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Books in brief "The Queen: Her Life" by Andrew Morton; Grand Central (375 pages, $30) ——— Nobody picks up an Andrew Morton book for the writing — he's clunky, overwrought, loves cliches. But for an inside look at the royals, he's got the scoop. In this biography of Queen Elizabeth II, he beguiles us with anecdotes from her youth, takes us through the stoic war years and marriage (it was love ...

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King Charles III has welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London for the first state visit of his reign. It includes a formal banquet as well as talks with government leaders focused on investment and green energy. Charles and Camilla, the queen consort, greeted Ramaphosa during a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade near Buckingham Palace. William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, also attended. The visit was organized before the death in September of Queen Elizabeth II, a nod to her longtime devotion to the Commonwealth. The last state visit by a South African leader was in 1996, when Nelson Mandela was honored two years after he became South Africa’s first Black president.

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A recent boost in titles for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has proven crucial to shielding him from a U.S. lawsuit in the killing of a U.S.-based journalist. The Biden administration told a federal judge in Washington, D.C., that Prince Mohammed's standing as prime minister means he has legal immunity from the lawsuit brought by the fiancee of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. intelligence community says the Saudi crown prince approved the 2018 killing of the Washington Post columnist. The Biden administration and many legal experts agree that the prime minister post conveys immunity from U.S. courts, but critics call the title change a cynical ploy to evade U.S. courts.

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An object of obsessive anticipation worldwide since it was first announced last year, Prince Harry’s memoir finally has a title, cover and publication date. The book will be called “Spare” and published Jan. 10. It's being billed by Penguin Random House as an account told with “raw, unflinching honesty” and filled with ”insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.” The 416-page book will come out in 16 languages, from Dutch to Portuguese. Prince Harry himself reads the audiobook. Proceeds will be donated to British charities. Harry and his wife, Meghan, stepped back from royal duties in 2020.

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All hail King Charles III. Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, 73-year-old Charles, has ascended to the throne after the queen’s death Thursday, replacing her after she served 70 years as monarch. His wife, Camilla, is expected to be named queen consort. “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” Charles said in a ...

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The sex-assigned-at-birth ratio of transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) adolescents does not favor adolescents who were assigned female sex at birth (AFAB) versus those who were assigned male sex at birth (AMAB), according to a study published online Aug. 3 in Pediatrics.

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The Oscar winner might eventually behave like Hollywood royalty. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen soon. When Lawrence spills her most embarrassing moments with an unfiltered delivery, she’s your best friend opening up after too many glasses of wine.

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Considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, Biggie Smalls was shot to death on a Los Angeles street in a drive-by on March 9, 1997.

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