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Victor Oquendo/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Near the crest of the Andes mountain range in Bolivia lies the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.

The stunning location is a growing international tourist destination and was recently used as the setting for an epic battle scene in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

What can at times look like a snow-covered wonderland is actually several dried-up, prehistoric lakes that formed salty pentagon patterns on the surface. But beneath the crust is lithium, the precious metal element, that could potentially provide a better economic future for Bolivia.

“Nightline” traveled to the Salar de Uyuni to get a closer look at the 4,500 square miles of the world’s largest deposit of lithium, which powers batteries, electric cars and phones. For perspective, the Salar is nearly 100 times larger than Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flat.

As one of the poorest countries in South America, Bolivia hopes the global need for the element will revolutionize its economy and it'll become “the Saudi Arabia of lithium.”

The Salar’s barren landscape is a robust worksite where families have mined salt for generations.

Two brothers, Moises and Erick Chambi, are known as “saleros” or salt pickers. Their work is physically demanding. They chop, saw and stack salt blocks directly from the earth’s crust for sale across Bolivia.

“(The Salar is) not 10 or 20 years (old),” Moises Chambi said while pointing to lines in the salt blocks. "This is the accumulation of thousands of years.”

He explained that the brown lines between the layers of salt were indicative of periods of flooding in the Salar and, similar to rings of a tree trunk, each spaced out area could span hundreds of years.

Running his fingers along lines in the ground, he shared that “the Salar is like a human being that breathes through these cracks,” Moises Chambi said. “It’s also like a living plant. That’s why we also have to respect it and take care of it. For us it is sacred.”

Consumers across Bolivia once sought out the Chambi brothers’ business, but these days the product mostly goes to making salt licks for cattle and bricks for construction.

The Salar’s popularity with tourists has been a boon for local hotels, especially ones made of the Salar’s most popular ingredient. The exquisite five-star Luna Salada and Palacio de Sal hotels have walls, floors and furniture made entirely of salt detail and salt blocks, similar to those sold by the Chambi brothers.

They sell each of their salt bricks for about 50 cents and while it won’t make them wealthy, it is enough to support their young families.

An hour’s drive from the Chambi brother’s work site sits a bustling lithium carbonate processing plant, run by the Bolivian government.

The plant exports the natural resource for roughly $25,000 per ton to a number of countries, including the U.S., Russia and Japan.

Marco Antonio Condoretty, head of implementation and engineering, oversees each step of the production process and gave us a tour of his site.

Wells tap nearly 100 feet deep to source the Salar’s lithium-rich brine, running it through a system of pipes that span miles into one of the plant’s many pools.

The brine sits in those pools for approximately six months where the sun and constant wind help separate lithium from the salt and other impurities through evaporation.

In one of the final stages the lithium gets processed and separated from another by-product: potassium, which the plant also sells.

This factory is projected to process 200 tons of lithium in 2018. That number will explode by nearly 750 percent to 15,000 tons when a neighboring government plant wraps construction next year.

Despite some concerns that lithium processing could take over the Salar, Condoretty assured that this vast location will remain largely unaffected. “The lithium we take out now is very little. Therefore if we are going to expand, we are not going to affect the Salar.”

In fact, only up to 4 percent of the Salar has been set aside by the government for mining and processing, he said.

Due to the plant’s remote location, it is also home to its employees who live on site for two weeks at a time, followed by a seven day break. To keep plant employees busy and healthy, the location offers a hangout area and workspace, including a gym, pool tables, even a clinic.

As for the living arrangements, Condoretty said employees share their living quarters, sleeping in shared rooms like dormitories that sleep up to three people per room.

The entire plant is proudly run and operated by Bolivians only, with, until very recently, foreigners completely shut out of development and production. That's because Bolivia is holding fiercely on to its natural resources, limiting foreign involvement following centuries of foreign exploitation of its silver, gas and oil.

Condoretty acknowledges this may have hampered their production and ultimately, their sales, but claims “we are doing it ourselves. This means generating income only for Bolivians. Our achievement is that it took us longer, but we [are the ones who] did it.”

When asked whether the local salt pickers might have a future at the expanding plant, Condoretty replied, “the salt pickers can create a future here, and in reality, all the people of Bolivia have a future here to work, because this plant belongs to them.”

Despite its previous heavy emphasis on limiting foreign involvement, the plant recently announced a $1.3 billion dollar deal with a German company, ACI Systems, to expand local production. With a 51 percent majority stake, the new deal adds promise to Bolivia’s gamble that lithium could one day lift its economy.

And as the global demand for lithium-powered lives seemingly increases daily, the future in the Salar de Uyuni seems brighter than ever.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The mystery behind the killing and mutilation of more than 400 cats in London has been solved after a three-year investigation.

The identity of the so-called "Croydon cat killer," named after a section of London, was thought by some to be a white male in his 40s but it turns out the culprits are cars and foxes, the Metropolitan Police found.

“Following a thorough examination of the available evidence, officers working alongside experts have concluded that hundreds of reported cat mutilations in Croydon and elsewhere were not carried out by a human and are likely to be the result of predation or scavenging by wildlife on cats killed in vehicle collisions,” police said.

The investigation into the cat killings was launched in September 2015 when Ukiyo, a 4-year-old ragdoll cross, was found mutilated on a Croydon resident’s doorstep, according to The Independent. The death was linked to similar incidents by media outlets, who believed a “Croydon cat ripper” may have been responsible.

The killer was thought to be a white male in his 40s who used a blunt object to kill the cats before leaving the corpses on display in public places, according to an animal rights charity, Snarl, The Guardian reports. The killer was subsequently dubbed the “M25 cat killer,” after similar cases emerged from around the country.

The lead detective in the investigation even told the BBC in 2017 that the police suspected a motive. "Cats are targeted because they are associated with the feminine - the killer can't deal with a woman or women who are troubling him," said Det. Sgt. Andy Collin. "It's quite possible other people have got on the bandwagon - copycats if you like."

But now, after 25 postmortem examinations were carried out on feline victims, no evidence of human involvement has been found. Instead, police concluded that the cause of death was blunt trauma associated with vehicle collisions, and the mutilations were done by foxes after the vehicle collisions.

Some animal rights activists remain skeptical of the police findings. Snarl, which helped arrange the postmortem tests, suggests in a Facebook post that the pattern of cat mutilations doesn’t fit with the official explanation.

“The cats who have been decapitated have had their heads removed in exactly the same manner and place each time. We find it difficult to understand how foxes can replicate this perfectly across a range of victims across a vast geographical area,” they said on Facebook. “We have taken a collective decision this afternoon to continue with the investigation.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(UKARA, Tanzania) -- More than 100 people have been confirmed dead after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria in Tanzania Thursday.

So far, 37 people have been rescued, but it is believed that hundreds more are missing and feared dead, the Associated Press reported.

The exact number of passengers on the MV Nyerere ferry has not been confirmed, but "more than 200 people are feared dead," Tanzania Red Cross spokeswoman Godfrida Jola told the AP, citing fishermen and others who were nearby when the boat capsized.

The ferry was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora when it sank, the AP reported, citing the government agency in charge of servicing the vessels.

Many of the passengers were coming back from the market, Jola told the AP.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, with a surface area shared between the territories of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

This will be the third major ferry disaster for Tanzania in recent years, after 500 people died on a Lake Victoria ferry in 1996 and nearly 200 people died off the coast of Zanzibar in 2012.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Following a troubling summer marred by clerical child abuse scandals, Pope Francis is heading eastwards to the Baltic States on his 25th trip as pontiff this Saturday. The four-day trip will take him to three Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The papal trip is also an occasion to "pay homage to those who have suffered for their faith," Greg Burke, the Director of the Vatican press office, told reporters Wednesday.

All three countries are celebrating their original hundred-year anniversaries of independence from Russia, following World War I in 1918. During World War II, they were occupied by the Nazis and then lived under Soviet rule for almost 50 years until 1990; hard times when people were persecuted for their faith.

The countries, with historical ties to Europe and Russia, have also acquired a strategic importance after shunning Russia and joining large Western bodies such as the European Union and NATO.

Now proudly independent again and hoping for international attention with Pope Francis' visit, the states are vying to become a sought-after European tourist destination.

But although they have had similar recent history of occupations, the three states are very different in their religious fervor spanning from the deeply Catholic country of Lithuania where 80 percent of its inhabitants declare themselves Catholic, to Latvia with its 21 percent Catholic, outnumbered by Lutherans, to Estonia, a country where at least 75 percent of the population are declared atheists and the Catholic population is a small minority at just 1 percent.

Francis' visit will take him to Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania, Riga and Aglona in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia.

However, the pope will return to Lithuania’s capital Villnius each night to stay at the residence of the Pope’s representative in the country.

His packed schedule is filled with masses, visits to charitable services, Marian shrines, meetings with officials and two meetings, which promise to be lively, with representatives of all Christian religions present in the country.

During his trip, the Pope will visit places commemorating the countries’ fight for freedom, including a stop to pray on Sunday September 23 –- the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Vilnius ghetto by the Nazis -- at a memorial dedicated to the victims. During Nazi occupation, the approximately 40,000 Jews in the city were mostly taken in groups to the woods outside the city and shot.

In Vilnius, the pope is also scheduled to visit two cells and recite a prayer in the execution room at the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights. The museum is a former massive KGB building where people, including Lutheran and Catholic priests, were imprisoned and tortured during the Soviet era.

Pope Francis has never been to these areas, but he is the second pope to visit them. The Polish Pope, St. John Paul II, visited a quarter of a century ago, two years after the states had regained independence.

Vilnius’ Archibishop, Gintaras Linas Grušas, told Vatican News that there was enormous expectation in the country for the Pope’s visit.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Four adults in the United Kingdom developed breast cancer after receiving vital organs from a single donor -- three of the transplants recipients died, according to a recent case report.

This case, published by the American College of Transplant Surgeons, has been labeled the first report of one donor with undetected breast cancer transmitting the disease to four organ recipients. The cancers also occurred years after the donation.

DNA analysis of tissue from each recipient identified the original donor as the primary source of cancer. However, at the time of donation, no cancer was detectable. Although the exact mechanism is unclear, this rare kind of transmission -- where donor tissue leads to malignancy in a recipient -- has been documented in prior graft studies.

With the exception of skin and brain cancer, known malignancy does not necessarily exclude someone from donating organs. The risk of transmitting cancer via organ donated to a recipient is low -- less than 0.1 percent.

This low likelihood of transmission “implies current practices of donor screening for malignancy are effective," according to the report's authors. “In cases where transmission has been reported, the malignancy was usually not discovered before donation," the authors noted in the report.

Such transmission is extremely rare but usually involves a single recipient.

The donor, a 53-year-old female who died from complications of a brain bleed, underwent the standard tests and imaging studies used for donation. The tests did not reveal signs of malignancy, making her an ideal candidate for organ donation. In 2007, the harvested organs -- a right kidney, two lungs, the liver, and a left kidney -- were matched and distributed to four adults: a 32 year old man, a 42 year old woman with end-stage lung disease, a 59 year old woman with liver disease, and a 62-year-old woman with failing kidneys.

Between 16 months and six years after receiving their transplants, the recipients were diagnosed with breast cancer, one-by-one. Three of the recipients developed cancer in multiple sites of the body and eventually died. One recipient -- the 32-year-old male right kidney recipient -- survived only after removal of the transplanted kidney and stopping the immunosuppressant medications used for all transplant recipients. He also had chemotherapy to treat cancerous lymph nodes.

The authors offer a word of caution to potential recipients and transplant surgeons, alike.

“A complete medical examination, including a breast examination, should always be performed,” the authors said.

In cases where tumors develop, authors suggest that quick and complete removal of the transplant is necessary to prevent the rapid spread of cancer in the recipient: “[removal] should be considered in all recipients after notification of cancer transmission in a recipient from a multiorgan donor."

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Obtained By ABC News(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Justin Kragt was just 2 years old when he was found alone, crying outside a theater in Seoul, South Korea.

A mile away in Seoul and some time later, a 4-year-old girl was found alone at a market.

Inside her pocket, police found a note saying that she had no parents and to take her to the nearest police station.

It was 1984.

Both children were eventually adopted separately — and unknowingly — by families in the U.S.

"We actually found Justin in a magazine with this cute, little cherub of a face," his adopted mother, Sue Maguire, told The Oregonian.

Kragt grew up mostly in Salem, Oregon, with four siblings.

But little did he know that the little girl abandoned near him — his older sister Renee Alanko — was being raised in Northern California, in Pleasanton, with her family, attending pool parties and becoming a cheerleader.

The two siblings, now in their 30s, recently reunited, after learning of each other's existence, thanks to DNA tests with 23andMe.

Kragt had done a DNA test in 2014 to find some distant relatives and was successful. Alanko took the test this summer. The news of a match — a sibling match — was a huge surprise to them both.

Alanko said she thought she had a brother but was too young to really remember. Kragt said he never knew he had a sibling at all.

Last week, Kragt and his Maguire family were present when Alanko stepped off the plane in Oregon. The two had spoken to each other but it was the first time they were meeting face-to-face.

The moment was full of hugs and happy tears.

"I knew about him all this time," Alanko told The Oregonian. "I just never thought I'd ever meet him. ... This is really amazing."

She told ABC News Thursday that her life had been forever changed.

 "I had gone my entire life thinking that I did not or would not know anybody biologically related to me and now that I do. ... Knowing that Justin is just a phone call or a text or an email away or short flight away, it has really changed the way that I see myself in the world," she said.

"My heart absolutely melted," Kragt told ABC News Thursday about seeing his sister for the first time. "I'm so happy. It's something that I'm going to treasure the rest of my life."

"I always thought I was alone in the world and I was content with that," he said at the time of their reunion.

"Now you're stuck with me!" she said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MADRID) -- President Donald Trump urged Spain this summer to build a wall across the African Sahara to solve the migrant crisis in Europe, according to Spain’s foreign ministry.

A ministry official told ABC News that Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell spoke at a lunch event this week in Madrid about Trump’s purported remarks on the desert, which Borrell said the president made during his June visit to the United States.

“The border with the Sahara cannot be bigger than our border with Mexico,” Borrell said Trump told him this summer, according to the ministry official.

The United States' border with Mexico spans nearly 2,000 miles, while the 3.5 million-square-mile Sahara is about 3,000 miles long and stretches across nearly a dozen North African countries.

Spain has two small enclaves in North Africa, Melilla and Ceuta, to which migrants do often try to gain entry by way of the those two land borders. It does not, though, have sovereignty over the desert.

The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Days before world leaders gather in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly, the NYPD is brushing up on how to prevent state-sponsored poisoning attempts.

While police say there have been no specific poisoning threats in connection to the annual gathering, the NYPD has “compared notes” with authorities in the UK about possible plots similar to the recent attack on former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, where they were exposed to a deadly nerve agent called Novichok. The attack is widely thought to be ordered by Russia.

Police have conducted “a very complex field drill” that envisioned a scenario like the Skripal poisoning, and have reviewed how to put on safety equipment and handle poisonous material, Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller said Thursday at a press conference.

“We have spent a good deal of focus on what is a very complicated version of the cross between chemical and biological,” Miller said of potential forms of attack. He added that the same security measures are being deployed this year as in years past, but with a heightened awareness after the UK incident.

In some cases, Miller said, the NYPD has even talked to former citizens of Russia who might now be critics of the Putin regime.

Some of the scheduled U.N. attendees have survived recent attempts on their lives, including Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“These are things that ramp up our security measures,” said NYPD Chief of Intelligence Thomas Galati.

The presence of roughly 200 world leaders and diplomats who require Secret Service protection in the nation’s largest city means that, as usual, there will be street closures, traffic restrictions and protests.

“Since the end of last years General Assembly we have been planning how to best protect various sites and all the people inside them again this year,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “At this time we have no direct concerns about terrorism for UNGA specifically, or New York City in general.”

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Dozens of passengers on a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur were injured after their plane lost cabin pressure on Thursday.

People onboard Jet Airways flight 9W 697 posted photos and videos of the incident on Twitter, in which the passengers can be seen wearing oxygen masks.

The flight made an emergency landing back in Mumbai 45 minutes after it departed.

Thirty–six passengers suffered from nose and ear bleed injuries, as well as headaches after the pilots failed to switch on the plane’s cabin pressure, Lalit Gupta, deputy director general at India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation told The Hindustan Times.

In a statement posted to its Facebook page, Jet Airways confirmed that 5 passengers were taken to a hospital for medical attention after the plane landed, but did not confirm what caused the injuries. The company said that the passengers have since been released from medical care.

During flights, cabin pressure is used to balance the loss of oxygen that naturally occurs when a plane reaches high altitudes. When that pressure is not stabilized, lack of oxygen can cause headaches, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, swelling of the brain, fluid in the lungs and even spontaneous lung collapse.

Jet Airways did not immediately respond to a request for further comment from ABC News.

The accident comes only months after two Jet Airways pilots were grounded for getting into an altercation mid-air on a flight from London to Mumbai. The airline has said it is cooperating with authorities to investigate the incident.

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Luis Martinez/ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the remains of two U.S. Army soldiers missing in the Korean War nearly seven decades ago have been identified from the 55 boxes turned over by North Korea this summer.

The president tweeted out their names, noting they were "identified as a result of my Summit with Chairman Kim," referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure," Trump tweeted.

The two soldiers were Master Sgt. Charles Hobart McDaniel and Private First Class William H. Jones who both went missing in November 1950.

McDaniel was a medic with the 8th Cavalry Regiment Medical Company, supporting the regiment's 3rd Battalion when he was reported missing in action on November 2, 1950, after his unit fought with Chinese military forces near the village of Unsan in North Korea.

Jones was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, who was reported missing on November 26, 1950, after his unit fought Chinese forces near Pakchon, North Korea.

Shortly before the president tweeted, Kelly McKeague, the director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) told reporters two of the 55 boxes contained two partial skulls that had dental remains, along with two clavicles. DPAA researchers used dental records, chest x-rays and DNA samples to conclusively identify the remains of the two soldiers.

The Army notified both families earlier this week that the remains of their loved ones had been recovered.

McKeague said the names were being announced "as part of the National POW/MIA Recognition Day" on Friday.

On August 1, Vice President Mike Pence was in Hawaii to preside over the repatriation ceremony for the remains included in the 55 boxes.

On Thursday, Pence presented a flag that covered one of those cases to the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

"As the son of a Korean War combat veteran, I may have no greater honor in my service as your Vice President than the honor that was afforded by me by our Commander in Chief to attend that ceremony," said Pence. "And receive those heroic remains and this flag on that day."

The transfer of the boxes was a direct result of President Trump's June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

After the boxes were returned to the United States DPAA officials said they would begin immediate forensics work to identify some of the remains.

Among the 55 boxes, DPAA researchers also recovered a dog tag that belonged to McDaniel.

The dog tag was among other American-made artifacts including boots, buttons, canteens and a steel combat helmet found in the boxes.

In August, DPAA officials presented McDaniel's dog tag to his two sons Charles McDaniel Jr., 71, and Larry, 70. DPAA officials said at the time that they did not know whether McDaniel's remains might also be included in the 55 boxes.

DPAA officials said they did not know whether McDaniel's remains might also be included in the 55 boxes, but that did not matter to McDaniel's sons.

“This is my father,” said Charles Jr. "We’re just overwhelmed that out of all these boxes that came back, and out of all of these thousands of people, we’re the only ones that have certitude."

DPAA estimates there are 7,684 Americans unaccounted for from the Korean War. Of those, approximately 5,300 are believed to be located inside North Korea.

From 1990 to 1994, the U.S. recovered 208 caskets with as many as 400 remains contained inside of them, DPAA said. From 1996 to 2005, 229 additional caskets were found and transferred.

DPAA has identified locations where they believe there are major concentrations of remains inside North Korea.

Next Wednesday, the United States will repatriate to South Korea 64 sets of remains of South Korean service members that were included in the 208 caskets recovered from North Korea in the early 1990s.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- A major Australian supermarket chain is temporarily pulling sewing needles from its shelves as authorities continue to investigate cases of needles being put in fruit.

Woolworths, which has close to 1,000 locations across the country, announced on Thursday that it will temporarily stop selling needles.

"We’ve taken the precautionary step of temporarily removing sewing needles from sale in our stores," a Woolworths spokesperson confirmed to ABC News via email on Thursday. "The safety of our customers is our top priority."

Since people first reported finding sewing needles in strawberries last week, over 100 cases of fruit contamination have been reported in Australia, some of them likely "hoaxes" or "copycat events," officials said in a press conference Wednesday.

Andrew Colvin, the commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, also warned people that copycats or people perpetrating hoaxes would also be prosecuted.

"On that point, let me say this and let me be very clear: if there's anyone out there that thinks that this is in any way amusing or appropriate to walk into a supermarket anywhere in this country and place a foreign object into a piece of fruit, or they think that it's any way appropriate or amusing to take a photo of fruit that they may already have and to place an object in it and put it onto Twitter or put in onto Facebook and to spread it around and to contact health authorities, then they are seriously deluded and are potentially committing very serious criminal offences," Colvin said during Wednesday's press conference.

"Apart from distracting police from the real task that we have here, this is creating a lot of concern in the public and it needs to stop," Colvin added.

Earlier this week, a young boy was arrested for putting sewing needles inside strawberries in New South Wales, Australia. The boy, whose name has not been disclosed because of his age, confessed to putting the sewing needles in strawberries as a prank and is not believed to be the culprit behind other fruit contaminations in the region, New South Wales police authorities told ABC News.

The boy is the first person to be arrested since people reported finding sewing needles inside strawberries across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia last week.

On Wednesday, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press statement that the current maximum penalty for food contamination offenses will be increased from a 10 years to 15 years.

"For the most serious cases that have national security implications, we will amend the Commonwealth sabotage offences," Morrison said in the statement.

The penalties for such cases will range from 7 to 25 years in prison, he added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Authorities in Florida briefly shut down an international airport after a man believed to be a student tried to board a plane in the middle of the night.

The suspect jumped an airport fence and boarded an empty American Airlines plane at 2 a.m. Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Orlando Melbourne International Airport said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was spotted by one of the plane's attendants who called the police.

The Airbus 321, which seats about 190 passengers, was empty at the time of the incident and police responded to the scene within two minutes of the call, airport spokeswoman Lori Booker said.

The suspect was arrested on site. The 26-years-old man was born in Trinidad and has a Florida driver's license, Booker said, adding he is believed to be a student pilot.

The man arrived at the airport by car, leaving his vehicle running curbside before jumping the airport fence and boarding the plane, Booker said.

He appeared to have a well-laid plan and knowledge of the airport layout, she said.

The plane was not scheduled to fly Thursday and Melbourne airport police are working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force to identify a motive, Booker said.

The airport was closed at around 5:45 a.m. "due to police activity," as the airport police stated in a tweet.

It reopened a little over an hour later.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SALISBURY, United Kingdom) -- The British public may have reportedly been duped after a couple appeared to fall ill at a restaurant in Salisbury, England, Sunday, sparking fears that the town had once again been exposed to a deadly nerve agent.

“A hoax is likely to be one line of inquiry” after Russian model Anna Shapiro and her husband, Alex King, collapsed at Prezzo restaurant just 350 yards from where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok in March, the BBC reported.

Shapiro, 30, and King have been released from the hospital after testing negative for traces of the poison, Salisbury Hospital announced in a statement.

Authorities evacuated the restaurant as police and experts in protective clothing arrived to investigate, according to The Guardian newspaper.

There have been a number of false alarms since the attack in March but this incident piqued reporters’ interest when an eyewitness described the “poisoned” woman as a Russian national.

But doubts have been cast over Shapiro’s story after she told British newspaper The Sun that she had been directly targeted by Russian President Vladimir Putin for being a critic of his government.

The article, which has since been removed from the paper’s website, ran with the headline, “Putin tried to kill me with rat poison” and declared the incident “Salisbury Attack No. 2.”

The interview raised eyebrows considering the model’s Twitter account is dominated by fitness routines and dieting tips, not the Kremlin’s usual areas of concern. The Sun declined to comment on whether it paid her for the interview.

Meanwhile, husband King, 42, is a convicted criminal who once conned his way into meeting Prince Charles, according to the BBC.

At a film premiere in 2006, King, a Britich citizen, slipped into a lineup of film stars and shook hands with the royal, claiming it was part of a bet, according to the BBC.

Wiltshire police have not commented on whether the incident was a hoax but told ABC News they could not “rule anything in or out” until they spoke to King. Authorities said they are aware of his whereabouts and are due to interview him Thursday.

The town has once again been thrust back into the spotlight, only a week after Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who are suspected of poisoning the former Russian spy, said they were no more than “tourists” with an interest in Salisbury Cathedral’s “123-meter spire."

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ABC News(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday reaffirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s determination to comply with complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, after returning from a three-day summit with Kim in the North.

Although specifics were not included in a joint statement the two released Wednesday, Moon said Thursday he thought Kim would even demolish additional nuclear and missile facilities that already exist if the United States reciprocates in step-by-step stages.

What North Korea wants in return for dismantling the missile engine test site and launchpad in Tongchang-ri and shutting down the Yongbyon nuclear plant is a “political declaration” that war has ended, Moon said. By that, “the U.S. would guarantee regime safety, end hostile policies, then establish a new relationship” between Pyongyang and Washington, Moon told reporters on arrival back to Seoul Thursday.

Moon will now gear up for his voyage to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly next week.

Moon and his wife returned to Seoul Thursday from a three-day trip to the North's capital, Pyongyang. They also Thursday morning visited Mount Baektu, a sacred mountain that borders China and is said to contain the history of ancient Korea.

Moon and his wife spent a lot of time with Kim and his wife during the trip to Mount Baektu, considered the most sacred and symbolic mountain of the Korean nation.

Moon had said repeatedly that it was his longtime dream to trek up Mount Baektu. The South's presidential office announced Wednesday that the two leaders' visiting Mount Paektu represents the "80 million Korean people combined."

Moon left early Wednesday morning from Paekhwawon guest house and was escorted by Kim Yong Nam, head of North Korea's parliament. Tens of thousands of Pyongyang citizens lined the streets, again dressed in colorful national costumes, waving flowers and peninsula flags and North Korean flags high in the air.

Moon Wednesday night gave an emotional speech in front of 150,000 North Korean citizens at Rungrado 1st of May Stadium. It was the first time a South Korean head of state ever addressed North Korean citizens directly.

"I propose to take the next big leap to completely resolve the 70 years of hostility and be together as one again," Moon said. "Chairman Kim and I will rebuild our nation, with 80 million people of the North and South holding hand in hand, standing strong."

The speech came after watching the welcoming Mass Games, which were modified from its original version for the South Korean delegation. The audience, in typical North Korean style, gave a standing ovation.

"President Moon almost cried giving the address in Pyeongyang," Herry J. Kanzianism, director of defense studies at the center for the national interest, said during a specialist discussion session at Seoul Press Center. "He seems sincere in trying to end problems in the Korean peninsula. We need to give him big credit for engaging in such difficult challenge."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for the founder of a controversial 3D-printed gun company in connection to the alleged sexual assault of a minor, according to Texas authorities.

Suspect Cody Wilson, 30, owns Defense Distributed, which sells blueprints for producing plastic firearms using 3D printers.

The alleged victim, an unnamed 16-year-old girl from Central Texas, according to Austin police, told a counselor she’d had sex with Wilson Aug. 15, 2018, in an Austin hotel before he paid her $500, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Travis County District Court.

Austin police said they received a call from the counselor Aug. 22 who reported that a client, a girl under the age of 17, told her she’d had sex with a 30-year-old man a week before.

Police said they were present Aug. 27 when staff from the Center for Child Protection interviewed the alleged victim. The girl said she’d met the man on and that he’d used the screen name “Sanjuro,” according to police.

She said the two exchanged phone numbers and talked via iMessage, police said.

A search of the girl’s cellphone uncovered messages to as well as links to messages from Sanjuro, according to police. And, in one message, Sanjuro identified himself as Cody Wilson, police said.

“Victim said that ‘Sanjuro’ described himself to the victim as a ‘big deal,’” according to the affidavit.

Wilson’s Texas driver’s license picture also matched the “Sanjuro” profile image on, police said.

Wilson and the girl met at a coffee shop Aug. 15 and left together in a black Ford Edge, police said. They said the vehicle was similar to a 2015 black Ford Edge registered with Wilson’s business, Defense Distributed.

Later, valet surveillance video from a hotel recorded Wilson and the girl’s getting out of the car, according to police.

Police said they reviewed hotel surveillance footage “showing the victim and Wilson exiting an elevator onto the seventh floor. … Hotel records showed that Wilson was the lone registered guest for room 718 on that date.”

Wilson sexually assaulted her and then “retrieved five $100.00 bills from a bag on the floor” and gave her the money, the girl told police, according to the affidavit.

Video showed Wilson and her leaving the hotel, the affidavit alleged. He later dropped her off at a Whataburger restaurant, she told authorities.

ABC News' attempts to reach Wilson were unsuccessful.

Wilson is not in custody and his last known location was Taipei, Taiwan, according to Austin police. He missed a scheduled flight back to the U.S. and had left the country before police could interview him, authorities said Wednesday during a news conference.

Austin police said they were working with national and international authorities to locate him.

"We don't know why he went to Taiwan but we do know before he left, he was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police and police were investigating him," Cmdr. Troy Officer said.

Officer said he was not sure of Wilson's exact return date but the time had passed.

Detectives have spoken with the victim, Officer said, and "in their opinion, if someone mistakes her age, it would be because they think she’s younger, not older, than the 16 year old that she is.”

Police are still investigating, Officer said. Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to ABC Austin affiliate KVUE-TV.

Wilson is a self-described "crypto-anarchist" at the center of a fierce legal battle over whether Americans should be able to print guns that would be unregulated and untraceable.

After Wilson in 2013 successfully fired a bullet from the world’s first 3D-printed handgun and posted its design online, the video got nearly half a million views, and the design was downloaded nearly 100,000 times. After a few days, the link was terminated by law enforcement officials.

Years of litigation followed, leading to a settlement in July allowing Wilson to re-release the gun’s downloadable blueprints, giving anyone with access to a 3D printer the ability to create their own so-called “ghost guns” – unregulated unregistered and untraceable firearms.

Over the summer, a federal judge temporarily stopped him from putting gun blueprints online and in August, a federal judge in Seattle extended the injunction, after a coalition of states and the District of Columbia said making plastic weapons available would create a public safety issue.

Later that month, Wilson said he'd started selling the plans for producing plastic firearms using 3-D printers despite an injunction blocking it because of concerns about public safety.

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