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Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images(BEIRA, Mozambique) -- Thousands of people, some seen clinging to rooftops and tree branches, still await rescue from rising floodwaters in Mozambique, one week after an intense tropical cyclone walloped the southeast African nation.

Nearly 350,000 others are at risk of becoming trapped in the coming days as remnants of tropical cyclone Idai dump rain over low-lying areas already inundated with swelling rivers and bulging dams.

Some 100,000 people may need to be rescued from the town of Buzi alone, according to a spokesman for Mozambique's Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development.

"We have a critical situation in Buzi," the spokesman, who asked not to be named, told ABC News via telephone Thursday. "If the rainfall increases, then those 100,000 need to be rescued. Levels of the dam are going high."

The heavy rain let up in Buzi and the hard-hit port city of Beira on Thursday, but showers are expected to return in the coming hours and days. Aid agencies worry additional rainfall will impede rescue missions.

The cyclone made landfall near Beira late last Thursday and slowly moved inland over the weekend, leaving a trail of destruction across central Mozambqiue, southern Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe. The storm brought torrential rain and wind gusts up to 105 mph to the region, where drought conditions allowed for widespread flooding.

An estimated 1.7 million people were in the cyclone's path in Mozambique, which bore the brunt of the storm, while another 920,000 people in Malawi and "thousands more" in Zimbabwe were also affected, according to World Food Program spokesperson Herve Verhoosel.

Now, "the biggest challenge" is reaching stranded residents and others in need, Verhoosel told reporters Tuesday, especially in areas where overflowing rivers have created "inland oceans extending for miles and miles."

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared a national state of emergency and three days of national mourning beginning Wednesday.

The storm has been blamed for the deaths of at least 217 people in Mozambique, according to the spokesman for the country's Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development -- though Nyusi has warned that as many as 1,000 could be dead. Another 1,440 people were injured, according to Mozambique's National Disasters Management Institute.

In Zimbabwe, at least 139 people have died, 144 others were injured, 136 were marooned and 189 were reported missing as of Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the country's Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting.

At least 56 cyclone-related deaths have been reported in Malawi.

Some 400,000 people were internally displaced by the storm in Mozambique, while an estimated 82,500 were displaced in Malawi, according to the United Nations. More than 4,300 were displaced in Zimbabwe, according to the country's Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting.

The United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund announced Wednesday it has allocated $20 million to ensure aid reaches those most affected.

Jamie LeSueur, who is leading response efforts in Beira for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said while the scale of devastation is still emerging, the situation he's seen on the ground is catastrophic.

"This is the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s recent history. It is a humanitarian catastrophe for the people of central Mozambique," LeSueur said in a statement Tuesday. "Large parts of Beira have been damaged, entire villages and towns have been completely flooded. Rescuers are scrambling to pull people trapped on rooftops and in trees to safety. Many, many families have lost everything."

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Mark Duffy/UK Parliament(LONDON) -- Big Ben, the iconic clock tower in London, is returning to its former glory.

The clock's north face has been restored to its original Prussian blue and gold colors. Sir Charles Barry built the tower in 1859.

Big Ben, which is currently covered in scaffolding, has been undergoing a major makeover that's expected to be completed in 2021.

“It was incredibly exciting to slowly piece together the tower's appearance as has it evolved throughout the decades and we are thrilled to see the original color scheme looking out over modern London once more,” Phillipa McDonnell and Rhiannon Clarricoates, the Lincoln Conservation researchers who worked on the restoration project, told ABC News in an email.

The famous 13-ton bell was silenced in August 2017 to start the $80 million renovation. The chimes still ring out for special occasions such as Armistice Day or New Year’s Eve.

Three of the four clock dials are still being repaired.

The last extensive conservation work at the Gothic tower was done between 1983 and 1985.

The Westminster Palace, home to the Houses of Parliament, is one of the top-visited sites in London and Big Ben is the star of the show.

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RnDmS/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday changed decades of U.S. Middle East policy with a tweet, announcing that "After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israeli's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights."

Trump said the Golan "is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

This major, unexpected announcement comes just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House on Monday and speaks at the pro-Israel AIPAC conference in Washington.

Within minutes, Netanyahu tweeted, "Thank You President Trump!"

 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Israel meeting with Netanyahu just weeks before a heated Israeli election and the announcement will be seen as a boost for Netanyahu, who is battling charges of fraud and bribery.

The Trump administration has said it would not intefere in the election. Netanyahu and Pompeo, who earlier Thursday made a symbolic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, were about to hold a news conference when Trump tweeted.

"President Trump has just made history," said a clearly pleased Netanyahu when the news conference got underway.

"I called him. I thanked him on behalf of the people of Israel. He did it again," he said, referring to Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and getting rid of the Iran nuclear deal.

"Now he did something of equal historic importance -- and he did so at a time when Iran is trying to use Syria as a platform to attack Israel," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu has repeatedly pressed for the U.S. to recognize Israeli governance in that region. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 six-day Arab-Israeli War.

Netanyahu has since accused Iran of trying to set up a terrorist network from the area.

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Igor Ilnitckii/iStock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- New Zealand's prime minister announced that assault rifles, such as the ones used last Friday in the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, will be banned from the country once approved by the parliament.

"Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles. We will also ban all high capacity magazines," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday. "We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military style semi-automatic weapon."

Ardern said she expects the gun laws to be passed by the end of a "two-week sitting session" that concludes April 11.

Ardern said sellers should halt the sales of the banned weapons immediately and warned shops to return their stockpiles to suppliers. She said they didn't have an estimate for the number of assault rifles or military-style semi-automatic weapons currently in the country.

Residents caught with the banned guns will face the penalties, including fines of up to $4,000 and/or three years in prison, she said, noting that the new law could increase these penalties.

The country will also establish a buy-back scheme, which could cost between $100 million to $200 million, "a price that we must pay for the safety of our community," Ardern said.

Ardern said Cabinet ministers made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership laws in a meeting immediately after the shooting, which left 50 dead. The massacre marked the deadliest shooting in New Zealand history.

The Australian white supremacist charged in the attack had not been flagged by intelligence officials before the well-planned shooting.

Before the attack, New Zealand prided itself as one of the safest countries in the world -- a place where many police officers didn’t even wear their guns in public.

Chris Cahill, the president of the New Zealand Police Association, told ABC News that law enforcement officials might need to reconsider that officer gun policy now.

He said the country plans to conduct a thorough investigation into how they responded to the attack.

"We intend to learn some lessons from America as well," Cahill said in an interview Tuesday. "One is gun control can stop these and we will be having gun control in New Zealand and it’s a debate that America needs to have if the right people aren’t afraid.

"When I think about the reaction after shootings in the United States, it has been amazing to see how many people in New Zealand are rallying behind the Prime Minister’s push to strengthen the country's gun laws," Cahill added.

Ardern promised more changes could be coming with gun laws, including surrounding licensing, registration and storage.

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IBPM(MOSCOW) -- A group of American and Russian volunteers this week were sealed into a collection of mock space modules in Moscow at the start of a four-month isolation experiment intended to simulate a mission to the moon.

The mixed gender crew on Tuesday began their imagined flight inside a brown brick building on the edge of the city center at a Soviet-era facility run by Moscow’s Institute of Biomedical Problems.

There, they will be confined to a collection of cramped tubular constructions inside a hangar-like hall at the institute for 120 days. The modules are hermetically sealed, meaning they have their own atmosphere, and the crew will not leave or see any other human beings for the duration of the mission.

The simulation, called SIRIUS-19, is an unusually lengthy isolation experiment organized jointly by the Russian Institute and NASA. It's one of a number of international experiments underway that's intended to help inform plans for future deep space travel by studying the physical and psychological effect of months-long isolation.

A few months ago, Reinhold Povilaitis sold his apartment in Arizona and put his belongings into storage before joining the experiment in Moscow. Povilaitis, 30, a researcher at the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera at Arizona State University, works on finding possible landing sites for future moon missions.

He will now be living in close quarters with his five other crew mates, another American and four Russians.

"I'm not too worried about it -- I thrive in these sorts of environments. I'm excited to get started," Povilaitis said. "My personal reason for doing this is to help advance human space flight in anyway that I can."

His home over the coming months is known as the Ground-based Experiment Complex or the NEK. The facility has been in use since the 1960s, when it was purpose-built for such simulations. Though some date from the 1970s, those used in this experiment have been renovated.

The modules are linked by metal tunnels that have to be crawled through, sealed off by hatches modeled on those from Russia’s Soyuz spacecrafts. The living quarters are roughly about 40 meters squared -- a long corridor with submarine-like cabins that contain a tiny desk, a cupboard and a bed. A kitchen area is furnished with just a microwave and hot water. A common area for relaxation has some beanbags and a large television.

Povilaitis and Anastiasia Stepanova, his Russian crew mate, were unfazed by the confined space.

“It’s bigger than my apartment that I left,” said Povilaitis.

The team’s mission is multi-stage. First, they must make the 10-day flight to the moon, where they will simulate docking with an orbital station. Two of them will then leave the living modules, landing to the “surface” of the moon -- another enclosed area where the two explorers will wear virtual-reality goggles as they collect samples and fix a damaged moon rover. New modules will open to the crew as they progress.

Now sealed inside, the team will receive food and supplies through an airlock. Intelligent lighting will mimic daylight on Earth, dimming and brightening as its follows sunrise and sunset. The living areas are clad entirely in light wood, a surrounding found to be more soothing for crews than the metal of spacecraft.

“It looks like a sauna,” laughed Stepanova, who is also junior researcher at the institute.

The crew’s contact with the outside world will be limited to communications with "mission control" and sending emails to their loved ones via the project’s psychologists. To entertain themselves, the volunteers can watch movies and listen to music, as well as exercise on running machines.

All the common areas are covered by multiple dome-shaped cameras that will record the crews’ interactions with one another. There is some privacy -- the cameras are not in the sleeping cabins, the toilets or the showers and they will only record sound on specific days.

Igor Kofman, who represents NASA’s Human Research Program in Russia and is helping to oversee the project, said scientists would be looking to see how isolation affects physical and psychological performance.

The Moscow experiment is one of a number of isolation simulations going on around the world as countries have begun to look in earnest toward flights to the moon and Mars.

NASA is leading an international project to develop plans for the so-called Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a space station orbiting the moon that can serve as a jumping off point for deep space flights.

Russia’s space agency meanwhile has set itself the goal of landing cosmonauts on the moon in the mid-2020s and to establish a permanent base there by 2040 -- an ambitious goal that many experts question given the current troubled state of Russia's space industry.

One of the unusual elements of the current experiment is the amount of technical simulation it involves. The crew will have to dock and receive supply ships, among other tasks, meaning, incidentally, if they fail to dock the supply shipments they will go short of food.

“In essence, this is the beginning, the first step toward carrying out the technical preparation for a lunar program,” said Yevgeny Tarelkin, a former cosmonaut who is the crew’s commander. “And not just for a flight, but for the conquering of the moon.”

The current experiment is far from the longest held at the NEK. The Mars-500 mission organized by Russia, China and the European Space Agency between 2007 and 2011 lasted 250 days.

Stepanova and Povilaitis have both participated in space-themed isolation experiments previously. Two years ago Povilaitis took part in NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog or HERA program, a 45-day simulation at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. His team though only completed two weeks before Hurricane Harvey forced them to evacuate.

That experience made him jump at the chance to join the Moscow experiment when it came up.

“It will never feel like a prison if your mind is in the right place,” Povilaitis said. “You just kind of have to tune into what makes you work well. At least speaking for myself, you can go indefinitely. Four months doesn’t seem to like too long for me."

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TOR ERIK SCHRODER/AFP/Getty Images(LINDESNES, Norway) -- It's an extreme dining experience: 18 feet under the icy sea on the coast of southern Norway.

Restaurant Under, as it's called, opens Thursday. It has a set menu that will rotate seasonally, but expect to see lots of fish and shellfish, plus food from the beach outside like sea arrow grass, sea rocket and salty sea kale.

The local area is known for wild mushrooms and berries, and those will be used on the menu as well, according to the restaurant's web site.

Restaurant Under calls the food's journey from kitchen to plate "minimal."

According to Visit Norway, "Under" in Lindesnes is Europe's first and the world's largest underwater restaurant.

An oak staircase descends into the building, where guests can experience the Norwegian coastal ecosystem out the acrylic windows while they dine.

The restaurant will eventually become a part of its marine environment and work as an artificial reef, welcoming marine life to the area.

Under is located about 50 miles from Kristiansand Airport Kjevik, the nearest airport.

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Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Mozambique's president declared three days of national mourning on Wednesday as the southeast African country struggles to recover from a powerful cyclone that has claimed dozens of lives, submerged villages and washed away homes.

Tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near the port city of Beira late last Thursday and slowly moved inland over the weekend, carving a trail of destruction across central Mozambqiue, southern Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe. The storm brought heavy rainfall and wind gusts of up to 105 miles per hour to the region, where bone dry conditions gave way to massive flooding.

As the scale of devastation widens, aid agencies said it might be the worst cyclone-related disaster ever in the Southern Hemisphere.

"The situation is very bad. The damage is quite serious," Katharina Schnoering, head of the United Nations' migration agency in Mozambique, said in a statement Wednesday. "It Is very difficult to get a clear overview of what is going on. There are many communications issues, there’s no power in Beira. There is no road access because the Buzi River came up and washed out the road."

An estimated 1.7 million people were in the cyclone's path in Mozambique, which bore the brunt of the storm, while another 920,000 people in Malawi and "thousands more" in Zimbabwe were also affected, according to World Food Program spokesperson Herve Verhoosel, who told reporters Tuesday that "the biggest challenge" is accessing those in need.

Verhoosel said World Food Program staff members who flew over areas flooded by swollen rivers spoke of "inland oceans extending for miles and miles,"

So far, the storm has been blamed for the deaths of more than 200 people in Mozambique alone, according to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, who has warned that as many as 1,000 people could be dead.

At least 89 deaths have been reported in Zimbabwe and 56 deaths in Malawi, according to government officials.

Some 400,000 people were internally displaced by the storm in Mozambique, while an estimated 82,500 were displaced in Malawi. In Zimbabwe, close to 1,000 homes were destroyed in the eastern districts of Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, Mutare, Buhera, Chikomba, Gutu and Bikita, according to the United Nations.

Paolo Cernuschi, the International Rescue Committee's country director for Zimbabwe, said "the impact of this disaster cannot be underestimated and will require our attention for many months to come."

"We are expecting the situation to worsen and to see a surge in malaria and other water borne diseases," Cernuschi said in a statement Wednesday. "Further, this disaster compounds an already dire situation as the hardest-hit areas were facing severe food insecurity and economic hardships prior to the cyclone. Whatever crops that were being grown despite the drought have now been destroyed in the floods."

Deborah Nguyen, a communications adviser for the World Food Program, is part of the response in Mozambique's hard-hit Beira, a coastal city of half a million people where 90 percent of buildings were damaged, including the World Food Program's warehouse and port unloading machinery as the agency works to distribute 20 metric tons of high energy biscuits. The cyclone also knocked out telephone and internet communications across the city, which Nguyen said is "completely under water."

"It's a very sad, desperate scene," Nguyen told ABC News in a telephone interview Tuesday. "All the trees are down. Power lines are down. So it's a very, very apocalyptic scene in Beira right now."

Nguyen said she was particularly moved by a conversation she had with a local resident, a mother.

"She was so traumatized by the cyclone that she couldn't think of a name to give to a baby boy," she told ABC News.

The cyclone has affected at least 260,000 children in Mozambique, according the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.

"Many children will have lost their homes, schools, hospitals and even friends and loved ones," said Leila Pakkala, UNICEF's regional director for eastern and southern Africa.

Heavy rain persisted over Beira and other parts of Mozambique on Wednesday, and more is forecast in the coming days, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Aid agencies worry the additional rainfall will impede the humanitarian response.

Mozambique's president on Wednesday declared a national state of emergency, describing the situation as "critical." But Nyusi said he has "faith" his country, with its "strength and determination" as well as the solidarity of others, will be able to rebuild the devastated areas.

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pawel.gaul/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A new report finds that a small number of U.S. airstrikes in Somalia killed 14 civilians and injured eight, despite assurances from the U.S. military that its strikes have caused no civilian casualties and only targeted the al-Shabaab militant group that controls territory in that country.

The report by Amnesty International said the incidents investigated "may have violated international humanitarian law and could, in some cases, constitute war crimes."

Amnesty International chose to investigate four U.S. incidents in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region and a fifth incident the organization claims was "most plausibly caused by a U.S. airstrike" that took place between 2017 and 2019. The strikes represent only a small fraction of the more than 100 American airstrikes that have taken place in that country in the last several years.

In its review of the five incidents, Amnesty International alleges 14 civilians were killed either because they were near a U.S. target, like a vehicle, or mistakenly identified as al-Shabaab. The organization interviewed 65 witnesses and survivors from the five incidents, as well as 77 additional individuals connected to other alleged U.S. strikes not detailed in the report.

"In addition to this first-hand testimony, the report draws on several types of evidence, including analysis of satellite imagery and data, photographic material, interviews with government officials, medical personnel and other experts, and an open-source investigation including analysis of traditional and social media, academic articles, and reports from NGOs and international bodies," Amnesty International said.

Still, the group acknowledged that "security concerns and access restrictions" limited their investigation.

In a statement provided to ABC News, U.S. Africa Command said the report "does not accurately reflect AFRICOM's record in mitigating civilian casualties," adding that assessments of civilian casualty allegations submitted by Amnesty International found "no AFRICOM airstrike resulted in any civilian casualty or injury."

"Our assessments are based on post-strike analysis using intelligence methods not available to non-military organizations," AFRICOM said.

Beyond these five incidents, Amnesty International's report highlights that the pace of the U.S. air war in Somalia has escalated under the Trump administration -- a sharp contrast to the president's vocal desire to pull back America's military commitment from places like Syria and Afghanistan.

The number of strikes increased from 35 in 2017 to 47 in 2018 and stands at 28 over the first three months of 2019. In its releases, AFRICOM said strikes this year have killed about 241 al-Shabaab militants, with no civilian casualties.

The U.S. has been using drones to strike "high-value targets" in Somalia since 2011, but when Trump entered office in 2017 he issued a directive that allowed for offensive capabilities and designated parts of Somalia an "area of active hostilities," which Amnesty International said weakened protections afforded to Somali civilians.

Retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who served as the commander of Special Operations Command Africa from April 2015 until June 2017, told Amnesty International that Trump's directive allowed for "all military-aged males observed with known al-Shabaab members in specific areas" to be considered legitimate military targets -- possibly a violation of international humanitarian and U.S. law, the group said.

AFRICOM disputed Bolduc's assertion, telling Amnesty International it did "not accurately reflect the targeting standards of AFRICOM or [the Department of Defense]." In the statement to ABC News, AFRICOM added that it "complies with the law of armed conflict and takes all feasible precautions to minimize civilian casualties and other collateral damage."

There are currently about 6,000 American troops throughout Africa who mainly help to train local forces or partner in exercises, with about 4,000 of them stationed in Djibouti, a strategic country in the Horn of Africa.

The Pentagon is planning a 10 percent reduction of U.S. troops across the African continent, but those cuts likely won't impact counterterrorism operations in Somalia, where the U.S. has about 500 troops.

AFRICOM's Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser conceded last month in testimony before Congress that U.S. strikes would ultimately not defeat al-Shabaab.

"... At the end of the day, these strikes are not going to defeat al-Shabab, but they are going to provide the opportunity for the federal government and the Somalian National Army to grow and assume the security of the country," Waldhauser told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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MicroStockHub/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump Jr. has weighed into the political battle over the United Kingdom's looming departure from the European Union, writing that Prime Minister Theresa May "should have followed my father's advice."

In an op-ed piece published Wednesday in the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph newspaper, the president's eldest son warned that "democracy in the U.K. is all but dead," and criticized "elites" whom he argued were trying to frustrate the will of British voters.

"In a way, you could say that Brexit and my father's election are one and the same -- the people of both the U.K. and the U.S. voted to uproot the establishment for the sake of individual freedom and independence, only to see the establishment try to silence their voices and overturn their mandates," Trump Jr. wrote.

Trump Jr. also rebuked May, saying her failure to heed his father's counsel resulted in "a process that should have taken only a few short months [becoming] a years-long stalemate, leaving the British people in limbo."

President Donald Trump has made comments supporting Brexit since before the 2016 referendum and has since criticized May's negotiating tactics.

"I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation," Trump told reporters at the White House on March 14. "But I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it. And I think you would've been successful. She didn't listen to that."

Trump Jr. was a member of his father's 2016 campaign staff, but he holds no position in the administration. However, a public rebuke of a key ally from a member of a president's family is uncommon.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, but after two years of negotiations, the draft deal to govern the divorce process has twice been rejected by Parliament, causing a political crisis and economic uncertainty in the country.

The prime minister's office said on Wednesday she would ask EU leaders for a "short extension" to delay the U.K.'s departure from the bloc.

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the_guitar_mann/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The fallout from the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash continues to be felt as the European Union announced Tuesday that they will not allow any Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly in their airspace until they approve any changes made.

The announcement stipulates that the planes will not be allowed into European airspace until the EU approves any software fixes that are required, making it clear that they will not rely on the Federal Aviation Authority for approval.

Patrick Ky, the executive director of the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), addressed the European Parliament transport committee Monday, and said that EASA will look at Boeing's upcoming software updates "very deeply, very closely," as well as look at the plane's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

"We will even go back to the architecture of MCAS to look at all the modes and how they are treated onboard the Boeing," Ky said Tuesday.

It was also reported Tuesday that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked the U.S. Inspector General to conduct a formal audit of the certification process that allowed the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to be put into circulation.

This comes a day after the Canadian Transport Minister made a similar announcement, saying that Canada will conduct its own review of the software enhancement that is expected to be used to fix the fault in the plane's system.

The caution surrounding Boeing's new model of plane comes after similarities were found between the two planes that were involved in the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes, months apart.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg released a statement Monday, saying that the company is "taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 MAX."

"The tragic losses of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 affect us all, uniting people and nations in shared grief for all those in mourning," he wrote in the letter.

In the letter, Muilenburg noted that "soon we'll release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident."

"Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the airplane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders," he wrote in the letter.

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Onfokus/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Stargazers will soon be treated to a rare super moon that hasn't occurred in nearly two decades.

The super worm moon will be visible to those located in the Northern Hemisphere on Wednesday night, according to National Geographic. The moon will reach its full phase around 9:43 p.m. EDT and coincides with the spring equinox, which will occur just before 6 p.m. EDT.

The best time to catch a glimpse will be after sunset on Wednesday and Thursday.

It will be the first super moon to occur during the March equinox in 19 years, National Geographic reported. The super moon is expected to appear up to 14 percent larger than a regular full moon, CNET reported.

Super moons that occur in March are nicknamed the "worm moon" because that's the time of year when earth worms tend to emerge from the ground as it begins to thaw from the departing cold of winter.

A super moon occurs when a full moon or new moon coincides with the moon's position at its closest to earth. Wednesday's super moon will be the third and last of 2019, according to NASA.

The next super moon will not occur until February 2020, according to CNET.

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PIPA(NEW YORK) -- Armando is not your ordinary pigeon.

He's been called the Lewis Hamilton of pigeon racing. He's mean, lean and one of pigeon racing's top stars.

Joel Verschoot, who raised and trained Armando to be a champion racer, recently sold his prized pigeon at a Belgium auction. A Chinese real-estate mogul paid $1.4 million for the little guy, a historic amount for a pigeon sale.

Pigeon racing has gained in popularity in Asia recent years, becoming a big-money glamour sport.

“Nobody in the pigeon world thought this would happen," Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, the CEO of Pigeon Paradise (Pipa), which organized the online auction, told ABC News. "We were hoping for $400,000 or $500,000.”

To put things in perspective, an average racing pigeon usually goes for around $2,800.

But Armando is in no way average. Even though he is 5 years old and reaching the end of his racing career, his superb sense of direction and unbelievable wing strength make this champion pigeon a million dollar breeder.

“In 2017 and 2018 Armando was the best racing pigeon in Belgium," said Verschoot, adding, "In 2018 he was the best in Europe and an Olympic champion.”

Verschoot's been with Armando ever since that egg cracked five years ago. The longtime pigeon breeder used Armando to develop unique training techniques and was very hands-on with the future pigeon celebrity.

All together, Verschoot owns 300 pigeons, spending 12 hours a day with them. And yes, he knows each of them by name.

Armando, however, is the "crowning glory of all those years in the pigeon sport. The icing on the cake," Verschoot said.

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Karwai Tang/WireImage(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, made a somber visit Tuesday to pay their respects after Friday's mosque shooting in New Zealand that left at least 50 people dead.

Harry and Meghan visited New Zealand House in London, where they signed a book of condolences for the victims of the attack in two mosques in Christchurch.

"Our deepest condolences. We are with you," Meghan wrote above the couple's signatures. Harry added the word "Arohanui," a Maori word that means much love.

Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child next month, learned about the Maori culture during their visit to New Zealand last year.

The couple each greeted officials at New Zealand House Tuesday with a hongi, a traditional Maori greeting performed by two people pressing their noses together.

Meghan and Harry spent time in the New Zealand cities of Rotorua and Auckland during their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

The couple joined with Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to issue a statement Friday decrying the attack as "senseless."

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch," the two couples wrote. "We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people."

Meghan's appearance with Harry Tuesday came after she was believed to have started her maternity leave. She has told well-wishers that she is due in April.

Meghan is expected to still hold private meetings before the baby's birth but does not have any upcoming official engagements scheduled.

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Mark Tantrum/Getty Images(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- The prime minister of New Zealand is working to prevent the Christchurch mosque shooter from gaining the infamy that follows so many mass shooters after their carnage.

In an emotional ministerial statement on Tuesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed never to publicly speak the name of the shooter who killed 50 people in two Christchurch mosques.

"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ardern said Tuesday. "He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless."

"And to others I implore you: speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them. He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name," she said.

Many elements of the Friday shooting -- including the shooter's decision to livestream the attacks on social media and his purported release of a document espousing his alleged beliefs, which included white supremacist ideas -- suggest that he sought national and international attention for the shooting or wanted to spread his message.

The idea of not using a shooter's name is not a new one, but it has been hard to implement.

In 2012, in the aftermath of the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, then-President Barack Obama told victims' relatives he would not use the shooter's name in an effort to avoid giving him more attention, according to Politico reporting at the time.

On Friday, shortly after the New Zealand attack, Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, urged his 3.4 million Twitter followers to not give the shooter "what he wants."

"Don't speak his name don't show the footage. Seems that most agree on that. The questions is can the media do what's right and pass up the ratings they'll get by doing the opposite? I fear we all know the answer unfortunately," he tweeted.

The call from Ardern to not use the shooter's name is being hailed by many online as the right approach.

She received a great deal of praise on Twitter, with the hashtag #NoNotoriety spreading overnight.

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PytyCzech/iStock(LONDON) -- London's mysterious "Jack the Ripper" serial killer, who was active over 100 years ago, might finally be identified through mitochondrial DNA left behind at the scene of one of the crimes, according to a case report published in the Journal of Forensic Scientists.

"To our knowledge, this is the most advanced study to date regarding this case," the authors wrote.

In 1888, five women in London were killed within three months by a still-unidentified murderer known as Jack the Ripper.

A silk shawl, recovered from victim Catherine Eddowes, is the only known remaining physical evidence from the crimes, according to the report, published March 12. In a disturbing attack, Eddowes' uterus and left kidney were cut out.

The report's authors, Jari Louhelainen of Liverpool John Moores University and David Miller of the University of Leeds, examined the shawl for mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, which is passed down from a mother to her children.

Louhelainen and Miller said the data shows the shawl has biological material from Eddowes "and that the mtDNA sequences obtained from semen stains match the sequences of one of the main police suspects, Aaron Kosminski."

The DNA found at the scene were compared to maternal descendants of the victim and of Kosminski.

Kosminski was a Polish-Jewish immigrant who lived about 200 yards from where one of the victims was murdered, according to Yahoo News UK. Kosminski has been named as a possible suspect before, Yahoo reported.

Louhelainen and Miller also looked at phenotype analysis, analyzing the DNA for possible physical characteristics of the suspect. They said the results match with the only eyewitness account of Jack the Ripper -- that the suspect was a man with brown eyes and brown hair.

"Although these characteristics are surely not unique, they fully support our hypothesis," the authors wrote. "We have no reliable information on how common these phenotypic features were with males in London in 1888, but at the moment, blue eyes are more common than brown in England."

Though Jack the Ripper remains a mystery, Louhelainen and Miller called their report "the most systematic and most advanced genetic analysis to date regarding the Jack the Ripper murders."

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