Michelle Obama tells mis­car­riage mis­ery

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Uk And World News - Mel­bourne ter­ror at­tack: one killed France frees Ryanair jet af­ter sub­sidy row

Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” af­ter suf­fer­ing a mis­car­riage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama un­der­went IVF to con­ceive their two daugh­ters. “We were try­ing to get preg­nant and it wasn’t go­ing well,” Mrs Obama, 54, writes in her up­com­ing mem­oir.

“We had one preg­nancy test come back pos­i­tive, which caused us both to forget ev­ery worry and swoon with joy, but a cou­ple of weeks later I had a mis­car­riage, which left me phys­i­cally un­com­fort­able and cratered any op­ti­mism we felt.” In the mem­oir, called Be­com­ing, she writes of be­ing alone to ad­min­is­ter shots to has­ten the process. A knife-wield­ing man has stabbed three peo­ple, one fa­tally, in Mel­bourne in an at­tack po­lice linked to ter­ror­ism. The at­tack dur­ing the af­ter­noon rush hour brought the cen­tre of Aus­tralia’s sec­ond largest city to a stand­still. Hun­dreds of peo­ple watched from be­hind bar­ri­cades as po­lice tried to ap­pre­hend the at­tacker. Of­fi­cers said the man got out of a pick-up truck, which then caught fire, and at­tacked three by­standers with a knife. He also at­tempted to at­tack po­lice who ar­rived on the scene, be­fore be­ing shot in the chest by an of­fi­cer. He died in hospi­tal. Ryanair has paid 525,000 euros (£457,000) in sub­si­dies back to French au­thor­i­ties to end a tar­mac stand­off that forced 149 pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark from an im­pounded plane. The

French civil avi­a­tion author­ity said it had seized the plane at BordeauxMerignac air­port as a “last re­sort” af­ter France re­peat­edly tried to get Ryanair to pay back re­gional funds to the air­line in 2008/ 09. The Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion later ruled those funds il­le­gal, say­ing they gave Ryanair an un­fair eco­nomic ad­van­tage.

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