Prince Harry 'over the moon' as Meghan gives birth to a boy LONDON, United Kingdom — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy, her "over the moon" husband Prince Harry revealed to the world on Monday in a low-key announcement intended to protect their privacy. Prince Harry said that both mother and baby were "doing incredibly well" as he gave a short statement to British television news outlets, without either in sight, in front of Windsor Castle's horse stables. "I am very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a little boy early this morning — a very healthy boy," a beaming Harry said in the video statement. "As every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing. "But this little thing is absolutely to die for. So I am just over the moon." Buckingham Palace said the boy, seventh in line to the throne, was born at 5:26 a.m. London time (12:26 p.m., Manila time), weighing … [Read more...] about Prince Harry ‘over the moon’ as Meghan gives birth to a boy
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LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her longtime partner, fishing-show host Clarke Gayford, after a proposal over the Easter holidays, her spokesman said on Friday (May 3). The forthcoming nuptials are a rarity for world leaders in office and follow Ardern’s pregnancy last year which was seen around the globe as a symbol of progress for female leaders. She is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990 and, if she marries while in office, will be the first major leader to do so since French President Nicolas Sarkozy wed Carla Bruni in 2008. Her fiancé, Gayford, is a 41-year-old host of a television fishing show who takes care of their 10-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha, while Ardern, 38, runs the country. News of their engagement broke after journalists noticed Ardern wearing a ring on her middle finger at a public event on Friday. Her spokesman Andrew Campbell … [Read more...] about New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern engaged to TV fishing show host
SHANGHAI -- Shares in Asia fell on Tuesday despite another record high close for the S&P 500, as investors await a US Federal Reserve policy decision for clues on whether it would continue to take a "patient" approach to interest rate policy. Traders were also cautious ahead of readings on China's factory activity, hoping for more signs that the world's second-largest economy is starting to stabilize in response to a flurry of stimulus measures. MSCI's broadest gauge of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.1 percent, weighed by weakness in Korean shares, which fell 0.4 percent. Australian equities fell 0.3 percent, while New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.3 percent. Japan's financial markets remain closed for a national holiday as Japanese Emperor Akihito prepares to abdicate on Tuesday in favor of his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Asia's wobbly open followed cautious gains on Wall Street overnight that nevertheless lifted the S&P 500 index to an … [Read more...] about News Asian shares dip as investors await China data, Fed