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Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images(LONDON) — Daniel Craig, accompanied by the latest James Bond girls, looked dashing for the world premiere of Spectre, the 24th film in the Bond series.

But while the night may have belonged to Craig, it was Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry who stole the show, bringing some glam and glitz to the red carpet at Royal Albert Hall, making it a true Royal Premiere.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a sheer Jenny Packham gown, a glamorous chignon, accessorized with a crystal clutch and Jimmy Choo heels, accompanied by her own dashing Duke, Prince William, dressed to kill in a suave black tux.

And of course since it’s a Bond premiere, the future Queen showed that diamonds really are forever, wearing chandelier drop earrings.

Spectre opens in the U.S. on Nov. 6.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Declan Barnes/Released(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Navy destroyer has sailed within 12 miles of an artificial island that China built in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

The transit by the USS Lassen through what the U.S. says are international waters was planned as a challenge to China’s claims that the waters around seven artificial islands in the chain are Chinese territory.

The transit was conducted 12 nautical miles off Subi Reef, which is located in the northwest quadrant of the Spratly Islands, a grouping of small reefs and islands off the northwest coast of Malaysia and the western Philippine island of Palawan. The transit occurred early Tuesday morning in Asia.

A U.S. official said there were Chinese vessels in the vicinity as the destroyer made its journey, but that there was nothing untoward in their behavior. The Chinese vessels reportedly trailed the destroyer, much as they had as it sailed through other areas of the South China Sea in the days prior.

For months, Pentagon officials have signaled that the U.S. Navy was planning to make transit, either by sea or air, through the 12-mile territorial limit China has claimed around the islands.

Another official said that the USS Lassen’s transit would be the first of what would become regular trips through the area in the future.

Subi Reef is one of seven reefs that has undergone massive dredging and land reclamation over the past two years as China creates artificial islands to grow its territory. The U.S. estimates that more than 2,000 acres of land have been reclaimed by Chinese dredging ships.

The land reclamation has included the construction of a runway that U.S. officials believe is intended to project China’s military power to the region. China has denied that it intends to militarize its development of the islands.

The largest of the Spratly Islands have been claimed by multiple countries in the region antagonized by China’s build-up. The waters around the island chain are believed to contain significant oil and natural gas reserves.

The United States says it has no stake in the territorial claims made around the islands, but that the waters around the artificial reefs remain international.

At a stop in Singapore this past May, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out the Pentagon’s position that U.S. forces in the region would continue to “fly, sail and operate” in the region to demonstrate freedom of navigation and “will not be deterred from exercising these rights.”

“Turning an underwater rock into an airfield simply does not afford the rights of sovereignty or permit restrictions on international air or maritime transit,” said Carter.

“We are conducting routine operations in the South China Sea in accordance with international law,” said a defense official. “U.S. forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea. We conduct Freedom of Navigation operations on a regular basis around the world, and they are distinct from the question of sovereignty over these islands.”

The official said the U.S. Navy conducts freedom of navigation operations around the world.

“We have been clear that we take no position on competing territorial sovereignty claims to land features in the South China Sea,” said the official. “We will fly, sail, and operate anywhere in the world that international law allows.”

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SAJJAD QAYYUM/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Alexander Marquardt

(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) — In the dingy and poorly lit neurology wing of Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, four young boys lay in a row, unconscious and motionless in their beds, surrounded by older male relatives.

The second boy from the end was 20-month-old Afan Wadood, one of the thousands wounded in Monday’s 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The official death toll is almost 400, but is expected to climb higher as Pakistan’s military reaches the far-flung remote areas in the country’s north that were the hardest hit.

Afan was from Bajaur, on the border of the two countries. His uncles Fazal and Hafizullah stood over him, Afan’s head wrapped in a bandage, one eye flickering open and closed, his breathing shallow and fast.

“It’s OK, he’s getting better,” Hafizullah said. “A brick has fallen on his head. He was playing outside the house in the street.”

Afan’s skull was fractured, he said, and he was operated on last night.

“He is coming into conscious gradually,” Hafizullah added. “We pray he may recover soon.”

But just minutes later, Hafizullah grabbed my elbow and said, “He died.”

Afan’s face had turned ashen white, his chest had stopped moving. The men around the bed stared at the little body in disbelief, before the crying started.

Afan’s father, Abdul, appeared, collapsing into the arms of more than a dozen men, relatives of the other wounded. They sat him down, one man asked if he had other children. Yes, Afan was a twin, Abdul responded. And you’ll have more, he was told. But for tonight, that’s little comfort.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ESTES PARK, Colo.) — The Stanley Hotel, best known for its role in the Stephen King novel and hit movie The Shining, could become the home of the “world’s first horror themed museum, film archive and film production studio.”

The Estes Park, Colorado, hotel has long been a must-see for film enthusiasts and horror hunters alike. And if the people behind the project get their way, the “horror destination” would draw legions more people. The Stanley Film Center has applied for an $11.5 million credit through the State of Colorado’s Regional Tourism Act, which would be generated through film center sales tax.

Big names are behind the project: The founding board boasts some of the biggest names in the film industry, including Elijah Wood, Simon Pegg, George A. Romero, Mick Garris, Josh Waller and Daniel Noah.

“I would love to have a home for which we could constantly come year-round and celebrate with other fans from around the world,” Elijah Wood said in a statement. “There’s really no better place for there to be a permanent home for the celebration of horror as an art form than the Stanley Hotel. It was practically built for it.”

The $24 million, 43,000-square-foot facility would house multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, all with views of the Rocky Mountain National Park, including a 500-seat auditorium; a 30,000-square-foot interactive museum and discovery center, featuring rotating exhibits such as The Walking Dead; a 3,000-square-foot sound stage; classrooms and workshop spaces; and cutting-edge post-production and editing suites, according to project backers.

“At 109 years old, the story of the Stanley Hotel is just beginning,” said Stanley Hotel owner John Cullen. “The Stanley Film Center is my chance to give back to the millions of horror fans around the world who have supported Estes Park and the hotel for so many years.”

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David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The “Terminator” of phones may have just arrived.

Motorola and Verizon unveiled two new Droid phones at an event in New York City Tuesday morning. The top billing went to the impressive Droid Turbo 2, which the companies say is virtually shatterproof and is able to withstand various wear and tear and tumbles.

The second device unveiled Tuesday is the mid-range Droid Maxx 2. Both phones pack a battery life that can be stretched as long as 48 hours.

The new Droid phones are set to go on sale Oct. 29, but you can check them out even sooner. ABC News will be live streaming from inside the event at 12:45 p.m. ET with a hands on look at the new phones.

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Russian Foreign Ministry(MOSCOW) — A speeding hearse pulled over by Russian police was found with more than half-a-ton of illegal black caviar stashed in the coffin it was carrying.

The hearse was stopped Monday night on a highway near Khabarovsk, a city close to the Chinese border, police said in a statement. When officers inspected the vehicle, which was a converted minibus, they found pots filled with black caviar hidden under branches that are used in Russian funeral rituals.

Police then cracked open the coffin, which was wrapped in pink frilly cloth, and discovered 550 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of caviar.

“On further examination of the bus, it became clear that there was no deceased body in the back,” the police statement read. “But in the coffin, police officers uncovered sealed containers of caviar wrapped in thermal packaging.”

The two men driving the hearse, which belongs to a local funeral home, claimed they were unaware the coffin was full of fish eggs. They told police a man they did not know had asked them to pick up the body of a recently deceased woman and transport it to a local morgue. They said the man had promised to pay them $400. Police are now investigating.

It is illegal in Russia to privately harvest or sell black caviar, which comes from the endangered sturgeon fish. Russia imposed the ban in 2002 in an effort to halt overfishing. Only state-owned farms are now permitted to sell the delicacy. For a time, the ban spawned a lucrative black market, supported by widespread poaching. Although farming has now improved stocks, black caviar is still very expensive, going for as much as $1,000 per kilo in London.

Ramin Rohgar, who runs Imperial Caviar, a specialist caviar supplier in London, said the price for one local variety of roe on the legal market could be as much as $400 per kilo. At that price the smuggled haul could be worth as much as $200,000.

“That’s a huge amount of caviar,” said Rohgar. He doubted it was possible to acquire so much caviar from poaching, noting that it was most likely stolen from legitimate Chinese caviar farms, some of which are located close to the border.

“I don’t think it’s logistically impossible. You’d need a factory,” Rohgar said. “All it can be is that they’ve raided some warehouse.”

The black market in caviar has shrunk since its heyday a decade ago, when it was compared to the drugs trade, and much of the poaching that threatened the extinction of the sturgeon has now been stamped out. Yet smuggling continues, with Russian police in the far east periodically seizing lorry-loads of caviar.

Russia’s undertaker industry is also not known for its transparency. Officials estimate as much as 60 percent of burials are done by unlicensed and amateur undertakers, who sometimes bribe ambulance workers to give them a head start on reaching the deceased.

Still, several funeral homes contacted in Khabarovsk said they believed the incident was a first.

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JPL-Caltech/NASA(NEW YORK) — NASA’s hugely successful Cassini space probe is set to get up close with a plume from an alien ocean on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The flyby — which will happen on Wednesday — is significant because NASA said the moon’s global ocean and evidence of possible hydrothermal activity means it could hold the ingredients needed to support simple life.

When Cassini makes its “deep dive” through a plume on Wednesday, it will pass within 30 miles of Enceladus’ south pole, moving through icy spray believed to come from the ocean and gathering images and data that will give new insights about what is going on beneath its frozen surface.

It will be the first time Cassini has passed this low through the moon’s icy plume. NASA said the flyby isn’t intended to detect life but instead to “provide powerful new insights about how habitable the ocean environment is within Enceladus.”

One of the most important measurements the Cassini probe will take during its flyby is the amount of molecular hydrogen in the plume. That’s two hydrogen atoms stuck together — the lightest molecule in the universe. Knowing this level will provide more insight on how much hydrothermal activity is happening on the moon, according to scientists. Hydrothermal activity, which is the interaction between hot water and rocks, would indicate the potential for simple life forms to exist in the moon’s ocean.

Scientists have been fascinated with Enceladus since the discovery a decade ago of continually erupting fountains of icy material and believe it is a potential location in the search for a habitable environment in our solar system.

Cassini will make its final flyby of Enceladus in December at an altitude of 3,106 miles with the goal of examining heat from the moon’s interior.

Launched in 1997, the Cassini mission arrived in the Saturn system in 2004 and has been working ever since to study the gas giant and its dozens of moons. The probe’s mission is scheduled to end in September 2017, when it will make a fatal plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has laid out changes to the Obama administration’s anti-ISIS strategy that will lead to more airstrikes and special operations raids against ISIS, saying they will “gather battlefield momentum.”

The changes are intended to build on the Obama administration’s strategy to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria where the tactical fight against the terror group has stalemated.

“The changes we’re pursuing can be described by what I call the “three R’s” — Raqqa, Ramadi, and Raids,” Carter said in testimony Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The idea of more raids builds on Carter’s previous comments at a Pentagon news conference Friday that there would be more raids similar to the one where American special operations forces assisted Kurdish troops in the rescue of 70 hostages held by ISIS.

Carter did not recommend the creation of a buffer zone, no-fly zone or humanitarian zone that has been advocated by several members of Congress.

He said the first “R” stands for the line of effort to challenge ISIS control of Raqqa, the city that is the group’s de facto capital in Syria. That would include the continued support with equipment and training to Syrian Kurds and the Syrian Arab Coalition that have already been the recipients of equipment and training from the Pentagon’s remodeled Syrian rebel train and equip program.

Carter also said there would be an intensification of the air campaign against ISIS with more aircraft “with a higher and heavier rate of strikes.”

“This will include more strikes against ISIL high-value targets as our intelligence improves, and also its oil enterprise, which is a critical pillar of ISIL’s financial infrastructure,“ he said, using the government’s acronym for ISIS. ”If done in concert as we intend, all these actions on the ground and from the air should help shrink ISIL’s territory into a smaller and smaller area and create new opportunities for targeting ISIL — ultimately denying this evil movement any safe haven in its supposed heartland.”

The second “R” is Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province taken by ISIS earlier this year. As Iraqi forces build up to retake the city Carter said “we are willing to continue providing more enabling capabilities and fire support to help our Iraqi partners succeed.”

“However, the Iraqi government and security forces will have to take certain steps militarily to make sure progress sticks,” he said.

That progress includes better leadership and multi-sectarian governance, such as making sure Sunni tribal forces get the equipment the United States has provided to them to fight ISIS in Anbar Province.

While Carter did not detail how the administration would provide more enabling capabilities, the Obama administration is weighing options that could put U.S. troops in much closer range of combat in Iraq and Syria.

In Iraq, one option under consideration would place forward air controllers alongside Iraqi troops so they could call in airstrikes to make it easier to find and confirm targets. Currently, U.S. forces in Iraq are calling in those airstrikes from a headquarters or cell removed from the Iraqi troops on the ground.

The Third “R” stands for more raids either by supporting “supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground.” He cited last week’s raid where U.S. advisers were in support of the Kurdish led rescue mission.

Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, a highly decorated Delta Force leader and father of four, was killed during the mission. Wheeler had survived 14 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it was this “train and assist” mission, a mission that was not supposed to involve U.S. troops in combat, that ultimately took his life.

“While our mission in Iraq is to train, advise, and assist our Iraqi partners, in situations such as that operation – where we have actionable intelligence and a capable partner force – we want to support our partners,” said Carter.

He noted that previous raids like the one in Syria against ISIS leader Abu Sayyaf and airstrikes against Junaid Hussain and Sanafi al-Nasr “should all serve notice to ISIL and other terrorist leaders that once we locate them, no target is beyond our reach.”

The President may also consider putting a small team of U.S. special operations troops on the ground in Syria, according to the Washington Post. These forces would advise and assist the U.S.-backed moderate Syrian rebels. The U.S. has done quick raids in Syria, but nothing that keeps troops there in a more permanent way.

The options in Iraq and Syria would not, on paper, put the U.S. forces in direct combat. However, it’s always a possibility.

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Facebook(NEW YORK) — Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends’ news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day.

The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook app across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States.

“Every day, people use their notifications to keep up-to-date with their friends and family. We’ve heard feedback that people wanted to add important information that they can easily see, all in one place,” Keith Peiris, a Facebook product manager, said in a newsroom post.

The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends’ life events, among other updates.

People with location history enabled in the Facebook app will also be shown updates for local events, movies in nearby theaters and lists of restaurants with links to their Facebook pages and reviews, according to the newsroom post.

A user’s notifications settings still won’t change with the update, meaning there’s no need to worry about getting a sudden avalanche of notifications.

Don’t want to see a certain type of update? Not a problem. Facebook says users can customize the information they see by tapping the arrow to the right of each notification card.

“We’ll continue to listen to feedback about the information people find most,” Peiris wrote, “and may periodically add more cards to choose from.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — In 1515, a British man by the name of Richard Balson started selling meat in the seaside village of Bridport, in Dorset, England.

Five hundred years later, Balson’s butcher shop is still serving customers, making RJ Balson & Son the oldest family-run business in the United Kingdom.

“We started in the market shambles at the top of the town under the town hall,” master butcher and current owner, Richard Balson, told ABC News. “Farmers would bring the animals in the butchers and they’d be slaughtered and killed in the middle of the road and cut up and sold to the public. A bit of a gruesome story really but that’s what life was like in the days.”

Over the last 26 generations, the business has overcome two world wars, fires, floods, the Black Death and more recently, competition from supermarket giants.

“People come in and we know them personally, we’ve served their mothers and fathers before them, their grandparents before them, so you’ve got that history there,” Balson said.

The shop is famous for its handmade sausages, offering more than 20 varieties of bangers: “We use all-natural ingredients and even have exotic blends made out of elk, wild boar, ostrich, and duck,” according to the shop’s website.

To celebrate their 500th anniversary, the Balsons have raised more than $7,000 for cancer research and threw a party at the town hall, the same location where the original Richard Balson started selling meat.

The family joke, Balson likes to say, is that they’ve never made enough money to retire. Balson says he looks forward to celebrating the 600th anniversary with his son and grandsons.

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