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Women are speaking out about sexual harassment through photographer Eliza Hatch’s powerful project Cheer Up Luv.

These stories of ordinary women foreshadowed the wave of allegations of inappropriate behaviour that swept through entertainment and politics in late 2017.

First broadcast 30 August 2017.

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Women are speaking out about sexual harassment through photographer Eliza Hatch’s powerful project Cheer Up Luv.

These stories of ordinary women foreshadowed the wave of allegations of inappropriate behaviour that swept through entertainment and politics in late 2017.

First broadcast 30 August 2017.

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Can we please send all our support, love and prayers to Jess and her sister Annabelle, fighting for their lives after their crash on boxing day. Much love darlin. Im with ya. May u both make a full recovery. I cannot stress enough to please drive safe these holidays guys. Love ya.

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Australian actress Jessica Falkholt and her sister are in a critical condition following a Boxing Day car crash which killed their parents and another man.

Falkholt, 27, appeared on TV soap Home and Away in 2016, playing the character of Hope Morrison.

She and her sister Annabelle, 21, were seriously injured in the highway crash near Ulladulla, New South Wales.

Home and Away cast members have been sending support to the actress, who appeared in several films and TV shows.

Jackson Heywood, who plays Brody Morgan, posted a picture on Instagram saying: “Much love darlin. Im with ya.”

Olivia Deeble, who plays Hope’s relative, Raffy, asked fans to send “all your love and healing” to the family.

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A spokesperson for Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster of the show, said the news was difficult to comprehend and “especially tragic” given the Christmas period.

“Although her time on set was brief, once a part of the Home and Away family, always part of the family. Jessica’s outstanding talent and professional attitude left an impression on us all.”

Falkholt’s character first appeared when Hope and Raffy Morrison arrived in Summer Bay.

Hope briefly worked at the garage, but ran away after stealing money from there and from Salt restaurant.

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Falkholt played the feisty character of Hope Morrison on Home and Away

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It emerged that her young sister Raffy – actually her cousin – was a sibling of the Morgans, so Raffy stayed in the Bay with them when Hope was jailed for her crimes.

Falkholt’s stint on the long-running series came to an end in November 2016. She stars in the US film Harmony, set for release next year.

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Motorists who witnessed the crash helped pull the sisters from the burning wreckage, local media reported. They were airlifted to Sydney hospitals.

Police said the three people who died – the sisters’ parents and the 50-year-old drive of the other car – had suffered intense burns.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy called the crash “an absolute tragedy” and pleaded for motorists in the state to drive safely.

He said police were investigating whether the car which hit the Falkholts’ vehicle had been on the wrong side of the road.

There have been 22 deaths on New South Wales roads since 15 December.

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Australian actress Jessica Falkholt and her sister are in a critical condition following a Boxing Day car crash which killed their parents and another man.

Falkholt, 27, appeared on TV soap Home and Away in 2016, playing the character of Hope Morrison.

She and her sister Annabelle, 21, were seriously injured in the highway crash near Ulladulla, New South Wales.

Home and Away cast members have been sending support to the actress, who appeared in several films and TV shows.

Jackson Heywood, who plays Brody Morgan, posted a picture on Instagram saying: “Much love darlin. Im with ya.”

Olivia Deeble, who plays Hope’s relative, Raffy, asked fans to send “all your love and healing” to the family.

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A spokesperson for Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster of the show, said the news was difficult to comprehend and “especially tragic” given the Christmas period.

“Although her time on set was brief, once a part of the Home and Away family, always part of the family. Jessica’s outstanding talent and professional attitude left an impression on us all.”

Falkholt’s character first appeared when Hope and Raffy Morrison arrived in Summer Bay.

Hope briefly worked at the garage, but ran away after stealing money from there and from Salt restaurant.

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Falkholt played the feisty character of Hope Morrison on Home and Away

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She appeared in 16 episodes of the show

It emerged that her young sister Raffy – actually her cousin – was a sibling of the Morgans, so Raffy stayed in the Bay with them when Hope was jailed for her crimes.

Falkholt’s stint on the long-running series came to an end in November 2016. She stars in the US film Harmony, set for release next year.

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Home and Away star Pia Miller, who shared many scenes with the young actress, paid tribute in her Instagram story.

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Motorists who witnessed the crash helped pull the sisters from the burning wreckage, local media reported. They were airlifted to Sydney hospitals.

Police said the three people who died – the sisters’ parents and the 50-year-old drive of the other car – had suffered intense burns.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy called the crash “an absolute tragedy” and pleaded for motorists in the state to drive safely.

He said police were investigating whether the car which hit the Falkholts’ vehicle had been on the wrong side of the road.

There have been 22 deaths on New South Wales roads since 15 December.

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Miss America 2018 Cara Mund celebrates her win, nearly a century after the competition began

The Miss America group is seeking the help of former pageant winners and directors, after a scandal over vulgar emails disparaging contestants.

In the emails, published by the Huffington Post, pageant officials made degrading remarks about past winners’ appearance, intellect, and sex lives.

Executive director Sam Haskell, president Josh Randle, and other board members resigned over the scandal.

Now the group is contacting former Miss Americas to help find new leaders.

Dan Meyers, the interim board chairman, said the group wanted former winners to recommend members for a search committee that would determine the group’s future leadership structure.

In a statement to the Associated Press, he said: “The board wanted to have a process that was unprecedented in terms of openness, transparency and inclusion. Given the turbulent nature of leadership transitions, asking all the stakeholders to be a part of this process was the best way.”

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The leaked emails contained three years worth of messages between Mr Haskell and other pageant officials.

They referred to contestants by a vulgar term for female genitalia, expressed a wish that one particular Miss America had died, and speculated about the number of sex partners another had had.

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CEO Sam Haskell exchanged vulgar emails with other staff

Under the new plan, the search committee would be made up of seven members – four people recommended by former Miss Americas and state directors, one former state title holder named by the current board, and two board members, AP reported.

Responding to the news, some former winners called for a complete replacement of the existing board.

“At this time all remaining members must step aside so we can take our beloved program back,” 1977′s Miss America, Dorothy Benham, told AP.

“They have underestimated the strength, intelligence, and determination of the women who have worn the Miss America crown, as well as every young woman who is currently wearing, or has worn the local and state crown. We stand united,” she said.

Jennifer Vaden Barth, a former Miss North Carolina, said: “The board needs to accept responsibility for the damage they have caused. They need to step aside quickly and allow new leadership to save the Miss America program.”

Journalist and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson criticised the move, saying it “pays lip service to groups of stakeholders, while guaranteeing that the majority of the current board will stay on”.

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The outrage that followed the leaked emails cost the Miss America Organization its main sponsor, Dick Clark Productions, which cut ties with the pageant.

Dick Clark Productions said in a statement that it had been made aware of the emails “several months ago” and was “appalled by their unacceptable content”.

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Media captionFamous names from music, drama, science and sport are among the 1,123 people named on the 2018 honours list

Those listed in the New Year Honours have been praised, with Sir Paul McCartney congratulating “best drummer, best pal” Ringo Starr on his award.

The Beatles drummer joins Bee Gee Barry Gibb in being knighted, while Strictly judge Darcey Bussell is made a dame.

Musical writer Sir Tim Rice said Sir Ringo’s honour was “most overdue” and hailed Sir Barry’s “staggering gifts”.

Dame Darcey is “an incredible ambassador for dance”, choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne said.

Former Royal Ballet principal Dame Darcey, said she was “truly humbled”.

Sir Barry also said he felt “humbled and very proud” about his knighthood for services to music and charity.

Made a CBE in 2002 alongside his late brothers and Bee Gees bandmates, Maurice and Robin, Sir Barry said: “It is as much theirs as it is mine.”

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Sir Barry Gibb paid tribute to his late brothers

Sir Ringo’s honour for services to music – given under his real name, Richard Starkey – comes 20 years after Paul McCartney was knighted, and adds to the 1965 MBE received by all four Beatles.

The Los Angeles-based musician said: “It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love.”

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There are 1,123 people named on the main honours list issued by the Cabinet Office, with 70% recognised for work in their communities in a voluntary or paid capacity.

Officials said future lists would see honours for “inspirational action” by people following the Grenfell Tower fire and the terror attacks in London and Manchester.

With one of the highest honours, Helen Sharman joins the Order of St Michael and St George – 26 years after becoming the first British astronaut with her journey to the Soviet Mir Space Station.

Her new CMG is for services to education in science and technology.

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There is also a CBE for Prof Michele Dougherty from Imperial College, London, a member of the Cassini mission to Saturn.

In other areas, Alexandra Shulman, who recently stood down as editor of British Vogue after 25 years; actor Hugh Laurie; and leading artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis are made CBEs.

Political ‘cronyism’ claims

In politics, ex-Deputy PM Nick Clegg, who lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in the general election, is knighted for political and public service alongside several former and serving MPs, while fellow Lib Dem Jo Swinson is made a CBE.

The former deputy PM said he was “grateful” for the knighthood, adding his “aversion to unelected legislatures remains”.

However, the honours granted to politicians have prompted criticism, with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of rewarding “services to the establishment”.

Mrs May has also faced an outcry over honours awarded to three members of the influential Conservative 1922 committee – a backbench group who would play a key role in any future leadership contest.

The chairman of the committee, Graham Brady, received a knighthood, alongside committee treasurer Geoffrey Clifton Brown, while vice chairwoman Cheryl Gillan has been made a dame.

All three backed the Brexit campaign during the EU referendum.

Mr Brady has the power to sanction a leadership contest – triggered if 15% of the party’s MPs – 48 at present – write to him requesting one.

SNP MP Peter Grant said honours for political service were “often bribes for future loyalty”, while Labour MP Jack Dromey claimed the Prime Minister had “handed out honours to cronies”.

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MP Cheryl Gillan and former Deputy PM Nick Clegg make the list

However, the honours committees who decide recipients are independent.

Labour MP Mark Hendrick has been knighted alongside Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle, to which fellow Labour MP Thelma Walker said: “No one is more deserving of this honour”.

Polling expert and political scientist John Curtice, who has received a knighthood, was praised as a “national treasure” by former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown.

‘Blown away’

Elsewhere, author and historian Lady Antonia Fraser and broadcaster Lord Melvyn Bragg join the elite Companions of Honour.

And there is an OBE for ITV’s This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes, who said “2018 will be my 38th year as a broadcaster and I can’t think of a better way of marking that”.

Author Jilly Cooper and TV chef Rick Stein become CBEs.

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Heather Knight lifted the World Cup trophy at Lord’s in July

Cricketer Heather Knight said she was “blown away” by her OBE, which follows England’s World Cup victory over India at Lord’s in July.

The team’s head coach Mark Robinson becomes an OBE, and player of the tournament Tammy Beaumont and player of the final Anya Shrubsole are made MBEs.

Other sporting honours include OBEs for British and Irish Lions rugby captain Sam Warburton and an MBE for Paralympic athlete Stefanie Reid.

The trainer of the Queen’s racehorses, Nicky Henderson, is made a Royal Victorian Order Lieutenant.

Five people involved in Hull’s City of Culture are recognised, including chief executive Martin Green with a CBE.

The “godfather of Grime” Richard Cowie, aka Wiley, said of his MBE for services to music: “It feels like the school grade I wanted and didn’t get but now I’m finally there.”

Grace Ladoja, who manages another grime star, Skepta, receives the same honour.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has been knighted for services to literature and charity.

He says his knighthood gives him a platform to advance one of his main passions: “The opportunity to talk about children’s literature and how really important that is to our young people growing up today.”

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Recognised: Ken Olisa, Lynne Franks, Helen Sharman

There is a knighthood for services to social sciences and politics for the University of Strathclyde’s Prof John Curtice, a familiar face on television for his election polling analysis.

Meanwhile, there is an an OBE for PR consultant Lynne Franks for services to business, fashion and women’s empowerment, and tech investor Ken Olisa – named Britain’s most influential black person in 2015 – is knighted for services to business and philanthropy.

Married couple Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company, and Nicholas Wheeler, of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts, are made OBEs for services to retail, while TV chef Rick Stein, is honoured for services to the economy.

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Honours for people in the health sector make up 10% of the list and include a CBE for Prof Caroline Dive, deputy director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute.

About 11% of recipients work in education, with a CBE for Judith Doyle, principal of Gateshead College, and recognition for nine head teachers.

Met Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey – acting chief at the time of March’s Westminster terror attack – is knighted.

‘Special feeling’

Other recipients include teacher David Canning, who heads a cross-community project in Northern Ireland, and Aina Khan, from Hertfordshire, who works to protect women and children in unregistered marriages. Both are made OBEs.

Ms Khan said “never in a million years” would she expect an OBE.

“When the envelope arrives it’s a really special feeling, because you realise it’s actually something that’s real and happens to ordinary people,” she added.

The youngest person on the list is Lucia Mee, 18, from Antrim, who has had three liver transplants after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, and receives a BEM for promoting awareness about organ donation.

The honours system

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  • Companion of Honour – Recipients wear the initials CH after their name. Limited to 65 people
  • CMG – Order of St Michael St George
  • Knight or Dame
  • CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  • MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire
  • BEM – British Empire Medal

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Clockwise from top left: Chuck Berry, Keith Chegwin, Bruce Forsyth, Jeanne Moreau, Roger Moore and John Hurt

Not a month went by this year without too many figures from the world of arts and entertainment bidding us farewell.

Here’s an affectionate look back at some of those we lost.

January

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L to R: John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore and Om Puri

The year began with veteran actor John Hurt signing off at the age of 77, TV star Mary Tyler Moore saying goodbye aged 80 and Bollywood actor Om Puri leaving us too soon at the age of 66.

We also bid farewell to the art critic John Berger, ‘Allo ‘Allo star Gorden Kaye, British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt, Exorcist author William Peter Blatty and French actress Emmanuelle Riva.

February

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L to R: Richard Hatch, Al Jarreau and Bill Paxton

The year’s shortest month saw Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch die at 71, jazz crooner Al Jarreau silenced at 76 and Titanic star Bill Paxton die suddenly at the age of 61.

We also saw stage actor Alec McCowen and Twin Peaks actor Warren Frost bow out, both at 91, and The Archers’ Sara Coward, Japanese manga artist Jiro Taniguchi and pop star turned priest Peter Skellern all die at 69.

March

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L to R: Chuck Berry, Colin Dexter and Derek Walcott

The third month of 2017 brought the deaths of rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter and Caribbean poet Derek Walcott.

Others to leave us included British artist Howard Hodgkin, Sister Sledge singer Joni Sledge, novelist and playwright David Storey and Robert James Waller, the American novelist best known for The Bridges of Madison County.

April

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L to R: Jonathan Demme, Erin Moran and Tim Pigott-Smith

TS Eliot called April the cruellest month, something with which fans of Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, Happy Days star Erin Moran and British actor Tim Pigott-Smith are sure to agree.

James Bond actor Clifton James, broadcaster Brian Matthew, US comedian Don Rickles and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko also took their leave in April aged 96, 90 and 84 respectively.

May

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L to R: Powers Boothe, Chris Cornell and Roger Moore

Among those who left us in May were imposing US actor Powers Boothe, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and Sir Roger Moore, the much-loved star of seven James Bond films.

Rock and roll trailblazer Gregg Allman, Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, Catweazle actor Geoffrey Bayldon, Darling Buds of May star Moray Watson, Italian DJ Roberto Concina – better known as Robert Miles – and actor Michael Parks, a favourite of Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, also died this month.

June

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L to R: Michael Bond, Glenne Headly and Peter Sallis

In the month Britain went to the polls, we sadly lost Paddington creator Michael Bond, US actress Glenne Headly and Last of the Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis.

Others to die in June included Coronation Street’s Roy Barraclough, Rocky director John G Avildsen, film critic Barry Norman, Animal House star Stephen Furst, Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, model Anita Pallenberg, classical conductor Jeffrey Tate and Adam West of TV Batman fame.

July

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L to R: Chester Bennington, Jeanne Moreau and Sam Shepard

The suicide of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington cast a tragic pall over a month that also saw the deaths of legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau and the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard.

Others to bow out in July included True Blood star Nelsan Ellis, Home Alone actor John Heard, Ed Wood Oscar-winner Martin Landau, children’s TV star Carol Lee Scott, former Doctor Who companion Deborah Watling and zombie maestro George A Romero.

August

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L to R: Glen Campbell, Bruce Forsyth and Jerry Lewis

Three showbusiness legends left us in August – country singer Glen Campbell, entertainer Bruce Forsyth and comedy star Jerry Lewis – at the ages of 81, 89 and 91 respectively.

We also bid a fond farewell to science-fiction author Brian Aldiss, US comedian Dick Gregory, All Creatures Great and Small actor Robert Hardy and the horror director Tobe Hooper.

September

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L to R: Liz Dawn, Hugh Hefner and Harry Dean Stanton

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and the actor Harry Dean Stanton, of Alien and Repo Man fame, were among the dearly departed this month.

Others to take their leave included Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, theatrical giant Peter Hall, quiz show host William G Stewart, The Ginger Man author JP Donleavy, Martin Scorsese regular Frank Vincent and country singer Don Williams.

October

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L to R: Fats Domino, Robert Guillaume and Tom Petty

Ain’t That A Shame? That’s what many people thought in October when they learned that rock and roll singer Fats Domino, Benson actor Robert Guillaume and musician Tom Petty had left us.

The Irish comedian Sean Hughes, French screen star Danielle Darrieux , British actress Rosemary Leach, Guernsey-born character actor Roy Dotrice and AC/DC producer George Young were among others to die this month.

November

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L to R: David Cassidy, Lil Peep and Malcolm Young

The music world was hit hard in November by the deaths of Partridge Family star David Cassidy, 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep and AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, who passed away less than a month on from his brother George.

Others to depart included Magnum PI actor John Hillerman, The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes, Duty Free actor Keith Barron, Scooby-Doo voice performer Heather North and the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

December

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L to R: Keith Chegwin, Johnny Hallyday and Shashi Kapoor

As the year drew to a close, we said goodbye to bubbly TV presenter Keith Chegwin, France’s biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday and Bollywood veteran Shashi Kapoor.

We also lost Heather Menzies-Urich, the actress who played Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound of Music; Leon Bernicoff, one of the regulars on Channel 4′s Gogglebox; and British actor Alfie Curtis, whose Dr Evazan character memorably threatened Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars film.


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A controversial French film about the 2015 terror attack on the Bataclan music venue in Paris, which left 90 people dead, has been put on hold.

Broadcaster France 2 said the love story Ce soir-la (That Night), would be postponed until victims’ associations had been “widely consulted”.

Claire Peltier, whose partner David was among those killed, has called for the “scandalous” film to be shelved.

She has started a petition to block the film, attracting has 39,000 signatures.

She said it was too soon for “such a painful” story.

“We are scandalised that such a film could see the light of day so soon after such a violent event,” the mother-of-two wrote.

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According to Deadline, the film is understood to centre on a fictional romance between a single mother and an Afghan refugee who meet on the night of 13 November as they rescue survivors of the attacks.

France 2 said the film was still being edited, adding: “No transmission date had been fixed for the film… which has not yet been seen by the station’s management.”

Arthur Denouveaux, from the victims’ group Life For Paris, told the Agence France Presse news agency: “Even if we have never asked for censorship, we are glad that modesty and restraint have prevailed.”

US rock band The Eagles of Death Metal were performing to around 1,500 people when masked gunmen stormed the venue, firing at the band and their fans.

It was one of several co-ordinated attacks in the French capital that left 130 people dead.

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