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Duchess bears daughter

A crowd erupted in cheers outside a London hospital yesterday after the announcement that Prince William’s wife, Kate, had given birth to a princess. The news was belted out by a lavishly dressed town crier on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted earlier yesterday. “What an amazing day,” Sadie Moran, a 45-year-old wrapped in a British Union Jack flag, told reporters. “It is like a memory of princess Diana,” said Moran, referring to William’s late mother, who died in a car crash in 1997. Diana gave birth to William and his brother, Harry, in the same hospital. Among the onlookers were tourists looking to bring home a special memory from their holidays. “We heard it on the news that she’s in labor and we wanted to see,” said Tiina Hamalanen, a 51-year-old from Finland.


Ebola resumes spread

Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed. Scientists thought the Ebola virus could remain in semen for about three months, but a recent case in West Africa suggests infection through sex can happen more than five months later. Officials are now telling male Ebola survivors to avoid unprotected sex indefinitely. They earlier advised using condoms for at least three months. A report released on Friday detailed the case of a 44-year-old Liberian woman whose infection likely came from a 46-year-old man who had Ebola symptoms in September last year. She fell ill in March, a week after sex with him, and died. Another woman he had sex with around the same time tested negative.


Cosby accusers increase

Two more women, a writer and an actress, on Friday said comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago, bringing the list of his accusers to more than 40. Actress Lili Bernard and writer Sammie Mays made the allegations against the comedian at a news conference with lawyer Gloria Allred the day before the last show of Cosby’s national comedy tour in Atlanta, Georgia. Cosby, best known for his role as Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV series The Cosby Show, has never been charged over any of the allegations. The 77-year-old settled a 2005 civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct. His representative did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. Bernard said Cosby drugged, raped and threatened her while he helped her prepare for a role in the show’s last season. “After he had won my complete trust and admiration, he drugged and raped me,” the mother of six said. Bernard said she told her agent, family, several friends and her pastor about the attack.


New Rolf Harris file mulled

Prosecutors are examining a file of further allegations against disgraced veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, sources said on Friday. Harris, 85, a household name for decades in Britain and his native Australia, was interviewed under caution by officers in early February. The television star, artist and songwriter, 84, was jailed in July last year for five years and nine months for a string of sexual assaults against girls. He was found guilty of indecently assaulting four victims between 1969 and 1986. The Crown Prosecution Service, which decides whether charges should be brought, said it was examining new material from the police’s Operation Yewtree investigation into historic sex offenses.

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