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Secret meeting between Pence, North Koreans scrapped at last minute, official says
Carl Court/Getty Images (PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- A secret meeting planned between Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean officials at the Olympics was scrapped at the last minute, an official in Pence's office has confirmed to ABC News.An account of the planned meeting was first reported in the Washington Post. The meeting was set for Feb. 10 between Pence and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state. But the North Koreans pulled out, citing new sanctions the U.S. announced before Pence's arrival in South Korea,...
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North Korea now blasting choral, folk music at demilitarized zone, not propaganda
iStock/Thinkstock (PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- North Korea has changed its tune -- at least along the DMZ, or Korean Demilitarized Zone, a two-and-a-half-mile-wide buffer of landmines and booby traps that separates it from South Korea.For years, giant speakers at North Korea's propaganda village, Kijong-dong, would blast a looping playlist of martial speeches. But since the Winter Olympics began earlier this month in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the speeches, which some American officers said they can recite nearly word for word, have given way to pleasant choral and folk music, according to United Nations Command officials."Instead of a lot of the hard-line...
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Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Anna Wintour at London Fashion Week show
iStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- British royalty rubbed shoulders with fashion royalty Tuesday at London Fashion Week.Queen Elizabeth II made her first ever appearance at London Fashion Week and sat front row next to Vogue’s Anna Wintour at designer Richard Quinn’s runway show.The 91-year-old monarch sparkled in a blue tweed dress and jacket while viewing the emerging designer’s bold printed looks on the runway. She chatted with Wintour, who didn't remove her signature sunglasses.Quinn, who started his own label in 2016, is the inaugural recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, established to recognize emerging British fashion talent.The award,...
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Airstrikes pound rebel-held Damascus suburb, leaving more than 200 dead
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Syrian government and its allied forces pounded a besieged rebel-held Damascus suburb on Tuesday, killing dozens of civilians -- the enclave’s deadliest day in three years.Airstrikes and shelling have killed at least 210 civilians, including 54 children, since Sunday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group, said. On Tuesday, at least 66 civilians were killed.On Monday alone, at least 127 civilians lost their lives, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.“Every day people die and we’re used to it,” Nour Adam, 22, a media activist in Eastern Ghouta who asked that...
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Man who says he was a Russian 'troll' arrested after going public
ABCNews.com (MOSCOW) -- Russian police have reportedly arrested a man who has claimed to be a worker at a so-called troll factory in St. Petersburg, Russia, hours after he gave interviews to foreign journalists and lifted the lid on a secretive organization the U.S. Department of Justice last week accused of trying to undermine the 2016 presidential election.The Justice Department Friday indicted 13 Russians it accused of running a campaign through the alleged trolling operation to undermine the U.S. election, using social media posts and fake news websites. The indictment named the company behind the alleged operation as the Internet...
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Iranian rescuers still looking for wreckage of plane crash that killed 66 people
ABCNews.com (TEHRAN, Iran) -- Time is ticking as Iranian rescue teams search the Zagros Mountains trying to locate the wreckage of a missing Aseman Airliner that crashed there on Sunday morning with 66 people on board.The missing plane was an ATR 72-500 twin-engine turboprop. It left the capital city of Tehran to Yasuj, a southwestern city at 4:30 a.m. GMT on Sunday, but went off the radar 50 minutes into its journey around the city of Semirom in Isfahan Province.Relatives of those on board have been desperately waiting all day on Sunday, but are losing hope as reports say all...
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Villages covered in ash after volcano erupts in Indonesia
iStock/Thinkstock (KARO, Indonesia) -- A volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island sent columns of ash shooting into the sky on Monday, prompting a "code red" warning to airlines by an Australian agency monitoring volcanic ash.Villages in the Karo region near the volcano were covered in layers of grey ash, which settled on trees and the tops of buildings, motorcycles and cars. Villagers were forced to wear masks.Mount Sinabung has been erupting intermittently since 2010 after being dormant for centuries. Thousands have been displaced in the surrounding area, and continued seismic activity has kept the alert level at its highest point since...
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Inside Lesbos' Moria camp, home to thousands of trapped refugees and migrants
ABC News (LESBOS, Greece) -- In her temporary home, a fraction of a tent, Aziza Hommada holds up a transparent plastic bag with pita bread. The plastic has little holes in it and the bread is in pieces.“Look,” she says. “The rats come into the tent and eat our bread. I have to throw this out.”Hommada, 37, is five months pregnant and lives with her six children in the Moria camp, the largest refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.The words “Welcome to prison” are spray-painted at the entrance and barbed wire surrounds the camp, which used to be...
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Princess Kate steps out in green at the British Academy Film Awards
Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images (LONDON) -- Princess Kate arrived at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) tonight with Prince William in a dark green Jenny Packham gown, as the majority of other women on the red carpet chose to wear black in solidarity with the fight against sexual harassment and the Time's Up movement.The mother of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, who is currently pregnant in her third trimester, however, did wear a black tie around her dress above her glowing figure, in what may have been a subtle nod to fellow women.Royal family members are forbidden...
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Three billboards in London ask hard questions about Grenfell tower fire
Carl Court/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Three large billboards pulled by vans snaked through the British capital Thursday afternoon. The words on the stark red backdrops read:“71 dead.”“And still no arrests?”“How come?”The banners were inspired by the 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," about a woman campaigning for police to find the culprit responsible for her daughter’s rape and murder.Last June, at least 71 people were killed as a devastating fire ravaged a tower block in West London. A block of public housing flats entrenched in Britain’s wealthiest neighborhood of Kensington and Chelsea, the burning tower became an iconic symbol...
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As Rio Carnival ends, Brazil shifts its focus to historic presidential election
iStock/Thinkstock (RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Samba drums and hypnotic percussions, nonstop flow of positive lyrics about love and "Saudade" in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Women, men and children wearing sparkly red shirts, fun headpieces dancing tirelessly."Blocos de Rua" -- or street bands -- could be found across the country, mobilizing locals and tourists alike. One of the thousands of organized street festivals is the "Bloco de Carmelitas" -- originated in 1990 in the St. Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.As it plays out every year, Rio Carnival 2018, which began earlier this month, gave Brazilians a chance to...
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Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese crepes
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- It's officially the Year of the Dog, and we’ve fetched a doggone delicious recipe to help you celebrate.In honor of China’s largest and most celebrated holiday, we teamed up with a New York City restaurateur to learn how to make Peking duck jianbing. These “Chinese crepes” are sold from street carts back in China and are a cultural staple.Brian Goldberg, the owner of Mr. Bing in New York City, lived in China for 14 years and speaks fluent Mandarin. Goldberg shared his technique for making the perfect jianbing:IngredientsFor the batter:2/3 cup all-purpose flour2/3 cup mung...
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