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iStock/Mauro_Repossini(MONTREAL) -- A Catholic priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass in Montreal Friday morning as stunned parishioners looked on, according to officials and video footage.

The horrifying incident, which authorities said was not terror-related, unfolded just before 9 a.m. at the historic St. Joseph's Oratory, leaving Father Claude Grou, 77, with lacerations to his upper body., according to Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to the Montreal Diocese.

"There was a man, a young man, who stood up and, quickly, went to the front, into the sanctuary, behind the altar where Abbé Claude Grou was standing," witness Philip Barrett told The Montreal Gazette. "No one was sure what exactly was happening and I saw the priest move a bit, farther away from this person."

The alleged assailant, a 26-year-old, can be seen on video footage running up onto the altar, knocking over a candle and then attacking the priest with a sharp object.

He was then detained by church security until police arrived, Chevrefils said.

The television channel broadcasting the service live told ABC News it cut the feed soon after the stabbing took place. In a statement, the channel, Salt Light, apologized for "the interruption of the live mass... due to a serious incident."

The suspect was taken to a detention center where he will be met by investigators this afternoon, police said.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante called the attack a "horrible and inexcusable gesture that has no place in Montreal."

"What a horrible attack at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal this morning," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. "Father Claude Grou, Canadians are thinking of you and wishing you a swift recovery.

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iStock/Diy13(WASHINGTON) -- The territorial ISIS caliphate in Syria has now been 100 percent eliminated, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Friday.

President Donald Trump has, on numerous occasions before now, announced ISIS' defeat, but this time it would appeared the claim had the full backing of the White House and Pentagon.

Sanders, speaking to the traveling press pool of reporters on Air Force One as the president headed to Florida, Sanders directed reporters to the Department of Defense for further questions but shared a photo of what appeared to be the same map President Trump declassified and showed reporters on Wednesday.

She said acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on the plane and had briefed the president on the news.

When asked for comment, a Pentagon spokesman told ABC News "We do not have an operational statement at this time."

After Trump got off the plane in Florida, according to a pool report, he walked over to to waiting reporters and cameras with the same map he had used Wednesday,except without the small dot of red indicating ISIS-held territory that had been there before.

“This is what we have right now, as of last night,” Trump said. “I think it’s about time," he said according to the pool report.

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the_guitar_mann/iStock(NEW YORK) -- In the latest blow to the world's biggest commercial airline manufacturer, a flagship carrier in Indonesia is asking Boeing if it can cancel a nearly $5 billion order of 737 MAX 8 planes because of lack of consumer trust in the jetliner.

Garuda Indonesia, the nation's government-backed airline, ordered nearly 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s in 2014, striking a deal with Boeing for $4.9 billion. Outright cancelling the deal would carry a high cost for Garuda but the airline hopes to negogitate with Boeing for a switch to a different model aircraft.

The airline's passengers have "lost trust and no longer have the confidence" in the Boeing MAX 8, spokesman Julius Caesar Samosir said.

"We have been engaged with all 737 MAX operators and we are continuing to schedule meetings to share information about our plans for supporting the 737 MAX fleet," Boeing said in response.

Garuda Indonesia, which carries tens of millions of passengers a year across Asia, Australia and Europe, has battled safety concerns of its own. Along with all other Indonesian airlines, Garuda was banned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from flying to the U.S. for about nine years after a series of crashes beginning in the early 2000s. Garuda and other Indonesian airlines' upgraded safety status, granted in 2016, allowed it to establish service to the U.S.

At the time Garuda and Boeing announced the deal in 2014, Dinesh Keskar, the senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales for Boeing, called it a representation of trust.

"This order demonstrates Garuda’s trust in Boeing and a strong commitment to operate the most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes in the market today and in the future,” Keskar said then.

The request to cancel the order comes as Boeing prepared to roll out a software fix as early as next week to address concerns with the company's controversial anti-stall system. Pilots will begin training on the new software this weekend, according to Boeing, and it will require FAA certification. The planes are still grounded worldwide and expected to remain grounded for weeks to come.

It's still unknown whether the anti-stall system contributed to the crash in Ethiopia more than two weeks ago, which killed all 157 people on board. Black boxes from Flight 302 containing critical information from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders were analyzed in France last week and sent back to Ethiopia, but no readout on the information has been released over the five days since then.

Tom Haueter, a former National Transportation Security Board investigator and ABC News contributor, called the lack of information "incredible given the time that's passed."

"The flight data recorder should have been sent to read out of almost immediately point being found. The data should have been provided quickly," Haueter said.

The wait for details also comes on the heels of reports that both the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air planes that crashed in the last six months reportedly did not have two add-on safety features offered by Boeing for a price -- despite a potentially life-saving purpose of further indicating to pilots when the anti-stall system was working off of bad data and activating an unnecessary nose dive.

One such feature indicates the angle of the jet and another sets off a warning light if sensors disagree.

According to Boeing, the disagree light will be a standard feature in the coming software update. The company also plans to program its flight-control systems to use two sensors, instead of one point of data, before engaging the anti-stall system.

"All Boeing airplanes are certified and delivered to the highest levels of safety consistent with industry standards. Airplanes are delivered with a baseline configuration, which includes a standard set of flight deck displays and alerts, crew procedures and training materials that meet industry safety norms and most customer requirements. Customers may choose additional options, such as alerts and indications, to customize their airplanes to support their individual operations or requirements," Boeing said in a statement Friday.

Of the U.S. airlines that carry Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in their fleets, Southwest and American Airlines both paid for the safety features. United Airlines did not, instead saying their pilots were well-trained to shut off the anti-stall systems if it engaged incorrectly.

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South Korea's National Police Agency(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Police in South Korea are cracking down on the illegal filming and sharing of sex videos amid a widening scandal that uncovered spy cameras in the motel rooms of hundreds of guests and the high-profile arrest of a K-pop celebrity this week.

The stepped-up efforts by authorities come as pop star Jung Joon-young was arrested Thursday on charges of filming and sharing a sex video without consent in a group chat on a social networking app.

On Wednesday, police arrested arrested two men accused of installing spy cameras in motels and filming illegal videos -- which filmed and live-streamed the private moments of more than 1,600 guests -- since last November.

The suspects allegedly set up cameras -- with lenses as small as 1 millimeter in diameter -- in 42 rooms at 30 locations in the provinces of Yeongnam and Chungcheong, which are about 85 miles from Seoul, police said.

Cameras were positioned inside power outlets, set-top boxes and hair dryer holders, police said. The videos were allegedly then transmitted to a website -- to which 4,099 people signed up, 97 of whom paid for videos, police said.

“This is an unprecedented case targeting unspecified masses at relatively small accommodations in rural parts of South Korea,” Jung Suk-hwa, chief superintendent at Korea Cyber Police, told ABC News.

Soo Jung Lee, forensic psychology professor at Seoul-based Kyonggi University, said spy camera crimes are increasing in South Korea because of the "cutting-edge internet and camera technology."

It "enabled users to create a unique online culture unlike that of any other countries," he told ABC News. "Sex crime regarding illegal filming is increasing every year, clearly growing faster than rape or indecent assault.”

There is a growing awareness of digital sex crimes, especially on secretly filmed sex videos, in South Korea. More than 600,000 sex crimes involving illegal filming were reported in 2017, according to South Korea's ministry of land, infrastructure and transport.

At a rally last summer, organized by mostly female activists, tens of thousands of protesters attended to denounce hidden camera pornography.

Laws targeting hidden camera crimes were strengthened last December, but many argue they're still too light. Those who illegally film sex videos are now subject to up to five years in prison and a fine of 30,000,000 Korean won, or just under $26,500. And those who intentionally spread secretly filmed sex videos face a sentence of up to seven years in prison, according to the country's national law information center.

Moreover, South Korea’s Supreme Court plans to modify sentence guidelines on hidden camera sex crimes in May to establish consistent sentencing practices.

“Penalties have become heavier for sex crime offenders, but the fundamental problem is that those who watch these illegally filmed sex videos are not punished,” Lee told ABC News. “Extension of women’s rights, as well as a change in social recognition that used to objectify women, is what we need to solve the problem.”

Jung's arrest brought the scandal worldwide notoriety. The K-pop celebrity had already been investigated for filming his girlfriend without permission in 2016.

Prosecutors ultimately acquitted him on those charges due to lack of evidence after Jung claimed his phone was broken.

Other idol band members, Choi Jong-hun of rock band F.T. Island and Seungri of 5-member group Big Bang, were alleged participants in the group chat where authorities say Jung shared sex videos. In a separate case, Seungri is being investigated for allegedly being linked to prostitution at a nightclub in Seoul.

The scandal exploded, in part, because those using new apps were still navigating the balance between privacy and breaking the law, Hern Sik Kim, a pop culture expert who teaches at an actors' academy, told ABC News.

“There was a lack of understanding of the nature of Social Networking Service, that everything is recorded within the internet space and that it can easily objectify or harm a third party,” Kim said.

There wasn’t much legal or social restrictions placed on Internet platforms in the past, Kim said. There were, for example, numerous video clips showing disturbing human rights.

That gray legal area allowed, experts said, for an underground market of sex tapes and pornography to emerge.

“K-pop stars accused of involvement in sexual crime is not limited to their own problem," Kim said. "This should be a social opportunity to change the recognition on sex crimes in South Korea as a whole.”

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Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images(CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand) -- New Zealanders of all religions donned headscarves on Friday in a symbol of unity as a mass funeral was held for dozens of victims of last week's mosque attacks.

Worshipers were gunned down inside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch and then at a nearby mosque in the suburb of Linwood on March 15. At least 50 people died, and dozens more were injured.

The alleged gunman, identified as Brenton Tarrant, has been charged with one count of murder, but more murder charges are expected to be filed against the 28-year-old Australian.

The massacres sparked at least two movements to show support for New Zealand's Muslim community on Friday.

One of them, "Headscarf for Harmony," was organized by medical doctor Thaya Ashman of Auckland, who has spent time working in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She came up with the idea after seeing a Muslim woman on the news say she was now too afraid to go outside because she wears a hijab, one of the traditional coverings worn by Muslim women all over the world.

Ashman said there are no rules around the color or type of headscarf, nor how to wear it. Men also were encouraged to take part in the event, which runs all day, and to drape their scarves over their shoulders or wrap it around their wrist.

"This is a headscarf which both women and men throughout the world, have been wearing since time immemorial," Ashman told ABC News. "It's a simple invitation to the whole of New Zealand to show our support, but also to recognize our grief as New Zealanders."

"We have to change the rhetoric in our countries," she added, "to move towards each other, with gentle gestures and heartfelt kindness, to create the space to hear each other's stories, to discover our similarities, build relationship, make our streets safe for each other and deliberately and determinedly choose to live in harmony."

Another similar movement taking place Friday, "Scarves in Solidarity," also signaled to Muslims that they are not alone.

"I just thought, why don't we all wear a scarf on Friday, a week on from this tragedy, and walk alongside our Muslim sisters as a mark of respect," organizer Anna Thomas told ABC News. "Women, especially those who wear the hijab, are fairly regularly fearful when they go out in the streets, and what a better way to show support and walk alongside them than to wear one."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was praised for wearing a black headscarf in public appearances in the wake of the deadliest terror attack in the country's history. On Thursday, Ardern announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons, such as the ones used in the March 15 shootings.

The Islamic call to prayer was broadcast across New Zealand's television and radio airwaves early Friday afternoon, followed by two minutes of silence, as thousands of people gathered for vigils ahead of a mass funeral for 26 of the victims at a Muslim cemetery in Christchurch.

"New Zealand mourns with you," Ardern said to a crowd gathered near the Al Noor mosque. "We are one."

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KeithBinns/iStock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, according to military officials.

The two were killed "while conducting an operation," according to a statement from NATO's Resolute Support.

There were no further details given about how they were killed or where the incident took place.

The victims' names will not be released until 24 hours after their families have been notified, in accordance with Department of Defense policy.

The deaths are the third and fourth by U.S. service members in Afghanistan this year.

Sgt. Cameron Meddock, 26, was shot during a fire fight on Jan. 13, 2019, in Jawand District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan. The Texas native later died at a U.S. military hospital, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Beale, the second U.S. death in Afghanistan this year, came nine days later when he was killed by hostile fire in Tarinkot, Uruzgan Province. The 32-year-old Green Beret was from Virginia and on his third tour of duty.

Patrick Shanahan, then-acting defense secretary, said on a trip to Afghanistan last month that he had not been directed to reduce troop numbers in the country. ABC News previously reported the U.S. would draw some 7,000 troops from the country -- half of the U.S. forces -- sometime in 2019.

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Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images(BEIRA, Mozambique) -- Thousands of people, some seen clinging to rooftops and tree branches, still await rescue from rising floodwaters in Mozambique, one week after an intense tropical cyclone walloped the southeast African nation.

Nearly 350,000 others are at risk of becoming trapped in the coming days as remnants of tropical cyclone Idai dump rain over low-lying areas already inundated with swelling rivers and bulging dams.

Some 100,000 people may need to be rescued from the town of Buzi alone, according to a spokesman for Mozambique's Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development.

"We have a critical situation in Buzi," the spokesman, who asked not to be named, told ABC News via telephone Thursday. "If the rainfall increases, then those 100,000 need to be rescued. Levels of the dam are going high."

The heavy rain let up in Buzi and the hard-hit port city of Beira on Thursday, but showers are expected to return in the coming hours and days. Aid agencies worry additional rainfall will impede rescue missions.

The cyclone made landfall near Beira late last Thursday and slowly moved inland over the weekend, leaving a trail of destruction across central Mozambqiue, southern Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe. The storm brought torrential rain and wind gusts up to 105 mph to the region, where drought conditions allowed for widespread flooding.

An estimated 1.7 million people were in the cyclone's path in Mozambique, which bore the brunt of the storm, while another 920,000 people in Malawi and "thousands more" in Zimbabwe were also affected, according to World Food Program spokesperson Herve Verhoosel.

Now, "the biggest challenge" is reaching stranded residents and others in need, Verhoosel told reporters Tuesday, especially in areas where overflowing rivers have created "inland oceans extending for miles and miles."

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared a national state of emergency and three days of national mourning beginning Wednesday.

The storm has been blamed for the deaths of at least 217 people in Mozambique, according to the spokesman for the country's Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development -- though Nyusi has warned that as many as 1,000 could be dead. Another 1,440 people were injured, according to Mozambique's National Disasters Management Institute.

In Zimbabwe, at least 139 people have died, 144 others were injured, 136 were marooned and 189 were reported missing as of Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the country's Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting.

At least 56 cyclone-related deaths have been reported in Malawi.

Some 400,000 people were internally displaced by the storm in Mozambique, while an estimated 82,500 were displaced in Malawi, according to the United Nations. More than 4,300 were displaced in Zimbabwe, according to the country's Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting.

The United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund announced Wednesday it has allocated $20 million to ensure aid reaches those most affected.

Jamie LeSueur, who is leading response efforts in Beira for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said while the scale of devastation is still emerging, the situation he's seen on the ground is catastrophic.

"This is the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s recent history. It is a humanitarian catastrophe for the people of central Mozambique," LeSueur said in a statement Tuesday. "Large parts of Beira have been damaged, entire villages and towns have been completely flooded. Rescuers are scrambling to pull people trapped on rooftops and in trees to safety. Many, many families have lost everything."

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Mark Duffy/UK Parliament(LONDON) -- Big Ben, the iconic clock tower in London, is returning to its former glory.

The clock's north face has been restored to its original Prussian blue and gold colors. Sir Charles Barry built the tower in 1859.

Big Ben, which is currently covered in scaffolding, has been undergoing a major makeover that's expected to be completed in 2021.

“It was incredibly exciting to slowly piece together the tower's appearance as has it evolved throughout the decades and we are thrilled to see the original color scheme looking out over modern London once more,” Phillipa McDonnell and Rhiannon Clarricoates, the Lincoln Conservation researchers who worked on the restoration project, told ABC News in an email.

The famous 13-ton bell was silenced in August 2017 to start the $80 million renovation. The chimes still ring out for special occasions such as Armistice Day or New Year’s Eve.

Three of the four clock dials are still being repaired.

The last extensive conservation work at the Gothic tower was done between 1983 and 1985.

The Westminster Palace, home to the Houses of Parliament, is one of the top-visited sites in London and Big Ben is the star of the show.

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RnDmS/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday changed decades of U.S. Middle East policy with a tweet, announcing that "After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israeli's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights."

Trump said the Golan "is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

This major, unexpected announcement comes just days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House on Monday and speaks at the pro-Israel AIPAC conference in Washington.

Within minutes, Netanyahu tweeted, "Thank You President Trump!"

 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Israel meeting with Netanyahu just weeks before a heated Israeli election and the announcement will be seen as a boost for Netanyahu, who is battling charges of fraud and bribery.

The Trump administration has said it would not intefere in the election. Netanyahu and Pompeo, who earlier Thursday made a symbolic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, were about to hold a news conference when Trump tweeted.

"President Trump has just made history," said a clearly pleased Netanyahu when the news conference got underway.

"I called him. I thanked him on behalf of the people of Israel. He did it again," he said, referring to Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and getting rid of the Iran nuclear deal.

"Now he did something of equal historic importance -- and he did so at a time when Iran is trying to use Syria as a platform to attack Israel," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu has repeatedly pressed for the U.S. to recognize Israeli governance in that region. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 six-day Arab-Israeli War.

Netanyahu has since accused Iran of trying to set up a terrorist network from the area.

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Igor Ilnitckii/iStock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- New Zealand's prime minister announced that assault rifles, such as the ones used last Friday in the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, will be banned from the country once approved by the parliament.

"Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles. We will also ban all high capacity magazines," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday. "We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military style semi-automatic weapon."

Ardern said she expects the gun laws to be passed by the end of a "two-week sitting session" that concludes April 11.

Ardern said sellers should halt the sales of the banned weapons immediately and warned shops to return their stockpiles to suppliers. She said they didn't have an estimate for the number of assault rifles or military-style semi-automatic weapons currently in the country.

Residents caught with the banned guns will face the penalties, including fines of up to $4,000 and/or three years in prison, she said, noting that the new law could increase these penalties.

The country will also establish a buy-back scheme, which could cost between $100 million to $200 million, "a price that we must pay for the safety of our community," Ardern said.

Ardern said Cabinet ministers made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership laws in a meeting immediately after the shooting, which left 50 dead. The massacre marked the deadliest shooting in New Zealand history.

The Australian white supremacist charged in the attack had not been flagged by intelligence officials before the well-planned shooting.

Before the attack, New Zealand prided itself as one of the safest countries in the world -- a place where many police officers didn’t even wear their guns in public.

Chris Cahill, the president of the New Zealand Police Association, told ABC News that law enforcement officials might need to reconsider that officer gun policy now.

He said the country plans to conduct a thorough investigation into how they responded to the attack.

"We intend to learn some lessons from America as well," Cahill said in an interview Tuesday. "One is gun control can stop these and we will be having gun control in New Zealand and it’s a debate that America needs to have if the right people aren’t afraid.

"When I think about the reaction after shootings in the United States, it has been amazing to see how many people in New Zealand are rallying behind the Prime Minister’s push to strengthen the country's gun laws," Cahill added.

Ardern promised more changes could be coming with gun laws, including surrounding licensing, registration and storage.

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IBPM(MOSCOW) -- A group of American and Russian volunteers this week were sealed into a collection of mock space modules in Moscow at the start of a four-month isolation experiment intended to simulate a mission to the moon.

The mixed gender crew on Tuesday began their imagined flight inside a brown brick building on the edge of the city center at a Soviet-era facility run by Moscow’s Institute of Biomedical Problems.

There, they will be confined to a collection of cramped tubular constructions inside a hangar-like hall at the institute for 120 days. The modules are hermetically sealed, meaning they have their own atmosphere, and the crew will not leave or see any other human beings for the duration of the mission.

The simulation, called SIRIUS-19, is an unusually lengthy isolation experiment organized jointly by the Russian Institute and NASA. It's one of a number of international experiments underway that's intended to help inform plans for future deep space travel by studying the physical and psychological effect of months-long isolation.

A few months ago, Reinhold Povilaitis sold his apartment in Arizona and put his belongings into storage before joining the experiment in Moscow. Povilaitis, 30, a researcher at the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera at Arizona State University, works on finding possible landing sites for future moon missions.

He will now be living in close quarters with his five other crew mates, another American and four Russians.

"I'm not too worried about it -- I thrive in these sorts of environments. I'm excited to get started," Povilaitis said. "My personal reason for doing this is to help advance human space flight in anyway that I can."

His home over the coming months is known as the Ground-based Experiment Complex or the NEK. The facility has been in use since the 1960s, when it was purpose-built for such simulations. Though some date from the 1970s, those used in this experiment have been renovated.

The modules are linked by metal tunnels that have to be crawled through, sealed off by hatches modeled on those from Russia’s Soyuz spacecrafts. The living quarters are roughly about 40 meters squared -- a long corridor with submarine-like cabins that contain a tiny desk, a cupboard and a bed. A kitchen area is furnished with just a microwave and hot water. A common area for relaxation has some beanbags and a large television.

Povilaitis and Anastiasia Stepanova, his Russian crew mate, were unfazed by the confined space.

“It’s bigger than my apartment that I left,” said Povilaitis.

The team’s mission is multi-stage. First, they must make the 10-day flight to the moon, where they will simulate docking with an orbital station. Two of them will then leave the living modules, landing to the “surface” of the moon -- another enclosed area where the two explorers will wear virtual-reality goggles as they collect samples and fix a damaged moon rover. New modules will open to the crew as they progress.

Now sealed inside, the team will receive food and supplies through an airlock. Intelligent lighting will mimic daylight on Earth, dimming and brightening as its follows sunrise and sunset. The living areas are clad entirely in light wood, a surrounding found to be more soothing for crews than the metal of spacecraft.

“It looks like a sauna,” laughed Stepanova, who is also junior researcher at the institute.

The crew’s contact with the outside world will be limited to communications with "mission control" and sending emails to their loved ones via the project’s psychologists. To entertain themselves, the volunteers can watch movies and listen to music, as well as exercise on running machines.

All the common areas are covered by multiple dome-shaped cameras that will record the crews’ interactions with one another. There is some privacy -- the cameras are not in the sleeping cabins, the toilets or the showers and they will only record sound on specific days.

Igor Kofman, who represents NASA’s Human Research Program in Russia and is helping to oversee the project, said scientists would be looking to see how isolation affects physical and psychological performance.

The Moscow experiment is one of a number of isolation simulations going on around the world as countries have begun to look in earnest toward flights to the moon and Mars.

NASA is leading an international project to develop plans for the so-called Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a space station orbiting the moon that can serve as a jumping off point for deep space flights.

Russia’s space agency meanwhile has set itself the goal of landing cosmonauts on the moon in the mid-2020s and to establish a permanent base there by 2040 -- an ambitious goal that many experts question given the current troubled state of Russia's space industry.

One of the unusual elements of the current experiment is the amount of technical simulation it involves. The crew will have to dock and receive supply ships, among other tasks, meaning, incidentally, if they fail to dock the supply shipments they will go short of food.

“In essence, this is the beginning, the first step toward carrying out the technical preparation for a lunar program,” said Yevgeny Tarelkin, a former cosmonaut who is the crew’s commander. “And not just for a flight, but for the conquering of the moon.”

The current experiment is far from the longest held at the NEK. The Mars-500 mission organized by Russia, China and the European Space Agency between 2007 and 2011 lasted 250 days.

Stepanova and Povilaitis have both participated in space-themed isolation experiments previously. Two years ago Povilaitis took part in NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog or HERA program, a 45-day simulation at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. His team though only completed two weeks before Hurricane Harvey forced them to evacuate.

That experience made him jump at the chance to join the Moscow experiment when it came up.

“It will never feel like a prison if your mind is in the right place,” Povilaitis said. “You just kind of have to tune into what makes you work well. At least speaking for myself, you can go indefinitely. Four months doesn’t seem to like too long for me."

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TOR ERIK SCHRODER/AFP/Getty Images(LINDESNES, Norway) -- It's an extreme dining experience: 18 feet under the icy sea on the coast of southern Norway.

Restaurant Under, as it's called, opens Thursday. It has a set menu that will rotate seasonally, but expect to see lots of fish and shellfish, plus food from the beach outside like sea arrow grass, sea rocket and salty sea kale.

The local area is known for wild mushrooms and berries, and those will be used on the menu as well, according to the restaurant's web site.

Restaurant Under calls the food's journey from kitchen to plate "minimal."

According to Visit Norway, "Under" in Lindesnes is Europe's first and the world's largest underwater restaurant.

An oak staircase descends into the building, where guests can experience the Norwegian coastal ecosystem out the acrylic windows while they dine.

The restaurant will eventually become a part of its marine environment and work as an artificial reef, welcoming marine life to the area.

Under is located about 50 miles from Kristiansand Airport Kjevik, the nearest airport.

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Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Mozambique's president declared three days of national mourning on Wednesday as the southeast African country struggles to recover from a powerful cyclone that has claimed dozens of lives, submerged villages and washed away homes.

Tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near the port city of Beira late last Thursday and slowly moved inland over the weekend, carving a trail of destruction across central Mozambqiue, southern Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe. The storm brought heavy rainfall and wind gusts of up to 105 miles per hour to the region, where bone dry conditions gave way to massive flooding.

As the scale of devastation widens, aid agencies said it might be the worst cyclone-related disaster ever in the Southern Hemisphere.

"The situation is very bad. The damage is quite serious," Katharina Schnoering, head of the United Nations' migration agency in Mozambique, said in a statement Wednesday. "It Is very difficult to get a clear overview of what is going on. There are many communications issues, there’s no power in Beira. There is no road access because the Buzi River came up and washed out the road."

An estimated 1.7 million people were in the cyclone's path in Mozambique, which bore the brunt of the storm, while another 920,000 people in Malawi and "thousands more" in Zimbabwe were also affected, according to World Food Program spokesperson Herve Verhoosel, who told reporters Tuesday that "the biggest challenge" is accessing those in need.

Verhoosel said World Food Program staff members who flew over areas flooded by swollen rivers spoke of "inland oceans extending for miles and miles,"

So far, the storm has been blamed for the deaths of more than 200 people in Mozambique alone, according to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, who has warned that as many as 1,000 people could be dead.

At least 89 deaths have been reported in Zimbabwe and 56 deaths in Malawi, according to government officials.

Some 400,000 people were internally displaced by the storm in Mozambique, while an estimated 82,500 were displaced in Malawi. In Zimbabwe, close to 1,000 homes were destroyed in the eastern districts of Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, Mutare, Buhera, Chikomba, Gutu and Bikita, according to the United Nations.

Paolo Cernuschi, the International Rescue Committee's country director for Zimbabwe, said "the impact of this disaster cannot be underestimated and will require our attention for many months to come."

"We are expecting the situation to worsen and to see a surge in malaria and other water borne diseases," Cernuschi said in a statement Wednesday. "Further, this disaster compounds an already dire situation as the hardest-hit areas were facing severe food insecurity and economic hardships prior to the cyclone. Whatever crops that were being grown despite the drought have now been destroyed in the floods."

Deborah Nguyen, a communications adviser for the World Food Program, is part of the response in Mozambique's hard-hit Beira, a coastal city of half a million people where 90 percent of buildings were damaged, including the World Food Program's warehouse and port unloading machinery as the agency works to distribute 20 metric tons of high energy biscuits. The cyclone also knocked out telephone and internet communications across the city, which Nguyen said is "completely under water."

"It's a very sad, desperate scene," Nguyen told ABC News in a telephone interview Tuesday. "All the trees are down. Power lines are down. So it's a very, very apocalyptic scene in Beira right now."

Nguyen said she was particularly moved by a conversation she had with a local resident, a mother.

"She was so traumatized by the cyclone that she couldn't think of a name to give to a baby boy," she told ABC News.

The cyclone has affected at least 260,000 children in Mozambique, according the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.

"Many children will have lost their homes, schools, hospitals and even friends and loved ones," said Leila Pakkala, UNICEF's regional director for eastern and southern Africa.

Heavy rain persisted over Beira and other parts of Mozambique on Wednesday, and more is forecast in the coming days, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Aid agencies worry the additional rainfall will impede the humanitarian response.

Mozambique's president on Wednesday declared a national state of emergency, describing the situation as "critical." But Nyusi said he has "faith" his country, with its "strength and determination" as well as the solidarity of others, will be able to rebuild the devastated areas.

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pawel.gaul/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A new report finds that a small number of U.S. airstrikes in Somalia killed 14 civilians and injured eight, despite assurances from the U.S. military that its strikes have caused no civilian casualties and only targeted the al-Shabaab militant group that controls territory in that country.

The report by Amnesty International said the incidents investigated "may have violated international humanitarian law and could, in some cases, constitute war crimes."

Amnesty International chose to investigate four U.S. incidents in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region and a fifth incident the organization claims was "most plausibly caused by a U.S. airstrike" that took place between 2017 and 2019. The strikes represent only a small fraction of the more than 100 American airstrikes that have taken place in that country in the last several years.

In its review of the five incidents, Amnesty International alleges 14 civilians were killed either because they were near a U.S. target, like a vehicle, or mistakenly identified as al-Shabaab. The organization interviewed 65 witnesses and survivors from the five incidents, as well as 77 additional individuals connected to other alleged U.S. strikes not detailed in the report.

"In addition to this first-hand testimony, the report draws on several types of evidence, including analysis of satellite imagery and data, photographic material, interviews with government officials, medical personnel and other experts, and an open-source investigation including analysis of traditional and social media, academic articles, and reports from NGOs and international bodies," Amnesty International said.

Still, the group acknowledged that "security concerns and access restrictions" limited their investigation.

In a statement provided to ABC News, U.S. Africa Command said the report "does not accurately reflect AFRICOM's record in mitigating civilian casualties," adding that assessments of civilian casualty allegations submitted by Amnesty International found "no AFRICOM airstrike resulted in any civilian casualty or injury."

"Our assessments are based on post-strike analysis using intelligence methods not available to non-military organizations," AFRICOM said.

Beyond these five incidents, Amnesty International's report highlights that the pace of the U.S. air war in Somalia has escalated under the Trump administration -- a sharp contrast to the president's vocal desire to pull back America's military commitment from places like Syria and Afghanistan.

The number of strikes increased from 35 in 2017 to 47 in 2018 and stands at 28 over the first three months of 2019. In its releases, AFRICOM said strikes this year have killed about 241 al-Shabaab militants, with no civilian casualties.

The U.S. has been using drones to strike "high-value targets" in Somalia since 2011, but when Trump entered office in 2017 he issued a directive that allowed for offensive capabilities and designated parts of Somalia an "area of active hostilities," which Amnesty International said weakened protections afforded to Somali civilians.

Retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who served as the commander of Special Operations Command Africa from April 2015 until June 2017, told Amnesty International that Trump's directive allowed for "all military-aged males observed with known al-Shabaab members in specific areas" to be considered legitimate military targets -- possibly a violation of international humanitarian and U.S. law, the group said.

AFRICOM disputed Bolduc's assertion, telling Amnesty International it did "not accurately reflect the targeting standards of AFRICOM or [the Department of Defense]." In the statement to ABC News, AFRICOM added that it "complies with the law of armed conflict and takes all feasible precautions to minimize civilian casualties and other collateral damage."

There are currently about 6,000 American troops throughout Africa who mainly help to train local forces or partner in exercises, with about 4,000 of them stationed in Djibouti, a strategic country in the Horn of Africa.

The Pentagon is planning a 10 percent reduction of U.S. troops across the African continent, but those cuts likely won't impact counterterrorism operations in Somalia, where the U.S. has about 500 troops.

AFRICOM's Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser conceded last month in testimony before Congress that U.S. strikes would ultimately not defeat al-Shabaab.

"... At the end of the day, these strikes are not going to defeat al-Shabab, but they are going to provide the opportunity for the federal government and the Somalian National Army to grow and assume the security of the country," Waldhauser told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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MicroStockHub/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump Jr. has weighed into the political battle over the United Kingdom's looming departure from the European Union, writing that Prime Minister Theresa May "should have followed my father's advice."

In an op-ed piece published Wednesday in the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph newspaper, the president's eldest son warned that "democracy in the U.K. is all but dead," and criticized "elites" whom he argued were trying to frustrate the will of British voters.

"In a way, you could say that Brexit and my father's election are one and the same -- the people of both the U.K. and the U.S. voted to uproot the establishment for the sake of individual freedom and independence, only to see the establishment try to silence their voices and overturn their mandates," Trump Jr. wrote.

Trump Jr. also rebuked May, saying her failure to heed his father's counsel resulted in "a process that should have taken only a few short months [becoming] a years-long stalemate, leaving the British people in limbo."

President Donald Trump has made comments supporting Brexit since before the 2016 referendum and has since criticized May's negotiating tactics.

"I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation," Trump told reporters at the White House on March 14. "But I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it. And I think you would've been successful. She didn't listen to that."

Trump Jr. was a member of his father's 2016 campaign staff, but he holds no position in the administration. However, a public rebuke of a key ally from a member of a president's family is uncommon.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, but after two years of negotiations, the draft deal to govern the divorce process has twice been rejected by Parliament, causing a political crisis and economic uncertainty in the country.

The prime minister's office said on Wednesday she would ask EU leaders for a "short extension" to delay the U.K.'s departure from the bloc.

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