London, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday.
The announcement came as Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple after they landed.
"Their royal highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public," the palace said in a statement.
The trip will include attending the Invictus Games, a visit to a Sydney zoo and visit the rural Flying Doctor service.
The prince and the former actress married in a glittering service in Windsor in May.
Paris, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — Flash floods have killed at least five people in southwest France, with roads swept away and rivers overflowing as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight in the space of hours, an official said Monday.
Alain Thirion, the prefect of the Aude region, gave the death toll in a phone interview with 24-hour news channel BFMTV.
Several deaths were clustered around the town of Villegailhenc.
Thirion said some of the dead appeared to have been swept away by floodwaters. In the town of Conques-sur-Orbiel, the river rose by more than six meters (20 feet), he said. Floodwaters were in some cases too powerful for the emergency services to get through, even on boats, he said.
Television images showed waters coursing through towns and villages, with cars stranded in the floodwaters.
Schools were closed and authorities were urging people to stay home.
Berlin, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — Three people died after they were hit by a small plane in central Germany on Sunday as it attempted to take off after an aborted landing, police said.
Police in Hesse state said the victims, two women and a child to be around age 9 or 10, were on a path next to an airfield at the Wasserkuppe hill near Fulda, German news agency dpa reported.
They said the Cessna was attempting to take off after an aborted landing maneuver, but failed to gain lift and broke through a barrier, hitting the three.
Five other people — the four on board the plane and an eyewitness — were suffering from shock.
The plane came from the Mannheim area of southwestern Germany and had been on an excursion to the Wasserkuppe.
Berlin, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — A German bus crashed into a metal post on a highway in southern Switzerland Sunday, leaving one woman dead and another 14 people injured, police said.
The bus was heading south with 25 people on board when the accident happened on the A2 highway at Sigirino, near Lugano — along a major route across the Alps from northern Europe to Italy.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the bus to plow into the post, wrecking the front of the vehicle.
The bus had set off from the German city of Cologne on Saturday evening and was headed for Assisi in Italy, Johannes Huebner of bus travel group RDA, who was coordinating emergency plans for the company involved, told the German news agency dpa.
A group of young people and two drivers were on board, according to Ticino canton (state) police.
A police statement late Sunday said a 27-year-old German woman died of injuries sustained in the crash.
The statement said two people had serious but not life-threatening injuries, eight more had "medium" injuries and another four were lightly hurt.
Sydney, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney on Monday, a day before they officially start a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.
The trip is their only international tour since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in May, apart from a two-day visit to Ireland.
The prince and the former American actress landed on an overcast morning after a commercial flight from London with a brief stopover in Singapore.
They have 76 engagements scheduled over 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. In Australia, they will pet a koala in a Sydney zoo, visit in the drought-stricken Outback town of Dubbo and meet indigenous leaders on Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, in northeastern Queensland state.
Harry and Meghan were driven from the airport to Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of Governor General Peter Cosgrove, who represents Australia's head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, Harry's grandmother. The couple had no official functions on Monday following a 22-hour flight.
Hundreds of well-wishers gathered with umbrellas outside the airport and Admiralty House in the hope of catching a glimpse of the couple. The crowd cheered as the waving couple was driven through the gates of the harbor-side mansion.
The tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney which start on 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.
The couple will attend the games' launch and closing ceremonies.
Harry and Meghan said during a television interview in November that they wanted to promote humanitarian causes close to their hearts across Commonwealth-member countries including Australia.
The visit comes six months after Harry's father Prince Charles made his 16th official visit to Australia, primarily to open the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast city in Queensland.