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Kobe Bryant: Stars pay tribute to basketball legend

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter and seven others.

The crash happened in Calabasas, California at around 10am local time (6pm GMT), killing everyone on board. Officials said the helicopter went down in a remote field, but nobody on the ground was hurt.

Former LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant, 41, was a five-time NBA champion and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, was a promising young player.

Laurence Fox defends comments on Sikh troops after receiving death threats in wake of Question Time backlash

Laurence Fox defended his right to hold an opinion on sensitive issues.

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Following his controversial appearance on Question Time, Laurence Fox says people 'shouldn't be terrified to say how they feel' after he received backlash for a string of divisive comments.

Laurence Fox has defended his controversial comments surrounding the inclusion of a Sikh soldier in the Sam Mendes directed film, 1917.

The actor had said the inclusion of the character was 'incongruous' in an interview with James Delingpole, despite the fact millions of Sikh troops fought side by side with British soldiers.

When asked by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about his comments, Fox replied: "I’m not a historian I don’t know."

“I think there were a lot of soldiers from the former empire fighting in World War One. I suppose it would have been less incongruous to me if he had got on the truck to a whole regiment of Sikh soldiers.”

Piers later asked if he had any regrets over the "unfortunate" comments which sparked a huge backlash.

"Do you regret saying that?" Piers asked, adding: "Because out of all of the things you've said in the last two weeks - I've been cheering you on right until that point - but I was like that to me, I didn't really get what you were getting at.

"I felt like it was sort of insulting, actually, to Sikh soldiers who had served. Many, many hundreds of thousands of Indian soldiers who served in World War One. It felt to me as though it was an unfortunate thing to have said."

Prince Harry breaks silence claiming there was 'no other option' but to quit royal duties in emotional speech

Prince Harry has insisted that he and the Duchess of Sussex are not walking away, despite giving up their role as senior royals.

Prince Harry made a speech at his Sentebale charity dinner and said he didn’t make the decision lightly and there was ‘no other option’. This comes after it was revealed that the couple will lose their HRH titles and will no longer receive their public funding.

What I want to make clear is, we’re not walking away.

– Prince Harry

Good Morning Britain heads to Hollywood for Oscars special

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid are heading to Los Angeles for a Good Morning Britain Oscars special.

You are cordially invited to the biggest event in the showbiz calendar! Tune in to our new and extended show with Piers and Susanna from 6am to 9am on Feburary 10.

Piers explained: “We have exciting news, Oscar nominations came out yesterday and we can reveal we are going back to Hollywood to host the Oscars special.

“It’s on the 10th February, live from the Beverly Hills Hotel. It will be a three-hour Oscars special, 6 - 9am and Susanna and I will be hosting. We have some great guests, we are going to drip feed them out to you, day by day.”

Official says US has 'very clear position' on Anne Sacoolas' extradition as Dunn family seek justice

Spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus said : 'no one ever supports the tragic loss of life'

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is set to have a meeting with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the issue on Friday.

A spokesman for the American State Department secretary has said the US government has remained 'very clear' on their position regarding Anne Sacoolas' extradition to the UK.

Anne Sacoolas, who was charged with the death of 17-year-old British teenager Harry Dunn by dangerous driving, is facing calls for her to be extradited to the UK from the United States where she currently has diplomatic immunity.

When asked whether America will send Mrs Sacoolas back to the UK, Morgan Ortagus said “that won’t happen” but offered her condolences to the Dunn family.

"I think the Foreign Minister is very clear on what our position is on this as it relates to the diplomatic immunity of our diplomat who was involved in a tragic accident," she told reporter Richard Gaisford.

She added: "The President met with the family, and we've offered our deepest condolences - no one ever supports the tragic loss of life."

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is set to have a meeting with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the issue on Friday.

The spokesperson said the UK government is aware of why America will not help with the extradition of Anne Sacoolas but did not give any details.

Pressed on why it can't happen, Ms Ortagus said: "I'm not going to get into it, you're government is aware."

Harry’s parents have said they cannot move on until Mrs Sacoolas has come back to the UK.

The Queen left ‘disappointed’ at Harry and Meghan's decision to 'step back' as senior royals

The Royal Family have been left "deeply disappointed" by Harry and Meghan's move to ‘step back’ from royal duties.

It was reported that the Queen and Prince Charles were only recently informed of the Sussexes intention to explore their public positions as members of the monarchy, and were not aware the statement was due to be issued.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they will split their time between both the UK and North America, and that their decision comes after "many months of reflection and internal discussions".

Buckingham Palace has warned Harry and Meghan's decision is 'complicated' and the talks are still at the early stage.

ITV News’ Royal Editor Chris Ship joined Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid to explain the significance of the couple's announcement.

Steve Irwin's daughter pays emotional tribute to late star as Australia fires kill wildlife he tried to 'protect'

The 21-year-old sad she hopes she can make him 'proud'.

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The late Steve Irwin's daughter paid an emotional tribute to the famed 'Crocodile Hunter' on her Instagram, by posting a smiling picture of him holding a Kangaroo.

In the post, she praised her late father who 'worked so hard to protect wildlife', after it was revealed that more than a billion animals have died in the Australian bushfire crisis.

The 21-year-old said she wishes she could talk to him for 'advice and strength' as the fires continue to cause devastation across the country.

"Dad spent his life working so hard to protect wildlife and wild places, especially in Australia," she wrote in the touching post.

"I wish he was here right now to give advice and strength during this time of devastation with the bushfires."

She added that she hopes she can make him 'proud', saying: "I know that his spirit lives on through our conservation work and I hope together we can make him proud."