By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Mon., March 18, 2019 Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married, the tabloids floated a strange rumour: the couple might elope. Would they run off to Jamaica? Hawaii? Toronto? Would they decamp to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, where the howls of exotic animals would greet a small gathering of family and friends as the young couple held hands before a vegan minister, swapping vows in the crackling glow of a union pyre as flames licked the sky and village elders blessed guests before the yoga-safari reception? It was not entirely clear. As with all royal coverage propelled by unnamed “sources,” details were sparse. But as Us Weekly reported in the summer of 2017, while Harry was keen to spend the rest of his life with Meghan, he was not so hot on a “showy wedding.” The prince wanted their big day to be “private.” This is like a beekeeper taking a stand against honey or a … [Read more...] about Let Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry escape the royal family — at least halfway
By Emily Steel The New York Times Mon., March 18, 2019 DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND—The gun enthusiast with light brown hair and an Australian accent did not stand out among the 100 or so members of the Bruce Rifle Club, who practiced shooting at a range in a forest in southern New Zealand. The enthusiast, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, favoured a bolt-action hunting rifle and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and would participate in shooting competitions, said Scott Williams, the club’s vice president. But no one saw any warning signs. “He was polite. He would help put things away. He would help set up,” Williams said. “He worked like a Trojan.” New Zealand officials are now wondering if they missed something about Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian citizen who lived in Dunedin and is the suspect in the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that left at least 50 people dead. On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had … [Read more...] about As details emerge on mosque gunman, New Zealand asks what it could have done differently
By John Wagner The Washington Post Mon., March 18, 2019 Meghan McCain said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump is leading “a pathetic life” as she escalated her pushback against Trump’s weekend attacks on Twitter against her late father. “He spends his weekend obsessing over great men, because he knows it, and I know it, and all of you know it, he will never be a great man,” McCain, a co-host of ABC’s “The View,” said of Trump during Monday’s episode. She remembered how before his death nearly seven months ago from brain cancer, John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona, would spend time with her and others in the family cooking, hiking and fishing on the weekends. Upon seeing derogatory tweets about her father over the weekend, Meghan McCain said she thought “your life is spent on your weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing, obsessing over great men you could never … [Read more...] about Meghan McCain escalates her pushback against Trump
By The Associated Press Mon., March 18, 2019 CARACAS, Venezuela - Colombian authorities say about 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandon the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Colombia’s foreign ministry on Monday released the updated number of Venezuelan police and military personnel who crossed the border, many around the time of a Feb. 23 attempt by opposition leader Juan Guaido to deliver U.S.-provided humanitarian aid to Venezuela. The attempt failed because Venezuelan forces blocked trucks trying to cross from Colombia into Venezuela. Despite the desertions, Maduro has retained the support of Venezuela’s key military leaders, who are considered pivotal in determining the outcome of the country’s power struggle. Guaido says Maduro is an illegitimate leader, while Maduro says the U.S. is plotting a coup. Report an error … [Read more...] about Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan forces crossed border since Feb.
By The Canadian Press Mon., March 18, 2019 A woman found not criminally responsible for killing a stranger in a Toronto pharmacy has been ordered detained in a mental health hospital because she remains a significant threat to the public. The Ontario Review Board — which decides if and how not criminally responsible patients should be detained — says Rohinie Bisesar lacks insight into her crime and considers herself a victim of her schizophrenia. Bisesar appeared before the board for the first time in February following a judge’s ruling in November that she was not criminally responsible for the 2015 death of Rosemarie Junor. In a detailed decision released this month, the board says Bisesar believes she is ready to be discharged into the community, but is currently being held at the secure wing of a Toronto mental health hospital. The board heard Bisesar has been applying for jobs in the community despite the fact she is not allowed off hospital … [Read more...] about Woman who killed stranger in PATH pharmacy lacks insight, considers herself victim of schizophrenia, review board says