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Risk-Loving Mom Straps on Toddler for Cliff Climb

aimevenhigher[dot]blogspot[dot]com(SWANSEA, Wales) -- Britons were shocked Wednesday morning to see the photo of rock-climbing fanatic Menna Pritchard climbing a 30-foot rock face with 2-year-old daughter Ffion strapped to her back.

Readers and commentators were especially critical of toddler Ffion’s not wearing a helmet.

Proud single mother Pritchard, 26, insisted the climb was “100percent safe” from falling rocks.

She was inundated with comments after she posted the photo online, many of them from concerned mothers who questioned the safety of taking such a young child up a sheer rock face.

Pritchard, a single parent, is an experienced climber and an enthusiastic promoter of outdoor sports that involve children.

“My real passion is just getting people outdoors with their kids, and I wouldn’t want to put anyone off,” she told the BBC. “I’ve had feedback on my blog and Twitter from people who have said they found it an inspiration, and have asked for advice on types of slings and things.”

Pritchard has been taking Ffion on outdoor treks through the hills and mountains of Wales for some time.

The photo that caused all the fuss was taken during a recent climb of the Three Cliffs Bay in Wales’s picturesque Gower peninsula. Pritchard is wearing a helmet but not her daughter.

Pritchard said no helmet was needed because both she and Ffion were attached to a rope held by a trusted colleague. “Some people would say I’m taking more risks than are necessary, but I am very conscious of safety,” she said.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported, however, that local climbers said the limestone rock face of The Three Cliffs was notorious for breaking off and falling.

A defiant Pritchard said, “The sue-and-blame culture means so many people are nervous, so afraid of getting into trouble, and taking small risks.”

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Kate Middleton Sparks Pregnancy Rumors

Mike Marsland/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton’s refusal to eat peanut paste during a royal appearance in Copenhagen is sparking rumors that she may be pregnant with a little peanut herself.

Cameras caught Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, politely declining to sample a bite of peanut paste as she and Prince William visited a United Nations aid depot in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Doctors and government experts have long urged pregnant women to stay away from peanuts and their bi-products to avoid allergies.

While her husband and hosts, the Danish Crown Prince and his wife, dug into the paste, a staple of UNICEF packages handed out in areas suffering from famine, Kate said no.  Reports say she also gave her husband a knowing look as he examined the paste’s packaging and label.

Adding to the speculation is the reaction from the Palace, which is normally mum on all matters Kate.

“Her spokesman went out of their way to stress that she has no nut allergy whatsoever,” Duncan Larcombe, royal editor for The Sun, told ABC News.

Also fanning the rumor mill is the timing of a potential pregnancy for Kate.

Just last week, the British parliament changed the country’s succession rules –  in place for more than 300 years — to allow females to become the head of the monarchy. In other words, if Kate is indeed pregnant, and it’s a girl, the baby could be Queen.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was said to have initiated the change in the rules so that the first child of William and Kate could benefit regardless of the sex.

Kate’s headline-making “no” to the peanut paste came as she and William made their official overseas humanitarian trip. While in Copenhagen, the newlywed royals learned more about the situation in drought-stricken East Africa, toured the UN facility and even pitched in to help pack cardboard boxes of supplies.

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Turkey Earthquake: Two-Week-Old Baby Rescued from Rubble

ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images(ERCIS, Turkey) -- Rescue workers pulled a two-week old baby out from the wreckage of a destroyed building Tuesday -- 47 hours after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing hundreds of people.

A rescue worker in the eastern city of Ercis was seen on Turkish NTV handing the baby over to a medic.  The baby, named Azra Karaduman, was rescued from a seven-story apartment building that collapsed on Sunday after a powerful earthquake crippled parts of the country, including the towns of Van and Ercis.

The baby's mother and grandmother are reportedly still trapped inside the crumbled apartment building, but are believed to still be alive.  The BBC reported that rescuers were drilling through several layers of concrete to reach them.

The death toll from the devastating earthquake has now risen to 366, with 1,301 people injured, officials said Tuesday.

According to a statement released by the Disaster and Emergency Administration, the quake that struck Turkey's Van province Sunday afternoon has caused 2,262 buildings to collapse.

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's Baby Name Revealed

Cate Gillon/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced the name of the couple’s first baby.

In a message on her website, the first lady of France wrote: "I am deeply touched by the many messages of congratulations that I have received since the birth of our daughter Giulia.

"On this happy occasion, my husband joins me in expressing our warmest thanks to all those of you who sent us these tokens of your kindness."

Giulia is the Italian translation of Julia. Bruni-Sarkozy was born in Italy.

France's first lady gave birth Wednesday in Paris. As the news spread during the day, crowds of onlookers mixed with paparazzi and plainclothes police officers gathered outside the private clinic.

The couple wed in 2008, three months after their first meeting. Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, has a 10-year-old son with philosopher Raphael Enthoven. Sarkozy, 56, has three sons from two previous marriages. He is the only French leader to have divorced and remarried while in office.

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A Baby Girl for French President Sarkozy and Wife Carla Bruni

JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- First lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed a baby girl Wednesday.

The child -- the first to be born to a sitting French president, reports The Guardian -- was born Wednesday evening at the La Muette clinic in Paris.

While no official statement has been given on behalf of France's first family regarding the birth, media reports say President Sarkozy flew from Germany, where he was in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel about Europe's looming financial troubles, to Paris to see his new daughter.

While this is the first birth of a child for the couple, it is the second for Bruni-Sarkozy, and the fourth for President Sarkozy.
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Israeli Couple Name Their Newborn Daughter 'Like'

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- An Israeli couple says they were looking for a unique name for their newborn baby girl when they thought about Facebook.

According to Galgalatz, an Israeli news outlet, the couple didn’t name the child Facebook, they named her Like after the social website’s “Like” button.  The report says the parents didn’t pick the name to plug Facebook, they simply like the sound of the name. 

Earlier this year, an Egyptian couple named their child Facebook in honor of the website’s role in the country’s revolution.´╗┐

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Egyptian Names Baby 'Facebook' For Site's Role in Revolution

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Looking for a name for their newborn daughter that celebrated the recent events in Egypt, an Alexandria couple skipped calling her "Tahrir Square" for something a little more trendy -- Facebook.

Baby Facebook's father, Jamal Ibrahim, told Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper that he "wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of Jan. 25 have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl," according to a translation by the blog TechCrunch.

Social media played an integral part in coordinating three weeks of protests that ended in the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, after three decades in power.

The Egyptian government quickly realized the power of the Internet in fomenting revolution and shut down access across the country. Soon after the protests began on Jan. 25, Wael Ghonim, a Google executive and founder of the country's preeminent dissident Facebook page, was arrested.

The page became a digital Tahrir Square, a central meeting places where protesters could plan and disseminate information about where to meet in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other Egyptian cities.

Facebook, along with Twitter, Google, and YouTube were all used by protesters to organize and broadcast news and images from the ground.

Earlier this month, Facebook reported having 5 million users in Egypt with 32,000 groups and 14,000 pages created in the two weeks after Jan. 25, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The new military government has also discovered the power of Facebook and recently set up a page for the Egyptian Armed Forces.

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