In a Day Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees near the... Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. One police officer was killed and another wounded today in a shooting on Paris’s Champs Elysees, police said just days ahead of France’s presidential election. France’s interior ministry said the attacker was killed in the incident on the world famous boulevard that is popular with tourists. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

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Desmond Tutu Born in 1931 in South Africa, Desmond...

Desmond Tutu
Born in 1931 in South Africa, Desmond Tutu established a career in education before turning to theology, ultimately becoming one of the world’s most prominent spiritual leaders. Tutu is widely regarded as “South Africa’s moral conscience.”

In 1978, Tutu, an Anglican bishop, was appointed general secretary of his country’s Council of Churches and became a leading spokesperson for the rights of black South Africans. During the 1980s he played an almost unrivaled role in drawing national and international attention to the iniquities of apartheid, and in 1984 he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

He later chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and has continued to draw attention to a number of social justice issues over the years. In 2009, President Obama honored Tutu with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Tutu retired from public life in 2010 but has kept speaking out on issues ranging from Mideast peace to corruption among South Africa’s political elite.

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Tue, 05 Apr 2022 23:32:32 +0000
Prince Philip, Duke of EdinburghPrince Philip was born in Corfu...

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip was born in Corfu on June 10, 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg, and he therefore held the title Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.

When he was 18 months old, Prince Philip and his family had to leave Greece. The country had become politically unstable, and his uncle, the king of Greece, Constantine I, was forced to abdicate.

Fearing for the family’s safety, Prince Philip’s uncle, Britain’s King George V, ordered a Royal Navy ship to collect them, and the young prince was carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box.

During World War I, Prince Louis of Battenberg, Prince Philip’s grandfather, changed the family’s name to Mountbatten. Prince Phillip adopted this name when he became a naturalized British subject and renounced his royal title in order to marry Princess Elizabeth.

Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Prince Louis, who was admiral of the fleet and First Sea Lord.

After completing his initial training and being recognized as the best cadet of his entry, Prince Philip spent six months in the Indian Ocean as midshipman aboard the battleship HMS Ramillies in 1940.

Prince Philip was subsequently promoted to sublieutenant and appointed to the destroyer HMS Wallace. In 1942, he became the ship’s first lieutenant at the unusually early age of 21.

In July 1947, the engagement of Lt. Philip Mountbatten to Princess Elizabeth was announced. Four months later, on Nov. 20, they were married in Westminster Abbey.

In 1952, he was promoted to commander, but his naval career came to an end upon the death of his father-in-law, King George VI.

The queen and Prince Philip have four children. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, was born in 1948, and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, was born two years later. After Elizabeth II ascended the throne, the couple had two more children: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who was born in 1960, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, who was born in 1964.

Prince Philip is particularly interested in science, industry and engineering. He has visited research stations and laboratories, coal mines and factories, engineering works and industrial plants — all with the aim of understanding, and contributing to the improvement of, British industrial life. (

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Tue, 05 Apr 2022 23:32:11 +0000
His Holiness the 14th Dalai LamaHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama...

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, but he is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family in the village of Taktser, in northeastern Tibet. At the age of 2, as a child named Lhamo Dhondup, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

The 14th Dalai Lama was not formally enthroned until Nov. 17, 1950, during the Battle of Chamdo with the People’s Republic of China. In 1951, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government were pressured into accepting the so-called Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, which incorporated Tibet into the People’s Republic of China. Fearing for his life in the wake of a revolt in Tibet in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India, from where he led a government in exile.

In 2001 the 14th Dalai Lama ceded his partial power over the government to an elected parliament of selected Tibetan exiles. His original goal was full independence for Tibet, but by the late 1980s he was seeking high-level autonomy instead. He continued to seek greater autonomy from China, but Dolma Gyari, deputy speaker of the parliament-in-exile, stated: “If the middle path fails in the short term, we will be forced to opt for complete independence or self-determination as per the U.N. charter.“

In 2014 and 2016, he stated that Tibet is willing to be part of China, but China should let Tibet preserve its culture and script.

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Tue, 05 Apr 2022 23:31:50 +0000