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STR/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At least three people in Tainan, Taiwan are dead after an earthquake struck, says BBC News.

The 6.4 magnitude quake was just ten kilometers deep and centered on the southern end of the island.

More than 200 people have been rescued so far after a residential building collapsed and dozens other injured in the quake, says BBC News.

The United States Geological Survey assessment said the quake was shallow but that there was 'severe' shaking.

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John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon released 198 photos Friday that were taken as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse or mistreatment of detainees held by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2009.

The pictures were released in compliance with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2004 seeking the release of 2,000 pictures the organization said documented what it called abuse or torture of detainees by the U.S. military.

The photos released Friday were taken by independent criminal investigators looking into 56 allegations of mistreatment and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2009, according to the Department of Defense.

Of those 56 allegations, 14 were substantiated and 42 were not, a Pentagon spokesman said, noting that 65 service members received some form of disciplinary action ranging from non-judicial letters of reprimand to life imprisonment. Of the 65 service members who were disciplined, 26 were convicted in courts-martial, the spokesman said.

Some of the photos are close-ups of parts of bodies that appear to show injuries such as bruising, while others show full-body images of detainees in various forms of detention by the U.S. military.

The ACLU filed its original FOIA request in October 2003, noting that "Recent news reports indicate that individuals apprehended after September 11, 2001, and held by the United States at military bases or detention facilities outside the United States ("Detainees") have in some cases been tortured or subjected to interrogation techniques that are prohibited by international and United States law."

In 2004, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to enforce the FOIA after photographs were published by media organizations showing prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

The 198 images were released by the Pentagon after they had gone through a review process required by the Protected National Security Documents Act of 2009 (PNSDA).

That 2015 review of some 2,000 photos taken by the investigators looked to see whether the photos should remain "protected" based on whether making the photos public "would endanger citizens of the United States, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, or employees of the U.S. Government deployed outside the United States," the Pentagon spokesman said.

The photos released were deemed to no longer meet those criteria and have been made public by the Pentagon. The ACLU is continuing a legal fight seeking the release of the additional 1,800 or so photos currently in "protected" status.

"The disclosure of these photos is long overdue, but more important than the disclosure is the fact that hundreds of photographs are still being withheld," ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said Friday in a statement. "The still-secret pictures are the best evidence of the serious abuses that took place in military detention centers. The government's selective disclosure risks misleading the public about the true extent of the abuse."

ACLU staff attorney Alex Abdo noted that the Defense Department is pointing to the "punishment of a handful of low-level soldiers."

"[B]ut the scandal is that no senior official has been held accountable or even investigated for the systemic abuse of detainees,” Abdo said in a statement. "What the photos that the government has suppressed would show is that abuse was so widespread that it could only have resulted from policy or a climate calculated to foster abuse. That is why the government must release all of the photos and why today's selective disclosure is so troubling."

As a precautionary move, U.S. embassies have provided local warnings to U.S. citizens about the pending release of the photos in case they spark outrage overseas, U.S. officials said Friday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twitter's pledge to eradicate terrorist-related accounts on its site has made great strides since the social media company devoted more resources to reviewing flagged reports and following through with suspending accounts, the company said Friday.

Since the middle of 2015, Twitter said it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts, many of which were supporting ISIS, according to a blog post Friday from Twitter. The social networking site has been leveraged by ISIS to recruit members and spread propaganda.

"Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service," the blog post said.

Twitter increased the size of its teams tasked with reviewing reports of potentially terror-related threats. The company said it has also taken a proactive approach by using its "proprietary spam-fighting tools" that are capable of surfacing accounts that could potentially be in violation.

The results have paid off with Twitter reporting "an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off Twitter."

“As many experts and other companies have noted, there is no ‘magic algorithm’ for identifying terrorist content on the internet, so global online platforms are forced to make challenging judgment calls based on very limited information and guidance,” Twitter said in a statement. “In spite of these challenges, we will continue to aggressively enforce our Rules in this area, and engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue and promote powerful counter-speech narratives.”

Twitter said it cooperates with law enforcement entities “when appropriate” and tries to strike a balance between legitimate security concerns and freedom of speech.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador) -- A former military official from El Salvador accused of involvement in the “terrorist murders” of six Jesuit priests and two others will be sent from the United States to Spain to stand trial for his alleged war crimes, after a historic ruling Friday by a federal judge in North Carolina.

As the former El Salvadoran Vice Minister of Public Security, in 1989 Col. Orlando Montano Morales allegedly plotted along with 19 other military officials the massacre of the priests at a Jesuit university in El Salvador, as well as a housekeeper and her teenage daughter who happened to be there. Spanish officials, along with the U.S.-based nonprofit Center for Justice and Accountability, want to hold Montano held accountable because five of the six Jesuit priests were Spanish.

For more than a decade and a half, Montano evaded justice by hiding in plain sight in the Boston area and working at a local candy factory. Officials said Montano was eventually arrested by Homeland Security Investigations agents in 2012 and served 21 months for lying to immigration officials in order to obtain protected status in the U.S. -- he had originally claimed he never served in the El Salvadoran military. A U.S. official said that Montano was nabbed as he was trying to return to El Salvador where amnesty laws could have protected him from Spanish courts.

He was scheduled to be released last April, but was held in North Carolina until a ruling on his extradition could be made.

The former Colonel would be the first military official extradited to Spain to face the charges related to the massacre. Local amnesty laws have shielded the 19 other defendants accused alongside him, a U.S. official said.

According to court records, the Jesuits were targeted because of their support of leftist guerilla group FMLN during a bloody internecine war. In 1989 peace negotiations between El Salvador and the rebels had begun with a Jesuit priest named Father Ignacio Ellacuria acting as an intermediary.

Ellacuria then became a target for the Salvadoran government in a crime that Spanish officials said Montano helped orchestrate.

“The day before the murders, Montano Morales also allegedly participated in a series of meetings during which one of his fellow officers gave the order to kill the leader of the Jesuits and leave no witnesses,” as the Department of Justice described the conspiracy in 2015. The other seven people killed that morning, it appears, were collateral damage for the purported assassination.

Montano is also accused of allegedly threatening the wife of a witness to the slaughter, “Do not repeat that again. Remember that this is a time of war and in such time anything can happen to anyone, including you,” according to court records.

It's unclear when he will be removed from the United States.

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Karolis Janulis(VILNIUS, Lithuania) -- Drone photographer Karolis Janulis, 35, has captured rare aerial views of his native Lithuania under the snow.

“I’ve always been in love with the perspectives from above,” Jankulis told ABC News. “Before acquiring my own drone in the beginning of 2015, I was flying in air balloons, motor gliders just to capture aerial shots.”

Using a drone to take pictures is not easy, Jankulis said, and it takes a lot of time.

“You need to carry a large backpack with the drone, its batteries and accessories,” Jankulis said. “You are also dependent on weather conditions, flight restrictions, electricity source, gear price and other factors.”

Karolis believes his pictures can help foster people’s imagination while giving a new perspective to familiar objects and places.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- A small team of FBI agents has arrived in Somalia to help authorities in the East African nation investigate what caused an explosion this week inside a plane at 11,000 feet.

Authorities from Somalia, the United States and other countries believe that a bomb was detonated in mid-air, just after the Hermes Airlines flight departed Mogadishu’s airport for Djibouti, according to sources familiar with the incident.

The A-321 jetliner executed an emergency landing and returned to the airport, but two passengers were hurt, and it’s believed one person may have been sucked out of the plane through a relatively small hole left by the explosion.

It is still unclear how a bomb would have been brought on-board or who could be responsible, but authorities are looking into whether the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabab, based in Somalia, or even ISIS may be behind it, sources said.

Many of the passengers on the flight were originally scheduled to be on a Turkish Airlines flight, but the flight was canceled "due to operational reasons" and bad weather, according to Turkish Airlines spokesman Yahya Ustun.

The U.S. government offered Somali authorities any assistance, and the team of FBI agents arrived at the scene Friday, sources said. They are there for one purpose: to help the Somalis with any expertise or other assistance they may need.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment for this article.

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iStock/Thinkstock(KAGOSHIMA, Japan) -- It was a calm evening in Japan Friday, when suddenly an orange burst erupted from Sakurajima volcano covering the clear, starry sky with black clouds.

The volcano erupted around 7 p.m. local time in Japan, according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). About 15 minutes after the eruption, the agency issued a level-three near-crater warning, which bans people from approaching the mountain, according to the public broadcaster NHK.

The volcano sits in between two cities: Kagoshima on its west and Tarumizu on its east.

Videos and images show lightning sporadically bursting through the lava and dark clouds of smoke, creating the illusion of a storm in the sky.

"Lightning is sometimes observed in the plume associated with eruption of this type," Manabu Hashimoto, a professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University, told ABC News in an email Friday.

Sakurajima has been on the watch since Aug. 15, 2015, when volcanic earthquakes caused JMA to issue a level-four volcanic warning to prepare to evacuate. There were very small eruptions recorded since Aug. 19, but by Sept. 1 the agency was able to lower the warning back down to a level three.

"Sakurajima volcano has been very active," Hashimoto said. "I think most researchers consider that Sakurajima will erupt again."

There were no immediate injuries reported, and the cause of the eruption is still uncertain. Hashimoto explained that scientists will probably collect data "to understand what went on."

Japan has 110 active volcanoes, according to JMA, which is no surprise as it sits on the Ring of Fire circling the Pacific rim, being one of the most active seismic and volcanic zones in the world. There are approximately 15 volcanic events, including eruptions, which occur every year.

Representatives at Japan Meteorological Agency could not be immediately reached for comment by ABC News.

The video below shows the dramatic eruption:

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NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI(NEW YORK) — The New Horizons probe has yielded a trove of new information about Pluto, including the existence of miniature hills that appear to be floating across the surface of the dwarf planet.

The hills, which are made of water ice, measure anywhere from one to several miles across and are located in Pluto's heart-shaped feature, according to photos and data analyzed by NASA.

"Because water ice is less dense than nitrogen-dominated ice, scientists believe these water ice hills are floating in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move over time like icebergs in Earth’s Arctic Ocean," a NASA blog post explained.

It's believed the hills are fragments of Pluto's uplands that have been carried by nitrogen-rich glaciers into Pluto's flat Sputnik Planum region. NASA also observed chains of the floating hills along the flow paths of the glaciers.

The photo is the latest to be released as New Horizons continues to send a trove of data and photos from its July 14 flyby of Pluto back to Earth. With data downlinking at a rate of about 1 to 4 kilobits per second, it's expected the entire trove of science will take one year to be transmitted back to Earth.

Launched in January 2006 on a 3-billion-mile journey to Pluto, New Horizons "phoned home" after its Pluto flyby, indicating that it had successfully navigated just 7,700 miles from the dwarf planet. It later sent back the first high-resolution images of Pluto's surface.

New Horizons conserved energy by taking "naps" during the monumental trip. The spacecraft, equipped with a battery that converts radiation from decaying plutonium into electricity, may have enough power for two more decades of exploration, according to NASA.

The piano-sized probe is speeding through the Kuiper Belt, an area at the edge of the solar system encompassing Pluto and a vast area of tiny, icy worlds.

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Buda Mendes/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Pope Francis and his counterpart in the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, will meet next week in Cuba for a historic encounter that will bring the heads of the two churches together for the first time since Christianity split almost a 1,000 years ago, both churches announced Friday.

Statements from the Vatican and the Patriarch’s office said the two will sit down during a visit to Cuba Feb. 12 for a meeting meant to help heal the millennium-old split that has divided Christianity into eastern and western branches.

The meeting will take place in Havana airport, when Francis stops there on his way to Mexico, and while Kirill is on an official visit to Cuba, according to a joint statement from the Vatican and the Patriarch’s office.

After a “personal conversation,” the two will then sign a joint declaration, the statement said. The basic subject of discussion will be the plight of Christianity in the Middle East, where religious violence has prompted a mass exodus among Christians.

Both churches said they hoped the meeting would open a new stage in relations between the two branches. The heads of the Catholic and Orthodox churches have not met since the Great Schism in 1054. Since then, the churches have viewed each other with deep suspicion and as heretical, with members of the Orthodox faith disputing the pope’s status as Christianity’s supreme leader on earth.

In a briefing in Moscow, a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Ilarion, said it hoped the meeting will “open a new page in relations between the two churches.”

The joint statement issued by the two churches said next week’s meeting was taking place “with the grace of God” and asked for “all Christians to pray fervently for God to bless this meeting, that it may bear good fruits.”

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ABC News(LONDON) — An expert United Nations panel condemned the detention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying he has been “arbitrarily detained” by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in 2010.

The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, in a statement, called on the Swedish and British authorities to “end Mr. Assange's deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation.”

Prosecutors in Sweden want to question Assange over allegations of rape stemming from a working visit he made to the country in 2010 when WikiLeaks was attracting international attention for its secret-spilling activities.

Assange has been staying at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June 2012 in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden.

"We completely reject any claim that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention," a U.K. government spokesman said in a statement.

"Julian Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the UK. The opinion of the UN Working Group ignores the facts and the well-recognized protections of the British legal system. He is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy. An allegation of rape is still outstanding and a European Arrest Warrant in place, so the UK continues to have a legal obligation to extradite him to Sweden. As the UK is not a party to the Caracas Convention, we do not recognize ‘diplomatic asylum.’”

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suprunvitaly/iStock/ThinkStock(CAIRO) -- The body of an Italian student who disappeared in Cairo, Egypt has been found, reports BBC News.

Giulio Regeni was found next to a road in the western outskirts of Cairo with clear signs of torture, according to a senior Egyptian prosecutor. A cause of death has yet to be determined.

Regeni was a PhD student at Cambridge University in Cairo conducting research, reports the BBC.   

The Italian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Egyptian ambassador urgently.

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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A mass exodus is underway in northern Syria in what was once Syria's biggest city.

The US non-governmental organization (NGO) Mercy Corps says tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing Aleppo, Syria after days of regime attacks and airstrikes, supported by Russia.

For much of the civil war, most of the Aleppo province has been held by US backed rebels.

Bolstered by Russian support, in recent days, the Syrian government forces have launched a massive assult, recapturing towns and villages long held by the opposition.

In a statement, Mercy Corps says "it feels like a siege of Aleppo is about to begin...Innocent civilians are running for their lives. Right now, we are seeing tens of thousands of people make their way to the border with Turkey."

The problem is Turkey has closed its border with Syria, leaving perhaps 50,000 locked out and thousands at the border gate.

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izustun/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A blunt statement released from the United States on Thursday says Russia and the Syrian regime "have clearly signaled the intention to seek a military solution rather than enable a political one."

The Office of the Special Envoy for Syria released a statement regarding the suspension of Syria negotiations going on in Geneva. In the statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "We call upon the regime and its supporters to halt their bombardment of opposition-held areas, especially in Aleppo, and to lift their besiegement of civilians in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions 2165, 2254 and 2258."

In the interim, Secretary Kerry urged that "the world needs to push in one direction -- toward stopping the oppression and suffering of the Syrian people and ending, not prolonging, the conflict."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. now estimates that the number of ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria has decreased to between 19,000 and 25,000 resulting from battlefield deaths and a reduced flow of foreign fighters into Syria. Yet, as ISIS numbers have been reduced in Iraq and Syria, they have increased in Libya to 5,000 where ISIS has seen an increased flow of foreign fighters, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Previous U.S. estimates for Iraq and Syria in the past year have been that ISIS has remained constant at between 20,000 and 30,000, with a peak of 33,000, according to a Defense Department official.

Thousands of ISIS fighters were killed by American airstrikes in Kobani, Syria more than a year ago, and despite battlefield losses in the Iraqi cities of Bayji and Ramadi, U.S. intelligence continued to assess that the numbers of ISIS fighters had remained constant, the Defense Department official said.

The new lower estimate for Iraq and Syria could be due to a combination of factors, such as coalition airstrikes, battlefield deaths, desertions, disciplinary actions, recruiting shortfalls and difficulties that foreign fighters face in traveling into Syria, the official said. It also could be that the U.S. intelligence community has a better handle on counting ISIS numbers.

The number of ISIS fighters in Libya was previously estimated at 2,000 to 3,000, the official said, speculating that there might be a correlation between the new ISIS estimates in Iraq/Syria and Libya as it’s getting harder for foreign fighters to get into Syria and that they may be diverting to Libya as a result.

The increasing ISIS presence in Libya has drawn increasing concern from American security officials.

Two weeks ago, the National Security Council discussed how the U.S. could target ISIS in Libya, though no military options were presented. Officials say those meetings looked at ways the U.S. could work with international partners against ISIS in Libya and supporting a new unity government. Future U.S. military options could result in airstrikes targeting against ISIS and possible support for militias opposed to ISIS, though no decisions were made.

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iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- In a rare move, a court in Jerusalem doled out very strict sentences to two Jewish teenagers who carried out the gruesome murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy in 2014.

One of the teens faces life in prison, and the other faces 21 years behind bars.  A third convicted Israeli is awaiting sentencing due to an insanity plea.

The three Jewish extremists kidnapped Mohammed Abu Khadeir and took him to the Jerusalem Forest.  That’s where they doused him with gasoline and burned him to death.

Khadeir’s grisly murder shocked the country and contributed to the outbreak of the 2014 Gaza War.

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