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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  At least 250 ISIS militants were killed Wednesday in a series of US airstrikes in Southern Fallujah, officials said.

Officials also estimate that some 40 vehicles were also destroyed in the attacks.

One of the senior defense officials said "we’re still assessing the strikes and gathering details" but the number of fighters killed is "consistent with our early assessments."

Earlier Wednesday, Col. Chris Garver, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, which is focused on defeating ISIS in the Middle East, said that Fallujah will soon be turned over to a "holding force" because the fight there was less intense than the one in Ramadi.

In Southern Fallujah, the coalition was undertaking clearing operations in preparation for the holding force -- consisting of local police and Sunni tribesmen -- to take over.

More than 100 airstrikes have been carried out near Fallujah since May 21.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- Information pulled from EgyptAir Flight 804's data recorder suggests smoke may have been detected in a lavatory and the avionics bay in the moments before the doomed flight plunged into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, the Egyptian government said Wednesday.

Some of the wreckage, recovered from the front section of the aircraft, showed signs of high temperature damage and soot, the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee reported.

Experts say the smoke alerts indicate that the plane, an Airbus A320 carrying 66 people from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport to Cairo International, likely suffered an electrical fire.

According to Egyptian investigators, preliminary data show that the flight data recorder abruptly cut off at an altitude of 37,000 feet.

Wednesday's information is consistent with data from the plane's ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System), leaked to The Aviation Herald late last month.

At the time, an A320 chief avionics mechanic for a major U.S. airline said that the ACARS data suggest that the window heater computer in the avionics compartment may have malfunctioned, which could have eventually led to a total electrical failure on the jet.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- A Turkish police officer who faced down and shot a machine gun-wielding terrorist moments before the attacker detonated a suicide bomb at Istanbul's Ataturk airport was hailed a hero by airline officials.

Chairman of Turkish Airlines Ilker Ayci visited the officer, identified as Yasin Durna, in the hospital today.

“This guy is a hero,” Ayci told members of the press after he visited Durna. “He stood by himself against the machine-gunned terrorist with his gun and took down the terrorist with the first shot.”

Durna was seriously injured in the attack, but he did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, Ayci said. During the gunfight, he didn't feel the bullets at first, Durna told Ayci. After shooting the terrorist down, Durna didn't realize the attacker had a suicide-bomb vest until he got closer, Ayci said.

"The terrorist was about to pull the trigger of the bomb at that moment, so he ran away immediately," Ayci said. "If he didn’t take him down, that could have been very terrible.”

The attack left 42 dead and 238 others injured, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin. It is "highly possible" that the three attackers who carried out the deadly explosions were foreigners, Turkey's Interior Minister said Wednesday.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Interior Minister said "all findings show it's ISIS."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) --  U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced a plan to “drive appalling hate crimes” out of Britain in the wake of a spike in anti-immigrant sentiment that has rocked the country in the wake of last week's Brexit vote.

Cameron announced to Parliament Wednesday that additional funding for security measures would be provided in response to combat attacks against migrants workers. He urged all Members of Parliament to condemn such attacks, regardless of party affiliation.

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.

ABC News reported Tuesday on a video of a racist tirade that occurred on a Manchester tram that went viral in the U.K. because of the degree to which it captured the atmosphere of tension in the country, following the country's decision to leave the European Union last week.

The victim of the attack, Juan Jasso, is actually a Mexican-American who supports the Brexit vote, the New York Times reported.

And there are reports of other hate crimes in Britain.

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Wednesday, a man was arrested for posting extreme right-wing material online that was Islamophobic and anti-Semitic in nature, according to a report in the Telegraph.

And the U.K. paper the Evening Standard reported that an 8-year-old Polish girl was told to "f--- off back to Poland" by classmates three days after the vote, and people were using car keys to etch images of penises and swastikas onto the bodies of German cars that were parked near the Polish Social and Cultural Association building in Hammersmith, a district in west London.

Embattled opposition party leader Jeremy Corbyn echoed David Cameron's condemnation of the current atmosphere of anti-immigration while addressing the press today.

"We as a society will prosecute people who commit hate crimes," he said.

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Mehmet Ali Poyraz/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — People in Turkey are mourning, the day after a terrorist attack at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul left 41 people dead and 239 others injured, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who said a trio of armed attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire, is convinced ISIS was behind the attack.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday morning, "This attack once again revealed the dark face of terrorist organizations targeting innocent civilians. It is obvious that this attack does not aim to attain any results but merely aims to produce propaganda material against our country by shedding the blood of and causing pain for innocent civilians."

No Americans are on Turkish authorities' list of killed foreign nationals.

Thirteen foreigners were among the dead, Turkish officials said, including three dual Turkish citizens. Five of the foreign victims were from Saudi Arabia, and the others were from elsewhere in the Middle East and Asia, officials said.

Of the 239 injured, 109 have been discharged from the hospital, and 130 are still receiving treatment, officials said.

No U.S. military personnel are among the injured or killed, a defense official said.

After the attack, anxious friends and family members of the victims congregated at Istanbul's Bakirkoy Hospital, where the victims were taken.

While victims' loved ones descended on the hospital, Turkish officials scrambled to restart operations at the country's largest airport.

The airport resumed departures Wednesday at 2:20 a.m. local time.

Ataturk is the world's 11th-busiest airport, with 61.8 million passengers last year.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — In East London’s Romford, even residents originally from mainland Europe supported the Brexit campaign, revealing how anti-EU sentiment prevails in the traditionally working-class town.

“I voted to leave because it’s common sense,” said Iggy Rolesu, an Italian who has lived in the U.K. for 50 years. “Who is Brussels to tell me what to do in my own house?"

It is a common sentiment heard in the London borough of Havering, whose principal town is Romford.

Nearly 70 percent of residents in Havering voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in a nationwide referendum held on June 23.

The vote was at odds with London as a whole — where 59.9 percent voted in favor of remaining in the EU and only a handful of boroughs aside from Havering voted to leave — but in line with much of the rest of England.

And as in other areas that returned a solid “leave” vote, the main cause of concern among Brexiters appears to be immigration.

“A lot of people are worried about the impact of immigration on schooling and the NHS [National Health Service],” Ashley Conlan told ABC News.

Larrain Gibson said that “unlimited migration is just not sustainable on a tiny island as we live on. We’re too crowded already.”

The other main concerns were sovereignty and the economy, according to those interviewed by ABC News.

“There are a lot of problems in the U.K. at the moment, and a lot of money goes to the EU every week," James Brown said. “They say we get a lot of it back, but I don’t think we do. There’s nothing.”

The official “leave” campaign claimed that 350 million pounds a week ($467 million) could be saved by leaving the EU — a number widely rejected by economists and politicians on both sides. Before the referendum, Brexiters suggested that the money could be pumped into the National Health Service, but what seemed like a promise has since been reframed as merely an aspiration by leaders of the “leave” campaign.

Now, a few days after the results of the vote were announced, not all in Romford are convinced that the country made the right choice.

“I have a few slight misgivings,” Paul Fay said. “I think a few politicians made promises that I don’t think are going to be kept,” he said, referring to additional funds for the NHS.

“I don’t think that we were advised very well by politicians,” he said. "I think, on reflection, I may have voted to stay."

Romford’s member of Parliament, Andrew Rosindell, was among those urging residents to vote “leave.”

Some in the town fear that pro-Brexit sentiment could turn into something nastier.

Lucas Vinicenko, a Lithuanian who has been living in England for 10 years and works in Romford, said he was worried about a backlash against Eastern Europeans in the country.

“It doesn’t feel like Britain is going to be Britain anymore,” he said. “It feels like 1930s Germany. My mom is integrated, but she feels scared. She feels she has a label on her. This is not just going to be a concern for a week or month, but it will be a decade of unhappiness and being scared.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British politicians experienced a weekly address in Parliament like no other, with a prime minister who is stepping down and an opposition leader whose own party is trying to force him out.

A majority of Labour Party members of Parliament (MPs) have backed a motion of no-confidence in their leader Jeremy Corbyn, but he is refusing to step down.

"For heaven's sake, man, go!" Prime Minister David Cameron said addressing the House of Commons.

Nominations for the Conservative Party leadership open Wednesday, with Boris Johnson and Theresa May expected to throw their hats in, as well as Stephen Crabb, Nicky Morgan and Jeremy Hunt.

"I was given lots of advice on becoming prime minister, one of them was not to go to a party with Silvio Berlusconi and that's one bit of advice I took and stuck to," Cameron joked.

MPs who campaigned for Brexit were booed in Parliament as one of their representatives tried to address the floor.

"We on the Leave side should recognize that although we won, it was a narrow mandate with plenty of decent, patriotic people voting for Remain," Douglas Carswell, a member of the U.K. Independence Party representing Clacton, managed to say after Speaker John Bercow intervened.

"The honourable gentleman will be heard and it's about us and this place that he will be heard," Bercow hammered.

Meanwhile, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon held a series of meetings in Brussels to lobby for Scotland to remain in the European Union.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with Sturgeon, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, said he would "listen" to her case.

"I will listen carefully to what the first minister will tell me, but we don’t have the intention -- neither [European Council President] Donald [Tusk] nor myself -- to interfere in the British process. That is not our duty and not my job," Juncker said.

Juncker also made clear that there can be "no single market a la carte" for the U.K. and that anyone wanting access to the EU's internal market had to adhere to strict criteria "without exception."

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U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darby C. Dillon/Released(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. has accused Russia of intentionally interfering with its Navy operations.

New video released by Russia shows the moment that a Russian frigate and the U.S. Navy’s USS Gravely crossed paths in the eastern Mediterranean two weeks ago.

Russia’s defense ministry claimed the U.S. ship made a “dangerous approach” on its warship, saying it “grossly breached” international maritime laws. The ministry said the U.S. sailors were “allowing themselves to forget about the fundamental principles of safe sailing” and didn’t think about the potential consequences of their dangerous maneuver.

But U.S. officials told a very different version of events and they said the video is a clever piece of editing by the Russians.

U.S. officials stated that the USS Gravely was escorting the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman on June 17 when a Russian frigate approached it in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner.

The officials said that when the incident began, the frigate was two nautical miles from the American destroyer and flying the international signal flags that indicate a ship is restricted in its ability to maneuver. But then, according to the officials, the Russian frigate contacted the U.S. destroyer by radio, repeatedly asking it to maintain a safe distance while at the same time allegedly maneuvering to get closer to the USS Gravely.

One official said the Russian ship would follow in and out of the American ship’s wake. As the destroyer changed course and speed, so did the Russian ship, which the officials said indicates that it was able to maneuver, counter to the signals the Russian ship was flying. They accused the Russian ship of intentionally displaying a false international signal.

Officials said that their assessment is that the Russian ship was trying to intentionally interfere with the aircraft carrier’s operations.

“We are following up on this incident through appropriate military discussion channels with the Russians,” Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Defense Department spokesperson, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday.

This is far from the first time the U.S. and Russians have butted heads over military encounters.

In April, the Pentagon accused Russian aircraft of engaging in “unsafe and unprofessional” behavior on three separate occasions.

In one instance, a Russian fighter jet performed a barrel roll within 25 feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea. In another, a Russian jet buzzed a similar U.S. plane within 50 feet.

The first incident that month lasted over two days, with two Russian SU-25 fighter jets buzzing the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook more than 30 times.

Photo stills and video of the encounters released by U.S. European Command showed how low the Russian fighters were flying, with one pass coming within 30 feet of the destroyer.

After that encounter, a U.S. official told ABC News on April 13 that a further assessment was underway that could lead to a complaint filed by the Pentagon with the Russians.

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NASA/ESA/D. Elmegreen(NEW YORK) — The Hubble Space Telescope captured a celestial fireworks show in a miniature galaxy, coming just in time for the Fourth of July.

The galaxy, named Kiso 5639, is located 82 million light-years away from Earth. A photo released by NASA shows just how busy the "tadpole" galaxy is as a firestorm of newborn stars blaze out of one end of the galaxy, lighting up the cosmos.

Astronomers believe the spectacular light show may be caused by "intergalactic gas raining on one end of the galaxy as it drifts through space," according to a NASA statement.

"Galaxies rotate, and as Kiso 5639 continues to spin, another part of the galaxy may receive an infusion of new gas from this filament, instigating another round of star birth," Debra Elmegreen, a researcher from Vassar College, said in a NASA statement.

The photo comes as NASA announced this month it was extending Hubble's mission through 2021.

Hubble's incredible reach -- made possible by the fact that its sight was not impaired by the distortions created by the Earth's atmosphere -- has 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 launch in 1990, 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 3 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.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The deadly attack in the Istanbul airport late Tuesday, suspected to be the work of the ISIS, comes as the terror group on Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of the declaration of its Islamic “caliphate,” or kingdom.

In that time the group has gone from obscurity, mocked by President Obama as a terrorist “jayvee team,” to the world’s most brutal terror network, responsible not only for thousands of deaths in the Middle East, but linked to hundreds of others in dozens of terror plots in the West.

ISIS currently controls thousands of square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria, though the U.S. military says they’ve been pushed out of huge swaths of land, especially in Iraq, since a high point in the late summer of 2014.

It was January of that year in a New Yorker profile that Obama made the “jayvee team” remark. Administration officials since have claimed it was not specifically about ISIS but about various extremist groups.

At the time, ISIS was not a household name. Even when the group declared its “caliphate” on June 29, 2014 in an audio message, relatively few in the West outside counter-terrorism circles took notice -- though the rare public appearance of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul, Iraq a few days later raised some eyebrows.

But then in August, American journalist James Foley was murdered on camera by a black-clad ISIS fighter.

“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day,” Obama said the day after the gruesome video emerged in an address to the nation. “People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.”

Videos showing the deaths of more American and British civilian hostages followed. The killer, by then dubbed Jihadi John, demanded the U.S.-led coalition stop its airstrikes against ISIS targets, but the airstrikes continued.

So far, the U.S. has spent $7.5 billion on operations dedicated to defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria, including more than 12,000 airstrikes -- over 9,600 of them American, according to the Pentagon. One of the strikes killed Jihadi John last November, and recently Obama said the U.S.-led coalition has “taken out more than 120 top [ISIS] leaders and commanders.”

But as ISIS was bombarded in its own territory, it lashed out with operations abroad, using its own fighters for major operations, like the nightmarish assault on Paris that claimed 130 lives, or simply inspiring so-called homegrown terrorists, like the San Bernardino shooters in California, to kill on their own.

This March, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee released a report saying that by the time of publication, some 270 people had died in 32 ISIS-linked terror attacks against the West, while more than 40 other “plots” had been disrupted. Since then, ISIS struck in Brussels, Belgium, killing 32 in an attack on an airport there. Earlier this month, a lone gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people before being gunned down by police. During the attack, officials said, the shooter declared allegiance to al-Baghdadi.

A little more than a year ago, Obama acknowledged that the fight against ISIS would “not be quick," either abroad or at home.

“This is a long-term campaign,” he said then. “[ISIS] is opportunistic and it is nimble… As with any military effort, there will be periods of progress, but there are also going to be some setbacks.”

“It's also true why, ultimately, in order for us to defeat terrorist groups like ISIL and al Qaeda it's going to also require us to discredit their ideology -- the twisted thinking that draws vulnerable people into their ranks. As I’ve said before -- and I know our military leaders agree -- this broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated with guns; they’re defeated by better ideas -- a more attractive and more compelling vision,” he said.

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Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry brought down the house Tuesday night with Coldplay headlining a fundraising concert for the prince’s charity, Sentebale, at Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry expressed his gratitude to Coldplay, saying "you rocked the Palace!" during the band's finale.

The first-ever concert on the East Lawn of Kensington Palace was organized by Harry to raise awareness for Sentebale -- which helps young people struggling with AIDS and HIV, a cause his mother the late Princess Diana pioneered in her life.

Pouring rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the band or Harry.

“Thank you for standing out in the rain, thank you to the choir that has come all the way from Lesotho,” Harry told the crowd as he sang along with lead singer Chris Martin and Coldplay during the final song on stage.

In a bit of role reversal, Harry -- the fifth in line for throne -- even bowed down to Martin during the finale, thanking the band for their performance.

Martin joked that the band had rehearsed at a small country farm -- referencing the sold-out concert just last weekend at the Glastonbury Festival. Martin noted that they were at Kensington Palace to support Prince Harry and the importance of the work he was doing everywhere to help those in need.

The band played a 10-song gig to an intimate crowd of 3,000 who had nabbed tickets that sold out in less than an hour.

Before Coldplay took the stage, Harry delivered a heartfelt speech.

"What I saw there was a country with significant challenges; some of the world's most vulnerable young people, robbed of their childhoods -- forced into work due to extreme poverty and the loss of one or both parents to the devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic. In some cases the 'lady of the house' was a 12-year-old girl looking after her brothers and sisters," he said.

The prince added: "This is a topic that has drifted from the headlines, but remains an urgent challenge. In southern Africa, the epidemic remains the biggest killer of adolescents. Here in the UK, more people have the virus than ever before."

"What we know is that HIV is a virus that thrives off silence and feeds on stigma. Every single one of us has a responsibility to educate ourselves. To do what we can to speak out and stamp out the silence, ignorance, and fear that the virus needs to win," he told the crowd at Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry founded the charity more than a decade ago with Prince Seeiso after spending his gap year at 19 in LeSotho. More than one in three children are orphans having lost a parent to AIDS-related illness in the sub-Saharan country.

HIV is the number one cause of death in 10- to 19-year-olds in Africa. Sentebale -- which means forget me not -- was named in honor of Princess Diana and Prince Seeiso's mother.

Prince Seeiso paid tribute to Harry’s work on behalf of the vulnerable children in Africa at the concert.

“You came to Lesotho as a young man and today you stand tall and proud and are walking among the giants. You are making a difference. That is a testimony to the mother that we so love, that is Princess Diana. You in her footsteps have gone beyond the call of duty and gone to those dark corners and reached out your hand to the most vulnerable children of Africa and in particular, Lesotho," said Prince Seeiso.

All of the proceeds from the concert by Coldplay will be used to fund programs to benefit the children of Lesotho who are struggling with the disease. The charity has recently expanded to neighboring Botswana.

In addition to Coldplay, Joss Stone and the Basotho youth choir joined Harry on stage.

Earlier in the day, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry will redouble his efforts on raising awareness about HIV and AIDS and its impact on young people over the next year.

Harry will travel next month to Durban, South Africa, for the 2016 International AIDS Conference on behalf of Sentebale.

"Building on his decade of experience in supporting young people with HIV in Lesotho through his charity Sentebale, The Prince is now determined to help his generation understand that the battle against the disease has not yet been won and still needs fighting," Kensington Palace said Tuesday in a statement. “This will see him tackling topics including testing, treatment, and prevention as well as anti-stigma efforts that were famously championed by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — Mexican drug lord El Chapo has had his pending extradition to the United States suspended, according to the Mexican Attorney General's office.

The suspension is in place until the judge decides on an appeal by the suspect's legal team.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's extradition to the United States was approved in May under the condition that U.S. authorities would not seek the death penalty.

American officials in Texas were looking to have him face a slew of charges, including murder, money laundering and conspiracy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- At least 36 people were dead and 147 others injured following a terrorist attack at an international airport in Istanbul, and all signs point to ISIS as being responsible, according to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

The attack drew swift condemnation from officials in Turkey as well as the White House.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s heinous terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport in Turkey, which appears to have killed and injured dozens," said a statement from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. "We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO Ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism."

According to Yildirim, three attackers carrying weapons arrived in a taxi to Ataturk airport, one of the world's busiest aviation hubs. Further details about the attack were not immediately available.

Foreign nationals and police officers were among the wounded, according to Yildirim, who insisted there was no security lapse at the airport.

The airport has since been reopened, and flights between the U.S. and Istanbul have resumed. Airports in the United States have beefed up security in the wake of the attack, around 10 p.m. local time, a busy time for the airport, with flights arriving from Europe and leaving for the Persian Gulf and other parts of the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement condemning the attack that "has no objective." The president also said the attack shows "terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values," since it occurred during the holy month of Ramadan.

"We expect the international community, especially the Western countries including their administrations, parliaments, media organs and civil societies, to take a firm stand against terrorism," Erdogan said.

The attack comes one day after the U.S. State Department updated its travel warning for Turkey, advising that "foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations" and mentioning "aviation services" along with other targets for extremists. In March the U.S. ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government personnel posted to the U.S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.S. government civilians in Izmir province through July 26, 2016.

Turkey is one of the main European tourist destinations for Americans. A total of 181,298 U.S. tourists have arrived in Turkey so far this year, with 60,000 arriving last month alone.

All U.S. Chief of Mission personnel have been accounted for, according to the U.S. State Department, and the government is "making every effort to account for the welfare of U.S. citizens in the city."

Video posted to Instagram shows chaos inside an airport store as people took shelter following the attack.

A photo posted to Twitter shows a deserted arrivals terminal inside the airport.

Turkey has been dealing with multiple security threats from the Kurdish separatist group the PKK, as well as ISIS.

Earlier this month, a car bomb attack on a police bus killed seven officers and four civilians in central Istanbul. Tuesday's attack was the fifth major one so far this year in the city, Turkey's largest.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Thousands of protesters gathered in London Tuesday to voice their support of the United Kingdom staying in the European Union, despite Friday's unprecedented referendum voting for an exit.

An event in Trafalgar Square, titled "Stand Together," had been canceled due to the extraordinary number of people who wished to attend.

"It started with the idea of bringing 20 friends together in London Fields park in East London, and now we have over 50,000 people who want to stand together in London," event organizer Jessica Rodgers wrote on Facebook. Trafalgar Square is only equipped to hold 10,000 people, she wrote, and proceeding with the demonstration would with "too dangerous for the attendees."

Despite Rodgers' insistence that people do not turn up to Trafalgar Square, they did anyway, and in the thousands.

The demonstrations were peaceful, with protesters singing to The Beatles' "Hey Jude" in unison. Images show an array of umbrellas covering protesters in the dreary London weather.

Protesters also gathered outside the House of Parliament to show solidarity with the European Union.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- In the wake of a terrorist attack that left at least 28 dead and 60 injured at Ataturk airport, all scheduled flights between the United States and Istanbul have been temporarily suspended while officials sort out the incident in Turkey, a senior U.S. official told ABC News Tuesday.

The FAA also confirmed to ABC News it has put in place a ground stop for any U.S. flights departing for Istanbul and any flights leaving Istanbul for the U.S.

An official told Turkish state broadcaster TRT that two attackers opened fire with machine guns and detonated suicide belts outside the international terminal before passing the first security checkpoint. Later the governor of Istanbul said that there were three suicide attackers.

There are currently 10 airborne flights inbound to U.S. destinations from Istanbul, all Turkish Airlines flights. U.S. officials are in the process of determining exactly how to handle them, but it is expected that those planes will be isolated once they land and then searched, according to the senior U.S. official. Only then will passengers and luggage be allowed near the airport terminals.

The Ataturk airport in Istanbul, like many across the Middle East, has a layer of security at the terminal entrance, including X-rays that scan check-in and carry-on bags, and metal detectors that scan passengers. Ataturk is the 11th largest international airport, with nearly 62 million passengers traveling through it in 2015, according to Airports Council International, an industry airport group that acts as the voice of the world’s airports and the communities they serve.

Tuesday's attack comes three months after deadly coordinated bombs were detonated at an international airport in Brussels. Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist expressed his shock about the Istanbul attack on Twitter Tuesday evening.

Deeply moved to hear of the @istanbulairport attacks. Our thoughts are with the victims, their family & friends. Strength to our colleagues.

— Arnaud Feist (@arnaudfeist) June 28, 2016

This is the fifth major attack on Turkey’s biggest city this year -- earlier this month, a car bomb attack on a police bus has killed seven officers and four civilians in central Istanbul.

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