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Sophie Lionnet death: Couple admit burning French nanny's body

A couple who deny murdering a French nanny have admitted they tried to dispose of her body by burning it. The charred remains of Sophie Lionnet, 21, were discovered in the garden at a house in Southfields on 20 September. Police were initially unable to identify the body but later confirmed it was Ms Lionnet, originally from Troyes in north-east France. Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. At the Old Bailey, the pair, of Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, south…

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Coming clean on our dirty little secret as a couple

On Thursday, Fairfax Media published a report from the Australian 2016 census, which found that one third of households in the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, “do fewer than five hours of unpaid domestic work every seven days”. Five hours of housework a week? How is that possible? Translation: they have a cleaner. It’s dirty little secret for many couples. Who wants to admit in 2017 in Australia, the country supposedly defined by its egalitarianism, that they have paid help? But this dirty little secret speaks to a broader…

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Couple killed in Cameron House Hotel fire named

Two men who died when a fire tore through a luxury five-star hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond have been named. Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson, believed to be from London, were staying at Cameron House Hotel when the blaze broke out on Monday morning. Police have not confirmed the identity of those who died, but relatives have paid tribute on social media. The hotel’s director has praised the actions of the emergency services in preventing further tragedy. Firefighters who brought a couple and their baby to safety from…

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Vows: A Military Couple Together, but Mostly Apart for Now

Advertisement The night before Ashley Iorio left her family home in North Stonington, Conn., for her plebe year at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., her high school boyfriend ended their relationship. “This was a pre-emptive strike, it knocked her for a loop,” said her mother, Beth Iorio, a retired special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (N.C.I.S.). The groom, Mr. Sands, prays with members of his wedding party before the ceremony on Veterans Day in Asheville, N.C.CreditJacob Biba for The New York Times Despite being an…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first official outing as an engaged couple

Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle delighted cheering crowds who braved the cold on Friday to watch the couple on their first official engagement together. Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Harry, 33, fifth-in-line to the throne, and US actress Markle, 36, previously best known for her leading role in US legal drama Suits, announced their engagement on Monday, igniting a transatlantic media frenzy. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Argentina abandons submarine rescue Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:11 More World News Videos Previous slideNext slide How it happened: Prince Harry’s…

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'Just like a normal wedding': Gay couple of 35 years marry at Sydney's British consulate

It was at iconic Oxford Street gay bar Midnight Shift that Sydney couple Bill and John met in 1982. At the time, homosexual relations were illegal in NSW, and it would remain so for another two years. Bars like Midnight Shift were “the few places gay guys could socialise in without having to worry about harassment,” according to Bill, 64.  Bill (L) and John (R) marry at the British Consulate in Sydney.  Photo: Christopher Pearce Thirty-five years later, the couple don’t go out quite as much – but they are still quietly defying government restrictions on their…

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California wildfires kill 21 including elderly couple

Media playback is unsupported on your device A couple who recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary are among the 21 dead in some of California’s worst-ever wildfires. Charles Rippey, 100, and his wife, Sara, 98, perished in one of 22 blazes that have destroyed 115,000 acres (26,000ha) and 3,500 buildings. The couple, originally from Wisconsin, first met in primary school, their sons told the New York Times. Officials in the hard-hit Sonoma County say 670 people are still missing. Many of those people have been found, but Sonoma County Sheriff…

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