President Frank-Walter Steinmeier becomes the first German leader to take part in Britain’s national service of remembrance on Sunday, 100 years since the end of World War I. Senior royals, diplomats, military leaders and politicians also paid their respects at the memorial to all British and Commonwealth service personnel who have died in combat since 1914. IMAGES
72,396 shrouded figures, which form the installation “Shrouds of the Somme” by British artist Rob Heard, are laid out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London to represent Commonwealth servicemen who died at the Somme, and who have no known grave.
Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla landed Wednesday in The Gambia for the first leg of a week-long African tour aimed at strengthening ties with Commonwealth nations. IMAGES
Prince Charles, heir to the throne of England and his wife Duchess Camilla, visit Gambia for the first time to celebrate the country’s return to the Commonwealth last February and highlight the cooperative ties between the two countries. IMAGES
The Duchess of Sussex wedding gown and veil are on display at Windsor Castle, where visitors will be able to see up close the Givenchy silk-cady dress, and the five-metre-long veil embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Also on show is a version of the frock coat uniform worn by Prince Harry, as well as the bridesmaid and pageboy outfits worn by Princess Charlotte and Prince George. The exhibition also features recordings of the Duke and Duchess discussing their plans for the wedding, including the choice of outfits, music and flowers.
Sharon Vitalis – who was originally born in the Caribbean, and whose father served in the Air Force – is one of hundreds caught in the so-called ‘Windrush’ scandal – a government policy which wrongly targeted Commonwealth citizens’ immigration status.
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Blake “stumbled a little bit”, says Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt in Gold Coast, Australia, after Yohan Blake’s 100m flop on at the Commonwealth Games, when he had to settle for bronze.
The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth on Thursday, welcomed back into the fold after its sudden pullout in 2013 and following the democratic election last year of President Adama Barrow. IMAGES of flag raising ceremony
Puerto Rico has the world’s highest overall percentage of homicides by firearm, with an estimated more than 90 percent of murders caused by guns. This statistic hasn’t stopped the NRA from setting up shop, establishing their 51st chapter in the tropical US territory.
Puerto Rico’s sky-high murder rates prevail, despite its extremely strict gun laws, which have only encouraged the association to fight harder for their constitutional rights and arm the island with more and more guns. In 2014, gun permit applications doubled while possession of guns tripled, and licenses for shooting ranges quadrupled from the previous year.
In the upcoming feature, VICE News travels to Puerto Rico to look at the exploding rate of firearms that is changing the culture of the Commonwealth outpost. We meet up with street thugs, the Puerto Rican SWAT team, pro-gun advocates, a gun control politician, and a women’s gun group, to find out how the NRA’s newest testing ground is working out.
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