In rural village, frontman performed A Sky Full of Stars for a couple who were planning to play the song as their first dance when they marry
Chris Martin delighted patrons at a rural pub on his way home from Glastonbury, playing Coldplay’s song A Sky Full of Stars on the pub’s piano.
In the homely surroundings of the Stag Inn in the village of Hinton Charterhouse, north Somerset, he dedicated the performance to a couple at the pub who were planning to have the song as the first dance at their wedding.
Use of teargas and arrests by police and targeting by anti-abortion activists disrupts demonstrations in multiple states
Fears over police violence and attacks by anti-abortion activists have been growing following a wave of incidents at demonstrations against the US supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, which upheld the constitutional right to an abortion.
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at protests objecting to the ruling. The protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful but some have seen incidents of police violence – including attacks on protesters – and an incident of a car driving dangerously through marchers.
After a painful and lengthy murder trial, the journalist still had questions about why her father had died. So she set out to meet the gang member jailed for the killing
Two days after burying her mother’s ashes in the summer of 2008, Liz McGregor received a devastating phone call. Her 79-year-old father, Robin, was also dead – and his house 75 miles north of Cape Town, where she lived, was now the scene of a murder inquiry. His car, a bronze-coloured Mercedes that had for years been his pride and joy, had been discovered by police a few miles away in a poor neighbourhood with its lights on. A man was arrested as he tried to run away and officers found blood on his clothes. In the house itself there were no fingerprints, because whoever had murdered Robin McGregor had been wearing gloves.
So began a story that brings McGregor face to face with South Africa’s brutal history and the violence it has spawned. Her new book, Unforgiven: Face to Face with My Father’s Killer, is so unflinching that it challenges its readers to look away first: it’s her way of processing the horror, she says. “It changed me fundamentally. When you get such a profound shock, you rethink everything. I’ve always lived my life afraid of what might happen, and when this earthquake happens, at the start you become slightly numb, then you become grief-stricken and terrified and angry, and gradually you become slightly more inured to things.”
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Morning all! Welcome to the second day of this one-off Test between England and South Africa. Yesterday was a joy. Honestly, one of the best days of Test cricket I’ve been fortunate to watch.
It had everything. Excellent new ball bowling from England with Kate Cross the standout, picking up 4-63 as she assumes the lead role now that Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt have left the scene. Lauren Bell and Issy Wong were also superb in their Test debuts and Nat Sciver was miserly as well.
The case of Richard Choque, a serial rapist and murderer, who was placed only under house arrest, prompted outrage
In parts of La Paz, every surface is papered with layers of bleached and peeling posters: adverts for events, jobs, apartments – and missing women.
In 2021, there were at least 108 femicides in Bolivia, among the highest rates in South America. Many of the perpetrators are either never caught, not punished or go free soon after.
The north won bragging rights in 2021 but with 12 Tests over the next three weekends things could soon look very different
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Back at the end of November the evidence seemed pretty conclusive. France and Ireland had just beaten New Zealand on successive weekends, England had knocked over South Africa and Australia while Scotland and Wales had also defeated the Wallabies. Looking down the list of results it felt as if the “battle of the hemispheres” had swung decisively towards the north.
Keyboardist who died aged 60 in May suffered aortic dissection, with band saying ‘he passed naturally and without prolonged suffering’
Depeche Mode have announced the cause of death of their keyboardist Andrew Fletcher as an aortic dissection – a tear in a main artery to his heart.
In a statement on social media, the band said: “A couple weeks ago we received the result from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family asked us to share with you now. Andy suffered an aortic dissection while at home on 26 May. So, even though it was far, far too soon, he passed naturally and without prolonged suffering.”