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The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring and other stories

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The Duke of Edinburgh retiring. Image: Buckingham Palace official photograph.

The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring 

Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip will be retiring from his official engagements.

The retirement will begin in the autumn of this year when he will no longer be attending public events.

The Duke will no longer accept new invitations, but will possibly choose to  attend some events in the future.

The press release stated that Prince Philip has the full support of the Queen in his decision, and her Majesty will continue to fulfill her official engagements.

Macron in the lead after debate 

Emmanuel Macron proved himself to be the favorite candidate in the upcoming french elections following a debate with his rival, far right politician Marine Le Pen.

The candidates held a heated debate for over two hours on the French broadcaster BFMTV.

French newspapers and different viewers’ polls declared the centrist candidate to be the winner after a debate that covered topics such as terrorism, economy and Europe.

The second round of debates with the two candidates will take place on Sunday.

Basketball changes rules on hijabs 

Basketball has changed its rules around headgear to allow the wearing of hijabs during matches.

The headgear had previously been banned due to security reasons according to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

In 2014 the Qatar women’s team withdrew from the Asian Games after being denied permission on the wearing of hijabs during a match.

FIFA have earlier allowed the headgear for religious reasons during football matches.

The new rules will take effect from the 1st of October this year.

Top 20 Richest Musicians Revealed 

The 20 highest earning musicians in the UK have been revealed with Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell on the top at £780 million.

Sir Paul is followed by Sir Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger.

The list, published by the Sunday Times, is largely dominated by older men with Adele as the only solo woman present in joint 19th place on the list.

Adele earned £125 million in 2016, a £40 million rise since the year before.

The artist’s rise in earnings is due to her extensive touring in 2016, playing 122 dates, and the success of her third album 25.

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