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Duchess Meghan faces report of bullying claims ahead of highly anticipated Oprah interview
ABC News/Frame Grab via Getty Images By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Just days ahead of their highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are firing back at a report in a U.K. newspaper that claims Meghan bullied royal staffers at Kensington palace before she and Prince Harry decided to step down from their royal roles last year."Let's just call this what it is -- a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation," a Sussex spokesperson told ABC News in a statement.On Tuesday, Meghan came under fire after a story...
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Prison where Alexey Navalny was sent is 'unbearable,' lawyer, former inmates say
macky_ch/iStock By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been sent to a prison known as unusually harsh and feared as place where prisoners are subjected to intense psychological pressure, according to former inmates and prisoner rights campaigners.Last month, Navalny was sentenced to serve over two and a half years in a penal colony for allegedly violating his parole for a 2014 fraud conviction that has been widely denounced internationally as politically motivated. He was arrested after he returned to Russia following his near fatal poisoning with a nerve agent.Navalny was moved last week from a...
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Judge blocks UK tabloid's appeal after Duchess Meghan wins privacy lawsuit
Marilyn Nieves/iStock By ZOE MAGEE and KATIE KINDELAN, ABC NewsA U.K. judge on Tuesday denied a request by the publisher of the Mail on Sunday to appeal his ruling that the tabloid invaded the privacy of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, by publishing portions of a letter she wrote to her father.The judge, High Court Justice Mark Warby, did acknowledge though that Associated Newspapers' Ltd., the publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, could still attempt an appeal in the Court of Appeal, according to the U.K. Press Association (PA) reporter in court.Warby ruled last month that...
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Americans accused of helping Carlos Ghosn escape arrive in Japan after extradition
Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg via Getty Images By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(TOKYO) -- After a nine-month battle fighting extradition, the American father and son duo accused of aiding former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn in his dramatic international escape have arrived in Japan.Former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his adult son, Peter Taylor, arrived in Tokyo Tuesday morning, their lawyer Paul V. Kelly confirmed to ABC News."It is very disappointing that the U.S. has treated a distinguished veteran and his son in this manner," Kelly told ABC News. "This extradition should never have occurred. The hope now is that Japan acts in a...
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Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls freed days after being kidnapped, official says
Adam Smigielski/iStock By MORGAN WINSOR and JAMES BWALA, ABC News (LONDON) -- Hundreds of students who were abducted from an all-girls boarding school in northwestern Nigeria last week have been released, authorities said Tuesday.Gunmen kidnapped 317 students from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School (GGSS) in the rural town of Jangebe in Zamfara state before dawn on Friday, according to a statement from Mohammed Shehu, spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force's Zamfara State Police Command. The incident -- the latest in a recent string of mass abductions of students in the West African nation -- caused international outrage, with the...
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Ex-Saudi spymaster's assassination plot accusation complicates Riyadh relations following Khashoggi report: Experts
JeanUrsula/iStock By LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A lawsuit accusing the Saudi crown prince of overseeing an assassination attempt on a former Saudi spymaster similar to the one that sealed the gruesome fate of Jamal Khashoggi may hamper efforts to mend the already fraught U.S.-Saudi relationship, experts say.The lawsuit, which was filed last summer against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by former Saudi intelligence official Saad Aljabri, claims that Aljabri was the target of a failed assassination attempt akin to the 2018 assassination of Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist whose death sparked global backlash...
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Myanmar's ousted leader appears in court after deadliest day since coup
SAI AUNG MAIN/AFP via Getty Images By KARSON YIU and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(HONG KONG and LONDON) -- Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was seen Monday for the first time since she was detained in a military coup one month ago, appearing in a Naypyitaw court via videoconference.The Nobel laureate, who leads the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, was initially charged with illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios. She was later charged with violating a natural disaster law by breaching COVID-19 protocols while campaigning during last year's elections. Suu Kyi, 75, appeared in court after a weekend of...
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Prince Harry tells Oprah Winfrey he was afraid of 'history repeating itself'
ABC By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The world got its first look over the weekend at Prince Harry's and Meghan's sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, which is being billed as a bombshell interview in which Harry and Meghan give more insights as to why they stepped down from their royal roles.“You’ve said some pretty shocking things here," Winfrey says to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a pair of clips released Sunday by CBS.In one of the clips, Winfrey says there was "no subject that was off limits" and asks Meghan if she was “silent or silenced."Meghan...
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Dozens of Hong Kong activists, politicians charged for state subversion
ABC News By BRITT CLENNETT, ABC News (HONG KONG) -- Hong Kong is a step closer to being left without a democratic opposition camp as authorities brought charges against 47 activists for conspiracy to commit subversion under the national security law.It’s the most wide-reaching use yet of the controversial legislation which was imposed by Beijing eight months ago and would leave the majority of Hong Kong's once-vocal opposition detained, in prison or in exile.They are among 55 activists and politicians who were arrested in a sweeping police operation in January. Most of them were running in or organizing an unofficial...
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Prince Philip moved to second hospital as he continues to battle infection
Samir Hussein/ Samir Hussein/WireImage By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (LONDON) -- Prince Philip has been transferred to a second hospital as he continues to receive treatment for an infection, according to Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was transferred Monday from King Edward VII Hospital in London, where he was admitted on Feb. 17, to St Bartholomew's Hospital, a teaching hospital also located in London. In addition to receiving treatment for an infection, which the palace has not identified, Philip is also being tested and observed for a preexisting heart condition, according to Buckingham Palace. "The Duke remains comfortable...
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Antarctic iceberg larger than New York City breaks off ice shelf
Ray Hems/iStock By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- An iceberg larger than New York City has broken off an ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists say.The 490-square mile glacier broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf, where the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station is located, the research organization announced. New York City is approximately 302 square miles.Glaciologists have been expecting a large calving event for at least a decade, according to BAS. The first indication that the glacier would break off was in November, when a new chasm named the North Rift -- the third major crack to become...
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Sweden has avoided a COVID-19 lockdown so far: Has its strategy worked?
omersukrugoksu/iStock By GUY DAVIES and BRUNO ROEBER, ABC News (LONDON) -- Sweden’s novel approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic has drawn both praise and fierce criticism, not just inside the Scandinavian country, but across the Western world. The country has so far resisted going into lockdown, unlike the rest of Europe, even during the peak of its second wave over Christmas.In doing so, Sweden has become a lightning rod for those in favor and against stricter social distancing measures. For some, its significantly higher COVID death rate compared to its neighbors is proof that lockdowns are essential to combat the...
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