATO and the U.S., who say Russia has concealed the true number of troops taking part, and troubled some observers in Eastern Europe, where the Kremlin’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 remains fresh.

Russia has said no more than 13,000 troops are taking part in Zapad, which means West, just below the threshold that would require it to invite international observers. But NATO officials have repeatedly suggested that the real number is likely far higher, potentially between 70,000 and 100,000.

Russian forces are collaborating with Belarusian troops in the war games, which simulate a scenario where a hostile “Western Coalition” seeks to overthrow the Belarus government and split it away from Russia. The two armies are repulsing a fictional nation, invented for the exercises, but which bears a strong resemblance to a Western tract of Belarus. The fake country, Veishnoriya, allied with two more made-up states, stirs up a separatist insurrection.

The exercises, which displayed a reinvigorated Russian military that has undergone extensive modernization in recent years, have raised uncomfortable scenarios in the minds of leaders in the Baltic States and Poland, who see themselves reflected in the Russian-invented countries targeted in the exercises. The U.S. has sent extra fighter aircraft to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and deployed 600 paratroopers to the region in response to the games. The troops represent a symbolic reinforcement of the small contingents the U.S. has already deployed in those countries, which are meant to reassure them following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The exercises are a variant of Soviet-era drills and now take place every four years, but this time they have drawn intense interest, fueled by Russia's attack on Ukraine.

NATO officials have said they don’t see any indication the exercises will morph into real operations. The top U.S. general in Europe, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, told the Washington Post in Tirana on Monday that the exercises so far were familiar, though they were “larger than what they told us.”

“It’s following in line with what we’ve seen in the past,” Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, told the Post. “They’re usually very large. They’re usually initially defensive in nature but also have an offensive portion thereafter that looks to me like a rehearsal for an attack.”

There has been much speculation, however, including among senior eastern European officials, as to whether the thousands of Russian troops moving into Belarus for the exercises will leave after they finish. Lithuania’s president, Dalia Grybauskaite, has raised the question publicly, as has Estonia’s defense minister.

Opposition activists in Belarus, critical of the country’s long-ruling authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, have warned they fear Russia will seek to lock it grip on the country by inserting its troops. Lukashenko, who has followed a difficult balancing act between independence and his country’s deep integration with its giant neighbor, has recently tried to stake a more self-assertive line, refusing to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and quarreling over gas deals.

Russia and Belarus have dismissed the claims, insisting the exercises are entirely defensive. The chief of Russia’s general staff, Valery Gerasimov, on Thursday called Scaparrotti to notify him of the games' start and inform him they were not targeted at any other country.

On Monday at the Luzhsky firing range where Putin was watching, Russian armor and aviation was tasked with repelling an offensive. The mock-battle lasted 45 minutes, fought over a vast expanse of mud. Relentless rain hid flights of SU-24 bombers, with journalists able only to see the huge blasts of their bombs down the range. Four of Russia’s new KA-52 attack helicopters rose above the tree line, hovering under the murk, punctuating an almost continual stream of ordinance, that ended with a long column of T72 tanks driving forward.

There has also been skepticism around the hyperbole inspired by the drills, which some view more as a propaganda exercise requiring the West’s buy-in. Finland’s defense minister, Jussi Niinistö, last week, suggested Western countries had done the Kremlin’s job for it in inflating the scale of the exercises.

"Western countries have taken the bait completely, they've plugged the exercises so much,” Niinistö told the Finnish broadcaster Yle.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on Monday night, lashing the Caribbean island with 160-mph winds and a storm surge of up to 11 feet.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a series of dire Facebook posts as the storm hit the island, calling the winds "merciless" and saying his residence sustained damages.

"We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is ... the sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for its end!" Skerrit wrote.

"My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding," the prime minister updated later in the night, before announcing, "I have been rescued."

"[W]e have lost all what money can buy and replace," Skerrit wrote early Tuesday. "My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths ... So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.

"We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds," the prime minister wrote.

Maria is the second catastrophic Category 5 hurricane to strike the region in less than one month.

The eye of Maria was passing over Dominica early Tuesday, on its way toward the Leeward Islands. The National Hurricane Center said Maria would "remain an extremely dangerous hurricane" as it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Maria made landfall on Dominica around 9:15 p.m. local time with estimated winds of 160 mph, radar data from Martinique and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Dominica was "shut down" as the storm approached, said Anil Etienne, a spokesperson for Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management.

Etienne told ABC News officials are worried about flooding in low-lying areas and have opened about 146 shelters.

The latest NHC forecast predicts Maria could maintain its strength, possibly running into Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm.

Maria is expected to approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The storm might make landfall on the eastern side of Puerto Rico and could bring major damage to the U.S. territory late Wednesday morning and into the afternoon -- two weeks to the day since Hurricane Irma tore through Puerto Rico, killing at least three.

ABC News' Emily Shapiro, Joshua Hoyos, Max Golembo and Karma Allen contributed to this report.

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Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images(MARSEILLE, France) -- One day after four Boston College students were attacked with acid in Marseille, France, the college students are doing well and have offered forgiveness to their alleged attacker, according to police and the university.

The attack on the four students, all American women, occurred around 11 a.m. Sunday at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, Marseille police said.

Authorities arrested the suspect, a 41-year-old woman, who police said has a history of mental illness.

The attack was not terror-related, police added.

Two of the students suffered facial injuries from the hydrochloric acid and were taken to a Marseille hospital, police said.

They were treated for burns and released on Sunday, according to Boston College.

The other two students were not physically injured but were treated for shock at the scene by emergency services, Marseille police told ABC News.

Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn told ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston on Sunday evening, "All of us at [Boston College] are surprised. We’ve been sending students to Europe for decades and have a dozen students in France this semester."

Boston College says the students involved are all juniors: Kelsey Kosten, who is currently studying at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, and Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman and Michelle Krug, who are all enrolled in the college's Paris program.

The school said in a statement Monday that the students "are doing well."

"The students say they plan to remain in Europe for their studies and offered forgiveness to the woman who sprayed them with an acid solution outside of the train station in Marseille," BC said.

Dunn said in the statement, "We are very proud of our students and the gracious manner in which they have handled themselves throughout this ordeal."

"The BC community is here to provide whatever support and assistance they need," Dunn added.

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FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- Thousands of air passengers are stranded in New Zealand after a burst oil pipeline caused a jet fuel shortage, leading to dozens of flight cancellations.

The pipeline, which is Auckland Airport's only supplier of jet fuel, was damaged by a digger, according to local media.

Around 2,000 Air New Zealand passengers will be affected by flight cancellations on Monday, the airline predicted. In addition, some long-haul flights will be refueling at Australian and Pacific airports. The fuel shortage means that all airlines only have access to 30 percent of normal fuel usage, Air New Zealand said.

"We are continuing to do everything we can to respond to this infrastructure challenge, and further disruption is likely as we move through the rest of this week,” Air New Zealand Chief Operations Integrity and Standards Officer Captain David Morgan said in a statement.

The fuel shortage resulted in the cancellation of approximately 27 domestic and international flights over the weekend, said Auckland Airport. The airport is working closely with airlines to monitor the impact of the temporary disruption, said Adrian Littlewood, chief executive for Auckland Airport.

“We will have additional staff in the terminals supporting passengers and addressing any questions or concerns they may have," he said in a statement. "We strongly recommend that any passengers travelling over the coming days plan ahead and check with their airline for the latest information.”

The pipeline is operated by Refining NZ, which said it will take days for the pipeline to be repaired due to safety precautions. It expects to have the pipeline working again between Sunday, Sept. 24, and Tuesday, Sept. 26. After that, it will take an additional 30 hours before the fuel will be ready for use and for it to reach the airport.

“We need to be absolutely clear that it is safe to work in before we can start welding in the new section of pipe,” Refining NZ said in a statement.

“The second point is that the work site is in a boggy, peaty area, made even more challenging to work in by the recent heavy rains," the company said. "Rest assured that we are working as quickly as humanly possible to fix the pipe in order to minimize the disruption we are so painfully conscious of.”

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Jack Taylor/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Police in London are focused on a very unlikely location for a suspected bomb factory in the London suburb of Sunbury-on-Thames in connection with the subway attack that sent at least 30 people to the hospital on Friday morning.

The home is owned by an elderly couple, Penelope and Ronald Jones, who were honored by the Queen for serving as foster parents for young men, including some from Iraq and Syria.

An 18-year old man who lived in the foster home has been arrested as surveillance footage made public overnight appears to show a young man leaving the foster house just 90 minutes before the attack carrying a white bag police believe may have contained the bomb used in the attack.

Neighbors were stunned that a foster child might take advantage of the goodness of the elderly couple.

“He was a lovely young man,” Tabitha Jenkins said. “You wouldn’t suspect anything from him. He was polite, courteous to the old couple. They wouldn’t know anything about him.”

On Sunday, a second young man, 21, was arrested nearby, identified in a video by a British tabloid as Yahya Faroukh, a displaced Syrian who lived in London, though his family is spread throughout Europe and Egypt as they await resettlement.

Members of Yahya’s family confirmed to ABC News that the man in the video was Yahya but said they had not yet been contacted by authorities about his arrest.

Yahya is one of nine siblings, and members of his family told ABC News that Yahya never had radical or violent tendencies and the family last spoke with him on Saturday morning and "everything seemed fine and normal and Yahya told them about school and was even talking about getting married."

The family was still mourning the recent and sudden death of their father, however, which Yahya’s brother says affected Yahya especially hard because it happened while he was away.

The second arrest led to another series of police raids at a home disturbingly close to Heathrow Airport.

“The police have made good progress with is an ongoing operation,” said Amber Rudd, Britain’s Home Secretary.

Officials say the forensic evidence raises new questions about the attack, such as whether the bucket bomb used in the attack was a type of explosive designed to release deadly chemicals.

The absence of any metal that could turn into shrapnel suggests to bomb experts that the goal instead was to achieve a release of deadly chemicals.

The threat level has been dropped from critical to severe, but given the series of four attacks in the last six months, British Prime Minister Theresa May told ABC News she wants a hard look at what is being done to prevent them.

“It is necessary for us to look, as we are doing, at whether our police and security service have the full capabilities, the powers that they need,” May said.

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UNHCR/Rahima Gambo(NEW YORK) -- Zannah Mustapha, the Nigerian mediator who brokered a deal for the release of dozens of Chibok schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram, has been named this year's winner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award.

The Nansen Refugee Award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, the internally displaced or stateless people. UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, announced Monday that the 2017 recipient is Mustapha, a lawyer and mediator from Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

The agency said Mustapha received the prestigious award in recognition of his efforts to improve the lives of displaced children and widows upended by the regional conflict with Boko Haram.

“The work Mustapha and his team are doing is of the utmost importance, helping to foster peaceful coexistence and rebuild communities in northeastern Nigeria. With this award, we honor his vision and service," United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement.

Since Boko Haram launched its brutal insurgency in northern Nigeria in 2009, more than 20,000 people have been killed, thousands of women and girls have been abducted and children have been drafted into the terrorist group's ranks as suicide bombers. Up to 2.1 million residents fled their homes in Nigeria at the height of the conflict -- 1.9 million of whom are currently internally displaced -- while over 200,000 others remain in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, where they were forced to flee, according to the latest data from the UN.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of children in Nigeria are growing up without schooling, as the West African nation's education sector is strained by its swelling youth population, and education facilities in the northeast remain under attack by Boko Haram militants, who have destroyed countless schools and killed hundreds of teachers in the past eight years.

“Conflict can leave children with physical and emotional scars that are deep and lasting. It forces them from their homes, exposes them to unspeakable atrocities, and often rips apart their families,” Grandi said in a statement. “Education is one of the most powerful tools for helping refugee children overcome the horrors of violence and forced displacement. It empowers young people, equips them with skills and works to counter exploitation and recruitment by armed groups."

In 2007, Mustapha founded the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School for orphans and vulnerable children in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and the birthplace of Boko Haram. The school currently provides free education to 540 students, half of which are girls. Four times as many children are on a waiting list, according to UNHCR.

Amid the growing demand for classroom seats, Mustapha in 2016 opened a second school near the other facility, which now hosts 88 pupils, all of whom have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

Mustapha and 48 volunteer teachers and staff members open the schools' doors each day, despite the ongoing conflict. The schools are among the only functional primary education institutions in besieged Maiduguri, according to UNHCR.

“Schools lie at the heart of a society. Destroying them crushes the chance of Nigeria’s next generation succeeding,” Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary General Jan Egeland, whose organization co-manages the Nanson Refugee Award project, said in a statement. “The recognition of Zannah Mustapha’s brave work highlights the importance of education for the future of Nigeria.”

The students enrolled at Mustapha's schools receive uniforms and healthcare services. Some are children and orphans of Boko Haram fighters and Nigerian soldiers.

"This is the place where every child matters, no matter what religion, background or culture," Mustapha explained in a recent interview with UNHCR. "Our aim is make positive changes in their lives."

Hauwa Madu, 13, is among the displaced children at the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School. Three years ago, Boko Haram gunmen stormed her small home in a northeast village near Damboa and killed her father three years ago. Her mother, who was pregnant, died in childbirth soon after.

"When I think about my parents I become sad, I miss them," Hauwa recounted in a recent interview with UNHCR, as tears rolled down her cheeks. "This school is really like my home now. I can think of tomorrow again because of what [Mustapha] has done for us here."

Mustapha has also played a crucial role mediating in the past year between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram for the release of 103 girls and young women abducted by the terrorist group from a boarding school in the town of Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

The mediator, who grew up in Maiduguri alongside some of Boko Haram's leadership, escorted 21 Chibok schoolgirls to freedom in October 2016. Another 82 have been released with Mustapha's assistance, according to UNHCR.

Mustapha said he believes more Chibok schoolgirls will be freed soon.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Britain's terrorist threat level has been lowered from "critical" to "severe" after police arrested a second man in connection with Friday's terror attack on a London Underground subway car and authorities there cited progress in the investigation.

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Sunday that the decision was made "to lower that level from critical to severe."

On Friday, an apparent bucket bomb exploded on a London Underground train at the during the morning rush hour. The blast propelled a fireball through the passenger car, sending at least 30 people to area hospitals, officials said.

Rudd warned that the lowering of classification doesn't mean the danger is over.

“‘Severe’ still means that an attack is highly likely, so I would urge everybody to continue to be vigilant, but not alarmed,” she said.

Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Mark Rowley added that beyond the overnight arrests, a "rapid progress" in the investigation contributed to the decision to downgrade the threat level.

"There are now two searches continuing at addresses in Surrey, and we are getting a greater understanding of the preparation of the device," he said.

A 21-year-old man was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Hounslow, a borough in west London, by detectives with the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command. The unidentified man was arrested under section 41 of the U.K.'s Terrorism Act, and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

Earlier Saturday, police had evacuated a house in a London suburb as well as part of the Port of Dover after arresting an 18-year-old man that morning in the southeastern coastal city in connection with the attack, police said.

Kent Police arrested the man in the port’s departure area -- about 75 miles from London -- at approximately 7:50 a.m. local time under section 41 of the U.K.'s Terrorism Act, according to London's Metropolitan Police Service. The section provides authorities the power to arrest a person suspected of terrorism-related offenses without a warrant.

"We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning," Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said in a statement. "He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. He has now been transferred to custody at a police station in London."

On Sunday, Rowley provided an update on the Parsons Green investigation and the change to the threat level.

“There is still much more to do but this greater clarity and this progress has led JTAC – the independent body that assess threat – to come to the judgement that an attack is no longer imminent. And you will have heard consequently the Home Secretary’s announcement that the threat level has reduced from Critical to Severe which of course means that an attack is highly likely,” he said.

Basu said that after they closed the Port of Dover, "they recovered a number of items during this search."

On Saturday afternoon, police evacuated and launched a search of a house in Sunbury-on-Thames, a town in Surrey county 15 miles southwest of central London, in connection with the investigation. Neighbors immediately surrounding the address were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.

“I want to reassure that community that our expert officers are quickly and thoroughly searching that address and working to ensure that it is safe. Once this is done a detailed search will take place," Basu said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed Saturday morning's arrest.

"This morning police have made a significant arrest as part of the investigation into the terrorist attack at Parsons Green station yesterday morning," Khan said in a statement. "The police investigation is ongoing and there will still be significant activity today and over the days ahead. I am sure I speak for London when I say we are incredibly grateful to the police and intelligence services for doing everything possible to keep Londoners safe."

"London will never be intimidated by terrorism. We will always defeat those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life," the mayor added.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amag News Agency. Rowley told reporters that it is "routine" for ISIS to claim responsibility for such attacks, whether the group was involved or not.

Authorities had immediately launched a manhunt for suspects. Following Saturday's arrest, the Metropolitan Police Service announced it was still working to identify and locate any other potential suspects.

“At this stage we are keeping an open mind around whether more than one person is responsible for the attack and we are still pursuing numerous lines of inquiry and at a great pace," Basu said in a statement Saturday night. “We have identified 121 witnesses so far, and we have spoken to 100 of them already. Officers continue to trawl through many hours of closed circuit television footage and more than 180 videos and pictures that have been sent to them by the public."

Eyewitnesses told ABC News that the blast happened as the train pulled into the Parsons Green station in Fulham, an affluent, mainly residential area of West London.

"I heard a loud bang and as I looked to my right, there was a flame, a fireball came through the carriage. ... As the doors opened, people then began leaving the train straight away," said Martin Adams, a security manager for The Walt Disney Company who was riding in the subway car at the time. "I saw some flames coming from what I thought was a blue bag."

Another person who was at the station said she saw a number of people with what appeared to be facial burns and singed hair after the explosion.

"I saw a couple people with burns. One lady had her hair badly singed by the fire," said Sally Faulding, who witnessed the panic on the subway platform. "I also saw people injured obviously from having been stampeded on the platform because we were all running. People were falling over."

As of Friday, the London Ambulance Service said it had transported 19 patients to area hospitals and 10 others took themselves, but none of the injuries were serious or life-threatening. On Saturday, the Metropolitan Police Service said a total of 30 people have received treatment at hospitals for injuries from the attack.

Adams said the situation was managed well by train operators and emergency crews, and that passengers remained relatively calm.

"There were no casualties at all on the train. Everybody appeared to get off," Adams told ABC News. "There was nobody laying on the platform floor. I assessed that there were no serious casualties at that time."

Police said the improvised explosive device on the train did not fully explode. Apparent images of the device show wires hanging out of a white bucket.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has clashed with Khan in the past, shared his thoughts on Twitter just before 7 a.m. ET.

 

Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017

 

Trump referred to the suspects being "in the sights of Scotland Yard," though London officials have not publicly provided any confirmation of that.

Law enforcement agencies across the United States said they are closely monitoring Friday's incident. New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Friday there were no known threats to the city's subway system, but reminded passengers to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Friday saying he was increasing security in public transportation areas across the Empire State.

"Out of an abundance of caution, I am directing state law enforcement to increase security at vital assets across New York, including airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems," Cuomo said. "The safety and security of New Yorkers is our No. 1 priority, and we remain in close contact with local and federal officials. We remain vigilant, and we stand with the people of London."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A filming location scout for the Netflix series Narcos was found shot dead in farmlands near Mexico City last week, according to Mexico's attorney general.

Carlos Muñoz Portal, who in addition to his work on Narcos provided location management for Hollywood blockbusters such as Fast & Furious and Spectre, was found shot dead in the driver's seat of a compact car in the municipality of Temascalapa in Mexico State on Monday, Sept. 11, according to Mexican officials. Netflix confirmed the death on Sunday in a statement.

"We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate," the company said.

The incident was reported by personnel from the municipal public security department, according to a statement from Mexico's Attorney General's office. Police were then sent to the area to investigate, according to the statement, which adds that a homicide investigation is now underway.

The Mexican Institute of Cinematography (MIC) also confirmed Portal's death in a statement on Sunday.

Portal was a graduate of the University of the Americas, according to the MIC statement. He also worked on hit films Man on Fire, The Legend of Zorro and Apocalypto, as well as the award-winning Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, according to MIC.

Narcos, which debuted on Netflix in 2015, focused its first two seasons on drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, then moved to the rise of southern Colombia's deadly Cali Cartel. The series' fourth season is set to debut in 2018, and will likely look at Mexico's drug cartels.

Mexico ranked as the 22nd most dangerous country in the world in latest Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), a global think tank. The country saw an 18 percent increase in homicides; 61 percent of these homicides were the result of a deadly attack with a firearm, according to the IEP. Peace in Mexico deteriorated by 4.3 percent in 2016, according to the institute.

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Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images(MARSEILLE, France) -- The four American women attacked in Marseille, France with hydrochloric acid by a woman early Sunday are students at Boston College, a university spokesman said in a statement.

The students, all juniors, were studying abroad in Europe. Three of the women were enrolled at Boston College's Paris program, and the fourth was a student at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, the spokesman said.

The acid incident occurred at around 11 a.m. local time Sunday morning at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille.

All of the students were apparently targeted by what authorities describe as a 41-year-old woman with a history of psychiatric problems.

The incident was not terror-related, Marseille police said.

Two of the students were treated for burns to their face at a Marseille hospital and have since been discharged, police and the university spokesman confirmed. The other two students were treated at the scene for shock, police confirmed to ABC News.

“It appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances, though they may require additional treatment for burns,” Nick Gozik, director of Boston College's Office of International Programs. “We have been in contact with the students and their parents and remain in touch with French officials and the U.S. Embassy regarding the incident.”

Local newspaper La Provence reported that the arrested woman told authorities she wanted others to suffer like she had.

The woman, according to the newspaper, told police she "went crazy" and was not targeting anyone in particular. She also showed officers pictures of herself with burns and claimed she had been a victim of an acid attack, and wanted to replicate what others had suffered, the newspaper reported.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson told ABC News they are "aware" of the acid attack against the Americans, but deferred any specifics on the incident to local authorities.

"The safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the State Department’s highest priorities. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment," the State Department spokesperson said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hurricane Maria is swirling towards the Caribbean just as the storm-battered islands had begun to recover from Irma.

Maria was a Category 1 hurricane as of Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, moving northwest at 15 miles per hour, with sustained winds up to 80 miles per hour, and located about 150 miles east of Barbados.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, and Martinique. A hurricane watch is in effect for St. Martin, Anguilla, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Jose, which spared the Caribbean, is now threatening the region from Delaware up to Cape Cod with tropical storm-like conditions. ABC News meteorologists forecast Jose's showers will begin to spread along the Northeast east on Tuesday with heavier rain hitting the Jersey Shore by Tuesday.

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ABC News(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May opened up about her relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying they "work very well together."

"Like many Americans, he has family connections with the United Kingdom, and we work very well together," May told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview in London that aired on This Week Sunday. "The U.K. and the U.S. have always had a special relationship and worked well together."

May's positive view of Trump may not be reciprocated by most people in the U.K. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that only 22 percent of people in that country have confidence in the U.S. leader to do the right thing in world affairs.

Asked about the poll by Stephanopoulos, May responded, "What I say is that they should look to what President Trump has done."

May offered as an example Trump's position as president on NATO.

"I know a number of people were concerned before he became president about his statements about America's commitment to NATO," the prime minister said. "NATO has been the bedrock of Europe security. I was very pleased when I came over to see him, shortly after his inauguration, that he gave an absolute 100 percent commitment to NATO."

But May said she has disagreed with some of Trump's positions, including his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

"I think the point about the special relationship between the U.K. and the U.S. is that when we do disagree, we're able to say so -- and pretty bluntly," she said. "For example, on the Paris issue that you talk about -- the Paris climate change agreement -- I've made very clear I was dismayed when America decided to pull out of that."

May said she has told Trump that she hopes they'll be "able to find a way for America to come back into the agreement."

May was the first foreign leader to meet Trump at the White House in January, and the two leaders affirmed the longstanding good relationship between their countries.

During the visit, Britain's prime minister extended an invitation for the newly inaugurated U.S. president to visit the U.K., a move that was met with criticism in her country.

Stephanopoulos asked if that visit was going to happen.

"Her Majesty the Queen issued the invitation. The president has accepted it," May said, adding that it's now a question of "getting dates" and "sorting out the logistics."

"So it has nothing to do with the opposition here in the United Kingdom?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"No, this is about finding dates," the British leader said.

May became prime minister in 2016, after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, a decision known as Brexit.

She was initially against leaving the EU, but said she will ensure the move happens.

"I'm going to pass Brexit. I'm going to make sure that Brexit happens, because the British people voted for it. And I think it's really important that politicians actually do respond and do listen to people," May told Stephanopoulos. "We gave the public the choice. They made their choice."

The prime minister will be back in the United States this week, when she is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. She said she wants Americans to know about two of her primary goals.

"One is this issue of ensuring that we can stop terrorists from plotting online, plotting on the internet, and that we can stop the spread of the hateful extremist ideology, which can inspire terrorism. I think that's really important for us," May said.

"Another issue I'm going to be talking about is something that most people probably don't think about, don't think happens. It's what I call modern slavery, which is when people are being effectively taken into servitude, into slavery, for sexual exploitation or labor exploitation," she said. "It's happening under our noses."


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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Russian airstrike in Syria wounded several fighters in a U.S.-backed coalition's partner force fighting ISIS, the Pentagon said.

The strike Saturday east of the Euphrates River near Dayr Az Zawr hit "a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisers," the U.S.-led coalition said in a press release.

Several fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were wounded and required medical care.

The spokesman for the coalition tweeted a photo of medics treating a wounded SDF soldier.

#SDF & Coalition medics treat SDF wounded by Russian airstrike on known loc. Many #SDF from tribes local to Dayr Az Zawr, fighting vs. ISIS pic.twitter.com/rA4mkkzvKQ

— OIR Spokesman (@OIRSpox) September 16, 2017

Multinational troops advising and assisting the SDF were present during the strike, but none were injured.

The Russian airstrike came as the Syrian government forces backed by Moscow and the U.S.-led coalition forces are in closer proximity in the battle against ISIS. Syrian regime forces are fighting for Dayr Az Zawr southeast of Raqqa, while SDF continues its offensive north of that city.

In the press release, coalition commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II seemed to remind Russian forces of the so-called deconfliction line, a communication mechanism used by the Russians and the coalition in Syria to ensure there are no misunderstandings about each other's operations.

"Coalition officials are available and the deconfliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day," Funk said. "We put our full efforts into preventing unnecessary escalation among forces that share ISIS as our common enemy."

In a Pentagon briefing on Thursday, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon said a deconfliction area, where Russia and the coalition seek specifically to avoid any misunderstandings, "starts south of Tabqa and runs west to east and parallels the Euphrates River." He emphasized that the deconfliction communication mechanism was holding, and told reporters the SDF would not enter into the Dayr Az Zawr city center.

In late August, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked about the deconfliction line for Dayr Az Zawr.

He said the line was "working ... but every day it's more and more work as we become closer and closer together."

It's unclear if the Russians used the deconfliction communication mechanism prior to Saturday's airstrike.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The North Korean government released on Saturday photos of what it said is the rogue regime's latest ballistic missile test.

The government said the photos, released to North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), depict an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile, the same model launched over Japan on Friday and on August 29. The photos cannot be independently verified.

The missile on Friday traveled 2,300 miles as it flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the country's longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

The KCNA said Kim expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the "combat efficiency and reliability" of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power.

Photos were also released Saturday by the North Korean government of its leader Kim Jong Un watching what it says was the test launch of the Hwasong-12 missile.

Following Friday's missile launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, "These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation ... United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime."

The launch is the 14th missile test conducted by North Korea in 2017. On September 3, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb, leading to sanctions being passed against the country by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The North Korean government released on Saturday photos of what it said is the rogue regime's latest ballistic missile test.

The government said the photos, released to North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), depict an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile, the same model launched over Japan on Friday and on August 29. The photos cannot be independently verified.

The missile on Friday traveled 2,300 miles as it flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the country's longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

The KCNA said Kim expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the "combat efficiency and reliability" of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power.

Following Friday's missile launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, "These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation ... United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime."

The launch is the 14th missile test conducted by North Korea in 2017. On September 3, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb, leading to sanctions being passed against the country by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday.

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