Category Archives: Around The World

World’s Largest Freshwater Pearl Up For Auction In Netherlands

(Amsterdam) — The world’s largest known freshwater pearl is up for auction in the Netherlands. The “Sleeping Lion” is a rare natural object weighing almost four ounces and is almost three inches long.

The pearl is known for its 300-year history, where it rotated between colonial merchants, noble jewelers and European royals, including Catherine the Great. The lion-shaped pearl is estimated to be worth over 630-thousand-dollars.

It will be sold to the highest bidder at the Venduehuis auction house in The Hague on May 31st.

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Report: Trump Jr Met With Arab Rep Offering Election Help

(New York, NY) – Russia may not have been the only country Donald Trump Jr. looked to for help to get his father elected. The “New York Times” reports the President’s son also held a meeting with an emissary for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia offering to help Donald Trump win.

According to the report, the meeting took place August 3rd, 2016 at Trump Tower and included other Trump campaign officials. The emissary, George Nader, reportedly told Trump Jr. the princes of the countries were ready to help Trump win the election.

Royal Wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Tie The Knot

(SL) – The eyes of the world watched on as the long-awaited royal wedding took place Saturday. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel. The 36-year-old Los Angeles-born actress wore a flowing white Givenchy  gown. Thirty-three-year-old Prince Harry and his best man, his brother Prince William, donned their military uniforms.

The couple announced their engagement late last year and their wedding yesterday, the second for Markle, makes her just the second American and the first person of mixed race heritage to marry into the British royal family. They will be living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Royal Wedding: ‘I Will’..Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Tie The Knot

(Windsor Castle, UK) – The eyes of the world watched on as the long-awaited royal wedding took place today.5b004589215de849469c90cdPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel. The 36-year-old Los Angeles-born actress wore a flowing white Givenchy  gown. Thirty-three-year-old Prince Harry and his best man, his brother Prince William, donned their military uniforms. Markle was walked down the aisle by Harry’s father, Prince Charles, as her own father was unable to attend due to health issues.Royal weddingHer mother, however, was on hand for the big day. Harry could be seen wiping away tears as a special message was read during the ceremony by his late mother’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes.

After the ceremony, the couple rode through the streets of Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage as crowds cheered them on. The couple announced their engagement late last year and their wedding today, the second for Markle, makes her just the second American to marry into the British royal family. They will be living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

3e55888cc5c04ead063b4d51722d6b08--prince-of-orange-stillborn*England’s first Black Queen, Sophie Charlotte born, Princess Sophie Charlotte, was born on this date (May 19th) in 1744.

She was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany, Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

Charlotte was married to King George III from 1761-1818.

Queen Elizabeth, Princes Philip and Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched on as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows.

Harry could be seen wiping away tears as a special message was read by his late mother’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes.  The Reverend Michael Curry of Chicago delivered a powerful sermon as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel.

Markle’s veil featured hand-embroidered flowers from all 53 counties that make up the Commonwealth. She also wore a tiara, reportedly picked from Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry vault.

U.S. Bishop To Deliver Royal Wedding Address

(London) – An American bishop will deliver the sermon at the royal wedding in London next weekend. Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry to take part in the May 12th ceremony at Windsor Castle. Curry is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and the first African-American to have served in that role.tdy_sat_lucy_royals_180505_1920x1080.today-vid-canonical-featured-desktopHe’ll join the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor in presiding over the royal wedding next Saturday. Millions around the globe are expected to watch coverage of the hour-long ceremony.

Family Chased By Cheetahs At Safari Park

(Netherlands) – A family of five is okay after they were chased by cheetahs at a safari park in the Netherlands. A video filmed by visitors at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park show the family, which includes small children, get out of their car to get a closer look at some cheetahs.

The cats responded to the invasion of privacy by chasing the people back to their vehicle and almost getting to a small child before he is scooped up by his mom. The video shows a cheetah lunging at the woman with the kid in her arms before making it back to the car.

Thanks God she stood her ground and stayed calm. This could’ve had a different outcome. A park manager said guests are warned not to get out of their vehicles.

At Least 9 Dead In Indonesian Church Bombings

(Surabaya, Indonesia) – At least 11 people are dead and 40 wounded after suicide bombers targeted three Christian churches in Indonesia Sunday morning. Children were among the attackers in Surabaya, the country’s second largest city.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s intelligence agency said a group inspired by ISIS is suspected to be behind the attacks. No one has yet claimed responsibility.

Rouhani: Iran Remains Committed To Deal

(Tehran) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal if it can protect its interests. The deal, originally made between the U.S., Iran and five other world powers, offered sanctions relief in exchange for checks on Iran’s nuclear program.

President Trump pulled out of the deal this month, after months of calling it broken.

Rouhani said that Tehran will stay in if the remaining five nations, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K., stick to the agreement.

Paris Knife Attack Leaves Two Dead

(Paris) – French officials are reporting one death and four injuries after a man attacked people with a knife in a suspected terror attack. Police say two of the wounded victims are in serious condition. Officers fatally shot the attacker and witnesses say he allegedly yelled the Arabic phrase, “Allah Akbar,” which means God is great. ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack. The attacked has been ID’d as a French citizen born in Russia’s Chechnya in 1997.

The attack took place Saturday evening in the Opera district, a place known for vibrant nightlife and popular with tourists. Witnesses say people ran for cover in restaurants and cafes in a panic during the attack. Police tried to stop the attacker with a stun-gun before shooting him dead. Anti-terror police are currently reviewing the incident.

U.S. Stealth Fighters Intercept Russian Bombers Off Alaska

(SL) –  Defense officials are saying two Russian long-range bombers were intercepted by U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets in international airspace off the coast of Alaska. NORAD says the Russian planes flew yesterday into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which reaches approximately 200 miles off Alaska’s western coast.

A NORAD spokesman says the Russian aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until they left the identification zone along the Aleutian Islands. The bombers never entered U.S. airspace.