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Meghan Markle appeared close to tears during a moving Anzac Day dawn service where fiance Prince Harry honoured New Zealand and Australia's war dead. During the poignant event staged as the sun's rays broke over the London skyline, Ms Markle looked emotional as the hymn Abide With Me was sung by thousands gathered at the New Zealand war memorial. The US actress, who wore a grey coat and large brimmed hat, passed a cultural milestone when she, and Harry, were given a traditional Maori welcome. The couple were welcomed by Te Ataraiti Waretini from Ngati Ranana - the London Maori Club - with a traditional hongi, the soft pressing of noses and the sharing of each other's breath. Ms Markle was making her first appearance at a service marking Anzac Day - April 25 - the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli landings, and a national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand. Meghan Markle at the dawn Anzac Day service Credit: Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock Harry, a former Army officer who served for 10 years in the forces, led the nation's tribute to New Zealand and Australia's war dead by laying a wreath during the service at one of a group of metal crosses near Wellington Arch in central London. A handwritten note from the prince, attached to a wreath of red roses, read: "For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. Thank you. Harry." Prince Harry, who has served in the Army, with Meghan Markle during the poignant event in London Credit: Toby Melville /PA Kensington Palace said the Duke of Cambridge hoped to join Harry and Meghan at the afternoon Anzac Day service. William, who is taking a few weeks off official royal duties now his son has been born, has yet to announce the name of the latest addition to his family. Prince Harry led the nation's tribute by laying a wreath at Wellington Arch Ms Markle may not yet be a member of the Royal Family but she has attended a large number of official events in the run-up to her Royal wedding on May 19. There were other Maori cultural elements during the dawn service including a haka performed at the end, a longer version of the one displayed by the famous New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks before matches. The couple, who are getting married next month, listen during the service Credit: TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters Ms Waretini said about Meghan: "She was amazing. I'm not sure if it's her first time at a Maori ceremony, but she did very very well. "It was really lovely to meet her and share the breath of life and share our culture with her and Harry." Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a glance at the dawn service Credit: TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters Trevor Mallard, speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, gave the address during the dawn service and said: "Today we remember 100 years have passed since the final year of the First World War. We honour the service of those who came half way around the world. "Some with a deep conviction that they were fighting for king and empire, some fighting for peace and justice, others were young lads who saw an opportunity for adventure - none could have foreseen the hell on the frontline and in the trenches." Dawn breaks over the London skyline during the service Credit: TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters He added: "Today in thousands of communities throughout Australia and New Zealand people have come together to acknowledge and pay tribute to those who left our shores and particularly to commemorate those who gave their lives for our freedom." Thousands of Anzac troops - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - died in the ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign. Meghan Markle wore a poppy at the Anzac Day service Credit: Toby Melville /Getty Waves of Allied forces launched an amphibious attack on the strategically important Turkish peninsula, which was key to controlling the Dardanelles straits, the crucial route to the Black Sea and Russia. But the plan backed by Winston Churchill, then first lord of the admiralty, was flawed and the campaign, which faced a heroic defence by the Turks, led to stalemate and withdrawal eight months later. Its legacy is the celebration of the "Anzac spirit" - courage, endurance, initiative, discipline, and mateship - shown by the Antipodean troops and today the Anzac Day service in London has become an important moment for thousands of New Zealanders and Australians. During the service prayers were read by young school children and the Last Post was sounded by a bugler before a minute's silence was observed by all. Anzac Day FAQ After the service Harry, Meghan and dignitaries walked the short distance to the Australian war memorial where the prince laid another floral tribute. Sir Jerry Mateparae, the high commissioner of New Zealand, who attended the service said later that Ms Markle was talked through the Maori elements of the service so she understood their significance and importance. He added: "She was very interested, also it's her first Anzac service so we were explaining what it meant to us and the Australian memorial, so for her it was a new experience. "The thing that was special in a way was the prayers led by the children and certainly Prince Harry and Ms Markle were impressed by the young people and the confidence of their delivery but also the way they conducted themselves."
National Rifle Association (NRA) members have been posting videos of destroying products made by Yeti after the company cut ties with the group in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Yeti primarily makes high-end outdoors products, including iceboxes costing between $250 to $1,300 according to the Washington Post. The company had been offering NRA members a discount on its products often used for outdoor events.
The planned carrier is bigger and features aircraft launch pads—some of which could be powered by electromagnetic motors. Despite having similar steam turbo engines, the new carrier will do away with the curled-up bow as aircraft will be catapulted from launch pads, although it remains to be seen if the novel electromagnetic system which the Chinese military has been testing for years will be put into use on the carrier. While China is readying its first home-built aircraft carrier – now doing sea trials in the Bohai Sea – for delivery to the navy by the end of the year, preparations are also underway to build a second carrier in Shanghai.
A construction worker in southern Tehran may have stumbled across the mummified body of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Iranian ruler whose son was overthrown in the revolution of 1979. Builders were carrying out construction work at a Shia shrine in Tehran when they found the body amid a pile of rubble. Pahlavi was buried in a mausoleum nearby after his death in 1944 but the tomb was blown up by Iranian revolutionaries as they tried to erase all traces of the previous regime. The shah’s body was never found in the ruins and has been missing for nearly 40 years. Hassan Khalilabadi, the head of Tehran’s heritage committee, said it was “a possibility” that the corpse may be that of the former Iranian leader. “This will be examined by responsible bodies," he said. The body was reportedly found by construction workers Pahlavi was a military officer who overthrew the ruling Persian dynasty in 1921 and seized power for himself, first becoming the country’s prime minister and then its monarch. He introduced widespread reforms and is credited by some as the founder of modern Iran. But he was forced from power in 1941 by British and Russian troops and abdicated in favour of his son. Pahlavi went into exile and died in South Africa in 1944. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Reza Shah's body as it was buried in 1944 Pahlavi’s legacy is a taboo subject for Iran’s government. While his son is still deeply controversial, some Iranians think fondly of the older Pahlavi because of his modernisation programme and his expansion of some freedoms for women. During the widespread protests in Iran in late 2017 and early 2018, many protesters shouted out Pahlavi’s name as a way of defying Iran’s revolutionary regime. “Reza Shah, bless your soul,” people cried. If the body found in Tehran is indeed that of Reza Shah Pahlavi, Iran’s current rulers may have a delicate task figuring out what to do with it. Islamic custom demands that all bodies be treated with respect but Iranian authorities will also be wary of allowing it to become a rallying point for opposition groups. A spokesman for the Shah Abdol Azim shrine said the body was not Pahlavi’s. "All the rumours on the social media that claim this mummified body belongs to Reza Shah are false and void of any truth,” he said. Reza Shah Pahlavi took power in 1921 but was forced to abdicate in 1941 by the UK and the Soviet Union Pahlavi’s grandson, Reza Pahlavi, said in a statement that he was “closely following” the reports that his grandfather’s body had been found. He warned Iran’s government “against any secrecy or lack of transparency” in its handling of the body. Iranian authorities said the body had been reburied. It was not immediately clear what steps Iran planned to take to verify if the body did belong to Pahlavi. A widely-shared photograph on social media appeared to show an Iranian construction work taking a selfie with the body after discovering it at the foot of his bulldozer.
Canadian police sought a motive Tuesday for a van attack on a bustling downtown Toronto street that left at least 10 pedestrians dead. It took place in broad daylight around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said they had no evidence of a link to the event. "The actions definitely looked deliberate," Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told journalists.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the United States had no intention to leave Syria despite Washington saying it had such plans, the RIA state news agency said. Lavrov told reporters in Beijing he hoped it would become clearer how to cooperate on settling the Syrian issue after contacts with his counterparts from France. Commenting on foreign ministers from Group of Seven leading industrialized nations who united on Monday to condemn Russia, Lavrov said they had an obvious "Russophobic rationale," RIA added. ...
The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on media reports that Russia planned to soon supply Syria with S-300 missile systems, but said a Western missile strike on Syria had soured the atmosphere in the region. Russia's daily Kommersant newspaper, citing unnamed military sources, reported earlier on Monday that Russia might start supplying S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future.
Police in Peru were last night preparing a series of arrests over the lynching of a Canadian man accused by villagers of murdering an 81-year-old medicine woman. Sebastian Woodruffe’s body was found in a shallow grave on Saturday in a remote village in the Amazonian region of Ucayali. The 41-year-old had been accused by locals of the murder of Olivia Arevalo, a traditional healer of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe. She was shot twice and died on Thursday near her home, said Ricardo Palma Jimenez, the head of a group of prosecutors in Ucayali. Arevalo had been working with traditional plant medicine since the age of 15, and came from a long line of healers, according to the Temple of the Way of Light centre, where she worked. The centre published a YouTube video that shows her singing one of her curing songs. Ricardo Franco, Arevalo’s nephew, described her to a Peruvian TV station as “the mother that protects the Earth in the jungle”. He said she was “the most beloved woman” in the tribe. Woodruffe was believed to have been one of her clients, and some reports on social media suggested that she was killed for refusing to perform an ayahuasca ceremony – a hallucinogenic spiritual ritual increasingly popular with Westerners. Other reports indicated a row over debts. Arevalo’s sons disputed both versions, however, saying that she had stopped performing ayahuasca ceremonies due to her health. Sebastian Woodroffe was found buried. Villagers in remote parts of Peru often punish suspects according to local customs and without the involvement of authorities Locals told an indigenous news outlet that witnesses saw Woodroffe shoot Arevalo multiple times after she sang an ikaro, or curing song. He then fled, local residents alleged, prompting Arevalo’s family members to post a “wanted” bulletin online and on Facebook, showing Woodroffe’s photo, identifying him by name and nationality, and offering a reward. Distressing mobile phone footage, shared on social media, showed the attack on Woodruffe. He is seen in the film groaning in a puddle near a thatched-roof structure, as another man puts a rope around his neck and drags him, with others looking on. Mr Jimenez said the footage was being studied, and Peru’s ministry of the interior said in a statement issued on Monday that they were close to making arrests in the case. “The prosecutor is concluding his file soliciting the preliminary arrest of the person seen in the video,” a ministry source told Peruvian newspaper El Comercio. Canada's foreign ministry said they were investigating. "Canada extends its deepest condolences following the reported assassination of Olivia Arévalo Lomas, an Indigenous elder and human rights defender," said Global Affairs Canada, which manages Canadian foreign relations, in a statement. "We are also aware that a Canadian was killed in a related incident. Consular services are being provided to the family of the Canadian." Woodruffe, who is the father of a nine-year-old boy, grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. His friend Yarrow Willard told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Woodroffe worked odd jobs in recent years and did some professional diving. Woodroffe said in a YouTube video in 2013 that he decided to leave his job and leave his home in Canada to study plant medicine in Peru. A relative’s battle with alcoholism had inspired him to “fix the family’s spirit” and pursue a career as an addictions counsellor, he said. Woodroffe began raising money for an apprenticeship with traditional healers in the Amazon, writing on his fundraising page that he felt a responsibility to “support this culture and retain some of their treasure in me and my family, and share it with those that wish to learn.” But Mr Willard said Woodroffe had become more distant after trying ayahuasca in Peru in 2016, and came back “troubled” from his retreats there. He described Woodroffe as a person “who likes to poke, and likes to test the boundaries of people’s beliefs, but is very much a gentle person underneath all that.” He found it hard to believe that his friend would ever be involved in a violent crime. “He had a beautiful spark to him that people respected and loved.” He added: “This man has never had a gun or talked about anything along that line,” suggesting that Woodroffe may have become a scapegoat for Arevalo’s murder. Arevalo's murder prompted outrage in Peru following other unsolved murders of indigenous activists who had repeatedly faced death threats related to efforts to keep illegal loggers and oil palm growers off native lands. Policing is scant over much of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon and villagers in far-flung provinces often punish suspected criminals according to local customs and without the involvement of state police and prosecutors. “We’ve just been in shock,” said Mr Willard. “It just felt like a scam because there is no way this person is capable of that.” Woodroffe becomes the second Westerner to die at a Peruvian retreat. In December 2015 Joshua Andrew Freeman Stevens, 29, killed 25-year-old Briton Unais Gomes after Gomes tried to stab him at a ceremony involving the hallucinogens. Mr Freeman Stevens' actions were ruled self defence and he returned home to Canada. Mr Jimenez said that an autopsy showed Woodroffe died of strangulation, after receiving several blows to his body. "We will not rest until both murders, of the indigenous woman as well as the Canadian man, are solved," he said. “We want the people of the Amazon to know that there is justice, but not justice by their own hands.” A Peruvian vice minister visited the community at the weekend to reassure locals that they would find the truth behind both murders. But the villagers were sceptical. “There is justice for those with money,” one local resident, Alder Rengifo Torres, told TV Peru. Another local woman was captured on Peruvian television telling the minister: “A foreigner can come and kill us, day after day, like dogs or cats, and nothing happens. The state does nothing.” A Peruvian ombudsman wrote tweets condemning the killing of Arevalo, “a promoter of the cultural rights of the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous people.” He urged the government to protect indigenous people “in the face of an increase in illicit activities that put their lives at risk.” But the ombudsman’s office also expressed its “resounding rejection of the lynching and murder of the alleged perpetrator” of Arevalo’s killing, adding: “We ask the authorities for an in-depth investigation."
With Ethiopia signaling it may start filling its towering $4 billion Grand Renaissance Dam this year, safeguarding scarce Nile water resources has surged to the top of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's policy agenda as he begins a second term. Egypt, which relies almost exclusively on the Nile for farming, industry and drinking water, has sought assurances that the dam will not significantly cut the river's flow to its rapidly growing population. Ethiopia, the source of the Blue Nile which joins the White Nile in Khartoum and runs on to Egypt, has said the dam will not disrupt the flow and hopes the project will transform it into a power hub for the electricity-hungry region.
Esther Roberts stands in her friend’s field in Somers, Wis., which sits directly across the road from the massive Foxconn development site in Pleasant Prarie, WIs. At the moment when Esther Roberts decided to run for elected office, she was standing far from her home in Somers, Wisc., amid a sea of pink hats at the March for Women in Washington, D.C., in January 2017. Roberts is typical of the thousands of women who have entered the political arena in the past 18 months in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
Two Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israel were pronounced dead Monday, a Gaza official said, bringing the toll from Israeli fire since March 30 to 40. A spokesman for the Hamas-controlled territory's health ministry named the latest fatalities as Tahrir Wahba, 18, and Abdullah Shamali, 20. Wahba was shot in the head in a clash east of Khan Yunis on April 6, and Shamali died of "bullet wounds to his belly" sustained on Friday, said spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.
Even the most well-trained of our four-legged friends have a mischievous streak in them. On Friday, Michele Sykora shared a video of her sister Danielle out at the mall with her guide dog Thai. SEE ALSO: This ingenious typeface seamlessly blends Braille and text "My sister's guide dog always sneakily walks her into this store without her knowing," Michele wrote on Twitter. "I love dogs, man." My sisters guide dog always sneakily walks her into this store without her knowing ???????????? I love dogs, man pic.twitter.com/UuE9wDN4md — Michele Sykora (@michelesykora) April 20, 2018 That's right: Cool Dog Gear. That video has had almost 6.5 million views at the time of writing. Michele followed it up with this adorable photo of Danielle and Thai together. He is mad loyal to her otherwise pic.twitter.com/NCjQb0vmiH — Michele Sykora (@michelesykora) April 21, 2018 "The first time it ever happened, my dad was with my sister and he just wandered right in," Michele told BuzzFeed. "It was the first time he did it." When she was next in the mall with her dad and sister, Michele explained that her dad told her what Thai had done last time — so just in case it happened again, Michele got her phone out. Unsurprisingly, the video proved popular on Twitter. i can't believe this real store called "COOL DOG GEAR" in comic sans exists out there somewhere https://t.co/UHUTEM6ToA — go go gadget marijuana (@amenbreakfast) April 22, 2018 The dogs like "it's my turn to shop" ?????? https://t.co/eV6HpmhRdi — Erica Danielle (@EricaDanielle99) April 22, 2018 Soon, others were sharing similar stories. My service dog does silly things like this sometimes! He fakes alerts so he can get treats ?????? pic.twitter.com/Zt1bZJeO1L — J (@goddammitcas) April 22, 2018 @GuidDogSparky tries to do this with the pet aisle in the supermarket. — Complexicated Cookie (@Johnboy_Cook) April 21, 2018 Haha classic guide dog behaviour! Lyric always tries to walk me to the park — PINKY FANG (@PINKYFANG) April 22, 2018 We suspect business may be about to rocket at Cool Dog Gear. WATCH: Here's what a blind Paralympic skier sees going down the mountain