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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has visited a memorial to a young South African woman whose rape and murder inspired thousands of people to protest the country's high rate of sexual violence. In a stop during a royal tour, Meghan tied a ribbon to the memorial at the post office where 19-year-old university student Uyinene Mrwetyana was attacked last month. The assault has led women to march in the streets in major cities and rally behind an online campaign called #AmINext. A post on the royals' Instagram account called the death "a critical point in the future of women's rights in South Africa" and said the visit was "personally important" to Meghan. The duchess also has spoken with Mrwetyana's mother, the post said. More than 100 rapes are reported every day in South Africa, and President Cyril Ramaphosa calls the country "one of the most unsafe places in the world to be a woman." He announced new emergency measures and vowed to be tougher on perpetrators, but some women weary of years of such pronouncements have suggested that South Africa bring back the death penalty for rapists. Women's empowerment is one of the issues that Meghan and Prince Harry are highlighting on their first official tour as a family with their baby, Archie. The 10-day, multicountry visit continued on Saturday for Harry with a meeting in Angola with the president of the southern African nation. The prince on Friday followed in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons.

Duane Chapman, known to millions as the star of the Dog the Bounty Hunter reality TV show, told People magazine that he is facing his own medical problems after the death of his wife from cancer. Chapman, 66, appears on Monday's episode of The Dr. Oz Show in which he learns that he's suffering from a pulmonary embolism in the heart -- meaning one or more of his arteries has been blocked by blood clot. Dr. Mehmet Oz counseled him not to be afraid and to get medical help, People reported. Chapman was taken to a hospital in Colorado in mid-September after he felt a pain in his chest, according to the celebrity news site TMZ. Beth Chapman, who co-starred with her husband on Dog the Bounty Hunter, died in June at age 51.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman

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