Locks changed after keys stolen at Tower of London

Updated 13 November 2012
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Locks changed after keys stolen at Tower of London

LONDON: Some of the locks at the Tower of London — home to Queen Elizabeth II’s crown jewels — have had to be changed after two sets of keys were stolen from the grounds, red-faced officials said on Monday. Police have launched an investigation after an intruder gained access to the site of the historic castle in the early hours of Nov. 6 before stealing the keys. The keys gave access to the tower’s drawbridges as well as conference rooms and a restaurant, according to a statement from Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that runs the site. The intruder was stopped and taken off the site, but afterwards it was found that the keys were missing. A spokeswoman said the Crown Jewels, which include priceless crowns and scepters used by Queen Elizabeth II on ceremonial occasions, were never at risk of being stolen. “The intruder did not gain access into the Tower itself,” the Historic Royal Palaces spokeswoman said. He did manage to get round the gate at the main entrance but was then apprehended and escorted off the premises. “At no point was the security of the Tower at risk.”


‘Selfie Saad’ Hariri launches app to share selfies with followers

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‘Selfie Saad’ Hariri launches app to share selfies with followers

DUBAI: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has launched a selfie application that allows users to share their selfies with him online.
In a tweet that’s been liked more than 500 times, Hariri said “download the application to share the selfies that brought us together.”
Hariri has become known for his selfies, posing for several with the likes of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Morocco’s King Mohammed IV, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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Hariri doesn’t only pose with world leaders, but also citizens and fans from across the country.
Many have replied to his tweet and Instagram post supporting the application and calling for more pictures with him.
“The best selfie with you Mr. Prime Minister, God willing!” one user posted.
Others replied with selfies they took with Hariri.
The launch of the applications comes at a peak time, a little over a week before the Lebanese parliamentary elections are set to kick off for the first time in nine years.

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Hariri is a candidate running with the Saudi-backed Future Movement in the Beirut 2 district, competing with eight other lists including Hezbollah and a civil society group.
The Lebanese prime minister is not the only leader who is known for his social media presence.
US President Donald Trump is notorious for his barrage of tweets that he sends on a daily basis, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amassed the largest Twitter following for any world leader, at 97 million.