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R&B star Usher wins child custody battle

A judge in Atlanta has dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher's ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children.

Tameka Foster requested the hearing yesterday, a day after the couple's five-year-old son became caught in a pool drain while in the care of the Grammy Award winner's aunt.

R&B singer Usher greets his ex-wife Tameka Foster after the hearing in Atlanta. Credit: REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

After a hearing in which both Usher and Ms Foster took the stand, Superior Court Judge John Goger dismissed her request.

Following the ruling, Usher approached his ex-wife and gave her a hug.

Pop stars help President Obama usher in second term

Usher, Katy Perry and the cast of 'Glee' were among the pop stars booked to mark the start of President Obama's second term.

Usher performs at the Kids Inaugural concert for children and military families Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The official inauguration will take place on Monday, but the celebrations started last night with a Kids' Inaugural Concert for children and military families in Washington DC.

Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are expected to sing at the president's official inauguration.

Katy Perry performs at the Kids Inaugural concert for children and military families on January 19 Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed


Usher to play Sugar Ray Leonard in new film

R&B singer will play boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in a new film Credit: Reuters

R&B singer Usher will have the honor of playing boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in an upcoming movie. The film is called "Hands of Stone" and is biopic about Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. Usher is also working in the studio on his seventh album.