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  • It’s a boy! Britain’s Kate gives birth to royal heir

    It’s a boy! Britain’s Kate gives birth to royal heir

    Kate and her child are both "doing well" and will remain in the hospital overnight

    Prince William's wife Kate on Monday gave birth to a baby boy who will one day inherit the British throne, Kensington Palace said in a statement.

    "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24pm (local time)," said the statement. "The baby weighs 3.8kg.

    Kate and her child were both "doing well" and will remain in the hospital overnight, it added.

  • Royal baby hype in the UK

    Royal baby hype in the UK

    As the first prolonged heatwave in 7 years continue to soar across the country, the mercury levels leaped a few more notches this morning with Kate Middleton being admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour. Brits are obsessed with anything that comes with a royal tag and this is a whole new addition you are talking about!

  • France stands by veil ban after riots

    Police check on a couple in Paris suburb sparked riots on Friday

    France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls defended on Monday France’s ban on wearing full-face veils in public places after a police check on a veiled Muslim woman sparked riots in a Paris suburb at the weekend.

    The 2010 law was brought in by conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy and targets burqa and niqab garments that conceal the face rather than the headscarf that is more common among French Muslim women.

  • Britain’s Kate in labour as world awaits royal baby

    Britain’s Kate in labour as world awaits royal baby

    Media and fans await outside the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital

    Prince William's wife Kate was admitted to the hospital on Monday in the early stages of labour as the world awaited the birth of a baby directly in line to inherit the British throne.

    After weeks of global anticipation over the arrival of a new generation of British royalty, the royal couple, both 31, were driven from Kensington Palace to a private London hospital wing at around 6am.

  • Turkey: Gas feud may raise Cyprus partition option

    Turkey: Gas feud may raise Cyprus partition option

    Turkey’s deputy prime minister says Cyprus’ formal partition may come up as an option in renewed talks to reunify the ethnically divided island if Greek Cypriots don’t share newfound gas deposits with breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

    Besir Atalay was speaking Saturday at celebrations marking Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus that followed a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Turkish Cypriots declared independence in 1983 but only Turkey, which maintains 35,000 troops there, recognises it.

  • Belgian King Albert makes way for son Philippe

    Belgian King Albert makes way for son Philippe

    Belgium King Philippe took the oath before parliament to become Belgium’s seventh king on Sunday after his father Albert abdicated as the head of this fractured nation.

    Earlier Sunday, the 79-year-old Albert signed away his rights as the kingdom’s largely ceremonial ruler at the royal palace in the presence of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who holds the political power in this 183-year-old parliamentary democracy.

  • Russia opposition leader freed on bail, protests rattle Kremlin

    Russia opposition leader freed on bail, protests rattle Kremlin

    Putin’s spokesman called the protesters “mobs” and warned that the rallies were illegal
    Russia unexpectedly freed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on bail on Friday, bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence as a crude attempt by President Vladimir Putin to silence him.

    Putin’s spokesman called the protesters “mobs” and warned that the rallies were illegal.

  • England heatwave kills 650 in 9 days

    England heatwave kills 650 in 9 days

    Authorities issue public warnings over the heat
    Britain’s first prolonged heat wave in seven years has taken the country by surprise, with rails buckling, shops selling out of electric fans, and scientists estimating the surge in temperature could have caused hundreds of premature deaths.

    After a washout summer in 2012 and the coldest spring for more than 50 years, temperatures have soared across the country due to a northward shift in the high-altitude jet stream, prompting several authorities to issue public warnings over the heat.

  • Britain legalises gay marriage

    Britain legalises gay marriage

    Britain has legalised gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, AP reported.

    House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday — the day after the bill to legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

    The queen’s approval was a formality. It clears the way for the first gay marriages next summer.

  • Putin: Russia-US ties priority over Snowden

    Snowden is wanted by the US for revealing US intelligence details

    President Vladimir Putin signalled on Wednesday that he would not let former US spy contractor Edward Snowden’s application for temporary asylum in Russia derail relations with the United States.

    Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for revealing details of US government intelligence programs, has been in the transit area of a Moscow airport since June 23 and wants to be able to stay in Russia until he can find sanctuary elsewhere.

  • Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

    Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the United States on espionage charges.

    Snowden is seeking refuge in Latin America after leaking details of US government surveillance programmes, but has not risked taking any flight that might be intercepted by the United States since flying in from Hong Kong on June 23.

  • Russia’s Putin wants Snowden to go, but asylum not ruled out

    Russia’s Putin wants Snowden to go, but asylum not ruled out

    Snowden flew to Moscow in hopes of travelling to a country willing to protect him

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted Edward Snowden to leave after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport, but also signalled that the former US spy agency contractor was moving towards meeting Russia’s asylum conditions.

    Snowden flew to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport from Hong Kong on June 23 in the hope of travelling on to a country that would offer him protection from the United States after he divulged details of US government intelligence programs.

  • Russia’s Putin wants Snowden to go, but asylum not ruled out

    He said Washington had trapped Snowden by preventing him from reaching other countries that might shelter him, wary of upsetting Moscow’s former Cold War enemy
    President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted Edward Snowden to leave after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport, but also signalled that the former US spy agency contractor was moving towards meeting Russia’s asylum conditions.

    Snowden flew to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport from Hong Kong on June 23 in the hope of travelling on to a country that would offer him protection from the United States after he divulged details of US government intelligence programs.

  • World’s media sweat it out for Britain’s royal baby

    World’s media sweat it out for Britain’s royal baby

    Palace said the baby was due in “mid-July”
    The media frenzy over the birth of Prince William and his wife Catherine's baby reached fever pitch on Saturday as the reported due date came and went with no sign of the royal heir.

    A rumour that the Duchess of Cambridge had gone into labour on Thursday spread like wildfire on Twitter and reportedly caused Prime Minister David Cameron's office to call Buckingham Palace to check on it.

  • Boeing Dreamliner catches fire at Heathrow airport in London

    No casualties were reported 

    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire at Britain’s Heathrow airport on Friday in a fresh blow for the US planemaker whose new model was grounded for three months after one high-tech battery caught fire and another overheated.

    External scorching from the fire was located in a different part of the aircraft from the bays containing batteries, and the cause of the fire was unknown.

  • Rushanara Ali backs Rohingyas

    Rushanara Ali backs Rohingyas

    Myanmar President Thein Sein is likely to visit the UK soon

    Rushanara Ali, a Bangladesh-origin UK shadow minister for international cooperation, Friday called on the British government to exert pressure on Myanmar authorities to urgently address the humanitarian crisis the Rohingyas are facing in that country.

    Myanmar President Thein Sein is likely to visit the UK soon.

    His London visit “is a unique opportunity” for Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to press him and his government to address some of the key human rights issues, she said, according to a press release.

  • Russia convicts dead lawyer Magnitsky in posthumous trial

    Russia convicts dead lawyer Magnitsky in posthumous trial

    A Moscow court convicted late investment fund lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on Thursday of tax evasion after Russia’s first posthumous trial, a ruling that will further undermine President Vladimir Putin’s reputation in the West.

    The court also convicted Magnitsky’s former client William Browder, a Briton who has spearheaded an international campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for Magnitsky’s death in a Moscow jail while awaiting trial in 2009.

  • Greenpeace protesters try to climb Shard

    Greenpeace protesters try to climb Shard

    The Shard is the tallest building in the EU, standing 301 metres tall

    Six women were attempting to climb London’s 72-storey Shard skyscraper on Thursday morning in protest over Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group Greenpeace and police said.

    The six “artists and activists” evaded security guards at 4am to begin the unauthorised attempt to scale the tallest building in the European Union, which stands 301 metres tall, Greenpeace said.

    “They chose to climb the Shard because it towers over Shell’s three London offices,” it said in a statement.

  • US, British intelligence services face legal battle

    US, British intelligence services face legal battle

    Activists allege NSA, GCHQ spying programmes abuse laws

    The British and US programmes that have been accused of spying on millions of citizens have been challenged in a legal battle by privacy campaigners, The Guardian reported on Monday.

    The papers, which were filed Monday in the UK, called for an immediate end to Britain’s use of material accessed through the Prism programme, run by America’s National Security Agency (NSA), which has sparked widespread concerns and debates across the globe on privacy concerns of citizens around the world.

  • Royal baby will have surprising family tree

    Royal baby will have surprising family tree

    The baby's ancestors include an Islamic sultan from Seville, Spain, who descended from Prophet Mohammed (SM), experts say

    Even before the birth of the new royal baby to Prince William and his wife Kate, genealogists are looking into its family tree, and are coming up with many surprises.

    The baby’s relations will stretch from a simple Parisian actress via the Dracula princes in Romania, to even an Islamic sultan from Seville in Spain, who descended from Prophet Mohammed (SM), experts say.

    The family tree of the baby’s father Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, is strongly tied to the European Gotha line.

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