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Prince Harry tells James Corden he ‘was never walking away’ from Royal Family

Prince Harry has insisted he was ‘stepping back rather than stepping down’ (Picture: WireImage/CBS)The Duke of Sussex says he hasn’t turned his back on the Royal Family and that his life will always be about ‘public service’. Prince Harry took a swipe at the press for ‘destroying my mental health’ and said he and Meghan Markle were faced with a ‘really difficult environment’ after deciding to quit as senior royals. In an interview with James Corden, he said it ‘was never walking away, it was stepping back rather than stepping down’. Harry said he needed to move his family to start a new life in the US, but insisted: ‘I will never walk away, I will always be contributing. My life is public service. ‘My life is always going to be about public service and Meghan signed up to t...

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The Latest: Hong Kong starts virus jabs at community centers

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has begun administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its mass inoculation targeting all 7.5 million residents. People age 60 and older and health care workers are among some 2.4 million people prioritized to receive vaccines at community centers and outpatient clinics across Hong Kong. The government said Friday registrations for the first two weeks of the program are full. Participants so far will be receiving the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac. A million doses arrived in the city last week, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other top government officials were vaccinated first in a bid to bolster confidence in the program. Hong Kong has struck deals to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and

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The Latest: Hong Kong starts virus jabs at community centers

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has begun administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public, kicking off its mass inoculation targeting all 7.5 million residents. People age 60 and older and health care workers are among some 2.4 million people prioritized to receive vaccines at community centers and outpatient clinics across Hong Kong. The government said Friday registrations for the first two weeks of the program are full. Participants so far will be receiving the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac. A million doses arrived in the city last week, and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other top government officials were vaccinated first in a bid to bolster confidence in the program. Hong Kong has struck deals to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac, AstraZeneca and

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Rosamund Pike calls out Johnny English Reborn movie poster for ‘augmenting’ her breasts

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Rosamund Pike has called out the airbrushing of actresses on movie posters, revealing her breasts were ‘augmented’ for the marketing material for Johnny English Reborn. The 42-year-old actress played Johnny English’s love interest Kate Sumner in the 2011 comedy opposite Rowan Atkinson, and both stars featured on the film posters. However, Rosamund’s breasts were enlarged in the movie poster without her approval. The actress appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to promote her new film I Care A Lot, and shared her experiences of being airbrushed. The Gone Girl star said: ‘For the poster for Johnny English, my breasts were augmented. In the

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Ronnie O’Sullivan reveals message to ‘Tiger Woods of snooker’ Stephen Hendry ahead of return

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry could meet again on the pro circuit (Picture: Getty Images)Ronnie O’Sullivan has told snooker fans and Stephen Hendry himself to keep expectation in check ahea dof the Scot’s return to the sport next week after nine years away. The seven-time world champion accepted a wildcard to return to the tour at the start of the season and is finally embarking on his journey back into professional snooker at next week’s Gibraltar Open (in Milton Keynes) where he takes on Matt Selt in the first round. The 52-year-old last played at the 2012 World Championship, losing to Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals before heading off into an early retirement. Hendry has been working to get his game back up to scratch over the last year, but after such a long spel

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ISIS bride Shamima Begum to find out if she can fight citizenship case in UK

Shamima Begum was 15 when she and two others travelled to Syria to join ISIS (Picture: ITV/PA)ISIS bride Shamima Begum will find out today whether she will be allowed to return to the UK to fight a decision to strip her of British citizenship. The 21-year-old was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in February 2015. Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. In July last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that she should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge that decision, saying it was ‘the only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal’. But in November, the Home Offi

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Adnan Januzaj rates Manchester United’s Europa League chances after Real Sociedad defeat

januzaj (right) returned to Old Trafford to face his former side (Picture: Getty Images)Real Sociedad winger Adnan Januzaj has branded his former club Manchester United ‘one of the favourites’ to win the Europa League after they sealed their passage to the last-16 on Thursday night with a goalless draw against their Spanish opponents. After comfortably winning the first leg 4-0 last week in Turin, a draw at Old Trafford was enough for United to book their place in the next round of the competition. The Red Devils survived an early scare when Sociedad captain Mikel Oyarzabal blazed wide from the penalty spot after just 12 minutes, spurning any chance of his side staging an improbable comeback. Solskjaer’s side booked their place in the last-16 (Picture: Getty Images)Januzaj made 6

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Prince Harry raps The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme tune on James Corden’s The Late Late Show

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Prince Harry rapped the theme tune from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air on James Corden’s The Late Late Show. In a segment for the comedian’s chat show, James gave the Duke of Sussex his first tour around Los Angeles from an open-top double-decker bus. To make the prince feel at home, James even arranged for the pair to have an afternoon tea while they enjoyed their tour. As they stopped off at the house where the 1990s sitcom was filmed, James asked Prince Harry whether he knew the iconic song. He then proceeded to rap the theme tune, originally performed by Will Smith, and it’s everything we wanted and more. The duo went on to knock on

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10 Things in Tech You Need to Know Today

Summary List PlacementGood morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Here's what you need to know today. 1. Coinbase warns the crypto market could tumble if bitcoin's anonymous creator is identified. While filing to go public, Coinbase noted that should the creator be revealed — or if they sell their $30 billion stake — the market could be thrown into disarray. Here's what else we know from the filing. 2. Twitter users will soon be able to charge for tweets. The social media platform announced "Super Follows," a feature that would allow Twitter users to charge their followers in exchange for extra content. More on that here. 3. Scoop: Lime, a Silicon Valley scooter startup, is in early discussions about going public via a SPAC. The Uber-backed...

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First people released from hotel quarantine celebrate freedom with McDonald’s

Wagner and Elaine Araujo were overjoyed to finally be released from hotel quarantine (Picture: Getty)The very first travellers to be freed from England’s hotel quarantine celebrated life on the outside with a McDonald’s meal. Wagner and Elaine Araujo will finally get to see their children after being forced to spend 10 days at the Heathrow Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel. The couple were among the first to be quarantined under the new system after arriving in the UK from Brazil via Madrid on February 15, having visited a sick relative. British and Irish nationals or those with residency rights returning from any of the 33 countries on a ‘red-list’ are now required to isolate in a Government sanctioned hotel, at a cost of £1,750 plus £650 for an additional adult in the same room.

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Prince Harry gives his verdict on Netflix’s The Crown: ‘It gives you a rough idea about that lifestyle’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Prince Harry has finally given his verdict of The Crown – and is far more supportive of the Netflix series than you might think.  The Royal joined James Corden in Los Angeles for a bus tour of the city, during which they spoke about his new ventures and career, as well as stepping down from his duties.  During the chat, the host quizzed Harry on Netflix smash The Crown, where the latest series focused on his parents Charles and Diana – including affairs and eventual marriage breakdown.  Speaking to James, he said: ‘They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on the truth.  ‘Of course it’s not strictly...

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Mum transforms boring beige rented home into glorious pink paradise

Rachael Havenhand has spent the last few years radically transforming her rented home (Picture: Guzelian)When Rachael Havenhand moved into a three-bedroom rental in Todwick, Sheffield, six years ago, the house was your classic letting – all beige and bland. While for the first two years Rachael, 29, played it safe and put up with the drab interiors, she then decided it was time to make a change. Since then, she and her two daughters, Gabriella, nine, and Florence, six, have spent time and money transforming their home into a gloriously colourful paradise. And yes, she’s still renting, so Rachael will just need to return the house back to its plain state before she moves out. Otherwise, her landlord has let her go all out. Rachael started to bring colour into the house w

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It’s a smash hit! Chinese return big-time to movie theaters

The thrills and chills of the big screen are back big-time in the world’s largest film market. With coronavirus well under control in China and cinemas running at half capacity, moviegoers are smashing China's box office records, setting a new high mark for ticket sales in February, with domestic productions far outpacing their Hollywood competitors. February marked China’s all-time biggest month for movie ticket sales, which have so far totaled 11.2 billion yuan ($1.73 billion). China overtook the U.S. as the world’s biggest market for movie ticket sales last year as the American box office took a massive hit from the closure of cinemas because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese theaters were able to reopen by midyear and have seen steady audience growth since then. Local movies have

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Rishi Sunak ‘planning tax raid on wealthy pensioners’ to help pay off Covid debt

The Chancellor is said to be considering a freeze on life time allowances (Picture: Getty)Thousands of wealthy pensioners could be hit with a ‘stealth tax’ under Rishi Sunak’s plans to start plugging holes in the nation’s finances. The Chancellor is reportedly considering freezing the lifetime allowance, which is the amount people can build up in their pension pot before incurring tax charges. The threshold, currently at £1 million, usually rises with inflation but will be frozen for the rest of this parliament, according to The Times. The freeze puts around 10,000 people with larger pensions outside the tax-free bracket, meaning future payments will slapped with a 25% levy or as much as 55% if they choose to draw down a lump sum. The lifetime allowance was due to rise by ab

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Kaisy Khademi: The boxer who fled the Taliban to pursue world title dream

Kaisy Khademi left Kabul as a child (Picture: Frank Warren)Kaisy Khademi calmly recalls the day a Taliban solider drew a gun on his father as he shares his story. It is one of conflict, tragedy, determination and ultimately triumph, one that took him from his native Afghanistan, trafficked halfway across the world across dangerous borders and through darker jungles before finally landing in the United Kingdom as a refugee. On Saturday, he boxes for the first time on live television. Most people tuning in will understandably consider it the beginning of his journey. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Aged four, Khademi and his family were forced to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban tightened its grip on the region; prime targets for the regime that massacred civilians on t

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