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  • iStock/Thinkstock(CAPE TOWN) -- Rain clouds rolled in over Cape Town on Friday night and drenched South Africa's drought-stricken city, where residents are bracing for the day the taps run dry, the day they’re calling "Day Zero."Just south of the city, in the sleepy seaside town of Scarborough, people were enjoying local fare and drinks at the laid-back Camel Rock restaurant when the night sky opened up. The rain hammered the roof of the white stucco building, prompting many patrons to leave their tables and step outside to feel the rain on their skin.One local, in apparent disbelief, asked a friend if the rain was real.Another resident told ABC News it's the first substantial rainfall they've seen in three months.The South African Weather Service recorded 6 millimeters of rain, or about 0.24 inches, at Cape Town's Slangkop Lighthouse overnight.The much-needed rainfall lightened the mood in a city plagued by three years of consecutive drought. But one night of rain is far from what Cape Town needs to avoid the looming water crisis.The date the city estimates it will run out of water, which has been dubbed "Day Zero," was originally slated for April 21, but had been moved up to April 12. On Jan. 29, the city pushed the date back to April 16, marking a slight improvement in its situation.The date was again pushed back to May 11 due to "a decline in agricultural usage," the city announced in a Feb. 4 statement.But since there hasn't been any significant decline in urban usage, authorities continued to ask residents to limit the amount of municipal water they use to a maximum of just 13.2 gallons per day. Irrigation has been restricted to Tuesdays and Saturdays for one hour, before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. local time, to help prevent the remaining water supplies from running out before the arrival of winter rains.With nearly 4 million residents, Cape Town is South Africa's second-most populous city and the provincial capital of the Western Cape. The sprawling metropolis, renowned for its picturesque harbor, not far from where the waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, is one of South Africa's most iconic tourist destinations.But the water levels of Cape Town's major supply dams, sourced by rainfall, have plummeted due to persistent drought. The combined water level was just 25.5 percent on Friday, with the last 10 percent of water unsuitable for drinking."Last year, we had abnormally low winter rainfall, and we cannot assume that this year will be any different," the city of Cape Town said in the Feb. 4 statement. "Even if we have been given a slight reprieve at this stage, we are likely to be facing a late and dry winter."The situation, aggravated by years poor of water management and political infighting, has left many confused and in fear.
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  • Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William spoke candidly about fatherhood at a black-tie charity event at Kensington Palace Thursday night, joking to guests that he’s already exhausted from his two children.The father of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, told guests at the Centrepoint Charity awards event that he’s trying get some sleep before his wife, Kate, gives birth to baby number three.“Our third child is due in April, I’m getting as much sleep as I can,” he told guest Raymond Stoner, as Stoner told the press.When Stoner teased William that he could save time by having twins, the second in line to the throne replied, “Twins? I think my mental health would be tested with twins.”William told another guest at the reception that he was preparing to be “permanently tired” when the family becomes a party of five.“Two is fine — I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three,” William said. “I’m going to be permanently tired.”William is following in the footsteps of his mother, the late Princess Diana, as Royal Patron of Centrepoint Charity, which raises awareness about homelessness.The awards celebrate the achievements of young people who have turned their lives around after experiencing homelessness.At the reception, a group of celebrities, including “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, presented awards.William told the audience that like his late mother he gets frustrated that their country still has children living in the streets."I feel immense pride in all Centrepoint has accomplished in that time, but with it, disappointment and frustration – frustration that in one of the most prosperous countries in the world homelessness is still putting the lives and futures of our young people at risk,” he said."Tonight, it is right that we celebrate the outstanding progress made by these extraordinary young people, but, as we do, I urge every one of you to reflect on our shared commitment to end youth homelessness. I sincerely believe we can and must do more," the prince said.
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  • ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday signaled openness to a possible face-to-face meeting with North Korean officials on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics this month, an encounter which would be the highest-level American contact with the rogue regime in decades.“With regard to any interaction with the North Korean delegation, I have not requested a meeting, but we’ll see what happens,” Pence told reporters traveling with him on a week-long trip to Asia, including a visit to the Olympics in Pyeongchang.Asked whether he would take advantage of a meeting if the opportunity presents itself, Pence reiterated that the door is open.“President Trump has said he always believes in talking, but I haven’t requested any meetings. But we’ll see what happens,” he said.
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  • USGS(HUALIEN, Taiwan) -- A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Taiwan late Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.Initial reports indicate the quake was about 5.9 miles deep and roughly 13 miles from the city of Hualien.At least two people have died and 114 people have been injured, according to Taiwanese Premier William Lai.Four buildings have collapsed and one bridge has been damaged, Taiwan's National Fire Agency told ABC News.The Marshal Hotel was one of the buildings that collapsed, a fire department official in Hualien told ABC News. At least three people remain trapped. Firefighters are continuing to deal with gas leaks and fires as a result of the quake.Video shows rescuers helping people out of the building.
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  • Spanish National Library(MADRID) -- A secret code used by the famed Spanish King Ferdinand II to discuss wartime strategy has been cracked, Spanish officials confirmed to ABC News.In 2015, experts asked CNI to help in their attempt to decipher the codes of two letters written in 1502 and 1506, according to a spokesperson for The Army Museum of Toledo.The codes were used during the wars of Italy by the "Catholic King.""These two letters now analyzed, allow experts to fully understand the military instructions and tactics discussed by the King Ferdinand II and his commander," the spokesperson for The Army Museum of Toledo confirmed. "We also understand better the kind of threats they were fearing."The mysterious coding system was deciphered by The Spanish Intelligence Agency called El Centro Nacional de Inteligencia, or CNI. The agency said the centuries-old code was used by the King of Aragon at the beginning of the 16th century to transmit informations and strategies to his army commander Gonzalo de Cordoba, during the Italian campaigns.The Catholic King expressed his disagreements with his commander's strategies during the Naples campaign, in which the French tried to make an incursion, in the texts."In these letters, we understood the King was feeling threatened for the future of his Kingdom," the spokesperson said. "The King of Aragon was a perpetual conqueror and was also sponsoring Christopher Columbus and his path of the New World."The type of code used was called "Vigenère" with a method of encrypting alphabetically, the agency said.The first attempt to decipher the letters appears to have been made in the 19th century by Gustave Bergenroth, a German historian and "patient non professional decipher," who found the code key of the "Great Captain" of the King Ferdinand II.A copy of the book is still at the National Library of Madrid and is called "Cartas de Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba a diferentes personas," which translates to "Letters of Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba to different people."Since the coding system has been fully decoded and disclosed by CNI, experts can now translate several different letters exchanged by the King and his commander during the time in history when Spain and France were fighting for territory.
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