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Prince Harry makes first comments on split from royal family
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale (LONDON) -- Prince Harry has made his first public comments about the decision he and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made to no longer be "working members" of Britain's royal family. "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly," Harry, 35, said Sunday night at an event to benefit his charity Sentebale. "It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there...
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17 new cases of SARS-like virus reported in China, officials say
nopparit/iStock (BEIJING) -- Chinese officials have announced 17 new cases of the new coronavirus, a SARS-like illness that began to spread in Wuhan, China, in December.The total number of coronavirus infections in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is now at 62, Hong Kong's Department of Health reported in a statement.Two patients, both older adults, have died from the virus, which is in the same family as SARS, MERS and the common cold. Another eight patients are currently hospitalized in serious condition.Travelers passing through San Francisco International Airport, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport...
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer 'working members' of royal family: Buckingham Palace
Paul Grover- WPA Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer "working members" of the royal family, according to Buckingham Palace.With the queen's blessing, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are embarking on the "next chapter of their lives" by stepping back from their royal duties and will no longer receive public funds.The new arrangement goes into effect in the spring of 2020 and will be reviewed in a year's time."This is seismic. It’s an abdication really," said Alastair Bruce, ABC News' royalty consultant."He was given the opportunity to serve as a member of the royal...
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London man reports fake bomb threat to delay flight he was running late for: Police
Sussex Police Department (LONDON) -- A London man running late for his flight reported a fake bomb threat to try and delay it, police said.Rashidul Islam, 32, was going to meet his fiancee in Marrakech, but had issues with public transport on the way to his flight out of Gatwick and worried he would miss it, according to a statement from Sussex police on Friday.He then allegedly decided to anonymously call the police and report a fake bomb threat."EasyJet flight 8897 leaves in 40 minutes ... There may be a bomb on the plane, you need to delay it, you...
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Australian wildfires prompt $11,000 fine for tossing lit cigarette out of car
Brett Hemmings/Getty Images (SYDNEY) -- Drivers in Australia can now face a penalty of up to $11,000 if they are caught tossing a lit cigarette out of their car.The new punishment, which went into effect on Friday in New South Wales, can also apply to automobile passengers if they throw a cigarette. Passengers would be fined $1,320.The hefty fine would be given if the offense was committed during a total fire ban, which is declared on days of extreme weather and prohibits people from the lighting of any fires in the open or engaging in other activities that may start...
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Fact checkers expose alleged news site run by far-right media company
spyarm/iStock (NEW YORK) -- EU DisinfoLab, in cooperation with newsroom fact-checkers, has uncovered a far-right Polish media operation running a website that was making slight changes to real, existing stories and re-posting them to sow discord.The non-governmental organization, which collaborates with newsrooms throughout the European Union to combat misinformation, discovered the alleged news site after being contacted by fact-checkers from Agence France-Presse.Roman Adamczyk, research coordinator for EU DisinfoLab, told ABC News he was contacted by the AFP fact-checkers after they saw suspicious activity on a site called France Libre 24. Adamcayk said a quick review of the site set off...
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Military: 11 US service members treated for blast injuries in Iran missile attack
scyther5/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military confirmed late Thursday that some American troops were evacuated for blast injuries sustained in Iran's ballistic missile attacks on bases in Iraq last week. Ten service members injured at Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq were flown out of the country on Wednesday, and another service member was flown out on Jan. 10. Eight were taken to Landstuhl, Germany, while the three others were taken to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command."While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad...
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Iran's supreme leader: Military base strike took shot at US stance as a 'superpower'
Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images (TEHRAN, Iran) -- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday that Iran's attack against a U.S. military base was "a blow to the U.S. image as a superpower." Iran's supreme leader, who was leading prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, used the occasion to praise the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force and its former commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a close ally who was killed earlier this month in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad airport. “[A] Day of Allah means when you witness the hand of...
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Pentagon to decide soon on possible troop cut in West Africa
MivPiv/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- A Pentagon decision that could lead to a reduction in the number of U.S. troops in West Africa could come within four to eight weeks, according to Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.The possible troop cut has drawn concerns that it could come at a time when the threat in the region from violent extremist groups is growing.For months, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been reassessing the mission priorities of the 5,200 troops currently stationed in Africa, part of a worldwide review by U.S. military commands to determine whether some missions should...
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Astonishing video shows daring smash-and-grab raid in London jewelry store
Metropolitan Police (LONDON) -- A man in London has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for his part in a daring a smash-and-grab raid at a jewelry store, with the police sharing dramatic footage of the robbery.The video shows the moment a black Range Rover plows through the front of the jewelry store in Shepherds Bush, London, on Oct. 25, 2019. With the store's front windows smashed, three masked individuals exit the vehicle then proceed to break the casings with what appear to be large sledgehammers. The robbers ransack the store, putting jewelry into bags as onlookers are left...
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China must 'face reality' of Taiwan's independence: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen
Oleksii Liskonih/iStock (LONDON) -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called for China to respect Taiwan's sovereignty and its commitment to democracy, just days after she won reelection in a landslide victory.Tsai -- who is the first female president of the Republic of China -- said Taiwan's election results sent a strong message to the world."We are a successful democracy, we have a decent economy [and] we deserve respect from China," she said earlier this week in an interview with BBC.With a high voter turnout, Tsai garnered more than 8 million votes, a record high, handily winning her second term.Tsai focused her...
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Ukraine police investigating possible surveillance of Yovanovitch, Russian hacking
Oleksii Liskonih/iStock (KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukrainian police are now investigating two major cases related to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, one around possible illegal surveillance of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and the other around a suspected attack by Russian military hackers targeting a company where the son of former Vice President Joe Biden sat on the board. On the Yovanovitch case, the interior ministry said in a statement Thursday that police had opened a criminal investigation in light of text messages released by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee this week between two associates of...
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