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Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Four people were killed, including a police officer, and at least 40 other people were injured in an attack in London that authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was also killed, shot by police at the scene.

The attack began when the driver of a car struck bystanders and three police officers on the Westminster Bridge, London's Metropolitan Police said. The car then crashed near the Houses of Parliament and at least one man armed with a knife attacked an armed officer who was guarding Parliament, police said.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police.

French students were among the injured, according to French officials. A seriously injured woman was pulled from the River Thames and is receiving medical treatment, an official with the Port of London Authority told ABC News. Tobias Ellwood, a member of Parliament, was seen giving first aid to one of the victims.

Authorities said they received several different reports Wednesday, including a person in the River Thames, a car involved in a collision with pedestrians and a man armed with a knife.

An eyewitness told the BBC that someone driving a car on Westminster Bridge appeared to hit bystanders.

Witness Richard Tice told ABC News that he saw injured people on the pavement. According to Tice, the car appeared to have jumped the curb, knocking people over.

Additional officers were deployed across London Wednesday and the public was asked to remain vigilant.

After the attack Parliament was placed on lockdown.

As police swarmed the area, Tom Peck, a British journalist, told ABC News that he heard a loud bang, lots of screaming and then several gunshots from his office in London.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as “appalling” and “sick and depraved” in a press conference Wednesday evening.

May said the chosen location for the attack was “no accident” and that Britain’s threat level will remain at “severe,” where it has been for some time.

“The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.” 

UK PM @theresa_may describes #Westminster terror attack at "heart of our capital city" as "sick and depraved" https://t.co/86W3BGp62q pic.twitter.com/wFJeABPALY

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 22, 2017

She continued: “These streets of Westminster -- home to the world’s oldest Parliament -- are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents -- democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law -- command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.”

May offered prayers for the victims and their families, and commended the bravery of authorities during the attack “who risk[ed] their lives to keep us safe.”

“Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way,” she said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, "I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference."


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IakovKalinin/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Dramatic video of Wednesday's terrorist incident in London shows the suspected attacker barreling across Westminster Bridge in a car.

Surveillance video of the bridge broadcast by the BBC on Wednesday shows the car weaving in and out of traffic as it crosses the bridge. At one point, something or someone can be seen falling into
the River Thames below.

A seriously injured woman was later pulled from the river and received medical treatment, an official with the Port of London Authority told ABC News.

Four people were killed, including a police officer, and at least 40 other people were injured in the attack, near the Houses of Parliament. A man believed to be the attacker was also killed, shot
by police at the scene. Authorities believe the suspect acted alone.

Authorities said they believe the attack was "inspired by international terrorism."

Britain's threat level remains at severe after the attack, said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Moussa81/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump Jr. criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan after a terrorist attack in London today near the Houses of Parliament, referring to remarks Khan made in 2016.

On Twitter, Trump wrote, "You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in a big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan." Accompanying the tweet was a link to a September story by The
Independent, which reprinted a quote from Khan in The Evening Standard, in which he said the threat of attacks is "part and parcel of living in a big city." 

You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan https://t.co/uSm2pwRTjO

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 22, 2017

Khan made the remarks to The Evening Standard shortly before a meeting with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in September. Days before, a pressure cooker bomb injured dozens of people in New York
City's Chelsea neighborhood.

"It is a reality, I'm afraid, that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things," Khan said at the time.

He added, "That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities. It means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice."

In the interview, Khan criticized Trump's father, then–presidential candidate Donald Trump Sr., for saying within minutes of the explosion that it was time to "get tough."

"I'm not going to speculate as to who is responsible or how the police in New York should react," Khan told The Evening Standard. "Speculating when you don't know the facts is unwise."

The attack near the Houses of Parliament was described as "inspired by international terrorism" by police. Khan is London's first Muslim mayor.

Four people were killed and at least 40 more were injured in the attack. The suspect was also killed, shot by police on the scene.

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alexkuehni/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- North Korea's failed missile launch overnight has once again highlighted concerns about that country's missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Much is not known about the programs, but there are a number of parameters that officials have assessed or made public.

Here is a guide to some questions you might have about North Korea and those programs.

Who is in charge of North Korea’s military? Kim Jong Un is the 33-year-old "Supreme Leader" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea. He is also the Supreme
Commander of the Armed Forces. He inherited his position as North Korea's leader following the death of his father Kim Jong Il in December, 2011. North Korea is the world's only hereditary
communist dictatorship: Kim Jong Un's grandfather was the founder of North Korea.

How large is North Korea's military? The Pentagon estimates that North Korea's army has more than 1 million soldiers, making it the fourth largest army in the world. Some 4-5 percent of North
Korea's 24 million people serve on active military duty and another 25 to 30 percent of the population serve in some reserve military capacity.

What is the DMZ? DMZ stands for the Demilitarized Zone that divides North Korea and South Korea. The 2.5 mile-wide DMZ stretches for 160 miles along the Korean Peninsula and is a buffer zone
created by the 1953 Armistice that halted the Korean War. While the zone itself is demilitarized, the areas beyond it on both sides of the border are some of the most militarized in the world.
Panmunjon is the Joint Security Area where occasional meetings are held by representatives of North Korea and the United Nations Command.

Is the North Korean military a threat? Most of North Korea's military equipment dates to the Cold War-era and was obtained from the Soviet Union and China. But the large size of its military poses
a continual standing threat to South Korea, since 70 percent of its ground forces half its air and navy forces are stationed within 60 miles of the DMZ. And North Korea has been working for the
last decade to develop a nuclear weapons program and long range ballistic missile program.

What is a ballistic missile? A ballistic missile uses propulsion to launch it into an upward trajectory and then falls to earth on its own towards a target using gravity. The use of ballistic to
describe these missiles comes from the physics term "ballistic trajectory" that describes the boosted launch and fall to earth by gravity.

How far can North Korea’s missiles travel? North Korea has intermediate-range missiles that can travel more than 2,000 miles. However, its successful missile tests of these Musudan and KN-11
missiles have not traveled that far when launched. The Unha rocket is a satellite launch program that early last year successfully placed a satellite in orbit. U.S. officials have said the Unha
testing program is really a cover for North Korea to develop long range missiles under the guise of a civilian program.

How many missiles does North Korea possess? The Pentagon's estimates that North Korea has about 200 launchers that can be used to fire short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. It estimates North
Korea has fewer than 100 launchers for various versions of the SCUD missile that can travel from 200 to 600 miles. And fewer than 50 launchers for its medium range No Dong missile that can travel
800 miles. The Pentagon estimates North Korea also has fewer than 50 launchers for intermediate range missiles like the Musudan and KN-11 that can travel up to 2,000 miles.

Can North Korean missiles reach the United States? No. North Korea's intermediate-range missiles do not have the capability of reaching Hawaii or Alaska. However, if reconfigured for a different
trajectory it is possible for the Unha rocket to come close to those states.

What does ICBM stand for? ICBM stands for intercontinental ballistic missile, a guided missile capable of traveling more than 3,418 miles to deliver a nuclear warhead. ICBM's are usually multi-
stage rockets used to boost a payload into a sub-orbital trajectory. At that point the nuclear warhead inside the payload would re-enter the atmosphere using a guidance system to strike its
intended target.

Does North Korea have an ICBM? In early January, Kim Jong Un claimed that North Korea was close to testing an ICBM. However, there have been no indications of such a launch taking place. Two
successful Unha satellite launches would indicate that North Korea has made progress in a multi-stage delivery system.

Why are North Korea's missile launches a provocation? Over the past decade North Korea has continued to conduct missile tests and launches in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions
barring it from conducting a ballistic missile program.

Does North Korea have nuclear weapons? Yes. North Korea has a small arsenal of small nuclear weapons as proven by its five nuclear tests. According to the Congressional Research Service, it is
generally believed that North Korea has between 30 and 40 kilograms of separated plutonium, enough for at least half a dozen nuclear weapons. But other estimates range higher, the Institute for
Science and International Security estimated in 2014 that North Korea could build 10 to 16 nuclear weapons.

Does North Korea have miniaturized nuclear warheads?
No, but it is working toward its stated goal of placing a nuclear warhead small enough to be placed atop an ICBM that could target the United
States. Last year North Korea conducted two nuclear tests it claimed were miniaturized hydrogen bombs. U.S. officials discounted the claim that the first test in January had been successful,
however the second test in September produced the largest of the five nuclear tests it has conducted since 2006.

Where are the closest American troops? There are 28,500 American troops permanently stationed in South Korea as part of the U.S. security commitment to South Korea after the Korean War. There are
there also 54,000 American troops in Japan, the largest number of American forces in Japan are stationed on the island of Okinawa.

What other countries in the region have nuclear weapons? North Korea is bordered by Russia and China, both countries have nuclear weapons arsenals. Russia currently has 1,796 nuclear warheads, a
legacy from the Soviet Union's Cold War arsenal. China does not make available information about its nuclear weapons program, but various think tanks estimate it has 260 nuclear warheads. The
Pentagon believes China has between 75 and 100 nuclear-capable ICBMs.

Can the United States defend against a North Korean missile attack? The United States has a layered missile defense system designed to track and intercept a missile launch from North Korea. It
includes missile interceptors aboard Navy ships in the Pacific and large ground-based interceptors located in Alaska and California. However, the viability of the large interceptors has been
routinely questioned since they became operational nearly a decade ago.

What is THAAD? The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is a missile defense shield designed to intercept short and medium range missiles. On Tuesday, the United States deployed THAAD
to South Korea for the first time, a long-planned move agreed to last summer after a series of North Korean missile tests. The United States has also placed the THAAD system in Guam, which could be
the maximum reach for some of North Korea's long-range missiles.

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bpperry/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- An attack in London Wednesday that police declared a terrorist incident left four dead, including a suspect, and at least 20 other people injured.

Here's how it unfolded.

The attack began at about 2:40 p.m., when the driver of a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on the Westminster Bridge, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Witness Richard Tice told ABC News that he saw injured people on the pavement. According to Tice, the car appeared to have jumped the curb, knocking people over.

The car then crashed near the Houses of Parliament, and at least one man armed with a knife attacked an armed officer who was guarding Parliament, police said.

The suspect, whom authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police.

Three died in the attack, including a police officer, police said.

A few hours after the attack, police declared it a terrorist incident.

Cmdr Harrington “The events near Parliament Square #Westminster has been declared a terrorist incident”

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

This evening, police said the flag over Scotland Yard would be flown at half-mast in honor of the victims.

Flag at half-mast over Scotland Yard tonight to mark the death of our officer & the other victims of this afternoon’s attack in #Westminster pic.twitter.com/NqaGSqJtmt

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 22, 2017

Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan Police said, "This is a day we plan for, but hope it will never happen. Sadly, it is now a reality."

"We will continue to do all we can to protect the people of London."

Anyone with videos or images from the incident is asked to turn them over to police.

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Davis McCardle/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A member of British parliament is being hailed as a hero after he was seen aiding a victim of a terror attack near London's Westminster Bridge.

MP Tobias Ellwood, a foreign office junior minister, was pictured with a bloody face after he attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an injured police officer on the bridge, the BBC reported.

Photos show Ellwood, 50, crouched over the victim as first responders surrounded them.

Four people are dead, including the possible assailant, and at least another 20 are injured from the attack, which authorities have called an act of terrorism.

The attack began when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on the Westminster Bridge, a popular tourist destination in London near the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament.

The car then crashed nearby, and at least one man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was guarding Parliament, police said.

The suspect, who is believed to have acted alone, was shot and killed by police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Witnesses to a terrorist attack in which an assailant apparently plowed a car into pedestrians and an officer was stabbed near the Houses of Parliament in London described a chaotic scene Wednesday afternoon, with injured people lying sprawled in all directions.

At least one victim was killed in the attack, according to the BBC.

More details about what transpired are not yet known, but Richard Price, an eyewitness, told ABC News that he saw police steering people away from the area where the attack took place.

Another eyewitness told the BBC that someone driving a car on Westminster Bridge appeared to hit bystanders and that paramedics were treating people on the ground.

British lawmaker Grant Shapps said on Twitter that he was walking through the cloisters of the House of Commons and heard "four gunshots."

Radoslaw Sikorski, a former foreign minister of Poland, posted a video on Twitter that seems to show people lying injured in the road on Westminster Bridge.

Sikorski, now a senior fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies, wrote, "A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people."

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- A year after three Islamic State suicide bombers attacked the Brussels airport and a metro station, the city on Wednesday observed a moment of silence to remember the victims, in addition to unveiling powerful tributes.

One such tribute, a sculpture titled "Wounded but Still Standing in Front of the Inconceivable," was built from two 66-foot-long horizontal platforms that bend into the air.

Another statue, “Flight in Mind,” a sculpture by Olivier Strebelle, was once housed in the departure hall at Brussels Airport, and was damaged during the attacks, according to The Brussels Times.

That statue was restored and received a grand unveiling Wednesday on the first anniversary of the violence.

The March 22 attacks were the deadliest terror attacks in the country's history.

Thirty-two people died and over 300 were injured in three bombings that took place on that Tuesday morning.

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Mountain Butorac/Twitter(ROME) -- Three-year-old Estella Westrick almost snagged an impressive souvenir on her first visit to Italy: Pope Francis' skullcap.

She snatched his skullcap, also known as a zucchetto, when he leaned in to give her a kiss on the cheek after his Wednesday audience in Vatican City.

Mountain Butorac, who posted a video of the encounter on Twitter, told ABC News that Estella is his goddaughter and that she and her family were visiting from Atlanta.

Butorac lives in Rome and runs a Catholic tour company, the Catholic Traveler.

Francis took the incident in stride and can be seen laughing in the video.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea fired a test missile Wednesday morning, but the launch failed, U.S. and South Korean officials have confirmed.

"U.S. Pacific Command detected what we assess was a failed North Korean missile launch attempt the morning of March 22 in Korea (12:49 PM Hawaii-time,) in the vicinity of Kalma," said Commander David Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command. "A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch. We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment. We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely."

South Korea's Ministry of Defense also confirmed the failed launch. A ministry spokesman initially said four missiles were fired, but he later corrected that figure, saying it was one missile.

The North Korea missile was launched near Kalma in eastern Wonsan Province, where North Korea has previously attempted to launch its mobile-launched Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile.

U.S. officials said that in recent days, activity had been apparent in Wonsan Province indicating that another possible Musudan missile launch was likely.

Believed to have a minimum range of 1,500 miles, the missile is of concern to U.S. officials because mobile-launched missiles are hard to track and can be fired on short notice.

But North Korea has not had much success in testing the missile: seven of eight Musudan launches last year were spectacular failures.

U.S. officials have still not made an assessment of what type of missile was fired in the latest launch.

In February, North Korea launched a new solid-fueled rocket missile that traveled 310 miles into the Sea of Japan. That launch occurred during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit with President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The launch drew a sharp rebuke from both leaders, but attention-grabbing photos soon appeared showing aides prepping both leaders about the missile launch while they were at dinner.

In March, four North Korean medium-range SCUD type missiles traveled their maximum range of more than 600 miles into the Sea of Japan. Three of the missiles landed in waters belonging to Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone that extends 200 miles from its shoreline. Japanese territorial waters extend 12 miles from shore.

During a visit to South Korea last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled a more aggressive approach to North Korea's missile and nuclear program, including the possibility of pre-emptive military action.

"All options are on the table," particularly if North Korea continues making advances in its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons technologies, Tillerson said last week at a news conference in Seoul.

"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table," the top U.S. diplomat said in a comment widely interpreted to refer to the possibility of pre-emptive military force.

North Korea has stated that its goal is to develop a nuclear device small enough to be placed on a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States.

But Tillerson later indicated that the first step would be additional unilateral U.S. sanctions for North Korea or the full implementation of sanctions imposed by existing United Nations Security Council resolutions.

And on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the North Korean threat as "grave and escalating," and a National Security Council official told a nuclear conference that the administration is conducting a high-priority review of North Korea policy.


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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — There was a time when you weren’t allowed to squeeze the Charmin, now you’re lucky if you get any.

Park authorities in Beijing have installed toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition technology at the Temple of Heaven Park to prevent theft and waste.

According to the BBC, machines at the park scan visitors' faces before dispensing a fixed length strip of paper. Signs indicate visitors must remove their glasses and hats before being scanned.

The machines then dispense strips of toilet paper measuring about 24 to 27.5 inches. Additional paper will not be dispensed to the same person until nine minutes have passed.

What inspired the Chinese to do this? Media outlets in China reported that visitors to the bathrooms at the Temple of Heaven were taking excessive amounts of toilet paper, with some even taking rolls home in their bags, a problem the park has had since it began dispensing free toilet paper in 2007.

The daily use of toilet paper in the park has dropped by 20 percent, which is part of the plan. Mercifully, officials are not heartless. A park spokesman told the Beijing Evening News, "If we encounter guests who have diarrhea or any other situation in which they urgently require toilet paper, then our staff on the ground will directly provide the toilet paper.”

Six machines have been installed for a half-month trial. Staff remains on standby to explain the technology to visitors.

Additionally, the park upgraded the toilet paper from one-ply to two-ply.

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US State Department(WASHINGTON) -- More than two years into the fight against ISIS, the U.S. is set to convene the largest gathering of the coalition it amassed to take on the terror group.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will play host Wednesday as foreign ministers from all 68 countries in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS descend on Washington -- the first time representatives from every country have met since December 2014.

The meeting will focus on reviewing the progress that has been made against the terror group and “accelerating” efforts to defeat and destroy the group in Iraq and Syria, including disrupting their financing and the flow of foreign fighters.

The coalition will also discuss ways to put pressure on the terror groups that claim affiliation with ISIS, in countries like Libya and Egypt, and to deal with those foreign fighters who may return to their home countries as the terror group’s hold on territory falls apart.

Attendees include America’s western allies like the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, as well as regional partners like Iraq, Turkey, and Jordan, and other key allies like Japan, Australia, and Afghanistan. Joining the meetings in the afternoon will be Defense Secretary James Mattis, who has overseen a review of the U.S. strategy against ISIS for the White House, and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi will address the group, as well.

The State Department would not say if any other senior Trump officials would attend, including from the White House, but two months into its term, ministers will be looking to the new administration for its plans.

Coalition forces are making steady progress in Mosul, Iraq, right now as they fight to push ISIS out of its last major stronghold in the country. Across the border in Syria, U.S. Special Forces are assisting Syrian rebels, Kurdish groups, and Turkish armed forces as they prepare for an assault on Raqqa, the terror group’s de facto capital.

The State Department heralded the progress and said the ministers’ summit will look for ways to sustain those battlefield victories and permanently expel ISIS from Iraq and Syria.

“Everyone recognizes there’s been significant progress in the past year, especially. We’ve seen gains made against ISIS across the board, whether it’s in Syria, but certainly in Iraq, liberations of large areas that they previously held,” said State Department acting spokesperson Mark Toner, adding that the summit is “a way to accelerate and focus more on how we can accelerate our efforts.”

What “acceleration” looks like is still unclear, but Sec. Tillerson “will come with new ideas and new approaches and a new way of looking at how to defeat ISIS,” promised Toner.

The Trump administration has previously floated sending more troops to Syria, enforcing safe zones in the country for civilians displaced by the fighting, and coordinating with Russia to target terrorists.

Russia is not part of the Global Coalition and will not be present at the summit.

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ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- Prince Harry followed in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, today, visiting an HIV charity in Leicester, England, that Diana visited in 1991.

Harry, 32, spent time at the Leicester AIDS Support service (LASS) which provides vital support to those living with AIDS or affected by AIDS. The charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Harry paused to look at several photos of his late mother at the center. The fifth-in-line to the British throne is often called the "People's Prince" for his passionate devotion to children and his efforts to reduce the stigma around HIV and AIDS, just as his mother did.

Prince Harry is shown the "panel of purses" which remembers people who have died and was originally launched by Diana, Princess of Wales. pic.twitter.com/sYOyybU1zi

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 21, 2017

Harry spoke movingly at LASS about HIV/AIDS and warned people about the consequences of silence.

"It cannot be acceptable that the first time young people know what HIV is when they catch it,” he said.

Harry took an AIDS test last December alongside music star Rihanna to encourage young people to get tested and show them how easy the simple pin prick test is to complete. In July, Harry attended the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, with Sir Elton John and implored his generation to act.

“When my mother held the hand of a man dying of AIDS, no one imagined a quarter century later, HIV positive people would live full healthy loving lives," Harry told the audience in South Africa.

Harry also visited a school in Leicester that runs the Yes You Can project to help students reach their potential. Harry encouraged kids and mentors struggling to not give up during the challenging periods of adolescence and discussed the additional challenges kids often face from the pressures of social media and the internet.

“Never give up teamwork because you can never do anything by yourself,” he told the students. “Learn from your mistakes. It is OK to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and learn from others. There is so much you can do.”

Prince Harry meets mentors and children from 'Yes You Can' @HamiltonLeics – hearing about how they turn their lives around. pic.twitter.com/1tf8TkxjFX

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 21, 2017

Harry joined in a game of "football-volleyball" while visiting Pink Lizard, an organization that uses sports to build confidence in kids.

Joining in a game of football-volleyball at the Pink Lizard, supported by @sported_UK ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/W3UXWcp5iH

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 21, 2017

Harry’s engagements have not prevented him from spending time with new love, actress Meghan Markle. Harry and Markle, 35, have barely been apart for more than two weeks at a time since the start of the year.

Harry arranged a private date night with Markle on Sunday to London's Natural History Museum after the museum closed.

The museum is one of the most beautiful buildings in London and a favorite of the royal family. Harry's sister-in-law, Princess Kate, is royal patron of the museum and a frequent visitor with Prince William and their young son, Prince George.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- A Ukrainian lawmaker Tuesday said he has fresh proof that President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, received illegal, off-the-books payments from the country’s toppled pro-Russian president.

Coming a day after the FBI confirmed it is investigating potential links between Trump’s presidential campaign and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, it revives a saga that has drawn intense scrutiny of Manafort's possible connections with Moscow through Ukraine that appeared to force him to resign as Trump's adviser in the summer.

Serhiy Leshchenko, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, presented in a news conference in Kiev Tuesday morning what he alleged was a contract showing Manafort had received $750,000 in a fake deal from a company connected to the party of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Leshchenko said the allegedly phony deal, which he says channeled money through offshore accounts, was meant to conceal what was in reality an illegal payment for Manafort’s work as a political consultant for Yanukovych.

Leshchenko said the contract, which he says bears Manafort’s signature and company stamp, provides potential proof of allegations first raised by investigators in August that Manafort may have received illegal cash from Yanukovych, who is accused by Ukrainian prosecutors of large-scale corruption.

Manafort denied the allegations at the time, and a spokesman told ABC News Tuesday, referring to the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine, “The allegations against Paul Manafort are baseless, as reflected by the numerous statements from NABU officials who have questioned the validity of the so-called ledger evidence against Mr. Manafort. Any new allegations by Serhiy Leshchenko should be seen in that light and summarily dismissed.”

Leshchenko on Tuesday published scans of the alleged contract, but ABC News was unable to immediately verify the documents' authenticity.

His allegations return the spotlight to a corruption inquiry that appeared to cost Manafort his job last year. The case threw attention then onto the time that Manafort spent advising Yanukovych, whom Moscow for years backed as its preferred leader for Ukraine, highlighting the ex-Trump adviser’s long, tangled history with the region’s elites.

Manafort’s name turned up last August in what Ukrainian anti-corruption investigators have called the “black ledger,” a handwritten accounting book they say details the illegal secret payments of Yanukovych’s political party, the Party of Regions, discovered in the party's ransacked offices after the country’s 2014 revolution.

After The New York Times broke that story, Leshchenko published pages he said were from the ledger that included the entries where Manafort’s name appeared alongside alleged payments. Amid intense media scrutiny, Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign. But he has denied that he ever received any of the payments mentioned in the ledger and argues the records are fake.

Leshchenko, however, now says the new contract potentially offers proof Manafort received the illegal cash. The five-page contract printed on a letter-head for Manafort's political consultancy firm, Davis Manafort, promises to deliver 501 computers to the firm Neocom Systems Limited that is registered in Belize, in return for $750,000. The document is signed with a signature that resembled copies of Manafort's available in open sources.

The contract's date and amount to be paid match one of the payments recorded next to Manafort’s name in the ledger: for the same amount $750,000, dated Oct. 9, 2014.

Leshchenko says the contract itself is highly suspicious, asking why Manafort, a political consultant, would be involved in supplying computers. The payment setup is also suspect, he says: Payment for the computers comes from a bank, AsiaUniversalBank, located in the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan and that was seized in 2012 by regulators over widespread money laundering allegations. The bank has been linked to numerous money-laundering schemes involving offshore companies involving Ukraine and Russia.

Leshchenko alleges the computers were never delivered and that the supposed contract was cover to allow Yanukovych to pay Manafort from his party's illegal slush fund. The suspicious setup of the alleged payment means it should be investigated by Ukrainian and U.S. law enforcement, Leshchenko said.

He called on the FBI specifically to investigate Manafort because the contract contains a U.S. bank account number where Manafort purportedly received the payment, registered to an address in Alexandria, Virginia.

"Ukrainian law enforcement bodies "are not able to get this information about banking secrets," Leshchenko said in the news conference. "And we know that the FBI can get this information. This is the jurisdiction of the FBI and I believe that this investigation will be done by American law enforcement bodies and we will support this."

Manafort worked for years as a political consultant to Yanukovych and his party, credited by party representatives with engineering Yanukovych’s comeback after he was pushed from the presidency for a first time by pro-Western protests during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004. After Yanukovych was toppled in Ukraine’s second revolution in 2014 and fled to Russia, Manafort has said he no longer works with the Party of Regions or its post-revolutionary successor.

Manafort has also done business with one of Russia's richest men, Oleg Deripaska, an influential metals magnet. The two eventually fell out.

Manafort’s unusual connections with major powerbrokers in Ukraine and Russia have prompted Trump’s opponents to seize on him as one of the most likely potential points of contact with the Russian government.

FBI director James Comey Monday confirmed at a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the agency is probing possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign. The New York Times has reported that Manafort is one of four Trump associates under investigation by the FBI, citing anonymous officials.

Manafort has called the allegations against him baseless and politically motivated, and said he has not been informed by U.S. authorities of any investigation.

“I had no role or involvement in the cyberattack on the DNC [Democratic National Committee] or the subsequent release of information gained from the attack, and I have never spoken with any Russian government officials or anyone who claimed to have been involved in the attack,” Manafort told ABC News Monday in response to Comey’s testimony. “The suggestion that I ever worked in concert with anyone to release hacked emails or sought to undermine the interests of the United States is false.”

Doubts have arisen around the case involving the Ukrainian “black ledger,” which has become the subject of a murky political battle within Ukraine itself. There have been suggestions that Ukrainian politicians, worried by Trump’s friendly statements toward Russia, had released it last summer with the goal of harming his campaign.

Ukraine’s anticorruption bureau, however, has not suggested it doubts the ledger is real and one case has already been submitted to court based on the ledger’s evidence.

Leschenko said the new documents had been found by tenants in Manafort’s former office in Kiev and passed to him in January.

Whether Manafort is actually subject to an investigation in Ukraine is still unclear. The anti-corruption bureau has said it is investigating the ledger as a whole, and that it is, therefore, looking at how Manafort’s name appeared there. But it has refused to say whether there is an investigation targeting him specifically.

CNN reported last week that Ukrainian law enforcement officials have for months submitted requests to the FBI for assistance in questioning Manafort but that those requests have so far gone unanswered. U.S. authorities confirmed to CNN that the requests were made but declined to comment further. FBI director Comey declined to comment on the case when asked about it at Monday’s congressional hearing.

Leshchenko on Tuesday said he could not comment on whether U.S. authorities had reached out to him about the new documents.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The United Kingdom is now banning many electronic devices from being carried on certain flights.

The move comes hours after the U.S. enacted an emergency directive banning passengers from carrying electronic items bigger than a cellphone onboard flights from eight Middle Eastern and African countries.

"The Prime Minister has chaired a number of meetings on aviation security over the last few weeks, including this morning, where it was agreed that new aviation security measures on all inbound direct flights to the UK from the following countries will be introduced: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia," a statement Tuesday from the British prime minister's office reads.

Downing Street said it has "been in close touch with the Americans to fully understand their position." In fact, the rules for flights into the U.K. from the aforementioned countries are similar to those implented by the U.S.

"Under the new arrangements, passengers boarding flights to the UK from the countries affected will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal sized mobile or smart phone (larger than Length: 16.0cm, Width: 9.3cm, Depth: 1.5cm) into the cabin of the plane," Downing Street said. "Any such devices will need to be placed into hold luggage and checked-in before going through central security."

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