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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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links