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British actress Naomi Ackie is to play Whitney Houston in a new film about the late singer’s life. I Wanna Dance With Somebody will be scripted by Anthony McCarten, who wrote Freddie Mercury film Bohemian Rhapsody. Ackie, 28, from east London won a Bafta TV Award earlier this year for her performance in the Channel […]

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic could be sacked as early as Wednesday. The news comes despite the club, who sit 19th in the Premier League, drawing 1-1 at Manchester City on Tuesday. It is understood the Baggies hierarchy have been deliberating over whether to make a change for a number of weeks as the club […]

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has signed a contract extension worth a reported $228.2m (£170.1m) – the richest in NBA history. The two-time Most Valuable Player, 26, has agreed a five-year deal. His agent confirmed the details of the contract to ESPN, with the total value beating the mark of $228m (£169.9m) set by Houston Rockets […]

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has led football figures in a show of solidarity with Pierre Webo, a former Cameroon player who was allegedly racially abused during a Champions League football match. The game was suspended in the first half on Tuesday after players from Paris St Germain and Istanbul Başakşehir refused to continue playing […]

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, will race for the Haas team next season. The US-based team said the 21-year-old had signed a “multi-year contract”. He will partner Russian Nikita Mazepin German Schumacher said the move was “a dream come true, a dream I have been chasing since I was three […]

Drought and human-wildlife conflict is forcing Namibia to auction off 170 “high value” elephants. “Due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, coupled with human-elephant conflict incidences, a need has been identified to reduce these populations,” an advert on state-owned New Era newspaper on Wednesday noted. The advert by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry […]

Aid agencies say that a low cost strawberry-flavoured tablet for children living with HIV will be rolled out in African countries next year. It is to be the first generic paediatric version of a key anti-retroviral therapy which will even be available for babies. The UN estimates that more than 1.5 million children around the […]

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week. Immunisations could start within days for those who need it the most, such as […]

elecoms providers must stop installing Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G mobile network from September, the government has said. The announcement comes ahead of a new law being unveiled on Tuesday, which bans the Chinese firm from the network. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was pushing for the “complete removal of high-risk vendors” from […]

Former Senegal, Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died aged 42. Diop made 129 appearances in the Premier League and also had spells in England with West Ham United and Birmingham City. He played for Senegal at the 2002 World Cup, scoring the winner in the tournament’s opening game as his country beat […]


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