Edward Snowden has been granted entry into Russia, U.S. Congress is set to vote on limiting NSA surveillance powers, and the last Boston bombing victim is being discharged, 100 days after the attack; here are a few things you need to know today. 

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Kate and Wills have *finally* emerged with their beautiful bubby, you can watch the live stream from outside St. Mary’s hospital, here.

It’s day one of parenting for Kate and Prince William, TEPCO admits its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, and door-to-door mail delivery could soon be a thing of the past in America; here are a few things you need to know this morning.

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The royal baby is finally on its way, the death toll following the magnitude-6.6 earthquake in China has risen to 89 and the UK is set to block “all porn by default” later this year; here’s what you need to know this morning.


Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, went into labour overnight, checking bubby and herself into St. Mary’s Hospital in London, Kensington Palace said Monday.

The Duchess arrived by car with her husband, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, where members of the press have been camped outside awaiting the birth of the royal babywho will be third in line to the thronesince July 13Kate’s due date. Prince William is expected to take two weeks paternity leave.

Here’s a live stream from outside St Mary’s Hospital, courtesy of ABC News.

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Picture of the Day: 20 September, 2012

A soldier from the 1st Platoon, Delta Coy, of the U.S. army shares a bunch of grapes with children from the local Pashtun tribe after an ISAF night patrol came under attack a few nights earlier.

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Chicago teachers suspend strike, classes to resume

Chicago teachers union officials voted to end a strike that halted classes for 350,000 students in the nation’s third-largest district and illustrated the bitter national struggle over changing how teachers are evaluated, hired and fired.

Classes are expected to resume Wednesday, city officials said, bringing a close to the seven-day strike. Tuesday’s vote by the union’s governing board came days after the city and the teachers union reached a tentative deal on a three-year contract. The union’s full membership must now ratify that deal in a vote that union leaders said would come within the next couple of weeks.

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Rahm Emanuel deems Chicago teachers strike “illegal”

The Chicago Teachers Union extended its strike into a second week on Sunday, after significant divisions emerged among union delegates over a deal that only a day before had been described by the union’s leader as “a good contract”.

The announcement came after nearly 800 union representatives, the House of Delegates, convened for several hours to decide whether to end a strike that has drawn national attention in the debate over teacher evaluations, job security and the length of a school day.

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader, embarks on historic U.S. trip

Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy campaigner who was elected to the Burmese parliament earlier this year, flew out of Yangon on Sunday ahead of her first visit to the U.S. in two decades.

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Source: Guardian