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British schoolboy is ‘Romanian Prince Harry’ and THIRD in line to Romania’s throne

Nicholas Medforth-Mills, 32, attended a funeral for his grandfather, Romania’s late King Michael, on Saturday. All eyes were on the Royal and partner journalist Alina-Maria Binder. The couple is very popular and have been billed as Romania’s answer to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  They are due to marry in a Romanian Orthodox ceremony next year in what is sure to be Bucharest’s wedding of the year. t emerged today the pair had already wed in a secret civil ceremony, but their official nuptials will take place in 2018. King…

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Science 

Chile Has Elected Former President Sebastian Pinera in a Return to the Right

The former airline magnate previously governed Chile from 2010 to 2014 More (SANTIAGO, Chile) — Billionaire former president Sebastian Pinera easily won Chile’s presidential runoff election Sunday, moving the world’s top copper-producing country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations. Pinera got 54.6 percent of the votes to 45.4 percent for center-left Sen. Alejandro Guillier, with nearly all the ballots counted. Analysts had expected a much closer race, but there had not been any opinion polls on the campaign for several weeks. Guillier conceded a…

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British embassy worker found dead by roadside

BEIRUT — A British woman who worked at the U.K. embassy in Beirut was found strangled by the side of the road east of the Lebanese capital and authorities are investigating whether she was also sexually assaulted, officials said Sunday. Britain’s Foreign Office in London confirmed the death of the embassy staffer, who worked for the British Department for International Department. British officials declined to provide further details. She was named by British media and her friends as Rebecca Dykes. In a statement released by the Foreign Office, the family…

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Sport 

Mo Farah wins SHOCK BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Farah ended his track career this year having won 10 global gold medals, winning the 10,000m in London but missing out yet another distance double when he finished second in the 5000m. Joshua had been a huge 1/10 favourite to win the award and become the first boxer since Joe Calzaghe to do so. But Farah, who was not in attendance on the night, was the surprise 33/1 winner ahead of three-time Superbike World Championship winner Jonathan Rea and para-athlete Jonnie Peacock. “Mate, I didn’t see that coming. I honestly…

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Lifestyle 

Dame Patricia Routledge joins McCarthy & Stone choir for Sing Your Heart Out event

Actress and singer Dame Patricia Routledge joined the choir from McCarthy & Stone’s Park House retirement development at the Royal Voluntary Service’s Christmas Sing Your Heart Out concert in London. It was proof, should it be required, that life is full of surprises and, in this case, that moving into a retirement complex offers a world of friendship and activities that you might never experience elsewhere. Just ask the choir at Churchill Retirement Living’s Dean Lodge near Bournemouth, where members have just released a single and their own video on…

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Technology 

Ian McKellen wants to play Gandalf in Amazon ‘Rings’ series – CNET

Ian McKellen says he’s still young enough to play Gandalf again. Todd Eyre/Warner Bros. The way Sir Ian McKellen figures it, he’s still got 6.922 years left to play Gandalf. Last month, Amazon announced plans for a multi-season series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series. And McKellen, who played the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies, says he’s up for another trip to Middle-earth. McKellen appeared on BBC Radio2 with Graham Norton on Saturday, and Norton brought up the Amazon series….

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Sport 

Sports Personality of the Year 2017 LIVE: Latest updates from BBC SPOTY

This year’s gala night, featuring performances from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Rag’n’Bone man, is set to take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The glitzy evening has previously been held in arenas up and down the country including Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. Anthony Joshua is a massive favourite to take top honours but four-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is not expected to be far behind – a public vote will decided the overall winner of the biggest prize. But there are a number of awards…

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Entertainment 

Alexander Armstrong celebrates release of In A Winter Light with his top 10 vinyl albums

GETTY Alexander Armstrong reveals his top 10 vinyl records On his newly released In A Winter Light, the 47-year-old presenter of quiz show Pointless covers everything from Fleet Foxes’ 2008 White Water Hymnal to There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, which, he says “is about as old as English church music gets – it’s virtually pagan! We’ve got some lovely old kitsch on there as well”. The variety of Yuletide sounds reflects Alexander’s restless ear for great music. But he admits that he gave away his original collection of…

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Entertainment 

Puccini’s La Bohème opera: Sensitively portrayed, well-focused with light-hearted comedy

The story is pared to the bone, with four singers taking the roles of the two central couples, Mimi and Rodolfo (renamed Ralph) and Musetta and Marcello (renamed Mark). The characters are recognisably Generation Rent, living on their mobiles and takeaway meals, and the setting is Dalston, East London, during Christmas. One pivotal change is that Mimi is no longer suffering from tuberculosis but from heroin addiction. This is sensitively portrayed, unlike Benedict Andrews’s crass update of La Bohème at the Coliseum two years ago. Lizzie Holmes, the Mimi in…

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Lifestyle 

High definition hearing: Deaf sufferers joy as scientists invent bionic ear

The research could transform the lives of thousands of people. Hearing aids and implants are limited because users are often unable to pick out complex sound or hear clearly among background noise. Researchers at The Bionics Institute in Melbourne are developing a way to adapt the cochlear implant in the ear to stimulate the auditory nerve using light instead of electrical impulses. This means sounds can be specifically targeted along different frequency regions along the auditory nerve.  Dr Carly Anderson, of Action on Hearing Loss, said: “This is really exciting,…

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