• Richard Heathcote/Getty Images(WINDSOR) -- Meghan Markle was a vision in white as she walked down the aisle to Prince Harry.As the bride walked into St. George's Chapel on Saturday, in front of more than 2,000 guests and millions watching around the world, she wore Queen Mary's tiara -- lent to Markle by Queen Elizabeth -- complete with a veil. The actual tiara, which features a diamond bandeau, was crafted in 1932.Her signature messy bun was polished into a low chignon, and Markle had short nude-polished nails as she waved to crowds while entering the chapel.The three-quarter-length wedding gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller, featured a scoop neck and an A-line silhouette. Keller, 47, became the first-female artistic director to head the house of Givenchy.Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, who walked in ahead of the bride, wrote mint green, with a silver hat that complimented the look.Queen Elizabeth also wore the color green, opting instead for a lime green suit with matching hat that featured a royal purple ascent.Previously, it was rumored that British design duo Ralph & Russo would have the honor of designing Markle's wedding dress. She selected the Australian-born designers, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, to wear for her engagement photos to Prince Harry last December.That floor-length gown was semi-sheer with hints of gold leaves, creating a winsome look. The top is paired with a feathered semi-sheer skit.Other designs rumored to be in the running to design Markle's dress have included Christopher Bailey, the man behind the iconic British brand Burberry; British designer Stella McCartney; Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu; and Roland Mouret, a close friend of the former actress.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Sanp Pompeii Handout/EPA/Shutterstock(POMPEII, Italy) -- Mt. Vesuvius, near the city of Pompeii, Italy, erupted in 79 A.D., wiping out an entire town. Hundreds of years later, archaeologists found a perfectly preserved city buried in ash and frozen in time.Just recently, an extraordinary discovery was unearthed in a large villa that stood just outside the walls of Pompeii, far from the known archaeological area, during a joint operation of the Carabinieri of the Cultural Heritage Protection Center and Pompeii archaeological superintendence.Archaeologists working at the site uncovered buildings with big balconies, Pompeian red colors and geometric decorations of flowers and animals. They named it the Vicolo dei Balconi (Alley of Balconies). The area was previously unexcavated.As the work continues, another previously discovered area, The Domus delle Nozze d' Argento, will be viewable once again. The most precious domus (dwelling) of the ancient Roman city in Pompeii, discovered and restored between 1893 and 1910, has been closed to the public for decades. The director of the archaeological park of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, announced the restorations of the Domus will start, which will "finally allow" the reopening the site to the public in fall 2019.The Domus has a huge and sumptuous atrium with four Corinthian columns more than 26 feet high, multicolored frescoes, refined floors and a small private spa decorated with mosaics and frescoes depicting lions, wild boars and panthers.Almost 2,000 years after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and decades of excavation, the newly restored areas will be on view to tourists who want a deeper insight into Roman life from years long gone.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • FilmColoratStudio/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three explosions targeted a cricket tournament in Afghanistan Friday, leaving eight people dead and dozens injured, according to a government official.The explosions took place in the eastern Jalalabad province and reportedly targeted the Naya Nazimabad Ramzan Cup cricket tournament.Nangarhar governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said Friday that eight people were killed in the blasts and 42 others were injured.Khogyani said that the organizer of the cricket game, Hidayatullah Zaheer, and at least one child were among the eight fatalities.No further information was disclosed about the types of explosions or what caused the blasts.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.
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  • Pablo_K/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy who was the target of a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom earlier this year, was released from the hospital on Friday.Skripal was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital on March 4, along with his daughter Yulia and a police officer named Nick Bailey. All three have now been discharged.Salisbury District Hospital CEO Cara Charles-Barks called Skripal's discharge "fantastic news" in a statement. "That he, Yulia and DS Bailey have been able to leave us so soon after coming into contact with this nerve agent is thanks to the hard work, skill and professionalism of our clinicians, who provide outstanding care to all our patients, day in and day out."The hospital's Director of Nursing, Lorna Wilkinson, said Skripal will continue his recovery away from the hospital.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Cuba Friday.  The plane, a Boeing 737 rented by Cubana airlines, had just left José Martí International Airport outside Havana, Cuban state TV reported. Cubana confirmed the flight had crashed.The plane, carrying 104 passengers and additional crew members, was headed to the city of Holguin, on the eastern part of Cuba, according to Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party.  Ambulances and firefighters are on the scene. Photos from the scene showed first responders standing among the smoking wreckage.This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Royal watchers got an up-close glimpse of Prince Harry one day before he weds Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel. Harry, 33, and his brother, Prince William, 35, stepped out to greet some of the fans who have flocked to Windsor to celebrate Harry and Markle’s wedding. William will serve as best man at Saturday’s wedding, just as Harry did for William at his 2011 wedding to Duchess Kate. Harry and Meghan arrived in Windsor, about 22 miles outside of London, on Thursday to rehearse for their wedding and take care of final preparations. William and his wife, Princess Kate, were also seen arriving for the start of the festivities.Royal fans in Windsor have begun staking out spots on the Long Walk, the route from Windsor Castle through Windsor Town where Harry and Markle will ride in a carriage after their wedding service. Harry and Markle have invited 2,640 people onto the grounds of Windsor Castle to see the wedding carriage procession as it departs.The members of the public were selected from different regions of the U.K. with a special emphasis on those who have served their community. The couple also invited 100 students from two local schools in Windsor and extended invitations to 200 individuals who take part in charities and organizations for which Harry serves as royal patron.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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