Pope gets stuck in Vatican lift, freed by firemen

Vatican City: Pope Francis said he was late to his weekly Angelus prayer because he had been stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to be freed by firemen. “I have to apologise for being late,” the smiling 82-year old pontiff told crowds of faithful patiently waiting for him to appear at his study window overlooking Saint Peter's Square. “I was trapped in a lift for 25 minutes, there was a power outage but then the firemen came…Let's give a round of applause to the fire service,” he said. It was believed to be the first time the Vatican’s head of state, who leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has got stuck in a lift. AfP 

Eilish slams magazine for using pic without consent 

Los Angeles: Singer Billie Eilish has blasted a German magazine over its cover art that featured a bald and shirtless photo of the singer. The 17-year-old singer posted a comment on Nylon Germany's official Instagram page after the magazine shared the cover art, designed by Marcel C Wilkens, which depicted her as a “supernatural fembot of the future”. “I was never approached by Nylon about this piece whatsoever. This is not even a real picture of me. Even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of me... I did not consent in any way…,” Eilish wrote. After the uproar, the magazine removed the cover art and clarified their intention was not to hurt anyone. pti

Markle’s father criticises being estranged from her 

London: Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle’s estranged father, has criticised being made a “ghost” in her life,  while accusing his daughter of telling “lies” about how she financed her university education. The 75-year-old, who lives in Mexico, told the Daily Mail he had not heard from the Duchess of Sussex or her husband Prince Harry since skipping their 2018 wedding. He said he had hoped to receive a photograph of his royal grandson Archie, but had so far been rebuffed. “There was never any problem between Meghan and me until recently. I’ve stayed quiet because Meghan was pregnant with Archie but I’m speaking out now because they and their PR people are continuing to ghost me out of her life,” he said. AFP