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LONDON---Britain's Prince George,
the son of Prince William and his wife
Catherine, is to be christened
tomorrow in a private family ceremony
far removed from the global media
circus that surrounded his birth.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin
Welby, the head of the world's
Anglicans, will perform the christening
at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace
in London, Kensington Palace said.
George---who as third in line to the
British throne---was born on July 22 to
the royal couple with the title of Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge.
Guests are expected to include Queen
Elizabeth II, the young prince's great-
grandmother, and William's father
Prince Charles, although royal officials
have only said that "close members of
both families" will attend the baptism.
The choice of the Chapel Royal
reflects William and Kate's attempts
to keep a low profile, as most senior
British royals in recent history have
been christened at Buckingham Palace,
the queen's official residence. (AFP)
Britain's Prince George to get low-key christening
PANAMA CITY BEACH---Back in
custody after using forged docu-
ments to escape their life sentences,
two convicted killers were grilled
on Sunday by law enforcement
authorities who said they expect
to make more arrests in a case that
has given both court and correc-
tions officials in Florida a black eye.
Among the questions being posed
to Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker:
Who forged the papers? Who helped
you run from police? What other
prisoners have gotten away with this?
Who was coming from Atlanta to
whisk you out of Florida?
"I can tell you, there will be
more arrests," Florida Department
of Law Enforcement Commis-
sioner Gerald Bailey told a news
conference Sunday, hours after
Jenkins and Walker, both 34, were
arrested without incident at a
motel in Panama City. (AP)
PARIS---France and Mexico have
angrily demanded prompt expla-
nations from Washington following
fresh, "shocking" spying allegations
leaked by former US security con-
tractor Edward Snowden.
The reports in French daily Le
Monde and German weekly Der
Spiegel revealed that the National
Security Agency secretly recorded
tens of millions of phone calls in
France and hacked into former
Mexican President Felipe
Calderon s e-mail account.
French Interior Minister Manuel
Valls described the revelations in
Le Monde newspaper as "shock-
ing," in an interview yesterday
with Europe 1 radio.
The spy agency taped 70.3 mil-
lion phone calls in France over a
30-day period between December
10 and January 8 this year, Le
Monde reported in its online ver-
sion, citing documents from
VATICAN CITY---A big-spending
German Catholic bishop was
called before Pope Francis yes-
terday, as speculation grows over
whether he will be forced to
resign for his high-roller lifestyle.
Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter
Tebartz-van Elst, dubbed the
"bling bishop" by the press for
his extravagances, was received
by the pontiff after a tense week s
wait in Rome.
Tebartz-van Elst hit the head-
lines after accusations he took a
business-class ticket on a trip to
India and squandered money on
His private quarters in a brand-
new bishop s palace are reported
to have cost about$3.9 million
and included a 63-square-metre
dining room and a 15,000-euro
DUBAI---Pop star Rihanna was
asked to leave Abu Dhabi s
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
complex for posing for "inap-
propriate" pictures outside one
of the world s largest Muslim
places of worship.
Authorities said they had taken
action before the diva entered the
mosque itself, which is not off-
limits to non-Muslims and has
become a major tourist attraction
in the United Arab Emirates cap-
The 25-year-old, who per-
formed live in Abu Dhabi on Sat-
urday, posted the pictures on
online photo-sharing site Insta-
She posed in a black jumpsuit
in the courtyard of the mosque,
wearing crimson lipstick and nail
were battling an enormous blaze in
southeastern Australia yesterday,
with officials warning it could merge
with another to create a mega-fire
if weather conditions worsen.
Crews have been fighting fires that flared
in high winds and searing heat across the
state of New South Wales last week with
more than 200 homes destroyed so far
and many others damaged.
While dozens of blazes have been
contained, 63 were still alight and 17
of them were out of control, enveloping
Sydney in a thick white smoke haze
that prompted warnings for people to
stay indoors and avoid exercise.
The main concern yesterday was
near the town of Lithgow west of Syd-
ney, where a huge fire---with a perime-
ter of 187 miles---has already burned
more than 103,000 acres and was
threatening the communities of Bilpin,
Bell, Clarence and Dargan.
Officials fear intensifying heat and
winds today and tomorrow could push
it into another blaze at nearby Mount
Victoria in the Blue Mountains and
then move towards the populated areas
of Katoomba and Leura.
"I don t think I ve ever used the
word mega-fire," said New South
Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner
"But the reality is that the modelling
indicates that there s every likelihood
that in the forecast weather conditions
that these two fires, particularly up
in the back end of the mountains, will
merge at some point."
Firefighters spent the night and
much of yesterday building contain-
ment lines to try to prevent such an
event, before a predicted worsening
of weather conditions.
Amid the worst fire disaster in the
state for nearly 50 years, New South
Wales Sunday declared a state of
emergency which gives firefighters the
power to forcibly evacuate people,
with penalties for refusing.
With hundreds of people evacuated
due to the encroaching flames, police
revealed they were dealing with reports
of looting from victims, although the
number of incidents was small.
Wildfires are common in Australia s
summer months from December-Feb-
ruary. But an unusually dry and warm
winter and record spring temperatures
has seen the 2013/14 fire season start
early with warnings of a long, tough
summer ahead. (AFP)
Firefighters work on putting in containment lines to help control a wildfire near the township of Bell, Australia, yesterday.
Authorities warned that high temperatures and winds were likely to maintain heightened fire danger for days. AP PHOTO
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