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Profits are coming at the expense of people, the Pope told a conference in Rome

Bill Cosby rape allegations: Raven-Symone denies rumours she was assaulted by actor

The Cosby Show star puts out message on Instagram to ‘keep me out of this!’

The late Jimmy Ruffin, pictured in 1974

Jimmy Ruffin dead: Motown legend, who wrote 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', dies aged 78

His family confirmed his death, calling him a "rare type of man".

Bill Cosby, who has been accused of committing sexual assault

Bill Cosby project dropped by NBC following allegations the actor sexually assaulted women

Model Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to claim the comic abused her

Davidoff: before her career took off, she had to endure a spell as a 'faculty wife'

Leonore Davidoff: Sociologist and historian whose own experiences helped her become a world-renowned pioneer of gender studies

Leonore Davidoff was internationally recognised as a key pioneer of gender studies in history and sociology. Her book Family Fortunes (1987), written with Catherine Hall, is a brilliant demonstration of the new insights which gender perspectives can yield. Her work drew on her lifetime experience of gender relations and her courageous search for a space to develop her own imaginative originality.

Forbes: immensely good company, she never lacked a smile

Elizabeth Forbes: Musicologist and critic who translated librettos and wrote nearly 100 obituaries for 'The Independent'

The writer Elizabeth Forbes, who contributed nearly 100 obituaries to The Independent, was an opera lover first and foremost. It is not inappropriate that her long life ended on the opening night of the Wexford Opera Festival, which had been a particular favourite of hers until advancing years made the journey to Ireland over-long. She made her name as a journalist specialising in all things operatic, whether reviewing performances at an uncommonly wide range of destinations at home and abroad, or writing about singers both historical and present-day.

Viejo: no one has been able to emulate his performance in 1976

Jose Luis Viejo: Cyclist the highlight of whose career was winning a stage of the Tour de France by a record-breaking margin

When asked about his career as a professional cyclist, Spain's Jose Luis Viejo would sometimes seem bitter that he had not achieved more. But despite sacrificing too many personal opportunities to shine, he said, for his team-mates' benefit, one remarkable triumph, however, remains as his sporting testament.

Jeff Fletcher in Northern Uproar, far right, pictured in 1996

Jeff Fletcher dead: Britpop guitarist is decapitated by lorry in horrific traffic accident

Fletcher found fame in with Northern Uproar in the Nineties

Bill Cosby's attorney has said that the entertainer will not dignify 'decade-old, discredited' claims of sexual abuse with a response

Bill Cosby: Audio resurfaces of comedian joking about drugging women

One of the commonalities that's risen out of sexual abuse allegations by Andrea Constand, Barbara Bowman, Tamara Green and now Joan Tarshis against Bill Cosby is that the comedian and actor was able to sexually assault them because, they say, he drugged them first.

Paul Heaton, who has resigned as a patron of Sheffield United's Community Foundation over the club's decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans back to training.

Paul Heaton latest to resign over Ched Evans

Singer-songwriter became the fourth patron to resign their position

Hughes in 2005 at his stables with Hardy Eustace, the best horse he trained

Dessie Hughes: Jockey and trainer who won the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle in the saddle and two Champion Hurdles out of it

Dessie Hughes was one of the few men to make a significant impact on jump racing both as a jockey and a trainer. Among his numerous successes were 14 at his sport's holy of holies, the Cheltenham Festival, including the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle in the saddle and two Champion Hurdles after he retired from it.

Al-Thani: he had eclectic taste, a keen eye and a connoisseur's sensibilities

Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Thani: Sheikh who became Qatar's culture minister and spent $1.5bn on one of the world's foremost art collections

Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Thani, once the world's richest art collector, was Qatar's former culture minister who amassed an art collection to rival the great European galleries. Named among the top 10 collectors in the world by ARTnews in 2011, he was one of the most influential men on the international art scene. The charismatic Sheikh enriched Doha with a collection which aficionados compared to the British Museum, the Met in New York and the Louvre in Paris.

Peret at an awards ceremony in Madrid in 2011: he had been a mainstay of Spanish TV and radio

Peret: Singer known as 'The King of the Catalan rumba' who worked with Manu Chao, Tom Jones and David Byrne

The singer and guitarist Peret was known as the King of the Catalan rumba, the fusion of flamenco with South American rhythms that became a favourite of Barcelona high society at the end of the 1950s and was rediscovered by the jet set when the Gipsy Kings revived the genre in the '80s. An instrumentalist comparable to fellow gypsies Django Reinhardt, José Reyes and Manitas de Plata, he was credited with pioneering the rhythmic strumming combined with the guitar body slamming that are the trademarks of the Catalan rumba.

Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant 'sabotaged' by rival making 100 fake bookings

The well-known chef claimed a rival within the industry tried to sabotage the opening of his new restaurant in Mayfair

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