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David Bowie, Skepta and Craig David scoop nominations

David Bowie, Skepta and Craig David are up for some of the biggest prizes at the 2017 Brit Awards. Bowie received posthumous nominations for best British male and best album, for his haunting swansong Blackstar. After a row over diversity at last year’s ceremony, the rest of the best male category comprises artists from BAME backgrounds.loading... Craig David, Kano, Michael …

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Three killed in Maiduguri university bomb attack

At least three people have been killed in an early morning bomb attack at Nigeria’s University of Maiduguri, in the northeastern state of Borno. Witnesses said two explosions went off at the facility: one at the mosque where university lecturers had gathered for morning prayers and another near an entrance gate. The area police chief Damian Chukwu said a university …

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Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants- Donald Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m migrants. He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for Germany. Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy goals in an interview with British and German newspapers. …

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Nintendo to launch switch game console in March

The Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen (about $260) in Japan, starting March 3, the same date as its global rollout in the U.S. and Europe. The Japanese company promises the device will be packed with fun features of all its past machines and more. The Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games announced details …

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Meek Mill Ready To Box Drake For $5M With Nicki Minaj As The Ring Girl

Move over Soulja Boy and Chris Brown. In an apparent Facebook Live video, Meek Mill claims that he would “break Drizzy the fuck up for $5 mill.” Rappers all over have been suggesting their own boxing matches since Big Soulja and Breezy started talking about handling their issues inside the ring. Kodak Black offered to fight Lil Wayne over the “best rapper alive” …

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US visa-free residency for Cubans ends

President Barack Obama has ended the longstanding policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas. The 20-year-old policy allows Cuban migrants who reach US soil to become legal permanent residents after a year. In exchange, Havana has agreed to start accepting Cubans who are turned away or deported from the US. Many Cubans in the …

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Idris Elba sells Valentine date for charity

Luther actor Idris Elba has put himself up for auction as a Valentine’s date to raise money for charity. In an online video, he offers bidders a “romantic evening” involving cocktails, food and “whatever your heart desires”. “I’ll let you pound my yams,” the 44-year-old star continues before downing a glass of champagne. Proceeds will go to WE (Women Everywhere) …

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Joe Biden awarded freedom medal by Obama

President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional and surprised Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour. Mr Obama praised his vice-president for his “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your lifetime of service”. The award comes as both men prepare to leave office when Donald Trump is inaugurated on 20 …

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I won’t perform at Trump’s inauguration – R. Kelly

Singer R. Kelly has sought to put an end to rumors circulating online that he would be performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration with a statement on his Twitter account Thursday. “R. Kelly will not be performing at this years inauguration,” the statement said, calling reports stating otherwise “untrue.” Kelly prefaced the statement with an emphatic “End. Of. Story.” Rumors …

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