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King Charles III and Queen Camilla crowned

Britain's King Charles III and Queen Camilla wave to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the coronation ceremony in London, May 6, 2023.

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla were formally crowned as monarchs on Saturday — the first coronation in the UK in 70 years. Charles was presented with an orb, sword and scepter, and had the solid gold, bejeweled St. Edward’s crown placed on his head as he sat on a 700-year-old oak chair. The event took place before world leaders, foreign royals, dignitaries and some stars. Heir to the throne Prince William knelt before his father and pledged loyalty to the king. Prince Harry — who has publicly sparred with the family — attended, but without his family and sat two rows behind. The coronation also saw hundreds of thousands of spectators outside and scores of protesters, whose voices calling for the dismantling of the monarchy come amid an economic crisis, with people struggling to make ends meet.

The Arab League has re-admitted Syria into the bloc after a 12-year suspension over its civil war. The country will return this month at the league’s next summit in Saudi Arabia. Regional countries have begun normalizing relations, saying they are gaining little by isolating Syria. But opponents, including the US, are highlighting the fact that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of committing war crimes against his own people over the past decade. The nation’s civil war, triggered by the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, has left hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead and more than 14 million displaced, according to the UN.

Moscow has ordered the evacuation of more than 1,600 people from Russian-occupied areas near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Europe’s largest nuclear power station has been under the control of Russian forces but mostly operated by a Ukrainian workforce since the war began more than a year ago. The decision comes amid rumors of an anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive in the area, with the southern region likely to be a major target. The head of the IAEA warned that the situation around the plant had become “potentially dangerous.”

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