• iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The royal wedding plans of Prince Harry and his American-bride-to-be Meghan Markle are firming up as the couple released more details Sunday of the nuptials while expressing thanks for the good wishes they've been showered with from around the globe.The wedding will begin at noon on May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, about 22 miles outside of London, Kensington Palace officials said in a statement Sunday.The Right Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor, has been tapped to conduct the wedding service, while The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate when the couple takes their marriage vows, the statement reads.Welby also performed the christening of Prince Harry's nephew, Prince George, in 2013.Following the hour-long wedding ceremony, Harry and Markle plan to undertake a carriage procession that will start at St. George's Chapel, leave Windsor Castle via Castle Hill, continue along High Street through Windsor Town before returning to Windsor Castle on a route called the Long Walk."They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," the Kensington Palace statement reads.After the carriage procession, the newlyweds will attend a reception at St. George's Hall, where they will rejoin their wedding guests. They will likely include Harry's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; his father, Prince Charles; and his big brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.While the official wedding guest list remains a closely guarded secret, the couple is expected to fill St. George's Chapel, which has a capacity to hold 800."Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement," the Kensington Palace statement reads. "They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public."Prince Harry, 33, the fifth in line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, an actress who was born and raised in Los Angeles, announced their engagement in November. Speaking with reporters outside Kensington Palace, Markle showed off her engagement ring, which features two diamonds from the personal collection of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana."The little diamonds on either side are from my mother's jewelry collection to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," Harry told the BBC during the first interview he and Markle gave in November as an engaged couple.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to meet with him in the North for a summit, Moon's spokesman said Saturday morning. The invitation was extended by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong during a lunch meeting with Moon at Blue House, the presidential palace in Seoul. She is in the South attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as her brother's special envoy.The spokesman said Moon did not immediately agree to a meeting, adding that the two countries should continue to work on creating a political atmosphere that would make such a meeting feasible.Moon also told Kim's sister that the North should have a dialogue with the U.S.Following the meeting, Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement, "The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions." At the meeting Saturday, Moon was joined by his national security director, intelligence chief, chief of staff and the unification minister, according to the Associated Press.The luncheon also included Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.The meeting took place after Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates attended the Olympics' opening ceremony. She was photographed sitting behind Vice President Mike Pence during the ceremony. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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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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  • XIN LI/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Among futuristic drone shows and dazzling fireworks displayed at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, many viewers focused on a giant puppet of a human-faced bird.The giant mythological creature, called “Inmyeonjo” in Korean, appeared onstage following the countdown. It soon moved to the center of the stage, surrounded by the Four Guardians- blue dragon, white tiger, red bird, black tortoise - and dancing women dressed in costumes of the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo. The animal's long neck and dragonlike body, combined with its human face, grabbed the attention of many spectators.“I got the idea from murals in old Goguryeo tombs,” the opening ceremony's executive creative director, Song Seung-whan, said in a press briefing on Saturday. “Through the scene, I wanted to depict a world where humans live in peaceful harmony with ancient nature and animals.” Inmyeonjo is a fantastical animal known to travel across the land and the sky and live a thousand years, symbolizing longevity. Based on the Buddhist legends that it has a bird’s torso and a human face, Inmyeonjo in the opening ceremony closely resembles the drawing on the walls of Goguryeo tombs in Deokheung-ri, South Korea.Immediately after the ceremony aired worldwide, Inmyeonjo quickly went viral on social media. The word “Inmyeonjo” trended on major internet portals in South Korea including the biggest website Naver as well as on Twitter.The response was mixed. While some commented that the unfamiliar creature was creepy and even frightening, many found it hilarious and uniquely charming. The bird also gained unexpected attention in neighboring Japan as internet users posted parody pictures and memes online.Bae Il-hwan, the art director who designed Inmyeonjo, thanked the crowd for the attention a day after the ceremonies. “I’m really surprised about this unexpected reaction,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you so much for loving our kid.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Carl Court / Staff / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison. North and South Korea agreed to form a joint female ice hockey team for the 2018 Winter Olympics and to march together at the opening ceremony under a "Korean Peninsula flag," according to a joint statement from the countries released last month. In addition to sending 22 athletes to compete at the games in Pyeongchang, North Korea also deployed a 229-strong all-female cheering squad to root for both nations. At Saturday's hockey match between Switzerland and the unified Korean team, the North Korean cheerleaders split up into groups and situated themselves in various sections around the ice rink. The squad of young women continuously sang, clapped and danced with gusto and unified precision, even as Switzerland crushed the unified Korean team 8-0. The cheerleading troupe also attended the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday night, where they sat silently throughout the show until the unified Korean team entered the stadium. The women suddenly stood up and erupted in synchronized chants, enthusiastically waving flags depicting the unified Korean peninsula in a light blue color. The women arrived in South Korea in charter buses on Wednesday. Most of the squad members ignored questions from the press, only saying, "Nice to meet you." But one of the women told reporters they had traveled from North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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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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