Duchess in red: Is Kate is related to Chris de Burgh with links to Irish aristocracy and 14th Century royalty?


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Duchess in red: Is Kate is related to Chris de Burgh with links to Irish aristocracy and 14th Century royalty Kate Middleton is related to Chris de Burgh, Guy Ritchie and Beatrix PotterTourism Ireland is set to use Duchess's Irish link in visit Ireland campaign /03/17/article-2116328-12362ED8000005DC-893_634x409.jpg” width=”634″ height=”409″ alt=”Members of the royal family have attended the parade by 1st Battalion Irish Guards for more than 100 years” class=”blkBorder” /> Members of the royal family have attended the parade by 1st Battalion Irish Guards for more than 100 years Although the Duchess's Irish heritage dates back to the 14th century, Tourism Ireland has deemed this link strong enough to feature in a campaign to attract visitors to the country. The Irish Tourism board has yet to release its findings, but chief executive Niall Gibbons said Kate's Irish links had been proven

Russia sends warships to Syria: Putin prepares to evacuate his citizens as rebels close in on Damascus


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Russia sends warships to Syria: Putin prepares to evacuate his citizens as rebels close in on DamascusWarships sent to evacuate Russian citizens as rebels take hold of zone 2miles from Damascus Palestinian camp Yarmouk has been an opposition stronghold since the Syrian civil war broke outOpposition has scored military successes in recent weeks as they fight to overthrow Assad Today, clashes between Syrian rebels and a group loyal to President Assad raged inside a Damascus refugee camp | UPDATED: 18:52 GMT, 18 December 2012 Russia has sent warships to Syria today to potentially evacuate its citizens from Syria, as rebel advances are threatening to take the capital Damascaus.

Tanks on the streets of Cairo after seven people die in violent clashes over Morsis bid for absolute power


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Tanks on the streets of Cairo after seven people die in violent clashes over Morsi’s bid for absolute power Seven killed and hundreds injured as rival supporters clash outside palaceMilitary move in but vow not to oppress demonstrators Bloodiest battle since last year's uprising that brought down Hosni MubarakOpponents of President Morsi say his rule is 'no different' | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 6 December 2012 The Egyptian army was today patrolling the streets of Cairo after deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of the country's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi. Seven people have been killed and almost 500 injured as the tension which has building since the President assumed near total powers over the country threatens to erupt. Supporters of Mr Morsi attacked his opponents who had gathered to protest outside the presidential palace overnight.

Congregation of St Michaels and All Angels Church, Daws Heath, complete construction of flatpack church with wood from Lapland


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Give us this day our daily shed! Congregation complete Scandanavian FLATPACK church after spending 90 years worshipping in hut The 150-year-old Lapland wood is expected to last up to 200 yearsAssembly took just over three months thanks to team of up to 15 builders PUBLISHED: 17:58 GMT, 4 December 2012 | UPDATED: 19:22 GMT, 4 December 2012 Worshippers have beaten Santa to it and imported their own gift from Lapland – this flatpack church – just in time for Christmas. For the past 90 years, the congregation of St Michael’s and All Angels Church, in Daws Heath, Essex, have had to make do with a First World War army hut. But with the hut falling into a state of disrepair, the Anglican congregation decided it was time to replace their old church with a brand new 560,000 building.

Secret code letter by Napoleon boasting forces would blow up Moscow"s Kremlin sold at auction for 152,000


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Secret code letter by Napoleon boasting forces would blow up Moscow's Kremlin sold at auction for 152,000 1812 letter show history's famed general at one of his weakest moments | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 3 December 2012 A secret code letter sent by French emperor Napoleon boasting that his forces would blow up Moscow's Kremlin has sold at auction today for almost 152,000.

Sikh soldier Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar who will be the first to guard Buckingham Palace without a bearskin


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The Sikh soldier who will be the first to guard Buckingham Palace without a bearskin as he'll be wearing a turban instead Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, has been allowed to break hundreds of years of tradition to observe his religion by the Scots Guards Has had to endure taunts from his Army colleaguesHe will look 'ridiculous' to tourists and onlookers, traditionalists sayHe has our full support, say MoD | UPDATED: 01:43 GMT, 2 December 2012 The British Army is embroiled in a damaging row after the first Sikh soldier allowed to wear a turban rather than a bearskin on ceremonial duties suffered abuse from his colleagues.

Three boys aged 12 to 14 held in Pakistan "on their way to train as suicide bombers"


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Three boys aged 12 to 14 held in Pakistan 'on their way to train as suicide bombers' The children and their alleged handler were caught by police following a tip-off | UPDATED: 19:02 GMT, 29 November 2012 Troubled region: Pakistani army soldiers in Waziristan, where the children were allegedly being taken for training Three young boys and a handler have been arrested in Pakistan after they were allegedly caught travelling to a suicide bomber training camp, it emerged today. The children – aged 12 to 14 – were being transported from Karachi to a city in north Waziristan, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, when police arrested them following a tip-off. They were arrested on Tuesday as they boarded a bus in northwest Pakistan, according to CNN.

Queen looks rather perplexed as she meets sniper in full camouflage


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Whatever happened to short back and sides Queen looks rather perplexed as she meets sniper in full camouflage Queen met soldiers and horses from the Household Cavalry RegimentSniper wears unusual work outfit and carries rifle to meet the Queen | UPDATED: 22:45 GMT, 26 November 2012 It is a dilemma faced by anyone invited to meet the Queen: what exactly does one wear This sniper serving with the Household Cavalry Regiment opted for his work outfit… leaving the Queen looking more than a little perplexed. Looking like Chewbacca from the movie blockbuster Star Wars, the crack marksman wore a 'ghillie suit', a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage, leaves and twigs to remain concealed from the enemy.