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Harry and Meghan marry in emotional wedding

  by James Pheby with Robin Millard in London Agence France Presse WINDSOR, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became husband and wife in a star-studded Windsor Castle ceremony on Saturday, filled with traditional pomp and modern twists — and watched the world over. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St. George’s Chapel in an emotional event that brought the biracial US TV star […]

Harry and Meghan hold hands at emotional wedding service

  by James Pheby with Robin Millard in London Agence France Presse WINDSOR, United Kingdom (AFP) — US TV star Meghan Markle joined Britain’s Prince Harry at the altar on Saturday wearing a flowing white dress in front of a star-studded congregation as tens of thousands of fans cheered in the street and millions watched around the world. Harry and the bride’s mother Doria Ragland looked visibly moved and the couple held hands as they […]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding: Minute-by-minute guide

  by Robin Millard Agence France Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday will be a fun-filled occasion but run with military precision, as per British royal tradition. The wedding service will be followed by a carriage procession, a lunchtime reception and an evening party. Here are details of the day’s programme: — 9:00 am (0800 GMT): Some 2,640 people including charity workers, community leaders and […]

Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle as world watches

  by James Pheby with Robin Millard in London Agence France Presse   WINDSOR, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle tie the knot on Saturday in front of celebrity guests and tens of thousands of fans in a ceremony beamed around the world that will combine traditional pomp and modern twists. Well-wishers camped overnight to secure the best spots to watch the newlyweds, who will marry in Windsor Castle […]

Prince Charles to walk Meghan down aisle after dad drops out

  by Edouard Guihaire  Agence France Presse WINDSOR, United Kingdom (AFP) — Prince Charles will be the one to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle when she marries his son Prince Harry, palace officials said Friday as final preparations were under way on the eve of the royal wedding. The bride had initially hoped her father Thomas Markle would take on the role, but confirmed Thursday he would not attend as he is recovering from […]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg agrees closed-door talks with MEPs

by Alex Pigman Agence France Presse BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet European Parliament members behind closed-doors to answer questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said on Wednesday. Senior lawmakers have “agreed that Mark Zuckerberg should come to clarify issues related to the use of personal data in a meeting with representatives of the European Parliament,” the parliament’s leader Antonio Tajani said in […]

France says N.Korea must demonstrate ‘sincerity to negotiate’

PARIS, France (AFP) — North Korea must “demonstrate its sincerity to negotiate on its denuclearisation”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday after Pyongyang threatened to cancel its summit with US President Donald Trump. “Highs and lows can come along as the recent news from the peninsula shows, but we must not lose sight of the goal,” Le Drian said during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Referring to the “complete […]

Police widen probe into Chechen-born Paris knife attacker

by Sophie Deviller and Sofia Bouderbala Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Investigators on Sunday widened a probe into the Chechen-born 20-year-old whose stabbing spree in central Paris, claimed by the Islamic State group, left one person dead and four seriously wounded. The man, identified as naturalized Frenchman Khamzat Azimov, carried out the attack Saturday night in a lively area of theatres and restaurants near the city’s historic opera house. The knifeman, whose rampage […]

Catalan lawmakers vote on new regional separatist leader

  by Daniel Bosque © Agence France-Presse BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) — Catalonia’s parliament will vote Saturday on whether to appoint hardline independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running. Torra, a 55-year-old father-of-three, is an independence advocate cut from the same cloth as Puigdemont who picked him and has tasked him with continuing his fight with Spain’s central government to achieve independence. On Friday, Torra said his […]

London mayor wants fast-food ad ban on transport network

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday proposed to ban adverts for foods high in fat, salt, and sugar from the city’s transport network in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. The mayor also suggested a ban on new hot-food takeaways opening within 400 meters (yards) of schools, his office announced. “Child obesity in London is a ticking time bomb and I am determined to act,” Khan said. “It can’t be […]

Quim Torra, the Catalan separatist anointed by Puigdemont

BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) — Quim Torra, the man chosen by ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to be his successor, may be a newcomer to politics but has long been a committed separatist. Puigdemont on Thursday rejected being re-appointed leader of the region a day after the Madrid government stepped in to block him from once again becoming president of Catalonia. The man the self-exiled Catalan leader has named as his preferred candidate to form a regional […]