Ayanna Pressley: African-American woman wins Massachusetts primary

Ayanna Pressley is set to become the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress in Massachusetts, following a primary upset. The 44-year-old Boston city councillor beat House veteran Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic nomination. She will not face a Republican opponent in November’s mid-term election. It is the …

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Donald Trump condemns Bob Woodward book as ‘con’

US President Donald Trump has condemned a book on his White House by renowned Watergate journalist Bob Woodward as a “con on the public”. Mr Trump’s chief of staff and defence secretary, in responses posted by the president on Twitter, described the book as “pathetic” and “fiction”. In the book, …

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Baby Shark takes a bite out of the UK Top 40 charts

It’s not on the Radio 1 or 1Xtra playlists, but if you asked someone under 10 they’d probably say Baby Shark should be. And this week, the children’s song joins the likes of Ariana Grande, Drake and Calvin Harris in the UK Top 40. It’s actually been around since 2007, …

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Stranger Things star’s role as Elephant Man criticised

A disability charity has criticised a show set to appear on the BBC for casting Charlie Heaton in a remake of the Elephant Man. The Stranger Things actor will play Joseph Merrick – who had severe physical deformities. Phil Talbot from Scope called the decision a “missed opportunity” and claimed …

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Brockhampton on changing hip hop’s ‘homophobic space’

It’s a good time to be part of Brockhampton. The band has just played massive sets at Reading and Leeds, they’re making their fourth album Iridescence at Abbey Road and have just announced a huge US tour. Speaking to Annie Mac on Radio 1, they discussed their recent “life-changing” gigs …

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‘This is what plus-sized women have needed’

US plus-sized model Tess Holliday is the star of Cosmopolitan’s latest issue. The cover has been praised as a win for body positivity – with people sharing the importance of seeing a “visibly fat woman” on the front of a fashion mag. Tess, who’s a UK size 26, says she …

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Drill music on 1Xtra: ‘Integrity balanced with duty of care’

Radio 1Xtra has explained why it continues to play drill music – despite recent claims it’s fuelling violence. In a BBC blog, a top executive said the station takes its “editorial responsibility very seriously” and does not “glamorise violence”. But Mark Strippel said it balances the need to “protect creativity” …

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