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Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow, has died after a short illness

Anne Kirkbride: Coronation Street actress who played Deirdre Barlow dies after short illness aged 60

Kirkbride starred in the soap for over four decades

Daniele in 2004, at a Christmas concert in the Pope Paul VI Hall in the Vatican City

Pino Daniele: Singer, songwriter and guitarist whose work fused blues, jazz, rock and the traditional music of Naples

His voice was a distinctive vehicle for songs that often mixed the Neapolitan dialect with Italian, and sometimes English

Evans: he was highly regarded for his integrity and his expertise

Emlyn Evans: Literary figure who played a leading role in the revival of publishing in Welsh

In 1978 he was appointed managing director of Gwasg Gee in Denbigh, the most venerable of all Welsh publishing houses

Marqusee in 2009: diagnosed with cancer, he acquired enough knowledge, he said, to 'know when the doctors in 'House' are bullshitting'

Mike Marqusee: Author and campaigner who fought to preserve Labour's socialist soul and wrote acclaimed books on Dylan and Ali

His sense of humour was immensely tickled by EW Swanton's verdict that "he writes well, if with a warped intelligence."

Usain Bolt pulls his trademark pose

Usain Bolt uses Twitter to rate babies' attempts to pull his trademark 'lightning bolt' pose

It seems some need more practice according to the Jamaican sprinter

Saly Greige was crowned the winner of the competition last October

Why Miss Lebanon claims she was ambushed by Miss Israel in the run-up to the Miss Universe contest

The two countries are still technically at war, although the border has been largely quiet since their 2006 conflict

Greg Plitt has died aged 37 after being struck by a train

Greg Plitt dead: Actor and fitness instructor, aged 37, killed after being struck by train

Plitt acted alongside Robert DeNiro and Matt Damon in The Good Shepherd, and Terminator 4 with Christian Bale

Ireland's health minister Leo Varadkar, 36, who has publicly come out as gay

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's first openly gay cabinet minister

Mr Varadkar has been tipped as a possible future prime minister

Pope Francis warns that same-sex marriage 'threatens the family' and 'disfigures God's plan for creation'

The pontiff also praised the role of women in society, despite banning them from holding positions of power in his own institution

ASAP Yams, far left, pictured with other members of the ASAP Mob in August 2014

ASAP Yams dead: ASAP Mob founder dies, aged 26, label confirms

Steven Rodriguez, aka Yams, founded the Mob with fellow New Yorkers ASAP Bari and ASAP Illz in 2007

Alexander O'Neal perform onstage during the BET Awards 2011 in Los Angeles, California

Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Alexander O'Neal exits the house

The exact circumstances of the American singer's departure have currently not been revealed

Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Katie Price faces Katie Hopkins in the house

Despite predictions that the two would clash, Hopkins and Price remained civil

Pope Francis embraces girl after she asks: 'Why does God allow children to become prostitutes?'

The Catholic leader was visibly moved by the girl's question in Manila

Golfer Robert Allenby left beaten and robbed after Hawaii 'kidnapping'

The Australian was helped by a homeless woman and a military man after being knocked out and dumped in a park

So far, The Pub Landlord's proposed policies include curbing immigration by entirely bricking up the Channel Tunnel 'with British bricks'

Al Murray: The Pub Landlord on Muslim 'ghettos', breastfeeding – and overseeing the acquisition of Greece by Kent County Council

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn