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SEOUL -- South Korea's ruling party chief on Wednesday said he hoped for a new opportunity for better relations next year with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"I cannot expect an exact date, but another opportunity can be opened by early next year (for inter-Korean relations)," Lee Nak-yon, chair of the governing Democratic Party, told a press conference with foreign correspondents in Seoul.

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LOS ANGELES -- Walt Disney Co. denounced on Tuesday California's new guidelines for reopening theme parks, saying they would complicate the company's bid to reopen Disneyland.

"We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world," said Disneyland Resort president Ken Potrock.

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SUVA -- Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama praised Fijian healthcare workers for keeping the island nation COVID-contained on Wednesday.

According to a government statement, Bainimarama said in Nadi, Fiji's third largest city, that most people on earth live under constant threat of infection from the deadly coronavirus, with global coronavirus infections surpassing 40 million.

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NEW YORK -- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 220,000 lives nationwide.

Almost "221,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Lying to the public about it is not a national pandemic response strategy," the governor tweeted.

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LAGOS -- Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub, on Wednesday called for calm following the shooting on protesters by men in military uniforms on Tuesday evening at the Lekki Toll Gate complex.

In a live broadcast to give updates on the shooting protesters demonstrating against brutality by a police unit dedicated to combatting robberies, the governor announced the suspension of all state activities for three days in solidarity with the ongoing protests and agitations across the state. Enditem

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