ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images(TAINAN CITY, Taiwan) -- A woman and a man have been rescued from a collapsed apartment building days after a powerful earthquake hit Taiwan.
According to BBC, the woman was found underneath her husband's body and near the body of her two-year-old son.
The man was pulled alive from the rubble not long after, local media said.
At least 35 people died in the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Tainan City on Friday, BBC reported, and more than 100 are believed to still be trapped inside the collapsed 17-story Weiguan Jinlong building.
Officials said most who died from the earthquake were in the apartment building, BBC reported.
The rescue effort is ongoing with at least 310 rescued from the apartment, according to BBC. About 100 of those rescued from the building had to be hospitalized.
Kelly is participating in a study along with his twin, former astronaut Mark Kelly, about the long-term effects on humans in space. The implications of the study are expected to help NASA better prepare for one day sending humans to Mars.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- North Korea's long-range missile launch has been "strongly" and unanimously condemned by members of the United Nations Security Council Sunday.
During an emergency meeting over the launch Sunday, council members "restated their intent to develop significant" new sanctions against North Korea for violating UN resolutions, the UNSC said today in a statement.
The missile was launched from western North Korea on Saturday at 7:29 p.m. ET, or Sunday at 9:29 a.m. local time, in a trajectory that took it over the Yellow Sea, according to a U.S. official.
"U.S. Strategic Command systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch into space," U.S. Strategic Command said in a statement. The missile did not pose a threat to the U.S. or its allies, officials said.
The missile passed over Japan and landed near the Philippines, according to Japan's U.N. ambassador, Mothide Yoshikawa, who said the launch was "a clear threat to the lives of many people" before heading into today's closed council meeting.
China and the U.S. have been working on a new sanctions resolution since North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Jan. 6. Though North Korea claimed the nuclear test was a hydrogen bomb, U.S. officials said an analysis showed that was not the case.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A double-decker bus was blown up on bridge in front of Parliament in London on Sunday morning, sparking panic from those nearby who were unaware it was done on a movie set.
The loud, fiery explosion was part of a stunt for The Foreigner, an upcoming action film starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, according to city officials. Though the film's producers had warned neighboring residents about the blasts, some passer-bys and Twitter users said the city should have better notified the general public about the stunt.
Some said children in a nearby playground were frightened and "freaked" by the blast.
One Twitter user said the explosion brought back harrowing memories of the 2005 attack on London's transport system, in which 52 people were killed. A bus was also blown up in central London during that attack.
If you're filming a London bus blowing up and tweeting it out, SAY IT'S FAKE. Some of us lived through 7/7 waiting to see who'd died.
Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MADRID) -- Spain's Interior Ministry announced Sunday the arrests of six individuals for alleged links to terror organizations, ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.
The arrests include four Spanish citizens of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan origin as well as two Spanish residents of Syrian and Moroccan citizenship.
In a rough English translation, Spain's Ministry of Interior said the investigation began in 2014 and "has now allowed the dismantling of a cell whose members are integrated into the exterior structure of terrorist organizations of jihadist character located on the Syrian-Iraqi zone Jabhat Nusra (JAN), and Daesh [ISIS], by providing essential to support their terrorist activities logistical material."
The arrests were made in the Spanish cities of Valencia, Alicante, and Ceuta.
(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- U.S. officials said North Korea successfully launched a long-range missile, apparently into space, and condemned the move as another provocation from the country.
"U.S. Strategic Command systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch into space" said a statement from Strategic Command.
North Korean state media confirmed the launch in an noon announcement Sunday local time, and vowed that futures launches will take place.
But the missile did not pose a threat to the United States or its allies, officials said.
According to a U.S. official, the missile was launched from western North Korea at 7:29 PM ET in a trajectory that took it over the Yellow Sea.
The Japanese government said that the missile had traveled 2,000 kilometers south and parts had landed in the South China Sea.
A U.S. official said it appeared that the missile's third stage had entered space, which would be of major concern to those who have said that the North Korean "satellite launch" was really a cover for a test of its intercontinental ballistic missile technology.
The successful entry of the third stage into space would be of major concern to U.S. officials who have said that the North Korean "satellite launch" was really a cover for a test of its intercontinental ballistic missile technology.
"North Korea's launch using ballistic missile technology, following so closely after its January 6 nuclear test, represents yet another destabilizing and provocative action and is a flagrant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions," said Susan Rice, National Security Adviser in a statement issued after Saturday night's launch.
"We condemn today's launch and North Korea's determination to prioritize its missile and nuclear weapons programs over the well-being of its people, whose struggles only intensify with North Korea’s diversion of scarce resources to such destabilizing activities" she added.
The United Nations Security Council will meet in an emergency session on Sunday to discuss the North Korean missile launch.
"We will continue to work with our partners and members of the UN Security Council on significant measures to hold the DPRK to account," said Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement.
In January, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, though the United States said analysis showed that was not the case.
"This is the second time in just over a month that the DPRK has chosen to conduct a major provocation, threatening not only the security of the Korean peninsula, but that of the region and the United States as well," said Kerry.
"We reaffirm our ironclad commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan."
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- Investigators believe that an explosion aboard a plane in Somalia was likely caused by a small bomb that was placed inside of a laptop, sources familiar with the probe said.
A small team of FBI agents has arrived in Somalia to help authorities in the East African nation investigate the cause of the explosion this week at 11,000 feet.
The A-321 jetliner made an emergency landing and returned to the airport, but two passengers were hurt. It’s believed one person may have been sucked out of the plane through a relatively small hole left by the explosion -- possibly the bomber.
It is still unclear exactly who is responsible for planning the explosion, but authorities are looking into whether the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabab, based in Somalia, may be behind it, and they're not ready to rule out ISIS, 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.
An FBI spokesman declined to comment for this article, referring questions to Somali authorities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.