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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Millions around the world watch the union of British royalty and Hollywood glamour at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England. (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The big day finally arrived for Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as the couple married Saturday in the town of Windsor, outside London. Prince Charles, Prince Harry's father, walked the bride down the aisle. The American former actress confirmed earlier that her father would not attend the ceremony, owing to ill health, after days of speculation over whether he would make the journey across the Atlantic. Throngs of people descended on the historic town as... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Protests outside abortion clinics are to be outlawed under new laws proposed in Australia's most populous state. The legislation will be debated in the coming days in the New South Wales parliament.  It is estimated that up to 80,000 Australian women terminate a pregnancy each year. While abortion laws vary across the country, in New South Wales the procedure isn't illegal if it safeguards a woman's mental or physical health. Supporters say a ban on protests outside... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Separatist leaders called for a shutdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a daylong visit to review development work and inaugurate road projects. The visit came a day after archrivals India and Pakistan shelled each other's security posts and villages, killing four civilians on each side and an Indian soldier. Shops, businesses and schools were shut while thousands of paramilitary troops and police in flak jackets spread out... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Guests of Prince Harry and his new wife, Meghan, were set to tuck into dishes including Scottish langoustines, grilled asparagus and rhubarb crumble tartlets at a lunchtime reception for the newlyweds. Some of the 600 or so guests arrived hours before the beginning of the ceremony at noon, and were likely to be eager to sample the sumptuous foods on offer. Canapes being served include poached free-range chicken in a lightly spiced yogurt with roasted apricot, croquettes of confit... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has slammed police raids on their properties, saying Saturday they appeared targeted at vilifying the family to provoke public anger. In her first statement since Najib's long-ruling coalition was ousted in May 9 elections, Rosmah Mansor said authorities conducting a corruption and money-laundering investigation should avoid a "premature public trial" of her family. Thousands of Malaysians followed a livestream on... (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Saturday, May 19, 2018
Saudia Arabian authorities and government-aligned media have launched a chilling smear campaign labelling women's rights activists as traitors and a threat to national security. (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Fast-moving lava crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes Friday in a rural subdivision below Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters. Hawaii County Civil Defense said police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area of the Big Island and stopping people from entering. The homes were isolated in the area east of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, two neighborhoods where lava has destroyed... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people, Congo’s health minister announced, as the spread of the hemorrhagic fever in an urban area raised alarm. The statement late Friday said the confirmed cases are in Mbandaka city, where a single case was confirmed earlier in the week. There are now 17 confirmed Ebola cases in this outbreak, including one death, plus 21 probable cases and five suspected ones. The World Health... (Full Story)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Turkey is furious over the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and Israel's use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and it has recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Israel. Tensions between Ankara and Washington were already simmering over the fate of an American pastor imprisoned in Turkey and the sentencing of a Turkish banker in the United States. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department. (Full Story)
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