Image caption Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and went on to sell hundreds of millions of records 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
Image copyrightAnders Hanser Publishing 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 be fun to join forces again and go into the studio,” the band said on Instagram.
Image copyrightAFP/Getty ImagesImage caption Palestinians carry an injured man during clashes with Israeli security forces The health ministry in Gaza says Israeli forces have shot dead three Palestinians in continuing protests on the border. More than 300 others have been hospitalised for gunshot wounds and the effects of tear gas, the ministry says. The Israeli army said more than 10,000 Palestinians had been rioting and its troops had fired in
Image copyrightAlamyImage caption Balenciaga is famous for its high end shoes, clothing and handbags Luxury fashion brand Balenciaga has apologised after claims that Chinese shoppers were mistreated at a Parisian outlet sparked a backlash. Balenciaga and upmarket retailer Printemps apologised on Chinese social media, where news of the incident has attracted over two million comments. A video posted online appeared to show a Chinese customer assaulted at the Balenciaga shop
Image copyrightTia FreemanImage caption Tia after giving birth A new mum claims she used YouTube videos to deliver her own baby after going into labour alone in a hotel room. Tia Freeman, from Nashville, told Newsbeat she was “in autopilot” and the birth was “all kind of a blur”. She initially told her story in a series of tweets, where she claims she mistook the start of her labour for
Image copyrightAFPImage caption A jury of around 15 people taste dozens of baguettes before choosing a winner A French-Tunisian baker, who has won the right to supply the French presidential palace with baguettes for a year, says kneading is the secret behind his prize-winning loaves. “A lot of people go too quickly with the kneading,” Mahmoud M’seddi told the BBC. He is the latest winner of the annual best baguette
Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the flood of new privacy policies Many app users’ inboxes are bulging with requests to review new terms of service and privacy conditions. And it is no coincidence that so many developers have revamped their small print at the same time. In just under a month, the EU will introduce a new privacy law that gives Europeans new data
Image copyrightGetty Images South Korean boy band BTS have announced a mammoth world tour which includes two UK dates. The seven-member group will perform at the O2 Arena in London on 9 and 10 October. The tour, called Love Yourself, will start in their native South Korea before also heading to Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. BTS have become global stars and are one of the genre’s most established acts.
Image copyrightSoroushImage caption “Death to America”, “Death to Freemasons” and “Let’s go pray” are among the stickers available for users Iran is promoting a domestically-produced mobile messaging app, complete with a “Death to America” emoji, in an attempt to get millions of Iranians to abandon the popular Telegram service, which it blames for promoting unrest in the country. Among the features on new app Soroush are a series of emojis
Image copyrightWikimedia CommonsImage caption The North University of China wants students to put down their javelins and pick up their hand grenades A Chinese university has decided to liven up its annual sports day by hosting a grenade-tossing event, it’s reported. According to the China Youth Daily newspaper, the North University of China in the city of Taiyuan, northern Shanxi province, has decided to introduce a “500-gram grenade toss” to