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Hong Kong Disneyland to close shortly after reopening

EnchantedFairy/iStockBy GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC News (HONG KONG) — Just weeks after reopening, Hong Kong Disneyland will close once again. The park was reopened to the public on June 18, but on Monday the park announced it would once again close as of July 15. “As required by the government and health authorities in line …

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South Korea split over Seoul mayor’s harassment allegations after his death

iStock/nigelcarseBy: HAKYUNG KATE LEE, ABC News (SEOUL, South Korea) — A civic group representing the former secretary of Seoul mayor Park Won-soon publicly appealed for an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Park, who died shortly after the complaint was filed last Friday. A legal representative of the former secretary, who filed the complaint …

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‘Apartheid and Jim Crow are really no different’: Why George Floyd’s death reverberated in Africa

iStock/Josie DesmaraisBy: MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News (LONDON) — LONDON — Bongani Sibeko was just a toddler when he and his family were forced to flee their home in apartheid South Africa, as Black men, women and children were dying at the hands of authorities upholding the country’s legal system of racial segregation. As the son …

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Meet the COVID-19 doctors on the front lines for a 2nd time

iStock/narvikkBy: ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (LOS ANGELES) — When Gov. Gavin Newsom put out a call this spring asking California health care workers to volunteer at overwhelmed hospitals in New York City, the early U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Dr. Louis Tran signed up immediately. Tran, an emergency physician, was stationed at Elmhurst Hospital …

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‘Out of the lion’s mouth’: How American Gaylen Grandstaff finally got out of Russia after years falsely jailed

iStock/malerapasoBy: PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News (MOSCOW) — Standing at border control in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in early April, Gaylen Grandstaff wasn’t sure what was about to happen. A 53-year-old American from Texas, Grandstaff had been trapped in Russia for almost three years, stuck in a nightmare because of a cleaning product. Falsely charged by Russian …

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Attack at church in South Africa leaves 5 dead

Terraxplorer/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS (ZUURBEKOM, South Africa) — At least five people are dead and more than 40 people arrested in South Africa Saturday following an attack at a church in Zuurbekom, a town in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Four people were found shot and burnt to death in a car while …

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Melania Trump statue in Slovenia torched, artist wants to speak with arsonists

JURE MAKOVEC/AFP via Getty ImagesBy DRAGANA JOVANOVIC, ABC News (NEW YORK) — As President Donald Trump has vowed to punish those who destroy monuments in the U.S., a wooden sculpture of American first lady Melania Trump, near her hometown in Slovenia, was torched on July 4. Authorities don’t know who torched the life-size statue, carved …

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ICU in Bergamo, Italy, finally COVID-free after ‘nightmare’

ABC News(BERGAMO, Italy) — BY: PHOEBE NATANSONPapa Giovanni XXIII, the main hospital in Bergamo, Italy, has declared its intensive care unit COVID-free some 137 days after the first novel coronavirus patient was admitted. When the announcement was made on Wednesday, hospital directors and staff members marked the occasion by remembering the victims with a minute’s …

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US sanctions Chinese officials over Uighur abuses

iStock/Oleksii Liskonih(WASHINGTON) — BY: CONOR FINNEGAN In a historic step, the Trump administration has sanctioned four Chinese officials and a regional security agency for the Chinese government’s repressive campaign against ethnic minorities. The economic penalties and visa bans come on the same day that the White House confirmed it is finalizing a ban on federal …

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Seoul mayor found dead after being reported missing

GoranQ/iStockBy JOOHEE CHO and ELLA TORRES, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The mayor of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, was found dead early morning Friday local time, a rescue squad member told ABC News. Mayor Park Won-soon was reported missing Thursday by his daughter, according to officials. The rescue squad member, Shin Joon-Yong, said the team …

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