Princess Eugenie weds

at St. George’s Chapel

WINDSOR — Britain’s Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in a star-studded royal wedding Friday at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

It was the second wedding extravaganza of the year for the royal family, which seems to be riding a wave of popularity as the younger generation comes to the fore and the widely-respected Queen Elizabeth II cuts back slightly on her public appearances.

The 28-year-old bride, the queen’s granddaughter, is ninth in line to the British throne. Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, served as maid of honor. They are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who are divorced but enjoy an amicable relationship.

The A-list guests included Hollywood stars Demi Moore and Liv Tyler, fashion luminaries Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Naomi Campbell and pop singer Robbie Williams, whose daughter was a bridesmaid.


US student loses her appeal to enter Israel

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court on Friday rejected the appeal of a U.S. student who has been barred from entering Israel because of alleged involvement in a Palestinian-led boycott movement against the Jewish state, her lawyer said.

Lara Alqasem has until Sunday to decide whether to appeal her case to the Israeli Supreme Court or to leave the country, said her lawyer, Yotam Ben-Hillel.

Alqasem, 22, arrived in Israel on Oct. 2 with a valid student visa to pursue her graduate studies at Israel’s Hebrew University. But she was stopped at the airport and barred from entering the country because of alleged involvement in the BDS movement, which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. She has since been in detention at the airport, though Israel says she is free to return to the U.S. at any time.


6 Palestinians killed at protest along border

GAZA CITY — Israeli forces shot dead six Palestinians Friday, four of them in a single incident, in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza’s Health Ministry said.

The ministry said four were killed in one location, where the Israeli military said it opened fire on a crowed of Palestinians who breached the fence and approached an army post. No Israeli troops were harmed, the army added. Two other Palestinians were killed in other protest locations, the ministry said, adding that at least 140 Palestinians were wounded by live bullets.

The Israeli military said 14,000 Palestinians thronged the border fence areas, throwing rocks, firebombs and grenades at soldiers stationed atop earth mounds on the other side of the barrier.


Spacecraft landing on rocky asteroid delayed

TOKYO — Japan’s space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site.

The spacecraft Hayabusa2 left Earth in 2014 and traveled 170 million miles to the area of asteroid Ryugu, which it reached in June. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to attempt three touch-and-go landings on Ryugu to collect samples in hopes of gaining clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.

JAXA Hayabusa2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda said Friday that the rockier-than-expected asteroid hardly has any flat spaces.


Sergio dissipates after hitting Baja California

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Sergio dissipated into a remnant low Friday after soaking the Baja California Peninsula, crossing the Gulf of California and continuing to lose power over mainland Mexico.

But the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the remnants of the system were still expected to produce total rainfall of 3 to 5 inches over northwestern Mexico and 1 to 3 inches in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and toward the southern plains through Saturday, potentially causing dangerous floods.

Baja California Sur Gov. Carlos Mendoza Davis said via Twitter that Sergio caused minor damage , but did not cause any injuries or deaths in the state.

The Associated Press