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Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'to work in Africa' as they map out new life as a family

Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'to work in Africa' as they map out new life as a familyThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex are considering a major move to work in Africa after the birth of their first child, as the Duke and his older brother map out their separate working lives. The Duke and Duchess, who are already president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, have been in discussions with advisers over a “bespoke” international role for the next phase of their work in the Royal Family. Planning is in its earliest stages, as the couple await the birth of their first child and the life changes that will bring, with their team considering how they can best make a positive impact in the Commonwealth. The move will be viewed as both symptom and cause of the recent formal split in the young royal household of Kensington Palace, with Prince William and Prince Harry working increasingly differently amid rumours of a rift. While Prince William prepares to one day become Prince of Wales and then King, Prince Harry and his wife have built a platform of celebrity allies and social media followers that will ensure them global interest in their next move. Meghan in Rwanda with charity World Vision in 2017 Credit: PA  Growing concern of tension between the two brothers was not aided today by their appearance at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, for the Easter Mattins service, where the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex did not exchange a word in view of the public. Instead, the Duke of Sussex appeared in good spirits as he arrived at church with Peter and Autumn Phillips and left with Zara and Mike Tindall, while the Cambridges walked together as the Royal Family gathered to celebrate the 93rd birthday of the Queen. A spokesman for the Sussexes said: "Any future plans for the duke and duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. "The duke will continue to fulfil his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador." The Sunday Times has reported that a formal plan to move the couple to work overseas is being drawn up by Sir David Manning, a former special adviser on constitutional and international affairs to both Dukes. Lord Geidt, the Queen's former private secretary and chairman of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, has also been involved, with Simon Case, the Duke of Cambridge’s private secretary, expected to be “pivotal” in negotiating the details of any move with the government, it said. Such a position would be designed to "harness" the star-power of the couple while keeping them within the fold of the Royal Family, it is claimed.   Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Botswana in 2017 Credit: Instagram The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have long been expected to focus their working lives on the wider Commonwealth, after making clear their support for its young people around the world. While posts in Canada and Australia have also been considered, it is understood that a country in Africa is the front runner for a period of sustained, long-term work. The couple are unlikely to make a permanent move abroad, with options under discussion currently including recurring trips to one region for several months at a time to allow them to undertake “meaningful” work in a community. Such a plan could see them change the tried-and-tested royal schedule of taking several high-profile, one-off visits to different countries each year at the request of the government, designed to build relationships between Britain and the rest of the world. Prince Harry has previously spoken of his deep affinity to the continent of Africa, having spent time in Lesotho in his 20s, founding HIV charity Sentebale, and calling Botswana his "second home". Royal baby Sussex | Read more He and the then-Meghan Markle spent time in Botswana while they were dating, with Prince Harry introducing her to elephant conservation work in 2017. A source said an African country was considered an ideal fit for the types of causes the couple want to focus on, which have so far included women’s empowerment, education and young people. Any plans to work overseas would be designed to make use of the couple’s global status, while balancing the need for them to work in support of the Queen and to benefit Britain. Aides will also need to navigate both significant security issues and the shadow of colonialism, requiring a role which could not be open to accusations of a visiting Duke and Duchess patronising Commonwealth citizens. Discussions are said to be in the very earliest stages, with the safe arrival of the Sussex’s first baby being their top priority in the coming days. Newsletter Promotion – Royal Appointment – in article Once the couple have settled in as a new family of three, a source said, they will then "map out the long-term strategy for their working lives over the next few years". A royal source said the Duke of Cambridge would continue to be “fully supportive” of his brother as the pair set out on their separate working lives.



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'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their children

'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their childrenDavid and Louise Turpin, who pleaded guilty in February to torture and false imprisonment, are eligible for parole after 25 years.



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Man sentenced 26-years to life in brutal hammer death of 'Bridalplasty' reality star

Man sentenced 26-years to life in brutal hammer death of 'Bridalplasty' reality starJackie Jerome Rogers was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison for killing Lisa Marie Naegle with a hammer and burying her body in his back yard.



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I Am the Rabbi of Tree of Life Synagogue. Here Is a Simple Thing We All Can Do to Help Stop the Next Christchurch

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Divorce or break-up? How to consciously uncouple your digital life

Divorce or break-up? How to consciously uncouple your digital lifeThese days, former sweethearts find themselves tangled up in gadgets, passwords, and online accounts. Here are tips to separate your digital assets.



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School shooting survivor stricken by 'survivor's guilt' takes own life

School shooting survivor stricken by 'survivor's guilt' takes own lifeA teenager who survived the Parkland school shooting in Florida has killed herself while struggling with survivors’ guilt, local media reported Friday. Sydney Aiello, 19, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last February 14 when a former student opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, killing 14 students and three staff members. Among the dead were two of Aiello’s best friends, Meadow Pollack and Joaquin Oliver.



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The Latest: Jordanian girl fighting for life after NZ attack

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Former Trump campaign chief to be sentenced, could face life in prison

Former Trump campaign chief to be sentenced, could face life in prisonUS President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort is to be sentenced for tax crimes and bank fraud on Thursday in a high-profile case stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Manafort, who turns 70 in April, faces potentially spending the rest of his life behind bars when he comes before Judge T.S. Ellis at 3:30 pm (2030 GMT) in an Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom. Manafort was convicted in August of five counts of filing false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report a foreign bank account.



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AOC Suggests the Media Unfairly Target Her Personal Life

AOC Suggests the Media Unfairly Target Her Personal LifeRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired off a tweet suggesting that the media unfairly target her family and love life in their reporting — and I can’t stop laughing.Here’s the tweet:> You know, when I got to DC I was told that it’s considered “off-limits” to report on a member’s family, love life, etc.> > Unsure why that consideration is suspended for me.> > (Also for those who ask how I learned to handle pressure,try being the only daughter in a Latino household) t.co/M2lgHITz1B> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019First of all, the article she is referencing about her mom’s view of her relationship includes an interview with her mom. So, if she didn’t want the media reporting on her family life, maybe she should tell her family to stop talking to the media. Seems a little simpler than having to put all that effort into playing the victim, right?Second of all, she’s wrong. She’s not the only one — far from it. In fact, the first thing I thought of when I saw this tweet was “Okay, then why do I know that the president loves Diet Coke more than he loves condoms?” I mean, seriously. The media doesn’t just also sometimes report on President Trump’s personal life; it is actually completely obsessed with President Trump’s personal life!Don’t believe me? Here are some actual headlines from President Trump’s time in office: “Trump’s alleged failure to use condoms with Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal raises questions, concerns” (The Mercury News). “What Melania & Trump's Hand-Holding Struggles Say About Their Marriage, According To Body Language Experts” (Bustle). “Every time Donald and Melania Trump have faked holding hands with each other” (The Independent). “This absurdly uncomfortable video of Donald Trump trying to hold Melania's hand is going viral — here's what a body language expert has to say about it” (Insider). “Reporter asks Melania Trump: Do you love your husband?” (ABC). “Trump doesn't want Barron to play football” (CNN). “Inside Melania Trump and Barron Trump’s Relationship” (The Cheat Sheet). I could go on, but I unfortunately have dinner plans in about five hours, and finding all of the headlines about the Trumps’ personal lives would probably not allow me to eat until approximately 2037.Now, I do realize that she referred specifically to “members,” but that doesn’t make her tweet any less stupid. Other members of Congress have to deal with speculation about their personal lives, too. In 2018, Sen. Lindsey Graham felt the need to come out to the media and say that he’s not gay. Here’s a McClatchy article that gets into the legal troubles of Senator Ted Cruz’s half-sister, who died in 2011. In 2016, The Daily Mail ran a piece titled “EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders' very 1960s love life revealed — his first wife, the woman who had his son, and the sugar shack home where he lived as a 'revolutionary.'” Senator Kamala Harris’s affair with Willie Brown dominated almost an entire news cycle.In other words: If someone really did tell her that politicians’ personal lives are off-limits for the media, then they were, quite clearly, wrong. Politicians, particularly famous stars like Ocasio-Cortez, are always going to face that kind of scrutiny because, well, they’re famous. I’m not saying it’s good; I’m not saying it’s bad; I’m saying it’s life — and pretending to be some kind of unique victim in a situation where you’re not one doesn’t accomplish anything except make you look foolish.



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'My Life Is Gone.' Woman Mourns Husband Killed in Alabama Tornado

'My Life Is Gone.' Woman Mourns Husband Killed in Alabama Tornado'He was done and gone before we got to him'



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