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    Prince William and Kate release family xmas card

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new image of their family Christmas card which features their three children. The royal couple have selected an autumnal picture for their annual festive greeting, which sees them seated on a log alongside their children, Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, eight months, with the group all wearing coordinating blue in the grounds of their country retreat, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. Kensington Palace wrote on Twitter: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. "The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall, and

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    Report: Trump’s son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff

    Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is on the short-list of potential candidates for the president’s next chief of staff, US media said Thursday. Kushner, an influential White House adviser and husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, met with the Republican leader to discuss the job, according to the Huffington Post, which first reported the story. “I am not aware that he is under consideration but, as I think all of us here would recognize, he would be great in any role that the president chooses to put him in,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said of the news, which was also reported by CBS.

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    Beauty queen from slum is crowned Miss Venezuela

    The new beauty queen in a country that loves this kind of pageant is Isabella Rodriguez, 25, from a Caracas shantytown called Petare - home to well over half a million people. "From Petare to the world, dreams can in fact come true," Rodriguez, who works as a model, said during the question and answer session of the contest. Girls in her crime-ridden slum want to emulate her, she added. The ceremony lasted four hours and some people on Twitter called it tedious and boring. It had its share of gaffes, such as one contestant walking out on stage without the sash indicating what state she represented and another whose dress slipped off during a dance number. With the organizers seeking to cut costs,

  • CNN

    The best of ancient Egypt

    (CNN) - Like the legendary curse of the mummy, ancient Egypt refuses to stay buried in the past. Every so often it comes back to life -- in the 1920s with the discovery of King Tut's tomb; in the 1970s with the global tour of those golden masks; and most recently with a flurry of astonishing discoveries using 21st-century archaeological techniques. During the past year alone, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities has announced the discovery of: • Eight mummies from the Ptolemaic Dynasty (323-30 BC) -- many of them encased in vividly painted coffins -- at the Dahshur necropolis near Giza • A stone sphinx at Kom Ombo, a riverside temple near Aswan dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek • A surprisingly

  • Al Jazeera

    Statue of 'racist' Gandhi removed from Ghana university campus

    A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university following complaints that he was racist against the black Africans. The statue, installed at the University of Ghana in capital Accra was removed in the middle of the night earlier this week after protests from students and faculty at the university campus. India's former president Pranab Mukherjee had unveiled the statue to the global peace icon two years ago as a symbol of ties between the two nations. But professors at the university soon began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Gandhi depicting Indians as "infinitely superior" to black Africans and using

  • Egypt Independent

    Swedish mission unearths pharaonic cemetery in Aswan

    The Swedish Archaeological Mission has unearthed the cemetery of a pharaonic community dating back to the era of the 18th dynasty in the Gebel el-Silsila area of Kom Ombo during excavation works, Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the dynasty was composed of a burial chamber and two side rooms. The cemetery, which was found at a depth of 5 feet, was not decorated, Waziri noted. General Director of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities Abdel Moneam Saed said that the mission found three limestone coffins, scarabs, amulets and skeletons of around 50 adults and children, indicating that an integrated pharaonic community had been

  • Al Jazeera

    How Britain stole $45 trillion from India

    There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India - as horrible as it may have been - was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained for so long - the story goes - was a gesture of Britain's benevolence. New research by the renowned economist Utsa Patnaik - just published by Columbia University Press - deals a crushing blow to this narrative. Drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade, Patnaik calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly $45 trillion from India during the period 1765 to 1938.  It's a staggering sum. For