Prince George, Charlotte and Louis 'very upset' to miss meeting British icon Attenborough

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has revealed her children’s disappointment at not getting to meet Sir David Attenborough. In a new clip to promote ITV’s Prince William: A Planet For Us All programme, the Duchess is captured telling Sir David that Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, are ‘massive fans!’.

Prince William, 38, is following in the footsteps of his eco-conscious father Prince Charles’s, 71, with a new programme about climate change.

The Prince stars in a special new documentary to champion global action on conservation and climate change.

‘Prince William: A Planet For Us All’ will air on ITV and ITV Hub this October.

A promotional clip of the programme shows the moment William and Kate got to meet celebrated conservationist, Sir David Attenborough.

READ MORE: Prince William sends royal fans into meltdown as Duke opens up

William added: “You want to hand over to the next generation. The wildlife in a much better condition.

“So two years ago a film crew joined me on my search for ways to protect the natural world.”

On Monday Prince Charles issued a stark warning about climate change during a speech to mark the opening of Climate Week NYC.

In his address, the future king said: “Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to ‘reset’ for… a more sustainable and inclusive future.”

Charels added: “[The environmental] crisis has been with us for far too many years – decried, denigrated and denied.

“It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

According to a body language expert, Charles’s gestures in the pre-recorded speech convey ‘sadness’ and ‘huge regret.’

Analyst Judi James said:  “He rocks back and forward on his feet as he talks to suggest subtle emotion and, with his arms held to his sides and his chest slightly puffed, he keeps his gesticulation to a minimum.

“There is no Meghan-style hand-to-chest gestures to illustrate strong emotion, but as he speaks about the ‘disrupted planet’ his micro-gestures do display sadness, with a long blink and with his mouth bowing inward to show huge regret.”



Nicola Sturgeon DEMANDS crunch COVID meeting with Boris in 48-hours – 'Action needed!'

The Scottish First Minister’s comments come after the latest COVID-19 figures for Scotland show three more confirmed coronavirus patients have died, bringing the total number of deaths from the invisible killer disease to 2,505. A total of 24,126 people have tested positive for coronavirus – an increase of 350 from the day before.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted about the “serious situation across the UK” saying: “There will always be fluctuations in daily figures – that’s why we look at 7 day averages to balance out variations in testing etc. Even with that caveat though, today’s report underlines fact that COVID is rising.

“@scotgov is considering over w/e what further action is needed. Given serious situation across UK, I have also asked again that a 4 nations COBR meeting takes place over next 48 hours. While each of the 4 UK nations will reach our own decisions – rightly and properly – it makes sense to seek as much co-ordination and alignment as possible

“We know from experience earlier in the year that speed and decisiveness of action is important in the fight against COVID, so @scotgov will seek to reach considered decisions as quickly as possible, and I will update as usual through my daily briefings.

“In meantime, I ask everyone across Scotland to be extra careful. Minimise interactions with other households and keep to a maximum of 6 people from 2 households (if in Glasgow, E/W Dunbartonshire, E/Renfrewshire and N/S Lanarkshire please don’t visit other households at all)

“In the interactions you do have, please follow all the FACTS advice. And please download http://protect.scot. Thank you.”

It comes just one day after Ms Sturgeon warned “hard but necessary” decisions may be needed in the coming days to prevent another national lockdown.

The First Minister said coronavirus “could get out of our grip again” as Scotland faces the risk of “exponential growth” of COVID-19.

She said this weekend will be “critical” to how the Government plots a way forward, and added she wanted to give the nation “advanced notice” that the “coming days are likely to see some hard but necessary decisions”.

Students at St Andrews University were asked on Friday night to enter a voluntary weekend lockdown, to help avoid another national lockdown.

St Andrews principal Professor Sally Mapstone urged all students to remain in their rooms as much as possible from 7pm on Friday.

In a message to students, Professor Mapstone said: “It is now very clear that rates of Covid infection are surging again in various parts of this country, and it is very likely that we are very close to a form of further national lockdown.

“The First Minister of Scotland has today spoken of the urgent need to interrupt the chain of transmission of the virus.

“In these circumstances, I am writing to all of our students to ask you to please observe a voluntary lockdown this weekend, effective from 7pm this evening.”



London on alert: Sadiq Khan warns COVID lockdown 'increasingly likely' after key meeting

In a statement released today, he revealed new measures will soon be required to contain the outbreak. 

He said: “The Prime Minister has said that we are now seeing the start of a second wave of Covid-19 across the UK.

“Londoners should also know that I am extremely concerned by the latest evidence I’ve seen today from public health experts about the accelerating speed at which Covid-19 is now spreading here in London.

“This is made worse by the uncertainty caused by the lack of testing capacity in the capital.

“It is increasingly likely that, in London, additional measures will soon be required to slow the spread of the virus.

“We will be considering some of the measures which have already been imposed in other parts of the UK.”

He also urged Londoners to be cautious and maintain social distancing measures where possible. 

The Mayor made the announcement after meeting with Public Health England, London council leaders and the Government about the rise in cases. 

More to follow…



World War 3: India deals HUGE blow to Pakistan in heated UN meeting amid border tensions

Last week, both nations accused one another of firing live rounds and violating a ceasefire along the Lone of Control boundary in the region. The issue was brought up in the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

In it, Pawan Badhe, India’s first secretary of the country’s permanent mission of India in Geneva, called Pakistan “an epicentre of terrorism”.

According to an Economic Times report on proceedings, the first secretary said: “The nefarious designs of Pakistan continue in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Pakistan does well when it comes to intimidation and attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and political dissidents in particular by its state machinery.”

He also hit out at Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, both of which had supposedly made comments on the internal affairs of India.

The first secretary added: “We reject the reference made by the OIC to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India.”

It is not clear what Turkey or the OIC said to have attracted this response.

Tensions have also flared between India and China in recent months following a deadly clash between forces on both sides on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which runs serves as a boundary between them.

20 Indian soldiers were killed in the hand-to-hand clash, though the number of Chinese casualties has remained debated.

READ: India rushes supplies and ammunition to contested border as China war tensions soar

Indeed, 321 non-governmental organisations have urged the UN to crack down on human rights abuses in China.

Their statement made in an open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and UN Member States published by Amnesty.

The letter reads: “We are dismayed at China’s efforts to distort the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council by promoting “cooperation” over accountability, and opposing initiatives to bring scrutiny of serious rights violations and international crimes in countries around the world.

“It has sought to deny access to human rights defenders to UN premises, denounced speakers on NGO side events as ‘terrorists,’ and threatened delegates to deter them from attending UN side events on rights violations, including abuses in Xinjiang.”

China’s foreign minister Zhao Lijian responded to the letter, saying: “The groundless allegations of these organisations are not worth refuting,” according to CNS News.

China has been part of the HRC since the council’s 2006 foundation. There are 47 seats altogether.



World War 3: India deals HUGE blow to Pakistan in heated UN meeting amid border tensions

Last week, both nations accused one another of firing live rounds and violating a ceasefire along the Lone of Control boundary in the region. The issue was brought up in the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

In it, Pawan Badhe, India’s first secretary of the country’s permanent mission of India in Geneva, called Pakistan “an epicentre of terrorism”.

According to an Economic Times report on proceedings, the first secretary said: “The nefarious designs of Pakistan continue in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Pakistan does well when it comes to intimidation and attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and political dissidents in particular by its state machinery.”

He also hit out at Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, both of which had supposedly made comments on the internal affairs of India.

The first secretary added: “We reject the reference made by the OIC to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India.”

It is not clear what Turkey or the OIC said to have attracted this response.

Tensions have also flared between India and China in recent months following a deadly clash between forces on both sides on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which runs serves as a boundary between them.

20 Indian soldiers were killed in the hand-to-hand clash, though the number of Chinese casualties has remained debated.

READ: India rushes supplies and ammunition to contested border as China war tensions soar

Indeed, 321 non-governmental organisations have urged the UN to crack down on human rights abuses in China.

Their statement made in an open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and UN Member States published by Amnesty.

The letter reads: “We are dismayed at China’s efforts to distort the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council by promoting “cooperation” over accountability, and opposing initiatives to bring scrutiny of serious rights violations and international crimes in countries around the world.

“It has sought to deny access to human rights defenders to UN premises, denounced speakers on NGO side events as ‘terrorists,’ and threatened delegates to deter them from attending UN side events on rights violations, including abuses in Xinjiang.”

China’s foreign minister Zhao Lijian responded to the letter, saying: “The groundless allegations of these organisations are not worth refuting,” according to CNS News.

China has been part of the HRC since the council’s 2006 foundation. There are 47 seats altogether.



Brexit LIVE: Barnier brags about uncovering Boris Johnson's plot – private meeting leaked

Amid the rising scrutiny over the Government’s handling of the crisis, Mr Barnier indicated to EU diplomats Mr Johnson was using the Internal Markets Bill to shift the focus away from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Barnier met with officials from eight Eastern Europe countries on Monday night. The EU negotiator also told diplomats in the meeting, he believed the UK is ready for a no deal scenario. According to Politico, he also claimed a deal could still be possible. This comes as Mr Johnson is set to reach a compromise over his Brexit plans. The Prime Minister met with Tory rebels to discuss a way to proceed before the first vote on the UK Internal Market Bill on Monday. 

Although the bill has come under increased scrutiny, the legislation was passed 340 to 263 in its first reading in the Commons. 

The legislation is designed to enable the trade of goods between the devolved nations. 

It also provides the Government with the ability to change parts of the withdrawal agreement which the Prime Minister agreed in October.

The legislation has also caused shockwaves in the US, with Washington warning any future deal may now be at risk. 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi has previously stated any risk to the peace process in Northern Ireland would hinder the chances of a US-UK trade deal. 

Four Congressman wrote: “Many in the United States and in Congress consider the issues of the Good Friday Agreement and a potential US-UK Free Trade Agreement inextricably linked.

“With the issues raised in this letter in mind, we therefore urge you to abandon any and all legally questionable and unfair efforts to flout the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement and look to ensure that Brexit negotiations do not undermine the decades of progress to bring peace to Northern Ireland and future options for the bilateral relationship between our two countries.”

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7.25am update: Michel Barnier launches attack on the UK

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has claimed the uproar over Brexit is merely a tactic to shift the focus away from the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to Politico, the EU negotiator told diplomats from eight Eastern European countries the Internal Market Bill, has been used as a provocation. 

He did also claim the ploy could also be an indication the UK is ready to push forward with a no deal Brexit. 



World War 3 fears rocket after India storms out of Pakistan meeting over Kashmir dispute

The virtual meeting featured security aides from Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states. India’s delegation, led by national security advisor Ajit Doval, quit the event after Pakistani representatives displayed a map depicting disputed territory as belonging to Islamabad.

The Pakistani map showed all of Kashmir, the sovereignty of which is hotly contested, as being under their authority.

According to the Times of India the New Delhi team dropped out of the event after seeing the Pakistani flag.

Muslim majority Kashmir is currently divided between Indian and Pakistani zones.

Since 1989 an armed insurgency has been taking place in Kashmir against Indian control.

Up to 100,000 are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.

The SCO meeting, which incorporates a number of regional powers, was being chaired by Russia.

The Russian delegation tried to persuade their Pakistani counterparts to remove the map but without success.

In August Imran Khan, the Pakistani prime minister, released a new map showing the entirety of Kashmir under the control of Pakistan.

READ MORE: Pakistan-India crisis unravels after military attacks in Kashmir

Pakistani officials, quotes in local media, claimed the row began after their envoys rejected India’s “spurious claims” over the territory.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, in 1947, 1965 and 1999, over the control of Kashmir.

The two nuclear armed rivals also battled against each other in 1971 during Bangladesh’s ‘liberation war’ from Islamabad.

According to an Indian source after the event Nikolai Patrushev, who runs Russia’s national security council, spoke out against the Pakistani action.

It is reported to have said: “Russia does not support what Pakistan has done and hopes that Pakistan’s provocative act will not affect India’s participation in SCO.”

From March to April 2019 several people were killed in a series of skirmishes along the India-Pakistan border.

The violence began when Indian forces bombed Jaish-e-Mohammed, an extreme Islamist group it blamed for suicide attacks, over the Pakistani border.

Pakistani and Indian aircraft then staged a series of incursions into each other’s air space.

On February 27 an Indian MiG-21 warplane was shot down over Pakistan.

The pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured and later released.

Next month both India and Pakistan agreed a deal to reduce tensions between the two countries.



World War 3 fears rocket after India storms out of Pakistan meeting over Kashmir dispute

The virtual meeting featured security aides from Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states. India’s delegation, led by national security advisor Ajit Doval, quit the event after Pakistani representatives displayed a map depicting disputed territory as belonging to Islamabad.

The Pakistani map showed all of Kashmir, the sovereignty of which is hotly contested, as being under their authority.

According to the Times of India the New Delhi team dropped out of the event after seeing the Pakistani flag.

Muslim majority Kashmir is currently divided between Indian and Pakistani zones.

Since 1989 an armed insurgency has been taking place in Kashmir against Indian control.

Up to 100,000 are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.

The SCO meeting, which incorporates a number of regional powers, was being chaired by Russia.

The Russian delegation tried to persuade their Pakistani counterparts to remove the map but without success.

In August Imran Khan, the Pakistani prime minister, released a new map showing the entirety of Kashmir under the control of Pakistan.

READ MORE: Pakistan-India crisis unravels after military attacks in Kashmir

Pakistani officials, quotes in local media, claimed the row began after their envoys rejected India’s “spurious claims” over the territory.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, in 1947, 1965 and 1999, over the control of Kashmir.

The two nuclear armed rivals also battled against each other in 1971 during Bangladesh’s ‘liberation war’ from Islamabad.

According to an Indian source after the event Nikolai Patrushev, who runs Russia’s national security council, spoke out against the Pakistani action.

It is reported to have said: “Russia does not support what Pakistan has done and hopes that Pakistan’s provocative act will not affect India’s participation in SCO.”

From March to April 2019 several people were killed in a series of skirmishes along the India-Pakistan border.

The violence began when Indian forces bombed Jaish-e-Mohammed, an extreme Islamist group it blamed for suicide attacks, over the Pakistani border.

Pakistani and Indian aircraft then staged a series of incursions into each other’s air space.

On February 27 an Indian MiG-21 warplane was shot down over Pakistan.

The pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured and later released.

Next month both India and Pakistan agreed a deal to reduce tensions between the two countries.



Stock futures flat as investors await Fed meeting

U.S. stock futures were flat in overnight trading as investors readied for comments from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. 

Dow futures rose 12 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were also set to open flat, with gains of 0.02% and 0.07%, respectively.

Better-than-expected earnings from FedEx and Adobe after the bell boosted sentiment. FedEx released a blowout quarter with earnings $2.18 per share above analyst estimates, fueled by the e-commerce boom. The shipping company rallied more than 9% in extended trading. Adobe jumped 2% after hours. 

On Tuesday, the Dow closed up marginally, after gaining more than 200 points earlier in the session. Apple shares came off their highs following the technology giant’s new product event, dragging down the 30-stock average following its new product event.

The S&P 500 climbed 0.5%, despite weakness in financials. Tuesday market the third straight day of gains for the 500-stock index. 

Technology stocks continued their broad based rally. The Nasdaq Composite rose 1.2%, bringing its week to date gain to more than 3%. The technology heavy index dipped in correction territory last week and suffered its worst weekly performance since March.

Positive economic data in the U.S. and China on Tuesday boosted sentiment on Tuesday. 

“Optimism is being supported by a continual flow of good economic news, healthy earnings news and the prospect of getting more comforting news from the Federal Reserve tomorrow suggesting they remain committed to letting the recovery run hot while continuing to provide supportive policies,” Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, told CNBC. 

Wednesday marks the second day of the Federal Reserve policy’s meeting, the first since Chairman Jerome Powell unveiled a policy shift toward greater tolerance of inflation, effectively pledging to keep interest rates low for longer. Investors widely expect the central bank to maintain is downbeat stance on the economy.

The Federal Open Market Committee will provide its quarterly update on its estimates for GDP, unemployment and inflation. The central bank could provide clearer guidance on what it will take to raise rates in the future.

“The Fed doesn’t like to be involved in politics, even though its inherently a political institution but two months before an election is a very difficult time to put your politics aside,” David Zervos, chief market strategist at Jefferies, said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Tuesday. “You just have to expect that there’s going to be some thought to politics. 

One of the hottest initial public offerings of 2020 will open for trading on Wednesday. Data storage software company Snowflake is priced at 30 times forward revenue and even got a rare vote of confidence from Berkshire Hathaway. Snowflake expects to go public at a share price between $100 and $110, according to an updated S-1 filing from Monday.

August retail sales data will be released at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Analysts polled by FactSet are expected an increase of 1.1%, compared to July’s 1.2% rise. 

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Melania Trump style: First Lady shows off curves in tight dress for roundtable meeting

Melania Trump, First Lady and wife to American President Donald Trump, constantly makes the headlines for her extravagant fashion choices. The former model has a huge wardrobe full of expensive designer outfits and for her most recent appearance, Melania opted for a high end brand. However she kept her look very minimalistic with a pop of colour. 

The First Lady hosted the roundtable discussion in a socially distanced meeting to raise awareness for sickle cell disease. 

The event was held in the State Dining Room in the White House a few weeks after Donald Trump recognised September being the awareness month for Sickle Cell Disease.

Melania had a bright smile on her face as she entered the discussion with patients, researchers and medical professionals. 

Opting for a discussion without wearing a mask, Melania looked stylish once again in her tight white dress. 

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Melania often favours minimalistic looks and kept her dress and jewellery to a minimum. 

Whilst she opted for a more simple look, she added a pop of colour with her high heels.

The bright orange stilettos are a staple wardrobe piece which Melania often adds to her outfits. 

Melania accessorised the outfit with two sparkling platinum and diamond rings with one on each of her hands. 

Posting the look on Instagram, the Slovenian-born First Lady wrote: “I hosted a roundtable @WhiteHouse on improving the lives of Americans w Sickle Cell Disease.

“We must continue to support those affected, eliminate stigma, & reaffirm our goal of finding a cure.”

Fans of Melania rushed to the comments to express their thoughts and opinions on the event and her outfit.

One person wrote: “Stunning First Lady. Praying we find a cure soon!”

Another commented: “You always exude superior taste and impeccable style.”

“Class & beauty,” a third said.