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Monday
May302016

Rare Hitler Code Machine Found on eBay for $15

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.

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Monday
May302016

English Channel Feared as Latest Drowning Risk for Migrants

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.

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Monday
May302016

Turkish President Warns Muslims Against Use of Birth Control

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.”

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Monday
May302016

Japan on Alert After Threat of Potential North Korean Missile Launch

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.

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Monday
May302016

Baby Elephant Rescued From Open Drain in Sri Lanka 

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.

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Sunday
May292016

More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Shipwrecks

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.

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Sunday
May292016

Mexican Soccer Star Alan Pulido Disappears After Leaving Party in His Hometown

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.

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Sunday
May292016

Stamp Collectors Gather at Major International Show in NYC

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.

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Saturday
May282016

Lightning Strikes Injure Several Adults, Children in Germany and Paris

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.

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Saturday
May282016

Eight Russian Athletes Test Positive for Doping in London 2012 Retests

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.

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