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Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting

AFP 01/12/2020

LONDON, United Kingdom — Queen Elizabeth II will host a showdown meeting with Prince Harry on Monday in an attempt to solve the crisis triggered by his bombshell announcement that he and wife Meghan were stepping back…

UK royals scramble for solutions after Harry-Meghan bombshell

AFP 01/11/2020

LONDON—The British monarchy scrambled on Thursday to find urgent “workable solutions” for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan after being caught offguard by the couple’s decision to quit front line duties and seek financial independence outside of…

NBA fines Isaiah Thomas $25K for bumping referee

AFP 01/05/2020

NEW YORK — Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for inappropriate contact with a referee in a 122-103 home loss to Portland on Friday. Thomas received a technical foul and…

Sydney fireworks to go ahead despite massive protest petition

AFP 12/29/2019

SYDNEY — A petition to cancel Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks and use the money to fight bushfires ringing the city has topped 260,000 signatures, but officials say the show will go on. Sydney is spending…

US proposes remote ID requirement for drones

AFP 12/28/2019

United States regulators on Thursday unveiled a proposal to require privately operated drones to use remote identification (ID) — a kind of electronic license plate — as part of efforts to ensure airspace safety. The Federal Aviation…

Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

AFP 12/25/2019

PARIS — Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was unable to hold Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in more than 200 years – after a fire ravaged its structure in April. With heavy hearts, French Catholics instead…

Force is still with ‘Star Wars,’ with massive N. America opening

AFP 12/24/2019

LOS ANGELES–The force is still strong with “Star Wars” as “The Rise of Skywalker” opened to a massive box office take of $177.4 million in North America, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The film scored the…

‘Star Wars’ grips Hollywood with ‘Rise of Skywalker’ premiere

AFP 12/17/2019

LOS ANGELES — The final film in the epic “Star Wars” trilogy of trilogies brought Hollywood to a standstill, as a galaxy of VIPs from the space saga that began four decades ago descended on a glittering…

Star Wars fans camp outside LA theater week before film opens

AFP 12/14/2019

Obsessed Star Wars fans with sleeping bags and a portable movie projector have started camping outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre, more than a week before the blockbuster begins playing. Roughly 20 sci-fi lovers were in place Thursday, seven…

Wheelchair athletes find love on dance floor

AFP 12/01/2019

TAIPEI — Athletes Vincent Kuo and Ivy Huang each discovered an electric talent for wheelchair dancing on their own. But it was when they were paired up together that sparks really flew. Part of Taiwan’s last generation…

Parks a boost to mental health worth trillions, study notes

AFP 11/17/2019

PARIS—Spending time outdoors is long understood to offer mental health perks, including reduced stress, improved sleep and enhanced cognition. But these public spaces might also benefit the global economy, new research suggests. Visits to national parks around…

Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills four in Japan

AFP 10/13/2019

TOKYO — Japan’s military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding in the aftermath of powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which killed at least four people, caused landslides and burst rivers. By Sunday morning, the significantly weakened storm…

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