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Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali have paid public tribute to their on-screen father, James ‘Uncle Phil’ Avery.

James Avery dies: Cast of Fresh Prince of Bel Air pay tribute to late actor, except Will Smith

Will Smith, the star of the hit 90s sitcom,  is yet to vocalise his condolences, leaving it up to wife Jada Pinkett-Smith to make a public statement

DJ and radio host Pete Tong has been awarded an MBE for his services to music and broadcasting

Pete Tong 'proud' to be honoured with MBE

The DJ was awarded the honour for his services to music and broadcasting

Beyonce guerrilla released an entire new album on iTunes

Beyonce reveals she recorded 80 songs for her recent surprise album

The singer was forced to cut scores of content from her fifth studio album

2013 - the year in review: Don’t hold the front page yet, as the PCC survives and the BBC wobbles on

Even Tony Hall admitted that his colleagues at the BBC had ‘lost the plot’. One MP called it ‘corporate fraud and cronyism’

West, who once referred to himself as the “number one rock star on the planet”, made the promise during the last leg of his Yeezus Tour

No more rants: Kanye West promises to take a vow of silence in 2014

West, who once referred to himself as the “number one rock star on the planet”, made the promise during the last leg of his Yeezus Tour

Mesut Özil (left) and Branislav Ivanovic square up during the match at the Emirates

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0: Jose Mourinho accuses Arsenal of 'crying too readily' as physical approach earns draw at the Emirates

Obi Mikel might well have been sent off for planting his studs on Arteta’s shin – breaking his shin-pad – but he was not

'The Harry Hill Movie' World Premiere at Vue Leicester Square in London

Harry Potter headed for West End in new play produced by JK Rowling

The stage show will centre on Harry's formative years before Hogwarts

East meets west: the Bosphorus connects Istanbul’s two sides

My Life in Travel: Rachel Khoo

'I loved the contrast in Istanbul – the call to prayer mixed with the European cafés'

Pharrell Williams has already featured on the two big hits of the summer

Five great 2013 albums Pharrell Williams does not appear on

So Pharrell has 2013 firmly in his back-pocket. He's up for 7 Grammys in total - one for 'Producer of the Year', two for 'Album of the Year' (on Kendrick Lamar's 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D city' and Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories') and a further two for 'Record of the Year' - the ubiquitous 'Get Lucky' and controversial dance-floor filler 'Blurred Lines'.

The Vaccines perform at the XFM Winter Wonderland
Kanye West appearing in South Park yet again

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spoofed by South Park creators

The rapper has been mocked by the hit show for a second time

Sam Smith, who has been tipped for success in 2014, with his Critics' Choice Award

Sam Smith wins Brits Critics' Choice Awards

The 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour

A new Johnny Cash album will be released in March 2014

Lost Johnny Cash album set for release in 2014

A collection of unheard country tracks will hit shops in March next year

Jay Z leads Grammy nominations at concert hosted by LL Cool J

Trailing closely behind the hip-hop superstar are Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar

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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor