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Prince William and his wife
Kate have announced that their
new baby princess will be called
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, as
the sound of gun salutes and bells
pealing rang out over London.
Britain has been on tenterhooks
waiting to discover what names the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
would give their little princess, who
was born on Saturday and is fourth
in line to the throne.
The names announced after two
days of feverish speculation will be
interpreted as a tribute to William’s
parents and Queen Elizabeth II.
Charlotte had been the
bookmakers’ late favourite and will
be seen as a tribute to William’s
father Prince Charles, being the
feminine form of the heir to the
Elizabeth II has yet to meet the
latest addition to the royal family,
but the first middle name is a clear
link to the sovereign.
She has been on the throne since
1952 and is set to become Britain’s
longest-reigning monarch on
September 9, overtaking Queen
Many royal watchers hoped the
baby would carry the name Diana
after William’s late mother, whose
death at 36 in a car crash in Paris in
1997 prompted a global outpouring
Diana gave birth to William
in the same hospital where Kate
When William proposed, he
gave Kate Diana’s sapphire and
diamond engagement ring, and
as usual she wore it on Saturday,
when it was clearly visible in
pictures of her holding baby
“The D uke and Duchess of
Cambridge are delighted to
announce that they have named
their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth
Diana,” said the brief statement
from their official residence,
“The baby will be known as Her
Royal Highness Princess Charlotte
Diana’s brother Earl Charles
Spencer, who memorably delivered
the eulogy at her funeral, said they
were “perfect names”.
“ My two-year old Charlotte
Diana will be thrilled at cousinly
name-sharing. Is at an age where
thinks world revolves around her!”
The name Charlotte, which is also
the middle name of Kate’s sister
Pippa, has historic royal standing.
King George III’s wife Queen
Charlotte (1761-1818) was an
amateur botanist who used her
middle name instead of her first
Their son King George IV named
his only child Princess Charlotte
but she died following childbirth at
the age of 21 in 1817.
The name announcement came an
hour after gun salutes rang out in
London to celebrate the birth.
Forty-one shots were fired from
World War One-era field guns in
Hyde Park after a military band
played Stevie Wonder’s hit Isn’t She
Lovely, a song he wrote to celebrate
the birth of his daughter, Aisha.
The field guns were pulled by
horses in a military procession that
went past Buckingham Palace.
Artillery units at the Tower of
London also fired a ceremonial 62-
gun salute at the same time, with
the boom reverberating across the
At the Tower of London, a
further 21 rounds were added on
to show the city’s loyalty to the
At London’s Westminster Abbey,
where William and Kate tied the
knot in April 2011, a “Cambridge
Surprise Royal” peal of bells was
played to mark the birth.
After resting for a few days at
Kensington Palace in London,
William and Kate plan to travel
to Anmer Hall, their secluded
10-bedroom mansion on the
Queen’s Sandringham estate in
Norfolk, eastern England.
William is not due back at work
as an air ambulance pilot in the
region until June 1.
Kate, 33, gave birth within three
hours of being admitted to St
Mary’s Hospital in London on
Saturday. William, 32, was present
for the birth.
The Royal Collection Trust has
unveiled the official royal baby
Hand-gilded with 22-carat
gold, each piece bears the words
“Celebrating our new royal baby”
and is decorated with a lion and a
A coffee mug is £20 ($40), while
the official velvet cushion is £95.
Bells ring out for Princess Charlotte
PICTURE: Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn daughter Princess
Charlotte at St Mary ’s Hospital, in London.
The naming of the royal baby
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana will be seen
as a tribute to the Duke of Cambridge’s
father, mother and grandmother.
Charlotte is the feminine form of
Charles, and William and the D uchess
of Cambridge are likely to have had
their daughter’s grandfather in mind
when they chose it.
William has spoken of his deep respect
for his father and the amount of time
the prince commits to his charitable
work. “I just really hold him in great
admiration,” the duke has said.
The Prince of Wales strove to protect
William and Prince Harry following the
death of their mother Diana Princess
of Wales and backed them as they have
worked to honour her memory through
their charitable connections.
They, in turn, accepted and supported
him when he married Camilla Parker
Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
William is protective of his father,
defending him against criticism he has
often faced. Naming his daughter after
the prince will be seen as a clear public
demonstration of his love of Charles.
Charlotte is also the middle name
of Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton.
Nicknames for the princess could
include Lottie or Charlie.
French in origin, it means “petite” and
“feminine” or “free man”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
are likely to have chosen Elizabeth in
tribute to the baby’s great-grandmother
Diana was always expected to
feature somewhere in remembrance of
William’s late mother, who died in a car
crash when William was 15.
The duke places great importance on
honouring her memory, having already
used Diana’s sapphire and diamond
engagement ring when he proposed to
The royal couple picked the
bookmakers’ favourite for their son
This time the bookies got it wrong.
Alice — which was the name of one of
Queen Victoria’s daughters and also of
the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother — was
their favourite for the new princess. —
Boko Haram is fracturing as shortages
of weapons and fuel foment tensions
between its foot soldiers and leaders,
women rescued from the Islamist jihadi
fighters by Nigerian troops said.
The group abducted an estimated 2000
women and girls last year as it sought to
car ve out an Islamic state in the north-
east of Africa’s biggest economy. The
army has freed nearly 700 in the past
week as it advances on Boko Haram’s last
stronghold in the vast Sambisa forest.
The militants began complaining to
their captives about lacking guns and
ammunition last month, two of the
women said, and many were reduced
to carrying sticks while some of their
vehicles were either broken down or
A 45-year old mother of two, Aisha
Abbas, who was taken from Dikwa
in April, said the fighters all had guns
at first but recently, only some carried
Even the wife of their captors’ leader,
Adam Bitri, openly criticised him and
subsequently fled, two of the women
said, with one describing Bitri as short
and fat with a beard.
Of 275 freed captives brought to a
government-run camp for internally
displaced people in the Malkohi hamlet
on the outskirts of Adamawa State
capital, Yola, only 61 were over 18, and
many small children hobbled around
The women said they were kept
inside, occasionally brought food and
sometimes beaten severely. The children
were left to run around or do errands for
Boko Haram while those of the fighters
were trained to shoot guns.
“One evening in April, Boko Haram
followers stood before us and said ‘Our
leaders don’t want to give us enough
fuel and guns and now the soldiers
are encroaching on us in Sambisa. We
will leave you’,” one of the women, 18-
year old Binta Ibrahim from northern
Adamawa State said.
“They threatened us but after they went
we were happy and prayed the soldiers
would come and save us.”
The women said once the militants
spotted two helicopters circling at noon
on the day of their rescue, they began
trying to sell the women for up to 2000
naira (about $10) each. Towards evening,
as the army approached, the captives
refused to flee with Boko Haram
fighters, who began stoning them but
then ran away.
“ We heard bullets flying around. we lay
on the floor. Some of the women were
crushed (by army vehicles) and others
wounded by bullets. Eighteen were
killed. We counted them, they included
infants,” Salamatu Mohamed from the
Damboa area in Borno said. The defence
ministry was not immediately available
Mohamed said she gave birth while
in captivity and had trouble feeding her
newborn as there was not enough food.
unstoppable and fast becoming a
regional threat after it gained control of
an area larger than Belgium last year and
increased cross-border attacks on Chad,
Cameroon and Niger.
Its six-year-old insurgency has killed
thousands and forced 1.5 million people
from their homes and the group caused a
global outcry when it abducted over 200
schoolgirls from the town of Chibok.
The women said the men frequently
threatened to sell them or bring them to
Boko Haram’s elusive leader, Abubakar
Shekau, deep in the forest. Nigeria has
claimed to have killed him several times.
Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade
said the man was not a priority target.
Hanatu Musa, a 22-year old mother
kidnapped in June from Gwoza in Borno
state, quoted the fighters as saying their
leader had deceived them into fighting
and killing in the name of religion.
While the Nigerian army, which
launched its counter-attack in January,
is confident it has the group cornered in
the Sambisa nature reser ve, a final push
to clear them from the area has been
curtailed by land mines. — Reuters
Nepal asks foreign nations to end rescue operations
Nepal has asked foreign countries to
wrap up search and rescue operations
nine days after a devastating
earthquake killed more than 7200
people, now there is no hope of
finding people alive in the rubble.
Dozens of countries sent teams to
look for sur vivors after the Himalayan
nation was hit by a 7.8-magnitude
quake on April 25, its worst since
1934, but the Nepalese government
now believes the search and rescue
work has been nearly completed.
“They can leave. If they are also
specialists in clearing the rubble, they
can stay,” Rameshwor Dangal, an
official at Nepal’s home ministry, said.
The quake killed 7276 people and
wounded over 14,300. Nepalese
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala earlier
estimated the death toll could reach
Overnight, police and volunteers
found the bodies of about 100 trekkers
and villagers buried in an avalanche
set off by the earthquake in a remote
district and were digging through
snow and ice for scores more missing.
Many countries have pledged
money that will be necessary
to rebuild homes, hospitals and
historic buildings. Others such as
neighbouring India have sent trucks
to deliver aid and deployed helicopters
to rescue thousands of people from
remote towns and villages.
The chief of India’s National
Disaster Response Force (NDRF),
which was among the first foreign
organisations to arrive after the
quake, said it had been asked by the
Nepalese government to conclude its
search and rescue operation.
“All the search and rescue teams, not
the relief (teams) . . . have been asked
to return,” NDRF Director-General
O P Singh told Indian television.
“ We will see how best it can be done.”
The United Nations has said 8
million of Nepal’s 28 million people
were affected by the quake, with at
least two million needing tents, water,
food and medicines over the next
three months. — Reuters
France’s National Front founder
Jean-Marie Le Pen has been
suspended from the far-right party
his daughter Marine now leads after
a disciplinary hearing.
Patience with the 86-year-old
rabble-rouser has run thin within
the party in recent weeks after he
reiterated his view that the Nazi gas
chambers were merely a “detail of
history” and made comments about
defending the “white world”.
A special meeting of party members
will be called “within three months”
to decide whether to strip him of
the title of honorary president of
the National Front (FN), a party
statement said overnight.
Le Pen described his supension as a
“criminal act ”.
The far-right patriarch showed up
for a meeting at the FN headquarters
in Nanterre, west of Paris, to discuss
upcoming regional elections.
But he refused to stay for a
controversial outbursts that was
called by his daughter Marine Le
Pen, who took over the leadership in
He said the hearing was “detrimental
to my dignity”.
The FN patriarch also told
reporters there was no question of his
retirement, saying “they will have to
kill me” to silence him.
Late on Sunday, Marine Le Pen
said that her father no longer spoke
for the anti-immigration party, which
opposes France’s membership of the
“Jean-Marie Le Pen should no
longer be able to talk in the name
of the National Front, his comments
are against the fixed (party) line,” she
told French radio.
Marine Le Pen has been actively
trying to distance the party from its
racist and anti-Semitic image as she
plans her bid for the next French
presidential election in 2017.
The relationship between her and
her father has been particularly rocky
in recent months — both on and off
the political playing field.
Six months ago, Marine stormed
out of her father’s house after his
doberman dog savaged her bengal cat
Since his recent slew of controversial
inter views, the remaining ties appear
to have snapped.
The elder Le Pen was conspicuously
dropped from a line-up of National
Front leaders on stage during the
party’s traditional May 1 rally in
But determined to upstage his
daughter, he nevertheless strode
uninvited onto the podium to take
the ovation of the crowd.
“ I think that was a malicious act,
I think it was an act of contempt
towards me,” Marine said.
“ I get the feeling that he can’t stand
that the National Front continues to
exist when he no longer heads it.”
In late April, French prosecutors
said they would examine allegations
that the FN founder hid 2.2 million
euros ($3.25 million) in a secret
account in Switzerland.
Jean-Marie Le Pen has also been
under investigation since 2013 over
between his 2004 and 2009 asset
A separate probe also under way
focuses on FN campaign financing
since Marine Le Pen’s takeover
in 2011 — with five people and
the events company Riwal already
charged — while the party has also
been referred to the EU’s anti-fraud
The spat between father and
daughter broke out last month after
Le Pen repeated earlier comments
about the Nazi gas chambers
and praised France’s World War
Two leader Philippe Petain, who
collaborated with the Nazis.
His daughter called the comments
“political suicide” and said she would
not support her father’s bid for the
It was announced that his 25-year-
old granddaughter Marion Marechal
Le Pen, who is already a member of
parliament, would stand in his place.
Under Marine Le Pen, the FN has
enjoyed a series of election successes,
notably coming first in last year’s
European elections. — AFP
French far-right party suspends founder
France’s far-right National Front political party founder and honorary
president Jean-Marie Le Pen after leaving after the party ’s headquarters in
Nanterre near Paris.
contender Carly Fiorina suffered
an embarrassment on the first day
of her campaign when a critic took
over a website with her name in it
to highlight job losses at the tech
company she once led.
Visitors to the carlyfiorina.
org site came across the message,
“Carly Fiorina failed to register this
domain. So I’m using it to tell you
how many people she laid off at
The site showed
emoticons to symbolise what it
said were 30,000 job losses at the
company, where she was chief
executive until being forced out in
Her campaign’s failure to register
the .org domain name is all the
more awkward for Fiorina given
her past in the world of technology,
Fiorina’s real campaign website,
featured a video from her about
her presidential bid, a biography
and other political messages.
Hiccup as Fiorina launches campaign
Survey Monkey boss dies
popular Silicon Valley
executive and husband
of Facebook second-in-
command and Lean In
author Sheryl Sandberg,
has died suddenly at 47,
his company and family
members said at the
executive of on-line sur vey
Sur vey Monkey. He died
on Friday night, the company said in a
statement on its website.
Family members also reported the
death, via postings on Facebook. Neither
the company nor family released a cause
or other details about his death.
“ Dave Goldberg was an amazing
person, and I am glad I got to know
him,” Facebook founder and chief
executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote on
his Facebook page. “My thoughts and
prayers are with Sheryl and her family.”
In an inter view last month, Goldberg
told the news site Business Insider of
maxing out his credit cards in the early
1990s to fund one of his first internet
ventures, a music site, before going on to
work at other tech companies, including
In 2004, Goldberg married Sandberg,
another long-time tech executive who
now ser ves as Facebook’s chief operating
Sandberg launched an
about the dearth of women
in positions of power with
her 2011 book Lean In:
Women, Work and the
Will to Lead.
In it, Sandberg wrote of
the adjustments she and
her husband had to make
to manage two high-profile
careers while raising two
Goldberg was a “true
partner,” she wrote, and he
helped make her career possible.
“I truly believe the single most important
career decision that a woman makes is
whether she will have a life partner and
who that partner is,” Sandberg wrote.
Goldberg’s brother asked on Facebook
for friends and families to post their
memories on David Goldberg’s Facebook
page. Tributes rolled in from people who
wrote of meeting him during his long
tech career.One of Silicon Valley ’s most
admired entrepreneurs, Goldberg was
known for his low-key demeanour and
the grace and good humour with which
he handled being married to one of the
nation’s most recognisable executives.
Under his leadership, privately held
poll-taking company Sur vey Monkey
grew into a $2 billion business.
A memorial ser vice for Goldberg will
be held tomorrow at Stanford University,
according to friends of the family.
A Japanese hotel has launched a special
offer for women: A room to cry in.
The room contains a selection of
films especially chosen to tug on the
heartstrings, said a spokeswoman for the
Mitsui Garden Yotsuya hotel in Tokyo.
There is also a collection of manga
comics recommended by a book seller to
make women cry.
Crying helps people combat stress, the
And so that the women can dry their
tears, the rooms will also have high
quality tissues and eye masks, the hotel
said. — DPA
Japanese hotel offers crying rooms
Grace Lee Whitney,
who played Captain Kirk’s
assistant on the original
Star Trek series, has died.
She was 85.
Whitney died of natural
causes on Saturday in
her home in the Central
Jonathan D weck
Whitney played Yeoman
Janice Rand in the first eight episodes
before being written out of the series.
In her 1998 autobiography The Longest
Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy, she wrote
that her acting career largely came to an
end and she became an alcoholic.
She wrote that she struggled with her
addiction for many years before getting
treatment and regaining her career
with the help of Leonard Nimoy, who
starred as Spock in the series and died
She returned for the
movie franchise, reprising
her role in Star Trek: The
Motion Picture, Star Trek
III: The Search for Spock,
Star Trek IV: The Voyage
Home and Star Trek VI:
The Undiscovered Country.
Dweck said his mother
would have liked to be
remembered more as a
addiction than for her Star
Trek fame. She dedicated
the last 35 years of her life helping
people with addiction problems, some of
whom she met at Star Trek conventions,
“Over time, she became appreciative of
her short time on Star Trek because she
developed meaningful relationships with
the fans, Leonard Nimoy and other cast
members,” D weck said.
Besides Jonathan, she was sur vived by
her other son, Scott Dweck. — AP
Star Trek actress Whitney dies
Grace Lee Whitney
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