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Prince William arrives in Japan for four-day visit

Prince William in Tokyo at the start of a four-day visit of Japan.

Kensington Palace tweeted a photograph of the Prince's arrival by boat:

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Prince Charles praised for raising plight of Saudi blogger

Prince Charles has been praised by Amnesty International for raising the plight of a jailed Saudi blogger with the country's new king.

The Prince of Wales attends a bilateral meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales had faced calls from Amnesty International UK to use his influence with the Saudi royal family and intervene on behalf of Raif Badawi during his royal visit. And his decision to broach the subject yesterday during his first official meeting with King Salman was praised by the organisation.

This is of course very encouraging and very welcome news.

We always said we weren't expecting Prince Charles to give up the red carpets and state banquets and become a human rights campaigner, but we also hoped he'd use his unique position to pass on a few well-chosen words to his royal hosts about human rights in Saudi Arabia.

– Kate Allen, Amnesty director

Charles is coming to the end of a six-day tour of the Middle East that has already taken him to Jordan and Kuwait. Tomorrow he will visit Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Later today he will spend his final day in Saudi Arabia visiting the area in and around the ancient settlement of Al Ula, in the north west of the country, which is famed for its historic monuments.

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