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Prince Charles admits he may never fit into ‘budgie smugglers’ again as he approaches 70th birthday

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Prince Charles has admitted he may never fit into a pair of “budgie smugglers” again as he approaches his 70th birthday.

The Duke of Cornwall was speaking in Brisbane during his week-long tour of Australia when he joked: “I do know only too well, and understand, the strange feeling of disbelief that this is actually happening and that never again, for instance, will it be possible to squeeze into a pair of budgie smugglers.

“I don’t know about you, ladies and gentlemen, but now bits of me keep falling off at regular intervals.

“‘Don’t worry’, they keep telling me, ‘you have brilliant genes’.

“But the trouble is I can’t even get into them either.”

A Vanuatu islander appears to be fastening Charles' grass skirt during the ceremony
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The prince donned a grass skirt during the visit to Vanuatu

The Australian slang term “budgie smugglers” refers to tight-fitting swimming trunks.

Charles, who made the light-hearted remarks at a reception hosted by Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey, turns 70 on November 14.

His confession came ahead of his visit to the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, where he was pictured wearing a grass skirt and a white garland.

Prince Charles made the remarks at a reception hosted by the Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey  yesterday evening
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Charles made the remarks during a speech in Brisbane

The heir to the throne was given the title “Mal Menaringmanu” as he was made “high chief” in a colourful ceremony.

Charles took part in a series of traditional rituals after landing in the capital of the South Pacific island, Port Vila.

He was welcomed by islanders in traditional dress before he walked across red ceremonial mats – one of the most deeply respected aspects of Vanuatu’s traditions.

Charles walked across red ceremonial mats after he was welcomed to the island
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The prince walked across red ceremonial mats during his visit

The prince later took a sip from a cup of special kava, known as Royal Kava, which is reserved for special occasions. It was last consumed when Prince Philip visited Vanuatu in 1974.

Charles also planted two trees in the ceremony organised by the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs.

Vanuatu residents perform the 'kastom' dance for Prince Charles during his visit to Port Vila on April 7, 2018
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Thousands of people turned out to see the prince

Islanders turned out in their thousands to see the prince, who greeted the crowd with “Halo yufala euriwan”, meaning “hello everybody”.

He then said: “My visit, while far too brief, has nevertheless allowed me to experience for myself the warmth, generosity and spirit for which the people of Vanuatu are so justly famed.”

Prince Charles drinks kava with Chief Seni Mao Tirsupe, the President of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, to the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila, Vanuatu
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The prince sipped Royal Kava from a cup as he was made ‘high chief’

The prince met Jimmy Joseph, from the village of Yaohnanen on the Vanuatuan island of Tanna, where Prince Philip is viewed as a divine being.

The Prince Philip Movement believes the Queen’s husband is a man from one of their legends.

Charles warmly shook Mr Joseph’s hand as he was presented with a gift.

Mr Joseph said: “I gave him a walking stick for his father made by the hands of the Prince Philip Movement.

“I told him a lot of people in the movement have now died but there are some still living.

“The prince said he would deliver the message personally.”

Well-wishers hold a welcome sign for Prince Charles as he visits the seafront of Port Vila, Vanuatu, on April 7 2018
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Charles was given a warm welcome

After meeting with Vanuatu’s president and being given the first of many traditional garlands, Charles picked up a hat and a bag for Camilla at a handicraft market.

Sovaki Zacharie, 19, who spoke with the prince at the market, said it was “so special” to have Charles visit the island.

The Duke of Cornwall also visited Port Vila Central Hospital, which suffered extensive damage during a tropical cyclone in 2015.

He praised the “fantastic” recovery effort funded by the Australian government, including the refurbishment of operating theatres and the laboratory.

The day trip to the South Pacific island came on the fourth day of a week-long tour of Australia, the first three days of which he was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles will now fly on to Cairns before finishing his trip in Darwin.

The Duke of Cornwall has also hit back at rumours he takes his own personal toilet seat on overseas trips, telling Australian radio presenters: “Don’t believe all that crap.”

The rumour surfaced in Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, a new biography by Tom Bower.

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Ex-Trump campaign manager in hospital after threatening to hurt himself | US News

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Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been taken to hospital after threatening to hurt himself, police in Florida have said. 

His wife had called police to say he had multiple firearms and was threatening to harm himself at their home in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

However, police said he was alone in the house at the time and officers had managed to negotiate with him to leave the property.

The former campaign manager was threatening to self-harm
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The former campaign manager was threatening to self-harm

Mr Parscale was taken to hospital under the state’s Baker Act, which allows anyone believed to be a threat to themselves or others to be detained for 72 hours for psychiatric evaluation.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said: “Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we love him.

“We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”

Mr Parscale was demoted from the role of campaign manager in July, although had remained part of the campaign and helped run its digital operation.

He attracted media attention earlier this year due to his extravagant lifestyle on the Florida coast that kept him far from the Virginia campaign headquarters.

Shortly before he was demoted, Mr Parscale had claimed hundreds of thousands of people were signed up to a Trump comeback rally in Tulsa – only for about 6,000 to show up.

Mr Trump was said to be “furious” at the “underwhelming” crowd, according to NBC News, and Mr Parscale was replaced by Bill Stepien as campaign manager.

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Joe Montana: Ex-NFL star and wife grab grandchild from arms of intruder | US News

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Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana and his wife confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their nine-month-old grandchild over the weekend, law enforcement officials say.

Montana told officers his grandchild was sleeping in a playpen on Saturday when an unknown woman entered their home in Malibu and grabbed the child.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the former San Francisco 49ers star and his wife, Jennifer, confronted the woman, tried to “de-escalate the situation” and asked her to give back their grandchild.

After a tussle, officials said Jennifer Montana removed the child from the intruder who was later identified as Sodsai Dalzell.

Montana in action for the 49ers
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Montana in action for the 49ers

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out,” Montana tweeted.

“Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time.”

The sheriff’s office said Dalzell fled the home but was later arrested. She faces kidnapping and burglary charges.

Montana, 64, retired after the 1994 season, playing 13 years of his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, who won four Super Bowls with him as starting quarterback.

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Belarus protests: Great-grandmother forcibly arrested as women take to streets to demand Lukashenko’s removal | World News

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Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Belarus’ capital to demand authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko step down – with a great-grandmother who has become an icon of the protest movement among scores of people arrested.

Police blocked off the centre of Minsk and detained more than 80 demonstrators on Saturday, according to the Viasna human rights organisation

It was the latest in a series of major rallies that have rocked the country since early August, by far the largest and most persistent protest movement it has seen since it separated from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Masked officers arrest and detain opposition activist Nina Baginskaya, 73
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Masked officers arrest and detain opposition activist Nina Baginskaya, 73

And among those arrested was Nina Bahinskaya, a 73-year-old great-grandmother who has become a hero of the opposition to the Belarussian president.

While Mr Lukashenko‘s officials say he won 80% of the vote in the 9 August election that triggered the protests, opponents and some poll workers say the results were manipulated.

He further angered opponents this week by taking the oath of office for a new term in an unexpected ceremony, and protesters on Saturday carried placards denouncing him as “the secret president”.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Mr Lukashenko’s main election opponent, who went into exile in Lithuania after the election, praised the female demonstrators and derided the police in a statement.

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She said: “What about the men themselves, who, hiding their faces, use force against women? Is it possible to live peacefully with such men?”

A large protest is also expected on Sunday, typically the day that sees the biggest demonstrations – attracting crowds estimated at up to 200,000.

Women at an opposition rally  in Minsk to protest the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko
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Women at an opposition rally in Minsk to protest the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko

The election and Mr Lukashenko’s defiance of the protesters have faced widespread condemnation from the West, and Ms Tsikhanouskaya this month urged the United Nations to send monitors to Belarus.

US President Donald Trump, however, has remained largely silent on the matter – prompting an attack from Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.

“President Trump refuses to speak out against Lukashenko’s actions or to offer his personal support for the pro-democracy movement,” Biden said.



Women protesting in Belarus try and rip the balaclavas of police trying to detain them, forcing the officers to retreat.







Protesters force police officers to retreat

Mr Biden referred to the Belarussian politician’s inauguration as a “sham ceremony”.

The inauguration came on the same day that Mr Trump’s refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose November’s US election.

“A president hiding in fear from his own citizens, refusing to accept the will of the people is a sign of a weak, illegitimate autocrat, not a strong leader,” said Mr Biden.

Mr Lukashenko, a former collective farm manager, has been in office since 1994.

During the time since then, he has repressed opposition and independent news media and kept most of the country’s economy under Soviet-style state control.

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