Queen won't lay wreath at war memorial on Remembrance Sunday

Queen won't lay wreath at war memorial on Remembrance Sunday

Posted October 12, 2017 10:25:29 Photo: Queen Elizabeth II lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in 2011. (Reuters: Eddie Keogh) Queen Elizabeth II has asked her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, to lay a wreath on her behalf at London’s main war memorial on Remembrance Sunday, breaking with her usual custom of laying it herself. The 91-year-old monarch will view the long wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London on November 12 from the balcony of the nearby Foreign Office, alongside her husband the Duke of…

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Is Trump creating a second nuclear crisis?

Is Trump creating a second nuclear crisis?

Trump said last week that Iran has not “lived up” to the spirit of the deal. But experts argue that decertifying the accord will not only jeopardize Washington’s ability to influence and dictate global events, it will also make the US an unreliable partner in any future negotiations, particularly with Pyongyang. “Everyone who looks at it says how can you expect to bring North Koreans to the negotiating table if at the same time you demonstrate that agreements that you do negotiate aren’t worth the paper they’re written on?” Gerald…

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Affleck ‘grabbed TV host’s breast’

Affleck ‘grabbed TV host’s breast’

ACTRESS and TV host Hailarie Burton was just 21 when she says she was groped by Ben Affleck. Her claim comes with Affleck under fire for saying he didn’t know about the sexual harassment history of megaproducer Harvey Weinstein. media_cameraActor/director Ben Affleck. Picture: Gettymedia_cameraActress Hilarie Burton. Picture: AP Actress Rose McGowan came out and branded the Batman star a liar, saying he had told her directly ‘I told him to stop doing that.’ McGowan was allegedly assaulted by Weinstein in 1997 and has been crusading against Hollywood’s silence. Twitter users…

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Labor pledges penalties for builders installing cladding blamed for Grenfell Tower fire

Labor pledges penalties for builders installing cladding blamed for Grenfell Tower fire

Posted October 12, 2017 01:06:52 The Federal Opposition is promising tougher penalties for builders who breach the National Construction Code and install the kind of cladding blamed for London’s Grenfell Tower fire. Key points: Tougher penalties will range from fines to deregistration Master Builders of Australia says increasing penalties won’t eliminate the problem Craig Laundy says cladding is made in Australia and commonly used in shopfronts Under the code, it is illegal to use the material on high-rise buildings but shadow industry minister Kim Carr said the rule was constantly…

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Trump has 'lit the wick' of war, North Korean official says

Trump has 'lit the wick' of war, North Korean official says

The statement follows weeks of escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, fueled by Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear tests and Trump’s tough talk. Speaking to Russia’s state-run TASS news agency, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho cited Trump’s September speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York as the tipping point. “By his bellicose and insane statement in the UN arena, Trump — it can be said — lit the wick of the war against us,” Ri is quoted as saying on TASS’ English language website….

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