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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle plan trip to the US, sources say
Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage (LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been working at a whirlwind pace since marrying on May 19.They just completed their first foreign tour to Ireland on behalf of Queen Elizabeth.Kensington Palace recently announced that Meghan and Harry will tour Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October, a trip that will include a visit to Harry's fourth Invictus Games in Sydney.Next spring, they are scheduled to make their first tour to the United States at the request of the U.K. Foreign Office and the British government.While plans have yet to be finalized, the tour will...
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French president's aide questioned by police for allegedly beating protester
Chesnot/Getty Images (PARIS) -- Police questioned an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday after he was apparently caught on video impersonating a police officer while hitting and stomping a Paris demonstrator earlier this year.The video, published Wednesday night by French newspaper Le Monde, was taken May 1 during a demonstration and seems to show Alexandre Benalla wearing a police armband and a helmet, but otherwise in civilian clothes.Benalla, a member of the Elysee Palace security staff, appears to be dragging a woman and then hitting a young man, as real French police officers watch on and do not...
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US citizen, believed to have been fighting for ISIS, detained in Syria
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. citizen, believed to have been fighting for ISIS, was captured in northern Syria this summer, according to a U.S. defense official.Ibraheem Musaibli, who is now at a holding facility, was detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -- the U.S.-led coalition's partner force fighting ISIS in Syria, the official said.The New York Times, which was first to report about Musaibli's capture, said he is 28 years old and from Dearborn, Michigan.Musaibli, along with an Indiana woman whose husband joined ISIS and who is also detained, may be brought to the U.S. for prosecution, the Times...
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England's swans population counted in annual 'swan-upping'
iStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- Among the most quirky of Britain’s historic traditions, the practice of counting swans, or "swan-upping," has a long history dating back hundreds of years.The tradition is named after the officials who carry out the duties, swan uppers. The monarch claims ownership of all mute swans -- the species often represented in fairy tales and art -- in the U.K., as part of a tradition of royal entitlements thought to date back to 1186.Swans, mostly their young cygnets, were considered a delicacy and served at banquets and feasts.Each year, stocks of wild swans were rounded up and counted...
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South Korean government, shipping company ordered to pay compensation for 2014 Sewol ferry disaster that killed 304
ABC News (SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea's court has ordered the government and a shipping company to pay compensation to the families of victims of the Sewol ferry that sank in 2014, killing 304 on board, mostly high school students. It is the first time the state was held responsible for the tragedy that took a toll on the nation for years."The court acknowledges the liability in compensating the plaintiffs, since the negligence by the state and Cheonghaejin Marine Co. has resulted in the occurrence of the accident," the court announced on Thursday.Each victim is to receive $177,000 in...
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Israel passes controversial Jewish nation-state law
iStock/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) - Israel adopted a contentious law on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, a move critics described as racist and a step toward an apartheid state.The bill, which is backed by the right-wing government, states that Israel is “the national home of the Jewish people” and that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It also downgrades the Arabic language from an official language to one with “special status” and encourages the establishment of Jewish settlements. “The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage...
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Thai boy rescued from cave speaks out: 'Thought about my parents'
ABC News (CHIANG MAI, Thailand) -- Chanin "Titan" Vibulrungruang said he was surprised the entire world was waiting to see him."Was it a good surprise?" ABC News asked the boy, following his recent extraction from a flooded cave in Thailand along with his soccer teammates and coach."A lot of people are supporting and encouraging," he said.Titan and his father sat down with ABC News to discuss Titan's recent experience. He said his coach didn't carry him out of the cave but that he held onto his back while swimming out."At first," Titan's father said, "I was really happy and surprised...
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French ambassador Gerard Araud slams Trevor Noah for saying 'Africa won the World Cup'
Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The French ambassador to the U.S. slammed comedian Trevor Noah on Wednesday for saying Africa deserved credit for France's 2018 World Cup victory due to the large number of black players on the team.Gerard Araud wrote a strongly worded letter addressed to Noah on Wednesday, accusing the late-night comedian of "legitimizing" racist ideologies and denying the players' "Frenchness" with his comments about their race and backgrounds.Noah claimed "Africa won the World Cup" in a segment on The Daily Show on Monday, a day after France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow,...
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Chaos at Westminster: Conservative party facing pending Brexit deadline, internal conflicts
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- The controversial visit by President Donald Trump and his bombshell interview criticizing his host wasn’t the only headache for British Prime Minister Theresa May in recent days.This week saw chaotic scenes in the House of Commons as the ruling Conservative party threatened its own rebellious MPs with a general election in order to whip them into line and vote for a vital bill on exiting the European Union (E.U.).Here’s a rundown of what’s going on and how these changes are raising questions of whether or not Prime Minister Theresa May will remain in power much longer.The Brexit...
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Feds spend nearly $70k at Trump hotel in Scotland
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images (TURNBERRY, Scotland) -- The U.S. federal government billed taxpayers nearly $70,000 in expenses at the Trump hotel in Turnberry, Scotland, during President Donald Trump's visit last weekend, federal spending records show.The expenditures, totaling $69,767, were made by the State Department on behalf of the U.S. Secret Service, tasked to protect the president and his family members during their trips abroad.“The State Department frequently assists other U.S. agencies, including the Secret Service, with transportation arrangements and in making hotel bookings overseas," a State Department spokesperson told ABC News. The spokesperson added that the cost for those hotels...
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A 25-foot Jeff Goldblum statue pops up in London
John Phillips/Getty Images (LONDON) -- People walking by Potter's Field Park near the Tower Bridge in London will encounter a larger-than-life figure from the "Jurassic Park" movies.No, it's not one of the film's cloned dinosaurs. It's a 25-foot statue of a Jeff Goldblum, with an open shirt, reclining in the shadow of the bridge."There was nothing sexy going on there and there still may not be," the actor told IGN. "I don’t know how this shirtlessness came about."The statue, placed by the subscription TV service NowTV that is playing "Jurassic Park," recreates Goldblum's famous pose from the movie in honor...
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Rescued boys explain how they survived in Thailand cave for 2 weeks
Linh Pham/Getty Images (CHIANG RAI, Thailand) -- The 12 young soccer players and their coach rescued from a Thai cave never gave up hope of being found alive and passed the time digging into a rocky wall believing they might be able to tunnel out, they said Wednesday.In their first public appearance since the improbable rescues ended eight days ago, the members of the Wild Boar soccer team detailed their harrowing 18-day misadventure after they entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand June 23.The group set out on the excursion planning to explore the subterranean maze only...
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