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Queen Elizabeth lies in state at Westminster Hall, thousands mourn

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Thousands of mourners have lined the streets from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

Her Majesty was brought in a procession with Princes William and Harry, and their father King Charles the third walking behind.

The Queen will lie in state until 6:30 am BST on Monday morning, the day of her funeral.

Members of the public now have the opportunity to line up and pay their respects to the late monarch, filing through the grand old building that is Westminster Hall.

Constructed in 1097, the building is a cornerstone of British history.

It has played host to the trials of Charles the first, Henry the eight’s coronation banquet, and speeches by Nelson Mandela, French President Charles de Gaulle, Pope Benedict, and Barack Obama.

During this lying-in-state period, Westminster Hall will be open for 24 hours a day, with the Queen’s coffin left closed and resting on a raised platform.

It is draped with the Royal Standard flag, and topped with the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre.

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Hundreds of thousands are expected to file past.

There are currently queues of more than three kilometres along the South Bank of the river Thames.

As Her Majesty was brought through the city, guns could be heard from Hyde Park, while Big Ben was rung every minute.

Mourners reflect on their beloved Queen.

The Queen’s funeral will be held on Monday September 19, which will be a bank holiday for the United Kingdom.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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