September 2, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Lalla Salma Chairs Launch of National Cancer Prevention and Control Plan

Posted in: Morocco

The wife of the King of Morocco oversaw the official launch of the national plan for cancer prevention and control. As chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Association Against Cancer, the Princess was the likely person to chair this event.

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The national plan aims to give quality health care to those suffering from the disease throughout the country. It has come together through the partnership between Lalla Salma’s cancer organization and the ministry of health. The plan will span 10 years and cost close to $1 billion dollars.

As part of cancer prevention and control, the national program intends to include 78 measures of prevention, early detection, diagnostic care and therapy, and palliative treatment.

There will also be a program for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer that would be done in over 30 cancer screening centers all over Morocco.

The prevention programs will the fight against tobacco, plus promote healthy living and seek to reduce behavioral risks.

In addition, there will be more facilities built, such as four regional oncology centers in Safi, Laâyoune, Meknès and Tangier, two gynecological oncology centers in Rabat and Casablanca, and two pediatric oncology centers in Fez and Marrakech.

Princesses Mako & Kako Finish High, Middle Schools

Posted in: Japan

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The two daughters of Japan’s Prince Akishino have completed one stage of their academic life and are moving on to the next level.

On Monday, Princesses Mako, 18, and Kako, 15, graduated from the high and junior high schools of the exclusive Gakushuin school in Tokyo. Kako would now attend the high school while her big sister will attend the International Christian University in Tokyo starting in April.

But before she begins her studies, Princess Mako will be doing some field work with her father. Today, she joined him on a private trip to Laos, where Prince Akishino will study the relations between humans and wild chickens in hopes of understanding such illnesses as avian flu.

Originally, Akishino was going to first go to Bangkok but the protests in the capital of Thailand forced him to change his schedule due to security concerns.

Princess Nathalie is Pregnant!

Posted in: Denmark

Almost four months after announcing her engagement, Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg has announced she is expecting her first child. The niece of the Queen of Denmark is five months along and the baby is due in July.

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The father is Alexander Johannsmann, whom Nathalie married in a civil ceremony just after revealing her engagement in January.

The couple plan to marry in a religious ceremony though, but when that will be is not known.

“We have not found a set date yet though. It will be not be in winter,” the Princess told the press during an equestrian event this past weekend.

Princess Nathalie is the daughter of Princess Benedikte, the younger sister of Queen Margrethe II.

Prince Charles Makes Unexpected Trip to Afghanistan

Posted in: United Kingdom

The heir to the British throne made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Thursday. Prince Charles went to Helmand Province to see the troops stationed there. It is the same location where his youngest son, Prince Harry, secretly fought for 10 weeks in early 2008 until a media leak exposed his deployment.

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The Prince spoke of what it was like having his son serve in the war-torn country, an experience he called “ghastly.”

“For the families, I know when my youngest son was out here, as a parent you worry the whole time,” Charles told reporters after laying a wreath for the fallen at Camp Bastion, the largest British base in Helmand.

The Prince of Wales met with the soldiers – both British and Afghan – and also local leaders. He discussed ways to improve life in Helmand with them.

“The Prince had a lot of interest in the integrated development program for Helmand province in the wake of the Marjah offensive,” said Jalani Popal, general director of Afghanistan’s Independent Directorate of Local Governance. “Its focus was on bringing meaningful life and jobs.”

But perhaps those most delighted by Charles’ visit were the troops themselves.

“I think it is good for the guys who have been on the ground for a full six months,” said Sgt. Maj. Guy Harris of the 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. “It’s good that they know there are people who are interested in what they are doing. It is like the welfare parcels they get from back home.”

Prince Charles’ trip comes about six weeks after his sister, Princess Anne, made her secret visit to Afghanistan.