O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Psalms 47:1 KJV
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Psalms 47:1 KJV
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That moment everyone’s been waiting for is almost here!
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child expected “any day” now, the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland, has arrived in London, two sources tell ET.
The couple recently moved to Frogmore Cottage, a scenic home near Windsor Castle, where they intend to raise their child. While moving amid a pregnancy — particularly the final days — is no doubt a serious undertaking, a source previously told ET that Meghan is “enjoying her pregnancy and anticipating the days ahead.”
“It is such a happy and exciting time for Meghan,” the insider added. “She looks absolutely radiant and is taking each day at a time. [She is] looking forward to becoming a mother.”
Though the birth could happen anytime now, royal fans won’t know exactly when Baby Sussex makes his or her arrival. Meghan and Harry recently announced that — unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton — they will not pose for photos with the newborn outside of the hospital immediately following the birth. Instead, they’ll share photos taken on the grounds of Windsor Castle at a later date.
“Meghan Markle does not want the pressure of having to pose on the steps for cameras so soon after childbirth,” a source recently told ET, adding that, while the couple is “extremely excited” for the birth of their first child, they intend to “enjoy the magic of childhood without any undue expectations.”
Markle’s mother’s arrival coincides with another important occasion — Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday on Sunday — which the couple celebrated with a very special Instagram post for the beloved matriarch.
“Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny,” the pair captioned a series of photos on Instagram documenting the Queen’s life, including her time with both of them. “Wishing you the most wonderful day! 🎈Harry & Meghan.”
Eight British nationals have been killed following the suspected terror attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a senior diplomat has said, while three children of the billionaire owner of online fashion Asos were also named among the victims.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Manisha Gunasekera, said the number of British victims had risen to eight after it was previously reported five were killed in a series of explosions at hotels and churches.
“As of now I think there is information on eight nationals who have lost their lives and the other numbers are of other nationals,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Ms Gunasekera said the investigations were moving “very swiftly” but warned against taking a “linear view” on the motive of the attacks.
She said: “This cuts across the ethnic and religious dimensions… it’s very difficult to see who has been targeted. It appears as if the entirety of Sri Lanka has been targeted as well as the unity and coexistence that Sri Lankans have attempted so hard to safeguard over the years.”
Danish fashion tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen, the country’s richest man, is mourning the death of his three children.
A spokesperson for the father-of-four confirmed that three of his children were among the dead after they visited Sri Lanka over the Easter holidays.
Mr Povlsen is the second-largest individual private landowner in the UK and Scotland’s largest private landowner.
Police and security services in Sri Lanka are continuing to investigate the Easter massacre which killed nearly 300 people including at least eight Britons.
A series of blasts, most thought to be the work of suicide bombers, ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday.
A Sri Lankan government official said the attacks were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a domestic militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath.
All of the bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but authorities suspect foreign links, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference.
Earlier, Ariyananda Welianga, a government forensic crime investigator, said an analysis of the attackers’ body parts made clear that they were suicide bombers. He said most of the attacks were carried out by a single bomber, with two at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said there was “lots of speculation at the moment but there is no hard knowledge” about the perpetrators of the atrocity and “we obviously need to wait for the police in Sri Lanka to do their work”.
He said the UK would offer Sri Lanka support in the days to come.
“If there is any help that the UK can give, we would want to give it,” he said.
One line of inquiry will be asking what intelligence services knew about the attack, with Minister for Telecommunications Harin Fernando tweeting: “Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence.
“Therefore there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored.”
In Colombo, St Anthony’s Shrine and the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels were targeted in the first wave of explosions shortly before 9am local time as worshippers attended morning services and tourists enjoyed their breakfasts.
Among the Britons feared dead are Anita Nicholson, 42, and her 11-year-old son Alex.
They were reported to have been dining in the Shangri-La when the bomber struck.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Mrs Nicholson was based in Singapore as managing counsel at the mining and metals company Anglo American.
Britons caught up in the carnage in Colombo described the horrific scenes they witnessed.
Following the blast at the Cinnamon Grand, NHS doctor Julian Emmanuel, from Surrey, told The Sun: “I’ve never seen such utter devastation.”
He added: “My children and wife are traumatised by what they saw today. We will never forget this. We will always remember Easter Sunday for this reason now.”
Kieran Arasaratnam, a professor at Imperial College London Business School, was staying at the Shangri-La.
“Everyone just started to panic, it was total chaos,” he told the BBC. “I looked to the room on the right and there’s blood everywhere.
“Everyone was running and a lot of people just don’t know what was going on. People had blood on their shirt and there was someone carrying a girl to the ambulance. The walls and the floor were covered in blood.”
Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said she had lost a relative in the attacks.
She posted on Twitter: “It’s all so devastating. Hope everyone is keeping safe. Solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said the Easter Sunday massacre was “truly appalling”, and “no-one should ever have to practise their faith in fear”.
A curfew was imposed by the authorities on Sunday night and social media use was also restricted by the authorities, which claimed the move was to prevent the spread of false information.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for “unity, love and respect” to combat hatred.
He said: “I’m appalled by the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian calendar.”
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “On this holy day, let us stand with the people of Sri Lanka in prayer, condolence and solidarity as we reject all violence, all hatred and all division.”
Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned “the cowardly attacks on our people”.
Nisanga Mayadunne, who studied at the University of London according to her Facebook profile, and her mother Shantha – a TV chef – were also reported to be among the dead.
Nisanga posted a photo of her family eating breakfast in the Shangri-La on Easter Sunday.
With his knitted sweater, smart white collar and neatly parted hair, birthday boy Prince Louis looks a real chip off the old block.
The rosy cheeked royal, who turns one on Tuesday, giggles as he gets covered in greenery while crawling about in the garden, proudly showing off his two little front teeth.
These adorable photographs taken by his mum Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have been released by the Royal Family as they celebrate Louis’s first birthday.
The youngster, who is the third and youngest child of Kate, 37, and Prince William, 36, is pictured playing in the grounds of the family’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, in photographs taken earlier this month.
In two of the photos, Louis’s rosy cheeks match his red jumper.
In the third he is wearing a blue jumper with a dog motif and looks more serious – though there is still the hint of a smile from the playful prince.
The mischievous energy in these snaps is typical of the tireless tot, who loves to play with big brother George, five, and sister Charlotte, three.
A royal source said: “He is the most delightful boy, always happy and smiling. He is adored by all the family, especially his big brother and sister.”
In March, Kate revealed that Louis, then about 11 months old, was an active child.
She told a fellow parent during a visit to a children’s centre: “He just wants to pull himself up all the time. He’s got these little walkers and is bombing around on them.”
A photo released soon after Louis was born showed him being cuddled by Charlotte on her third birthday, when he was only about a week old.
In November, Kate said during a visit to Leicester University: “Louis is getting bigger.
“I can’t believe he’s seven months. He’s getting a big boy.”
Sporting his usual big grin, the prince was last pictured about four months ago with his family for their official Christmas card.
The little prince, whose full name is Louis Arthur Charles, is fifth in line to the throne.
And yesterday the sixth in line, his uncle Prince Harry , released some snaps of his own on the Instagram page he launched this month with wife Meghan.
They marked Earth Day by sharing eight snaps showcasing their passion for the environment, including the pair pictured in Rotorua, New Zealand, last year.
Yesterday it was claimed the security bill for their possible move to Africa could cost taxpayers around £1million a year.
Advisers are reportedly working to create a Commonwealth role for the pair that could mean them moving there for up to three years.
It would require a dedicated team of royal protection officers for each of them.
A security source said: “The cost of protecting high profile royals would be at least £1million a year, most likely more with round-the-clock personal protection officers, in-country teams and British security services monitoring potential threats against them.
“It would be paid for from taxpayer funds while police and the security services are already stretched. It’s a mighty big ask.”
Hailey Baldwin isn’t playing around when it comes to her haters.
The model and wife of Justin Bieber fired back at critics who lambasted her for her wealth. Baldwin recently shared videos on Instagram that showcased her enjoying the “smallest things in life.”
“Taking time to really be grateful for the smallest things in life goes a very long way for your soul,” she stated in an Instagram story. “Never hurts to remind yourself to have gratitude, even for the littlest of things,” the model added.
“Today I’m grateful to be sitting in the sunshine eating lunch…may not seem like the biggest deal but reminding myself how wonderful it is made me smile,” Baldwin went on. In conclusion, she stated, “Thank you God for the little things… The smallest things in life will make you happy if you let them.”
Baldwin’s reflections were immediately compiled and criticized by one disgruntled Instagram user, who stated, “My husband is worth 265 million but it’s the little things that make me happy ha ha ha.”
Baldwin quickly responded, stating, “Money doesn’t = happiness. At all. You can be the wealthiest person in the planet and be miserable. Not fair to judge people’s circumstances from the outside.. am I not allowed to be grateful to sit in the sunshine and enjoy my day like a regular person?”
The daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin has been romantically linked to husband Justin Bieber since 2015, and eventually married in November of 2018. Bieber has kept a relatively low profile in the media over the past two years, citing “deep rooted issues” that he has been dealing with.
Blac Chyna is taking a moment to reflect on the ups and downs she’s endured over the past few years.
The 30-year-old model was thrust into the limelight even more when she started dating Rob Kardashian in 2016 and became pregnant with his first child, 2-year-old Dream Kardashian. The two also got engaged and had a reality show for one season on E! called Rob & Chyna. The two later split up and had several very public arguments on social media, with one online altercation leading them to court and Rob being forced off Instagram.
Needless to say, Chyna has been through a lot, and in an open letter to her fans on Monday, she copped to when she’s wronged others while also calling out those she feels bullied her.
“Over the last couple of years, you guys have been given a perspective of who I am from the media and people closest to me. I’ve been Bullied, Humiliated, Manipulated, and Discredit as a mom!” the mother of two, who also has 6-year-old son King with ex Tyga, began her post. “Looking Back at A lot of my actions, I’m reflecting and realizing that confusion is a serious thing. Of course I’m not proud of some of the pain that I have caused, and I am working to be the best me.”
Chyna, who was born Angela White, goes on to praise her fans for their support and vows to show them more of herself.
“Blac Chyna doesn’t define Angela White as a person. At 30, I am overwhelmed with the blessings I have,” she continued. “Being A mother of two amazing children. I don’t talk on things often, but I promise to give you guys more of me. Angela White Perspective.”
Chyna concluded her letter, “Thank you for years of endless love. Your support for me is a blessing!”
The former reality star also captioned her letter: “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as being where you do not belong! #newbeginnings”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has neutralised no fewer than 10 bandits at Sububu Forest area in Zamfara.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the operation was conducted on Monday.
“This was achieved yesterday April 22 ,while the ATF was responding to a request for close air support by ground troops of Sector 7 Area of Responsibility of Operation SHARAN DAJI, who had come into contact with bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA).
“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched two Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter to provide the needed support and also conduct armed reconnaissance over identified locations in Shinkafi LGA as well as Sububu and Dumburum Forests and environs.
“At Sububu Forest, one of the Alpha Jets spotted a group of bandits, who fired at the aircraft with their rifles, whilst running for cover.
“The Alpha Jet engaged the bandits, neutralising no fewer than 10 of them while others escaped with injuries,” he said.
Daramola said the NAF, working in consonance with surface forces and other security agencies, would sustain its operations to flush the bandits out of the North West of the Country.
The Presidency disagreed on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari was “sleeping on duty as the Commander-in-Chief,” a description the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt Rev Fr Stephen Mamza, gave of Buhari on Sunday.
The cleric had, during an Easter homily he delivered in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, criticised the Buhari administration for allegedly failing to halt insecurity in the country, especially escalating kidanappings, banditry and other violent crimes.
Speaking specifically on the latest killings in Zamfara, Benue, Adamawa, Taraba and Southern Kaduna, the bishop said, “We are really in a dilemma. We (Nigerians) are feeling that we don’t have protection. From all indications, there is nothing being done. There have been calls from all over the country. Look at what is happening in Zamfara State; look at what is happening in Benue periodically, in Nasarawa State and now in Adamawa (Southern Adamawa).
“If there is a government in place, then the government should listen to the people and address the security challenges. We have mass burials from time to time and there is no sign the government cares about what is happening.”
But the Presidency on Monday disagreed with the bishop, denying that Buhari had been sleeping on duty.
It accused Mamza of not “staying above politics” and also not making “a fair comment” about Buhari.
The Presidency went on to recount what Buhari had done to restore security since he assumed duty in 2015, especially in the war against insurgency.
It argued that but for Buhari’s efforts, Yola and other towns in Adamawa and the rest of the North-East would still be under the control of Boko Haram.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, who gave the Presidency’s position, stated, “There is so much that has changed in the past three to four years in and around Yola, and the Catholic Church in particular that a true assessment would show that, but for the change administration of President Buhari, things would have continued the way they were, or even get worse. These could not have happened if a Commander-in- Chief was asleep.
“Bishop Mamza was, and is still a strong member of the Adamawa Peace Initiative, API, composed of religious and community leaders, which did the lovely work housing and feeding 400,000 displaced people from Northern Adamawa and Borno states in 2015. The API also did the extraordinary work of easing tensions between Muslims and Christians during that period and ensured that both groups did not turn on one another based on suspicion.
“As widely reported by the local and international press, in the premises of St. Theresa’s Cathedral where Rev Mamza ministered, there were more than 1,500 IDPs, mostly women and children on whom the church administered food rations and issued bags of maize, cooking oil and seasoning. We are truly touched and very grateful for the work that the Bishop and the others had done in that difficult period.
“Now that Boko Haram has been degraded, the more than 400,000 displaced people absorbed by the Adamawa community have all gone back to Borno State and to those council areas in northern Adamawa.”
“In addition to the capital,Yola, the towns of Michika, Madagali and Mubi, which had been occupied by Boko Haram during their military advances, have since been retaken by the Nigerian military, whose personnel are also clearing litters of Boko Haram’s carnage and are, through the support of the administration as well as local and international partners, rebuilding roads and bridges, power lines, burnt schools, markets, destroyed churches and mosques.”
Claiming further credits, the Presidency said the North-East fared better under Buhari in terms of security of lives and property.
It added, “Without an iota of doubt, the North-East is better off with President Buhari than it was under the previous administration. That should explain the massive turnout of voters in the region, in spite of threats to life and property, to vote for the return of the President for a second term of four years.
“Sadly, one of the realities of today’s Nigeria is that it is easy to blame President Buhari for the violence all around us. Community leaders are too scared to blame the warlords and the sponsors of killings we live with because they fear for their own lives.”
On the recent inter-communal and religious clashes in parts of the country, the Presidency noted that the leaders in such communities were to blame by failing to expose the perpetrators.
It explained, “What is happening in several communities racked by inter-ethnic and religious violence is arising from the refusal of community leaders to point at known criminals in their midst for the law enforcement agencies to act against them. They rather blame President Buhari for their woes.
“It is indeed an irony that in the week that Bishop Mamza was speaking, another Bishop with a known commitment to peace, and results to show for his work in neighbouring Plateau State, is being dispatched to go to Taraba, Adamawa and Benue states to work in collaboration with security agencies in mending broken inter-communal relationships.
“This senseless violence can never be condoned by the administration and we sympathise with the families of those who lost loved ones as well as those injured. The administration’s intense security efforts and peace building will not only continue, but will expand in response to such explosions of violence in the country.”
Ten people were killed and more than 30 injured when a policeman rammed his carinto a group of children during an Easter procession in northeast Nigeria, before being killed himself by the angry crowd, witnesses and police sources told AFP Monday.
The deadly incident happened late Sunday when the off-duty policeman ploughed his car into a procession celebrating Easter in Gombe, state police spokeswoman Mary Mallum said.
“Ten people were killed, including the policeman and a paramilitary member who was with him,” Mallum said.
“We learnt the policeman and his friend who were not in uniform were attacked and killed by the angry crowd,” she said.
“Another 30 children were injured and are currently in hospital while the investigation is ongoing,” Mallum said.
According to witnesses at the scene contacted by AFP, the driver deliberately drove the car into the crowd following an altercation over the procession blocking the road.
“The driver of the car had a heated argument with the children before they made way for him to pass, only for him, in a fit of rage, to turn and drive into them,” said Isaac Kwadang, head of the Boys Brigade in Gombe.
“He did it on purpose,” Kwadang said.
Religious processions are common by Christian and Muslim adherents during festivities and religious observances in Nigeria in which roads are blocked, causing traffic chaos.
In December 2016 at least 13 Muslim school children were killed when a bus skidded off the road and rammed into a procession marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in Malam Side village, 20 kilometres from Gombe.