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George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53

<b>Singer George Michael has died at his home at the age of 53.</b><p>The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, "passed away peacefully" on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire, his publicist said.<p>His manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of …

South Korea's President Park 'willing to resign'

<b>South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down.</b><p>Ms Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain.<p>She said she would "leave to …

Adele announces Wembley Stadium shows for summer 2017

<b>Pop star Adele has announced two dates at Wembley Stadium next summer to round off her multi-million pound world tour.</b><p>The singer announced the concerts in an Instagram video, where she sang football anthem Three Lions as well as the Match of the Day theme song.<p>Dubbed "The Finale", the performances …

South Korea's presidential scandal

<b>In 2016, South Korea saw the start of a massive corruption scandal involving its political and business elite that brought down its first female president Park Geun-hye.</b><p>The scandal, which continues to ripple through South Korean society, generated huge protests.<p>It has centred on Park's relationship …

S Korea president Park Geun-hye 'had role' in scandal

<b>South Korean President Park Geun-hye had a "considerable" role in a corruption scandal involving a close confidante, prosecutors have said.</b><p>Speaking after confidante Choi Soon-sil and two aides were charged, Chief Prosecutor Lee Young-ryeol said Ms Park was "involved as a conspirator".<p>Ms Park's …

Angry Beatles' break-up letter sells at auction

<b>A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, written after The Beatles' break-up has sold for nearly $30,000 (£24,200).</b><p>In the two-page typed draft with handwritten notes, Lennon criticises the couple for their treatment of him and his wife, Yoko Ono.<p>The attack is said to …

Seoul protest targets South Korean President Park Geun-hye

<b>Hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye.</b><p>Large numbers of police officers are being deployed to prevent demonstrators reaching the presidential palace.<p>Ms Park is accused of allowing her friend, Choi …

BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and team expelled from North Korea

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Why so many celebrities have died in 2016

<b>We are only four months in, but it's already been a dark, dark 2016.</b><p>It now seems rare for a week to pass without a significant celebrity death being reported - from David Bowie in the second week of January, to actor Alan Rickman a week later, to comedian Victoria Wood and Prince this week.<p>"Enough, …

Prince death: Five strange stories about mysterious US musician

<b>Prince, who has died at his home in Minnesota, was known for his cross-genre pop music and multiple reinventions - but it was also the sense of mystery around the man that delighted his fans.</b><p>As he rarely gave interviews, rumours about Prince flourished, and the star even admitted to teasing …

IMF: EU exit could cause severe damage

<b>The UK's exit from the European Union could cause "severe regional and global damage", the International Monetary Fund has warned in its latest outlook.</b><p>A so-called "Brexit" would disrupt established trading relationships and cause "major challenges" for both the UK and the rest of Europe, it …

Stairway to Heaven in copyright trial

<b>Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song Stairway to Heaven, a US court has ruled.</b><p>A Los Angeles district judge said there were enough similarities between the song and an instrumental by the band Spirit to let a jury decide.<p>The trial has …

British stars spur music industry growth

<b>British artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Adele have helped the music industry return to meaningful growth for the first time in almost 20 years.</b><p>British artists accounted for five of the top 10 selling albums last year, as the global music industry generated $15bn (£10.5bn).<p>Overall, …

'Magical' Shakespeare First Folio discovery on Isle of Bute

A rare copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, dating from 1623, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island.<p>The copy of the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays was found at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute.<p>Experts who authenticated the book said the discovery was …

Samsung sees 10% jump in first quarter operating profit

<b>South Korea's Samsung Electronics is forecasting a 10% jump in operating profit for the first quarter.</b><p>The world's largest smartphone producer has said its operating profit in the January to March period is expected to reach 6.6 trillion Korean won ($5.6bn; £3.9bn).<p>For the same quarter in 2015, …

Rolling Stones confirm new blues-inspired album for 2016

<b>The Rolling Stones have confirmed they're working on a new, blues-inspired album for release this year.</b><p>"We're actually in the studio in the moment cutting new stuff," Keith Richards told BBC 6 Music.<p>Guitarist Ronnie Wood added that the band recently "cut 11 songs in two days. Just 'bang' - like …

Tesla Model 3 electric car orders accelerate to 276,000

<b>Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk says pre-orders of the firm's much-anticipated Model 3 electric car currently total 276,000.</b><p>The California-based firm unveiled the five-seater car - its lowest-cost vehicle to date - on Thursday.<p>Mr Musk tweeted the total reflected the orders received by …

The rise and fall of the GLC

<b>It is 30 years since one of the most controversial experiments in local government was scrapped. What was the Greater London Council (GLC) and how has it shaped today's politics?</b><p>If you wander along the Thames to Westminster Bridge and look across the river you will be confronted with the imposing …

Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer dies aged 96

<b>Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer has died at the age of 96.</b><p>He donned the famous deerstalker in the mid-1960s to play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character in a BBC series.<p>Wilmer died in hospital in Ipswich on Thursday after suffering from pneumonia, Roger Johnson, spokesman for the Sherlock Holmes …

Captain Britain, the comic strip character from the 1970s, is making a comeback

Captain Britain, the American Marvel comic strip character from the 1970s is making a comeback.<p>Rich Johnston from comic website Bleeding Cool explained to The World Tonight's Chris Mason why there are so few British superhero characters in comic books.<p>(Photo: Captain Britain. Credit: Marvel)

David Bowie tribute concert draws stars in Carnegie Hall in New York

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Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam cleared for France extradition

<b>A court in Brussels has approved the extradition to France of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in November's Paris attacks.</b><p>Abdeslam, who was arrested earlier this month in central Brussels, had agreed to be transferred.<p>The 26-year-old was detained after apparently hiding in the Belgian capital for more …

South Korea plans lifelong parenting education

<b>South Korea is planning to provide people with lifelong parenting education in the hope that it will prevent child abuse, it's reported.</b><p>Rather than only giving parents-to-be tips on coping with their new arrivals, the government has set out plans to start teaching the necessary skills from school …

Australia's Great Barrier Reef hit by 'worst' bleaching

<b>Evidence that Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as "in-danger".</b><p>The National Coral Bleaching Taskforce says 95% of reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea are now severely bleached.<p>It says only four reefs out of …

Palmyra: A look inside recaptured ancient city in Syria

Drone footage has revealed that the ancient city of Palmyra is largely still intact, after being recaptured from so-called Islamic State (IS).<p>Syrian government forces, backed by the Russian military, say they will use it as a base to launch more attacks against IS.<p>Ben Bland reports.

Maundy Thursday: Queen hands out 90th birthday coins

<b>The Queen has handed out commemorative Maundy coins in a traditional royal service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.</b><p>Ninety men and 90 women, representing her 90 years, were presented with the coins in recognition of service to the Church and community.<p>The Queen was accompanied by the the …

US Election 2016: Trump laments 'ripped off' America

<b>US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has vowed to pursue an "America First" foreign policy, saying many nations, including allies, "ripped off" the US.</b><p>The frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the November election was speaking to the New York Times.<p>Mr Trump said he would consider pulling …

Living history: The man who lives in 1946

Ben Sansum is 35. But he lives in 1946.<p>His clothes, his house, the music he listens to - all come from an era before he was even born.<p>He has always been interested the 1940s, but it is an interest that has grown over the years. He's gone from buying reproduction furniture for his house to tracking …

Cuba: Rolling Stones rock Havana with landmark gig

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The Rolling Stones sing Jumpin' Jack Flash in Havana

The Rolling Stones have played to tens of thousands of people in Havana, where foreign rock music was banned for several decades.<p>The band opened the show with their 1968 hit Jumpin' Jack Flash.