iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The Iraqi government has recaptured the city of Fallujah from ISIS after a five-week campaign, the Pentagon said Monday.
Iraqi security forces have "100 percent control" of Fallujah, located 40 miles west of Baghdad, Pentagon officials said. Fallujah was the first city taken over by ISIS in January 2014.
"I congratulate Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for their progress in freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of ISIL," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement released today by the Pentagon. ISIS is also known as ISIL.
"The United States military and our coalition partners are proud to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces under the prime minister's command in this important operation, which is another milestone in our joint efforts to accelerate ISIL's defeat, and to continue supporting our Iraqi partners moving forward," Carter added.
Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday that Iraqi security forces had "100 percent control" of the city. Davis said that after an initial tough fight into the city, the Iraqi military had was able to gain ground from ISIS after penetrating into the city center.
The offensive into Fallujah had been mounted by Iraq's elite Counterterrorism Service, the federal police, and provincial police while Shiite militia forces known as Popular Mobilization Forces remained outside the city.
More than 85,000 civilians fled the city as the battle for the heart of the city began two weeks ago. The United Nations has cited what it calls credible reports that some civilians fleeing Fallujah may have faced physical abuse at the hands of Iraqi security forces.
"It is also essential to complete the investigations the government of Iraq has launched to address alleged abuses of civilians," Carter said.
American officials have not publicly confirmed Iraqi pronouncements that 1,800 to 2,500 ISIS fighters were killed in the operation. U.S. officials had acknowledged that they did not have a clear picture of how many ISIS fighters may have been in Fallujah when Iraq launched its offensive on the city. They offered ranges of hundreds to possibly thousands.
Iraqi officials had prematurely declared victory after Iraqi forces took control of the municipal building located in the heart of the city.
"The operation in Fallujah has been a significant challenge for the ISF and for the coalition," Carter said. "It will not be the last. Hard fighting remains ahead, as does the vital task of caring for the residents of Fallujah displaced by ISIL's violence and beginning to rebuild the city so that its people may safely return."
The Iraqi government decided to mount the offensive on Fallujah to stem the rising number of ISIS bomb attacks in Baghdad that it was believed had originated in Fallujah. Davis acknowledged today that those attacks have continued as Fallujah was under siege for five weeks, which indicates the attacks are coming from elsewhere.
Despite that, Davis said Baghdad is safer as a result of Fallujah having been taken, given the city’s proximity to Baghdad.
The retaking of Fallujah will likely mean that the Iraqi government and military can set their sights on an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, which has been under ISIS control for two years.
The American military training effort in Iraq has been geared towards training the 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops that will likely be needed for an offensive on Mosul. American officials have cautioned that it will be up to the Iraqis to retake Mosul, but that given current logistical shortfalls, an offensive was not likely this year.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Great Britain's vote to exit from the European Union (E.U.) may have come as a shock to politicians and voters and the world, but it's not the first time a member state has left the group. Greenland was the first and only one until now.
In the early 1970s, an early version of the E.U. was created, called the European Communities. At the time, Greenland was a member of the organization since it was still part of Denmark's commonwealth called The Danish Realm, which joined the European Communities in 1973.
In 1979, Greenland was granted home rule away from Denmark and in 1982, they held a referendum on their continued membership in the European Community, similar to the British vote held last week.
Though the European Communities were focused on economic policies and was less binding and politically powerful than what became the E.U. of today in 1993, the newly independent Greenland was not convinced they wanted to participate.
The majority voted to end their membership and, after two years of negotiations, they formally left the group in 1985. Greenland became the first and only member state to leave a European collaborative since.
There are a number of obvious differences to note between Greenland and Great Britain's decisions -- the clearest being the size and influence of the two economies.
The United Kingdom is a global superpower with a diverse economy and global financial hub that is intricately involved in the financial funding of E.U. policies, while Greenland's economy has been largely focused around fishing exports.
iStock/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- A former Chilean military officer recently discovered living in Florida has been found responsible for the torture and murder of famed Chilean folk singer Victor Jara more than 40 years ago.
Pedro Barrientos Nunez stood accused of personally killing Jara in a game of Russian roulette in a Santiago soccer stadium in the immediate aftermath of the coup that began the rule of infamous Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in September 1973.
A civil lawsuit filed by Jara’s family against Barrientos in 2013 says Jara was one of thousands of civilians rounded up and thrown in the stadium, where he was held for three days, during which he composed a poem about the “horror [he was] living.” Then, one day “soldiers under Lt. Barriento’s command blindfolded, handcuffed, interrogated, brutally beat and otherwise tortured” him, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit said that Barrientos oversaw the torture and then put a revolver with a single bullet to Jara’s head, pulling the trigger until the weapon fired, killing Jara.
After executing Jara, Barrientos purportedly ordered his men to riddle Jara’s body with bullets.
The lawsuit said Barrientos was one of a handful of Chilean military commanders in charge of the detention of approximately 5,000 civilians in the stadium, many of whom were tortured and killed.
“They — ‘they’ being the leaders of the coup — rounded up a number of people, including intellectuals, political opponents and social icons, and Victor Jara was one of those,” said C. Dixon Osburn, the executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, whose attorneys are representing the Jara family in the case. “[He was] an iconic folk singer who sang about social injustice in Chile, and that was very threatening to Gen. Pinochet ... [the stadium] was a place where people were tortured and a place where their loved ones never saw them again.”
Barrientos told The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Friday that he had no choice but to take Pinochet’s side in the coup and that he was nowhere near the stadium at the time of Jara’s death.
“I did not know who Victor Jara was until details of his death were made public,” Barrientos said.
Barrientos has been in the U.S. since 1989 and is now an American citizen, according to local reports and the family’s lawsuit. But it wasn’t widely known that he was living in the U.S. until a Chilean news program tracked him to a suburb of Orlando, Florida, in 2012. The family members filed their lawsuit the next year.
On Monday, a Florida jury sided with the Jara family and ordered Barrientos to pay $28 million in damages, according to the Center for Justice and Accountability.
Joan Jara, the singer’s 88-year-old widow, attended the Florida trial and said afterward, “It has been a long journey seeking justice for Victor’s death.”
“His songs continue to be sung today and inspire both artists and those who seek social justice,” she said in a press release from the CJA. “Today there is some justice for Victor’s death and for the thousands of families in Chile who have sought truth. I hope the verdict today continues the healing.”
Barrientos has been indicted for Victor Jara’s murder in Chile, and in January, Chile’s Supreme Court reportedly approved a judge’s request that the country move to extradite him from the U.S.
The U.S. and Chile have an extradition treaty, but earlier this month officials at the U.S. Justice and State departments declined to comment on any potential extradition for Barrientos.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Hate crimes rose 57 percent between last Thursday and Sunday in the U.K. compared to the same time frame last month, according to the National Police Chiefs' Council, an organization representing British police chiefs, as a populist rage toward immigrants has been unleashed in the wake of the so-called Brexit vote.
The final vote on Britain's E.U. referendum last week was split 51.9 percent "leave" to 48.1 percent "remain," and observers have noted that anger toward England's immigrant and Muslim populations played a significant role in the decision to break away from Europe.
British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed incidents of hate in a speech to Parliament Monday, saying his country "won't stand for hate crimes" and that they must be "stamped out."
Social media buzzed over the weekend with reports of incidents directed toward immigrants, including natural born English residents of South Asian descent.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), a group that represents 500 mosques, schools and associations, released a statement on its website claiming that "over 100 hate incidents" had taken place as a result of the Brexit vote.
Polish immigrants, who work many low wage jobs in the U.K., represent another group who has experienced intimidation in recent days.
Local papers reported on the distribution of signs declaring "No more Polish vermin" in Huntingdon, a town in Cambridgeshire, England. The Polish cultural center in Hammersmith, England, was also sprayed with anti-immigrant graffiti, according to police.
The Polish Embassy in the U.K. responded to the incidents with a statement decrying what it called "xenophobic abuse."
"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community, directed against the Polish community and other U.K. residents of migrant heritage," it said.
The statement urged Polish nationals as well as witnesses to contact authorities in the event of abuse.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A number of British voters have publicly expressed their regret over voting "Leave" in the historic referendum last Thursday when the majority of voters elected to leave the European Union.
Since then, British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, the Pound has reached its lowest value since the mid-1980s and stocks have been crushed.
Several "Leave" voters have reacted to the turmoil by saying that they wish they could take back their vote. One of the latest to express his regret is Kelvin Mackenzie, a columnist for the Sun newspaper, which backed Leave.
“When I put my cross against Leave I felt a surge as though for the first time in my life my vote did count. I had power,” Mackenzie wrote in Monday’s the Sun. “Four days later I don’t feel quite the same. I have buyer’s remorse. A sense of be careful what you wish for. To be truthful I am fearful of what lies ahead. Am I alone?”
It appears that Mackenzie is not alone. In the Independent, columnist Emily Tierney, wrote Sunday that she “Bregrexit.”
“What have we done?” she wrote. “If I could take my vote back now, I would. I’m ashamed of myself, and I want my country back.”
One voter told the BBC that he was shocked that a majority of voters had voted to Leave and that he didn’t think his own Leave vote was going to matter because he expected most people would vote to remain.
Others expressed their regret on social media.
It is unknown how many people regret their Leave votes, but a Survation poll carried out for the Mail on Sunday after the Brexit vote, suggests that the number is high. Out of the about 17.4 million who voted to leave, 1.1 million say that they wish they had voted Remain, according to the poll.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The U.K. is in chaos after voting to leave the European Union last week in a national referendum.
On top of market uncertainty, a falling currency and the foreign investors who are poised to pull out, there has been a leadership vacuum since Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday announced his intention to resign in the wake of the vote.
Many who voted to leave are coming to terms with what that now means as those who promoted Britain’s departure from the E.U. struggle to explain the fallout amid unanswered questions swirl around them. Calming Concerns at Home
Cameron, who announced that he'll leave office this fall, addressed Parliament Monday and tried to strike what appears to be a realistic yet optimistic tone.
"It is clear that markets are volatile, there are some companies considering their investments and we know this is going to be far from plain sailing," Cameron said in the House of Commons. "However, we should take confidence from the fact that Britain is ready to confront what the future holds for us from a position of strength."
George Osborne, the head of the U.K. Treasury, also did his part to try and stave off concerns about plunging markets.
"We are prepared for whatever happens," he said, noting that he has been working with leaders from international finance groups and the Bank of England.
Explaining the Possible Exit
Boris Johnson, the former London mayor and active supporter of the so-called Brexit campaign, or “British exit,” wrote an op-ed for British newspaper The Daily Telegraph in an effort to clarify what will happen now. Johnson is seen as one of the possible candidates to run for prime minister to replace Cameron.
He addressed some of the logistical concerns that have been raised about a break with the E.U., specifically as it relates to the bloc's open borders policy that allows citizens of member nations to travel and work freely within the larger confines.
"E.U. citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the E.U. British people will still be able to go and work in the E.U.; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down," Johnson wrote. "The only change -- and it will not come in any great rush -- is that the U.K. will extricate itself from the E.U.’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation: the vast and growing corpus of law enacted by a European Court of Justice from which there can be no appeal.”
But the particulars have not been worked out with the E.U., so Johnson’s comments are pure speculative, though others share the sentiment.
At a news conference in London Monday morning with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in London, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammon said other European residents are "as entitled to work, live and visit today as they were on Wednesday," the day before the vote, and the same freedoms are extended to British citizens living outside the U.K.
The Policy Trigger
Even though the vote clearly calls for the U.K. to leave the E.U., nothing can happen until a specific measure is taken.
Technically, a member nation does not start the process of leaving the E.U. until it invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which effectively serves as the constitution of the E.U.
That particular clause states that any member state can voluntarily withdraw from the E.U. and has two years as of its notification of their intention to sort out all negotiations of the withdrawal, including immigration policy, trade deals and everything concerning "its future relationship with the union."
The U.K. would have to trigger, or initiate, the Article 50 procedure to begin its formal withdrawal from the E.U.
Cameron has said that his successor would have to be the one to navigate that process.
Addressing Changes Abroad
British leaders are far from the only ones grappling with what to do now.
German, Italian and French leaders are meeting Monday to discuss what the vote means and what will happen to the E.U. moving forward.
European leaders are eager for negotiations on the U.K.'s divorce from the E.U. to happen quickly.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman ruled out informal talks with Britain that could potentially delay the start of the exit.
Across the pond, President Obama, who had previously urged the British public to remain in the E.U., released a statement after the vote saying "we respect their decision."
"The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security, and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world," the statement read.
Donald Trump was visiting one of his golf courses in Scotland when the Brexit vote results came in, and the presumptive Republican presidential candidate praised the results.
Britain has "taken back their independence and that’s a very, very important thing," he said.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — China successfully launched its Long March 7 rocket over the weekend in a key test that will pave the way for a planned space station set to become operational by 2022.
Blasting off from the Hainan Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China, the 53-meter rocket carried a mock-up of China's next generation crew spacecraft so officials could find out how the vessel fared during re-entry. The new vehicle could one day be used to help service the China's future space station.
Using a parachute landing system, similar to the Russian Soyuz, the dummy spacecraft landed safely in the Badain Jaran Desert in Northwest China after spending 20 hours in orbit, Chinese officials said.
"It was designed to collect aerodynamic and heat data for a re-entry capsule, to verify key technologies such as detachable thermal protection structure and lightweight metal materials manufacturing, and to carry out blackout telecommunication tests," China's space program said in a statement.
The 53-meter Long March 7 is the middle child in a trio of new Chinese rockets. The Long March 5 is a heavy-lift launch system while the Long March 6 is designed to carry lighter satellites into orbit.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed Parliament Monday, saying that while he accepts the decision of voters to leave the European Union, Britain "must not turn its backs on Europe or the world."
Cameron's speech followed what has been a tumultuous series of days for Britain and was intended in part to reassure investors in the economic stability of the U.K. as markets continued to tumble across the globe in reaction to the so-called Brexit.
Cameron opened his speech by acknowledging that "adjustments with [Britain's] economy would have to be made" but said that "the decision must be accepted."
He said he would not be triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which begins the process of withdrawal from the EU. That would to be left to Cameron's successor in October.
Cameron pledged to resign from his post after voters decided to leave the EU last week. He had campaigned aggressively for Britain to remain in Europe, after making the controversial decision to hold Thursday's referendum.
U.K.'s Treasury Chief George Osborne sought to ease the global markets after Britain's historic vote to withdraw from the EU, saying the U.K. economy is firmly positioned to face the challenges ahead.
"Today I want to reassure the British people and the global community that Britain is ready to confront what the future holds for us from a position of strength," Osborne said during a news conference Monday morning.
In his first public appearance since Thursday's referendum, Osborne stressed that Britain's economy is in a far better position than it was at the start of the 2008 financial crisis.
"Growth has been robust. Employment rate is at a record high. The capital requirements for banks are ten times what they were and the budget deficit has been brought down from 11 percent of our national income and was forecast to be below 3 percent this year," Osborne said. "I said we had to fix the roof so that we were prepared for whatever the future held and thank goodness we did. As a result our economy is about as strong as it could be to confront the challenge our country now faces."
But his remarks were not enough to ease investors' concerns.
The British pound dropped to its lowest level in 30 years Friday and fell another 2 percent against the U.S. dollar prior to Osborne's comments. The currency rebounded slightly after the speech.
Friday's sell-off wiped out $2.1 trillion in global markets with the United States losing $830 billion alone.
U.S. markets continued their decline Monday morning.
During an appearance on ABC's This Week, Kim Darroch, British ambassador to the United States, said England's position after the Brexit vote would not mean the U.K. is "disappearing from the world stage" and it would still remain "America's closest ally."
"There's going to be a period of uncertainty while we work out this new relationship with Europe," Darroch said. "But we are a strong country, a stable country. We will work it out in our usual pragmatic way. We will come through this and we will end up as important a player on the international scene as we have been."
The final vote on the Brexit referendum was 51.9 percent "leave" to 48.1 percent "remain," leaving many questioning the finality of the decision. Indeed, by midday Sunday, more than 3 million people had signed a petition asking for a new referendum. Darroch, however, described the Brexit decision as "irrevocable."
Ambassador Darroch said the "expectation" is that England's Conservative Party will elect a new leader by the end of September.
"The prime minister made it clear throughout that this was a once-in-a-generation vote and the result was final," Darroch said. "The task for us now is to pull together and work out the new relationship with Europe."
Meanwhile, the opposition Labour Party is also experiencing fallout over last week's EU referendum, as party leader Jeremy Corbyn continued to weather calls for his resignation. Monday, he unveiled new team members after 12 members of his "shadow cabinet" resigned on Sunday. He has mostly struck a tone of defiance in the face of criticism. On Saturday, he tweeted that he was "elected Labour's Leader to redistribute power and wealth in this country."
Cameron also used his speech to address concerns that hate crimes had escalated in the wake of the Brexit vote. The vote was largely seen as a reaction to a wave of populist, anti-immigration sentiment that was growing in the British electorate.
He said that his country "won't stand for hate crimes" and that they must be "stamped out."
ESA/NASA(NEW YORK) -- NASA's overachieving Hubble Space Telescope keeps plugging along with its discoveries -- and will be doing so for at least the next five years after NASA extended its science operations contract to operate the telescope through 2021.
"Hubble is expected to continue to provide valuable data into the 2020’s, securing its place in history as an outstanding general purpose observatory in areas ranging from our solar system to the distant universe," NASA said in a statement.
NASA heralded the launch of Hubble on April 24, 1990, as "the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope."
Hubble's incredible reach -- made possible by the fact that its sight was not impaired by the distortions created by the Earth's atmosphere -- allowed astronomers to get closer looks at space phenomena like never before, watching stars and planets as they form, examining exoplanets and capturing the power of cosmic impacts.
Since its first day on the job, Hubble has made more than 1.2 million observations and its findings have been published in more than 12,800 scientific papers, according to NASA data released last year, making it one of the most successful scientific instruments ever built.
Whizzing around Earth at 17,000 mph, Hubble has racked up more than three billion miles in flight, according to NASA.
Its incredible resolution has allowed the telescope to look at areas as far as 13.4 billion light years away from Earth -- in essence, peering back into a time when our universe first emerged from the Big Bang. The telescope is so precise that it is equivalent to someone shining a laser beam on a dime from 200 miles away, according to NASA.
Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is set to launch in 2018.
iStock/Thinkstock(MOTHERWELL, Scotland) -- An inverted roller coaster at a Scottish theme park derailed, hit the ride's support and crashed to the ground, injuring 10 people, including eight children, police said.
The incident occurred this morning at M&D's theme park in Motherwell, about a half-hour from Glasglow, according to the Lanarkshire, Scotland, police. The Tsunami inverted roller-coaster ride, involving five gondolas in a train, detached from its rails, collided with the ride's main structure and hit the ground, police said.
"On arrival it became clear a series of five gondolas connected on a train on the Tsunami ride have detached from the rails, struck the superstructure and then struck the ground," Chief Inspector David Bruce of Police Scotland said. "They [the gondolas] fell less than 20 feet. It would appear that they have been coming round a bend and at that point it has detached."
He could not confirm the speed the cars were going when they derailed, but confirmed that they "hadn't struck anything on the ground."
Police said two of the injured were struck on the ground. The 10 people were all being treated a local hospitals, but details of their injuries were not available, police said. Police had earlier reported 11 people were injured.
A spokesperson for M&D's said in a statement that "a serious incident occurred at M&D's today involving the tsunami rollercoaster. We have all emergency services on site to assist. The theme park is closed until further notice."
The "Tsunami" is the only inverted roller coaster in Scotland and can reach speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour as it goes through corkscrew twists, according to the theme park website. Children under 10 are not allowed on the ride, the website says.
One woman who said she had gotten off the ride when the accident happened said the scene was "like something out of a horror film."
"My heart goes out to everyone on it," Katie Burns said in a posting on Facebook. "A full load came off the track but and on the pavement, like a horror film worse thing ever heard and seen, can't get over this."
Another woman who was there said she was "in shock" at what she saw.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch was clear Sunday about England's position following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union: "We're not going to disappear from the world stage. We will still be important players and America's closest ally,” he said.
"There's going to be a period of uncertainty while we work out this new relationship with Europe," Darroch said on This Week. "But we are a strong country, a stable country. We will work it out in our usual pragmatic way. We will come through this and we will end up as important a player on the international scene as we have been."
He also gave assurances that “the special relationship” between the United States and England “will endure and will be as strong as ever."
The final vote on the Brexit referendum was split 51.9 percent “leave” to 48.1 percent “remain,” leaving many questioning the finality of the decision. In fact, by midday Sunday more than 3 million people had signed a petition asking for a new referendum. Darroch, however, described the Brexit decision as “irrevocable.”
The vote to exit the European Union also led Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation. According to the ambassador, the “expectation” is that England's Conservative Party will elect a new leader by the end of September.
"The prime minister made it clear throughout that this was a once-in-a-generation vote and the result was final,” Darroch said. “The task for us now is to pull together and work out the new relationship with Europe."
Darroch served as Prime Minister Cameron’s national security adviser for four years prior to accepting his current position in the United States.
"I'm sad that he's resigning," Darroch said. “I understand why he has chosen to go in these circumstances."
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- For the first time ever, female "knights" will be joining jousting competitions at castles in the U.K. this summer, according to English Heritage, a registered nonprofit that manages over 400 historic sites in the U.K. and routinely hosts jousting events.
"Horsewoman extraordinaire" Nicky Willis will be the first woman to take the reins at the English Heritage's annual Grand Medieval Joust at Kenilworth Castle this Saturday, the nonprofit told ABC News in a statement.
Willis will be pitting her skills against three leading male knights, including Russian champion Dimitry Shabachenko, the nonprofit said.
"I have heard how much fun it is to joust at Kenilworth and can’t wait to be part of the action this year," Willis said in a news release. "Kenilworth is famed for some of the most elaborate tournaments in Medieval England -- as well playing host to one of England’s strongest women, Queen Elizabeth I – so it’s the perfect place to sort the women from the boys!"
Historically, women weren't allowed in the "elite band" of knights who took part in jousting tournaments, according to English Heritage's head of events, Emily Sewell.
But "[n]ow they are," Sewell said in a news release. "[I]n order to bring our visitors the opportunity to witness some of the most accomplished knights on the circuit, it made complete sense to invite the leading female jousters to join us this summer."
Female jouster Alix van Zijl will later compete in tournaments at Carisbrooke Castle and Bolsover Castle this August, according to English Heritage.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- More than 2 million Britons and U.K. residents have signed a petition calling for a redo of the European Union referendum, just days after the United Kingdom voted to leave the bloc.
The petition, which was posted before Thursday’s vote, said the government should hold another referendum on E.U. membership if the votes for the "Leave" or "Remain" side are less than 60 percent in a turnout of fewer than 75 percent of eligible voters.
The referendum Thursday saw a turnout of 72 percent of eligible voters, with 52 percent -- or more than 17 million people -- backing a British exit, or "Brexit," and 48 percent voting to remain an E.U. member state.
The financial markets quickly reacted lower to the results and the U.S. stock markets closed at three month lows on Friday.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation Friday after leading the failed "Remain" campaign, had said there wouldn’t be a second vote. But since the unprecedented outcome, the petition, which only British citizens or U.K. residents can sign, has garnered 2,149,429 signatures by 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Parliament must consider a debate on any petition posted on its website that garners more than 100,000 signatures. The government has to respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.
The petition’s website showed a map indicating that most signatures were from people based in areas where support for the "Remain" side was strongest, including London.
iStock/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- Anti-terror raids in Belgium had police arrest two men who were planning to attack a Euro 2016 match.
Belgian Police took in the two men for questioning after overnight raids in Verviers and Tournai. They were later arrested and charged for "participation to the activities of a terrorist group," according to the Belgium Federal Prosecutor's Office.
ABC News confirmed with Belgian Police that the two men were targeting the Hungary-Belgium Euro 2016 match scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. local time.
The two men were charged as perpetrator or co-perpetrator, according to the prosecutor's office.