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LONDON, May 20, 2018 (News Wires) -- The royal family has thanked people who attended or watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

"Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world," the royals said.

The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry's father, Prince Charles.

Kensington Palace did not release details, but photographs showed Markle, now known formally as the Duchess of Sussex, wearing an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that had belonged to Harry's mother, Princess Diana, to the reception.

The newlyweds spent their first night as a married couple at Windsor Castle. They are not immediately going on honeymoon.

LONDON, April 22, 2018 (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth attended a star-studded special concert on Saturday as the world's oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday.

Welsh singer Tom Jones kicked off the show with his hit "It's Not Unusual" shortly before Elizabeth appeared in the royal box of London's Albert Hall, flanked by her family.

Kylie Minogue, Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Shaggy were among those on the bill, along with stars of the stage and screen.

At the end of the night Elizabeth joined the stage with her son, Prince Charles. He joked that she could not have predicted in 1948, when Charles was born, decades later a 92-year-old queen would be sharing a stage with her 70-year-old son.

Charles then led a round of cheers from members of the audience. The queen acknowledged them with a smile and her trademark royal wave.

The event is a break in tradition for the queen who usually spends her birthday privately with little public celebration, although there were nationwide events to mark her 90th.

The concert comes at the end of a week in which leaders and dignitaries from 53 countries came to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and featured performers from the network of mostly former British colonies.

The queen is head of the Commonwealth. The major beneficiary of Saturday's event, televised live on BBC TV and radio, will be the Queen's Commonwealth Trust youth charity, of which her grandson Prince Harry was appointed president this week.

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, and became queen in 1952 at the age of 25, meaning she has now reigned for more than 66 years.

She still carries out official engagements but her husband Prince Philip, who spent 10 days in hospital this month for a hip replacement, retired from public life last year.

Elizabeth also has an "official" birthday in June, which is marked with a large parade of soldiers through central London, known as Trooping the Colour.

Cairo, March 27 – The Embassy of Kazakhstan will organise a cultural week in Cairo from April 11 to 14 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the capital, Astana.

As part of the celebration, a music concert will be held at Sayed Darwish theatre at the Alexandria Opera House, while another concert will be held in the Cairo Opera House on April 14. Both concerts will be led by the famous Kazakh violinist Aiman Mussakhajayeva, president of the Kazakh National University of Arts. The concerts will be free of charge for the public, according to the statement.

The statement added that during the two concerts, the audience will watch the 18-year-old genius composer and pianist Rakhat-Bi Abdysagin, dubbed “Kazakh Mozart", who is the winner of numerous international competitions and author of more than 100 compositions, including symphonies.

Staff Report

CAIRO, March 23, 2018 - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the Supreme Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, on Friday asserted that the heroes of the Armed Forces and Police were exerting great efforts to fight terrorism in Northern and Central Sinai.
‏During a surprise visit to one of the air-bases in Sinai, President Sisi noted that the Armed Forces and the Police were undertaking the task of securing and protecting the nation on all axial directions not only the Sinai.
‏In remarks to pilots, the President highlighted the necessity for upholding the noble military morals and using abrupt force against any person who dared to use a weapon against the Egyptians.

The President also asserted that terrorism would be uprooted and security would be restored to 'this dear spot of Egypt's soil soon'.
"Soon, we will come here again to celebrate our victory over those insurgents of our time," President Sisi told the pilots.
‏During the visit, the President praised the high capabilities and efficiency of the pilots and their skills in destroying and eliminating terrorist targets in Sinai.
He also praised the efforts made by the Armed Forces and the police in confronting terrorist elements nationwide.
The President also asserted the need to continue and intensify such efforts to confront terrorism strongly and decisively.

He called upon the pilots to keep upholding the noble and lofty military values which have for long distinguished the Egyptian Armed Forces.

He also discussed with pilots their anti-terrorism plans and ways of maintaining Egypt's safety.
"The main task of the Armed Forces is to guard each and every yard of the land of Egypt," President Sisi said, stressing that never would the Armed Forces condone that the security of the nation be jeopardized.
President Sisi paid tribute to the patriotic role of the army in the service of the nation, citing its preparedness to undertake duty-bound tasks under all conditions.
He said that the Government was paying close attention to Sinai development.
The government has launched a LE275 billion development plan, which would be completed soon, President Sisi said, adding that a new civilian airport had been built in Sinai.
This airport is one of Sinai's development pillars, he said.
The Friday visit came within the framework of President Sisi's keenness on following up on the progress of Operation Sinai 2018, which targets terrorist and criminal elements in Central and Northern Sinai as well as areas in the Nile Delta and the Western Desert