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US President Barack Obama says 'I loved Spock'

US President Barack Obama said Leonard Nimoy was 'generous with his talent and time.' Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

US President Barack Obama has issued a statement after the death of veteran actor Leonard Nimoy.

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the centre of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

– US President Barack Obama


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George Takei: The world has lost a great man

Former Star Trek star George Takei said the world had "lost a great man". Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

George Takei, known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek, said he will miss Leonard Nimoy and the world had "lost a great man"

On his official Facebook page Mr Takei said Nimoy was being "returned to the stars".

He also told MSNBC: "You know, the word ‘extraordinary’ is often overused, but I think it’s really appropriate for Leonard.

"He was an extraordinarily talented man, but also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing as well as acting, and photography.

"He was a very sensitive man and we feel his passing very much. He’d been ill for a long, long time and we miss him very much.”

Spock - the early years: A look at the original Star Trek

The man who always promised to live long and prosper started his career in the role that would define him, in 1966 when the first series of Star Trek aired.

Those early series are the ones most strongly associated with Leonard Nimoy in his role as the pointed eared Vulcan. Staring along side William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Spock traveled the universe in the Starship Enterprise as Kirk's right hand man.

Spock gets sprayed by a mystery flower in season one episode 24 - This Side of Paradise (1967).

Spock and Kirk in rare punch-up in This Side of Paradise.

In "Spock's Brain (1968) the Vulcan gets his brain removed in episode 1 season 3.

In The City on the Edge of Forever (1967) Spock and Kirk have a run in with the police.


William Shatner: I loved Leonard Nimoy like a brother

William Shatner has paid tribute to former Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy. Credit: Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/Press Association Images

William Shatner, who played Star Trek's Captain Kirk, said he loved Leonard Nimoy "like a brother".

He added: "We will all miss his humour, his talent, and his capacity to love."

Leonard Nimoy's granddaughter posts moving tribute

Leonard Nimoy's granddaughter Dani has posted a moving tribute to the 83-year-old actor through his official Twitter account.

She said her grandfather was "an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author-the list goes on- and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all LLAP (Live Long And Prosper)".

Cliff Richards lawyers: MPs 'enabled media coverage'

Lawyers representing Sir Cliff Richard have accused MPs of damaging the singer by releasing a letter from South Yorkshire Police to the media.

The letter, released earlier this week, said the police investigation had "increased significantly in size" and contained "more than one allegation". Sir Richard's lawyers complain the letter did not need to be published, and its publication "encouraged widespread publicity".

As a direct result of the decision of the committee to publish the SYP letter, and to proactively send it to media organisations, our client has been exposed to a further round of unnecessary and extremely damaging media coverage, with no due process.

Our client had no opportunity to comment or make submissions to the committee in advance of publication, but had he been able to do so, the damage that has since been caused by the Committee's actions and by the SYP letter would, most likely, have been avoided.

It is the committee who have acted as enablers to the media so that they could report on claims of new allegations about which our client has been given no or very little information; about which he has yet to be questioned; for which he has not been arrested; and of course, over which he has not been charged.

The committee have, through their actions, facilitated coverage which would not have otherwise occurred.

– Gideon Benaim, of Michael Simkins LLP

Sir Cliff has previously said the claims against him were "absurd and untrue" and he had "never, in my life, assaulted anyone."

He was interviewed under caution last year by detectives investigating a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s, but was not arrested or charged.

Claims UK forces radicalised Jihadi John 'very false'

The former head of MI6 has labelled claims that UK security services helped radicalise the terrorist known as Jihadi John as "very false and very transparent".

The militant, who was captured on a number of videos showing the beheading of Islamic State captives, has now been identified as former British student Mohammed Emwazi.

Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, called the claims 'very false' Credit: PA

Advocacy group Cage has claimed that Emwazi was driven into extremism after being "harrassed" by intelligence agencies who tried to recruit him.

Sir John Sawers, who was head of MI6 from 2009 to 2014, refused to comment on the specific case, but called the argument "very specious".

These people draw attention to themselves because of their activity, their mixing, participation in extremist and sometimes terrorist circles, so of course they're going to draw attention to themselves and by an approach, if that's what happens, you give an opportunity to the individual to draw back from the terrorist groups that he - it's usually a he, sometimes a she - is about to mix with and you also give them a warning.

But the idea that somehow being spoken to by a member of MI5 is a radicalising act, I think this is very false and very transparent.

– Sir John Sawers, ex-MI6
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