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Pippa Middleton ties the knot with James Matthews in 'almost royal' wedding

Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. Matthews.

>> Photos: Wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

Pippa Middleton said “I do” to fiance and hedge fund manager James Matthews on Saturday during a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England, near where she and her sister, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, grew up. After the ceremony, the bride and groom made their debut as husband and wife as they left the church.

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“The church bells at St. Marks’s Church began to peal. They are man and wife!” a source told E! News.

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte served in the wedding party, as did Duchess Kate. Prince William and Prince Harry were also in attendance. Middleton wore a beautiful, custom lace dress, while Matthews donned pinstriped pants, a light blue vest and a long, black blazer.

“The kids looked absolutely gorgeous and really well-behaved,” Leanne Fox told People. “It was lovely to see them. We got to see the little ones coming out."

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Middleton and Matthews started dating in 2012, broke up briefly, and got back together in 2015. Last July, Matthews proposed, and the two were engaged. Now, they’re officially husband and wife.

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Melania Trump arrives in Middle East, shuns headscarf  

 Melania Trump's decision not to wear a headscarf in the Middle East is drawing attention and a mixed reaction on social media.

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The first lady wore a black pantsuit with a golden belt Saturday but did not cover her head,  which is the custom for female foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump had criticized former first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during a January 2015 visit to the nation with then-President Barack Obama.

Trump said in a 2015 tweet that, while many people applauded Michelle Obama's decision, the people of Saudi Arabia "were insulted."

Women in Saudi Arabia, including visitors and foreign dignitaries, are expected to be fully covered in public, including their head and hair, according to the country’s religious and legal codes, ABC News reported. Senior adviser Ivanka Trump, traveling as part of the presidential entourage, was also seen not wearing an abaya.

According to Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir the first lady will not have to tone down her usual fashion choices.

"We welcome any style in clothing," Al-Jubeir told media on Thursday.

 

Rouhani wins re-election as Iran’s president

According to state television, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has won re-election, CNN reported Saturday. Rouhani defeated conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi.

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"The National Media (IRINN) congratulate the victory of Mr. Hassan Rouhani in the presidential election," Iranian state media channel IRINN announced in an on-screen news ticker.

Rouhani won 57 percent of the vote, or 23,549, 616 votes, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said.

Rouhani, a moderate, was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and other partners and his first term was marked by an emergent international engagement.

More than 40 million Iranian voters flocked to polling stations Friday, and by Saturday morning more than 25 million votes had been counted, according to the head of Iran's Interior Ministry State Elections Committee.

No sitting President has failed to win a second term since 1981 and Rouhani's engagement with the outside world resonated with voters who have disliked the country's isolation., CNN reported.

President Trump begins swing through Middle East 

President Donald Trump landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for his first stop abroad since taking office, CNN reported.

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Trump's stop in the Saudi capital is the first in an eight-day, five-country swing through the Middle East and Europe.

Air Force One landed at the King Khalid airport in Riyadh on Saturday morning, and Trump was greeted on the tarmac by King Salman and other high-level Saudi offcials.

In Riyadh, a five-story image of Trump's face was projected on the exterior of the hotel he is staying at. Large billboards of Trump and King Salman lined the highway from the airport, CNN reported.

Trump will deliver a major speech Sunday to the leaders of more than two dozen Muslim nations, where he will urge countries to drive out extremists, CNN reported. 

Later Saturday, Trump received the nation’s highest civilian honor from Salman.

The king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud around Trump’s neck at a ceremony at the Royal Court in Riyadh.

The host of the event declared that Trump was being honored for “his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world.”

The honor also has been bestowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

Report: Sweden dropping probe against WikiLeaks founder

Sweden is dropping its investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on rape allegations, according to a prosecution statement released Friday.

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Assange has been seeking refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, CNN reported.

Assange, an Australian national, has previously said that he feared that if he left the embassy he could end up being extradited and face the death penalty in the United States over allegations of revealing hundreds of thousands o secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents through WikiLeaks, CNN reported.

The move comes ahead of a Stockholm court's examination of a demand by Assange's lawyers that Sweden drop his European arrest warrant, the BBC reported.

American authorities have prepared charges to seek Arrange’s arrest, CNN reported, citing U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The Metropolitan Police Service in London said after the news was announced that it remained obliged to arrest Assange should he leave the Ecuadoran embassy on a lesser charge of failing to surrender to a court, the BBC reported.

After the news was announced, WikiLeaks tweeted that the "focus now moves to the UK", saying the country had "refused to confirm or deny whether it has already received a U.S. extradition warrant for Julian Assange".

Basquiat painting breaks record at Sotheby’s auction

A 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a record $110.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction of contemporary art Thursday night.

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Sotheby’s said the sale of “Untitled” was an auction record for the artist. It also set a record price for an American artist at auction, USA Today reported. Sotheby’s said it was the highest paid price at auction for any artwork created after 1980.

The painting, which has a graffiti-like look, shows a face in the shape of a skull.

Five of Basquiat’s works sold Thursday night, pulling in $129.3 million total, Sotheby’s said.

“Untitled” was bought by Japanese collector and e-commerce entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa after a 10-minute bidding war.

“When I saw this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art,” said Maezawa, who said he plans to display the painting in his museum in Chiba, Japan. 

“Untitled” was an unknown work before Sotheby’s unveiled it weeks ago, USA Today reported.

The previous auction record for a Basquiat work was set last May when “Untitled, 1982” was bought by Maezawa for $57.3 million, The Associated Press reported.

Basquiat died of a drug overdose in 1988 at age 27.

Man jailed for trying to climb Mount Everest without permit

Climbing Mount Everest can be costly in terms of human life, with 288 fatalities recorded since 1922. But the world’s tallest peak can be costly in a financial sense, too, as a South African man learned this week.

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South African filmmaker Ryan Sean Davy was caught earlier this month climbing Mount Everest without an $11,000 permit. He was arrested this week in Kathmandu, Nepal, USA Today reported. The 43-year-old had his passport confiscated and was told to report to Kathmandu after a tourism official discovered him climbing alone near the Everest Base Camp without a permit, which is required for all foreign climbers, the New York Times reported.

Davy could be fined up to $22,000, the Times reported.

In a Facebook post on May 8, Davy wrote that when he arrived at the base camp he realized that he could not afford a solo permit.

"I was ashamed that I couldn't afford the permit after all the help, preparation and what everybody had done for me during my training, it would have been a total embarrassment to turn around and accept defeat because of a piece of paper," Davy wrote. "So I took a chance and spent the little money I had on more gear to climb and practice on the surrounding peaks for acclimatizing in preparing for a stealth entry onto Everest." 

Davy said he climbed 24,000 feet alone before government officials spotted him.

"Expedition companies have no time for wannabe Everesters with no money so someone turned me in," he said. "I was harassed at base camp to a point that I honestly thought I was going to get stoned to death right there." 

Davy traveled mostly on foot from the mountain's base camp to Kathmandu to turn himself in, the BBC reported. 

"He is in good [health] although worried about his finances and the scale of the punishment he will receive," Davy's friend, Mohan Gyawali, told the BBC.

Princess to give up royal status to marry commoner

A Japanese princess is deciding love over royalty. 

Princess Mako, who is the oldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will marry her former college classmate and in doing so, will become a commoner after the ceremony.

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The princess’ now-fiance, Kei Komuro, was sighted as he left the law office where he works, but would not speak to reporters other than to say, “Now is not the time for me to comment, but I want to speak at the right time.”

Currently there are four people in line for the throne: Akihito’s two sons who are in their 50s, his brother who is in his 80s and his 10-year-old grandson, The Telegraph reported.

Mako graduated from International Christian university and went on to get a masters degree from the University of Leicester. She has been working as a museum researcher.

No wedding date has been set, but the official announcement of an impending marriage has a ritual behind it. 

First a public announcement will be made, then a date will be set, and finally the couple will make a formal report to the emperor and empress, The Telegraph reported.

Trump responds to reports that he revealed classified info to Russia

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to respond to reports that he revealed classified information during a recent meeting with Russian officials.

>> WaPost: Trump revealed classified information to Russia during recent meeting

"As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety," Trump wrote. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism."

Poll: Most Americans want special prosecutor for Russia investigation

A majority of Americans think a special prosecutor would be best suited to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections to the campaign of President Donald Trump, according to a poll released Sunday.

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The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted in the days after Trump’s abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey, surveyed 800 men and women between May 11 and May 13. Of those interviewed, 40 percent identified themselves as voters who cast ballots for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last year while 37 percent said they voted for Trump.

An overwhelming majority of the people polled – 78 percent – said they wanted to see a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Russian meddling in November’s election.

>> Related: What is a special prosecutor; who appoints one; what do they do?

Federal officials have said there is evidence that Russia influenced the presidential election in support of Trump, although it remains unclear whether the president or his staff worked with foreign agents to win the election. Authorities have said there is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

The FBI and several other groups and congressional committees have confirmed that they are investigating the situation. Trump said last week in an interview with NBC News that the investigation was on his mind when he decided to fire Comey on Tuesday, prompting lawmakers to call for a special prosecutor.

In the NBC News/WSJ poll, 15 percent of respondents said Congress would be best positioned to investigate Russian interference. Three percent said neither Congress nor a special prosecutor would serve best, while 4 percent said they were not sure.

>> Related: Who will be the next FBI director? Here’s a list of candidates

The responses echo those given to researchers last month in a related poll cited by researchers in the poll released Sunday. In April, 73 percent of respondents said an independent, nonpartisan commission should lead the Russia probe. Sixteen percent of those surveyed preferred Congress to head the investigation.

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