Holiday childcare

Image copyright Ugochukwu Nwamo Image caption Ugochukwu Nwamo has set up a childcare group with friends and family on Telegram The school summer holidays have now officially begun for most children. The kids may well be excited, but for working parents managing the six week period of no school and …

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Obituary: Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin possessed one of the most distinctive and influential voices in the history of popular music. In a 50-year recording career she racked up 20 Top 10 albums, a dozen million-selling singles and earned no fewer than 18 Grammy awards. An artist of immense versatility, her powerful voice, trained …

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Making a drama out of a TB crisis

Image caption With low levels of literacy, Papua New Guinea has been using drama to deliver health messages about TB Tuberculosis might sometimes be perceived as a disease of the past. But in Papua New Guinea, TB is so rife the government has declared a state of emergency. It remains …

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Italy bridge collapse: Genoa prepares for state funeral

Image copyright EPA Image caption Grieving relatives gathered at the hall in Genoa where rows of coffins were laid out Italian President Sergio Mattarella is due to preside over a state funeral for 18 of the victims of Tuesday’s bridge collapse in Genoa. Mr Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte …

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RIP Aretha Franklin: Five ways the Queen of Soul made history

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aretha Franklin’s music moved millions of people and sound-tracked social change over five decades With the death of Aretha Franklin, the world has lost perhaps the greatest singer of our age. Or if you share the view of music magazine Rolling Stone – simply …

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A good fit?

Image copyright ITV/REX/Shutterstock In an age where swipe right means like, a divorce lawyer to the stars says couples should ask 10 ‘critical’ questions before embarking on a relationship. Baroness Shackleton, who represented Sir Paul McCartney among others, and University of Exeter academics have collaborated on a study, which looks …

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100 Women: The artist redrawing 'sexist' comic book covers

Image copyright Shreya Arora Image caption An issue of The Sensational She-Hulk (left), with Shreya Arora’s reimagination (right) An artist in India is challenging sexist drawings of women in comic books by parodying them using male heroes in poses typically associated with women. She-Hulk has superhuman strength and speed and …

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Aretha Franklin sings at Obama inauguration

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” who became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The BBC looks back at her performance at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where she sang ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’. …

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School where refugees are the teachers

Image caption Mursal Hedayat has set up a firm helping refugees to support themselves as language tutors Teaching his native Arabic to students online has been a game changer for Syrian refugee Sami as he makes a fresh start in the UK. The Aleppo University engineering graduate says that working …

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Week in pictures: 11 – 17 August 2018

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright LUCA ZENNARO/EPA Image caption The Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed suddenly on Tuesday, killing at least 38 people. A huge section about 200m (656ft) long collapsed, falling 45m, along with dozens …

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