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UK man pleads guilty in foiled 2021 crossbow attack on queen

A Briton on Friday became the first person in decades to plead guilty to treason, after admitting trying to harm Queen Elizabeth II with a loaded crossbow in Windsor Castle in 2021.. They include a section of the Treason Act, dating back to 1842 that outlaws attempts to "injure the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or to alarm Her Majesty".

Paco Rabanne: from fashion spaceman to fragrance king

Nicknamed "Wacko Paco" in the 1960s for his often unwearable designs, Spain's Paco Rabanne became best-known in later years for his globally popular line of fragrances as well as his eccentric beliefs.. After the media furore around his own line, Rabanne signed a deal in 1968 that brought him under the ownership of the Barcelona-based Puig family, heavyweights in the fashion and fragrance industry.

Notre-Dame to regain spire this year and reopen end-2024

Notre-Dame Cathedral's spire will be back in place by the end of the year, but a full reopening following the devastating fire of 2019 will not happen before next year's Paris Olympic Games.. But the sharp spire, added by architect Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc during the cathedral's redesign in the 19th century and replacing a previous wooden spire that had fallen into disrepair, will be back in place by the end of 2023, the ministry said.

Kenyan police sentenced for murder of rights lawyer

Three Kenyan police officers were on Friday given sentences ranging from 24 years in jail to the death penalty for the brutal murder of a rights lawyer and two other people.. Lessit on Friday sentenced former policeman Fredrick Leliman to death while his colleagues were sentenced to 24 and 30 years in prison.

'Mister Geopolitix': Global affairs for the YouTube generation

Donning khaki and adjusting the camera, 32-year-old French Youtuber Gildas Leprince becomes Mister Geopolitix, bringing foreign affairs to a younger crowd who might otherwise not be interested.. "Seventy percent of my community is between 18 to 35 years old," said Leprince, who styles himself as "Mister Geopolitix" online.

Child abuser Gary Glitter freed from UK jail

Convicted paedophile and former rocker Gary Glitter was released from a jail in Britain on Friday after serving half of a 16-year sentence.. He was freed from the low-security jail in Portland, southern England, automatically after serving half his sentence, the PA news agency reported.

Italy recovers eight bodies from migrant boat

Italy's coastguard recovered the bodies of eight migrants in the Mediterranean, officials said Friday, as a debate rages over Rome's crackdown on rescue charities in the world's deadliest crossing.. - Baby overboard - Charity vessels only rescue a small percentage -- around 10 percent -- of migrants brought to safety in Italy, with most saved by Italian coastguard or navy vessels.

Georgia's jailed ex-leader risks death: doctor, lawyer

Georgia's detained ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili risks death due to critical weight loss behind bars, his doctor and lawyer said Friday as international concerns grow over his alleged mistreatment.. "Saakashvili's weight dropped to 68 kilograms (150 pounds) from 115 kilograms" since he was jailed in October 2021, his lawyer Dito Sadzaglishvili told AFP.  "This is a life-threatening weight loss."

Indonesia tells outsiders not to use ASEAN as 'proxy'

Indonesia told major powers not to use Southeast Asia as a "proxy" for their rivalries Friday at the start of two-day talks between regional foreign ministers, while also calling for unity and progress on the Myanmar crisis.. Indonesian President Joko Widodo told ASEAN ministers in talks before Friday's meeting that "ASEAN should not be a proxy for any party", repeating a call he made at an ASEAN leaders' summit in Cambodia last year, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.