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Tributes paid to actress Patsy Byrne, 'Nursie' in Blackadder

Sir Tony Robinson has led tributes to his Blackadder co-star Patsy Byrne, who has died at the age of 80.

The actor hailed Byrne, who became well-known for playing Nursie in the second series of the Eighties comedy.

Denville Hall, a care home for elderly actors in north west London, said she died on June 17.

Sir Tony said she had been like a mother to "her boys" on the show and was "indulgent" towards them despite being an experienced actress whose past included the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Byrne is the second star of Blackadder to die in as many weeks. Rik Mayall, who played Lord Flashheart, died at his home London last week.

Putin plea for Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged both sides in the Ukrainian conflict to sit down at the negotiating table and find a compromise.

Speaking after laying a wreath to commemorate the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, he said such a compromise must guarantee the rights of Russian-speaking residents of eastern Ukraine.

Mr Putin earlier expressed support for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's decision to declare a ceasefire.

Lana Del Rey tops the charts

Lana Del Rey received a boost ahead of her Glastonbury Festival performance next weekend as she took over at the top of the album charts.

Her third album Ultraviolence went to number one by selling almost twice as many copies as fellow new entry The Hunting Party, the sixth album by US rock veterans Linkin Park.

Last week's number one, 48:13 by Glastonbury headliners Kasabian, dropped to number five.

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