Lifestyle 

Kate Middleton pregnant: Duchess of Cambridge Christmas gift to the Queen revealed

Monday 18 December, 2017: 9:13am Will Meghan Markle have to curtsey to Kate Middleton once she marries Prince Harry? Neither woman has royal blood – but there are strict rules and protocol to follow. The current rules on who-curtseys-to-who were first drawn up by the Queen’s private secretary, in a document in 2005, entitled ‘Precedence Of The Royal Family To Be Observed At Court’ – its purpose was to clarify Camilla’s position in the hierarchy following her marriage to Charles. Royal expert Christopher Wilson revealed Meghan will always be expected…

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‘Build a wall!’ Protests as far-right summit claim EU will DESTROY Europe

Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen were among the politicians to attend a controversial summit in the Czech Republic, which was met by protestors outside.  The meeting took place at a hotel in Prague, which was heavily guarded with specialist security forces during over the weekend.  Mr Wilders, leader of the anti-EU, anti-migrant Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, said a “wall” needed to be built to stop “mass migration”.  After dodging protestors outside who booed and chanted against the far-right groups, Mr Wilders claimed the Czech Republic highlighted the…

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Science 

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Japan’s fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology (AFP Photo/Institute of Cetacean Research) Wellington (AFP) – The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan’s Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo’s argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research. Japan’s whaling fleet left for the Southern Ocean last month, planning to kill 333 minke whales over a four-month period. Its fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology, but critics say such lethal research is unnecessary and acts…

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Sarah Palin’s son arrested on domestic violence charges

The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was arraigned Sunday on domestic violence charges, according to online court records. Track Palin, was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of felony burglary, assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief for causing property damage in Wasilla, Alaska, according to court records. The criminal mischief charge was for causing between $250 and $999 in property damage. The alleged incident occurred on Saturday, according to the court records, which indicated that all charges were related to domestic violence. Track Palin in 2008….

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Have America’s CEOs stopped standing up to Trump?

The outdoor recreation industry responded last week with a unified repudiation of the White House’s announcement to sharply reduce the size of two national monuments, but there is little indication that this — or other controversial positions, ranging from H-1B visa cutbacks to the still-unsettled fate of DACA “Dreamers” — would prompt America’s corporate leaders to sever ties with President Donald Trump. “You’ll see most companies, unless it’s something directly affecting their business, will try to stay out of the fray,” Andrew Ward, an associate professor of management at Lehigh…

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North Korea spy claims as man charged with selling weapons of mass destruction

Police have confirmed the arrest of a man of North Korean descent who has now ben charged with two counts of attempting to sell missiles and with another four under legislation enforcing United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea. Police swooped on Eastwood, a suburb of Sydney on Saturday in a dramatic arrest to prevent a sale allegedly worth “tens of millions of dollars”. The suspect was arrested for attempting to sell WMD related equipment and warheads, including software for the guidance systems of ballistic missiles. The charges are…

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Sport 

Bournemouth vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest score and action from Dean Court

Liverpool sit sixth in the Premier League and can move above Burnley and Arsenal into fourth with a win. The Reds’ form has dipped recently – they have drawn their last two games. But they are unbeaten since October and are favourite heading into this clash. Bournemouth are winless in five games and a result today (4.30pm) would see them move 12th. Bournemouth starting XI: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Ibe, L. Cook, Surman, Pugh, King, Defoe. Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah,…

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Inside Congress’ largest sexual harassment settlement

WASHINGTON — Of all the secret deals cut on behalf of accused members of congress, the one that resulted in the largest settlement yet uncovered may be the most surprising. The details provide a window into a process so opaque, convoluted and confusing that even the accused congressman was left in the dark about exactly how and why his accuser ended up being paid $220,000 for her claim. With new harassment accusations being revealed on a nearly daily basis in Congress, documents obtained by NBC News from this one case…

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Science 

Taiwan steel firm behind toxic dump in Vietnam fined again

A toxic dump last year from a Formosa steel plant sparked one of Vietnam’s worst environmental catastrophes (AFP Photo/STR) More A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic spill that killed tonnes of fish in central Vietnam last year was fined for a second time for illegally burying “harmful” waste, official sources said Sunday. The deadly dump from Formosa’s $11 billion steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country’s worst environmental catastrophes, decimating livelihoods along swathes of coastline and prompting months of rare protests in the authoritarian country….

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Entertainment 

The Coburg Conspiracy: Real father of Prince Albert explored in new book

The Coburg Conspiracy will investigate whether Albert’s real father was his uncle Prince Leopold or a Jewish royal aide named Friedrich Blum. Rumours of Albert’s illegitimacy have existed ever since Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha divorced his mother Luise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg for adultery in 1826. Having been exiled from court and forbidden from seeing Albert and his elder brother Ernst II, Luise married the Baron von Hanstein – who has also been caught up in the speculation about Albert. Author Richard Sotnick learnt German to search through archives…

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