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Commonwealth makes secret succession plans

The Commonwealth has secretly begun considering who might succeed the Queen as its head, the BBC has learned. The issue is hugely sensitive because the role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death. The Commonwealth has set up a “high level group” to look at the way the international organisation is governed. This group is meeting later, officially to review how the Commonwealth is run by its secretariat and governors. However, senior sources added that the gathering in London would…

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Kylie Jenner announces birth of baby girl after top secret pregnancy

Kylie Jenner has welcomed a baby girl after a top secret pregnancy which saw her refrain from public appearances for nearly half a year. Jenner, 20, announced the arrival in a post on her Facebook account this morning. Kylie Jenner has given birth. Photo: PA The baby, whose name has not been released to the public, was born on February 1. Despite it being rumoured from as early as September 2017, Jenner, a reality star known for intimately documenting her life both on television and her popular social media accounts, never confirmed her…

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The Ordinary: The Cult Skin-Care Brand Whose Secret Ingredient Is Being Dirt Cheap

On a recent evening, when I visited the first New York outpost of Deciem, a Toronto-based skin-care brand, the store’s back room had a mood of hushed giddiness, like there was a secret craps game going on and all the players were winning. The rear chamber of the narrow space, appointed in gleaming white subway tiles and aquamarine neon, is where Deciem sells products from its most popular line, the Ordinary, which aims to undercut the rest of the booming skin-care market by selling luxury ingredients at wholesale prices. Customers…

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Ellen Page marries 'extraordinary' partner Emma Portner in secret ceremony

Ellen Page has tied the knot with her partner, choreographer and professional dancer, Emma Portner in a secret ceremony.  “Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife,” the Juno actress wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday that featured photos of their wedding bands, as well as an intimate moment between them. Ellen Page arrives at the world premiere of “Flatliners” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Photo: AP Portner also announced the surprise marriage on her Instagram page,…

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An active social life may be a secret to brain health

For nine years, experts at Northwestern University in the US have been examining “SuperAgers” – men and women older than 80 whose memories are as good as or better than people 20 to 30 years younger. Every couple of years, the group fills out surveys about their lives and gets a battery of neuropsychological tests, brain scans and a neurological examination, among other evaluations. “When we started this project, we weren’t really sure we could find these individuals,” said Emily Rogalski, an associate professor at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s…

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