China tests bombers on South China Sea island

    (CNN)China says it has landed long-range bombers for the first time on an island in the South China Sea, the latest in a series of maneuvers putting Beijing at odds with its neighbors and Washington over China's growing military presence around disputed islands. The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) announced on Friday it successfully organized the takeoff and landing of several bombers, including the nuclear-capable H-6K, on an unspecified island. The PLA claimed the mission was a part of China's aim to achieve a broader regional reach, quicker mobilization, and greater strike capabilities. A military expert, Wang Mingliang, was quoted in the statement as saying the training will hone the Chinese air force's war-preparation skills and its ability to respond to various security threats in the region, where China claims large swathes of territory.

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    UAE to allow 100 pct foreign ownership of businesses by year-end

    The United Arab Emirates cabinet on Sunday announced decisions that would allow for 100 percent ownership of UAE-based businesses by foreign investors by year-end, the state news agency WAM reported. The Cabinet, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, also decided to grant residency visas of up to 10 years to investors and specialists in scientific, technical, medical and research fields, the report said. “Our open environment, tolerant values, infrastructure, and flexible legislation are the best plan to attract international investment and exceptional talents,” Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid said.

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    Royal wedding bridesmaids and pageboys

    Six bridesmaids and four pageboys played a major supporting role as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot. Prince George and Princess Charlotte - Prince Harry's niece and nephew - were among the children, all aged between two and seven, under the spotlight of the world's media at St George's Chapel, Windsor. Princess Charlotte was joined as a bridesmaid by Prince Harry's god-daughters - Zalie Warren, two, and three-year-old Florence van Cutsem - and Meghan's Markle's goddaughters. Sisters Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, and four-year-old Ivy Mulroney are the daughters of Ms Markle's friends Benita Litt and Jessica Mulroney. As a pageboy, Prince George wore a miniature

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    'Harry- it's not too late'

    Thousands of well-wishers are in Windsor, while hundreds more camped out overnight to secure the best viewing spot. We spoke to people getting into the party spirit on the streets of Windsor.

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    Royal wedding in pictures

    Union jacks, tiaras, horse-drawn carriages, and celebrity guests. It's the royal wedding in pictures... All pictures subject to copyright.

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    The joy of Sussex: What Harry and Meghan need to know

    While Prince Harry has spent enough time in the south-east of England to know a bit about Sussex, his American-born bride can be forgiven for being more in the dark. Now the Queen has made the royal couple the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the BBC has produced this invaluable county guide. It has its own dessert Not much looks lovelier than a bride on her wedding day, but this oozing, calorific number is pretty stiff competition even for Meghan. British stodge at its best, the Sussex pond pudding traditionally used an obscene amount of butter to create a melted "pond" of dairy gold when cut open. In the 1675 cookery book The Queen-like Closet, author Hannah Woolley describes a suet pastry case,

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    Saudi Arabia arrests female activists weeks before lifting of driving ban

    Saudi Arabia is set to lift the world's only ban on women driving on June 24, in a move that was heralded round the world as a significant step for women's rights in the country. The arrests have raised alarm amongst women's rights campaigners and those monitoring the social reform agenda of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. "We are back to square one," Sydney-based Saudi activist and author Manal Al-Sharif told CNN on Sunday. "We used to live in a police state; if you speak up you go to jail. And then there would be a defamation campaign against you, saying all sort of untrue things. Character assassination. We are seeing the same pattern again now." Al-Sharif said