News in Brief
Wedding adds two million ITV viewers
The royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank was a big hit in terms of UK TV viewers. ITV said it added around 2.1m viewers during its extended morning programme, which showed live coverage of last Friday’s wedding at Windsor Castle.
ITV was the only UK station to show the full service live. BBC and Sky News instead showed “snippets”.
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 ninth in line to the British throne.
Buble to ‘retire’ as his new LP comes out
Michael Buble has announced plans to “retire” from the music industry after admitting he no longer has the desire for fame following his son’s battle with cancer.
The Canadian singer, whose new album is out on November 16, put his career on hold two years ago after finding out his five-year-old son had liver cancer.
Bike bomb kills 22 at Afghan rally
A motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated at an election rally in north-east Afghanistan yesterday killing at least 22 people, including civilians and security forces.
Seven climbers killed in Himalayas
Seven people were killed and two more are missing on Gurja Himal mountain after a strong storm swept through their base camp, Nepalese police said yesterday.
A storm on Friday destroyed their camp and two rescue helicopters sent early yesterday were unable to land because of bad weather conditions on the mountain
China denies it will devalue yuan
China’s central bank governor Yi Gang yesterday said China would continue to let the market play a decisive role in establishing its currency exchange rate, refraining from using it as a weapon amid its trade war with the US.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has reiterated his concerns that a major drop in the value of the yuan this year was an effort to offset the impact of US tariffs.
Yemeni rebels say Saudi airstrike kills 17
Yemeni rebel officials say an airstrike by the Saudiled coalition targeting Shi’ite rebels has killed at least 17 people in the port city of Hodeidah. Hodeidah, with its key port installations that bring in humanitarian aid, has become the centre of Yemen’s conflict.
Chilean bishops defrocked by Pope
Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops who have been caught up in the country’s widening sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican said yesterday.
It named the archbishop of the city of La Serena, and the archbishop of Iquique. A Vatican statement said the Pope’s decision was not open to appeal.
Defrocking, officially “reduced to the lay state,” means they are no longer priests. It is the harshest punishment the church can inflict on a member of the clergy. Landslides sweep away 27 in Indonesia
Torrential rains yesterday triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school.