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iStock/Thinkstock(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — Two planes collided on a runway at an airport in Jakarta, Indonesia Monday night, officials said.

A Batik Air Boeing 737 carrying 56 people had been cleared for takeoff when its wing struck a smaller Trans Nusa plane, which was being towed, Batik said in a statement.

According to the Jakarta Transportation Ministry, all passengers were evacuated safely. There was a fire on at least one of the planes.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some economists are pushing back against Donald Trump’s comments that the U.S. is headed toward a “massive recession,” calling the New York real estate developer’s assertions “unfounded” and flat-out wrong.

Trump told the Washington Post over the weekend that the U.S. is headed for a “very massive recession,” and he said the nation’s unemployment situation is much worse than reported.

“First of all, we’re not at 5 percent unemployment. We’re at a number that’s probably into the twenties if you look at the real number,” he said. “That was a number that was devised, statistically devised to make politicians — and, in particular, presidents — look good. And I wouldn’t be getting the kind of massive crowds that I’m getting if the number was a real number.”

In La Crosse, Wisconsin, Trump doubled-down on his recession call, telling supporters Monday that “bubbles aren’t pretty. We’ve had bubbles, and when they burst, it’s not a good thing. And what I said is we’re going to go into a massive recession, but I also say if I’m president that’s not going to happen. Because I’m gonna straighten things out before it happens.”

Boston College economics professor Robert Murphy disagrees. “Donald Trump’s comments that the U.S. economy is heading toward a deep recession in which the unemployment rate will reach 20 percent is completely unfounded,” he told ABC News.

AFL-CIO chief economist William E. Spriggs also disputed Trump’s numbers.

“Though GDP growth is slowed, job growth has continued at a pace to close the job gap near January,” he told ABC News. “The broadest measure of unemployment, which includes discouraged workers and those who are part-time who wish full-time, is now in single digits. So, a claim of 20 percent unemployment is not true. It is that high for some groups, like black teenagers, but not for whole populations.”

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate was 5 percent in March, relatively unchanged since August.

Murphy, who served in the Clinton administration as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, said the recent rebound in the stock market, positive news on consumer spending and continuing reports on employment growth suggest an economy sustaining a moderate pace of economic growth.

“Even with headwinds from China and Europe, the U.S. economy remains in good shape and likelihood of a recession in the next year is negligible,” he said.

AFL-CIO chief economist William E. Spriggs also disputed Trump’s numbers.

“Though GDP growth is slowed, job growth has continued at a pace to close the job gap near January,” he told ABC News. “The broadest measure of unemployment, which includes discouraged workers and those who are part-time and want full-time work, is now in single digits. So, a claim of 20 percent unemployment is not true. It is that high for some groups, like black teenagers, but not for whole populations.”

Trump also repeated his frustration with the “stupidity” of trade deals with the Post, and said he would negotiate “all of our deals, the big trade deals that we’re doing so badly on” if elected president.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump’s criticism of NATO hit its peak over the weekend when the Republican presidential front-runner said that he would be fine if the organization were dissolved.

Trump has long complained that NATO-member nations have not contributed the funding or resources to the organization that the U.S. has.

“That means we are protecting them [NATO countries], giving them military protection and other things, and they’re ripping off the United States. And you know what we do? Nothing,” Trump told a crowd in Wisconsin on Saturday. “Either they have to pay up for past deficiencies or they have to get out. And if it breaks up NATO, it breaks up NATO.”

President Obama, however, disagrees, telling reporters Monday after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: “NATO continues to be a linchpin, a cornerstone of our collective defense and U.S. security policy,” according to Bloomberg.

Added Stoltenberg: The alliance “is as important as ever.”

So what exactly is NATO? ABC News breaks down the organization’s history, importance and criticisms below:

What Is NATO?

NATO stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a security alliance established in 1949 during the early days of the Cold War to counter Soviet aggression in Europe.

Now numbering 28 countries in Europe and North America, the alliance’s goal is to “safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means,” NATO’s website reads.

The organization promotes “democratic values” and encourages member nations to work together on issues of defense and security to prevent long-term conflict.

When security disputes occur, NATO advocates peaceful resolutions. However, there are guidelines for how military force can be used, outlined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, the founding treaty of NATO.

NATO adheres to a policy of collective defense, meaning an attack on one member is considered “an attack against all.” The policy is outlined in Article 5 and has only been invoked once, after the Twin Towers in New York City were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and NATO members sent troops to Afghanistan.

After the Taliban fell, a United Nations Security Council resolution established the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), under NATO’s control, to stabilize the country.

How Does NATO Work?

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, each member nation is represented by an ambassador that sits on the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the alliance’s political decision-making body. The NAC meets at least once a week and is chaired by Secretary General Stoltenberg, the former prime minister of Norway.

When political decisions require the military, NATO’s Military Committee is involved in the planning and resourcing of military elements needed for an operation. While NATO has few permanent military forces, member nations can voluntarily contribute forces when the need arises.

The Military Committee is made up of the Chiefs of Defense of NATO-member countries; the International Military Staff, the Military Committee’s executive body; and the military command structure, composed of Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation.

Where Is NATO Operating Right Now?

Currently, NATO’s website lists five active operations and missions: Afghanistan, Kosovo, counter-piracy off of East Africa, monitoring the Mediterranean, and supporting the African Union.

Who Pays for NATO?

NATO recommends that member countries spend 2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defense.

Currently, according to the Wall Street Journal, only five members meet that goal: the U.S., Great Britain, Greece, Estonia, and Poland.

The U.S. spent the most on defense in 2014, over 3.5 percent of the GDP. That accounts for approximately 75 percent of the military spending by all NATO members, according to the WSJ.

What Is the History Behind Its Origin?

The North Atlantic Treaty was signed on April 4, 1949, in the aftermath of World War II and rising geopolitical tension with the Soviet Union.

NATO’s website lists three purposes for its creation: “deterring Soviet expansionism, forbidding the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American presence on the continent, and encouraging European political integration.”

As the Cold War settled in, NATO stood in opposition to the Soviet bloc, communist nations that allied with the Soviet Union.

In 1991, after the Soviet Union dissolved, NATO developed partnerships with former adversaries.

NATO responded to its first major crisis response operation in 1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Bosnian Civil War.

More recently, NATO responded to the Libyan crisis in 2011 by carrying out airstrikes to protect civilians under attack by the Gaddafi regime.

Is Trump Alone in His Criticism of NATO?

No. Trump isn’t the first to criticize other NATO members about contributing less than the U.S.

In 2011, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the future of NATO “dim” if other nations didn’t increase their participation in allied activities.

“The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress — and in the American body politic writ large — to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense,” he said.

Trump’s criticisms of NATO are not only that member nations aren’t contributing fairly, but also that the organization itself is no longer relevant.

“I think NATO is obsolete,” Trump told ABC News in March. “NATO was done at a time you had the Soviet Union, which was obviously larger — much larger than Russia is today.”

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were quick to refute Trump’s remarks. The Pentagon also responded forcibly, with Peter Cook, the Pentagon’s press secretary, saying NATO is “far from obsolete” and calling it “as relevant as ever right now in the current environment.”

NATO’s history is fraught with waves of criticism, often in moments of relative peace. After the fall of the Soviet Union, critics alleged that a European alliance was no longer necessary to counter communist governments. But militant nationalism was still occurring and soon NATO was put to the test with the Balkan Wars. Indeed, changing security threats have consistently pushed NATO to evolve over the past 60 years.

But NATO’s website perhaps provides the best defense of itself:

“Since its founding in 1949, the transatlantic Alliance’s flexibility, embedded in its original Treaty, has allowed it to suit the different requirements of different times. In the 1950s, the Alliance was a purely defensive organization. In the 1960s, NATO became a political instrument for détente. In the 1990s, the Alliance was a tool for the stabilization of Eastern Europe and Central Asia through the incorporation of new Partners and Allies. Now NATO has a new mission: extending peace through the strategic projection of security. This is not a mission of choice, but of necessity. The Allies neither invented nor desired it. Events themselves have forced this mission upon them. Nation-state failure and violent extremism may well be the defining threats of the first half of the 21st century. Only a vigorously coordinated international response can address them. This is our common challenge. As the foundation stone of transatlantic peace, NATO must be ready to meet it.”

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FDA.gov(NEW YORK) — A brand of packaged frozen broccoli sold in 11 states is being voluntarily recalled over concerns it could be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria, according to the company.

The Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (Pinula) is recalling 1,800 cases of its “Frozen Broccoli Cuts” after one package in Ohio tested positive for listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous bacteria that can cause fever, convulsions, diarrhea and muscle aches, the company said Friday in a statement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted on its site.

No injuries have been reported in connection with this outbreak, the company said in its statement. The company declined to comment further Monday when reached by ABC News.

The bags of frozen broccoli were sold with the following label and code in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina, according to the company.

WYLWOOD Fresh Frozen Broccoli Cuts, NET WT. 16 OZ (1 LB), UPC 5193300110, with bag code: A25335P and A15335P.

People who bought the food item should throw it away and can contact the company with questions at 1-800-888-4646, the company said in its statement.

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Launch, land and repeat has been the motto for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his space start-up Blue Origin, which successfully launched and landed a rocket over the weekend, marking the third time the company has pulled off the feat.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket lifted off from a remote launch site in West Texas on Saturday. The company said the rocket reached an altitude of 339,138 feet during the flight before it returned to Earth and landed gently on the ground. The unmanned crew capsule it was carrying separated from the rocket and also landed smoothly on Earth, parachuting to the ground at 1.3 miles per hour, according to a video released Sunday by Blue Origin.

The successful landing is the third time in four months Blue Origin has successfully landed a used rocket vertically on Earth.

“When you throw a rocket away, an expendable rocket, you use it once and you throw away all that expensive space hardware,” Bezos told ABC News’ Good Morning America in December after Blue Origin first landed a rocket. “It’d be like getting in your [Boeing] 747 and flying across the country and then throwing it away, just using it one time. Imagine how expensive traveling would be.”

Elon Musk’s SpaceX pulled off the feat in December when it returned the Falcon 9 to a target on land. It was also the first time a rocket successfully launched a payload into space and returned to Earth intact. SpaceX has also made several attempts to land its used Falcon 9 on a drone ship in the ocean.

Musk said drone ship landings are needed for “high velocity missions,” which would allow payloads, such as satellites, to reach a higher orbit. Nailing the landing is huge for SpaceX and space travel as a whole because Musk has previously said he believes reusing rockets — which cost as much as a commercial airplane — could reduce the cost of access to space by a factor of one hundred.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is in Israel on his first trip overseas since taking the job last October.

On Monday, before a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that included no public remarks to the press, Ryan paid a visit to Jerusalem’s equivalent of Capitol Hill: the Knesset.

Ryan told members of Parliament that it was important for him to come to Jerusalem to reinforce the strong alliance between the U.S. and Israel — an alliance he said that has perhaps never been so important, given the threats from the Islamic State and Iran.

Ahead of the primaries in his home state of Wisconsin, Ryan told the Israeli press he has no plans to enter the presidential race should the GOP find itself without a clear winner at its convention.

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Miguel Villagran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The interest ignited by Tesla’s mass market Model 3 continued over the weekend as CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to tease new details about the electric vehicle, which is still more than a year away from hitting the road.

For starters: The steering controls seen in the Model 3 when it was unveiled Thursday night will be different.

“Wait until you see the real steering controls and system for the 3. It feels like a spaceship,” Musk said.

The unveiling Thursday night is part one of the reveal, Musk said, noting that he plans to reveal “part two” at a later date.

As of Saturday, Musk said more than 276,000 people had placed a $1,000 deposit to secure their spot in line for the mid-sized sedan.

More than 115,000 pre-orders were placed for the Model 3 on Thursday, even before those people set eyes on the new vehicle. During the unveiling inside a SpaceX hangar in Hawthorne, California, a ticker showed in real-time how many more orders were being placed by people eager to be among the first to drive the $35,000 Model 3.

“This is a critical vehicle for Tesla, much more critical vehicle than any vehicle that has come before,” Jack Nerad, executive editorial director at Kelley Blue Book, told ABC News. “This is their effort to become more than a niche. A lot is riding on this.”

On the design front, the Model 3 fits into the Tesla family with sleek lines and boasts a roof area with a continuous pane of glass, giving the five adults it can seat extra headroom and the feeling of having more space, Musk said.

The key metric many people were waiting for was range per charge. The Model 3 can go 215 miles on a single charge, which is around what Nerad said he expected from the vehicle. Musk also committed to doubling the number of Tesla’s public charging stations from 3,600 to 7,200.

It also includes semi-autonomous driving features, including automatic lane changing and lane keeping, and can accelerate from zero to 60 in less than 6 seconds, Musk said.

“You will not be able to buy a better car, any better car, for less than that,” he said.

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Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The International Space Station is a place most of us will never visit, but a new 360-degree video offering a virtual visit is the next best thing to being there.

The video, posted on the International Space Station Facebook page over the weekend, lets viewers immerse themselves in a video of the second module and the first U.S. module, Unity.

“This module has more than 50,000 mechanical items, 216 lines to carry fluids and gases, and 121 internal and external electrical cables using six miles of wire. It features six docking ports to connect spacecraft and other modules,” a video caption explains.

You can scope out the space station on your computer, but for optimal viewing, pop a compatible smartphone into a Google cardboard viewer and enjoy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SURREY, England) — On Friday, Police in Surrey, England who took to the skies to find a pair of robbery suspects got an unexpected assist from Easter egg hunters on the ground, who formed an arrow with their bodies to literally point cops in the right direction.

According to a press release from the Surrey Police Department — and the accompanying video from their chopper’s camera, which has gone viral on YouTube — the eight youngsters hit the dirt and quickly formed into the unmistakable clue.

It didn’t take long for cops to catch up with the unidentified suspects, aged 27 and 28, and arrest them.

The investigators thanked the quick-thinking locals for their eggcelent work. Plice air service Sgt. Paul Sochon said, “I’m sure the last thing the group of daring Capel residents expected when they set out on Friday afternoon was to abandon their Easter egg hunt to assist us in a police search, but the initiative they demonstrated proved to be invaluable.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A U.S. student missing for over a week in eastern Siberia has been found dead, Russian investigators said Monday.

Colin Madsen’s body was found by rescuers about a mile from the village where he had disappeared in the Buryatia region, investigators said in a statement released by the local branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI.

Russian police had earlier opened a possible murder enquiry into Madsen’s vanishing in the foothills of the Sayan mountains, roughly 3,000 miles from Moscow, where a search for the student has been gradually intensifying since last Monday.

But Monday’s statement said that there were no signs of outward injury on Madsen’s body or any indication he had been robbed. Investigators said a cause of death has not yet been established but the statement suggested that it may be related to drugs.

Police are now testing Madsen’s body for traces of narcotics and the statement noted that the group with which Madsen had been travelling had taken drugs in the day before his disappearance.

Police Monday said that the murder enquiry remained open while the full circumstances around Madsen’s death were established.

Madsen, 25, a native of Jefferson City, Missouri, who was studying at a university in the nearby city of Irkutsk, vanished a week ago early on a Sunday morning in the Sayan mountains, where he was on a hiking trip with friends. The manner of his disappearance has puzzled police and his friends — Madsen left the guest house where the group was staying in the village of Arshan, without warning at around 5 a.m. and wearing only a t-shirt and trousers despite freezing temperatures outside. He had not been seen since.

Dozens of officers, as well as a number of Madsen’s local friends had been searching forests around the village for him since then.

Madsen had been travelling with three friends, two local Russians and another American student, on exchange at the same university. The friends have told police, that Madsen had intended to join them on an early morning hike but when they woke up they found him missing and all of his equipment still laid out.

A number of Madsen’s friends have told ABC News, that it was uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning in the middle of the night or without appropriate clothing. The friends travelling with him have told police Madsen had been behaving normally before he disappeared and that he was excited for the day’s hike. Police have said the group had not quarreled in the day before Madsen left

Madsen had been studying in at Irkutsk State Linguistics University since 2013 and had repeatedly visited the area around Arshan, friends said. He knew the area well and spoke fluent Russian.

Madsen’s body has been transferred to the city of Ulan-Ude for testing. His mother is already in eastern Siberia, where she had arrived to participate in the search.

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