Sydney, Oct 16 (AP/UNB) — A beaming Duke and Duchess of Sussex started the first day of official engagements of a royal tour of Australia on Tuesday with the public focus on the former Meghan Markle's newly announced pregnancy.
Meghan wore a tight-fitting cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee that barely revealed a royal bump as they were welcomed at an event at the Sydney Harbor-side mansion where the couple are staying.
The news of the pregnancy was announced after Prince Harry and the American former actress arrived in Sydney on Monday and 15 hours before their first public appearance.
Among those taken by surprise were their Sydney hosts, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Lynne Cosgrove. The governor general, who represents Queen Elizabeth II, Australia's head of state and Harry's grandmother, sent staff to hastily buy a toy kangaroo with a joey in its pouch and tiny pair of Australian sheep skin boots for their pregnant guest.
"Here's your first gift for the nursery," the governor-general told the couple during the official welcome at his official residence, Admiralty House.
"Thank you, that's so sweet," Meghan said as she received the toy.
The main focus of Tuesday's engagement was to meet Invictus Games representatives from the 18 countries competing in the event that starts Saturday. The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.
Several of the representatives congratulated the couple on their baby news. Meghan replied: "Thank you so much. We are very excited."
The pregnancy has made front-page news across Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald ran the headline: "A smooth ride to Sydney, but royals reveal bump on the way."
Another Sydney tabloid screamed: "HEIR DINKUM!" — a play on the Australian term "fair dinkum," which is used to emphasize the genuineness or truth of something.
Darwin's irreverent NT News chose the headline: "Ginger Pregs" — a play on a long-running Australian comic strip about a mischievous red-head boy called "Ginger Megs."
Harry, dressed in navy blue suit, smiled proudly as the couple held hands on their tour through Admiralty House.
The couple are on 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers about why Meghan was not joining Harry on his Sydney Harbor Bridge climb set for Friday.
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37 — along with Prince William and his wife, Kate, the duchess of Cambridge — have stepped to the fore in the last year as the 92-year-old queen slightly reduces her public schedule.
Harry has become immensely popular in Britain, in part because of his military service and tireless work on behalf of wounded soldiers, and he has spoken often in recent years of his desire to settle down and start a family.
Meghan, with her American roots and successful acting career, has been seen as a modernizing influence on the sometimes stodgy royal family, and she is credited by many for bringing happiness to Harry, who has long struggled to cope with the early death of his mother, Princess Diana.
Mchenry, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — Wildlife officials in Maryland tracked a black bear cub for three days in order to tranquilize it and remove a bucket that had gotten stuck on its head.
The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday the 100-pound cub was freed near the Wisp Resort in McHenry during an annual autumn festival.
The Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said in a Facebook post that a crowd of onlookers at the resort was giddy to see the cub returned to the nearby woods.
London, Oct 14 (AP/UNB) — The royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank was a big hit in terms of British TV viewership.
ITV said Saturday that it added roughly 2.1 million viewers during its extended morning program that showed live coverage of Friday's wedding at Windsor Castle.
ITV was the only U.K. broadcaster that showed the entire service live from St. George's Chapel.
Competitors BBC and Sky News showed snippets of the wedding and the crowds thronging the streets of Windsor outside the castle.
BBC blamed a failure of its voice recognition system for a subtitle that briefly referred to Eugenie's "beautiful breasts" rather than her "beautiful dress" as she walked up the stairs to the chapel.
Eugenie is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and ninth in line to the British throne.
Washington, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — First lady Melania Trump says she could be "the most bullied person" in the world, judging by "what people are saying about me."
She made the remark during a television interview in which she promoted her Be Best initiatives, which take on online bullying. Critics have pointed out that her husband, President Donald Trump, routinely mocks people for their looks and for what he says is a lack of talent or intelligence.
"I could say I'm the most bullied person in the world," Mrs. Trump said in the interview segment that aired Thursday on "Good Morning America."
Mrs. Trump said her Be Best campaign is focusing on social media and online behavior in part because of "what people are saying about me."
"We need to educate the children of social emotional behavior so when they grow up ... they know how to deal with those issues," she said.
The first lady also said there are people in the White House whom she and the president can't trust. She didn't name names but said she let her husband know about them.
"Well," she said, "some people, they don't work there anymore."
Asked if some untrustworthy people still work in the White House, she said, "Yes."
The Trump administration has dealt with an anonymous senior official's newspaper op-ed column critical of the Republican president and with numerous staff departures. This week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced she's leaving at the end of the year.
The president, in an interview Thursday with "Fox & Friends," was asked about why people he and his wife don't trust are still in his administration.
"I didn't know people in Washington, and now I know everybody," he said. "I know some that I wish I didn't know."
He said he has "great people right now working."
"Are there some that I'm not in love with? Yes," Trump said. "And we'll weed them out slowly but surely."
Mrs. Trump's full interview, conducted on her recent trip to Africa, is set to air Friday night on ABC.
Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) - A 5-day film festival titled 'Dhaka Korean Film Festival 2018' begins here in the city on Friday.
The opening ceremony of the film festival, to be hosted by South Korean Embassy in Dhaka, will be held at 4pm at Bangladesh National Museum in the city.
South Korean Ambassador-designate in Dhaka Hu Kang-il will attend the opening ceremony which will be followed by the premier of opening film ‘The Admiral’.
This year’s opening film ‘The Admiral’ is the most watched and highest grossing domestic film of all time in Korea.
Including the opening film, four of eight movies presented for this year’s film festival are ranked among 10 highest-grossing films in Korea.
The eight films are - The Admiral (opening film), A Taxi Driver, Train to Busan, Veteran, I Can Speak, Finding Mr. Destiny, Midnight Runners, The King of Jokgu and The Tower.
Genres ranging from comedy and drama to crime and action, the movies well represent Korea’s history, society and culture, said the South Korean Embassy in Dhaka.
The film festival is open to all and is free of charge.