- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 18, 2005

Duty calls for Prince

Prince William will begin his training to become a British army officer on Jan. 8 when he starts attending the country’s elite Sandhurst military academy, royal officials announced Friday.

William, 23, the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, follows his younger brother Prince Harry in attending the academy, Prince Charles’ Clarence House office said in a statement.

Prince Charles is expected to travel to the school to bid farewell to his son on his first day. The young prince will be expected to bring his own ironing board so he can prepare his uniforms on a daily basis.

Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, graduated from Scotland’s St. Andrews University in June.

The two princes will be based in different parts of the college — Prince William with new recruits in Old College and Prince Harry in New College.

Prince Harry, 21, enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May.

Peace prize for fighter

Muhammad Ali is being honored with a prestigious German peace prize for his work within the civil rights movement and for the United Nations.

Mr. Ali, 63, is being awarded the Otto Hahn peace medal for his “lifelong engagement in the American civil rights movement and the global cultural emancipation of blacks, as well as his work as a U.N. goodwill ambassador,” the organization said.

At a news conference in Berlin Friday, the former heavyweight boxing champ, who has Parkinson’s disease, was helped on stage and sat next to his wife, Lonnie Ali, who said he was honored to be singled out as the first sportsman to receive the award.

“Muhammad, from the very beginning when he started boxing, he never let it define him as a person,” she said. “Muhammad has used boxing as a vehicle to sort of promote his values and his ideals.”

The award is presented every two years. Other recipients include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the late Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. It is named for Mr. Hahn, a German chemist and nuclear physicist who fled the Nazis in 1938.

Arab generosity chided

Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof is keeping up with his money-raising campaigns, this time chiding the Arab world for not donating more money to ease poverty in Africa.

Mr. Geldof says the Middle East, as a region, does “very little” to help alleviate African poverty.

“I am here today to encourage the business, humanitarian and the arts sectors to do a little more for that continent that lies less than 150 miles from where we now stand,” Mr. Geldof said at a news conference in Dubai Friday.

He said that if Dubai hopes to blossom into a multicultural, model economy, it must start shouldering its responsibility to the world’s less fortunate.

“We cannot leave Africa suspended and outside the economic net of the planet,” he said.

Mr. Geldof has dedicated himself to African issues, calling for debt cancellation and fair trade. He organized the Live 8 concerts in July in cities across the world to raise awareness about Third World poverty, and was the mastermind behind the 1985 Live Aid concerts that raised money for famine victims in Ethiopia.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from Web and wire reports.

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