Earl Charles Spencer, who spoke memorably at Diana's funeral on behalf of his family, was seen entering the church. Nicholas Soames, a grandson of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill and a close friend of Harry's father Prince Charles, was also among the guests. Following the service, Queen Elizabeth II was to host a lunch in the castle's St. George's Hall for the 600 guests. Charles, the heir to the throne, will be hosting 200 family and close friends from among the guests at an evening reception at Frogmore House. Politicians have been left off the guest list, meaning there was no invite for US President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May.
May 19, 2018 09:00 UTC
Sarawak Report is once more available to internet users in Malaysia after being blocked for the past two years. Police this week raided properties linked to the former prime minister and his wife and seized a huge haul of luxury handbags, jewellery and cash as the investigation he suppressed while in office was revived by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Sarawak Report and Medium.com, a blogging platform that hosted her site, were also blocked in the country. During 2014 and 2015, Sarawak Report published a series of groundbreaking articles, with documents that detailed how money was allegedly siphoned off from 1MDB. She is the sister-in-law of former British prime minister Gordon Brown.
May 19, 2018 09:00 UTC
Happy customers show a universal health care card and the cost per visit shortly after it was launched 16 years ago. (Bangkok Post file photo)Free universal health care is the most sought-after policy for a majority of people in the upcoming election, according to an opinion poll. Only 15% said they wanted a non-partisan or “outsider” prime minister. Another 25.5% say they would not vote for him, down 9.3 points from the previous survey, while 34.5% would abstain, up 6.1 points. The survey, titled “What Kind of Prime Minister Thais Want”, was conducted on May 16 and 17 based on telephone interviews with 1,205 people aged 18 or over.
May 19, 2018 08:54 UTC
SANTA FE (UNITED STATES) - The latest mass shooting at a US school unfolded Friday in the Texas town of Santa Fe, where at least 10 people were killed by a heavily armed student. Emergency crews in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School in Texas, where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018The tragedy occurred just three months after the massacre in Parkland, Florida, where a former student entered a high school and killed 17 people. - What happened -Police said a 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, burst into a classroom and opened fire at Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston, as the school day was beginning around 8:00 am. - The shooter -Pagourtzis, a junior at the school, was taken into custody on murder charges. Survivors of February's high school shooting in Parkland, Florida voiced solidarity and vowed to press on with their campaign for tighter gun laws.
May 19, 2018 08:26 UTC
Fans clad in Union Jack flags arrive prior to the wedding ceremony for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning. "There's only one toilet in the village, which was worse, there was a big line," added the 46-year-old, who had marked out her camp with Union Jack flags. The crowd in Windsor was expected to swell to around 100,000, with at least 5,000 journalists, according to Thames Valley Police. Retired nurse Cynthia Osborne travelled from her home in Cardiff, Wales to catch the train, wearing an array of Union Jack branded clothing and a Welsh dragon hat. Traditionally the monarch bestows titles on princes and their spouses in the day of their wedding.
May 19, 2018 08:03 UTC
LONDON - Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced just hours before the ceremony. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel," it said in a statement. "Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex." It is traditional to give royal sons titles reflecting the three historic realms -- England, Scotland and Ireland -- that made up the United Kingdom. Queen Victoria's third son prince Arthur was made earl of Sussex in 1874 but the title became extinct upon the death of his grandson in 1943.
May 19, 2018 07:52 UTC
Investigators work near the smouldering wreckage of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a yuca field near Havana just after takeoff with more than 100 passengers on board. Built in 1979, the plane was leased from a small Mexican company, Global Air, also known as Aerolineas Damoj. Global Air said the plane was flying with a crew of six Mexicans -- the pilot, co-pilot, three flight attendants and a maintenance technician. Global Air had the necessary permits to lease it, and had passed inspections in November last year, it said. Prior to Friday's crash, Cuba's most recent air accident occurred in April 2017, when eight military personnel died when a Russian-made AN-26 transport aircraft went down in western Cuba.
May 19, 2018 07:41 UTC
JALALABAD (AFGHANISTAN) - Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said Saturday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramadan began. No group has yet claimed the murders but the Taliban said they were not responsible in a WhatsApp message. In September 2017 IS claimed a suicide bombing on a cricket match in Kabul which left three dead and five injured. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned the attack in Jalalabad. Cricket in Afghanistan struggled under the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in the late 1990s, which viewed sports as a distraction from religious duties.
May 19, 2018 07:18 UTC
"There's only one toilet in the village, which was worse, there was a big line," added the 46-year-old, who had marked out her camp with Union Jack flags. The party started early for bleary-eyed fans on the first train from London's Paddington station as crowds packed onto the platform, although in true British tradition, the trip was delayed on departure. The crowd in Windsor was expected to swell to around 100,000, with at least 5,000 journalists, according to Thames Valley Police. Retired nurse Cynthia Osborne travelled from her home in Cardiff, Wales to catch the train, wearing an array of Union Jack branded clothing and a Welsh dragon hat. "It's going to be a lovely day, but I don't think I'll be able to retire" on the profits, joked shopkeeper Irshan, who had entered the party spirit with a Union Jack turban.
May 19, 2018 07:18 UTC
Soldiers pose with some of the 7.8 million speed pills and 50kg of crystal methamphetamine seized in Chiang Rai during a briefing at the Mengrai Maharaj military camp on Saturday morning. (Photo supplied by Royal Thai Army)CHIANG RAI: A military task force seized almost 8 million speed pills and 50kg of crystal methamphetamine from a pickup truck abandoned by a smuggler following a chase in Wiang Chiang Rung district late Friday night. Soldiers manning a checkpoint at Ban Pha village in tambon Dong Mahawan signalled a new Toyota Hilux Revo pickup truck with no licence plates to stop for a search at around 9.45pm on Friday, but the driver sped off and the troops gave chase. However, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to plunge into a roadside ditch about 350 metres from the checkpoint. Troops found 39 fertiliser sacks containing 7.8 million speed pills and two sacks containing 50kg of crystal methamphetamine or "ice" in the bed of the pickup truck, said Lt Gen Wichak Siribansop, the Third Army commander.
May 19, 2018 07:07 UTC
SANTA FE (UNITED STATES) - Evan San Miguel, a freshman at Santa Fe High School, said he was in his art class early Friday when a fellow student burst in and yelled "Surprise!" Candles, flowers and stuffed animals line a table during a vigil for victims of a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where a student opened fire on classmates, killing 10 peopleThen the shooting started. "It was terrifying, terrifying," Evan recalled hours later. and then he shot him in the chest area," said Evan, who described how a bullet grazed his left shoulder. At the vigil, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and US Senator Ted Cruz hugged grieving family members, comfort dogs sat with students, and ministers offered prayers.
May 19, 2018 06:45 UTC
Former prime minister Najib Razak attends Friday prayers at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur. The affair centred on allegations that Malaysian officials took huge kickbacks in the 2002 purchase of Scorpene submarines from France when Najib was defence minister. Najib's immediate concern is allegations that he, his family, and cronies pillaged billions from 1MDB. But 1MDB pales in many ways to the Scorpene affair, which has sex, submarines, assassins on the run, and an unfortunate Mongolian model and translator. Allegations that Najib and Rosmah were involved in the killing -- carried out by two government bodyguards -- were steadfastly denied by Najib.
May 19, 2018 05:49 UTC
A road section at the corner of Na Luang intersection in Thung Kru district of Bangkok subsides on Saturday morning. (Photo by Nittaya Nattayai)A road section at an intersection on Pracha Uthit Road in Bangkok’s Thung Kru district suddenly subsided on Saturday morning. The subsidence occurred at the corner of Na Luang intersection on outbound-Pracha Uthit Road for a distance of about 15-20 metres near King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thon Buri at 9.56am, according to JS100 radio station. There were also some cracks on footpaths near the eroded road section. Traffic police cordon off the road section following a subsidence on Saturday morning.
May 19, 2018 05:48 UTC
The plane was on an internal flight from Havana to the eastern city of Holguin. Built in 1979, the plane was leased from a small Mexican company, Global Air, also known as Aerolineas Damoj. From the supermarket where he works near the airport, Jose Luis, 49, said he could see the plane taking off before it banked and plunged to the ground. "I was friends with the captain, with the co-pilot, with the head flight attendant," said a former Global Air employee, 44-year-old Ana Marlene Covarrubias. Global Air had the necessary permits to lease it, and had passed inspections in November last year, it said.
May 19, 2018 05:48 UTC
CANNES (FRANCE) - A jury led by Cate Blanchett will crown the winner of the coveted Palme d'Or for best film at Cannes Saturday, after a politically charged festival rocked by controversy and the #MeToo movement. But more than the prize winners, the 71st Cannes festival may linger more for its off-screen moments in the first edition since the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal broke. Lee attacked the US president with an expletive-filled tirade at his press conference that quickly went viral on social media. "In making the festival a little less America-centric than it has been lately, Cannes has re-asserted itself as the premier destination for daring, provocative international cinema." Spike Lee told AFP that for directors doing provocative work, "Cannes is the greatest film festival in the world, there is no argument.
May 19, 2018 05:26 UTC