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Kate Middleton and Prince William expecting first child

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Kate Middleton's pregnancy was confirmed by St. James's Palace Monday morning, E! News reported.

"Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby," E! News reported the palace said.

Middleton was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London after suffering from morning sickness, New York Daily News reported.

Middleton will remain hospitalized for a few more days "and will require a period of rest thereafter," New York Daily News reported the palace said.

Although an expected due date has not yet been announced, E! News reported that Middleton is still in the very early stages of pregnancy.

"The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news," the palace said.

The Pakistani Taliban took responsibility on Tuesday for an attempt to assassinate a prominent television anchor, CNN reported.

A bomb made up of one pound of explosives was found underneath the car of Hamid Mir, a senior anchor of GEO's prime time television program, the Washington Post reported.

"We will continue targeting journalists who propagate a secular agenda and side with the government," said Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban.

The Pakistani Taliban targeted Mir after his coverage of a schoolgirl was shot by the militants, the Washington Post reported. The assassination attempt came a month after the group threatened Mir for this coverage.

The bomb was found by a police officer that is a part of Mir's security team. Mir had ran into a local market when the bomb was detected, CNN reported.

"We have a lot of respect for journalists, however all those who are spreading negative news against us and Islam will be targeted," Ihsan said.

France formally recognizes Syrian National Coalition

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France became the first European country to recognize the newly formed Syrian National Coalition as sole representation of the Syrian people on Tuesday, the New York Times reported.

This announcement, given by President François Hollande, raises the possibility of arming the coalition as it works to fight off the opposition, the New York Times reported.

The Financial Times reported the notion of sending weapons to the coalition "will be necessarily looked at again" from both Paris and other cities that recognize the group, Hollande said.

Both Britain and the U.S. have expressed backing of the coalition, but are still cautious about formally recognizing the group, the Financial Times reported.

The New York Times reported that this reluctance is based on an uncertainty of how weapons would be used if they were provided to the coalition.

A British lawmaker has been suspended Tuesday after deciding to take part in an Australian reality television show, according to Yahoo News.

Conservative legislator Nadine Dorries decided to take part in the show "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" in which contestants are stranded in the Australian Jungle and viewers vote them off one at a time, the Star Tribune reported.

Dorries was suspended from the party's parliamentary caucus by the Conservatives, who lead Britain's coalition government, until she can meet with the head of discipline Chief Whip George Young, the Star Tribune reported.

She was criticized for taking a month off of her duties to participate in the show, the Star Tribune reported.

"The concern is that she will not be doing parliamentary or constituency business in the meantime," a spokesman for the Conservatives told Yahoo News.

Although her participation in the show could backfire, Conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie said appearing could help Dorries "present an image of a Tory MP that defies some of the popular preconceptions and caricatures," the Star Tribune reported.

Cyclone weakens in India

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By Laura Marrinan
NEW DEHLI -Tropical Storm Nilam began to weaken Thursday in southern India after displacing 150,000 people and killing at least six, NBC reported.

About 8,000 people have been moved to temporary shelters and eight deaths were reported, according to CNN.

"We are in the process of making a full assessment of the damage," said M. Jayaraman, joint commissioner of revenue administration for the state government, according to the New York Times. "But we know that eight people have died and a total of 8,556 people from coastal districts in Tamil Nadu were affected due to Nilam."

An oil tanker with 37 people moved into choppy waters on Wednesday and capsized leaving at least six crew members missing, CNN reported.

The New York Times reported a fisherman finding 16 of the sailors on the boat, and that the coast guard sent out five helicopters and three boats to search for the remaining sailors.

Power supplies were disrupted and winds reached up to 62 miles per hour during the storm, the New York Times reported.

Taiwan patient starts hospital fire

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By Laura Marrinan
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 67-year-old cancer patient admitted to starting a fire at a hospital in Taiwan that resulted in at least 12 deaths and 60 injuries, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Lin Chi-hsiung admitted he started the fire because he was upset over his illness, Tseng Chao-kai, head prosecutor for the Tainan District Prosecutor's Office told CNN.

Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation and were too frail to run from their beds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The injured victims were rushed to 13 hospitals, CNN reported. So far, only two patients have been released.

The fire started on the second floor of the building in a storage room. Hospital workers were seen on tape frantically attempting to save patients, the Wall Street Journal reported. Patients were being wheeled out of their rooms in beds, and nurses were performing CPR on patients outside of the hospital.

Although the high number of deaths is being attributed to the health of the patients, some sources are examining if the hospital was short staffed at the time, CNN reported.
The Department of Health said it will grant $1,700 to the families of the dead and $680 to the injured, according to CNN.

Picasso and Monet among works stolen in Dutch heist

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By Laura Marrinan
AMSTERDAM - Thieves stole seven pieces of art including works by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, and Matisse at the Kunsthal Museum in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, the New York Times reported.

The museum was celebrating the Rotterdam gallery's 20th birthday showing works from the Triton Foundation when the heist occurred, the BBC News reported.

The paintings that were taken include Monet's Waterloo Bridge, Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed, according to the BBC News.

The theft was a wake-up call for the museum, the New York Times reported, since the thieves made off with works that were worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

"The alarm system in the Kunsthal is supposed to be state of the art. We've got no reason to believe that it's not but somehow the people responsible for this found a way in and a way out," Roland Ekkers from Rotterdam Police said.

Police that arrived at the scene said the security seemed adequate for the event and that it was clear the heist was well planned out, the Associated Press reported.

Although the paintings are worth a fortune, the thieves will not be able to auction them off since they have been internationally registered as stolen, the BBC News said. They could sell them on the criminal market, but would only make a portion of what they are really worth.

The gallery is now closed to the public, but the spaces where the paintings used to hang can be seen through its windows, the New York Times reported.

Belfast to open 1st abortion clinic in Ireland

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DUBLIN - A British nonprofit organization announced on Thursday they will open the first ever abortion clinic in Ireland, the New York Times reported.

The opening will challenge legal confusion over pregnancy terminations that have been going on for decades, the Star Tribune reported.

The clinic plans to provide non-surgical procedures to women who are fewer than nine weeks pregnant, the Star Tribune said.

Although the laws in Ireland are supposed to allow abortions under some circumstances in Ireland, many clinics and doctors don't provide them in fear of protesters and lawsuits, the Star Tribune reported. "The law in Northern Ireland has been very unclear for many women and health care professionals. Our clinic will provide a safe, caring, sensitive environment for integrated family planning in Northern Ireland for the first time," said the director of the new clinic, Dawn Purvis.

The plans to open the clinic have outraged many anti-abortion campaigners, the New York Times reported.

"I am absolutely outraged," Bernadette Smyth, founder of the anti-abortion group Precious Life, said in a statement reported the New York Times.

Angered Tunisia protesters took to the streets Tuesday after a woman who was allegedly raped by police officers was charged with indecency, CNN reported.

The protesters gathered outside the courtroom where the woman and her fiancé defended themselves against allegations of indecency, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The couple said, last month three police officers approached them in their car and raped the woman while one officer took the male to an ATM to extort money from him, CNN reported.

After the woman filed a complaint against the officers, the officers said when the approached the car, they found the couple in an "immoral position," according to CNN. The intentional indecent behaviors charges could result in up to 6 months in prison.

Tunisia feminist and human rights groups said the charges are an attempt to humiliate and scare the couple, as well as a way to scare other citizens from reporting police abuse, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Peruvian woman killed after reality show confession

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The body of a Peruvian reality show contestant was found Saturday, just two months after an on-air confession, according to the Global Post.

Ruth Thalia Sayas Sanchez,19, was found by police at the Villas de Media Luna in Jicamara, according to the Global Post. Investigators found poison in her body and signs that she was strangled, reported CNN.

Sayas appeared on "The Value of Truth," a reality show, in which contestants answer tough personal questions in front of their loved ones, reported the Global Post. Sayas went on the show with her parents and boyfriend and admitted to accepting money for sex at a nightclub she worked at.

Police have accused Sayas' ex-boyfriend of killing her because he wanted a portion of the money she earned from being on the show, CNN reported.

Peruvian Attorney General Jose Pelaez is looking into the degree of responsibility the show has in Sayas' death. The teen's family said they do not think the show is responsible, CNN reported.

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