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.
TARNISHED LEGACY: Woodrow Wilson served as the university’s president before becoming the US’ 28th leader, but his racism was ‘significant and consequential’ Princeton University is removing former US president Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and one of its residential colleges after trustees concluded that the 28th president’s “racist thinking and policies” made him “an inappropriate namesake.” The Ivy League school’s trustees made the decision on Friday, according to a statement on Saturday. It comes at a time of widespread rethinking of the US’ racial legacy. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, energized by a series of high-profile deaths of black Americans, has resulted in the removal of Confederate monuments, flags and symbols of racism across the US. Deleting Wilson’s name at Princeton
‘FULLY ENCLOSED’: Residents of Anxin County would be confined to their homes and would only be allowed out once a day to buy necessities such as food and medicine China yesterday imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a fresh COVID-19 cluster as authorities warned the outbreak was still “severe and complicated.” After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in Hebei Province. Health officials said that Anxin County — about 150km from Beijing — would be “fully enclosed and controlled,” the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year. Only one person from each family would be allowed to go out once a
Japan said it opposed changes to the G7 nations as it pushed back against a reform plan by US President Donald Trump that would have rival South Korea this year join in an expanded meeting. Tokyo has told the US it stands against South Korea’s participation on the grounds of differences in policy on China and North Korea, Kyodo News reported this weekend, citing more than one source related to Japanese and US diplomacy. Japan also wants to maintain its status as the only Asian country in the group, the news agency added. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga yesterday told reporters that
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around