Italy bridge collapse: Victims' families shun state funeral

Image copyright AFP Image caption Only a minority of victims’ families say they will take part in Saturday’s state funeral Fewer than half the families of victims of the Genoa bridge collapse in Italy have accepted the offer of a state funeral, according to media reports. The Morandi bridge collapsed …

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How Aretha became the voice of civil rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aretha Franklin holds a copy of her Soul 69 album in New York City Aretha Franklin grew up in 1950s Detroit, surrounded from childhood by the now-famous faces of the civil rights movement. Her songs would become their anthems. Her Baptist minister father was …

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London's Great Stink

Image copyright Punch magazine Image caption Failing to fund new drains was costing lives, said Punch magazine Suffering in the hot weather? Spare a thought then for the population of London back in 1858, a year of sky-high temperatures and the Great Stink. That year, the London Standard reported temperatures …

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Aretha Franklin: Tributes to the 'Queen of Soul'

Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’ known for hits like ‘Respect’ and ‘Think’, has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music. Franklin won 18 Grammys and had 17 Top Ten US …

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Wellbeing in your 20s

Image copyright Caroline Montague/Thomas Tozer Image caption Caroline Montague in her 20s and her son Thomas Tozer, 25 They are often said to be the best years of your life, but how different is it to be in your 20s now, than 10 or 20 years ago? Thomas Tozer is …

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Runrig to say farewell after 45 years

Image copyright Runrig Image caption Runrig was founded in 1973 and enjoyed UK chart success in the 1990s Veteran Scottish rockers Runrig are preparing to play two farewell concerts to mark their retirement after 45 years in the music business. Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s performances in Stirling’s City Park …

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University unconditional offers 'undermine education'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmile and Lleucu both have unconditional offers but said they still worked hard The education system is being undermined by universities making more unconditional offers, according to the head of Wales’ biggest college. David Jones, of Coleg Cambria, said offers were coming …

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Who's in the Celebrity Big Brother house?

Image copyright Channel 5 Image caption The first pictures of this year’s house were released earlier this week Celebrity Big Brother is back – and the latest line-up includes soap stars, reality show veterans, a Hollywood actress and a former footballer – but despite the rumours, there is no sign …

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