Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, passed away last night and respects are being paid across the Midlands.
See the pictures, as thousands took part in a parade to celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Click here for the full parade route through West Bromwich, Oldbury and Smethwick.
This video shows one of the floats taking part in the Nagar Kirtan procession in Leicester this afternoon. Tens of thousands of people have been taking part in the parade to celebrate the birthday of Sikh founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The following roads will be closed throughout the day as tens of thousands of people parade through Leicester to mark the birth of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
There will be a rolling programme of road closures starting from 11:30am, along the route which is:
- East Park Road
- St Peter’s Road
- Sparkenhoe Street
- Swain Street
- Charles Street
- Northampton Street
- Granby Street
- Gallowtree Gate
- East Gates
- High Street
- St Nicholas Place
- Vaughan Way
- Great Central Street
The parade will end at around 3pm.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to parade through the streets in Leicester this lunchtime to celebrate the birth of the founder of the Sikh faith.
Nagar Kirtan is a religious procession to mark the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. A number of rolling road closures will take place from 11:00am and throughout the afternoon as the parade passes through the city.
A John F Kennedy enthusiast from the Midlands has outlined the main reasons he is travelling to Dallas for the anniversary of the former President's murder.
Patrick Silke says he is going to do plenty of research, and meet people who were close by when both Kennedy and his murderer were shot.
A John F Kennedy enthusiast from the Midlands is flying out to Dallas ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the former US President.
Patrick Silke has been a keen collector and enthusiast since he took on a project on the subject of the assassination at school, aged 16.
He has amassed dozens of books, magazines, photographs and other memorabilia on the Kennedy family and the story of the assassination of John F Kennedy in particular.
Tomorrow (Friday) marks the 50th anniversary of that assassination, when Lee Harvey Oswald shot the 35th US President, while he was travelling in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
Experts from Loughborough University have been advising rescue workers in the Philippines about safe drinking water and sanitation.
More than 4000 people have now been confirmed dead after the country was hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Teenage education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has been awarded the EU's Sakhrov Prize for freedom of thought at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this morning.
Before the ceremony, Malala met with Birmingham MEP, Phil Bennion and members of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, who nominated her for the prize.
Mr Bennion said:
"Malala is an inspiration for millions. We nominated her for the European Union's highest award not only for her incredible work before she was brutally attacked, but for the tremendous courage she has shown since in continuing to fight for girls' right to education around the world."
Sir Graham Watson, a Liberal Democrat MEP and leader of ALDE, said:
"This prize is not just for Malala but for the millions of other girls and boys worldwide, Muslim and non-Muslim, who like her have been denied their universal right to education. She now personifies the fight for that right with her 'weapons of books and pens'."