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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, walk away from the High Altar toward the West Door to exit at the end of their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Wedding was 'emotional and joyful', says Meghan Markle's father

Meghan Markle's father, who followed his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry on TV from California, described it as "emotional and joyful", and voiced regret he was unable to attend, TMZ reported Saturday.

"My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness," Thomas Markle said, according to the US celebrity news website.

Markle is recovering from heart surgery, and in the absence of her father, Meghan was brought to the altar by Prince Charles, now her father-in-law.


China agrees to import more from US, no sign of US$200 bln number

China has agreed to take measures to boost imports from the United States to reduce America's trade deficit, the two countries said on Saturday, although without mentioning the US$200 billion (S$268 billion) target the White House had touted earlier.

Beijing and Washington agreed they would keep on talking about measures under which China would import more commodities from the United States to close a US$335 billion annual trade gap between the two countries that has threatened to ignite a global trade war.

"There was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China," the joint statement said.


Texas shooting suspect seems weirdly nonemotional, lawyer says

The 17-year-old student who authorities said killed 10 people when he opened fire in an art class in his Houston-area high school appeared "weirdly nonemotional" on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday.

The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail in Santa Fe, Texas, where authorities said he opened fire shortly before 8 am on Friday.

In addition to 10 fatalities, the shooter wounded at least 13 people, with two of them in critical condition. One of those in critical condition was one of the two school resource officers who engaged the shooter before his surrender.


Film director Luc Besson accused of rape by actress: French judicial sources

Police in Paris have opened an investigation after an actress accused French film director Luc Besson of rape, judicial sources said Saturday.

"Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations," the film-maker's lawyer Thierry Marembert told AFP. "(The complainant) is someone he knows, towards whom he has never behaved inappropriately." Judicial sources said a "complaint has been made for acts qualifying as rape by the plaintiff which happened Thursday night into Friday in Paris," adding that Paris police were investigating the allegation against the 59-year-old.

Informed sources said the victim went to police on Friday to file a complaint against Besson, who notably directed The Big Blue, Nikita and Leon, after the alleged assault at the Bristol hotel in the French capital.


Football: Chelsea beat Manchester Utd 1-0 to win FA Cup

Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup thanks to Eden Hazard's penalty at Wembley on Saturday to salvage a disappointing season.

In what is still widely expected to be Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's final game in charge, the Blues withstood a second-half onslaught from United after Hazard's 22nd-minute spot-kick to ensure Jose Mourinho's men end the season trophyless.

On a day where the world's eyes were on a royal wedding 18 miles west in Windsor, Chelsea reigned on the field to salvage a campaign in which they failed to even qualify for the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League.


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