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South Korea and Japan trade dispute could lead to 'dire consequences,' official warns
Oleksii Liskonih/iStock (SEOUL, South Korea) — A thorny trade dispute between South Korea and Japan could end up with "dire consequences" and "adversely affect companies like Apple, Amazon, Dell, Sony, and billions of consumers all over the world," a senior South Korean government official told foreign reporters in Seoul on Wednesday.The official slammed the Japanese government for undermining principles of free trade and warned that if the latest export curbs against South Korea continues, "the global value chain will crumble."Japan, in a surprise move, announced July 1 that it will implement tighter export curbs on essential chemical materials exported to...
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"Mona Lisa" relocated within Louvre for first time since 2005
Pawel Libera/LightRocket via Getty Images (PARIS) -- Many paintings are moved around at the Louvre in Paris, but rarely is it one of the world's most iconic works. For the first time in 14 years, Leonardo da Vinci's The Mona Lisa will be relocated so that its well-trafficked home, Room 711 in the Salle des États, can be renovated. The painting is particularly fragile and can't be moved outside the museum. Painted in the 16th century on a thin panel of poplar, The Mona Lisa is kept at a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and a hydrometry of 50%.The...
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'They don't make it easy': Duchess Meghan speaks about life in public eye
Samir Hussein/WireImage (LONDON) -- Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has remained publicly silent amid criticisms and name-calling in the press since her wedding to Prince Harry last year.But the duchess gave a sign that she is aware of the negativity in a conversation she and Harry had with singer Pharrell Williams at the London premiere of The Lion King Sunday night.Williams was heard on camera praising Harry and Meghan for their relationship, saying to them, "[I am] so happy for your union. Love is amazing. It's wonderful. Don't ever take that for granted, but what it means in today's climate,...
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Twins conjoined at the head successfully separated after 55 hours of surgery
iStock (LONDON) -- A pair of extremely rare conjoined twins were successfully separated after a total of 55 hours of surgery during a months-long endeavor to help them each live independent lives.The odds were stacked against Safa and Marwa Ullah, now 2, from the moment they were born, according to the officials at the London hospital where the surgeries were performed. Not only were the girls conjoined twins -- a condition that occurs once in every 2.5 million births -- but they were also craniopagus twins, meaning they were joined at the head.Conjoined twins occur once in about every 2.5...
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Puerto Rico governor says he will not resign despite protests over scandal involving controversial texts
iStock (NEW YORK) -- A day after protesters clashed with police outside the governor's mansion, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello insisted that he would not resign his post.Rossello said he understood that Monday night’s protests were a direct message against him and his administration."I will continue in my job," a defiant Rossello said from the governor’s mansion, adding "my commitment is to keep on working." He would not answer what it would take for him to resign and insisted that he still had the legitimacy to stay in office.The island's embattled leader called Monday's clashes "unacceptable" and condemned the "vandalism,...
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South Korean sisters adopted separately learn they grew up 30 minutes apart
Courtesy Ashley Enright (LANSING, Mich.) -- Two women who were born in South Korea have developed a close bond after learning they're actually sisters and share the same biological mother.Ashley Enright, 31, and Trisha Thompson, 30, discovered the news after both took DNA tests and were predicted to be half-siblings.The sisters grew up just 30 minutes apart with no knowledge the other existed, Enright told Good Morning America."It floored me," said Enright, a resident of Lansing, Michigan. "We had gone to the same shopping malls ... but never saw each other. I didn't believe it at first."Thompson was adopted by...
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10,000 evacuated after massive fire disrupts Croatian music festival
STR/AFP/Getty Images (LONDON) -- An estimated 10,000 people have been evacuated from a hip-hop festival on the Croatian island of Pag after a fire broke out in a nearby pine forest on Monday night. Video posted on social media shows people running from the beach as flames were visible in the background."The wildfire at Fresh Island Festival right now is mad," one attendee tweeted. "Whole thing been locked off."Police ordered revelers to leave the popular beach music festival as more than 60 fire fighters, along with 45 police officer and 22 vehicles were dispatched to try to bring the blaze...
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Man arrested in murder of American biologist in Greece as new details emerge
Istimages/iStock (ATHENS, Greece) -- Greek police have arrested a suspect in the murder of an American scientist who was found dead in an abandoned World War II bunker on the island of Crete last week. The unnamed suspect is a 27-year-old Greek man who was brought in for questioning Monday and was later arrested after he "confessed his crime," according to Maj. Gen. Constantinos Lagoudakis, director of Police General Directorate of Crete."He admitted his guilt and today he will be brought to justice," Lagoudakis said in a statement Tuesday. The suspect claimed that he spotted Eaton during the afternoon of...
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Ffordd Pen Llech road in Wales named 'world's steepest street'
Guinness World Records (LONDON) -- Locals from the sleepy town of Harlech, Wales, celebrated as they were awarded the rather niche accolade of having the "world's steepest street" Tuesday, with the honor going to Ffordd Pen Llech road. The previous record holder was Baldwin Street in Dunedine, New Zealand, but after an extensive campaign by Harlech locals, Guinness World Records officially recognized Ffordd Pen Llech as the world's steepest street. An independent surveyor concluded that the street's gradient was 37.45% on June 6 this year, which beat Baldwin Street's gradient of just 35%.In order to qualify for the prestigious record,...
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UN Refugee Agency voices concerns about US asylum policy
BalkansCat/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The United Nations Refugee Agency says it is concerned about changes made to the asylum rules by the United States, which it says will endanger those in need of protection."We understand that the U.S. asylum system is under significant strain," UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Monday. "But...this measure...will put vulnerable families at risk. It will undermine efforts by countries across the region to devise the coherent, collective responses that are needed.""This measure is severe and is not the best way forward," Grandi added.The rule change implemented this week would make any individual who...
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Huge barrel jellyfish spotted off UK coast: 'I've never seen anything like it'
Dan Abbott (LONDON) -- A pair of lucky divers filmed their experience swimming with a "huge" barrel jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall in the U.K., describing the moment they came face-to-face with the marine giant as "breathtaking." Biologist and wildlife presenter Lizzie Daly was diving off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall, when underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott captured the image as part of Wild Ocean Week, a fundraising measure for the Marine Conservation Society.The picture, taken from the Facebook video, shows Daly swimming just feet away from the barrel jellyfish.Abbott told ABC News that the pair had dived with seals,...
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Penguins caught stealing sushi released from New Zealand police custody
Wellington District Police (LONDON) -- A pair of penguins have been released from police custody in New Zealand after being discovered hiding out in a sushi stand on Saturday. The penguins, described as "waddling vagrants" by Constable John Zhu, were apprehended after receiving a report that the penguins had taken "refuge" at the stand on Featherston Street, Wellington.Following a period of "temporary detainment," Wellington Police contacted New Zealand's chief governmental wildlife body, the Department of Conservation (DOC), and the penguins have now been taken into their care."Wellington's little blue penguins with a taste for sushi have been moved to a...
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