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Spice Girls: Geri apologises for quitting in 1998 (1 day old)

Ginger Spice says she regrets leaving the band at the height of their fame, as their reunion tour ends.

Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96 (1 day old)

He directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor and opera greats such as Maria Callas.

Free TV licences cannot be saved with cuts to salaries, says BBC (1 day old)

The BBC says salary cuts would not plug the gap needed to fund free TV licences for the over-75s.

Does Toy Story 4 fly or flop? (2 days old [14/06/19])

"The fourth movie wraps up the saga beautifully."

The Chase: Paul Sinha reveals Parkinson's diagnosis (2 days old [14/06/19])

"I will fight this with every breath I have," says the comedian after revealing he has the illness.

When They See Us: Central Park Five prosecutor resigns from college post (2 days old [14/06/19])

Elizabeth Lederer "decided not to seek reappointment as a lecturer" at Columbia Law School.

Jo Brand to face no action over acid joke, police say (2 days old [14/06/19])

The comedian had come under fire for making a remark about throwing battery acid at politicians.

Cuba Gooding Jr charged over nightclub 'grope' (2 days old [14/06/19])

The US actor pleads not guilty to forcible touching after being accused of grabbing a woman's breast.

Krept and Konan: 'Banning drill makes things worse' (2 days old [14/06/19])

Rap duo Krept and Konan say outlawing drill music can push performers back to a life of crime.

500 Words: Chicken tale tops pecking order at writing competition (2 days old [14/06/19])

The judges felt Why Did the Chicken... was so finger lickin' good they made its author the winner.

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Holly Willoughby puts to bed rumours of 'tension' on This Morning set (1 hour 12 minutes old)

Holly Willoughby has put to bed rumours of tension on the set of This Morning after a recent magazine cover featuring her and co-host Phillip Schofield was said to have caused an upset.

Soccer Aid 2019: Rita Ora puts on a very glam appearance ahead of her halftime performance (2 hours old)

Rita Ora led the celebs at London's Stamford Bridge on Sunday night as Soccer Aid 2019, in aid of Unicef, kicked off with an a-list crowd in attendance. 

Top Gear fans impressed with 'chemistry' between Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris (2 hours old)

Paddy McGuinness, 45, joined Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris in Top Gear all-new presenting lineup on Sunday night. Viewers have taken to Twitter to reveal how impressed they were with the trio.

Axed Love Island star Sherif Lanre slams bosses for 'allowing a fellow islander to use the N-word' (2 hours old)

Love Island star Sherif Lanre enjoyed a dinner with friends on Sunday, after his shock exit from the ITV2 show this week.

Love Island: First look at hunky models Tom Walker and Jordan Hames (2 hours old)

Models Tom Walker, 29, from Leeds, and Jordan Hames, 24, from Manchester, will cause a stir as the latest bombshells to join the villa.

Rhian Sugden flaunts her ample bust in white bikini during honeymoon in Sardinia with Oliver Mellor  (2 hours old)

The glamour model, 32, reveled in post-wedding bliss as she flaunted her enviable curves and posed for snaps while enjoying a beach day in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, on Tuesday.

Geordie Shore's Gaz Beadle and Emma McVey reveal they are expecting their second child (3 hours old)

Geordie Shore 's Gaz Beadle and Emma McVey revealed they are going to have their second child later this year, 18 months after welcoming their son Chester.

Bella Thorne spotted at LAX after releasing her own nude photos in response to hacker's threat (8 hours old)

Just yesterday, the actress and author took to Twitter with her own nude photos, claiming a hacker threatened to leak them: 'F*ck you and the power you think you have over me.'

BRIAN VINER: Why the M.I.B. aren't so F.A.B (2 days old [14/06/19])

BRIAN VINER: Box-office takings might well prove me wrong, but in my view this film is nowhere near strong enough to pump dynamic new life back into the Men In Black brand.

To Kill A Mockingbird to fly in from New York (3 days old [14/06/19])

A new production of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted by Aaron Sorkin, which is a hit on Broadway, will open in the West End in the spring, writes BAZ BAMIGBOYE.

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Bute loses the newspaper that was at the island’s heart for 165 years (1 day old)

Many will mourn the closure of the Buteman. But a former editor says that, like many local papers, it had lost its identity after years of cutsAn era will come to an end on the Scottish island of Bute this Friday with the closure of one of the UK’s oldest weekly newspapers. The Buteman has recorded the ebb and flow of this island community 90 minutes from Glasgow for 165 years.With circulation dropping below 1,000, its owners JPI Media, publisher of the Scotsman, took the decision to call time. The island’s population is just over 6,000 but, when its only newspaper sells barely 750 copies, it’[...]

Boris Johnson: the posh populist who’s tuning in to the ‘Brexit blues’ | Jane Martinson (13 hours old)

As the Tories pick a new leader, a Reuters survey finds the public fed up with biased, angry newsBoris Johnson is used to the sort of media coverage in which he is given a platform to promote himself and paid £275,000 for the privilege – how else to explain his reaction to the first tough questioning he has faced since launching his prime ministerial bid?At last week’s leadership launch, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and then Sky’s Beth Rigby asked him about accusations that his campaign was a “chaotic mess” and then about his character. Johnson’s response was not to provide a riposte to the conc[...]

Journalist finally brings attackers to justice but warns: 'Colombia's sliding backwards' (12 hours old)

Last year saw 477 attacks and threats against journalists as factions battle over territory once held by FarcNearly two decades after her ordeal, Jineth Bedoya’s voice still cracks when she describes the day she was brutally attacked while carrying out her job as a reporter in Colombia.“It’s difficult to understand what happened, all I know is that I wanted to die,” she says. Continue reading...

Trump accuses New York Times of 'virtual treason' over Russia cyber warfare report (19 hours old)

US president again accuses journalists of being ‘the enemy of the people’US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused the New York Times of “a virtual act of treason” after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid.Current and former government officials have described the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets, the newspaper reported. Continue reading...

Crypto is coming: get ready to spend Facebook’s money (20 hours old)

The social network is likely to release details of its cryptocurrency this week: and it won’t be much like BitcoinFirst it had your friends, then it had your pictures, then it had your diary. Now, in the latest effort to entwine its systems still further into the everyday lives of its users, Facebook wants to get into your wallet.On Tuesday, the social media behemoth is expected to reveal its own cryptocurrency, which has variously been called Libra and GlobalCoin. However, unlike other cryptocurrencies, the new creation will not have been founded in the spirit of libertarianism, outside the b[...]

The Observer view on the Tory vendetta against the BBC | Observer editorial (21 hours old)

Rather than attacking the broadcaster, they should take responsibility for pensioners’ licencesThe Conservative right has become the enemy within, a force bent on destroying not only our relationship with Europe but with much else that this country holds dear. The shredding of collective bargaining and the ambition to excuse our privatised utilities from their public-interest obligations were early objectives. Now there is Brexit. Next is the undermining of the BBC, along with the steady erosion of the NHS and the criminal justice system. The barbarians have stormed the gate in a libertarian a[...]

Channel 4 to 'empty chair' Boris Johnson at Tory leadership TV debate (2 days old [14/06/19])

Frontrunner refuses invite, but will take part in a similar BBC-hosted event two days laterBoris Johnson will be represented by an empty podium in a television debate on Sunday night as his five remaining rivals to be Britain’s next prime minister fight it out for a place alongside him in the ballot of Conservative members.The former foreign secretary declined an invitation to participate in the Channel 4 leadership debate, saying he feared it would be “cacophonous”. Continue reading...

Trump has a new favourite news network - and it's more right-wing than FOX (1 day old)

The US president has started giving plaudits - and access - to One America News Network, an obscure TV outlet that can outfox FoxDonald Trump and Fox News are said to have one of the strongest marriages in political showbusiness. But there is a young rival hoping to outfox Fox and catch the US president’s wandering media eye.The obscure One America News Network (OAN) makes up for its lack of clout or viewers by covering every Trump utterance, recycling conspiracy theories, downplaying Russian threats, bashing the mainstream media and championing the “Make America Great Again” agenda. Continue [...]

Madonna: Instagram designed to make people feel bad (1 day old)

Pop singer says platform enslaves people to their image and gaining approval of othersMadonna has criticised Instagram, which she says enslaves people into trying to win the approval of others.The intervention from the pop singer, who has almost 14 million followers on the photo-sharing platform, comes amid an increasing focus of the harmful effects Instagram can have, particularly on young people. Continue reading...

Police to take no action against Jo Brand over battery acid comments (2 days old [14/06/19])

Met drops probe as David Baddiel says BBC should not have edited out commentScotland Yard has dropped an investigation into the comedian Jo Brand, who joked about throwing battery acid, rather than a milkshake, at rightwing politicians on a BBC radio programme.Officers said they would take no further action on Friday evening. Earlier, Brand had apologised for the comments she made on Radio 4’s Heresy show. Continue reading...

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