Britain ‘delighted’ but anxious over baby to be future monarch

Updated 04 December 2012
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Britain ‘delighted’ but anxious over baby to be future monarch

LONDON: Britain’s press yesterday celebrated the “delightful” news that Prince William and his wife Catherine are to have a baby, but the expectant mother’s bout of morning sickness tempered spirits. The couple announced on Monday they are expecting their first child, ending fevered speculation about a baby destined to become Britain’s monarch whether it is a boy or a girl. But the former Kate Middleton, 30, is in hospital suffering from severe morning sickness, St. James’s Palace announced in a statement.
Popular tabloid The Sun ran with “Kate Expectations” as its front-page headline, The Daily Telegraph said the news of Catherine’s pregnancy was cause for national celebration. “Who would not be delighted at the prospect of a mother’s first child, especially a mother who has won affection with her natural beauty and straightforward character?” said its editorial. The palace said Catherine was admitted on Monday afternoon to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London with “hyperemesis gravidarum,” which it defined as “very acute morning sickness,” which requires extra hydration and nutrients.
The Telegraph’s headline asked “Could it be twins for the Duchess?” pointing out that the condition is more often experienced by women expecting twins. The Sun called the sudden announcement “fantastic news.” “As William and Kate embark on this new journey, the nation wishes the nervous Royal couple well,” said its editorial.
The Daily Mail summed up the mood with its headline, “A nation’s joy, a husband’s nerves” while tabloid the Daily Mirror speculated on its front page that the Duchess could be hospitalized “for days.”


Chechen strongman makes Egypt’s Salah honorary citizen

Updated 23 June 2018
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Chechen strongman makes Egypt’s Salah honorary citizen

  • After his team crashed out of the World Cup, Egypt’s star player Mohamed Salah has won a consolation prize in the form of honorary citizenship of Chechnya
  • Kadyrov, supported by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, rules Chechnya with an iron fist, drawing constant condemnation from human rights groups

MOSCOW: After his team crashed out of the World Cup, Egypt’s star player Mohamed Salah has won a consolation prize in the form of honorary citizenship of Chechnya.
Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on Telegram that he had presented the Liverpool star with the honorary title while hosting a dinner for the Egypt team, whose World Cup training base is in the Chechen capital Grozny.
“Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of Chechnya! That’s right!” Kadyrov wrote late Friday.
“Tonight I signed a decree to grant the high honor to the great footballer who plays for Egypt and Liverpool.”
Kadyrov, supported by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, rules Chechnya with an iron fist, drawing constant condemnation from human rights groups.
He is known as an ardent football fan and in 2013 took to the public address system during a match involving Chechen team Akhmat (formerly Terek) to publicly insult the referee.
Salah has been photographed smiling and clasping hands with Kadyrov during the tournament.
Egypt crashed out of the World Cup after losing to Russia 3-1 on Tuesday, with Salah returning to action for the first time in three weeks following a shoulder injury but unable to save his team. The Egyptians play their final match against Saudi Arabia on Monday.
Kadyrov said that at “a gala dinner that I gave for the Egypt team I presented Mohamed Salah with a copy of my decree and a lapel badge. This is a well-deserved honor!“
The Chechen leader has previously presented French actor Gerard Depardieu with the same honorary title.
He also said that he was confident that Akhmat would play a friendly with the Egyptian national team in Grozny at some future date.
Kadyrov said Salah had praised the “wonderfully warm and good welcome” the team received in Grozny.