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Unrest mars funeral of assassinated Haitian leader

The US and other delegations left early after shooting rang out as the event got under way.

Protesters blamed some of those at the service for the leader's death.

Authorities accuse foreign mercenaries of the killing but questions about the attack remain.

The president's widow Martine, who was injured in the attack and treated in hospital in the US, was at the funeral with three of her children.

"Cry for justice. We don't want revenge, we want justice," she said, according to Reuters news agency.

Florida building collapse: First funerals held for Surfside victims

The Guara family - Marcus, 52, Ana, 42, and their daughters, Lucia, 10, and Emma, four - are among 32 people now known to have died when Champlain Towers South collapsed on 24 June.

More than 110 people are still missing, with 70 confirmed to have been inside.

Rescue efforts are continuing, but no one has been found alive since the first morning.

The teams are still carefully sorting through the wreckage of the 12-storey building in Surfside, just north of Miami, even as experts warn the chance of finding survivors is now slim.

Royal Family honours duke's 'humour and humanity'

The Dean of Windsor paid tribute to Prince Philip's "kindness, humour and humanity" during the ceremony.

The congregation wore masks and was socially distanced in line with Covid rules, with the Queen seated alone.

The duke's children walked behind his coffin in a funeral procession, followed by a national minute's silence.

More than 730 members of the armed forces took part in the event, but there was a limit of 30 mourners inside St George's Chapel, under coronavirus rules.

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April, aged 99.

PNG’s Wewak welcomes late Sir Michael Somare casket

East Sepik Governor Allan Bird led the delegation of provincial and national leaders, in receiving the casket of the late founding father.

Outside the airport carpark hundreds gathered to witness this momentous occasion. 

The people of Sepik cried as the ADF C27 aircraft landed and casket was carried out. 

A guard of honor was carried out by the PNG Defense Force.

Prime Minister James Marape, who travelled to Wewak aboard the Q400 aircraft, handed over casket of the late Grand Chief, to Governor Bird.

Vanuatu seasonal worker's body returns home for final funeral rites

Forty-four-year-old Garae, a seasonal worker, died hours upon arrival in Auckland on Wednesday, 3 February.

He was part of a group of 150 men that travelled to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.

Garae’s body was repatriated to Port Vila. 

New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu Jonathan Schwass, Commissioner of Labour, Murielle Meltenoven and relatives of Garae in Port Vila paid their final respects to Garae before his body was flown to Santo yesterday (Wednesday).

Garae reportedly died of a heart attack.

 

Prof Stephen Hawking Cambridge funeral to take place

Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in the city.

Up to 500 invited family, friends and colleagues are expected at the private service being held at the university church, Great St Mary's, at 14:00.

Prof Hawking's ashes will be interred next to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton at Westminster Abbey in June.

Although the professor's funeral is private, crowds are expected to gather outside Great St Mary's in the centre of Cambridge to witness the arrival of the funeral cortege on Saturday afternoon.

Australia Governor-General to attend funeral of Vanuatu President

The Governor-General will depart Australia tomorrow afternoon.

The funeral of the late President Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale will be held In Port Vila on Wednesday.

He passed away at the Vila Central Hospital early Saturday morning.

A media release from Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said His Excellency served the people of Vanuatu with dignity and humility.

He will be remembered as a servant of the nation of Vanuatu, a statesman who was much-loved by his people, and respected as a just and honourable
President.

​Daughter pays tribute to late Dr Rongap Snr

In a moving funeral service, late Doctor Alphonse Rongap Snr's daughter, Dr Violet Rongap, said her dad was a simple and down-to-earth doctor who respected all he knew.

She said many of his studies and courses he took and the profession he had gone through were all for his children.

"What he gained during his training whilst serving respective hospitals in the country were for the betterment of the children.

"And through this, he had a lot of friends. He was so simple and humble,” she said through tear-filled eyes.

Wife crashes her own funeral, surprising husband who had paid to have her killed

Finally, she spotted the man she'd been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put his hands on his head in horror.

"Is it my eyes?" she recalled him saying. "Is it a ghost?"

"Surprise! I'm still alive!" she replied.

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