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Anzac Day celebrations in London, and other stories

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Anzac Day celebrations in London

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the traditional Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey today.

The special service is the culmination of a day of events honouring Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

London Multimedia News reporter Rosie Lumley attended some of the day’s events:

Submarine inventor sentenced to life for murder of Swedish journalist 

Submarine inventor Peter Madsen has been given a life sentence for murdering and dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

The Copenhagen City Court sentenced the 47-year-old to the maximum punishment for the torture and murder of Ms Wall in August 2017.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen claimed the murder was sexually motivated and premeditated because Madsen had brought along tools he wouldn’t normally didn’t take when sailing, including a saw and sharpened screwdrivers.

47-year-old Madsen has said he will appeal against his murder conviction and life sentence.

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Whatsapp to raise minimum age limit

The Facebook owned messaging service Whatsapp is to raise its minimum age limit to 16 in the EU.

The current age restriction is 13-years-old but the increase is being made ahead of the introduction of new EU data privacy regulations in May.

In the next few weeks users will be required to confirm their age when prompted in order to agree to new terms of service.

However, about a third of all UK-based 12 to 15-year-olds active on social media use WhatsApp, according to a 2017 Ofcom report.

Whatsapp have not said how the age limit will be enforced.

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FIFA chief dismisses ‘ridiculous’ ethics breach claims

Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samoura, has strongly denied a conflict of interest in relation to bids to host the twenty twenty six World Cup.

A complaint to the FIFA ethics committee alleges Ms Samoura is related to El Hadj-Diouf, who played for Liverpool and is an ambassador for Morocco’s bid.

Ms Samoura’s full name is Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, and like El Hadj-Diouf, she’s from Senegal.

But she says she’s not related to the football player, and told The Times the claim is ‘the most ridiculous statement she’s ever heard in her life’.

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Sky bidding war following £22-billion bid by Comcast 

The US cable TV giant Comcast has made a formal bid of £22-billion to purchase Sky.

Comcast are the biggest cable TV company in the US and already own the NBC network and Universal Pictures.

The move threatens media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s recent attempts to take full control of Sky.

The Murdoch owned 21st Century Fox had already agreed to buy the 61% of Sky it does not already own.

Sky has said it was withdrawing its recommendation for the Fox bid following Comcast’s move.

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