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A bookmaker has stopped taking bets on the Queen announcing her abdication this year after a large wager was placed in Windsor.

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Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig. Their radio station is ‘reviewing its practices’

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Michael Christian’s return to work follows an announcement by British prosecutors that the DJs would not face charges in connection with Jacintha Saldanha's death

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Prince Harry at the controls of an Apache helicopter

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai diplomatically defended Prince Harry today over his comments that he killed Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan, saying: "Young men do make mistakes talking."

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No charges over Australian radio show royal hoax call to Duchess of Cambridge

CPS said today there was no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter

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The News Matrix: Tuesday 29 January 2013

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The 19th Century Garrison Church is surrounded by wasteland on the site of the former Chelsea Barracks which is being redeveloped into a glass-and-steel design by architect Richard Rogers in 2009

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Prince Charles is unlikely to be best pleased. A £3 billion redevelopment in one of London’s swankiest postcodes which the heir to the throne lobbied ferociously to be built in his preferred architectural style has been placed on hold by its Qatari owners.

Sydney-based 2DayFM radio presenters Michael Christian (L) and Mel Greig speak during an interview with Seven Network's current affairs program Today Tonight

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The sofa in the drawing room at Clarence House, Philip Schofield told viewers of This Morning yesterday, is the softest thing he's ever sat on. And the interview that he and Holly Willoughby conducted with the Prince about their programme's "You Can Be Heroes Week" was surely the softest that human eyes have ever beheld.

The News Matrix: Monday 7 January 2013

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