Prince Harry visits group in Harlem
Britain's Prince Harry chatted with a math class and competed in an obstacle course Saturday at a Harlem children's organization on Day 2 of his first official visit to the U.S.
He visited a ninth-grade classroom at Harlem's Children Zone, a community organization that offers social and educational services.
“Who's the best pupil?” he asked the class and joked, “I was always the worst!”
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Later, the prince, 24, competed in an obstacle course with Prince Seesio of Lesotho, who cofounded Harry's Lesotho-based charity, Sentebale, which aids the African country's impoverished children.
Harry lost but threw his arms in the air and yelled “Yeah!” to the cheering kids.
The prince was to participate later Saturday in a polo match on Governors Island in New York Harbor, facing Argentine polo player and heartthrob Nacho Figueras to benefit the U.S. arm of his charity.
Harry began his trip Friday with a prayerful stop at the site of the Sept. 11 terror attack. Associated Press
‘Slumdog' star's shanty is spared
Authorities demolished homes around the recently rebuilt shack of “Slumdog Millionaire” child star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail but left his standing Saturday.
About 18 shanties were leveled in the section of the “city of the poor” slum where Azharuddin, 10, and his family live. A dozen shanties were left partially standing.
The city tore down the same homes, including Azhar's, 16 days ago. The next week, authorities leveled the nearby lane where “Slumdog” co-star Rubina Ali lived.
By Saturday, most residents in Garib Nagar had finished rebuilding, often by taking out high-interest loans from local lenders.
Azhar's father, Mohammed Ismail, said their home was spared because authorities knew about his son's role in the Oscar-winning movie. “Azhar has got an award. They respect that. I appreciate it. When they first demolished our house, they didn't know,” Ismail said in the shack, tacked together from sheets of cheap metal, torn tarpaulins and blankets.
The state's top official on Friday granted government apartments to both Azhar and Rubina, paid for with funds from the local chapter of the ruling Congress party. Associated Press
Premier aims to block sexy photos
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is fighting back in a scandal, with his lawyer acknowledging Saturday the media mogul has moved to block publication of hundreds of photos taken at his Sardinian villa.
State television reported that some of the photos were taken last New Year's Eve, with guests including an 18-year-old Neapolitan woman at the heart of the scandal.
The 72-year-old Berlusconi's wife, Veronica Lario, announced a few weeks ago that she was seeking a divorce, citing her husband's infatuation with young women.
Berlusconi, speaking by telephone to an election rally in northern Italy on Saturday, described himself as the victim of a campaign of “insults” run by the center-left opposition to discredit him ahead of European Parliament elections next weekend.
The Corriere della Sera and La Stampa daily newspapers ran a photo of what they said was a letter sent by the premier to Italy's watchdog on privacy, asking authorities to block “use or publication” of the photos.
Corriere della Sera said the photos included some showing young women topless or in bikinis. Associated Press
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This day in history May 31
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