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Wedding renews interest in royals

BERLIN (AP) -- Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia, great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, married Princess Sophie of Isenburg Saturday, a royal wedding that has rekindled German interest in the nation's long-defunct royals.

The couple were married in a church in Potsdam, outside Berlin, the former seat of the prince's family that ruled much of Germany until the monarchy was abolished in 1918.

After Saturday's ceremony, the couple traveled by horse-drawn carriage to Sanssouci Palace for a dinner and ball. Several hundred onlookers lined the streets outside of the church to see the couple, who were relatively unknown until the announcement of the wedding. Both work as consultants in Berlin.

The bride, 33, wore a dress designed by Wolfgang Joop, and a diamond tiara belonging to her family. The groom, 33, was dressed in a top hat and tails. From 1871, the Kings of Prussia also served as German Emperors, with Wilhelm II being the last. He abdicated in 1918, following World War I.



Rhino horn thieves end up stealing fakes

LONDON (AP) -- Fake rhino horns, anyone? That's all thieves who broke into a British museum have to show after a misguided robbery early Saturday.

The thieves were seeking valuable rhino horns that can be sold in illicit markets for their purported aphrodisiac and medicinal use, but they left with worthless replicas instead.

Officials at the Natural History Museum at Tring had replaced the real horns with replicas because of a recent surge in rhino horn thefts at museums, galleries and auction houses throughout Britain and continental Europe. Police believe organized crime gangs using mainly smash-and-grab techniques are behind the rash of rhino horn thefts.

Nothing else was taken from the Natural History Museum at Tring during the break-in between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday. The thieves apparently used a large hammer to remove the bogus horns from the two rhinos' heads. The museum, located 30 miles northwest of London in the county of Hertfordshire, was closed Saturday while police investigated.



Soldiers, federal agents raid Monterrey casinos

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- Hundreds of soldiers and federal agents are raiding casinos in this northern city, authorities said Saturday, two days after an arson attack on a gambling house killed 52 people and stunned a country that had become numb to massacres and beheadings.

Security forces had so far confiscated about 1,500 slot machines at 11 casinos in Monterrey and its surroundings and arrested three people, Mexico's tax agency said. It said the continuing operation was meant to verify whether casinos had paid taxes or introduced slot machines illegally.

Thursday's arson attack by gunmen was a macabre milestone in a conflict that the government says has claimed more than 35,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006. Others put the death toll near 40,000.



President vows to confront sect

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria will bring terrorism "under control" and confront the radical Muslim sect that claimed responsibility for a car bombing at the country's United Nations headquarters that killed at least 19 people, its president vowed Saturday amid the wreckage.

President Goodluck Jonathan stepped through shattered glass and past dried pools of blood at the damaged building as U.N. employees salvaged printers, computers and all they could carry to keep the mission running.

The U.N.'s top official in Nigeria promised aid would continue to flow through the world body to Africa's most populous nation, even though the Boko Haram sect -- which claimed responsibility for the attack -- views it as a target.

At least 15 of the dead were U.N. personnel, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Friday night from New York.

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