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iStock/Thinkstock(MANILA, Philippines) — A dramatic video from a demonstration in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday captured the moment a police van appears to ram into a crowd of protesters.

The incident happened outside the U.S. embassy in the country’s capital, according to ABS-CBN News, the news division of the largest entertainment and media network in the Philippines.

Hundreds of Filipino activists — most from a left-wing umbrella group called Bayan, which means “nation” — had been protesting American intervention and military presence with signs like “U.S. TROOPS OUT NOW” and “NO TO U.S. INTERVENTION” when the demonstration took a violent turn, ABS-CBN reported.

Photos and videos from the event appear to show police throwing tear gas at protesters, and, at one point, dousing them with a powerful spray of water from a fire truck hose. The photos and video also appear to show protesters hurling red paint and rocks at police and the U.S. embassy building.

One video clip appears to show a police vehicle moving backwards and forwards through a group of protesters, and appearing to run some people over. The crowd screamed in response, and some protesters appeared to throw rocks and red paint at the van, the video shows.

The driver of the van, Police Officer Franklin Kho, told ABS-CBN News that demonstrators had been trying to take the vehicle from police, so he was forced to get in and drive it. He added that police and more people would have been hurt if protesters got in the vehicle.

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— Jerome Lantin (@JeromeLantin) October 19, 2016

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iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two Americans have been killed in an attack near a coalition base near Kabul, Afghanistan, officials said. In addition to the deaths of the U.S. service member and U.S. civilian, two additional U.S. civilians were injured in Wednesday’s attack.

“U.S. service member and one U.S. civilian died as a result of wounds sustained in Kabul, Afghanistan today,” according to a statement released by U.S. Forces Afghanistan. “One U.S. service member and two U.S. civilians also sustained wounds and are currently stable.

“The two individuals were killed during an attack near a coalition base by an unknown assailant, who was later killed. They were conducting duties as part of the larger NATO mission to Train, Advise, and Assist the Afghan security services. An investigation is being conducted to determine the exact circumstances of the event.”

There were unconfirmed media accounts in Kabul that the incident may have been an insider attack and that the attacker was wearing an Afghan Army uniform.

“Anytime we lose a member of our team, it is deeply painful,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support. “Our sympathies go out to the families, loved ones, and the units of those involved in this incident. To those who continue to target Coalition forces, ANDSF, and Afghan civilians, RS and USFOR-A will continue to pursue our Train, Advise, and Assist mission to help our partners create a better Afghanistan.”

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Stocktrek/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Mars is about to get a little more crowded.

After seven months of traveling through space aboard a Russian rocket, the ExoMars orbiter and Schiaparelli lander are set to enter the Martian atmosphere Wednesday.

ExoMars, a joint European Space Agency/Roscosmos mission, is designed to provide important clues about the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Equipped with an array of spectrometers, the Trace Gas Orbiter is designed to circle the planet, analyzing methane and other atmospheric gases in search of evidence of biological and geological activity.

In the meantime, the Schiaparelli lander will touch down on the Meridiani Planum. Its battery will only last for a few days, but in that time the lander will provide crucial information about the surface of Mars, paving the way for future missions.

ESA is providing live coverage of the mission on Facebook and Livestream. On Thursday the first images from the Schiaparelli descent camera will be available, along with a mission status update.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — An eight-hour “humanitarian pause” declared by Russia in Aleppo, Syria, during which Moscow has told fighters and civilians to leave besieged rebel districts, has begun. But doubts have already been raised about the credibility of the pause, with the United Nations saying it needs longer to get relief in and the United States suggesting it may be “too little, too late.”

Meanwhile, several residents of the besieged part of Aleppo say that leaving is not a real option and that they view the cease-fire as a media stunt.

“There is no sound of planes, but we can still hear shootings on the ground,” Wissam Zarqa, a teacher in the besieged Aleppo’s al-Mashhad neighborhood, told ABC News. “The government is still trying to advance. As long as fighting and clashes are ongoing it is not possible for civilians to leave. Some elderly people who can’t keep living under siege might want to leave but they can’t because it’s not safe.”

Even if he felt that it were safe for him to leave, he would choose to stay, he said.

“We don’t feel like leaving our homes and becoming refugees,” he said. “None of my friends are considering leaving.”

Russia’s military said it and the Syrian government were halting bombings from the air on Tuesday to prepare for the pause, which was announced on Monday, offering a brief respite from relentless airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the besieged city that has seen hundreds killed in recent weeks.

On Monday, 14 members of the same family, including eight children, were killed after their home was hit by an airstrike, according to activists in Aleppo and the White Helmets, a volunteer civil defense group that operates in rebel-held Syria. Humanitarian organizations have criticized the Syrian and Russian governments for the intense airstrikes and for reported use of chemical weapons and bunker-buster bombs, which can target people sheltering underground.

Russia’s defense ministry said the pause was being held so civilians and rebel fighters could leave the city, saying two corridors would be opened for fighters and six more for civilians. The ministry said that Syrian government troops would pull back to allow fighters past, and pledged to guarantee the safety of civilians leaving and to allow aid organizations into the city to provide relief.

But within minutes of the pause’s formal start, at 8 a.m. local time, a senior Russian diplomat condemned rebel groups for refusing to leave and accused them of keeping civilians there as human shields. The U.N. and aid groups also warned that the pause was not sufficient to achieve the relief Moscow was suggesting.

Since July, the city of Aleppo has been the center of intense fighting and is currently undergoing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, according to the U.N. Intense shelling has led to the destruction of hospitals, schools, roads and markets and severely affected civilian access to water and electricity.

The U.N.’s humanitarian spokesman said that while it welcomed any pause in the violence around Aleppo, more time was needed if relief workers were to be able to reach the city.

“We will use whatever pause we have to do whatever we can,” Stephane Dujarric, a U.N. spokesman, told reporters in New York. “Obviously there is a need for a longer pause to get trucks in.”

The international aid group, Doctors Without Borders, also said the pause was too short for them to evacuate the wounded safely and to reach those in the city.

Another U.N. spokesman said that Russia had informed them that it intended to hold two more eight-hour pauses on “consecutive days” this week. Russia’s military has yet to announce that publicly.

Jens Laerke of the U.N. humanitarian coordinator OCHA said that without guarantees for relief workers’ safety from all sides in the city it was impossible for them to enter.

Russia has meanwhile said it will also begin work on defining which groups should be labeled terrorists and which can be considered moderate opposition in Aleppo, without the participation of the U.S. Agreeing upon which groups could be labeled as terrorists, particularly the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, had been a key condition for the cease-fire deal that collapsed in late September amid renewed bombing by Russian and Syrian government aircraft on Aleppo.

Russia has previously been disdainful of any distinction between moderate rebel groups and those recognized as terrorists, saying it was the obligation of the U.S., which is supporting some of the rebels to do so. The U.S. ceased cooperation with Russia following the cease-fire’s collapse, accusing Russia of not working in good faith.

Russia’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said on Tuesday that Russian experts were already in Geneva, Switzerland, to begin discussions with the U.N. and other countries that have supported the rebels to begin work on identifying the different groups operating inside the war-torn country.

The U.S. and United Kingdom have both voiced skepticism about the pause, suggesting it is insufficient.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, rejected the Russian plan as currently not credible: “A durable and convincing cease-fire must be delivered by the Assad regime before any such proposal can conceivably be made to work.”

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Tuesday that a pause would “be a good thing” but that after months of “near-constant bombing,” intended “to starve out and drive out the opposition and civilians,” it was a “bit too little, too late.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Authorities are warning consumers about a new scam to steal their money — this time at the gas pump.

Criminals known as “skimmers” are installing devices that give them access to a driver’s bank and credit information.

“They can breach the gas pump and install them and they can be there for weeks or months without being discovered,” Chris Gagne, of the U.S. Secret Service Criminal Investigation Division, told ABC News.

While authorities recently alerted drivers about another kind of predator at the pump known as “sliders,” thieves who slip inside open cars and steal a victim’s valuables while filing up their tank, law enforcement officials say skimmers are even tougher to spot.

Gagne said his agency has noticed a “considerable increase” in credit card skimming.

One suspect was caught on surveillance footage breaking into a gas pump where he had installed a device to steal, or skim, credit card information off the magnetic strip.

It is impossible to tell just by looking at a gas pump if a device could be secretly recording your data. Some skimmers are so high-tech they immediately send out stolen information over Bluetooth.

Security officials recommend that drivers pay for their gas inside the station. They also suggest choosing a gas pump close to the attendant, because thieves normally set up the skimming devices out of sight. Monitoring your bank account frequently for fraudulent activity is another important habit to ward off suspicious charges.

Authorities are now training gas stations on how to detect skimming devices.

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Andrew Chin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Princess Kate revealed that her daughter, Princess Charlotte, has taken up the family’s sport of riding horses at just 17 months old.

Kate told equestrian Natasha Baker at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday night that Charlotte is already “really enjoying her riding.”

Kate emphasized that Charlotte has a passion for horses and although her mother doesn’t share it, Kate said she will “do her best to champion and encourage it,” Baker recalled.

Kate, 34, joined Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry at the reception to celebrate British Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Kate, dressed in a cream and poppy colored Alexander McQueen dress with crimson heels, also spoke with swimmer Ellie Simmons about Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte.

“The duchess was telling me how George likes swimming and Charlotte loves horses,” Simmons said.

Charlotte’s father, William, and uncle Harry play polo regularly to support their charities and were also riding horses at an early age. Queen Elizabeth is still an avid rider at age 90 and both Zara Philips and Princess Anne were Olympic equestrians.

Kate also told the athletes that George loved another sport in addition to swimming.

“George loves fencing but I think it’s because of the face shields,” Kate said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) — A Kurdish military commander overseeing forces in Iraq, Peshmerga Brigadier General Sirwan Barzani, says it could take two more weeks for advancing troops to reach the city limits, and a further two months to liberate the city from ISIS. He also cautioned that bad weather could prolong the battle even further by hampering coalition airstrikes and aerial reconnaissance devices.

The Iraqi army estimates there are still between 5,000 and 6,000 ISIS troops still defending Mosul, with the possibility of a bloody street-to-street battle with numerous booby traps and IEDs to contend with.

A Shi’ite paramilitary force said it would support the Iraqi army’s offensive on Mosul, raising the risk of sectarian strife in the mainly Sunni region. The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), a coalition of mostly Iranian-trained militias, said late on Tuesday it would back Iraqi government forces advancing toward Tal Afar, about 34 miles west of Mosul, which would effectively cut off the escape route for militants heading to Syria, but it could also hamper the escape of civilians.

As day three of the battle got underway, combined Iraqi and Peshmerga forces continue to make their way east across the Ninevah Plain, advancing slowly, village by village from the northern side of the city.

To the south, regular Iraqi army troops and Shia militias also advanced steadily but slowly, hampered by numerous roadside bombs, booby traps, car bomb attacks and other IEDs. They have encountered stiff resistance by ISIS fighters in certain places as they concentrate on the Hamdaniyah district to the southeast of Mosul.

According to the citizen journalists group Sound and Picture, ISIS hung 20 decapitated heads at the Mosul gate in a gesture they describe as “blood propaganda,” or a warning for soldiers or citizens not to enter or leave the city.

The blog Mosul Eye, which reports on troop deployments inside the city, said that ISIS had suddenly redeployed its forces throughout the city, specifically bolstering the western bank of the Tigris River.

Some 900 people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul and crossed the border into Syria, the U.N. refugee agency says. This is the first large group of civilians confirmed to have escaped since the Iraqi government began its offensive to liberate Mosul on Monday. Up to 1.5 million are thought to be in Mosul and there are fears the militants will use the civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces get closer to Mosul.

Meanwhile, the aid group Save the Children says thousands of Iraqis are fleeing to Syria in order to escape the fighting around the city. They said Wednesday that 5,000 people have arrived at the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria from the Mosul area in the last 10 days, with 1,000 more waiting to enter at the border.

The group says the camp was ill-equipped to receive the refugees, saying it is “littered with waste and feces, with a looming risk of outbreaks of disease.” It says there are just 16 latrines shared by more than 9,000 people, many of whom only have access to dirty, untreated water. Tarik Kadir, head of Save the Children’s response to the Mosul crisis, says that “conditions there are among the worst we’ve seen, and we expect thousands more people to be on their way soon.”

The outcome of the battle is expected to be felt beyond the region as well. Europe is bracing for a wave of returning jihadists if ISIS is driven out of its Iraqi stronghold. Security Commissioner Julian King said even a small number of militants would pose “a serious threat that we must prepare ourselves for.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bermuda may be the last place you’d expect to find a former detainee of the Guantanamo detention center, one of the most notorious prisons in the world, but Khalil Mamut has called the beautiful, scenic island in the Atlantic Ocean home for a little more than seven years.

In 2009, he and three other detainees were dropped off after being transferred from Guantanamo as part of an ongoing U.S. effort to transfer low-risk prisoners to welcoming countries.

“We didn’t know about this Bermuda,” he told ABC News. “We heard about Bermuda triangle. … We came here and we landed, you know. Then I saw the oceans surrounded, you know? Just it’s, it’s great. Surprising.”

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the prison has held nearly 800 detainees, more than 700 of whom have been subsequently cleared for release and transferred to 59 countries, including Uruguay, Albania and Bermuda. Currently, 19 detainees are cleared for transfer to other countries, which leaves 41 that the U.S. government refuses to release.

Among those prisoners are the worst of the worst, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

They have become the focus of an ongoing debate about whether the detention center should be closed at all and whether the remaining detainees should be transferred to civilian prisons or military brigs on U.S. soil.

Mamut, who left Guantanamo in 2009, is now married with two children, ages 5 and 2. He works in construction, building homes. He told ABC News that he never belonged at Guantanamo. He said he was swept up after 9/11.

“We have done nothing wrong against the U.S., even against China, even against nobody,” he said. “I’m not a terrorist, never ever!”

Mamut is a Chinese Uighur, a part of a Muslim minority group that escaped persecution in China by fleeing to the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. During the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. military used leaflet drops to advertise bounties for terrorists. Mamut was captured and sold to the U.S. by Pakistan authorities and labeled an enemy combatant.

After seven years in Guantanamo, where he landed in 2002, Mamut was cleared for release by multiple U.S. courts.

In 2009, he got word that he’d be moving to Bermuda. Mamut said that within four or five days he was transferred — he had just 45 minutes to pack his things. Now, he said he is not mad about being brought to Guantanamo.

“Wrong time, wrong place. It happened to me. … No, I’m not angry,” he said. “Because when I left Guantanamo Bay, I left everything behind. … We have family. We have kids. Now we have things to take care of.”

Mamut said that some of his family had traveled to Bermuda to see him but he is unable to leave. In most detainee-transfer cases, the U.S. government asks receiving countries to monitor the former prisoners and restrict their travel.

“No passport. Nothing yet,” Mamut said. “We can’t leave. No papers issued yet. … All of us. Yeah, even kids too. … We are stateless.”

Mamut is still fighting for Bermudian citizenship for himself and his children. He’s enlisted the help of local lawyer Richard Horseman, who has offered his services pro bono.

“I’m an optimistic for that,” Mamut said. “I want, like, official home, not temporary.”

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Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) — The fight to retake Mosul from ISIS involves 28,000 Iraqi and Kurdish military forces, but American advisors and aircraft are also playing a vital role in the operation.

According to U.S. officials, more than 100 U.S. military advisors are accompanying Iraqi special operations and Kurdish military forces involved in the Mosul offensive.

What they are doing is no different from what U.S. advisors have done over the last two years in Iraq in advising and assisting Iraqi and Kurdish military leaders with their battlefield planning and operations.

A larger number of the almost 5,000 American troops in Iraq are providing logistical, intelligence and enabling support for the Iraqi offensive.

ABC News takes a look at how American military forces are helping in the Iraqi military offensive against ISIS in Mosul:

Is the U.S. military on the front lines of the Mosul offensive

The U.S. military mission in Iraq has two goals, to train the Iraqi military to fight ISIS and to then advise and assist those forces on the battlefield.

Only a few hundred of the 4,880 U.S. military personnel in Iraq are advisors working alongside Iraqi military leaders to assist them in their battlefield operations. Many of the rest are involved in providing logistical and enabling support for the Iraqi military.

All 12 of the Iraqi and Kurdish brigades involved in the Mosul offensive have been trained by the United States and its coalition partners, a process that took much of the past two years.

The advisors working with the Iraqi Army are assigned to the division headquarters level located well back from the front lines. It is unclear how many American advisors may be working with the Iraqi Army divisions playing a part in the Mosul offensive.

Advisors accompanying the elite Iraqi Counterterrorism Service and the Kurdish Peshmerga also serve at the headquarters level and are not supposed to be on the front lines. But given the reality of how those units operate on the battlefield this means the American advisors are closer to a combat environment. According to U.S. officials, there are more than 100 military advisors working alongside Iraq’s elite Counterterrorism Service (CTS) and Kurdish Peshmerga as part of the Mosul offensive.

The advisors working with these units work in small teams accompanying their larger Iraqi and Kurdish units.

The advisors play a key function by serving as forward air controllers pass along targeting information from the Iraqis and Kurds to military planners coordinating airstrikes. They can do this either from a battlefield setting or at the division headquarters level.

How else are U.S. forces supporting the Mosul offensive?

Well behind the front lines American troop are also contributing to the Mosul offensive with logistical support, artillery firepower and airstrikes.

There are several hundred American troops operating at the airfield known as Qayyarah West on the western bank of the Tigris River. Since it was seized from ISIS in September the base has become the major logistical hub for the Iraqi Army’s push northward to Mosul on the main south to north highway that leads to Baghdad.

American personnel have been busy fixing the airstrip to enable the quick turnaround of supplies the Iraqi Army will need to sustain itself for what promises to be a lengthy battle.

They are also there to assist their Iraqi counterparts in maintaining and supplying the Iraqi military’s largest operation against ISIS.

American troops are also at a base on the eastern side of the Tigris River in Makhmour. They first arrived earlier this year to provide artillery support to Iraqi forces at the base and have helped with offensive Iraqi operations since then.

One of the artillery systems being used to help the offensive is the HIMARS rocket system that can strike targets deep in ISIS territory.

Up above, American and coalition aircraft are providing Iraqi troops with airstrikes to help their offensive. Since October 1 the coalition has carried out more than 70 airstrikes in and around Mosul in preparation for the offensive. Those airstrikes will continue as the Mosul offensive continues.

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milindri/iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) – One of Europe’s biggest bookmakers is counting on the luck of the Irish.

Paddy Power, an Irish company that operates a chain of betting shops across the United Kingdom, is so confident that Hillary Clinton will win the election in three weeks’ time that it is already paying out winnings to customers who bet in favor of the Democratic presidential nominee.

According to Paddy Power spokesman Féilim Mac An Iomaire, the company is making payments to about 6,000 customers. The average person will be collecting about $170, he told ABC News by phone from Dublin, Ireland.

It’s a bold bet: Back in June, bookmakers on the British Isles were way off when it came to the so-called Brexit vote — which ultimately saw the United Kingdom electing to leave the European Union.

“Every poll was pointing to Britain voting to remain,” Mac an Iomaire said. “We had Remain at 1 to 9, which was even shorter than Hillary Clinton, in fact.”

At the moment, the bookies have Clinton’s odds of winning at 2 to 11.

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted of U.S. voters and published on Oct. 16 showed Clinton leading Donald Trump 47-43 percent.

“It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that we’re wrong here,” said Mac An Iomaire. Indeed, the company’s gotten it wrong in the past, he said, with some bets involving Premier League football (soccer).

If it’s wrong this time, it will be costly.

“It would be our worst political result in history if he were to win,” he said. “We would have to make a very significant seven-figure payout.”

He added: “We’d end up with some very expensive pie on our face.”

But the bookies remain confident. They paid out early during the 2012 U.S. election, presuming a Barack Obama victory. And, Mac An Iomaire said, “Hillary was odds on for the majority of” this cycle.

“The interest on this side of the Atlantic is absolutely extraordinary. This could be our biggest political betting market ever,” Mac An Iomaire said.

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