At Stephen Hawking Funeral, Eddie Redmayne and Astronomer Royal Give Readings

At Stephen Hawking Funeral, Eddie Redmayne and Astronomer Royal Give Readings Photo The coffin of Stephen Hawking arriving at St Mary the Great Church in Cambridge, England. Credit Joe Giddens/Press Association, via Associated Press LONDON — Hundreds of people lined the streets of the British city of Cambridge on Saturday, breaking into applause as the hearse carrying the remains of the famed scientist Stephen Hawking arrived at a local church for a private funeral for 500 invited guests.
Dr. Hawking died on March 14 at age 76 after capturing popular imagination with his writings about space and time.
Photo The actor Eddie Redmayne, who played Stephen Hawking in the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything,” gave a reading. Credit Joe Giddens/Press Association, via Associated Press His book “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes,” published in 1988, has sold more than 10 million copies and inspired a documentary film by Errol Morris. His own story was the basis of an aw..

Pippa Middleton’s Father-in-Law Faces Rape Investigation in France

Pippa Middleton’s Father-in-Law Faces Rape Investigation in France Photo David Matthews with his wife, Jane, at the wedding of their son James Matthews to Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in May. Credit Pool photo by Justin Tallis PARIS — A millionaire British hotel owner who is the father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is under formal investigation in France over allegations that he raped an underage girl in the 1990s, a French judicial official said.
The businessman, David Matthews, an owner of the luxury resort Eden Rock, faces potential charges of “rape on a minor by a person with authority over the victim” for events said to have taken place in 1998 and 1999 and for which a complaint was filed last year, according to the official.
Mr. Matthews, 74, was questioned in Paris on Tuesday by police officers who specialize in crimes involving minors, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with depar..

‘2 Bitter Options’ for Syrians Trapped Between Assad and Extremists

‘2 Bitter Options’ for Syrians Trapped Between Assad and Extremists Photo The Syrian government has been bombing Idlib Province, which has been a refuge for people fleeing the war. Credit Ahmed Rahhal/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images BEIRUT, Lebanon — When pro-government forces retook her hometown from Syrian rebels, Nisrine accepted the same surrender deal the government has offered tens of thousands of Syrians: a one-way bus trip to a place she had never been — the northern, rebel-held province of Idlib.
Since Syria’s war began, the population of Idlib has doubled as it has taken in a motley mix of fleeing civilians, defeated rebels, hard-line jihadists and those like Nisrine who have packed up their families to ride the government surrender bus.
But as government forces wrap up a blistering campaign in eastern Ghouta, Idlib is likely to be the next target. And this time, there will be nowhere else to run.
“Maybe this is the last chapter of the revolution,” Nisrine, 36, an Arabic tea..