Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, urges parents to read to children~Given the Chance! @Daily_Express

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The Duchess of Cornwall is urging parents to read to children daily and “lead them on a voyage of discovery”. MORE

Writing in the Sunday Express, Camilla spoke of the joy her father brought to her by reading to her every night.

She said: “Those evenings didn’t just pass on a lifelong love of reading; they made me, too, want to share that passion with my children and now with my grandchildren.”

The duchess was writing ahead of ahead of World Book Day on Thursday.

She said a day dedicated to books may seem “a bit old-fashioned” in a world “that sometimes feels dominated by too many screens and too much information”.

But Camilla said it was a “timely reminder” of how important books and reading are, especially for children.  Image result for Harry Potter

‘Brains buzzing’

She said: “Turning the pages of a favourite book creates a very special bond with our grandchildren, but…

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Somalia: Death toll mounts after Mogadishu palace attack

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Dozens of people were killed in twin car bomb blasts in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, in what appears to have been a foiled attack on the presidential palace. Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

Somalia Mogadishu - people on rubble in the aftermath (picture-alliance/abaca/S. Mohamed)

The number of deaths from Friday’s twin car bomb explosions in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, rose to at least 38, according to officials on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted the presidential palace and subsequently a hotel. The attacks follow months of relative calm.

Read more: Rights group: Al Shabab forcibly recruits children

– A  vehicle that was loaded with explosives was used to try to breach a checkpoint on the way into the presidential palace Villa Somalia, according to officials who said security forces thwarted the attack. A blast at the checkpoint was reportedly followed by gunfire.

– A second explosion later, which destroyed vehicles outside the hotel as…

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Philippines: Protesters Against Constitutional (Charter) Change Support Democracy, Sovereignty and Social Justice — “No to another dictator”

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Protesters vs charter change gather at People Power Monument

By: Faye OrellanaKrixia Subingsubing– @inquirerdotnet

Team Inquirer / 07:49 PM February 24, 2018

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Some 2,000 people joined the protest against charter change at the People Power Monument on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Shown here are members of the Solidarity of the Health Sector Against Charter Change. (Photo by FAYE ORELLANA /

Published: 6:41 p.m., Feb. 24, 2018 | Updated: 7:49 p.m., Feb. 24, 2018

At least 2,000 representatives of the Church and organizations of urban poor, workers, youth and human rights advocates gathered at the historic People Power Monument in Quezon City on Saturday to unite under a common banner: No to another dictator.

The gathering took place on the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution that overthrew authoritarian leader President Ferdinand Marcos.

Braving the afternoon heat and armed with…

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Israeli Satellite Reveals Russia’s Fleet of Stealth Bombers in Syria

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Russia is beefing up its aerial presence in Syria with new Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters, located in the strategic Khmeimim air base

Israeli satellites reveal Russia's fleet of Sukhoi Su-57 stealth bombers
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An Israeli satellite revealed images Saturday of Russia’s deployment of its Sukhoi Su-57 stealth planes – the first of its kind.

The satellite operator iSi said in a statement that their Israeli Eros B satellite spotted two such planes at the Khmeimim air base. It said the Su-57 is still not fully operational and that Russia is likely going to use Syria as a “playground” for testing the jet.


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Dozens killed or wounded in south Yemen suicide attacks: witnesses

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In this file photo, a man stands by a damaged car at the site of a car bomb attack in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. (Reuters)
ADEN: Dozens of people were killed or wounded in two suicide car bombings in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Saturday, witnesses and local medics said.
They said the attacks appeared to have targeted a camp used by anti-terrorism forces in south-western Aden.
Officials at the city’s main Jumhouriya hospital said the bodies of five victims, most of them soldiers, had arrived at the facility, along with a number of injured people including civilians, but gave no precise figures.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in an area known as…

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Thai activists in Pinocchio masks call junta leader ‘liar’

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Thai pro-democracy activists wearing masks mock Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as Pinocchio during a protest against junta at a university in Bangkok, Thailand, February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Panarat ThepgumpanatREUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Hundreds of pro-democracy activists in Thailand wore cartoon masks portraying the country’s junta leader with a long nose on Saturday, calling him a “liar” for delaying a general election promised this year.

The junta has promised and postponed elections several times since it came to power following a coup in 2014, with the latest date set for November. The military-appointed legislature changed the election law last month, signaling another delay to early 2019.

That sparked a series of anti-junta, pro-election protests that have gained momentum in recent weeks with gatherings taking place in several provinces across Thailand.

On Saturday, around 300 activists congregated at Bangkok’s Thammasat University, wearing and distributing paper masks resembling Prime Minister Prayuth…

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Turkey urges ‘world to say stop to E.Ghouta massacre’

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© AFP | Turkey called on the international community to end the “massacre” in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta hit by intense regime bombardment ahead of a UN Security Council vote

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey called on the international community to end the “massacre” in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta hit by intense regime bombardment ahead of a UN Security Council vote on Saturday.”The regime is committing massacres in Eastern Ghouta,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.

“The world should say stop to this massacre together,” Kalin said.

New air strikes hit the enclave on Saturday raising the civilian death toll from seven days of intense bombardment to over 500 including more than 120 children, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

“Have you seen or heard a country seriously react to the continued atrocity in Eastern Ghouta…

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