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Eiffel Tower reopens, ending 104-day coronavirus shutdown

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PARIS – Marking another milestone in France’s recovery from the coronavirus blockade, the Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors on Thursday after its longest peacetime closure – 104 days.

Tourists returning to Paris were delighted to find the landmark open when some other attractions in the French capital remain closed. The Louvre Museum will not reopen until July 6.

“It’s very special, very special because it’s just Parisians,” said Annelies Bouwhuis, a 43-year-old visitor from the Netherlands. “We have seen many people in Paris enjoying their city, enjoying its parks without all the tourists.”

The elevators that often take visitors to the 324-meter (1,063-foot) tall wrought iron Eiffel Tower remain closed, so for now people have to climb the stairs.

People queue before visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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Of the three tower decks, only the first two were reopened. Those who climbed the 674 steps on Thursday were rewarded with distant views and a light breeze in scorching summer weather. Masks are mandatory for all visitors ages 11 and up.

“I reserved the first place because it will be very hot later,” said Sabine Peaufils, a 57-year-old Parisian. “This is a true pleasure.”

The tower lost 27 million euros ($ 30 million) due to the closure that started in March, according to its CEO, Patrick Branco Ruivo.

France and other European countries with large tourism sectors are beginning to convince visitors, with mixed results.

The Louvre is preparing for a precipitous drop in visitor numbers when it reopens.

Visitor numbers have declined at the Palace of Versailles since the former royal residence west of Paris reopened on June 6.

The palace has limited visits to a maximum of 4,500 people per day, distributed throughout the day. That is well below the 20,000 people a day the palace received earlier in the busy summer season.

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North Korea criticizes Britain for sanctions targeting prison camps

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North Korea criticized Britain on Saturday for imposing sanctions on two organizations that British officials say are involved in North Korea’s grim prison labor camps.

The sanctions, placed at Bureau 7 of the Ministry of State Security and Correctional Bureau of the People’s Security, are among the first under the UK’s new global human rights regime, Reuters reported Saturday.

“Britain’s latest move is a blatant political plan to get on the train of hostile politics in the United States,” a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement in the KCNA state media.

“We strongly condemn and reject the boldness of the United Kingdom to impose sanctions on institutions responsible for the security of our country as violent interference in internal affairs.”

The sanctions will take the form of an asset freeze. North Korea’s prison camps are believed to involve forced labor, torture and murder.

Tensions between North Korea, South Korea and the United States have increased as a result of a stalemate over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.

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Tesla boss Elon Musk, now richer than Warren Buffett

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Elon Mu $ k is seeing green.

The Tesla CEO outperformed Warren Buffett on the Bloomberg Billionaire Index after the electric car maker’s shares rose 11% on Friday.

Musk, 49, controls approximately 20% of Tesla’s shares, and his now $ 70.5 billion fortune makes him the seventh-richest person on Earth.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a boom year for Tesla with a 269% rise in share prices. Musk made about $ 6.07 billion on Friday alone.

Buffett, 89, saw his fortune decline after donating $ 2.7 billion of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to charities.

The Oracle of Omaha has gifted $ 37 billion in stock since 2006. It promised to give at least half of its fortune to charity during his lifetime or after his death.

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Fay downgraded to tropical depression after making landfall in southern New York

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MIAMI – Tropical Storm Fay weakened into a tropical depression early Saturday morning, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 2 a.m. notice. that the storm has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as it progresses over southern New York.

Fay had closed beaches and flooded coastal streets after making landfall Friday afternoon in New Jersey. It weakened once it touched down and was expected to quickly become a tropical low, then dissipate on Sunday, forecasters said.

The forecast forecast the depression in parts of eastern New York later on Saturday, then moved to western New England and southeast Canada. The depression was moving at 17 mph, forecasters said.

A tropical storm warning that had been issued from East Rockaway, New York, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island, ended with the National Hurricane Center update first thing in the morning. There were no current watches or warnings for depression.

Forecasters said Fay was expected to produce 1 to 3 inches of rain, with possible flash flooding in some areas.

Fay was the first recorded sixth-name storm, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Franklin on July 22, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted.

Two named storms formed before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1. None of the previous five named storms this season turned into hurricanes.

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