British royal couple expecting a baby
LONDON The most widely anticipated pregnancy since Princess Dianas in 1981 is official: Prince Williams wife, Kate, is pregnant.
St. Jamess Palace announced the pregnancy Monday, saying that the Duchess of Cambridge formerly known as Kate Middleton has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital. William is at his wifes side.
News of the pregnancy drew congratulations from across the world, with the hashtag royalbaby trending globally on Twitter.
The couples first child will be third in line to take the throne leapfrogging the gregarious Prince Harry and possibly setting up the first scenario in which a U.K. female heir could benefit from new gender rules about succession.
Israel feels heat from allies over settlements
JERUSALEM Israel rejected a wave of American and European condemnations Monday about plans to build thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements, vowing to press forward with the construction in the face of widespread international opposition.
The announcement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office was likely to deepen a rift that has emerged between Israel and some of its closest allies after the U.N.s recognition of a Palestinian state last week. The U.N. decision appears to be fueling a tougher international line against Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Pope joins tweeting masses @Pontifex
VATICAN CITY Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology and lengthy encyclicals, is now trying brevity spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
The pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec. 12 using his personal handle @Pontifex, responding live to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, the Vatican said Monday.
Within 10 hours of the Vaticans announcement, Benedict already had garnered nearly a quarter-million followers on the English version of @Pontifex alone, with thousands more following him in the eight other language accounts.
All that, and he hadnt sent a single tweet.