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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly stepped off a plane in Mexico Wednesday evening, tensions were brewing there over new guidance from the administration about deportations, border patrol and President Trump’s long-promised wall on the southern border.

While Kelly’s department issued the guidelines, they now threaten to undermine such a high-level trip. Some fear that an immigration crackdown will result, despite the administration’s attempts to ensure that mass deportations are not in the works.

The announcement caught the Mexican government by surprise and put officials there on a defensive footing just a day before the visit. But even as the Mexican foreign minister issued a blistering statement, the White House denied that anything was wrong.

“The relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer Wednesday.

The foreign trip is the first for Kelly and the second for Tillerson — although it is his first one-on-one visit to a foreign country.

That’s a sign of how important this relationship is, according to the State Department, and despite the renewed tensions, they are hopeful the visit will be successful in mending the relationship.

So what is on the agenda, and how will Tillerson and Kelly be received?

THE WALL

At the top of the list and the source of much of the tension is the wall.

Trump maintains that Mexico will pay for a wall across the southern U.S. border, a notion which the Mexican government rejects. It’s a fight so bitter that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a visit to the U.S. last month, leaving the White House scrambling to organize a call between the two leaders the next day.

After some tensions were eased with the call, Tillerson and Kelly were charged with rebuilding the relationship with this trip — but these new immigration enforcement guidelines brought the same disputes back to the forefront.

One of the new implementation memos, signed by Kelly, calls on Customs and Border Protection to “immediately begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall” and tasks the under secretary for management in the Department of Homeland Security with identifying all available resources to pay for it.

But it also asks the under secretary to make a list of all direct and indirect U.S. aid to Mexico from the last five fiscal years. The move raised concerns that the White House would threaten to withhold aid down the line.

A senior administration official would only say that, “The Department of Homeland Security will undergo a review and provide that information back to the President as directed.”

Another senior administration official sought to downplay any tension over border security and said the trip was devised to address these issues.

“The wall is just one part of a broader relationship that we have,” they said. “We have clear differences on the payment issue, but agree that we need to work these differences out as part of a comprehensive discussion on all aspects of the bilateral relationship.”

DEPORTATIONS

Another important component of the immigration guidelines involves deportations — continuing to prioritize immigrants here illegally who have committed crimes, but opening the door for law enforcement to detain and deport nearly anyone without proper documentation.

In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has now been instructed to deport migrants who traveled through Mexico from elsewhere in Central or South America back to “the foreign contiguous territory from which they arrived.” In other words, if they cross the southern border, the migrants will be sent back to Mexico, regardless of where they came from.

It’s a plan that Mexico opposes, with the Mexican foreign minister issuing a strong statement Wednesday.

“I want to make clear in the most emphatic way that the Mexican government and the people of Mexico do not have to accept provisions that unilaterally one government wants to impose on another, that we will not accept,” said Luis Videgaray, Tillerson’s counterpart.

“The Mexican government is going to act by all means legally possible to defend the human rights of Mexicans abroad, particularly in the United States,” he added.

Tillerson and Videgaray are scheduled to have dinner Wednesday night, along with Kelly, the Mexican Secretary of Defense, and the Mexican Secretary of Navy.

FUTURE OF U.S.-MEXICAN RELATIONS

The U.S. relationship with Mexico has steadily improved over the last couple of decades. A relationship once marked by distrust has thawed into a partnership based on trade, law enforcement, and counternarcotics, and that is what is really at stake here, with heated rhetoric threatening to upend that.

Throughout the campaign, Trump used Mexico as a punching bag, saying while he loved the Mexican people, even appreciated their leaders’ intelligence, he blamed the country for taking American jobs and for a flow of crime and drugs across the border.

Since he was sworn in, things have unraveled further — the canceled presidential visit, arguments over the wall and deportations and that tense phone call. The administration, however, sees things as on track.

“We have some differences on specific issues,” acknowledged a senior administration official, but “we continue to look for ways to address the concerns of both countries, produce results for both peoples, and we’re confident that through this process we’ll continue the long and good relationship that we’ve had between the two governments.”

On the other side of the border, though, Mexico may see deeper damage, and it could use these high-profile meetings to make that clear. Perhaps previewing such a move, the Mexican foreign minister even threatened Wednesday to involve international organizations to defend the Mexican people.

“The Mexican government will not hesitate to go to multilateral organizations starting with the United Nations to defend, in accordance with international law, human rights, liberties and due process in favor of Mexicans” abroad, Videgaray said Wednesday.

Thursday’s meetings will determine if such a bold move is necessary.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This past weekend, Iraqi military forces began the assault to retake the western half of Mosul from ISIS in what is expected to be a tough fight.

It took Iraqi military forces 100 days of street-to-street fighting to finally retake the eastern half of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, but U.S. military officials anticipate that the fight to retake the western side of the city could be even more difficult.

The western side of Mosul, on the left bank of the Tigris River, is more densely populated than the eastern side and it is believed that ISIS fighters will take advantage of the narrow streets to slow down the Iraqi military offensive.

Here’s a look at how the second phase of the battle for Mosul could shape up.

A Tough Fight in Western Mosul

“We do expect it to be an extraordinarily difficult fight” Col. John Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told Pentagon reporters Wednesday. “The enemy has not given up.”

According to Dorrian, the U.S. military believes that between 1,000 and 3,000 ISIS fighters are currently in western Mosul hiding among an estimated 750,000 civilians remaining in the city.

“We do expect it to be a very tough fight because the very narrow areas, the very narrow streets in some parts of the city, the ancient parts of the city, are going to make for a very tough going,” said Dorrian.

The narrow streets will limit the Iraqi military’s ability to use vehicles in their assault on the city.

But they will also likely prevent ISIS from launching the deadly suicide car bomb attacks it used to slow down the Iraqi military in eastern Mosul. The car bomb attacks resulted in significant casualties among the Iraqi military’s elite Counter Terrorism Service that was doing most of the intense fighting in eastern Mosul.

Iraqi military forces are expected to face even tougher ISIS resistance in western Mosul. Dorrian noted that there were roughly 100,000 buildings in eastern Mosul that had to be cleared by the Iraqi military and that there are a similar number of buildings on the western side of the city in an even more compressed area.

Dorrian said Iraqi forces will face a tough fight because each of “these buildings have to be cleared from rooftop level through every room, every closet, all the way down to ground level, including the tunnels that get dug between buildings.”

“It’s very, very dangerous and tedious, and the Iraqi security forces have done a really good job of protecting civilians as they’ve conducted those clearing operations and that’s something we expect them to continue.” said Dorrian.

What Will the Offensive Look Like?

The offensive for western Mosul has begun with Iraqi forces pressing northward to the southern stretches of the city. In the three days since the start of the offensive, they have already taken back 48 square miles and are now overlooking the city’s airport.

It is expected that the Iraqi military will face tougher ISIS resistance in the fight for the airport.

The offensive is being led by the Iraqi Army’s Ninth Division and the Iraqi Federal Police who are leading the offensive into western Mosul. It was the emergence of the Iraqi Federal Police in late December that helped turn the tide in eastern Mosul. It is expected that forces from the Counter Terrorism Service will once again play a key role in the push into western Mosul.

For months, Shiite militias have pushed northwest of the city to cut off the main road from Mosul to Tal Afar, another ISIS-controlled city. They are there to block the escape of ISIS fighters to that city.

With the Tigris River to the east blocking possible escape routes as well, ISIS fighters will be effectively encircled in the city’s western half.

The battle for Mosul has also led American troops to come closer to combat situations even though they are still required to be at Iraqi unit headquarters beyond enemy lines.

Those restrictions have been less applicable to American special operations forces accompanying their Iraqi counterparts, since those Iraqi commanders are always close to the front lines.

But Dorrian explained Wednesday that other American advisers working with commanders of regular Iraqi Army units are “close enough to direct the battle,” he said, adding: ” I don’t want to give you the impression they’re far removed from the front.”

Americans were close enough at times, Dorrian said, that they took enemy fire and found themselves in a combat situation where they had to fight back. He would not disclose whether any American forces had been wounded by enemy fire in such situations.

American advisers assisting in calling in airstrikes targeting ISIS are also closer to the battlefield. “They’re not removed from the front, they’re very close to the front, close enough to observe what’s going on and provide good advice and assistance,” said Dorrian.

It remains unclear if the fight to retake western Mosul will be helped by additional U.S. support that the Trump administration will soon begin to consider.

On Jan. 28, President Trump tasked the Pentagon to lead a review of the strategy against ISIS and to look for new ways to speed up the fight against the terror group. A Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday that the options could be presented to the White House early next week.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street closed mostly lower Wednesday as the Dow posted its ninth straight record close.

The Dow jumped 32.60 (+0.16 percent) to finish at 20,775.60.

The Nasdaq lost 5.32 (-0.09 percent) to close at 5,860.63, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,362.82, down 2.56 (-0.11 percent) from its open.

Crude oil prices were 1 percent lower; about $53 a barrel.

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Anwar Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) — Dutchess Kate had her first official engagement with Action for Children in Wales since taking over from Queen Elizabeth II in December as the organization’s royal patron.

Kate, 35, visited two projects offering support to vulnerable children and families. She listened to experts at MIST, a childhood mental health project that supports young kids in foster care and aims to provide needed support for complex mental health problems before they become more serious.

Kate was “incredibly proud” to be taking on the new role with Action for Children, according to a Kensington Palace spokesman.

Kate is an avid sportswoman who routinely gives her husband, Prince William a run for his money at events, but today she tried her hand at pool in Wales and was not a success. Craig Davies, a 15-year-old who was Kate’s teammate in a friendly round of pool, later joked of Kate’s pool skills saying, “She was dreadful.”

After receiving a hug from a little girl attending the center, Kate was greeted by two young students who gave her a bouquet of flowers and asked about Kate and William’s young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kate told her young admirers, “George and Charlotte would have loved to have met you.”

Kate’s second stop of the day was to the Caerphilly Family Intervention Team which works with young people struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.

“The Duchess firmly believes that every child who needs it should be given the best support at the earliest opportunity,” a Kensington Palace spokesman told ABC News. “The Duchess is pleased to support Action for Children’s important work. She is looking forward to getting to know the people that make Action for Children such a success and meeting the young people they work with.”

Kate, William and Prince Harry launched their “Heads Together” campaign last year to change the conversation on mental health issues. The royal trio has said they see 2017 as a “tipping point” and hope they can get more people to speak about mental health without fear of judgment.

William, Kate and Harry have chosen to tackle the often-taboo subject of mental health and encourage young people and families to speak up and speak out.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) — An international team of astronomers has discovered seven potentially habitable exoplanets — or planets outside our solar system — that could have liquid water on their surfaces, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

It is unclear whether any of the newly discovered planets can harbor life. However, scientists pointed out that the new planetary system orbits TRAPPIST-1, a dwarf star that is much younger than our sun and that will continue to burn for another 10 trillion years — more than 700 times longer than the universe has existed so far.

Astronomers said that is “arguably enough time for life to evolve,” the article reported.

TRAPPIST-1 is about 39 light-years away, in the constellation Aquarius.

The seven newly discovered planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 have been nicknamed “Earth’s seven sisters” and have masses similar to that of Earth’s, in addition to having rocky compositions like our planet, scientists said.

Astronomers noted, though, that they are awaiting the scheduled launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in 2018 to confirm what conditions — such as atmospheric composition and climate — are like on the exoplanets. The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to be significantly more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope.

The discovery of the new planetary system has also indicated that Earth-sized planets are much more abundant and common in the Milky Way galaxy than previously thought, researchers said.

The international team of astronomers that discovered the new exoplanets said they will be ramping up their efforts to locate and identify other planets around small stars in the vicinity of our sun through project Search for Habitable Planets Eclipsing Ultra-Cool Stars (SPECULOOS).

Additionally, NASA said it plans to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a space telescope that will spend two years finding planets orbiting over 200,000 of the brightest stars in the sky.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Copa Di Vino founder James Martin isn’t bothered by the fact that the “sharks” of ABC’s Shark Tank don’t have fond memories of his two infamous appearances on the hit entrepreneurial reality show.

That’s because, despite walking away from the sharks’ offers twice and being known as one of the sharks’ most disliked inventors, Martin’s product is one of Shark Tank‘s most successful.

“We all know the sharks blew it and missed out on the biggest opportunity they ever had — which was me,” Martin told ABC News.

Martin created Copa Di Vino, an on-the-go beverage with a portfolio of seven different types of wine that come in a patented, single-serving, plastic container with a pull-off and resealable lid.

Martin’s Oregon-based, family-owned winery struggled for years before making a profit. When the opportunity arose to appear on the second season of Shark Tank in 2011, Martin jumped at the possibility. He asked the sharks for $600,000 in exchange for 30 percent of his business to help create more inventory.

At first all the sharks expressed interest and quickly began making offers, including Shark Kevin O’Leary, who went on to launch his own wine label, O’Leary Fine Wines, in October 2012.

“[The container] that’s never been done in wine before, and I grant him that was a good move,” O’Leary told ABC News. “The problem with him … is he tried to sell me … on a winery. Now, I’m in the winery business. That is a bad business.”

O’Leary wanted Martin to separate the patent for the Copa Di Vino container from the wine itself so he could focus on licensing the container’s technology to other winemakers, but Martin wouldn’t budge.

Other sharks pitched deals, but as Martin continued to turn down offers, they became less interested with his arrogant attitude. The sharks also commented that Martin seemed to be sweating profusely throughout his pitch. Martin said he was sweating because he became too hot under the TV lights in his turtleneck sweater.

“I started melting and under the pressure of Kevin O’Leary trying to split my company into two, I really started to melt,” Martin said. “For me, all I was trying to do was figure out how to get a taxi to get me out of here. … You see about 10 minutes of the exchange but I was actually out there under those lights for 45 minutes in that pressure of the tank, in the pressure of five different entrepreneurs who are very, very intelligent all firing questions at you, sometimes two or three at the same time.”

In the end, Martin brushed off the sharks’ advice and left without accepting any offers.

But soon after his episode aired, Martin said he received numerous offers from people wanting to invest in his company and Copa Di Vino took off.

Shark Tank producers took notice of Copa Di Vino’s success and offered Martin a rare second chance to go “back in the tank.” He re-pitched the product to the sharks the following year. By that time, Martin said Copa Di Vino had gone from $600,000 to $5 million in sales in just one year.

“I had a hate for Kevin O’Leary at a level that wasn’t healthy at all and my opportunity to come back was also my chance to get the last word in and say, ‘Look, you blew it, but I’m also gracious enough to give you a second chance,’” Martin told ABC News.

But again, Shark Barbara Corcoran said she didn’t appreciate what she said was Martin’s “coy” attitude. “We didn’t respect him either,” she said.

The standoff between the sharks and Martin went into its second round when neither side budged on the same point they were stuck on the first time around. And seemingly instead of working with them to make a deal, Martin just kept taking sips of his wine.

“The second time he came on he stood out there, and he knew we all were interested, and he was trying to be too cool, too smart … thinking like he’s the man,” said Shark Mark Cuban. “It was a lot of money. We were negotiating. And he’s like, ‘I’m going to take a sip.’”

“I think in the second one he forgot his place,” added Shark Robert Herjavec. “He is not the shark. We’re the sharks.”

Even though Martin walked away, again, without any of the sharks’ investment, the chance to promote his product on national television twice had contributed to huge payoffs.

To date, Copa Di Vino has sold 38 million cups of wine in places ranging from local convenience stores and supermarket chains to Marriott hotels and sports arenas and stadiums, and the company claims to have made $12 million in sales in 2016. The brand has also expanded to include Copa Di Vino variety packs, t-shirts, beach coolers and even an “outdoor patio bar.”

“I didn’t need the sharks. They needed me,” Martin said. “They needed a really, really successful brand that went everywhere and they didn’t get it because they got greedy.”

The sharks, however, feel differently. All agree they have no regrets about passing on Copa Di Vino.

“Could you imagine dealing with him on an ongoing basis?” Cuban said.

“He would ruin our lives, our happy lives,” Corcoran added.

Watch the full story on ABC News 20/20 — Shark Tank on 20/20″– FRIDAY at 10 p.m. ET.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Despite rising mortgage rates, sales of existing homes started off at a strong pace in 2017 — up 3.3 percent in January.

“They set a new post-recovery record. They were at 5.69 million sales in January, which is the highest since February 2007,” said Danielle Hale, the Managing Director of Housing Research at the National Association of Realtors.

According to Hale, the gains are a git of a surprise given that mortgage rates have been on the rise.

“Home prices continue to rise — prices were up 7.1 percent in January — and the combination of rising mortgage rates and rising house prices does provide an added challenge for potential buyers,” she said. “But we saw in January sales figures is that buyers are very resilient.”

But Hale added that job growth may be linked to buyer resilience.

“We think that the phenomenal job growth that we’ve seen that has been sustained for quite some time is really helping give buyers the confidence that they need to make the long term purchase that is a home,” Hale said.

As for nationwide trends, the positive numbers are evident across most of the country. Hale said the strongest region in this month’s data was the West, where sales were up 6.6 percent. The Northeast and the South also showed increases.

But, she said, “The only region that showed a bit of weakness was the Midwest, where sales were down, but only slightly.”

Analysts say it is difficult to determine whether January will set the tone for the rest of the year, but one thing that is apparent is low inventory, down 7.1 percent compared to a year ago.

“Inventories continue to fall even as sales are increasing,” she said. “That means that supply and demand are even tighter and that has a tendency to push prices up, so we do expect to see continued strong prices in 2017.”

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Hawai Adda(LUDHIANA, India) — Airplanes aren’t just for globetrotting anymore. In Ludhiana, India, a grounded Airbus A320 is now a restaurant where customers can enjoy a fine dining experience.

According to The Daily Mail, Hawai Adda is a vegetarian restaurant, placed creatively within an aircraft formerly owned by Air India.

The plane can comfortably seat more than 100 diners in its luxurious dining room, cafe and halls.

The interior of the plane took more than a year to convert, according to the Daily Mail.

The renovation team redesigned the entire fuselage of the retired plane, but wanted to keep the original structure and a large portion of the wiring, the Daily Mail reported.

On Hawai Adda’s Facebook page, the restaurant has advertised a variety of dishes from saffron-infused Indian rice pudding and hot fudge sundae cupcakes to vegan club sandwiches.

Around the world, there are several decommissioned planes that have now become restaurants.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you love Pop-Tarts, New York restaurant Kellogg’s NYC is where you need to be.

Forbes reports the Times Square restaurant known for featuring the company’s cereals as well as sundaes, shakes and parfaits, has become the Pop-Tarts Café for one week through Sunday, Feb. 26.

Almost 20 flavors of the toaster treats are selling at $1 per tart, but that’s just the start. Among the featured menu items are a Personal Pop-Tarts Pizza for $8, made with a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts crust, strawberry “marinara sauce,” frosting “cheese,” fruit leather pepperoni and fresh mint.

Birthday Fiesta Nachos, $9, are made with confetti cupcake Pop-Tarts, strawberry “salsa” and frosting “cheese”, while Chili Pop-Tarts Fries, $8, are made from chocolate Pop-Tarts, cookies and creme Pop-Tarts “ground beef.”

The café is also partnering with UberEats on Friday, Feb. 24 from 8-10 p.m. to give away 600 free Pop-Tarts “burritos” to six New York City college campuses.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(NEW YORK) — Calphalon is recalling approximately two million knives over faulty blades that can break during use, potentially causing a laceration.

The products affected include Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery carving, chef, paring, santoku and utility knives that were sold in stores nationwide and online between September 2008 and December 2016. The recalled knives were sold both individually and in sets.

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So far, Calphalon is aware of 27 reports of finger or hand lacerations, four of which required stitches. Overall, the company has received more than 3,000 reports of broken knives.

Affected customers are being asked to stop using the recalled knives immediately. They can reach out to Calphalon to receive a replacement.

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