BRIT AWARDS TO HONOUR GEORGE MICHAEL
The Brit Awards were to pay tribute to the late George Michael on Wednesday, in a ceremony also giving greater recognition to ethnic minority artists, following a backlash last year. Late rock legend David Bowie could also be in line for two posthumous accolades at the British music industry's annual awards, as he is up for best male artist and best album.
Macron takes French presidential campaign to London
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged expats in London to bring their talents home to France, following a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May. Addressing more than 2,000 French citizens and others at the Methodist Central Hall, opposite the Houses of Parliament, Macron said he wanted to convince them to return and "innovate, seek, teach".
BRITAIN'S HOUSE OF LORDS BEGINS DEBATING BREXIT BILL
Britain's House of Lords is to begin debating a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to kickstart Brexit - a potentially tricky test given her Conservatives do not hold a majority there. Discussions in the unelected upper house of parliament get underway after the lower House of Commons overwhelmingly approved the draft legislation earlier this month. The bill gives May the right to trigger Article 50 of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, the formal procedure to start negotiations on leaving the bloc.
MORE THAN 150,000 JOIN PRO-REFUGEE PROTEST IN BARCELONA
Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of refugees. Ada Colau, the mayor of Spain's second city, had called on Barcelona residents to "fill the streets" and march under the slogan volem acollir ("We want to welcome them" in Catalan).
IMAGE OF TURKISH ASSASSIN WINS 2017 WORLD PRESS PHOTO AWARD
Brandishing a gun, his face contorted with rage, the shocking image of an off-duty Turkish policeman assassinating the Russian envoy to Turkey Monday won the prestigious World Press Photo Award. Judges praised the courage and bravery of Burhan Ozbilici, a photographer for Associated Press, who stood his ground as 22-year-old policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas pumped nine bullets into ambassador Andrei Karlov at the opening of an Ankara exhibition.