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Le roi Harald V de Norvège ouvre la nouvelle session parlementaire du Storting d'Oslo 03/10/2008

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King Harald of Norway delivered the annual Speech from the Throne ("Trontalen"), to open the 153rd session of Norway’s parliament, the Storting. The monarch, who on Monday became grandfather for the fifth time as his daughter Märtha Louise gave birth to a babygirl, was accompanied by Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon.In the Speech, written by the government of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, the King outlines the government’s plans for the coming year. The Official opening of Parliament is part of the King's constitutional role, and the ceremony is laid down in the Norwegian Constitution."Norway will be a nation of nation and an environmental friendly nation. We will use our capabilities to fight against poverty and for peace", the King said. "The Norwegian economy and Norwegian welfare model are confronted with major challenges as a result of an aging population, globalization and cross-border environmental problems", he added."Norway wants to be a leader in efforts for sustainable development. The government will follow up the Action Plan for sustainable development", King Harald said. He wished God’s blessing over parliament’s work and declared Norway’s 153rd Storting session for opened.

Le prince Harry de Galles rend un dernier hommage à son parrain, le capitaine Gerald Ward 04/10/2008

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The Prince of Wales gave a moving - and mischievous - tribute to the late godfather of his son Harry.Charles spoke at a service of thanksgiving for the life of Captain Gerald Ward, who died last week aged 70 after collapsing while playing a charity match at Sunningdale Golf Club.Prince Harry, Capt Ward's godson, and Tom Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall's son, were ushers at the service at St Mary's Church in Chilton Foliat, close to Capt Ward's home, Chilton Lodge estate near Hungerford, Berkshire.Charles, addressing a congregation of about 1,000, told of his fondness for his friend of 40 years, remarking that the love he had shown to Harry, 24, was second only to his own children.Of Capt Ward's death on September 23 after bending down to tee his ball, the Prince said it was "the stuff of nightmares", but added: "He would have wanted you to know that he had just executed an exceptionally stunning shot with his golf club."Charles, attending with Camilla, recalled Capt Ward, who served with the Household Cavalry, giving him a 16ft fishing rod 40 years ago. "Gerald always used to refer to it as 'the giant vibrator'," added the Prince, to laughter.The Trumpeters of the Blues and Royals, Harry's battalion, played the Last Post at the service.Speaking on behalf of his family, Capt Ward's stepson Dominic Dinan told the Newbury Weekly News: "It's a huge shock for us. He'll be greatly missed by very many people. He was much loved on the estate, and it's a very sad day for all of us."Mr Ward served as Extra Equerry to Charles and was Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire. He was also a trustee of the appeal fund set up after the Hungerford tragedy in 1987.Capt Ward left behind second wife Amanda, children Sarah and Lucy and six grand-children.

La princesse héritière Mary de Danemark sur les pas de la princesse Diana contre les mines anti-personnel 04/10/2008

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Danish Crown Princess Mary followed in the footsteps of Diana, Princess of Wales, when she got out on Thursday to detonate landmines in northern Uganda.In pictures reminiscent of a 1997 visit by Diana to war-torn Angola, the Australian born Princess braved the extreme heat and donned a protective suit and helmet before clearing an old mine.Thousands of people have been able to return home to restart their life, since the Danish Refugee Council started its Mine Action unit, Danish Demining Group (DDG), ten years ago. Mine Action is an important component of the humanitarian work of the Danish Refugee Council, of which Princess Mary is the patron.For the Crown Princess there is no doubt that the work is important. "They're here to save lives." Only a few months ago children died because of a mine explosion, the Princess was told.Mary this week toured Uganda to see for herself the work of the Danish Refugee Council. On her programme, which ended on Thursday, were visits to refugee camps, talks with families who have lost everything and with children who have never experienced anything other than life in the camp. She also met with children who have AIDS or HIV.

L'ex-roi Gyanendra du Népal se rend comme simple citoyen au tempple de Bhaktapur 05/10/2008

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Le roi déchu du Népal, Gyanendra, s'est rendu jeudi dans un temple hindou, sa première apparition publique depuis l'abolition de la monarchie par l'Assemblée constituante dominée par les anciens rebelles maoïstes.L'ancien monarque autocrate, héritier de la dynastie des Shah et révéré comme une réincarnation d'une divinité hindoue par ses partisans, s'est fait discret depuis sa destitution et l'avènement de la république en mai.Devenu très impopulaire à la fin de son règne, Gyanendra Shah a été écarté à l'issue du processus de paix qui a vu les maoïstes arriver au pouvoir. Il vit désormais dans un palais anciennement utilisé pour les chasses royales aux abords de la capitale, Katmandou.«Que la paix s'impose dans le pays et que tout le peuple népalais puisse vivre et travailler comme il le souhaite», a déclaré Gyanendra en s'adressant brièvement aux journalistes présents au temple de Bhaktapour, dans la banlieue de Katmandou. «Je souhaite présenter mes meilleurs voeux à tous les Népalais à l'occasion du festival de Dashain», a-t-il ajouté. Ce festival hindou, célébré 15 jours durant au Népal, marque le triomphe du bien sur le mal.Selon des témoins, l'ancien roi semblait calme et de bonne humeur, saluant la foule. Interrogé sur la situation politique dans le pays, il s'est contenté d'esquisser un sourire.Le Népal est dirigé depuis fin août par un gouvernement de coalition conduit par l'ancien chef de la rébellion maoïste devenu Premier ministre, Prachanda. Ala surprise générale, les anciens rebelles maoïstes avaient remporté l'élection de l'Assemblée constituante en avril, après avoir mis fin en 2006 à une rébellion armée de dix ans.Dethroned King Gyanendra's public rating would be put to test on Vijaya Dashami, to see if ordinary Nepalese still seek his blessings and 'Tika' or they turn to new President of the Republic Ram Baran Yadav.Government daily Gorkhapatra has issued a notice saying that those wishing to receive Tika on their forehead on Vijaya Dashami may visit President Baran's official residence at Dhapasi.King Gyanendra till last year, before the abolition of monarchy, offered Tika from Narayanhity Palace to his loyalists, the general public and government employees, who were strictly instructed to participate in the function.The occasion will prove as an acid test to his popularity as it remains to be seen if people will seek his blessings or wish to receive the 'Tika' from President Yadav who will perform the ritual at his official residence in Dhapasi.
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