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Wed­ding adds two mil­lion ITV view­ers

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

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.

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