Prince William, Kate, arrive in US for visit overshadowed by new racism row

Prince William and wife Kate began their first visit to America in eight years Wednesday under the cloud of a fresh racism row after his godmother quit the royal household for repeatedly asking a Black British woman where she was "really" from.. However, the start of the visit -- which comes after racism claims from William's brother Harry and mixed-race sister-in-law, Meghan -- was overshadowed by the resignation and apology of 83-year-old Susan Hussey, one of William's six godmothers.

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac dead at 79

Christine McVie, the English hitmaker and keyboardist who found fame in the 1970s as a member of Fleetwood Mac, died Wednesday, the band and her family said.. She married member and bassist John McVie in 1968, and joined the group officially in 1970, becoming a mainstay member as a lyricist, lead vocalist and keyboardist.

Three migrants spend 11 days on ship rudder to reach Spain

Three migrants who arrived in the Canary Islands after enduring an 11-day journey from Nigeria on the rudder of a fuel tanker have asked for asylum in Spain, officials said Wednesday.. But a spokesman for the central government's representative in the Canary Islands said the three men had requested asylum in Spain and the Maltese-flagged ship was allowed to leave Gran Canaria without them.

Football legend Pele hospitalized again

Brazilian football legend Pele has been hospitalized again, but there is "no emergency," his daughter said Wednesday, the latest health issue for the 82-year-old icon, who has been in treatment following a colon tumor.. Pele has been undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments since being diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

Angola's Isabel dos Santos says victim of 'political persecution'

Angolan tycoon Isabel dos Santos says she is the victim of "political persecution" engineered by President Joao Lourenco, her father's successor at the helm of the oil-rich southern African country.. "There is no doubt that we are in a context of political persecution," dos Santos, 49, said in an interview broadcast late Tuesday on TVI/CNN Portugal.

Meghan faced death threats as a royal: senior UK police officer

The UK's most senior police officer of colour has said the duchess of Sussex faced "disgusting" threats to her life during her time in the royal family.. Basu, 54, who is stepping down after 30 years with London's Metropolitan Police, was asked if there were genuine threats to Meghan's life.

How film and TV can help the climate change battle

Fictional films and TV have immense power to shift attitudes on political issues, yet they remain little-used in debates over climate change.. - 'Para-social relationships' - TV has helped shift political attitudes over the years, especially around race and sexuality, from the first inter-racial kiss on "Star Trek" in the 1960s to the gay stars of 1990s sitcoms "Ellen" and "Will and Grace".

William and Kate head to the US for first time in eight years

Prince William and his wife Kate head to the United States this week for their first visit in eight years, and the popular couple's inaugural trip as prince and princess of Wales.. Unusually though for William and Kate, who are used to their public appearances dominating headlines in the UK, they may have to deal with playing second fiddle to Harry and Meghan in the United States.

Yellow the new black as World Cup fashion sweeps Brazil

In a yellow-and-green outfit with matching shoes, eye glitter and fingernails, Julia Barbosa is on her way to watch Brazil's big match in a Sao Paulo bar.. "I'm going to have a different look for every match," Barbosa says proudly, posing for pictures in the outfit she bought for Brazil's opening match against Serbia Thursday.

US Senate votes to protect same-sex marriage

The US Senate passed a landmark bill Tuesday protecting same-sex marriage, as lawmakers from both parties moved to forestall the possibility of the conservative-led Supreme Court taking away this right as it did with abortion.. The bill passed Tuesday does not require states to legalize same-sex marriage.