Brekky Wrap: Royal Wedding Fever, An Ebola Outbreak And The Backstreet Boys' New Song
All the news you need to know this Friday.
Just days out from her wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has confirmed her father will not be in Windsor for the big day. In a statement, Markle asked that her father be given the space he needs to focus on his health. There is still no word on who will walk her down the aisle.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan have arrived in Windsor for a wedding rehearsal. The pair also met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for tea ahead of the big day. This was the first time the royals met Markle's mother Doria Ragland, who travelled from the U.S. for her daughter's wedding. The BBC reports Ragland met with Prince Charles and Camilla for tea.
Lisa Wilkinson writes from London about the downside of marrying the world's most eligible bachelor. Wilkinson explores Meghan Markle's successful past and highlights the huge sacrifice she is making to marry Prince Harry. Will she manage to say goodbye to a life of success and independence for a life inside the gilded royal cage she has signed up for?
A review into religious freedoms will be handed down on Friday. Key recommendations given to the Turnbull Government include strengthening anti-discrimination laws to better protect religious beliefs. It is expected the government will release the report to the public in a few weeks time.
Gina Haspel has been confirmed as the new CIA Director. Her nomination reopened debate about the CIA's program of detaining terror suspects, where they are subject to harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. She is the first woman to hold the position.
The World Health Organisation has called an emergency meeting about an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The disease has spread from the countryside to the major transportation city Mbandaka. At least 44 people are thought to have been infected in the latest outbreak and 23 deaths are currently being investigated.
Youtube will launch a new music streaming service next week in an attempt to match rivals Apple, Spotify and Amazon. Youtube, which is owned by Google, will launch the service in Australia, the U.S, South Korea, New Zealand and Mexico on May 22, before it's rolled out to a following 14 countries. Free, ad-supported accounts, as well as paid platforms for about $13 ($9.99 USD) a month, will be available.
The Backstreet Boys' new single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" has been released ahead of a new album set to be dropped this year. It's the boy band's newest release since "Show 'Em, (What You're Made Of)" from their 2013 album In a World Like This. Watch the music video here.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have welcomed their second child. Teigen gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday and she announced the news on Twitter. The pair are already parents to two-year-old Luna, but no details about their latest arrival have been released.
A rare greater one-horned rhino has been born at Chester Zoo. The calf made his first public debut on Thursday. Mother Asha delivered the calf after a 16-month pregnancy in a labour that lasted just 20 minutes. The new arrival is the second greater one-horned rhino to be born at the zoo.
And if you're anything from a little excited about the royal wedding to a monarchy mega-fan, there's merchandise for you. You can have anything from simple Meghan and Harry Paper dolls to personalised wedding invitations or even your very own Harry swimming costume. If you're in Windsor for the big day, why not treat yourself to a wedding-themed beer or a coffee with Harry and Meghan's faces printed onto it. There really is something for everyone.
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