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Scientists to map genome of medieval English king Richard III

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - A year after they revealed a twisted skeleton found under a car park as the mortal remains of King Richard III, scientists in Britain plan to grind samples of his ancient bones and use them to map his genome. The project, which may alter perceptions of the last king of England to die in battle more than 500 years ago, aims to learn about Richard's ancestry and health, and provide a genetic archive for historians, researchers and the public.

UK's princes Charles and William in illegal wildlife trade plea

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, and his son Prince William have made a video plea urging people around the world to support efforts to stop illegal wildlife trade. The British government is due to host an international conference on the trade, estimated to be worth more than 6 billion pounds ($9.8 billion) a year, on February 13 in London.

Britain's Charles and William urge end to illegal wildlife trade

Britain's Prince Charles and Prince William made a father-and-son appeal on Sunday for an end to the illegal wildlife trade, ahead of a major international conference in London. Charles, the heir to Queen Elizabeth II, and his eldest child William released a video message warning of the "grave threat" to some of the world's most treasured species. The royals are attending a series of conservation events this week, including a London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the British government on Thursday.

Britain's Charles and William urge end to illegal wildlife trade

Britain's Prince Charles and Prince William made a father-and-son appeal on Sunday for an end to the illegal wildlife trade, ahead of a major international conference in London. Charles, the heir to Queen Elizabeth II, and his eldest child William released a video message warning of the "grave threat" to some of the world's most treasured species. The royals are attending a series of conservation events this week, including a London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the British government on Thursday.

Egypt's top TV satirist returns, criticizes public for lionizing Sisi

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's top satirist returned to television on Friday for the first airing of his show since it was pulled three months ago, and he skewered the public and media for lionizing the army chief widely expected to be the country's next president. In taking aim at the frenzy of support for Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Bassem Youssef went further in his criticism of the army-backed political order than anyone else currently allowed on the airwaves.

Queen Elizabeth II to visit France for D-Day 70th anniversary

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will make a state visit to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, Buckingham Palace confirmed Monday. The royal couple have slashed their overseas travel and the three-day trip in June will be the first time that the 87-year-old monarch has left Britain since visiting Australia in October 2011. "The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will make a state visit to France from June 5-7," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

France's Trierweiler embraces glamorous goodwill role

After losing her title as France's first lady, Valerie Trierweiler has begun forging a new role as a goodwill ambassador, with her glamour and media savvy guaranteeing her maximum publicity on a charity trip to India. Only hours after President Francois Hollande announced the couple were separating, Trierweiler boarded a plane in Paris for a two-day visit to Mumbai that saw her chat with sick children in hospital and see how some of India's poorest people eke out a living in an overcrowded slum.

France's Trierweiler embraces glamorous goodwill role

After losing her title as France's first lady, Valerie Trierweiler has begun forging a new role as a goodwill ambassador, with her glamour and media savvy guaranteeing her maximum publicity on a charity trip to India. Only hours after President Francois Hollande announced the couple were separating, Trierweiler boarded a plane in Paris for a two-day visit to Mumbai that saw her chat with sick children in hospital and see how some of India's poorest people eke out a living in an overcrowded slum.

Sisi must heed Egytians' demand to run as president

Egypt's top military council said on Monday its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should heed calls to stand in presidential election. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement "the people's trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people". se/jds/dv

Sisi must heed Egytians' demand to run as president

Egypt's top military council said on Monday its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should heed calls to stand in a presidential election. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement "the people's trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people". The statement said Sisi had thanked the military leadership for allowing him "the right to respond to the call of duty".
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