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iStock/Thinkstock(ANSBACH, Germany) -- At least one person is dead and 12 others injured after an explosion outside a music festival in Germany.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the suspect, a 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker who came to Germany two years ago, detonated a device after he was denied entry to the festival.

The suspected bomber was killed in the blast, according to officials. Hermann said the contents of his backpack could have killed more people.

German police said they had been keeping track of the suspect for crimes in the past and he previously attempted to commit suicide. The suspect was living in an asylum shelter in Ansbach, but his asylum application had been rejected, according to Herrmann. Herrmann also said he had been in treatment for depression.

Officials said they were investigating and did not have a motive yet.

Germany has experienced several deadly incidents over the past week including a shooting rampage at a Munich mall on Friday and an axe attack last weekend on a train near Würzburg. Sunday's attack was the third in Bavaria in a week.

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iStock/Thinkstock(REUTLINGEN, Germany) -- One person was killed and two wounded in a machete attack in southwestern Germany on Sunday.

A Syrian asylum-seeker was arrested in Reutlingen, near Suttgart, after what German police called a lone wolf attack.

Officials said the 21-year-old was known to police.

Witnesses said the attack happened after an argument started between the man and a woman, who he killed in a street in the center of Reutlingen, according to BBC.

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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(PORTSMOUTH, England) -- Prince William and Princess Kate boarded a catamaran adorned with the royal standard to cheer on the United Kingdom team at the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth, England.

Kate is patron of the 1851 Trust, a sailing charity led by Sir Ben Ainslie who is captaining the British Solent and seeking to bring the America’s Cup back to the U.K. Ainslie is credited with masterminding the United States win at the last America's Cup in a come-from-behind victory sailing with the Americans.

The Duchess is patron of @1851Trust, using this exciting time in UK sailing to inspire a generation into the sport. pic.twitter.com/rdSw7mzFWo

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 24, 2016

The Royal couple stopped by Ainslie’s crew’s training base at the BAR Land Rover headquarters supporting the British challenge. Zac Kay, a 10-year-old sailing fan, asked Prince William the question every journalist was dying to ask but didn't get the chance.

"What did Prince George get for his birthday?” the young boy questioned.

Prince William replied coyly.

"I'm not telling,” William replied, adding, "He got too many things. He's far too spoiled. He's not into boats yet."

William and Kate were decked out in matching polo British team tops with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge written on the back. The future King and Queen rode in a chase boat at speeds up to 40 knots watching the U.K., U.S., Japan, New Zealand, France and Sweden teams race.

A great view on the water as TRH cheer on the home team @LandRoverBAR in their bid to #BringTheCupHome pic.twitter.com/bztX0Nujud

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 24, 2016

The teams are competing for points to take on the defending champs, the Americans, in Bermuda next year. Britain edged out the U.S. in the challenge Sunday in Portsmouth. William and Kate presented trophies to the competitors before a crowd of thousands.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) -- A teenager has been arrested in connection with Friday's deadly shooting in Munich.

German police said a 16-year-old Afghan, who had a friendly relationship with the shooter, was arrested Sunday night in a Munich suburb.

According to police, the teen reported himself to police on Friday and told them about his relationship with the shooter. He was arrested after police said they had reason to believe he knew of the shooting plot and did not report it when he made conflicting statements.

On Friday, 18-year-old David Ali Sonboly shot and killed nine people before taking his own life at a busy shopping mall in Munich. Officials said Sonboly had a book about the Columbine and Virginia Tech shooters at his home.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) --  The International Olympic Committee has voted not to impose a blanket ban on Russia's participating in this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over the country's state-directed cover-up of doping by its athletes.

In a statement released Sunday, the IOC declined to impose a total collective ban as recommended earlier by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), instead requesting that the international federation for each Olympic sport should evaluate which Russian athletes can be considered clean enough to compete.

Those athletes from Russia’s national Olympic team wishing to compete will now have to pass examination by the international federation of their sport, meeting criteria set by the federations themselves that will prove they are clean. No Russian athlete who has ever been punished for doping will be allowed to compete either.

That decision means that it is very likely that at least some of Russia’s 387 athletes from its national Olympic team will compete in Rio, though there remain steep practical challenges to their passing individual evaluations, with the games just two week away.

Within hours of the vote, the International Tennis Federation announced that it believed seven tennis players in Russia’s Olympic team had enough clean tests to meet the IOC criteria.

Russian officials immediately welcomed the IOC move as meaning the country would now take part in the Olympics. Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, told a news conference he was certain that the majority of Russian athletes would meet the criteria.

“We appreciate the IOC decision,” Mutko said. “I think in the situation that we find ourselves in, it’s an objective decision.”

The IOC’s ruling though is controversial, ignoring WADA’s recommendation that the scale of Russia’s state cover-up meant it should be excluded from the games. Some critics said that the IOC had dodged its responsibility to punish Russia for what they said was an unprecedented effort to undermine fair play at the Olympics.

“The decision regarding Russia participation and the confusing mess left in its wake is a significant blow to the rights of clean athletes,” Travis T. Taygart, the head of the U.S. anti-doping agency said in a statement. “It is so frustrating at this incredibly important moment, they would pass the baton to the federations who may lack the adequate expertise or collective will to appropriately address the situation within the short window before the games.”

Matthew Pincent, a British four-time Olympic champion rower, on Twitter called the decision “a cop out”.

The IOC, however, said it was intended to give clean Russian athletes a chance to compete while still punishing Russia for its system. Speaking in a conference call to reporters, IOC president Thomas Bach said the decision had been unanimous, with one abstention. He said the decisive factor had been the fates of athletes who would have been punished by a blanket ban despite having clean records.

“At the end of the day you have to be able to look into the eyes of the individual athlete concerned by your decision,” Bach said.

“The message is very clear. They have to assume a collective responsibility for such a system. On the other hand, it is a message of encouragement for the clean Russian athletes, that they have the chance to show they are clean and to participate in the Olympic games.”

Bach insisted that the criteria that federations imposed would be extremely rigorous, and the IOC noted that Russian athletes competing in Rio would be subject to additional doping testing. Refusing to allow participation by any Russian athletes ever punished for doping, even those who had served their sentences, is an unprecedented restriction.

Bach said that he would be “absolutely comfortable and fine” competing alongside any Russian athletes at Rio.

There had been opposition to a blanket ban, including from a number of international federations, such as the International Gymnastics Federation, and it appeared some federations would welcome the IOC’s decision.

The decision in part followed the model already imposed by the IOC around Russia’s track and field athletes, who were barred totally from the Olympics by their international federation, the International Association of Athletics Federations in June. The IOC then decided that those athletes able to meet criteria imposed by the international federation would be allowed to compete.

The federation set extremely tough criteria, with only one Russian athlete so far successfully passing it, long jumper Daria Klishina, who trains in the United States.

The IOC guidelines for the federations left more room, requiring that the athletes present enough “international tests.” Unlike those in track and field, other Russian athletes have been competing regularly outside Russia and many will have a large body of tests they can show.

Russian officials said Sunday’s IOC vote appeared to leave the ban on Russian track and field athletes’ unaffected, meaning the country’s presence at the Olympics will still be severely diminished. However, some of its most successful athletes, such as its gymnasts, are now very likely to compete.

Alexander Zhukov, the head of Russia’s national Olympic Committee said Russian sports federation officials had already been working with international federations, but acknowledged there was little time left to complete the vetting. Zhukov told Russian state TV that Russian officials had to start Sunday preparing their athletes' applications.

The IOC decision brought an uncertain end to a saga that has lasted for months, as successive news stories and international reports have uncovered the system developed by Russia to allow its athletes to dope. A WADA investigation first in November and then a second this month, showed how Russia’s sports ministry worked with its F.S.B. security service to falsify hundreds of positive doping tests, in particular at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Russia has always denied it ran a state-controlled system of doping, claiming the investigations and the calls for it to be banned were part of a U.S.-led plot. For months, Russian officials have zigzagged between denouncing the doping allegations as baseless lies and claiming they would fix them.

Sports minister Mutko has even at points claimed that Russia was defending world sport, saying it was resisting efforts to politicize it.

Though uncertainty remained around how many Russian athletes would now make it through the federation evaluations in time, many officials and coaches seem to believe the risk they would be barred was now virtually at an end.

“I’m very glad that it’s turned out this way,” Irina Viner-Usmanova, a senior coach of Russia’s gymnastics team, said on Russian state television.

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Obtained by ABC News(MUNICH) -- The 18-year-old gunman who officials say fatally shot nine people before killing himself at a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday had a book about the Columbine and Virginia Tech shooters at his home.

Police found a copy of a German translation of the 2009 book "Why Kids Kill," written by American psychologist Peter Langman, in the suspect's bedroom.

Among the 10 case studies the book investigates are the Columbine High School shooting by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold that killed 12 students and one teacher in Littleton, Colorado, in April 1999, as well as the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University massacre by gunman Cho Seung-hui that killed 32 people at the college in Blacksburg in April 2007.

Investigators are still conducting searches of the apartment where the suspected attacker, who was born in Germany and of Iranian descent, is believed to have lived with his parents. Materials seized suggest the teen was particularly interested in frenzied attacks.

Both the fifth anniversary of the Norway massacre of 69 summer-camp youth by Anders Behring Breivik and the train axe attack on Monday in Germany “could be considered as motivations” for the gunman, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said during a news conference Saturday afternoon.

"I don't want to speculate, this needs to be investigated carefully," Herrman added. "There are clues that the perpetrator has been looking into rampages for some time, and that he was collecting information on that." The suspect was a student who was born and raised in Bavaria’s capital and who had a dual-citizenship with Iran. T

The deadly shooting began shortly before 6 p.m. local time at a McDonald’s across the street from Munich’s Olympia-Einkaufszentrum mall. Ten people are dead, including the gunman, and 27 others are injured. Among the dead were seven teenagers, a 20-year-old and a 45-year old.

There is no evidence tying the suspect to ISIS or terrorism, authorities said.

The gunman was later found dead of a gunshot wound at the scene. A police officer fired at the shooter when he was on a car park's roof, but an autopsy revealed that it wasn’t the officer that killed him.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack “a night of horror.”

“We are still under shock of the pictures and the reports of the witnesses and people who were going shopping on Friday evening or wanted to eat something, they are now dead,” Merkel said at a news conference Saturday afternoon.

Police said it appears that the suspect hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway prior to the attack. The posting, sent from a young woman's account, urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: "I'll give you something if you want, but not too expensive."

"It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out,” police investigator Robert Heimberger said at a press conference Saturday morning. The woman shortly after reported that her Facebook account had been hacked.

Police said the shooter was armed with a 9mm Glock pistol and was carrying more than 300 bullets in a backpack. Officials also found newspaper articles about school shootings and a pamphlet called “Why Pupils Shoot.” Police said they believe the teen was in therapy for mental health issues.

At the press conference this morning, Munich police president Hubertus Andrae described the tragedy as a "classic shooting rampage," "killing spree" and "shooting massacre." He said the suspect was the lone attacker and had "absolutely no" link to the issue of refugees.

Officials said the shopping mall where the shooting took place is in the process of reopening, but the fast food restaurant remains closed. The Olympia-Einkaufszentrum mall is located in what was the Olympic Village for the 1972 Munich Olympics, during which 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and killed along with a German policeman.

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter wrote on his Facebook page that Saturday was "a day of mourning."

U.S. President Obama was briefed on the situation, and later offered sympathies and pledged support to Germany -- which he described as one of America's closest allies. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the United States condemns "the apparent terrorist attack" and would "make available any resources that would assist their investigation."

The Munich shooting comes just days after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee attacked passengers with an axe and a knife onboard a train heading towards Würzburg at Heidingsfeld in Bavaria, southeast Germany. The attacker was shot and killed during an altercation with police after seriously injuring three People and fleeing the scene, a Bavarian police spokesman told ABC News. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility hours later.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) -- An 18-year-old, German-born male student was the gunman in the deadly shooting attack at Munich's Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall, which left nine victims dead and 27 injured, police said Saturday morning.

Of the 27 injured: 4 had bullet wounds, 10 are seriously injured, 7 people are lightly injured. The number of injured may change is others decide to seek medical treatment.

Police said the victims' ages were 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 17, 19, 20, and 45, the latter of whom was female. (The other genders were not identified.)

The gunman killed himself at the scene of the attack, which began shortly before 6 p.m. at a McDonald's across the street from the mall. A police officer did fire at the gunman when he was on a car park's roof, but an autopsy revealed that it wasn’t the officer that killed him.

At a press conference Saturday morning, Munich police president Hubertus Andrae said there were "no evidence" of links to ISIS found in the gunman's home and described the tragedy as a "classic shooting rampage," "killing spree," and "shooting massacre."

Authorities are assuming there was no political motivation behind the attack, so the terrorism investigation is being shut down. The gunman was a dual German-Iranian citizen.

He added that the gunman was born in Munich, was the lone attacker, and had "absolutely no" link to the issue of refugees.

Police said they believe the gunman was in therapy for mental health issues..

Police investigator Robert Heimberger said the shooter was armed with a 9mm Glock pistol and had 300 rounds, and police are trying to locate where it came from. shot himself. Andrae said a rucksack belonging to the attacker contained 300 bullets. Police also found newspaper articles about school shootings and a book called “Why Pupils Shoot.”

Police have searched the apartment of the suspect’s parents. They also searched his room.

Heimberger said it appears that the gunman hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway.

The posting, sent from a young woman's account, urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: "I'll give you something if you want, but not too expensive."

Heimberger said "It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out."

The woman shortly after reported that her account had been hacked.

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter wrote on his Facebook page that Saturday was "a day of mourning." Police president Andrae said the mall is in the process of reopening, but the McDonald's remains closed.

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All subway services in the city were halted after reports that the suspect fled into the subway, and police appealed to people to clear the streets as they hunt for the gunmen. Public transportation has since been restored.

During a multi-hour manhunt, authorities directed people to avoid Munich's city center and shelter in place, after unconfirmed reports of further shooting.

President Obama was briefed on the situation, and later offered sympathies and pledged support to Germany -- which he described as one of America's closest allies.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the U.S. condemned "the apparent terrorist attack" and would "make available any resources that would assist their investigation."

The shopping mall where the shooting took place is located in what was the Olympic Village for the 1972 Munich Olympics, during which 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and killed along with a German policeman.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) --  A Duke University student who witnessed terrified shoppers fleeing the gunman who opened fire at a Munich, Germany, mall Friday, says she feels lucky to be alive.

Nine people were killed, and 21 were injured. Police killed the gunman, an 18-year-old dual German-Iranian citizen. His motive remains unknown.

Thamina Stoll, a senior at Duke interning in Munich for the summer, told ABC11 in Raleigh, North Carolina, she had just returned to her grandmother's apartment when she saw a woman running in the opposite direction of the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall screaming that shots had been fired. Then, more people began fleeing the area, running past her grandmother's apartment near the mall.

"They were panicking, they were crying, and screaming," Stoll told ABC11 Friday in an interview via Facetime. "It was just so crazy. A few minutes later I started to hear sirens in the background. A helicopter appeared. Nobody knew what was going on. The sirens just wouldn't stop."

Shooting in #Munich shopping mall #OEZ!! People running away to seek shelter!! pic.twitter.com/PB189s6RQy

— Thamina Stoll (@thaminastoll) July 22, 2016


A regular at the mall, Stoll feels lucky to be alive. "Had I decided to go there for a third time, like 10 to 15 minutes earlier, I would have been dead right now," she said.

With public transportation temporarily shut down, it wasn't easy to leave the area quickly, so Stoll offered shelter to two families after the deadly attack.

Even though Stoll was safely ensconced in her grandmother's apartment -- police urged nearby residents to remain indoors -- she remains shell-shocked. "It was just terrifying," she says. "I still feel like I haven't really even processed it."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Pokemon Go nearly caused an international incident this week.

Two Canadian teenagers were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents Thursday night after they inadvertently -- and illegally -- crossed the U.S.-Canada border while playing the location-based game on their phones, officials said.

The agents encountered the teens walking southbound from the Canadian province of Alberta, into Montana, while playing Pokemon Go, the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said in a statement.

Border Patrol agents quickly determined that the teens were unaware they had crossed the border, the statement added.

“Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were," said the agency's public affairs officer, Michael Rappold. "They crossed the international border inadvertently, but agents were able to reunite them with their mother.”

Their mother, who was nearby on the Canadian side, was contacted by agents while the teens were being detained.

The teens were apprehended near Sweet Grass, Montana, which borders the town of Coutts, Alberta.

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ATSB(NEW YORK) -- After two and a half years and more than 110,000 square kilometers of scouring the floor of the southern Indian Ocean, the hunt Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will soon come to a close; at least for now.

But some experts say that the debris discovered so far indicates that the plane glided down to the surface of the ocean, instead of falling out of the sky in some way.

In a joint statement from the Malaysian, Australian and Chinese ministers of transportation, the search will be suspended when crews finish the final 10,000 sq km remaining in the current search area.

“Ministers acknowledged that despite the best efforts of all involved, the likelihood of finding the aircraft is fading,” a joint press release said.

They added that this does not mean the end of the search for certain, but “should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given in determining next steps.”

The current search area was determined an international panel of scientists and engineers, under the theory that the aircraft, with 239 people on board, ran out of fuel and fell into the ocean.

The quest to find the missing the Boeing 777 has yielded very little results despite several pieces of positively-identified debris washing ashore in Africa.

"While acknowledging the significance of the debris, ministers noted that to date, none of it had provided information that positively identified the precise location of the aircraft."

On Monday, the Australian and Malaysian governments confirmed a wing flap was being examined as possibly being part of MH370.

Experts say the debris discovered so far suggests the jet made a controlled decent and glided down on to the ocean surface.

“What we are finding in parts is more commensurate with the airplane having been ditched by a live pilot, and that would have been probably outside that box someplace,” said John Nance, ABC News aviation consultant and a former Air Force pilot. “That airplane, if so, is largely intact on the bottom somewhere.”

If the theory that someone glided the plane down onto the surface of the ocean is true, it could more than double the size of the search area.

The jet, bound for Beijing, took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport shortly after midnight, at 12:41 a.m. local time on March 8, 2014.

A couple of actions soon after the flight departed -- turning off the data transmission system and the transponder -- suggest that someone may have been alive and conscious inside the cockpit.

Bolstering this hypothesis is radar data, which shows that four minutes after the transponder shut off, the plane deviated from its planned route, doubling back on itself and flying back over Malaysia, then north along the Strait of Malacca, until it eventually dropped off Malaysian radar.

According to rudimentary satellite data -- the only data available, since the data system and transponder had been shut off -- the aircraft continued flying for about six hours, until it likely ran out of fuel over the Indian Ocean at just after 8:19 a.m. Malaysia time.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) -- A shooting at a shopping mall in Munich has many recalling a previous incident in the German city more than 40 years ago, not far from where Friday's incident took place.

The 1972 Summer Olympics, dubbed the "Games of Peace and Joy," took a tragic turn when Palestinian terrorists took 11 Israeli Olympic team members hostage. The resulting failed negotiations by the West German police and shootout at the airport left 17 people dead, including some of the perpetrators. All 11 hostages were killed.

ABC News covered the hostage situation and broadcast to the world as the "Games of Peace and Joy" became known as the "Munich massacre."

After the failed negotiation attempts, German authorities tried to ambush the terrorists at an airport. Police attempted the ambush soon after the terrorists and their hostages arrived at the airport by helicopter, where the terrorists were planing on boarding a plane to an Arab nation.

German authorities thought that this would have resulted in certain death for the Israelis, and the decision was made to try and stop them from being taken. Police shooters open fired on the terrorists at the airport, and subsequently the terrorists who were not hit then open fired on the hostages, killing all of them.

For hours, there was a report that all of the hostages had been freed due to what was later blamed on "poor communications," according to ABC News archival videos.

A memorial service attended by 80,000 Olympic fans was covered by Peter Jennings, who described the mood as "a state of shock and devastation." Arab athletes did not attend, according to Jennings, mostly for political reasons. The surviving Israeli team members flew home the following day.

Jennings added that thousands of Germans "had seen their games of serenity turned overnight into the Olympics of terror."

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ABC News(NICE, France) -- French authorities in Nice have refused a request from anti-terror police to delete surveillance camera images of last week's deadly truck attack.

The Paris prosecutor's office made the request to reportedly avoid the "uncontrolled dissemination" of images, according to BBC, but officials in Nice say the images are still evidence and should not be destroyed.

The news comes as local and national authorities have been fighting over the scale of police in wake of the attack, according to BBC.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 84 people when he drove a truck through a packed crowd on July 14 for a Bastille Day fireworks display.

A French official said Thursday he may have plotted the attack for at least a year and is believed to have had help from at least five others.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) -- Nearly 60,000 people have been arrested, suspended or fired from their jobs in Turkey since a failed coup led way to a government crackdown aimed at further suppressing dissent in the country, according to some analysts.

Ege Seckin, a political analyst at global analytics firm IHS, said the country is now experiencing a "counter-coup."

“The government is exploiting its popular momentum to eliminate any kind of opposition,” Seckin said. "Their argument is those who have been arrested or suspended are supporters of Fetullah Gulen (a Turkish Islamic scholar who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania). It might be the case for some, but they are casting a very wide net. There’s a difference between those with active ties to the Gulen movement, and those who have had an affiliation in the past, or pass on his messages through education.”

According to Mehmet Yilmaz, a member of Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, the country's top judicial body, the government has been investigating certain individuals for the past two years. Yilmaz told the BBC that nearly 800 judges and prosecutors have been taken into custody, including two members of Turkey's Constitutional Court.

“The violent intervention by members of the same group in military made it clear that they are part of an armed terrorist organization," Yilmaz said, adding, "The risk these people pose is high. We have solid evidence [that these people are members of the Gulen movement] which we will make available.”

One analyst says recent events will deepen "the rift within the security establishment" at a time when Turkey is facing grave regional security concerns.

"There have always been rumors about Gulenist infiltration into the army," Gönül Tol, founding director of the Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies, wrote in a column for The New York Times. "But the high number of generals among the arrested coup plotters [...] indicates a broader participation, possibly including ultra secular and nationalist factions. This suggests a division not only between the secular and the Islamist camp but also within the secular camp in the army."

“The fundamental problem in Turkey is polarization -- between those who support and those who oppose Erdogan. This polarization is worse now and it's a recipe for civil war,” Seckin added.

Turkey’s NATO partners fear that the purges in the military could diminish its capabilities to thwart the threat posed by ISIS.

"This constitutes a major loss of expertise and institutional memory at a time of heightening security challenges," Fadi Hakura, an associate fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House, wrote on the organization's website. "The government’s replacements of key staff with less qualified loyalists will rupture the institutional integrity and professionalism of the military establishment."

Erdogan has previously attempted to reform the Turkish constitution. While it is too early to assess the long-term impact of his latest actions, the stakes are high. Not only will his next steps affect millions of Turkish people, it could also affect the country’s international commitments in the fight against ISIS and its involvement in the global refugee crisis. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Turkey’s allies will be “closely watching” Erdogan’s next moves.

Turkey’s parliament approved a three-month state of emergency plan this week, insuring unprecedented executive powers to Erdogan. The measure allows the president and his cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws. Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced that country was suspending its participation in the European Convention of Human Rights.

While these measures might appear radical, officials have insisted that the lives and freedoms of citizens would not be affected and pointed to France who recently took similar measures following terror attacks in the country.

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Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- Prince William and Princess Kate released four new photos of Prince George Friday to mark the royal heir's third birthday.

"The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday," Kensington Palace said in a statement.

The photos were taken at Anmer Hall, the royals' home in Norfolk. They show Prince George with the family dog, Lupo, and on top of a swing engraved with his parents' names in the family's garden.

The photographer, Matt Porteous, said in a statement, "I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I'm honoured they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday."

George, who is third-in-line to the British throne, will celebrate his birthday Friday with a party fit for a king. Expected guests include George’s uncle Prince Harry and his aunt, the newly-engaged Pippa Middleton.

It is anybody's guess what the little prince might unwrap this year. He is a fan of the British animated kids' shows Fireman Sam and Peppa Pig and the childrens' book The Gruffalo. He is also, according to his parents, obsessed with tractors, planes, trains and anything that flies.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are trying to raise their son away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi and, to the extent possible, provide him with as normal an upbringing as possible.

Instead of a fancy private school, George attends the local Montessori school near his Norfolk home three days per week.

When George is ready for his next school, the royal couple is considering schools for him both in London and Norfolk.

Both William and Harry attended the Weatherby School in Notting Hill, which is a stone's throw from Kensington Palace, the family's London home. Kate and William insist they are also exploring schools in the country near their Anmer Hall home for George.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Levi Shirley, a 24-year-old American who volunteered to join forces with a Kurdish rebel group to fight ISIS inside Syria, died in combat earlier this month, his mother said Friday.

"I'm basically in shock right now," Susan Shirley told ABC News after learning from American officials and a rebel commander that her son was killed in combat. Levi joined the Kurdish rebel group known as the YPG, which also announced Levi's death today on it's Facebook page.

Levi Shirley died on July 14 in the heavily contested Syrian town of Manbij, according to the rebel group. The Facebook posting includes a video where Levi – calling himself Jack – speaks about why he went to fight ISIS. “They’re my definition of pure evil," Shirley said. "I don’t think good people in a society can stick other people inside of a cage and set them on fire, so yeah I came here to stop them."

His mother says Levi left in January of this year, telling her he was going to Texas to go to school and learn to become an Emergency Medical Technician. "He would have been an ideal EMT," Susan said. But soon Levi became evasive and fell out of touch. She wasn't entirely sure of where he was until she learned of his death this week. His mother said Levi had fought in Syria last year, but that he had come home after that.

"He knew going back that second time he knew what he was up against," Susan said. "He knew, he didn't have any illusions that war is romantic. When he came back the first time, in fact, he said I am never fighting again."

The U.S. State Department discourages Americans from joining forces with rebel groups such as the YPG. State Department spokesman John Kirby would not publicly discuss the matter, citing privacy concerns. He said only that the State Department was aware of reports that an American was killed inside Syria earlier this month while fighting alongside Kurdish militants.

Shirley is not the first American to fight and die with an unconventional force inside Syria. American Kieth Broomfield died just over a year ago fighting with the same group.

"Even from a tiny kid, he had a big heart," Susan Shirley said Friday. "He has a very strong instinct for defending people. As much as I would have preferred he didn't go back that second time, I do get why he did."

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