Abba stars give first performance together in 30 years

The four members of Abba have appeared together in Sweden, and surprised fans with an impromptu singalong. The stars gathered on Sunday at a private party to celebrate the 50-year partnership between songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. During the gala, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performed the Abba song …

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Kelis says she was abused by Nas during their marriage

Pop star Kelis has claimed she was mentally and physically abused during her five-year marriage to rapper Nas. In an hour-long interview, Kelis said the couple frequently traded blows, with Nas sometimes drinking heavily before becoming violent. “I’m not afraid to throw a punch, but I wouldn’t have started it,” …

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Abba announce first new music since 1982

Pop group Abba have returned to the studio to record their first new music since the 1980s. The Swedish quartet said the new material was an “unexpected consequence” of their recent decision to put together a “virtual reality” tour. “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could …

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SOS! Will Abba’s new music live up to their legacy?

It’s hard to imagine now but, once upon a time, people hated Abba. Those spangly satin jumpsuits, their Eurovision origins, the wedding disco ubiquity of Dancing Queen – they all conspired to consign Abba to the cheesy-smelling scrapheap of pop. The band were frequently misunderstood as kitsch because they wrote …

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Giant plastic ‘berg blocks Indonesian river

A crisis of plastic waste in Indonesia has become so acute that the army has been called in to help. Rivers and canals are clogged with dense masses of bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. Officials say they are engaged in a “battle” against waste that accumulates as quickly as …

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Europe’s Mars rover takes shape

So, here it is. Europe’s Mars rover. Or rather, a copy of it. This is what they call the Structural Thermal Model, or STM. It is one of three rovers that will be built as part of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2020 mission to search for life on the …

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