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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Passengers travelling on certain airlines from countries in the Middle East and Africa to the United States will no longer be allowed to carry-on some electronic devices with them, according to a new Homeland Security directive.

The emergency rule specifically targets nine airlines operating flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries, among them Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Fliers will be banned from bringing electronic devices larger than a cellular phone aboard the plane with them, and must instead include objects like laptops, tablets and cameras in checked luggage.

“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” notes the Department of Homeland Security in a release explaining the order.

The department did not cite a specific threat in its explanation of the decision, but did indicate that “new intelligence” led to the rule’s implementation.

On Monday, in a tweet and Facebook post that were later deleted, Royal Jordanian Airlines informed passengers that, starting Tuesday, they would no longer be allowed to carry-on electronic devices, except cell phones and medical devices, due to a directive from the U.S. government.

Royal Jordanian did not respond to inquiries from ABC News, but senior administration officials confirmed that the airline is included in the list for which the restrictions apply. The other airlines include: Egypt Air, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia Arabia Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

Medical devices will be the only electronics larger than cell phones permitted on those airlines’ flights originating from: Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, Kuwait International Airports in Kuwait, Mohammed V International Airport in Morocco, Hamad International Airport in Qatar, King Abdulaziz and King Khalid International Airports in Saudi Arabia, Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Turkey, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Airports in the United Arab Emirates.

The Department of Homeland Security says that the airlines have 96 hours from notification of the changes Tuesday morning to implement the directive. The 10 airports cited by DHS comprise fewer than 5 percent of the more than 250 airports with flights to the U.S.

Homeland security did not provide an end date for the restrictions, saying only that they will “remain in place until the threat changes.”

In 2016, a suicide bomber carried a bomb, believed to be concealed in a laptop, onto a flight out of Somalia.

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Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, the youngest of John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s five sons, died Monday at 101. According to his spokesperson, Rockefeller died in his sleep at his home in Poncantico Hills, New York.

According to BBC News, he served in the army in World War II, then became president, chairman, and chief executive at JP Morgan Chase. He expanded the company abroad before retiring in 1981.

Former President George HW Bush and his wife, Barbara, released a statement on Rockefeller, who was a close friend:

“So many knew him as one of the most generous philanthropists – and brightest Points of Light – whose caring and commitment to the widest range of worthy causes touched and lifted innumerable lives. David was also very active in national and international affairs, and his connections and keen aptitude for issues made him a valuable advisor to Presidents of both parties – yours truly certainly included.”

Rockefeller’s philanthropic efforts earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Microsoft founder Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world for the fourth straight year according to Forbes’ list of the richest people on the planet. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump slipped to No. 544.

The President dropped $1 billion in wealth over a two year span to $3.5 billion, while Gates rose to $86 billion.

Forbes cites a weak real estate market in Manhattan for the President’s drop.

The business magazine adds the number of billionaires rose 13% to 2,043 from 1,810 last year.

The number of billionaires climbed 223 since 2016, the largest jump in the 31 years Forbes has tracked billionaires on a global scale.

Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Amancio Ortega of Zara, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook are the top five richest people according to Forbes’ list.

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iStock/ThinkstockSouth Sudan plane crashes, all 49 people on board survive while some are hospitalized

(WAU, South Sudan) — A plane carrying at least 40 passengers on board crashed in South Sudan and all of them survived according to BBC News. Director of Wau airport Stephen Kejo told BBC News that seven passengers in critical condition were taken to the hospital.

There were fear most if not all of the passengers had died.

The plane, belonging to South Supreme Airlines, went down at an airport in Wau. Eyewitnesses said it skid off the runway as it was trying to land and then caught fire, according to UNMISS.

An emergency team with the mission’s Wau office was dispatched to the scene to help with rescue operations.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has signaled that the U.S. will take a more aggressive approach to North Korea’s missile and nuclear program, including possibly through pre-emptive military action.

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

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

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

ABC News takes a look at what options are available to the U.S. if North Korea continues making progress in its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs.

Sanctions top the list

At the news conference in Seoul, Tillerson said the U.S. was “exploring a new range of diplomatic, security, and economic measures.”

The secretary of state said in a later interview with the Independent Journal Review that there were “a lot of steps and a lot of distance between now and a time that we would have to make a decision” on pre-emptive military force.

He described “a staged approach” for North Korea to stand down its nuclear program.

The first step would be full implementation of sanctions targeting North Korea that have already been imposed by existing United Nations Security Council resolutions. The U.S. could also consider unilateral sanctions or seek additional steps through the United Nations and also working with other countries in the region like China.

“It is not our objective to force them into some brash action,” Tillerson said of North Korea’s leaders.

“It’s our objective for them to understand things only continue to get more difficult if they don’t change their path. We want to give [them] time to change your path,” he said.

But Tillerson also called the threat posed by North Korea’s weapons programs “imminent” and said the matter has “reached a very alarming state to us.”

Military options

Tillerson noted that no one wants to see military action on the Korean peninsula, even as he said “all options are on the table.”

So what pre-emptive military steps could the United States carry out to in North Korea?

“They have got to be able to wipe out any missile before it’s launched, which is not trivial,” said David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security.

That could mean striking at North Korea’s facilities for launching or producing ballistic missiles or its nuclear facilities.

North Korea’s nuclear facility at Yongbyon is well known, but striking it could cause an environmental disaster. Easier targets would be North Korea’s missile facilities.

North Korea has two main long-range missile facilities, the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on the country’s northwest coast and the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground in the northeast.

The Sohae facility has become a center of activity for the country’s long-range missile program, particularly its development and testing of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that could potentially reach American territory.

But the greater threat from North Korea is posed by its new medium- and intermediate-range mobile systems that are hard to track by overhead satellites and can be launched on short notice.

If the U.S. were to take military action, potential targets could be North Korea’s airfields in Hwangju, Kusong, and Wonsan provinces that have been used over the past year to test new Musudan and KN-11 missiles.

However, it might be difficult to track down those mobile systems.

“The more North Korea develops solid fueled missiles that are road-mobile, the more difficult that task becomes,” said Albright.

Military action could lead to all-out war

Albright cautioned that a pre-emptive strike carries the risk of “a conventional war involving North and South Korea with large numbers of casualties.”

“People tend to walk away from this [notion] because we just don’t want another North Korean War,” he said. “You are talking about hundreds of thousands of casualties, if not millions.”

North Korea could potentially respond to military action by firing missiles at South Korea and Japan, Albright said. Another concern is that the vast majority of North Korea’s million-man army is just north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates it from South Korea.

North Korean artillery is also capable of reaching Seoul 30 miles south of the DMZ, which means civilians could be the victims of indiscriminate artillery fire.

To contain North Korea’s response, any initial pre-emptive military action against it would have to be massive, which Albright does not think is a likely option.

“All these things always lead people to think that a negotiated, well-verified solution is by far the preferred option,” said Albright.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than 40 people are feared dead after a plane crashed in South Sudan on Monday, the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said.

The plane, belonging to South Supreme Airlines, went down at an airport in Wau. Eyewitnesses said it skid off the runway as it was trying to land and then caught fire, according to UNMISS.

An emergency team with the mission’s Wau office was dispatched to the scene to help with rescue operations.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One environmentally conscious couple is giving away the prize of not just a new home, but a new lifestyle.

Rebecca Greenshields and her husband are raffling off an eco-friendly lodge in Ecuador, along with $10,000 to assist the winners with airfare, visas and other expenses.

“You are not just winning a prize,” Greenshields told ABC News. “You are winning a home, a business … an income and a lifestyle that is hard to beat.”

Winners will assume all control of the lodge — La Casa Verde — which is a profitable business in the city of Baños with an already existing client base. The lodge is dedicated to reducing, reusing and recycling, according to its website. Some of its initiatives include replanting native trees and maintaining a garden, avoiding chemically based fertilizers and cleaning products and generating energy through hydro-electricity.

La Casa Verde has more than 400 overwhelmingly positive reviews on TripAdvisor.

“Interest so far has been strong with a lot of positive feedback,” Greenshields said. “We’ve built a lot of awareness through social media and also through some print and radio in [New Zealand], Australia and the U.K.”

Greenshields said those interested in winning the raffle should go to their website and follow instructions on how to enter.

“Our target is 35,000 tickets for La Casa Verde to be the prize,” Greenshields said.

If this threshold is not met, she said, 50 percent of the profits will be a cash prize for the winner, while the other 50 percent will cover costs of the raffle itself and be donated to a local foundation in Ecuador.

“We are confident that we will get the numbers,” she said.

Greenshields, a native of Australia, and her husband, who originally hails from New Zealand, have transformed La Casa Verde over the years into what it is now. But they have now returned to Australia to be closer to family.

“We really want to see someone win our place and experience the fantastic lifestyle that we have had the opportunity to have had the past 10 years,” she said.

Greenshields said the contest has already received entries from people in 30 different countries around the world. The winner will be chosen on Facebook Live on April 29 at 9 p.m. GMT.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea announced this weekend that it had tested a new rocket engine that could drive a nuclear weapon.

The test came just hours before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Analysts in Seoul, South Korea say the photo released by North Korea appears to feature a main engine supported by four supplementary engines. The South Korean military is analyzing exactly what that means to the current status of North Korea’s missile program.

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iStock/ThinkstockRemember when filing your income taxes was as easy as form 1040EZ? For most of us, it’s a little more complicated than that now.

If you don’t want to go it alone on your taxes, you can hire a tax preparer. But, IRS spokesman Eric Smith says, don’t rush into finding the right partner.

“You should look at hiring a tax preparer in the same way you do when you hire any other professional — a doctor, a dentist or whatever,” he says. “You might even want to interview them to find out their credentials, their qualifications, how can they help you file an accurate return that helps you get the tax benefits you’re entitled to under the law.”

And make sure they’re a good fit for you.

“If you have a business return, and somebody is really not that accustomed to doing business-oriented returns, maybe they’re not a good choice,” Smith notes.

And, he says, if anyone promises you a refund before they even look at your return, find someone else.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s most prominent opposition activist, Aleksei Navalny, has been doused in green antiseptic cleaner while campaigning ahead of an intended presidential run next year.

Navalny, who made his name uncovering the alleged ill-gotten gains of top Kremlin officials, was opening a local campaign headquarters in the far-flung Siberian town, Barnaul, when a man threw the disinfectant into his face, staining it vivid green, witnesses told news agency TASS.

Immediately after the incident, Navalny posted a photo of himself coated in green on Twitter with the caption: “To open the headquarters in Barnaul I will do so as the character from the film The Mask,” a reference to the green-faced comic book character, played by Jim Carrey, in the 1994 movie. “Awesome, even my teeth are green,” he added, apparently unharmed by the liquid.

It is the latest in a procession of dirty tricks that the campaign has run into since Navalny took it to Siberia. He has been pelted with eggs, his fellow activists have found the doors of their apartments sealed-up with filler-foam and police have disrupted a campaign event by forcing people to evacuate over a supposed bomb threat.

Navalny, known for a sarcastic, irreverent style, has pointedly tried to take the disruptions in stride. After police forced people to leave the campaign event over the bomb threat, he took it outside, speaking to supporters from a snowdrift in 21 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a Times of London correspondent, who was present.

Navalny is opening dozens of local campaign headquarters across Russia to prepare for a run against current president Vladimir Putin in next year’s elections. Siberia is his first attempt to take the campaign outside of areas close to Moscow and local authorities have expressed hostility to his arrival. Last week, a presidential envoy to Siberia, Sergei Menyailo, told local media Navalny’s campaign threatened “stability” in the region and was trying to “put the bases of power in doubt.”

A former lawyer who turned his anti-corruption work into a political movement, Navalny has faced a series of criminal cases, which he says are meant to block his political activity. This month a court handed him a 5-year suspended sentence on fraud charges, after the original verdict was ruled flawed by the European Court of Human Rights.

Russian law forbids those convicted of a criminal offense from running for public office, but Navalny has said he will run regardless. He has said he has no expectation of beating Putin, but that his campaign is intended to show how rigged politics are under Putin’s rule and remind Russians that opposition forces still exist in the country.

He faces a dizzyingly uphill battle, however. Hundreds of people attended a rally supporting him in the Siberian city of Tomsk, but a recent poll by the independent Levada Center found only 3 percent of Russians “respected” Navalny and only 1 percent said they would vote for him.

Despite their small hold in the country, Russia’s opposition are frequently attacked. Smearing opposition figures with antiseptic during rallies has become a common tactic; others have been mysteriously poisoned or, in the case of one of Russia’s most prominent Putin critics, Boris Nemtsov, shot dead.

Navalny has gained a large internet following thanks to his investigations into some of Putin’s closest allies, presented in slick, often mocking videos. This month, he released an investigation into Putin’s prime minister and former president, Dmitry Medvedev, presenting tax documents he claims show Medvedev created a property empire worth over a billion dollars using a corrupt scheme based on phoney charities. Nine million people have watched the video so far.

“Maybe in the Kremlin they think with a green a face I won’t make anymore videos,” Navalny said in a video published on his site shortly after being hit with the antiseptic. “But I definitely will, because even more people will watch me and it in absolutely no way will stop me.”

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