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Report: Secret Talks to Discuss Aftermath of Queen's Death

Will Charles be named head of Commonwealth, too?

(Newser) - A day-long meeting set to take place in London will have "wider governance considerations" on its agenda. The BBC reports that's code for something much more fascinating than it sounds: succession. Not of the crown, which Prince Charles will inherit upon his mother's death, but of the... More »

Recovering Queen Skips Another Service

But will sign resolution that could indicate gay-rights support

(Newser) - Still on the mend after a brief hospitalization, Queen Elizabeth won't make it to a celebration of the British Commonwealth today, CNN reports. Still, her health issues are "nothing to fret about," says a Buckingham Palace insider, and in another ceremony tonight, she'll sign a historic... More »

Women May Get Equal Rights to UK Throne

New rules also may allow royal family to marry Catholics

(Newser) - Gordon Brown's office and Buckingham Palace are considering changes to centuries-old laws that bar Catholics from the British throne and give male heirs precedence over female ones. The royal family is said to be open to changing the succession laws, and all 53 countries in the British commonwealth are to... More »

Commonwealth Boots Pakistan

Group ignores Musharraf's plea, predicts 'severe' economic effects

(Newser) - Ten days after demanding democracy in Pakistan, the 53-nation Commonwealth yanked the country's membership today until Musharraf lifts military rule, the Times reports. The vote will nix hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and have "severe consequences for investment" for Pakistan's economy, a Commonwealth member said.  More »

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