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From pretzel making to boat racing: The Royals continue their tour of Germany

No royal tour would be complete without some friendly competition between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are currently in Berlin with Prince George and Charlotte. It was not long after they arrived from Poland that the royal couple begun to immerse themselves in various local activities including making traditional pretzels and coxing rival teams in a rowing race in the southern university town of Heidelberg as part of their three-day tour of Germany. Andreas Goebes of the bakers guild Heidelberg, right, watches as Princess Kate, Prince William, form…

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News: UNWTO: International tourist arrivals continue to boom

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by six per cent in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others drove results. Prospects for May-August 2017 remain high. Destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in the first four months of the year, 21 million more than in the same months of 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The January-April period usually represents…

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Myer 'erases' Topshop concessions from stores as negotiations continue

Myer has closed its 17 Topshop concessions as negotiations continue to save the Australian arm of the UK fast-fashion business from total collapse. Visitors to Myer stores hoping to pick up a Topshop garment this week would have likely been met with scant signage and zero trace of the brand on the shop floor. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Second person charged in Dillon murder Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 00:23 More National News Videos Previous slideNext slide Topshop Australia collapses under debt Fashion retailer Topshop Australia goes into voluntary…

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The Obamas continue to live their best lives on holiday in Bali

Vacay Barack Obama continues to live on. This time he’s swapped his cool backwards hat for a stack hat as he, Michelle and his daughters Sasha and Malia enjoyed a white water rafting tour while on holiday in Badung, Bali. What can we say? The guy really enjoys his water sports. The Obama clan enjoy some family bonding on the Ayung River in Badung, Bali.  Photo: AP Perhaps the best part of the snaps (admittedly taken by someone who appears to be hiding in the rocks by the river, so not…

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Charlie Gard treatment must continue until next week, court rules

Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life-support treatment until Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights has said. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have launched a final legal challenge at the European court after their Supreme Court challenge failed. They want the 10-month old to undergo a trial in the US, but London specialists believe he has no chance of survival. The European court wants until Tuesday to consider the case. Judges in Strasbourg, France, ruled that Charlie should receive treatment while they look at paperwork…

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The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest-selling console ever, but don’t assume it will continue to hold that title

According to Nintendo, the Switch‘s sales on Friday and Saturday broke every record at Nintendo for the fastest, best-selling launch ever. Meanwhile, the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild set its own records for the bestselling title not included as a pack-in game, beating out even the legendary Super Mario 64. This news, from a tweeted NYT interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, follows reports that had turned a bit less positive on the Switch after strong Day 1 coverage. Many users have complained about problems with the left Joy-Con controller….

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Sir Bradley Wiggins injured in The Jump training but will continue with show

Sir Bradley Wiggins has suffered a foot injury while in training for The Jump. Britain’s most decorated Olympian posted on Instagram that the “show must go on” while being bandaged up in Austria. The fourth series of the Channel 4 winter sports show begins on Sunday and has already lost model Vogue Williams who injured her knee in training. Last year, seven contestants had to pull out with four needing hospital treatment. He’s one of the top names taking part in this year’s show. Double Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena…

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