The number of dignitaries from around the globe who came to the Queen's funeral underscored the significance of the British family compared to others around the world. But they are far from the only monarchy, and many other royal families have equally important places in the hearts of their subjects, due to the customs they embody and the longstanding cultural relationships they share with the people they reign over. Here are how some of the royal families around the world compare to that in the UK: Longevity The oldest continuous, verifiable, monarchical line still in existence is that of Japan's emperors. There is evidence of an unbroken hereditary line since the early 6th century, with the date usually put at 539CE (539AD). The first emperor in the historical records, Kinmei, ruled until 571 according to the ancient text The Chronicles of Japan. But Japanese legend says there were 25 previous emperors, which some have claimed takes the line back to 660BCE … [Read more...] about How does the UK’s Royal Family compare with others around the world?
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Armando Perez and his 81-year-old mother survived Hurricane Maria when it hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Five years later, they just witnessed Hurricane Fiona , a categorically less intense storm, but one that disrupted their lives nonetheless. Perez's mother, Carmen, has advanced Parkinson's disease and dementia and has been bedridden since June. The two live together in the town of Dorado. Perez bathes and feeds his mother and changes her diapers. But since Fiona hit the island five days ago, they've been without power or clean public water. Triple-digit temperatures are baking their home's concrete walls, turning Carmen's room into "a furnace" in the afternoon. "Even though the storm was not as bad, when the power goes out, no water, it just makes it super hard," Perez told CBS News on Friday. It's an eerily similar feeling to what life was like post-Maria, Perez said. "It is hell now. Maria was the closest thing to experiencing the end of the world," he said. "It looked … [Read more...] about Hurricane Maria’s impact was like “experiencing the end of the world” and Fiona has unleashed “hell.” It’s only expected to get worse.
A Beijing-based genetics company has successfully cloned an Arctic wolf, in a ground-breaking move which could help preserve endangered species. 26 years after the birth of Dolly the Sheep, Sinogene Biotechnology unveiled the new wolf pup, named Maya to the world. She had been born back in June, but the firm wanted to wait until she was 100 days old before they announced her to ensure the clone was in good health, Global Times reports. Scientists created the pup by taking a donor cell from a wild female Arctic wolf which had been introduced from Canada and combining it with an embryo grown inside a beagle, which shares genetic ancestry with ancient wolves. The process, called somatic cell nuclear transfer, is the same process which birthed Dolly the Sheep back in 1996. Arctic wolves, also known as ‘white’ or ‘polar wolves’, are not endangered like other wolf breeds because they live in isolation, although Singogen hopes this process can be used in future to save … [Read more...] about World’s first cloned Arctic wolf is born 26 years after Dolly the sheep
Vladimir Putin has sacked the deputy general of the Russian army and replaced him with the so-called 'Butcher of Mariupol'. Dmitry Bulgakov, 68, was relieved of his duties after a string of successful counter-attacks were launched by the Ukrainian forces. He has served served in the role for 14 years. READ MORE: Russia's forbidden military testing region filled with bears, volcanos and missiles His replacement, Mikhail Mizintsev, has a fearsome reputation and rose to infamy over his role in the indiscriminate blitzing of Mariupol resulting in civilian casualties. He is widely believed to have been behind orders to bomb the city's theatre and hospital, which have been labelled war crimes by the international community. His controversial hiring has increased the tension surrounding the war, with Putin announcing a call up of reserve fighters two days ago. The Russian dictator also hinted he would be willing to use nuclear weapons. Mizintsev is also alleged to have … [Read more...] about Desperate Putin hires evil ‘butcher of Mauripol’ in bid to ‘blitz Ukraine’
Iran today faces the prospect of a bloody Sunday after opposition supporters clashed violently with security forces yesterday at the start of a key religious ceremony that had been identified beforehand as a dangerous flashpoint. Amid ominous signs that political tensions were reaching breaking point, reformist websites reported that special forces fired teargas and attacked crowds gathered in some of Tehran's main thoroughfares to begin two days of commemorations for one of Shia Islam's holiest figures. The opposition website Rah-e Sabz reported confrontations in Enghelab, Haft-e Tir and Imam Hossein Squares. Unconfirmed accounts told of disturbances breaking out between Ferdowsi Square and Valiasr crossroads and between Choobi Bridge and Shahmirzadi Hosseinieh. Government forces were said to have smashed the windows of cars whose drivers honked their horns in support of the protest. Security forces chased protesters into the premises of the student news agency ISNA, off … [Read more...] about Iranians’ green revolution refuses to wither and die
Rob Adams allegedly promised bourbon fans something most could not get: easy access to the good stuff. The US has been on a decade-long bourbon binge , making the rarest bottles increasingly unobtainable. Aficionados drive cross-country, shell out thousands and have even traded boats for brown water. "Right now my group members know exactly where Weller 107 is going to be dropping Monday and Tuesday. No one else knows this but me," Adams teased members of a bourbon group on Facebook in a message obtained by The Washington Post. "I have inside sources. . .I'm offering 100% money back guarantee." The price for details about which state-run liquor stores in Virginia would get the hot bottle? US$20 (NZ$35) a month, according to the Facebook post. READ MORE: Global bourbon shortage creates lack of supply of cheap RTDs MGM sommelier oversees 350,000 bottles of wine on Las Vegas Strip It was, prosecutors allege, a true inside job. In an unusual criminal case unfolding … [Read more...] about Prosecutors allege an inside job. The target? Rare bourbon
PH The face of the rapist-killer Hussein K (left) in a photo taken just 7 days before the murder SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Hussein K., just 17, has been linked by his DNA to the murder of Maria Ladenburger , 19, a beautiful medical student whose father is a senior legal adviser to the European Commission in Brussels. Miss Ladenburger worked in her spare time in the ancient university city of Freiburg helping out the migrants in various shelters and homes. But in October, as she cycled home after a party, she was ambushed, raped and drowned in a river. Related articles Daughter of top EU official raped and murdered by Afghan migrant German state broadcaster REFUSES to run migrant murder The killing … [Read more...] about PICTURED: The Afghan migrant accused of killing daughter of top EU official in Germany
Allegations of large-scale tax avoidance, the targeting of migrants, and a mass departure of civil servants. And on the other side, claims of a biased, crooked media and an entrenched "deep state". Four years of the far-Right Sweden Democrat rule in the Swedish municipality of Hörby have brought a touch of Donald Trump's America to this country town of 15,000 people. Yet when the party's tenure was put to the test in this month's Swedish election , rather than punish it for its turbulent term, its share of the vote jumped by four percentage points to 39 per cent. "We were shrieking with joy. This was something we could only dream of," says Cecilia Bladh in Zito, the town's Sweden Democrat mayor, when The Telegraph meets her in her office. The election marked the final breakthrough for the far-Right party , winning a record 20.5 per cent of the vote nationally, leapfrogging the centre-Right Moderates to become Sweden's second biggest party. Ulf Kristersson, the Moderates' … [Read more...] about How far-Right Sweden Democrats are bringing Trump’s America to a small country town
UKRAINE has identified the Russian colonel who is alleged to have ordered troops to torture civilians for weeks and loot homes in occupied Kherson. Ukraine 's security service, the SBU, named Oleksandr Naumenko of the Rostov Guards Department as the alleged culprit. The publication of the SBU report today uncovered that Naumenko has been in charge of Russian forces in Kherson since March. "According to his orders, illegal detentions and torture of local residents, entry into their houses and possession of property are taking place," the report read. Naumenko - whose call sign is Alfa, according to Ukrainian outlet ZN - was also behind the dispersing of peaceful anti-Russia rallies in the occupied territory. It's understood he personally took part and ordered Russian troops to break up crowds using stun grenades and tear gas. READ MORE ON WORLD NEWS OUT FOR BLOOD Butcher of Mariupol promoted in Putin's desperate bid to push back in … [Read more...] about Ukraine identifies Russian colonel who ordered troops to ‘torture civilians for WEEKS & loot homes’ in occupied Kherson
RUSSIA's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has hinted Russia might have lost one of its last allies after he indicated an uneasy relationship with former supporter China. In recent days, China and India , once billed as friendly nations by the Kremlin, have heaped pressure on Vladimir Putin , following the president's biggest escalation of the Ukraine war - including nuclear threats and nationwide mobilisation . Lavrov, who was speaking at the UN General Assembly on Saturday, refused to answer a reporter's question about whether China is pressuring the Kremlin to end the war soon. Lavrov first argued about the journalist's choice of words before slamming: "Tell your readers that I avoided the question." China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was also present at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, called for a negotiated end to the war. "China supports all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis . The pressing priority is to … [Read more...] about Isolated Putin loses his last allies as China and India heap pressure on him to end his bloody war in Ukraine