David Bowie, pictured in 2004, wanted his ashes to be scattered in Bali, “in accordance with the Buddhist rituals”. Photograph: PA Wire

David Bowie wanted his ashes to be scattered in a Buddhist ritual in Bali, according to his will. The singer’s death certificate stated he was cremat(...)

Esraa el Taweel, a disabled photographer who says she was forcefully abducted by the Egyptian government for two weeks before surfacing in a courthouse. Photograph: Sima Diab/The New York Times

After the security forces raided the home of Islam Khalil, a 26-year-old salesman, last summer, he seemed to vanish without a trace. Khalil, who lives(...)

September 14th, 1995: Singer David Bowie gestures as he performs one of the the first songs of a six-week concert tour of North America. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Files/Reuters

8th January 1947 - David Bowie is born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, to mother Margaret “Peggy”, a waitress, and charity worker Haywood “John(...)

David Bowie has died at the age of 69. . He is pictured performing at Slane in July 1987. Photograph:  Dermot O’Shea.

Singer-songwriter David Bowie has died at the age of 69 following an 18 month battle with cancer. A statement on his Facebook page reads: “David Bowi(...)

Egyptians queue outside a polling station in the al-Haram neighbourhood in the southern Cairo Giza district. Photograph: Khaled DesoukiAFP/Getty Images

Egypt’s long-awaited parliamentary election got off to a slow start on Sunday, marking the final step in a process that was meant to restore democrac(...)

 Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

Omar Sharif with Peter O’Toole at a Hollywood party following the premiere of Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Photograph: AP

Omar Sharif, who has died aged 83, was introduced to the international screen in one of the most dramatic entrances of film history. This was the sce(...)

Omar Sharif performing in the film Sayyidat al-Qasr (Lady of the Palace) in 1958. Photograph: Alyoum Alsaba/EPA

Omar Sharif, who has died at the age of 83, will be best remembered for a film sequence in which, for much of its duration, he is barely visible on sc(...)

Reality television sometimes seems to be in a race to the bottom, but one woman’s germ of an idea is trying to harness its power for good. Anna Elliot(...)

US president Barack Obama has paid tribute to an Irish woman who has just become a US citizen in an address on immigration reform. Photograph:  Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to an Irish woman who has just become a US citizen in an address on immigration reform. Mr Obama said Ann Der(...)