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King Charles III has spent most of his life in waiting



King Charles III has spent most of his life in waiting.

But now, says former royal correspondent, Charles Rae, the longest serving heir to the throne in British history has a new and very immediate role.

“It’s very much, you know, the queen is dead. God save the king. Simple as that, it’s almost a seamless transition. And then there will be, then there’ll be, you will have (him) sit on the throne and get the crown at a later date, so it will be seamless in that sense. I mean, from the moment that the queen passes away, Charles is king. It’s that simple.”

Born in 1948, he became heir apparent at the age of three, when the queen acceded to the throne on the death of her father George VI.

Following an unhappy time at school in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, he studied at the University of Cambridge.

He was made Prince of Wales by the queen at the age of 20.

Charles then entered the military before leaving to concentrate on royal duties in 1976.

His relationship with his new subjects has been at times turbulent.

Following years of speculation about his marriage plans, Charles married 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 with a dazzling wedding ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Two sons and new heirs William and Harry later, the marriage ended in 1992.

The decision was apparently amicable at first, but emerged as acrimonious by the time of their eventual divorce in 1996.

The union was said to have been a disaster from the start. The tragedy was compounded by Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris a year later.

Charles was left looking an unlikely sovereign and royal-watchers openly questioned whether he would ever by crowned.

What will his legacy look like?

Author Penny Junor maintains he is a popular figure.

“There are always going to be people who don’t like him, because he has been quite a controversial figure. When the queen came to the throne, I don’t think anybody disliked her because nobody really knew her. Charles has been around for over 70 years, and he has, he has been active in those years. He’s got involved in all sorts of quasi political areas and expressed his views. But anybody that has come across Charles, I would say, or who knows him, will, will love him.”

Charles’ long-term relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles became more public after Diana’s death – and the couple were married quietly in 2005 after gradually appearing in public together and becoming part of the royal circle.

Charles‘ approval rating also gradually improved, burnished by the popularity of his two sons who also married.

He began undertaking more official senior royal duties after Queen Elizabeth scaled back her workload, due to ill health.

Professor of the history of monarchy, Anna Whitelock, says the transition from heir to king will not be radical.

“He’s not going to reflect or represent a fresh face for the monarchy. It’s going to be another, you know, aged elderly monarch extending to the throne, even though, of course, he’s been Prince of Wales for so many years. I think you know that he does have a potential relevance around the environment. But I don’t think he’s going to end up feeling, you know, that he’s particularly popular and certainly not, you know, on the level of his mother, the queen.”


North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile



The launch continues a provocative streak in weapons testing as a US aircraft carrier visits South Korea

The launch was detected by South Korean and US militaries, who are currently conducting their annual joint military exercises in the region.

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is also taking part in the exercises, in a show of force against North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile testing.

North Korea's push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea’s push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in recent months, despite international condemnation and UN sanctions.

The latest launch comes just days after North Korea test-fired a new type of anti-aircraft missile, and as the US prepares to deploy its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

The US has also sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force, and is reportedly considering additional sanctions against North Korea.

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Super Typhoon Noru smashes into the Philippines



Super Typhoon Noru is continuing to strengthen as it approaches the northern Philippines.

The storm is expected to make landfall late Sunday afternoon local time and could bring damaging winds and heavy rains to the region.

Noru is currently a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).

The typhoon is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the Philippines, which could lead to significant damage.

If you are in the path of Super Typhoon Noru, be sure to take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your property from the storm.

Stay tuned to local news and weather reports for the latest information on the typhoon’s path and expected impacts.

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Iran cuts internet access over “hijab violation”



Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored to the streets

Protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police continue to rock the Islamic Republic.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center,” apparently for not wearing her hijab properly.

Amini’s death has sparked outrage among Iranian women, who have long been subject to repressive rules mandating their dress and behavior.

In recent years, the government has stepped up its enforcement of these rules, with morality police attacking women for offenses such as wearing loose headscarves or talking to men in public.

The death of Amini, who was reportedly beaten in custody, has galvanized young Iranians who are fed up with the repression they have faced for their entire lives.

In addition to taking to the streets, they are using social media to spread the word about the protests and to call for an end to the government’s oppressive policies.

It remains to be seen whether the current wave of protests will lead to lasting change in Iran. But one thing is clear: the country’s young people are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo.

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