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Prince Philip to be Laid to Rest at Windsor Castle

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Prince Philip to be Laid to Rest at Windsor Castle

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is to be laid to rest at Windsor Palace on Saturday in what will be a small family affair due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

The funeral is set to begin at 2.40 p.m. with the coffin leaving the castle, followed by a funeral march and a minute of silence nationwide, according to Buckingham Palace.

After a service at St. George’s Chapel, held by the Dean of Windsor, the Archbishop of Canterbury will give the blessing after the coffin has been lowered into the Royal Vault.

In line with health regulations currently in place in England, only 30 guests will attend the ceremony, most of them members of the Royal Family.

Queen Elizabeth II, the couple’s four children, eight grandchildren, the Queen’s niece and nephew and three of her cousins will all be attending the service on Saturday.

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In addition, the prince’s German relatives Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg will be in attendance.

The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, a close friend of Prince Philip, will also be attending the service.

Some of the spouses of the queen’s children and grandchildren have been included on the guestlist.

But Meghan, the duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s wife, is not going to the funeral due to her pregnancy.

The funeral will be broadcast live on television.

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CNN’s Amanpour Diagnosed Of Ovarian Cancer

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CNN's Amanpour Diagnosed Of Ovarian Cancer

CNN’s chief international anchor, Christiane Amanpour, on Monday, June 14, 2021, disclosed that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I’m now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis, and I’m confident,” Amanpour said at the beginning of her daily television programme.
Amanpour, 63, is one of the best-known journalists in the world, in part due to her fearless coverage of international conflicts. She has been off the air for the past four weeks due to the diagnosis.
In her on-air announcement, Amanpour pointed out that ovarian cancer is all too common, affecting “millions of women around the world.”
Anchoring from her home base in London, Amanpour said she feels “fortunate to have health insurance through work and incredible doctors who are treating me in a country underpinned by, of course, the brilliant NHS,” referencing the National Health Service in the UK.
After speaking about her surgery and chemotherapy, Amanpour said, “I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency but in truth really mostly as a shoutout to early diagnosis.”
She said she wanted to “urge women to educate themselves on this disease; to get all the regular screenings and scans that you can; to always listen to your bodies, and of course to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”

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COVID-19 Vaccines Should Be ‘Global Public Goods’ – Guterres

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COVID-19 Vaccines Should Be ‘Global Public Goods’ – Guterres
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday that lifesaving Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines should be considered “global public goods” and a way of defecting the pandemic.

Guterres told journalists at the G7 Summit of leading industrialized nations taking place in Cornwall, United Kingdom via video link.

The UN chief said there was no other way of defeating a virus “which spreads” across developing countries “like wildfire” and “risks mutating” other than through equitable, mass vaccination.

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He said that shots needed to be available and affordable to all, “that is not only a matter of fairness and justice but it’s also a question of efficiency.

“It is a question of efficiency that mutations abide by Darwin’s laws of evolution, meaning that the worst viruses tend to survive, multiply and eventually disable the vaccines.

“Vaccination programs so far, have been unequal and very unfair,’’ the top UN official said.

Guterres said he was encouraged by the announcement made ahead of the G7, by the International Monetary Fund together with the World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), and World Trade Organisation.

He said he was encouraged regarding a 50 billion dollar program to support vaccination delivery in developing countries.

The UN chief was also heartened by the recent announcements of the United States and the United Kingdom to donate more than half a billion doses to nations least able to afford them.

Guterres welcomed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that he expected the G7 to provide a billion pledged doses by the end of the summit.

“We are at war” with the coronavirus, he said, that continues to cause “tremendous suffering” and destroy the global economy.

To defeat the virus, we must “boost our weapons,” he added, calling for a “global vaccination plan”.

The secretary-general spoke of his proposal for vaccine-producing countries to come together in an emergency task force supported by WHO, the vaccine alliance GAVI, and international financial institutions to define and implement a plan.

“We need really those who have the power to organize an effective response to COVID and the only way to be effective in guaranteeing that everybody will be vaccinated sooner rather than later,” he said.

The UN chief said climate action was his other priority for the first in-person G7 meeting since the pandemic began.

The secretary-general, therefore, expressed hope that the G7 meeting would help pave the way for new and important decisions in the future.

“I think it is absolutely essential to guarantee that through the COP 26 (UN climate conference) in Glasgow,” he said, warning that it might prove to be “the last opportunity” to make the right decisions. 

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UN Security Council Nominates Guterres For Second Term as UN Chief

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Security Council Nominates Guterres For Second Term as UN Chief

The United Nations Security Council has formally selected the current Secretary-General António Guterres as its nominee to serve a second five-year term for the UN top job.

The recommendation, made in a resolution adopted by acclamation in a private meeting, now goes to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval.

In a statement on Tuesday, Guterres said it was a great honour to be selected and thanked ambassadors serving on the Security Council for placing their trust in him.

“My gratitude also extends to Portugal, for having nominated me again; it has been an immense privilege to be at the service the peoples.

“To be at service of the peoples and at the helm of the amazing women and men of this organisation for the past four and a half years, when we have been facing so many complex challenges.

“I would be deeply humbled if the General Assembly were to entrust me with the responsibilities of a second mandate,’’ the UN chief said.

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Under procedures for appointing the world body’s new chief, after the recommendation is transmitted from the Security Council to the General Assembly, a draft resolution is issued for the Assembly to take action.

After appropriate consultations with Member States, the Assembly President fixes a date for the draft to be taken up.

Guterres circulated his vision statement for a second five-year term in March, and in early May he took part in an informal interactive dialogue at UN Headquarters.

The informal dialogues were introduced during the last selection process in the UN General Assembly, with the idea of allowing candidates to present their views and take questions from a wide range of representatives of the global community, including civil society, establishing a new standard of transparency.

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The last six proceedings for selecting the Secretaries-General were appointed by the Assembly through a resolution adopted by consensus.

A vote will take place only if a Member State requests it and a simple majority of those voting would be required for the Assembly to adopt the resolution.

But the Assembly could decide that the decision requires a two-thirds majority. If a vote is taken, it will be by secret ballot.

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