Queen may ‘shift’ royal duties to heirs: Report
London : British Queen Elizabeth II is said to begin sharing some of the monarch’s duties with her son Prince Charles, as the latter is set to stand in for his mother in a growing number of official activities, a British daily has reported. The 66-year-old Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will accompany the 88-year-old Queen to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allies’ landings in Normandy in 1944, and attend some of the “key engagements” in place of his mother, Xinhua reported citing the Sunday Times.
The move shows the two will “move towards what is in effect a job-share”.
The press offices of the Queen and Prince Charles are to be merged, with the new office to be run by the Prince’s staff, further signalling Prince Charles will assume more royal responsibility.

Indian man jailed for molesting maid in UAE

Dubai : A 26-year-old Indian man was sentenced to three months in jail for molesting a maid in the elevator of an apartment block here. The criminal court here heard that the accused, a juice bar employee, known with the initials MR, followed the maid into the lift and molested her while on a delivery errand at the apartment building, local media reported Monday. The victim said the accused grabbed her from behind and forcibly tried to kiss her. He will be deported after serving the jail term.

British fighters in Syria being taught jihadism: defector

London : Al-Qaeda is training hundreds of British people fighting in Syria to become jihadists and urging them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to an interview with a defector published in Monday’s Daily Telegraph. The defector, known as Murad, from the hard-line Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) said other recruits from Europe and the US were also being trained to make car bombs before being sent home to form terror cells. “They talked often about terrorist attacks,” he
said of his former ISIS instructors. “The foreigners were proud of 9/11 and the London bombings. The British, French and American Mujahideen in the room started talking about places that they wanted to bomb or explode themselves in Europe and the United States. “The American said he dreamed of blowing up the White House,” he told the newspaper. He called the teachings of ISIS, which grew out of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate organisation in Iraq, “very hardline”. Britain’s intelligence services estimate that around 500 British
fighters are currently in Syria, and fear they will return.

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