Taylor Swift accepts Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards in Los Angles. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into US politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards in Los Angles on Tuesday where (...)

Rev Jasper Williams jnr delivers the eulogy for Aretha Franklin at the funeral service for the singer at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Members of Aretha Franklin’s family felt the eulogy for the “Queen of Soul” delivered by a pastor at her funeral last week was “offensive and distast(...)

Singer Ariana Grande performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

A Detroit church swelled with gospel music on Friday for the funeral of Aretha Franklin, driving mourners to their feet to clap and sing ahead of trib(...)

The viewing of Aretha Franklin’s casket is seen at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Getty Images

The regal presence Aretha Franklin exuded in life is being captured at her viewing, with the late Queen of Soul in a gold-plated coffin dressed in red(...)

Members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition  1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton, drink a toast to ‘sweethearts and wives’ on board the Endurance. Photograph: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images

So far, this winter has been colder than the last. Christmas scarves, hats and gloves have already been put to good use. The return to school means th(...)

Following the success of If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, producers Nick Patrick and Don Reedman have decided to (...)

Once all but wiped out in New England, turkeys are all over the place again now

The bald eagle is a US national symbol, as you probably know. And for many Americans, its suitability for that role was only enhanced by a video clip (...)

Northwest Passage, a painting by W Thomas Smith. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

The fate of Sir John Franklin’s last Arctic expedition was the great mystery of its time, Amelia Earhart, Lord Lucan and the Bermuda Triangle rolled i(...)

An Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 helicopter at its launch at Weston Airport, Lucan, Co Dublin, in February 2014. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The manufacturers of the helicopter involved in this morning’s search for four crew of the Irish Coast Guard ordered immediate safety checks on the ai(...)

Winner of the World Press Photo 2016  photographer Burhan Ozbilici (right) and Lars Boering  of the World Press Photo Foundation during the announcement in Amsterdam on Monday. Photograph:   Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

The decision by the World Press Photo jury to award their main prize to an image of the murder of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov in an Ankara art ga(...)

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