Week in pictures: 11 – 17 August 2018

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright LUCA ZENNARO/EPA Image caption The Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed suddenly on Tuesday, killing at least 38 people. A huge section about 200m (656ft) long collapsed, falling 45m, along with dozens …

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Obituary: Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin possessed one of the most distinctive and influential voices in the history of popular music. In a 50-year recording career she racked up 20 Top 10 albums, a dozen million-selling singles and earned no fewer than 18 Grammy awards. An artist of immense versatility, her powerful voice, trained …

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Italy bridge collapse: Genoa prepares for state funeral

Image copyright EPA Image caption Grieving relatives gathered at the hall in Genoa where rows of coffins were laid out Italian President Sergio Mattarella is due to preside over a state funeral for 18 of the victims of Tuesday’s bridge collapse in Genoa. Mr Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte …

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Wellbeing in your 20s

Image copyright Caroline Montague/Thomas Tozer Image caption Caroline Montague in her 20s and her son Thomas Tozer, 25 They are often said to be the best years of your life, but how different is it to be in your 20s now, than 10 or 20 years ago? Thomas Tozer is …

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Yemen war: Boys dig friends’ graves after air strike

An attack that shocked the world – at least 33 children killed in rebel-held northern Yemen when an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit their school bus. The coalition intervened in 2015 to support the internationally recognised government against Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran. Many civilian deaths …

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Aretha Franklin sings at Obama inauguration

Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” who became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The BBC looks back at her performance at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where she sang ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’. …

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University unconditional offers 'undermine education'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmile and Lleucu both have unconditional offers but said they still worked hard The education system is being undermined by universities making more unconditional offers, according to the head of Wales’ biggest college. David Jones, of Coleg Cambria, said offers were coming …

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100 Women: The artist redrawing 'sexist' comic book covers

Image copyright Shreya Arora Image caption An issue of The Sensational She-Hulk (left), with Shreya Arora’s reimagination (right) An artist in India is challenging sexist drawings of women in comic books by parodying them using male heroes in poses typically associated with women. She-Hulk has superhuman strength and speed and …

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Scarlett Johansson named the world's best-paid actress

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scarlett Johansson’s earnings have risen from $10m to $40.5m in the past year, Forbes said Helping to save the world with The Avengers has helped Scarlett Johansson become the best-paid actress in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Johansson, who plays Black Widow in …

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