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Last night's viewing - Freddie Mercury: the Great Pretender – an Imagine Special, BBC1; Order and Disorder with Jim Al-Khalili BBC4

There is no disputing Freddie Mercury's greatness, or the charisma of his performances and how far the on-stage flamboyances diverged from the shy, RP-accented man he was out of the fan-filled stadiums. What is at contention here is whether we needed another Freddie Mercury documentary, so soon after BBC2's Queen documentary last year.

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Rebecca Tyrell: 'If Kim Kardashian wants to match Liz Taylor, she’ll need to divorce Kanye next year'

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Sir Elton John: The stigma of HIV almost killed me, it's still killing millions

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Aids conference descends on US capital, but Obama stays away

As caravans of activists, scientists, celebrities and medical academics descended on Washington DC last night for the first International AIDS Conference to be held in the United States for twenty two years, there was dismay among some that the man who might have been the biggest turn, Barack Obama, was not planning to attend.

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HIV cure research 'must not jeopardise existing projects'

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