January 9, 2020

Prince Harry, Meghan ‘blindsided’ royal family with announcement, insider says

_ultraforma_/iStock(LONDON) -- Prince Harry's and Meghan's announcement Wednesday that they plan to "step back" from their senior royal roles reportedly surprised Britain's royal family as much it did the rest of the world. The royals -- everyone from Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II to his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William -- were "blindsided" by Harry and Meghan's dramatic announcement and were not aware of its content before it was released, a..
January 9, 2020

First full moon of 2020, the ‘wolf moon,’ to coincide with lunar eclipse

Sjo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Star-gazers will be treated to a double lunar event to start the new decade as the "wolf moon" coincides with a penumbral lunar eclipse. The first full moon of January, which is nicknamed the "wolf moon," will appear opposite the sun on Friday at 2:21 p.m. and will appear full until Sunday morning, according to NASA. Then, as the moon passes opposite the sun, it will pass through the partial shadow of the Earth on Friday night. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the m..
January 9, 2020

Threat to destroy heritage sites akin to ‘cultural genocide,’ experts say in response to Trump’s initial warning

The ancient ruins of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, near Shiraz, Iran. - Credit: pulpitis/iStock (NEW YORK) -- While President Donald Trump has walked back threats he made to target cultural sites in Iran after a U.S. airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iran vowed revenge, his comments nonetheless struck a chord with the very people who work to preserve the priceless pieces of history for generations to come. Experts on cultural heritage and preservatio..
January 9, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan step back from royal duties: Here’s what to know

NataliaCatalina/iStock(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, delivered a huge surprise Wednesday when they announced their plans to "step back as senior members" of Britain's royal family. The announcement left royal watchers -- and reportedly even members of Britain's royal family -- stunned and wondering what could be ahead for both the royal family and Harry and Meghan. The couple, along with their 7-month-old son Archie, had recently returned to the U...