iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A rare teleprinter that German Adolf Hitler used to message his top Nazi officers during World War II was found for sale on eBay.
A volunteer from the National Museum of Computing in the U.K. stumbled on an eBay ad for the device. He recognized it as a rare Lorenz teleprinter, which in this case was used to transmit coded messages.
There were no bidders, so the museum bought it for the roughly $15 that the ad requested.
When volunteers from the museum went to pick it up in Essex, England, they found it in a garden shed filled with other old items, volunteer engineer John Whetter of the computing museum told ABC News.
The teleprinter had belonged to an elderly man who died recently, and neighbors helping to clear out his house found the old device and eventually posted it on eBay, Whetter said.
“I was surprised,” he added. “We were delighted. When we brought it back to the museum and cleaned it up, we could tell that it was a relatively rare item.”
The teleprinter is going to be part of an exhibition of British World War II coding devices that engineers have spent over 20 years trying to rebuild. The exhibition will show devices that British code-breakers used during World War II to penetrate the secret communications of Germany and its allies.
“It’s a tribute to those people who did this work in World War II who never got the credit they deserved,” Whetter said.
A device used by the Nazis – such as the teleprinter discovered on eBay – is an important part of the exhibition as well, Whetter said.
“It shows the other side of the equation,” he said.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Migrants could start drowning in the English Channel like thousands have perished in the Mediterranean Sea, authorities fear.
As the weather improves, more migrants may try to cross the Channel in small boats in an attempt to find alternative routes to Europe, a representative from the French authority that is in charge of guarding the body of water told ABC News.
The 350-mile English Channel separates southern England from northern France.
“It is a very dangerous route because there is very important traffic with big commercial boats, ferries and a lot of ships, and the area is not that big,” Ophelia Patry, deputy to the French Maritime Prefect overseeing the English Channel and the North Sea, told ABC News.
“When migrants try to cross the Channel, most of the time it’s during the night and they don’t have any light or way to be identified at sea. The Maritime Prefect is very concerned of the questions of migrants between France and England.”
Patry said it is possible that migrants will die trying to cross the Channel, adding that helicopters and ships are among the means authorities uses to try to identify the boats in order to keep migrants safe.
Her comments follow a recent incident Saturday evening when British authorities found a vessel in the English Channel. A total of 20 people were picked up in a search-and-rescue operation, two of them children, a spokesman the British Home Office told ABC News.
Of the 20, 18 were Albanian migrants. They are being interviewed by Border Force officers, while two British men have been accused of assisting illegal immigration, the spokesman said.
A separate empty vessel was also discovered by British authorities, according to the Home Office, which is investigating whether there is a link between the two boats.
The U.K.’s former Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, told BBC Radio 4 that there was an "equal chance" of migrants drowning in the Channel as in the Mediterranean unless more resources are allocated
"I am not a nautical person, but I would have thought crossing the Channel - with all the hazards in terms of cross-Channel traffic as well as the weather and the sea conditions - are going to mean there is an equal chance of people losing their lives unless this is stopped," he said.
No migrants are known to have drowned in the Channel so far, while at least 9,000 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean since 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration.
iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Muslims to reject birth control and have more children in a speech broadcast live on TV Monday, according to the BBC.
He placed responsibility on women, asking "well-educated future mothers" to ignore contraception in an effort to help grow the population.
The majority of Turkish residents are Muslim, and Muslims are the fastest growing religious group in the world, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2015. The Pew Center estimated in the study that Islam will likely overtake Christianity as the world's most popular religion by 2050.
Turkey's population has already risen rapidly in recent decades according to the World Bank, climbing from under 30 million in 1960 to roughly 75 million in 2014, increasing by roughly 60 percent. As a point of comparison, Germany's population, which was close to 72 million in 1960, reached a population of approximately 80 million in 2014, increasing by only 10 percent during the same amount of time.
This is not the first time Erdogan has voiced criticism about the use of contraception. The father of four called it "treason" while speaking at a wedding ceremony in 2014. In that same year, Erdogan said that women were 'not equal' to men, and accused feminists of rejecting the idea of motherhood while speaking at the First International Women and Justice Summit in Istanbul.
“Some people can understand this, while others can’t," he said regarding the virtues of motherhood. "You cannot explain this to feminists because they don’t accept the concept.”
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Japan’s military has been put on alert, and ordered to prepare to intercept a possible North Korean missile, a government source told Japan’s Kyodo News.
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani gave the order amid signs that Pyongyang may go ahead with a ballistic missile launch.
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air guided interceptors in central Tokyo were readied as a response to Nakatani's order, and surveillance activities were also stepped up.
A separate government source Monday told Kyodo News that the Japanese have received indications that Pyongyang is preparing to launch a ballistic missile, possibly an intermediate-range Musudan missile, in the eastern part of North Korea facing the Sea of Japan.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously in favor of sanctioning North Korea in March after a resolution drafted by the United States and China, which is considered to be an ally of the North Korean government.
"Virtually all of [North Korea's] resources are channeled into its reckless and relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction," U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told the council after the vote.
DERANA TV(HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka) -- It took several people, including a wildlife rescue team, to pull a baby elephant from the open drain into which it had fallen Sunday in an underdeveloped Sri Lankan town.
Officials knocked out the shallow but narrow drain, which had concrete walls, to make room for the rescue.
The good Samaritans are then seen in a video of the event tying ropes around the forelegs of the frightened calf and, after a few attempts, pulling the animal out of the drain.
The calf was reportedly whisked away for medical attention after suffering what is believed to have been a broken leg.
Elephants are apparently common on the streets of Hambantota, a southern port town, where the wild animals roam freely in competition with humans.
iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- More than 700 migrants are missing after several shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea this week, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
According to BBC, the unseaworthy boats sank south of Italy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Officials said rescue workers had recovered at least 65 bodies so far from three different shipwrecks.
"The Italian navy has been doing a fantastic job, they have rescued about 14,000 people so far this week, but unfortunately there have been a number of incidents where people have lost their lives and in three separate shipwrecks we estimate that 700 people might have died or are still missing and unaccounted for," UN spokesperson William Spindler said.
UN officials said survivors of the shipwrecks off the coast of Libya reported that hundreds of others drowned.
More than 40,000 people have risked traveling to Italy from Libya in 2016 and about 1,500 people have drowned in the process.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A search is under way for Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido, who disappeared after leaving a party early Sunday morning in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in northern Mexico, a Mexican official told ABC News.
Ruben Dario of the Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office did not elaborate on the disappearance investigation to ABC News, saying the family requested privacy.
Pulido is currently a forward for Olympiacos of Greece. He was a member of Mexico's World Cup team in 2014.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For die-hard stamp collectors, New York City is the center of the universe for the next seven days.
The city is hosting the World Stamp Show-NY 2016, a major international event for philatelists that is held only once every 10 years, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The last time an international stamp show took place in NYC was 1956.
The event kicked off Saturday and will run through June 4.
According to its website, the World Stamp Show will feature more than 150 stamp dealers and 50 postal bureaus, including the United States Postal Service and the United Nations Postal Administration.
It is estimated that 250,000 people will attend the eight-day event.
Several new U.S. commemorative stamps are scheduled to be issued for the first time at the show throughout the week, including "View of Our Planets," "Colorful Celebrations," and "National Parks."
Among the show highlights are displays of the 1856 British Guiana 1-cent magenta stamp, which sold at auction in 2015 for $9.5 million--and rock legend John Lennon's stamp collection, which he started when he was a child.
The World Stamp Show-NY 2016 is free and open to the public.
iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Lightning strikes in France and Germany caused several injuries on Saturday.
German police said 35 people were taken to the hospital after lightning struck a children's soccer match in Hoppstadten, Germany. Three adults, including the referee, were seriously injured in the incident, and the other 32 people were transported to the hospital as a precaution.
According to BBC, witnesses said the lightning strike happened when there were no dark clouds and the sky was blue.
In Paris, eight children and three adults were struck by lightning after a sudden storm sent bolts crashing down upon a children's birthday party in a city park, a fire official said. According to BBC, several of the victims are in a life-threatening condition. Police sad the victims had sought shelter under a tree at Parc Monceau, a wealthy district in Paris.
No place outside is safe when you hear thunder or see lightning, according to the National Weather Service. To stay safe during a lightning strike, the NWS says to immediately seek shelter inside a building with electricity or plumbing, or an enclosed metal-topped vehicle with the windows up.
iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- After retesting samples from the London 2012 Olympics, the Russian Olympic Committee announced Saturday that eight of the country's athletes had failed drug tests.
The announcement marked the second time this month that Russia admitted its athletes were involved in a doping scandal.
According to BBC, the athletes were involved in three sports in 2012, but they will not be named until a second urine sample, the B sample, is analyzed.
Recent retests of samples found that 14 Russian athletes were using illegal substances in the 2008 Beijing Games. One of the named athletes in those retests, Olympic bronze medallist in 2008 and high jumper Anna Chicherova, won gold in 2012.
Russian athletes, already banned from international competition, will find out in June whether they will be allowed to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(HIROSHIMA, Japan) — “Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed," President Obama began, imagining the horror of Aug. 6, 1945. "A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed the city. It demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."
After laying a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, President Obama mourned the Japanese, Korean and American victims of the world's first atomic blast in World War II.
"Their souls speak to us, and they ask us to look inward, take stock of who we are and what we might become," he said.
Invoking the image of a mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, the president cited "humanity's core contradiction' -- the capacity for "unmatched destruction" -- and called for a "moral evolution."
"That is why we come to this place," Obama said. "We stand here, in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry."
Obama credited the United States and Japan for forging "not only an alliance but a friendship" and called for the ultimate elimination of the existence of nuclear weapons.
The United States currently maintains about 4,700 nuclear warheads, far less than the peak during the Cold War, when the U.S. had more than 31,000 nuclear warheads in its arsenal.
"We must change our mindset about war itself and prevent conflict through diplomacy and strive to end conflicts after they've begun," he declared. "We must reimagine our connection to each other, as members of one human race."
"The world was forever changed here but today the children of this city will go through their day in peace. What a precious thing that is. It is worth protecting and then extending to every child," Obama said, concluding his remarks. "That is the future we can choose. A future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke after Obama, and then the two leaders greeted several atomic bomb survivors who were in attendance. Obama and Abe then spent several minutes observing the Atomic Bomb Dome.
Obama's visit to Hiroshima made him the first U.S. president to visit since the atomic bombing of the city more than seven decades ago.
Marine One landed in Hiroshima at 5:00 p.m. local time. The president was joined by U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
Courtesy of 1st Lt. Andrew Yacovone and 1st Lt. Justin Wright(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Maybe it was bound to happen: After 15 years of war, two talented soldiers cross paths and discover a mutual love of music.
That’s exactly what occurred for First Lt. Andrew Yacovone and First Lt. Justin Wright, Army rangers writing and producing country songs on deployment in Afghanistan.
The pair met on their first day of infantry basic training for officers in 2014.
Andrew described the moment -- a bunch of soldiers standing around after an exhausting day of training.
“I called out to the crowd and asked if anyone played guitar,” Andrew said. "Lo and behold, Justin was standing right next to me and he was like, 'Heck yeah, I play guitar!'"
The new friends “jammed” all night.
Shortly after that meeting, they debuted their first YouTube hit, “Hometown Hero,” from Afghanistan. A full-length EP produced from a studio followed.
Now, this Memorial Day weekend, Interstate 10, as the pair are now known, has released its latest music video, “I’m Gonna Miss You,” which is dedicated to military families of fallen servicemen.
Andrew began writing the song back in 2013 before the two even met, but after their unit lost soldiers during their first deployment, they say the song took on a whole new meaning.
Despite being stationed 40 miles away at different bases for their second deployment, they were determined to finish the song.
“We’re like, 'Dang it, we aren’t going to be together for this deployment,'” Andrew said. “But we have Skype and ways to connect.”
The pair even managed to shoot pieces of the music video in Afghanistan.
“If you could see what was behind the camera, it was interesting,” Andrew said. “Taped things over here, headlamps sitting around bunkers to light the scene using our flashlights. Just to make it all right.”
But they say they never lack inspiration to keep producing music.
“Most of our music is written on deployment," Justin said. "You think of the restaurant where you want to eat at, and you think of where you’ll take a girlfriend on a date -- what beaches you will go to, which mountain you are going to climb. You think of all these clear pictures of a dream life that most people don’t live, but you know you’re going to because you can do anything after you've been to Afghanistan for nine months."
This Memorial Day, the pair encourages Americans to enjoy the weekend and celebrate the individuals who sacrificed for the country.
They would also probably encourage everyone to sing along to “I’m Gonna Miss You.”
Andrew and Justin will reunite at Bagram Airfield in the next few weeks to complete their deployment together.
iStock/Thinkstock(FALLUJAH, Iraq) -- An American airstrike has killed ISIS's top commander in Fallujah as the Iraqi military presses forward with its offensive against the ISIS-held city.
According to Colonel Steve Warren, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, an airstrike Wednesday targeting the ISIS headquarters in the city killed Maher al- Bilawi, the top ISIS commander in Fallujah.
The airstrike was "a result of intelligence that we gathered on the headquarters and his location," said Warren. "And we had the opportunity to take the strike and we took it."
He said al-Bilawi’s death “won't completely cause the enemy to stop fighting, but it's a blow. And it creates confusion and it causes the second-in-command to have to move up. It causes other leadership to have to move around."
Warren said not much was really known about al-Bilawi’s background.
In the four days since the Iraqi offensive began, Warren said the coalition has conducted 40 airstrikes, “totaling 57 engagements” that have destroyed ISIS fighting positions and resulting in the deaths of 70 ISIS fighters.
The offensive on Fallujah includes personnel from the Iraqi Army, police, the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), and Sunni militia fighters. Shiite militias are also present as part of the operation, but have publicly stated that they will remain outside the city, easing concerns about retaliation from the Sunni-majority population.
Fallujah became the first Iraqi city to fall under ISIS control in early 2014 partly due to support from the local Sunni population that was resentful of the exclusionary policies of the Shiite-dominated central government in Baghdad.
But so far, the offensive to retake Fallujah has only progressed 10 miles outside the city. "It's still early in the Fallujah fight, so it's unclear how long this battle will last,” said Warren.
Some of the 50,000 residents still in the city have begun leaving, heeding the advice of Iraqi government leaflets by placing white sheets on their rooftops to prevent them from being targeted by airstrikes.
Warren said ISIS will do what it can to prevent large numbers of civilians from fleeing the city because their standard practice is to use local populations as human shields.
“This is an enemy that doesn't want the civilian population to leave," said Warren. "Why? Because they want to hide behind the civilian population. They know it makes it harder for us.”
Last week, Warren had told reporters that retaking Fallujah was not a military prerequisite for a future offensive on Mosul and indicated it would be a political decision to retake Fallujah.
He said Friday that with the recent rash of bombings in Baghdad, “surely that changes the political calculus for the civilian leadership of Iraq. We understand that completely and we accept it, and we're providing devastating air power in support of the decision that the prime minister of Iraq made to liberate Fallujah.”
iStock/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- American special operations forces photographed in Syria sporting patches of a Kurdish rebel group have been ordered to remove the patches because their use was "unauthorized" and "inappropriate," U.S. military officials said Friday.
Photos of the service members made public Thursday had outraged the Turkish government, which believes the Kurdish rebel group to be a terrorist organization in Turkey.
The photos showed American special operations forces advising Kurdish and Arab forces from the Syrian Democratic Forces near the village of Fatisah about 30 miles north of ISIS's de facto capital of Raqqah. The service members could be seen sporting what appeared to be insignia from the Kurdish People's Defense Forces, known by the initials YPG in Kurdish.
“Wearing those YPG patches was unauthorized and it was inappropriate and corrective action has been taken, and we have communicated as much to our military partners and our military allies in the region,” said Col. Steve Warren, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad.
Warren said the teams in Syria had been ordered to remove the patches from their uniforms. He said he was unaware of any official disciplinary action resulting from the incident. “The bottom line and the important thing is that the situation has been corrected and that we have communicated to our allies that such conduct was inappropriate and it was unauthorized," he said.
According to Warren, what made the wearing of the patches inappropriate were the “political sensitivities around the organization that that patch represents.” And those sensitivities are "with a NATO ally," said Warren, who did not specifically refer to Turkey.
Earlier Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized the wearing of the YPG patches by American troops as "unacceptable" given his government's belief that the group is part of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group. Cooperation with Syrian Kurdish rebel groups to fight ISIS has been tricky for the United States which must balance the military advantage of the ground force they provide with concerns from Turkey, a fellow ally in the fight against ISIS, that sees those same groups as harmful to Turkish interests.
"In that case, we would recommend they use the patches of Daesh, al-Nusra and al-Qaeda when they go to other parts of Syria and of Boko Haram when they go to Africa," Cavusoglu said.
Warren acknowledged that the special operations teams sporting the patches were likely building on past practice of bonding with the local force they were working, much as has happened in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world. "We have to understand the guys on ground are going to do what they going to do, and they have their customs and courtesies they’ve been following for years," Warren said. "But it’s also important to understand the larger strategic context, which I think that the inappropriateness of it, that they didn’t understand that or appreciate it as they should have.”
He said that had been recognized, corrected and communicated “to our allies that we felt the patches were inappropriate because they are unauthorized, plain and simple, they’re not authorized and we’ve made the correction so everyone is moving on.”
Warren said the primary role of the 200 or so advisers in Syria is to work with the Syrian Arab forces pressuring Raqqah under the umbrella group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is primarily Kurdish. They are there to advise and assist those forces with command, logistical and air support needs, as far as he knows no U.S. forces have engaged in combat firefights.
Earlier this week, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced a ground offensive intended to take areas north of Raqqah. Since the American military advisers may visit some of these forces they may be near what are "fluid" front lines. At times that could mean some of the American forces could come as close as 15 to 20 miles away from Raqqah.
But Warren stressed that American forces in Syria deliberately plan to stay away from "enemy contact" planning missions to “ensure that wherever it is they go, enemy contact is not likely or in fact is unlikely. So I think that's number one.”