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Ten facts about the woman who gave us a 'lorra, lorra laughs'

TV presenter and singer Cilla Black has reportedly died aged 72 in Spain Credit: PA

Cilla Black was one of TV's best-loved presenters fronting Blind Date and Surprise Surprise in the 1980s and 90s.

Here are ten facts about the woman who gave us a "lorra, lorra laughs" during her long career.

  • 1. Cilla was actually born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool on 27 May 1943.
  • 2. Her stage name was "Swinging Cilla".
  • 3. Many of her first performances were at Liverpool's Cavern Club, which she blamed for her hearing loss.
  • 4. She often sang with The Beatles and in 1963 was the first female artists to be signed by their manager Brian Epstein.
  • 5. Her first number 1 was Anyone Who Had A Heart, which stayed at the top spot for 3 weeks in February 1963.
  • 6.The song went on to sell over 1 million copies worldwide as did her second UK number 1, You're My World.
  • 7. Cilla never managed to break the US but Elvis Presley had a copy of You're My World on his Graceland jukebox.
  • 8. She was married to her manager Bobby Willis for more than 30 years until he died of lung cancer in October 1999.
  • 9. The couple had three sons together; Robert, Ben and Jack. They also had a daughter, Ellen, in 1975 but sadly she only lived for 2 hours.
  • 10. Last year Cilla was awarded a BAFTA 'Special Award' for her contribution to entertainment in a career which has lasted over 50 years.

Holly Willoughby: 'Cilla you were one incredible lady'

Tributes have been paid to Cilla Black who has reportedly died in Spain, aged 72.

TV presenter Holly Willoughby, who took over from Black as host of ITV's Surprise Surprise, paid tribute to "an incredible lady" on Twitter.

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35-year-old woman stabbed to death in Chelsea

Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was stabbed to death at an address in Stadium Street, in Chelsea.

The woman was found stabbed to death at an address in stadium street. Credit: Google Streetview

Officers were called in the early hours of this morning to reports of a woman suffering stab wounds at the address.

The 35-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Police are trying to trace next of kin.

A 48-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody in central London.

Cecil the lion's close ally Jericho 'is not dead'

An ally of Cecil, the lion killed in Zimbabwe by an American hunter last month, is not dead, a researcher monitoring the pride has said, contradicting earlier reports that Jericho had been killed.

"He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell," said Brent Stapelkamp, field researcher for the Hwange Lion Research Project, which is monitoring the lion with a GPS tag.

Cecil the lion was allegedly killed by American dentist Walter Palmer. Credit: Reuters

Yesterday, a group called the Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force, which is not an official government agency, posted on its Facebook page that Jericho had been killed after a case of "mistaken identity".

The report was then picked up by media outlets and prompted a furious reaction on Twitter where animal lovers had already been expressing their fury at the killing of Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, that was a popular tourist attraction.

Stapelkamp said readings from Jericho's GPS tag indicated he was moving around as usual and appeared to be with a female.

When I heard that report, I had a look on the computer and his movements look regular. He sent a GPS point from his collar from 8:06 p.m. (1806 GMT). Everything looks fine.

– Brent Stapelkamp, Hwange Lion Research Project

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Egypt: Trial of Al Jazeera journalists adjourned for second time

Journalists Baher Mohamed, left, and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy Credit: PA

A court in Egypt has postponed the verdict in the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists who have been charged with aiding a "terrorist organisation" for the second time.

The verdict hearing has been postponed until 29th August.

Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody.

Both men deny all charges.

A third Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste, was deported in February.

'Second piece of plane debris' found on Reunion Island

A second piece of suspected plane debris from missing flight MH370 has reportedly been washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

According to the BBC, the wreckage believed to be a door was discovered south of the city of St Denis.

The first piece of wreckage thought to be from flight MH370 was found on Reunion Island on Wednesday. Credit: Reuters

It comes after another piece of debris thought to be a wing part was found on the same island on Wednesday.

It has been taken to military unit near Toulouse in France which specialises in analysing aviation wreckage.

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