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Sarah Ferguson wedding dress: Which designer made Duchess of York’s wedding gown?

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, 58, married Prince Andrew, 57, on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London, England.  Her dress was designed by Lindka Cierach, British couturier and fashion designer, and was made from ivory duchesse satin. Lindka has since made dresses for a number of other notable members of the British royal family, such as Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. The gown was heavily beaded, especially over the bodice, with symbols including hearts (to represent love) and waves, a homage to Prince Andrew’s career in sailing.  It…

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Russia, Iran open their arms as NATO ally loses patience with U.S.

LONDON — Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have hit a new low over Washington’s support of militias battling the Islamic State, according to analysts. The government in Ankara views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists. Experts warn that the crisis is resulting in Turkey — a longtime American ally with NATO’s second-largest standing army — turning away from the West and toward Russia and Iran. U.S. military support for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish YPG militia, have left Turkey furious. Officials have even warned that…

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London and South East markets CONTINUE to cool as North and Midlands see price hikes

GETTY London and South East markets continued to cool as North and Midlands see price hikes in December The report, which is collated from the results of a survey based on Surveyors observations of their local market, rather than house prices or transactional data, suggests that whilst the normal Christmas slow-down was evident in many areas, further price growth was reported in in Wales, Northern Ireland, the North West and the Midlands last month.   However, the disparity between these areas with London and the South East continues to grow, with…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley leaves Rey behind as she reveals VERY different new character

For a start, it’s a rabbit. Ridley plays Cotton Tail in the new Peter Rabbit caper, which also features her Star Wars co-star Domhnall Gleeson. She plays Cotton-Tail, and says in a new featurette that the character is a real “loose canon”. “Cotton-Tail represents the sort of loose canon,” she said. “She is a little bit mental… she’s awesome.” Ridley stars alongside the likes of James Corden and Margot Robbie in the film, with Rose Byrne joining Gleeson in a human role. The synopsis reads: “In Peter Rabbit, the mischievous…

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Sport 

Alexis Sanchez on brink of Man Utd move as shop prints No 7 shirts

Alexis Sanchez was at Arsenal training today for perhaps the last time before he moves to Manchester United. Arsene Wenger says the deal could be done within the next 24 hours. United will send Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal in return for Sanchez, with some reports claiming the Gunners also want £10m from the deal. And it appears as though Adidas are in the know over the transfer. A shopper on London’s Oxford Street noticed the kit manufacturer’s flagship store is already printing ‘Alexis 7’ shirts. Alexis Sanchez is all set…

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Foreign lobbyists rush to register in shadow of Mueller probe

WASHINGTON — The data firm whose work for Donald Trump’s campaign attracted the interest of Robert Mueller’s investigators recently filed paperwork showing it had helped spread negative information about Qatar, the Gulf nation targeted by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates in a bitter propaganda battle. The parent company of Cambridge Analytica filed documents with the U.S. Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit disclosing $333,000 in payments by the UAE for a 2017 social media campaign linking the Qataris to terrorism. In June the Trump administration endorsed the aggressive…

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Le Jeune Homme et La Mort/ La Sylphide review: English National Ballet London Coliseum

Two hugely contrasting ballets brought back one star and launched another in a night that, once again, asserted the ENB’s impressive renaissance. Returning hero Ivan Vasiliev was the hot ticket as the stricken and shirtless Le Jeune Homme of the title in Jean Cocteau’s incandescent showpiece for male virtuosity. Throw in Tamara Rojo as his cruel mistress and you have an explosive match made in Heaven (or Hell in the poor chap’s case). Following that, La Sylphide runs the risk of appearing twee in tweed, but a spectacular lead from…

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UK and France to tighten border controls by fast-tracking asylum claims at Calais

The controversial move is part of the new multimillion pound deal signed by Theresa May and French president Emmanuel Macron at Sandhurst Military Academy, Berkshire, during his first visit to the UK.  Mr Macron said the time to process adults’ applications would be cut from six months to one month, with the processing of unaccompanied children cut to 25 days.  And he repeatedly vowed that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union would not impact on close Anglo-French relations.  But he insisted Britain could not expect the City to keep…

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Breast and ovarian cancer: All woman over 30 ‘should be tested for gene mutations’

Scientists from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London said screening the entire population rather than just those at high-risk of carrying either a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation would be more cost effective and could help prevent more cancers cases. Actress Angelina Jolie has previously revealed she carries the “faulty” BRCA 1 gene, which sharply increases the risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. In 2013 the actress had a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer. Researchers believe a programme to…

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One of world’s biggest ever diamonds unearthed, sending stocks soaring

London-based Gem Diamonds uncovered the 910 carat, colourless diamond, the fifth largest gem quality one ever found, in the small kingdom of Lesotho. The company said the diamond was the largest found at the Letseng mine in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho. The diamond belongs to a category that represents less than 1 percent of all mined diamonds in the world. Coming in at round the size of two golfballs, its value is also increased because it is colourless, the diamond miner said. The previous largest find at the…

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