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After a lifetime of preparation, Charles ascends the throne

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has been preparing to be king all his life. Now his time has come. Following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles is now the oldest person to have acceded to the British throne. No date has been set for the coronation of King Charles III. But Charles faces the enormous challenge of building the same kind of affection that characterized the relationship between his mother and the British public. Will Charles be loved by his subjects, as his mother was? It’s a question that has overshadowed his entire life.

Live Updates: Queen Elizabeth II Dies, Charles Becomes King

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, whose 50-year reign is now the longest in Europe, called Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II ‘a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all “. Elizabeth died Thursday aged 96 after 70 years on the British throne. Margrethe said: “She will be missed terribly.” Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf said the British monarch had ‘exceptional devotion and sense of duty’ and Norway’s King Harald said Elizabeth ‘has accompanied the British people in joys and sorrows “.

Queen Elizabeth II, monarch bound by duty, dies at 96

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace announces that Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, has died at 96. Elizabeth has spent seven decades on the throne – since February 6, 1952 – as the UK rebuilt after the war, lost an empire, transformed its economy and moved in and out of the European Union. When the queen died, her 73-year-old son Charles automatically became monarch. He will be known as King Charles III, although his coronation may not take place for months. Elizabeth was a constant presence, the only monarch most Britons have ever known. His image, which adorned stamps, coins and banknotes, was among the most reproduced in the world. But his inner life and opinions remained largely an enigma.

“A constant in my life”: the world mourns Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II was much more than the British monarch. She was ruler of 14 other nations and a rare figure who was almost universally admired across hemispheres, generations, social divides and politics. Tributes are paid to him by other monarchs, rulers, dignitaries and rock stars. Even in places where relations with the British monarchy are complicated, tributes have poured in. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Elizabeth “embodied dignity and decency in public life”. Caribbean leaders from Jamaica to Bermuda and beyond mourned his death, which came as several British Caribbean territories sought to replace the monarch with their own heads of state as Britain demanded an apology for the abuses of the colonial era and granted reparations.

Biden is the 13th and last US president to meet Queen Elizabeth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden holds the distinction of being the 13th and final U.S. president to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Biden first met the Queen in 1982. He was a US senator and was visiting the UK with a congressional delegation. Their third and final meeting was in 2021. Biden, as president, was in the southwest of England for a summit of world leaders. He and his wife, Jill, then had a private audience with the Queen at Windsor Castle, near London. The Queen had met every US president since Dwight Eisenhower, except Lyndon Johnson, since he came to the throne in 1952. Johnson had not visited Britain when he was president.

Biden will tell Ohioans his policy will revive manufacturing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants to shine a light on a rare bipartisan downfall on American manufacturing. He is visiting Ohio on Friday for the grand opening of a new Intel computer chip plant. Biden is heading to suburban Columbus just as voters in the state begin to tune in to a hotly contested Senate race between Democratic Representative Tim Ryan and Republican author and venture capital executive JD Vance. They’re competing in a former swing state that’s had a Republican streak for the past decade. Intel had delayed the grand opening of the $20 billion plant until Congress passed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act.

UN chief calls on world to help flood-hit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on the world to help Pakistan after he arrived in the country to witness deadly flood damage. The record floods have killed hundreds and left more than half a million people homeless and living in open tents. His trip comes less than two weeks after Guterres appealed for $160 million in emergency funding to help those affected by floods that have caused at least $10 billion in damage and 1,391 deaths. He posted on Twitter before dawn that he had arrived to “express my deep solidarity with the people of Pakistan after the devastating floods”. Last week he sternly warned that the world should “stop sleepwalking towards the destruction of our planet through climate change”.

North Korea says it will never give up nuclear weapons to counter US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stresses that his country will never give up the nuclear weapons and missiles it needs to counter hostilities by the United States. He accuses the United States of pushing a pressure campaign aimed at weakening the defenses of the North and possibly bringing down his government. State media said on Friday that North Korea’s parliament also passed a law requiring the North Korean military to “automatically” execute nuclear strikes against enemy forces if its leaders come under attack. Kim also addressed domestic issues in his speech, saying North Korea would begin its long-delayed rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in November. He did not give details.

Journalist Killed in Las Vegas Spent His Career Hunting Corruption

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Investigative journalist Jeff German has taken on the powerful in four decades of writing about the Las Vegas underworld and government corruption. But police say it was one of their latest targets, a county administrator, who fatally stabbed German last weekend. The killing came months after German wrote about bullying, patronage and an inappropriate relationship in a shadowy public office. Authorities said Thursday that DNA at the crime scene linked Clark County public administrator Robert Telles to the murder. Police arrested him on Wednesday after a brief confrontation at his home. Telles was the focus of German’s reporting in the Las Vegas Review-Journal as he sought re-election.

Swiatek and Jabeur will meet in the 1st US Open final for both

NEW YORK (AP) — Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur will square off in the US Open women’s final. Tunisia’s Jabeur reached her second straight Grand Slam title match by beating Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows on Thursday night. No. 5 seed Jabeur was a runner-up at Wimbledon in July. She took full advantage of a shaky performance from first major semi-finalist Garcia. 1-ranked Swiatek won the last four games to knock out No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the other semifinal. The Polish Swiatek already has two trophies from the red clay of Roland-Garros, but has never passed the fourth round on the hard courts of New York.

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