Royals reveal new family photos ahead of Christmas

With just ten days until Christmas, Prince Charles’ extended family has released the images each will use for their Christmas cards this year.

The series of three photographs are never-before-seen snapshots of the royals, taken during the year.

Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen a black and white image from their wedding reception back in May.

The couple have their back to the camera as they watch fireworks explode overhead.

While his brother, Prince William, has chosen a family portrait capturing a lighthearted moment with wife Catherine and their three children in a nature setting.

Prince George is seen hamming it up for the camera as he balances on a tree branch, and Princess Charlotte appears a little shy as they both hug their dad.

And, we get to see how quickly baby Prince Louis is growing – more adorable by the day – as he’s held by his mother.

Prince Charles and wife Camilla have gone for a more traditional style: they’re captured sitting side-by-side on a garden seat, looking at one another.

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@ClarenceHouse and @KensingtonRoyal have today released images, which feature on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas cards this year. Swipe 👉 to see all three! The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were photographed in the @ClarenceHouse during the summer by Hugo Burnand. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s photo was taken in the Autumn at Anmer Hall by the photographer Matt Porteous and shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today shared a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May. The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.

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Theresa May

BREAKING | British Prime Minister Theresa May retains leadership

Theresa May has retained her position as Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader following a secret leadership ballot.

Ms May secured a generous 200 votes, which was well above the 158 votes needed to remain as party leader.

The room erupted into loud cheer and applause when Conservative party chairman Graham Brady announced the result.

“The result of the ballot held this evening is that the Parliamentary Party does have confidence in Theresa May,” Mr Brady announced.

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The confidence vote challenge was triggered on Wednesday.

“The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded,” a statement by Sir Graham Brady read.

“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held in committee room 14 of the House of Commons.”

Ms May has announced she will stand down before the next election.

“In my heart I would like to lead the party into the next election, but I accept that won’t happen,” she said.

Court

Nick Philippoussis has child sex assault case dismissed

Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis will no longer have to stand trial on charges of child sexual assault after the case against him was dismissed.

The 68-year-old was arrested at his home in Mira Mesa in July last year and charged over the alleged rape of two nine-year-old girls in San Diego.

“Philippoussis works as a personal tennis coach in Northern San Diego County and the alleged molestation victims took tennis lessons from him,” Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said in a statement at the time of the arrest.

After pleading not guilty to the charges, Philippoussis suffered a massive stroke in a US jail in November last year and has been “completely incapacitated” ever since.

It’s understood he will never recover to face trial, hence the judge dismissing the case at today’s hearing.

According to local media, the victim’s families have accepted the decision and are looking forward to having some closure.

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Fatal shooting at French Christmas market a ‘terror attack’

UPDATE @ 9.50 AM | FOUR people have been killed and another ten injured after a gunman opened fire near a world-famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.

French police have revealed they’re treating the horror mass shooting, which occurred in Place Kléber just after 7pm, as a terrorist act.

According to local media, the gunman has been identified as a 29-year-old man who is reportedly known to security services and is on the country’s intelligence services watch list.

He remains on the run after being injured in an exchange of gunfire with responding officers.

Residents in the area are being warned not to leave their homes and to follow the instructions of authorities.

The European Parliament, which is sitting in Strasbourg, has also been placed into lockdown.

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EARLIER @ 7.40 AM | Two people have been killed and ten more injured after a shooting near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.

Police are on the scene and are searching for the shooter, who ran off.

Officers said the lone gunman struck in different areas around the city before going to the market that attracts millions of people each year.

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Security at the Christmas market has been increased this year with unauthorised vehicles banned from nearby streets and bag checks.

France is on high alert since a wave of terrorist attacks commissioned by Islamic State militants in early 2015.

The French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the gunman has been identified and the suspect was known to police before the incident.

The attack comes as the European Parliament currently sits in Strasbourg.

Parliament was put into lockdown with messages sent to various MPs dining in the city saying “please stay inside and don’t go out”.

UBER

Uber is experiencing a worldwide outage and people are not coping!

POPULAR rideshare app Uber is currently experiencing a worldwide outage.

It’s understood the mass technical issues are being experienced in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, US and Canada.

It’s not only affecting the rideshare app, but also Uber Eats, with hangry customers taking to social media to vent their frustration.

Uber Support has confirmed the company is desperately working to resolve the issue.

“We’re sorry for the trouble. Our team is looking into this and working to resolve ASAP,” they wrote on Twitter.

According to multiple posts on social media, people are also reportedly being charged for trips they haven’t taken.

The Transport Workers Union has since come out declaring the company “must compensate drivers” following the outage.

“Uber must compensate any drivers who tried to log on to the app today and were not able to,” Tony Sheldon, TWU’s on-demand economy coordinator said in a statement.

“They must take responsibility for these lost wages. The loss of income will hurt them hard.”