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From Associated Press, October 16, 2019 2:49 PM EST

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Top 5 Tour Moments from Pakistan — So Far!
Wed Oct 16 16:31:49 EDT 2019

Prince William and Kate Middleton are at the halfway mark of their tour of Pakistan — and their so-called “soft power” has never been on clearer display.

The royal couple have been stepping out for a series of carefully planned engagements on what aides have described as their “most complex” tour to date in an effort to reinvigorate links between Britain and Pakistan in a troubled region. From boosting local tourism to putting a spotlight on the climate crisis, the future king and queen are packing in diplomacy and bridge-building befitting their roles:

1. Boosting local tourism. Theirs is the first royal tour to Pakistan since 2006 – underlining the difficulties, because of security, that have existed in the 13 years since. But diplomats and insiders point to the fact that  British Airways is flying again to Islamabad and and London mayor Sadiq Khan – who is of Pakistani heritage – visited in December 2017. By visiting Chitral and the Kalash village on Wednesday, the couple were able to show some of the wonders of the north of the country and that they are open for business.

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2. Diplomatic duo. By referring to his grandmother Queen Elizabeth and dad Prince Charles while standing on the hill above Islamabad, William subtly reminded the 250 guests at a reception at the Pakistan Monument of the longstanding links between the two countries. And following his much-praised trip to Israel and the disputed territories in 2016, he and Kate are showing that on a very basic, human level, their non-political position can have some warming impact in countries that are also at the center of geo-political challenges. Observers noted how animated Kate was as she chatted with First Lady Samina Alvi during their meeting with President Dr. Arif Alvi.

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And while meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan might have been viewed as personal — William was a teen when they first met — they were also able to exchange notes on the issues facing Pakistan and the region. The meeting was a showcased a young royal couple meeting the leader of a country with a youthful average age of just 24 among its 210 million population.

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3. Sensational style. On Tuesday, Kate stepped out in a traditional shalwar kameez, and later that evening William confidently wore a sherwani. “They are enjoying each and every moment and giving a message to the world that Pakistan is a very peaceful country,” says Naumen Arfeen, who designed the coat-like garment for William. “He knows how to handle it and carry it. That was simply superb.”  Veteran observers on the tour note that the style choice pays tribute to local customs in a way that will play well back home in the U.K., where there are 1.5 million people of Pakistani heritage.

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4. Highlighting climate change. Many people would not associate Pakistan with having glaciers, but by visiting and showing the devastation of flooding caused by melting ice to millions of people, William and Kate helped spotlight the issue. Local residents, said a translator, “are glad that people are learning more about this. It’s a source of pride. They can’t forget this day.”

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5. Education for all. During a visit Tuesday, Kate described praised a local school as a “very positive environment.” As the couple highlighted the work to get more girls into higher education and careers beyond school, they were told of moves being taken to “empower young people and organizations that help ensure they have the best possible start in life,” says their palace spokesman. The Duchess, who has made the early years of childhood the central plank of her public work, wants to absorb as much information as possible about the experiences of children around the world as well as at home and has done similar visits at most of their foreign tours.

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Food Network Star Carl Ruiz, 44, Cause of Death Revealed to Be Cardiovascular Disease
Wed Oct 16 16:27:05 EDT 2019

Nearly one month after Carl Ruiz’s deaths, friends and family of the chef finally have closure on the cause of his sudden passing.

A spokesperson from the Maryland Department of Health tells TMZ the Food Network star died as a result of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The condition results in the hardening of arteries, a buildup of cholesterol and fat that forms plaque within artery walls and restricts blood flow, according to the Mayo Clinic. PEOPLE could not immediately reach the Maryland Department of Health.

Ruiz, who has appeared on series like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Guy’s Grocery Games, died in his sleep on September 21 at age 44.

The report also concluded Ruiz’s death to be natural, meaning no foul play was involved, according to TMZ.

News of Ruiz’s death saddened the food community, with fellow chefs sharing tributes in his honor.

RELATED: Guy Fieri ‘Heartbroken’ Over Food Network Star Carl Ruiz’s Death: ‘I Have No Words’

“I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone,” wrote Guy Fieri. “I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef.”

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I’m heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone. I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef. Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl ’The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him.

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Fieri went on to add: “Over the years, I’ve met a lot of great people but a friend like Carl is one in a hundred million. Carl ’The Cuban’ Ruiz will forever live on in my heart and in those of all who loved him.”

A representative for La Cubana, the N.Y.C. Cuban restaurant opened by Ruiz over the summer, told PEOPLE in a statement their plans to establish The Carl Ruiz Scholarship Foundation to help aspiring chefs.

“On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz. No words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of our dear friend and brother,” read a post from the restaurant shortly after his passing.

RELATED: Food Network Stars and Chefs Share Tributes to Carl Ruiz Following His Death

Late last month, a funeral was held for Ruiz and attended by Fieri, chef Aarti Sequeira among others.

“When I bought this dress at a thrift store in Austin this summer, I would never have guessed that I was going to wear it to celebrate and say goodbye to one of my best friends,” Sequeira wrote on an Instagram post. “Thank you Carl for giving us this gift of a weekend even after you left us… to hold each other up in our sorrow, to meet the people we only knew through your stories about them… to laugh and enjoy life with more intensity and intention because to not do so would do you a disservice.”

Lori Loughlin's Husband's Parents Both Died This Year: 'It's Been a Very Hard Time,' Source Says
Wed Oct 16 16:24:06 EDT 2019

As Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli await their fate in the college admissions scandal, they are privately mourning the loss of the fashion designer’s parents.

Giannulli’s father, Gene, a retired architect, and his mother, Nancy, a homemaker, both died this year, sources confirm to PEOPLE. Gene died in January, and Nancy in July.

“It’s been a very hard time for them, particularly for Mossimo, who lost both of his parents,” a source close to the family recently told PEOPLE.

Adds a second source, “It’s been an emotional time for them.”

“But the court case has actually brought them closer together — their marriage is stronger than ever,” the source says.

RELATED: U.S. Attorney Says He’ll Likely Push for Lori Loughlin to Get Harsher Sentence Than Felicity Huffman

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced that it had charged 50 people, including Loughlin and Giannulli, in the cheating scandal. Along with coaches, admissions counselors and fellow parents, they were accused of alleged crimes such as falsifying SAT scores and lying about the athletic skills of their children, allegedly working with Rick Singer, a college admissions consultant who has admitted his role as the ringleader of the scam and pleaded guilty in March to multiple charges.

Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, stand accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters, Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella Rose, 21, designated as recruits to the USC crew team despite the fact that they did not participate in crew.

They were also indicted on an additional charge of fraud and money laundering and face up to 20 years in prison for each charge if convicted. The couple pleaded not guilty in April after turning down a plea deal because it included jail time. Their attorneys have not returned PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

RELATED: Amid the College Admissions Scandal, Here Are 8 Organizations Helping Disadvantaged Students

Sources recently told PEOPLE that Loughlin and Giannulli are sticking together despite the stress of the high-profile court case.

“Their marriage is solid,” said one source. “They love each other.”

Another source said the Full House star and Giannulli and are definitely “not divorcing” despite tabloid reports.

“Their focus right now is to get through their court case together and to show a united front,” said the source.


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