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Beyoncé called a halt to her concert in Nashville on Saturday night after news of George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict had filtered out.

Bunhill: Pie in the sky flies into trouble

SPENCER Trethewy was consulting m'learned friends again last week.

The World This Week

PARTIES of various stripes in South Africa may well be feeling apprehensive when the appeal by Winnie Mandela - who is staring at six years in jail - opens on Wednesday. Mrs Mandela, convicted in 1991 on charges of kidnapping and being an accessory in the death of young Stompie Seipei Moeketsi, has been free on bail since her conviction. She will probably not turn up in person at the Bloemfontein courtroom.

MUSIC / Busker's charter

The warm weather threatens an outbreak of busking. For the safety of everyone, we recommend adherence to the following 10-point plan

Soundtrack hit sets pop record

The pop star Whitney Houston has sung her way into the record books with her latest hit single, 'I Will Always Love You'. Yesterday it remained at the top of the UK charts for a ninth consecutive weeks, to beat the record of eight weeks by a female artist, notched up in 1954 by Doris Day with 'Secret Love'. The song, taken from Houston's film debut The Bodyguard, which also stars Kevin Costner, is top of the pops in several other countries.

CINEMA / Looking after Number One: The Bodyguard (12)

WHY trust haircuts? They seem such frivolous things, mere chop and change, yet they remain one of the most accurate guides to cinema. Photographs of Harpo Marx at home show a mild, ordinary man; add the wig, however, and all hell breaks loose - a burst of blond bubbles, suggesting that his brain was made of bath foam. It was. Brando grew his hair long for Last Tango in Paris, which suited the louche old goat he was playing; then razed it off for Apocalypse Now, which was perfect for his bloated Buddha. But even he got it wrong with the white locks of Superman: most people thought he had just spent five minutes under a Mr Whippy dispenser. One glimpse, and you knew the film was a no-no.

For once, a genuine hit tops the charts

TONIGHT, Radio 1 will unveil the Christmas number one. This year there is little suspense - Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' has been number one since 29 November and is outselling the current number two, 'Heal The World' by Michael Jackson, by two to one.

Letter: Annie could give Sinead a few career tips

I AGREE with Annie Lennox when she wrote (Letters, 6 December) that Sinead O'Connor is uniquely talented, and I was sad to read that she felt my tongue-in- cheek gesture during the Brits was puerile and embarrassing. Playing Whitney Houston's version of 'The Star Spangled Banner' as a tribute was a mildly witty way of expressing displeasure at Sinead's lack of professionalism in cancelling an appearance (and performance) at the last moment.

Letter: Flying the flag for Sinead

I WAS surprised to discover in the piece about Sinead O'Connor ('The life of Saint Sinead', Review, 29 November) that I had reportedly 'whooped with laughter' along with (supposed pop cronies - give me a break]) Rick Astley and Roger Daltrey, while Simon Bates played a cynical 'tribute to Sinead' in the form of Whitney Houston singing 'The Star Spangled Banner'.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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