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Linkin Park cancel North American tour after Chester Bennington death

<b>Linkin Park have cancelled their North American tour following the death of singer Chester Bennington.</b><p>Promoters Live Nation said refunds would be made available to all ticket-holders for the tour, which was due to begin next Thursday.<p>A spokesman for the company added: "We are incredibly saddened to …

Music

Justine Damond shooting: Police chief Janee Harteau quits

<b>A police chief in the US state of Minnesota has resigned after one of her officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman.</b><p>Justine Damond was killed after she called the police to report a woman screaming outside her home in a quiet suburb of Minneapolis last week.<p>Police chief Janee Harteau …

Policing

Hidden Victorian reservoir revealed in Nottingham

The BBC has been given a rare glimpse inside a Victorian reservoir that has been hidden from public view for more than 160 years.<p>Belle Vue reservoir, which lies under a mound in Mapperley, Nottingham, was built by Thomas Hawksley in 1851.<p>The underground complex, which has been drained for …

Censorship

Thailand monks: Wirapol Sukphol case highlights country's Buddhism crisis

<b>It was a jarring image; a group of Buddhist monks, with shaven heads and orange robes, sitting back in the soft-leather seats of an executive jet, passing luxury accessories among themselves.</b><p>The video of the monk, now known by his pre-monk name, Wirapol Sukphol, went viral after being posted on …

Thailand

The wettest summer on record - 10 years on from the 2007 floods

<b>The summer of 2007 was the wettest on record. There was 414mm of rainfall across England and Wales from May to July - more than in any period since records began in 1766. Across Yorkshire and the Midlands, thousands of people were rescued, whole towns cut off and families forced to flee their</b> …

Floods

Gay Germans' joy mixed with adoption angst

<b>Gay Pride Berlin is a riot of glitter, glam and rainbow flags.</b><p>This weekend people will celebrate Germany's new law to allow equal marriage. But it is not necessarily "equal" for gay parents.<p>Berlin drag kings wax their moustaches, the queens dust off their biggest beehives and huge rainbow flags …

LGBTQ

Reality Check: Are there more women in leading TV roles?

<b>In the week the BBC announced it was casting a woman as Doctor Who for the first time, it also revealed that only a third of its highest-paid stars are women.</b><p>Headlines about women's equality, or otherwise, in British TV abounded.<p>It got the Reality Check team thinking about whether Jodie Whittaker's …

TV

Norway: The country where no salaries are secret

<b>This week the British papers revelled in news about how much the BBC's on-air stars get paid, though the salaries of their counterparts in commercial TV remain under wraps. In Norway, there are no such secrets. Anyone can find out how much anyone else is paid - and it rarely causes problems.</b><p>In the …

Censorship

Comic book success: The rise of the Comic-Con festival

<b>San Diego's Comic-Con International, happening this weekend, is an annual fiesta of costumes, comic books and celebrities that sits at the centre of a multi-billion dollar industry.</b><p>From a gathering of less than 300 people in 1970, the event has morphed into an annual, multi-day media bonanza that …

Cosplay

What can modern girls learn from Disney princesses?

<b>A slim figure, housework skills, and the need to be rescued by a man are some of the attributes often associated with Disney princesses.</b><p>But behind the clichés, the characters can also demonstrate determination, compassion, ambition - and fearlessness.<p>The England women's football team believes the …

Walt Disney Company

Women's World Cup: Lynne Thomas and the cricket spirit of 1973

<b>"When people ask me what I'd have been if I'd not been a cricket player, I say... a millionaire," laughs Lynne Thomas, who 44 years ago helped England to victory in the first ever cricket World Cup.</b><p>The women's game beat the men onto the global crease, with their inaugural World Cup in 1973 coming …

Women's Cricket

C-Turtle: The landmine-detecting robot 'turtle'

A disposable landmine detecting robot has been developed by Arizona State University.<p>Current de-mining robots can handle repeated blows but are big and expensive.<p>The disposable C-Turtle is made from cardboard, powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero computer and costs £50 ($65).<p>BBC Click’s Nick Kwek finds …

Robots

Week in pictures: 15 - 21 July 2017

<b>Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.</b><p><b>All photographs are copyrighted.</b>

South-east Asia

Violinist protester in Russia arrested at rehearsal

Violinist Andrey Osipov from Cheboksary, Russia, was arrested during an orchestra rehearsal.<p>He has been put on trial twice for participating in a protest in March.

Russia

UK to bring in drone registration

<b>The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft.</b><p>It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz).<p>Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.<p>There is no time frame or …

Drones

Bosnia's pupils fight ethnically divided education

Nikolas Rimas, a pupil from the town of Jajce in Bosnia-Herzegovina, has been fighting against government plans which force his school to be ethnically divided.<p>Following the Balkan war of the 1990s, the government began separating students within the same building along ethnic lines to learn …

Education

How OJ Simpson paved the way for Donald Trump

<b>It seems entirely fitting that OJ Simpson should reappear at this surreal juncture in American life because many of the trends that culminated in the election of Donald J Trump can be traced back to his arrest and trial.</b><p>Consider first of all the impact on the US media of that slow-motion car chase, …

OJ Simpson

Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack

<b>Three Israelis have been stabbed to death in a settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say.</b><p>Another Israeli was wounded in the attack in Halamish (also known as Neve Tsuf), near Ramallah. The Israeli army says the attacker was shot and caught.<p>The attack came near the end of a day of …

Israel

The Walking Dead: What we learned from the season 8 trailer

<b>Rick Grimes is back!</b><p>Fans of The Walking Dead have been eagerly waiting for news of what's to happen to Rick and the Alexandria community when season eight of the zombie drama returns to screens in October.<p>That patience was rewarded with a five-minute trailer which was presented by the cast and …

TV

Minneapolis police officer shoots two dogs

A Minneapolis police officer shoots two service dogs while responding to a false alarm call, claiming they growled at him.

Policing

Qatar emir calls for negotiations to ease Gulf boycott

<b>The emir of Qatar has called for negotiations to ease a boycott by four powerful Arab neighbours.</b><p>In his first public address since the crisis erupted, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said any solution must respect Qatar's sovereignty.<p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut …

Middle East

Toronto helps 'doofy son' find his parked car four days on

<b>A US teenager who lost his car in a Toronto car park for four days has picked up the vehicle after volunteer sleuths pounded pavements to find it.</b><p>"I feel I'm like a Hollywood actor or something," said Gavin Strickland, 19, as local media filmed his reunion with the vehicle on Thursday.<p>He had driven …

Crime

Haydock races abandoned as stalls handler seriously injured

<b>Racing at Haydock was abandoned on Friday after a stalls handler was seriously injured.</b><p>An air ambulance was called after the handler was run over by the starting stalls.<p><b>More to follow</b>

Horse Racing (UK)

The Open 2017: Rory McIlroy trails clubhouse leader Kuchar by three shots

<b>Rory McIlroy shot a two-under-par 68 to trail clubhouse leader Matt Kuchar by three shots after their second rounds at The Open at Royal Birkdale.</b><p>Northern Ireland's McIlroy moved to one under overall with four birdies and two bogeys in Friday's round.<p>Kuchar, who was joint overnight leader with …

Golf

New White House communications chief apologises to Trump

In his first news conference, the new White House communications chief says sorry to his new boss, President Donald Trump, for calling him a "hack politician" in 2015.<p>Anthony Scaramucci put it down to political inexperience.

Donald Trump

Britain’s Got Talent champion dog Pudsey dies

<b>Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog has died, ITV has confirmed.</b><p>The border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross won the contest in 2012 with owner Ashleigh Butler.<p>A post on the show's Twitter feed said: "We are saddened to hear that today we lost Pudsey, a most marvellous winner. …

Britain's Got Talent

China holds Canadians 'for smoking marijuana'

<b>Chinese authorities have arrested two Canadians in the capital Beijing for allegedly smoking marijuana.</b><p>According to Radio-Canada, officials entered a hotel room where members of the travelling equestrian show Cavalia were staying on 14 July.<p>The public broadcaster said officials made a number of …

China

Afghan soldiers killed in US friendly-fire air strike

<b>Afghan troops have been killed as US planes fired on them in the southern Helmand province, the US military says.</b><p>"We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families affected by this unfortunate incident," it says, without detailing how many Afghans died.<p>Helmand officials say at least …

Afghanistan

Princess pushes buttons on helicopter tour in Hamburg

Princess Charlotte and her family ended their visit to Germany with a visit to an Airbus factory in Hamburg.<p>She appeared to have a short tantrum after being allowed in the cockpit with her father, who's a helicopter pilot.

Princess Charlotte

White House press secretary Spicer resigns

<b>White House press secretary Sean Spicer quits after objecting to new communications director - US media</b><p><i>This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.</i>

Donald Trump