Royals sue Berlusconi group over Kate photos

  • Court of Appeal strikes out charge against sex bloggers, says not applicable to non-Muslims
    Court of Appeal strikes out charge against sex bloggers, says not applicable to non-Muslims

    The Court of Appeal today struck out a charge under the Penal Code against two sex bloggers on grounds it was not applicable to non Muslims. A three-man bench led by Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki said the charge under Section 298A was not enforceable against Alvin Tan (Tan Jye Yee) and Vivian Lee (Lee May Ling). They had appealed to have the... …

  • MH370 scrutiny on Malaysia deals wild card in Anwar case
    MH370 scrutiny on Malaysia deals wild card in Anwar case

    The intense global scrutiny brought upon Malaysia's government over the fate of flight MH370 has tossed a wild card into its controversial efforts to send opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim back to jail. Just hours before the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on March 8, a court overturned Anwar's 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges he... …

  • Two-thirds of underwater search done, no sign of MH370
    Two-thirds of underwater search done, no sign of MH370

    Two-thirds of the planned underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been completed, with no signs so far of the jet, Australian officials said today. As many as 10 military aircraft and 11 ships are taking part in the search for the aircraft, which was carrying 239 people when it vanished on March 8 en route from Kuala... …

  • Pakatan must understand Kelantan’s hudud first before supporting it, says Anwar
    Pakatan must understand Kelantan’s hudud first before supporting it, says Anwar

    The model and implementation of hudud law which the Kelantan government is preparing to introduce needs to be understood in-depth first, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. "We must understand what the hudud law is about first before Pakatan Rakyat coalition parties support the Kelantan government's plans," said the opposition leader last night.... …

  • Indonesian Catholic woman’s khalwat case shows anomalies in Shariah court system
    Indonesian Catholic woman’s khalwat case shows anomalies in Shariah court system

    An Indonesian Catholic woman is in a bind after being found guilty of committing 'khalwat' (close proximity) by the Penang Shariah court two years ago. Despite not being a Muslim, Halimah, 42, was charged and convicted in the Shariah court, and now cannot get her case quashed due a lack of such provision in the state's Shariah law. Lawyer... …

  • Mini-submarine fails to detect any sign of MH370 after eight dives
    Mini-submarine fails to detect any sign of MH370 after eight dives

    Despite having scoured about two-thirds of the focused underwater search area in the Indian Ocean, no sign of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been found, a statement from the Joint Agency Coordination centre (JACC) in Perth, Australia, said this morning. It said the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle had completed its eighth... …

Prince William's wife Catherine on Saturday faced growing embarrassment over topless photos after an Italian magazine said it would follow its French sister publication in printing them.

The British royals launched legal action on Friday against French magazine Closer -- which is part of the media empire of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi -- after it published paparazzi snaps of Catherine sunbathing with her husband.

The royal family may have hoped to contain the scandal by swiftly suing Closer -- but Chi, an Italian weekly also published by Berlusconi's Mondadori Group, announced late Friday that it plans to print a special issue on Monday devoting 26 pages to the candid pictures of the former Kate Middleton.

A royal spokesman on Saturday told AFP that no decision had yet been taken on the Italian reports.

The pictures were taken while she was on holiday with her husband, the second-in-line to the British throne, in France this month.

Closer's editor Laurence Pieau was quoted by British tabloid The Sun on Saturday as saying her magazine had more pictures that it had not printed yet.

"Intimate pictures exist that we haven't published and will not publish," she told the newspaper. "Probably other newspapers will choose to publish them."

A version of the front cover of Chi showed some of the photos with the headline "The Queen is Naked!"

"The fact that these are the future rulers of England makes the article more interesting and topical," editor Alfonso Signorini told reporters.

"This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love," he said.

William and Catherine, both 30, are suing Closer for invasion of privacy over the pictures, which show Catherine sunbathing in just her bikini bottoms by a pool and William rubbing suncream into her bottom.

The images evoked memories of the press harassment of William's mother Diana, who died in a 1997 car crash as she was pursued through Paris by paparazzi.

William is believed to blame the paparazzi for his mother's death.

Many of Saturday's British newspapers drew a comparison between the two women.

"I won't let Kate suffer like my mother," was the Daily Mirror tabloid's headline.

Denouncing Closer as a "Peeping Tom", it declared: "Public figures who behave well have the right to a private life. A long lens prying on Kate sunbathing topless on a private estate is a clear breach of this right."

Palace officials said the royals, who are currently visiting Malaysia, considered the pictures published by Closer to be a "grotesque" breach of privacy.

"Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner," their office at St James's Palace said.

"The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so."

Later, the royal family confirmed that "legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in France by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine France".

Pieau has insisted Closer has no regrets about printing the pictures.

"These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches," she told AFP.

Closer said the pictures were taken on the terrace of the Autet Chateau in Provence, southern France. The magazine said the chateau is owned by Viscount Linley, the son of Queen Elizabeth II's late sister Princess Margaret.

The palace said the royal couple "remain focused" on their tour of Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu to mark the diamond jubilee of William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily news updates.

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.

  • In funeral procession, thousands chant ‘Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh’ (VIDEO) The Malay Mail Online
    In funeral procession, thousands chant ‘Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh’ (VIDEO)

    GEORGE TOWN, April 20 — The streets of Penang’s historical city centre roared with the voices of thousands calling out the name of their state’s beloved son — Karpal Singh.  Elbows jostled with... …

  • Education Backgrounds OF Those Who Have Been Devising The Education Policies Of Malaysia Easyuni.com
    Education Backgrounds OF Those Who Have Been Devising The Education Policies Of Malaysia

    Malaysia gained its independence in the year 1957 and since its early days laid stress on improving the quality of education at all levels. Throughout its five year plans, education has been an important development objective. Right in the first development plan itself the direct relationship between the rate of economic and social advancement on […] …

  • Raja Bomoh spouting mumbo-jumbo again The Malaysian Insider
    Raja Bomoh spouting mumbo-jumbo again

    Bomoh (shaman) Ibrahim Mat Zin (pic, third left) is in the headlines for the wrong reasons again, this time for conducting a cleansing ritual along KM306.1 of the North-South Expressway. The area has been in the spotlight since last Thursday after Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh died when his Toyota Alphard was involved in a collision with a... …