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Kirstie Alley, 'Cheers' and 'Veronica's Closet' star, dead at 71

Actress Kirstie Alley has died after a brief battle with cancer, her children announced on social media.

John Travolta and Kirstie Alley: A love story

Kirstie Alley and John Travolta were never romantically involved, but that wasn't how she initially wanted it.

Chelsea Handler, Leslie Jones and John Leguizamo among guest hosts to step in for Trevor Noah on 'The Daily Show'

The end of an era is fast approaching at Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," and the network has announced at least the first phase of plans for what's to come next.

Ashton Kutcher and twin Michael talk health, guilt and rift between them

In a rare interview, twin brothers Ashton and Michael Kutcher talked about both their bond and their rift.

Bong Joon Ho's 'Mickey 17' gets trailer and release date

A first look at "Parasite" director Bong Joon Ho's new movie is here.

K-pop band Blackpink selected as Time Entertainer of the Year 2022

Global pop sensation Blackpink have been chosen as Time magazine's 2022 Entertainer of the Year, making the four-woman band the second K-pop artists to earn the title, after BTS in 2020.

Gabourey Sidibe reveals she's been secretly married for over a year

It turns out that Gabourey Sidibe has been even busier than previously thought since the beginning of the pandemic.

'Harry & Meghan' series gets release date and new trailer

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have an early Christmas gift for their supporters.

Jill Scott announces 'Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol. 1' 23rd anniversary tour

After a 20th-anniversary tour of Jill Scott's chart-topping album, "Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol I" was forced to end prematurely due to the pandemic, it will resume.

Adam Sandler still gets emotional singing sweet Chris Farley song

Adam Sandler will always Chris Farley.

Neil Diamond surprises audience with 'Sweet Caroline' performance at Broadway opening of 'A Beautiful Noise'

Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" at the Broadway opening of his musical" A Beautiful Noise," five years after retiring due to his Parkinson's diagnosis.

George Clooney has a simple strategy for being a star in the age of social media

George Clooney has a surefire way for staying out of trouble as a public figure in the age of social media: stay off of it.

Ben Affleck says Netflix's 'assembly line' approach to making quality films is 'an impossible job'

Ben Affleck is sounding off on how movies are being made in today's age of Netflix and other streaming platforms, which offer an ever-expanding glut of content.

Keke Palmer reveals baby bump as part of her 'Saturday Night Live' opening monologue

Some people like singing their good news from the rooftops, but in Keke Palmer's case, it was done on live television in front of millions of viewers.

Christine McVie's music: 5 songs to listen to in her honor

There's a reason why Christine McVie was considered the heart of Fleetwood Mac.

Axl Rose will stop tossing mic after a fan was reportedly injured

Axl Rose is ending a 30-year Guns N' Roses tradition.

Harrison Ford cracks the whip in teaser trailer for 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny'

It's a name so iconic, he comes with his own theme song, and boy, is it a sweet sound.

'Willow' revives the Lucasfilm fantasy with a more contemporary streaming adventure

Disney's press materials refer to the original 1988 movie "Willow" as "beloved," which despite its admirers feels like nostalgic inflation of a pretty generic George Lucas-plotted fantasy that provided an early directing showcase for Ron Howard. Setting that aside, a Disney+ revival series isn't without its charms, in a more contemporary narrative that brings back Warwick Davis while focusing on the next generation.

'Love Actually' director feels 'a bit stupid' about movie's lack of diversity

Every year, as the days grow colder and Christmas draws nearer, "Love Actually" quickly becomes a festive favorite on people's television screens.

Joe Pesci says playing Harry in the 'Home Alone' films came with some 'serious' pain

They say artists have to be willing to do anything for their art, and for Joe Pesci, that includes setting his head on fire.

Inside Christine McVie's and Stevie Nicks' decades-long friendship

Throughout the various personal turmoils for which the members of Fleetwood Mac are known, one relationship buoyed the band for decades: the friendship between its two frontwomen, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks.

Will Smith, opening up about Oscars slap, tells Trevor Noah 'hurt people hurt people'

Will Smith opened up to Trevor Noah about the now-famous slap at the Oscars in March during an appearance that aired Monday night on "The Daily Show."

'Super Mario Bros. Movie' trailer shows being a hero isn't all fun and games

Mario learns that being a hero is a tough gig in the new trailer for "Super Mario Bros. Movie."

'The Phantom of the Opera' extends Broadway run for eight weeks due to high demand

The music of the night will continue for eight weeks longer than expected.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reach divorce settlement

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have come to a divorce agreement, a source with knowledge of the negotiations tells CNN.

Marsai Martin and Omari Harwick play to win in 'Fantasy Football'

The new film "Fantasy Football" capitalizes on some of its stars natural talent.

In 'Wednesday,' Jenna Ortega makes Netflix's Addams Family series look like a snap

Although the main character's name was inspired by the poetic line "Wednesday's child is full of woe," "Wednesday" is generally a delight, thanks almost entirely to Jenna Ortega. Having outgrown her Disney Channel days, Ortega makes the Addams Family's now-high-school-age daughter the coolest humorless goth sociopath you'll ever meet, in a Netflix series that's more kooky than spooky or ooky.

'Glass Onion' sharpens the 'Knives Out' formula in a polished Netflix sequel

Rising to the challenge of matching its successful predecessor, "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" maintains the razor-sharp formula, with a setup that feels even more conspicuously like an Agatha Christie homage before an extremely clever series of twists kick in. Writer-director Rian Johnson again assembles a solid cast behind Daniel Craig, but it's his use of language -- where nary a word is wasted -- that finally gives the sequel its edge.

'Love Actually' cast to reunite for 20th anniversary TV special

One of the most beloved modern Christmas classics is turning 20 next year, and to mark the occasion, cast members from the landmark 2003 romantic comedy "Love Actually" are reuniting for a TV special to air on ABC next week, the network announced Tuesday.

James Cameron almost didn't choose Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet to star in 'Titanic'

James Cameron is sharing some surprising details from the making of his blockbuster hit "Titanic," which celebrates 25 years of being released next month.

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How to outsmart fake news in your Facebook feed

Fake news is actually really easy to spot -- if you know how. Consider this your New Media Literacy Guide.

Revealed: Winners of the 'Oscars of watches'

It's the prize giving ceremony that everyone's on time for.

Driverless 'Roborace' car makes street track debut

It is a car kitted out with technology its developers boldly predict will transform our cities and change the way we live.

Flying a sports car with wings

Piloting one of the breed of light aircraft is said to be as easy as driving a car

Brightest supermoon since 1948

See photos of November's supermoon -- the brightest in nearly 70 years.

This NASA astronaut voted from space

From infinity and beyond, he found a way to vote.

Teen girls prepare for space launch

Teenage girls have designed Africa's first private satellite due to launch into space in 2017. It's hoped it can monitor and find answers to South Africa's drought crisis.

Going to space is a real pain in the back

A six-month stay on the International Space Station can be a pain in the back for astronauts. While they may gain up to 2 inches in height temporarily, that effect is accompanied by a weakening of the muscles supporting the spine, according to a new study.

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'

"Attention! Attention!" blares the Russian voice from a loudspeaker. "The nuclear bombs will be launched in one hour."

What parents should know about the VR gear kids want

Thinking about treating your family to a little virtual reality this holiday? Have no idea where to start? Don't worry. From Google's inexpensive Cardboard VR viewer to Sony's new PlayStation VR, this guide will help you figure out what makes sense for your family's interests, needs and budget.

Japan's boom in weird wearable tech

What do Discman, Tamagotchi, and Game Boy have in common?

Cell phones, screens are keeping your kid awake

These days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games.

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Trump team finds two documents with classified markings in a Florida storage unit

Putin says threat of nuclear war is increasing

Ukraine war is going to 'take a while,' Putin says as he warns nuclear risk is increasing

Nearly 10 months after his invasion of Ukraine began, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday acknowledged that the conflict is "going to take a while," as he also warned of the "increasing" threat of nuclear war.

Intercepted phone call reveals dwindling conditions for Russian forces

An intercepted phone call between a Russian soldier and his mother reveals conditions on the front lines of Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.

Harry and Meghan's highly anticipated Netflix documentary released

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's controversial Netflix documentary has been released on the streaming platform, with the couple promising to recall their experiences of their bitter split from the British royal family.

MBS rolls out the red carpet for Xi, in a not too subtle message to Biden

Takeaways from historic US Supreme Court hearing that could upend election rules

Arguments in the Supreme Court's blockbuster election rules case played out for more than three hours on Wednesday as the justices examined claims from the North Carolina GOP legislature, which argues that state constitutions and state courts have little or no authority to impose limits on how state legislatures craft their rules for federal elections.

China scraps some of its most controversial Covid rules in significant step toward reopening

China announced sweeping changes to its national pandemic response on Wednesday, the clearest and most significant sign yet that the country is moving away from its strict zero-Covid approach.

Expert: China has failed to prepare residents when zero-Covid policy ends

As China slowly begins to roll back its zero-Covid policy, CNN's Ivan Watson speaks with experts about how China's elderly are at a higher risk of winter Covid surge and how the country has failed to prepare its residents for the roll back.

Prince among group accused of plotting German coup

German officials arrested 22 suspected members and three suspected supporters of a far-right terrorist organization across the country on Wednesday on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.

Taliban carry out first public execution since returning to power in Afghanistan

The Taliban on Wednesday put an alleged murderer to death in the first public execution held in Afghanistan since the Islamist group returned to power.

Peru's President impeached and arrested after failed attempt to dissolve Congress

Peru's President Pedro Castillo announced on Wednesday that he will dissolve Congress temporarily, and will install an emergency government -- hours before lawmakers were due to make an impeachment vote in congress.

Bali bomber released on parole after serving half of 20-year sentence

Indonesia has released on parole Umar Patek, a bomb maker in the deadly 2002 Bali attacks, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights said on Wednesday.

CNN gets access to Ukrainian hospital performing life-saving surgeries on wounded troops

CNN's Sam Kiley visits a hospital in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, where doctors perform innovative life-saving surgeries on wounded troops.

Biden administration weighs Ukrainian requests for access to US stockpile of controversial cluster munitions

Ukrainian officials and lawmakers have in recent months urged the Biden administration and members of Congress to provide the Ukrainian military with cluster munition warheads, weapons that are banned by more than 100 countries but that Russia continues to use to devastating effect inside Ukraine.

Georgia win gives Democrats true Senate majority

The world's oldest DNA has been discovered, and it's 2 million years old

A core of ice age sediment from northern Greenland has yielded the world's oldest sequences of DNA.

Jamaica declares widespread state of emergency to fight violent crime

A widespread state of emergency has been declared across Jamaica to fight violent crime, the island nation's Prime Minister Andrew Holness said in a public address Wednesday.

CNN captures Ukrainian POW's emotional return home

CNN travels to an undisclosed location near the Russian border to witness the arrival of two buses carrying sixty Ukrainian prisoners that released in a swap with Russia. CNN's Will Ripley has the exclusive report.

UK government greenlights first new coal mine in three decades

The UK has greenlit a controversial plan to open the country's first new coal mine in three decades, a little more than a year after the nation tried to convince the world to ditch coal at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

She fled Afghanistan under the Taliban, now the US has put her future on hold

After fleeing the Taliban takeover of her home country of Afghanistan in 2021, Yalda Azamee thought her dreams came true when she was accepted to two of America's top universities.

Anne Heche not impaired by drugs at time of crash, coroner's report shows

There were no active drugs found in actress Anne Heche's system at the time of her car crash in August, according to a Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner report released Tuesday.

SE Cupp: Fox News won't face the truth in Georgia

In this week's episode of "Unfiltered," SE Cupp examines what's really driving Republican losses in critical states like Georgia -- and argues that the party and its pundits cannot seem to reckon with that truth.

How Indonesia's new sex laws will affect tourists

International travelers have been flocking back to the popular resort island of Bali as the Covid pandemic subsides, prompting hopes that Indonesia's battered tourism industry is on the road to recovery.

Argentina's Cristina Fernández de Kirchner sentenced to six years in prison for corruption

A court in Argentina on Tuesday sentenced the country's vice president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to six years in prison and disqualified her from holding public office again after finding her guilty of corruption during her earlier terms as President.

Series of mistakes led to prison beating death of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, report shows

The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General released a report on Wednesday outlining how a series of mistakes by the embattled Bureau of Prisons led to the beating death of imprisoned Boston gangster and convicted murderer James "Whitey" Bulger four years ago.

Man in China fined $478 for reclining his train seat

The ongoing debate about whether it's acceptable to recline your seat while traveling has taken a turn in China's Hunan province after a man was fined for leaning back on a train.

Mother of fallen officer explains why she chose not to shake hands with GOP leaders

CNN's Poppy Harlow and Don Lemon speak with the family of fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, after they snubbed Republican leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy at a ceremony held to honor law enforcement who defended the US Capitol during the January 6, 2021, insurrection.

New Zealand court takes guardianship of baby after parents refuse vaccinated blood for heart surgery

A critically-ill six-month-old baby will be placed under the temporary guardianship of New Zealand's High Court after his parents refused to allow him to undergo lifesaving heart surgery using blood from people vaccinated against Covid-19.

Canada police will not search landfill which may hold remains of indigenous victims

Authorities in Canada believe the remains of two indigenous women who died at the hands of an alleged serial killer are likely in a landfill, but police have decided not to conduct a search at the site, citing hazards and ground conditions.

Who is behind 'Harry and Meghan' Netflix docuseries?

After much speculation over the fate of Netflix's docuseries "Harry & Meghan," the first three episodes finally arrive Thursday, offering an intimate look at the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and, as the trailers suggest, further insight into why they stepped down from their royal duties.

Iran's former president urges government to be more lenient with protesters

Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami has urged the current government to be more lenient with protesters, amid ongoing nationwide demonstrations representing the biggest challenge to the Islamic Republic in decades.

UK nurses and ambulance drivers join biggest wave of strikes in over a decade

Britain is bracing for further disruption from strikes heading into the Christmas period, as ambulance drivers and nurses join rail operators and postal workers in the worst wave of walkouts the country has endured for at least a decade.

'It's cheating. It's lying. It's greed': Manhattan DA weighs in on Trump Org. conduct

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg discusses the guilty verdict for two Trump Organization companies on multiple charges of criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records connected to a 15-year scheme to defraud tax authorities by failing to report and pay taxes on compensation for top executives.

Elon Musk is on the verge of losing his world's richest person title

Elon Musk is on the verge of losing his status as the world's richest person, at least according to one metric.

13 stranded strangers went on a road trip. Here's what happened

What do you do when your evening flight is canceled, you really need to be somewhere in the morning and there are no other available flights?

Statins lower the risk of one of the deadliest kinds of strokes, study finds

Doctors know that drugs called statins lower a person's risk of a stroke due to a blood clot. But a new study shows that the inexpensive medications can also decrease the risk of a first stroke as a result of an intracerebral hemorrhage, the deadliest kind.

Full 'cold moon' shines bright and eclipses Mars in a rare event

December's full moon, also known as the "cold moon," will shine bright in the night sky this Wednesday, peaking at 11:08 p.m. ET.

Chris Wallace asks Fauci what he thinks about Trump

As he prepares to leave the National Institutes of Health after 54 years of public service as the nation's top doctor of infectious disease, Dr. Fauci reflected on the ups and downs throughout his career. Watch 'Who's Talking to Chris Wallace' Sunday 7 PM ET on CNN.

Topless beaches now legal on Nantucket

It is now legal for women -- and men -- to be topless at beaches on the popular vacation island of Nantucket, off the coast of Massachusetts.

Shaquille O'Neal pushed into Christmas tree during on-air race

During an on-air race on TNT's "Inside the NBA", Kenny Smith pushed co-host Shaquille O'Neal into a Christmas tree. It's not the first time this has happened either.

Wordle is the most-searched term on Google in 2022

Admit it: You've probably either Googled the answer for Wordle, or at the very least searched to play it. Turns out, you're not alone.

Could Cristiano Ronaldo be Portugal's super sub for the rest of the World Cup?

Watch golden retriever trigger a fire alarm at her doggie daycare

Birdie the golden retriever pulls fire alarm at doggie day care. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports she had to wear a naughty dog apology sign.

100 million-year-old plesiosaur skeleton discovery 'could hold the key' to prehistoric research

The discovery of a giant 100 million-year-old marine reptile's skeleton in Australia has been hailed by researchers as a breakthrough that may provide vital clues about prehistoric life.

'Totally uninhibited' dancing guest conductor goes viral

Conductor gone wild. Watch guy who won a raffle get to conduct an orchestra. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Palestinian flag waved on pitch as Morocco celebrates historic World Cup win

Several players of Morocco's national team unfurled a Palestinian flag on the pitch while celebrating their historic World Cup win over Spain in Qatar on Tuesday.

Amateur fossil hunters find rare intact plesiosaur skeleton

Amateur paleontologists in Queensland, Australia uncovered a rare, 100 million-year-old marine reptile's skeleton that could provide vital clues about prehistoric life.

How you sleep can cause neck and back pain

Neck pain may have many causes: Stress, poor posture, texting, injuries from sports, car or other accidents and chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, to name a few. But there's another culprit you may not be considering — how you sleep.

Documents were found during search by team hired by the ex-president's lawyers and handed over to FBI

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Are cell phone calls on airplane flights inevitable?

Ah, holiday travel. Between huge crowds and weather delays, flying during this time of year is hectic. Now close your eyes and imagine the entire scenario with one additional annoyance: Loud talkers yammering into their cell phones at 35,000 feet.

'Hamlet' in the skies? The story behind Taiwan's newest airline

Debuting its first flights in January 2020, Taiwanese start-up STARLUX Airlines could be the first new player in 30 years to upend the island's duopoly aviation market.

Copenhagen's new Metro is a thing of beauty

In Copenhagen, traffic is usually caused by the two-wheel variety of transportation: the bicycle.

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The best luxury bars in Budapest

Budapest 's fine dining revolution

Luxury atop one of the world's tallest hotels

From traditional souks, mosques and UNESCO World Heritage sites, to futuristic skyscrapers, Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, offers an eclectic mix of old and new.

They say he lived to be 168. Here's how

There are a number of destinations around the world famed for the longevity of their residents.

This fire has been burning for 4,000 years

"This fire has burned 4,000 years and never stopped," says Aliyeva Rahila. "Even the rain coming here, snow, wind -- it never stops burning."

Russia's war in Ukraine

Crews in Ukraine are racing to repair the country's energy system as hospitals suspend planned surgeries following Russian strikes. Follow live news updates here.

Ukraine war is going to 'take a while,' Putin says as he warns nuclear risk is increasing

Nearly 10 months after his invasion of Ukraine began, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday acknowledged that the conflict is "going to take a while," as he also warned of the "increasing" threat of nuclear war.

Germany arrests 25 suspected far-right extremists for plotting to overthrow government

German officials arrested 22 suspected members and three suspected supporters of a far-right terrorist organization across the country on Wednesday on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.

December 7, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

President Vladimir Putin said that the threat of nuclear war is increasing although adding he viewed the Russian arsenal as a deterrent.

The hospital saving Ukraine's war wounded in Kramatorsk

As the young soldier lies motionless in the machine, a group of doctors huddle over a computer in an adjoining room.

UK government greenlights first new coal mine in three decades

The UK government has greenlit a controversial plan to open the country's first new coal mine in three decades, a year after the nation tried to convince the world to ditch coal at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

Keith Richards Fast Facts

Read CNN's Fast Facts on musician, songwriter, author and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is named TIME person of the year

TIME magazine has named Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian leader whose attempt to fight off Russia's invasion of his country has won widespread acclaim, as its person of the year, alongside "the spirit of Ukraine."

What we know about the strikes on air bases inside Russia

A series of attacks deep inside Russia this week have raised the stakes for Moscow at a time when its war on Ukraine is faltering.

December 6, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

A drone strike took place Tuesday at an airfield in Russia's Kursk region, which borders northeastern Ukraine, according to the regional governor. Follow here for live news updates.

Blasts deep inside Russia hand Putin a fresh problem, with no obvious answer

Moscow's accusation that Ukrainian drones struck two airbases deep inside Russia has once again raised the febrile question of escalation nine months into the war.

Russian base attacks put spotlight on Ukrainian drone program

Multiple attacks targeting Russian military infrastructure this week have focused attention on Ukraine's efforts to develop longer-range combat drones.

Russian nationals fighting for Ukraine vow to resist Moscow's forces 'until the end'

A soldier in a Ukrainian uniform morosely contemplates the ruins of an Orthodox monastery in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. He is one of a number of Russian nationals fighting with Ukraine against Moscow's forces.

Moscow accuses Ukraine of drone attacks deep inside Russia, fires fresh barrage of missiles

Russia launched a fresh barrage of missiles toward Ukraine on Monday as it accused Kyiv of striking military airfields deep inside its territory.

December 5, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed Ukraine used drones to attack two military air bases within its territory Monday. Ukraine has not confirmed the attacks.

'I wanted to resume my transition at all costs.' Trans Ukrainians uprooted by war struggle to continue treatment

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Putin says 'we haven't gone mad' over nukes - but won't rule out first strike

Vladimir Putin has said "we haven't gone mad" when asked about concerns he could use nuclear weapons in Ukraine - but didn't rule out a possible first-strike if threatened.

German police raids target group suspected of far-right plot to overthrow government

Around 3,000 police officers have carried out raids across Germany to stop an alleged plot by a far-right terrorist group to overthrow the government.

'Prince' arrested over terror plot to replace German government - here's what you need to know

German authorities say they have foiled a plot by a far-right terrorist group to overthrow the government.

Polygamous 'prophet' had more than 20 wives, many of them underage - FBI

A self-proclaimed "prophet" had more than 20 wives, including many who were underage, according to the FBI.

More than 150 people with injuries after two trains collide in Spain

Two trains have collided in the northeast of Spain, leaving 155 people with minor injuries, Catalan authorities said.

Time magazine reveals its 2022 Person of the Year

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and "the spirit of Ukraine" has been named Time magazine's 2022 Person of the Year.

Ukrainians fight Russian mercenaries and plummeting temperatures in the Battle for Bakhmut

Standing by a makeshift stove at the bottom of a bitterly-cold ditch, the Ukrainian troops enjoyed a quick tea break.

Police arrest president of Peru after Congress votes to remove him from power

Police in Peru have arrested the country's president, Pedro Castillo, after Congress voted to remove him from power.

Woman 'fakes' going into labour - forcing plane to land as passengers flee

Spanish police are searching for 14 people who ran from a commercial plane after an emergency landing - which was forced by a woman 'faking' that she was about to give birth.

Kyle Walker won't 'roll out the red carpet' for Kylian Mbappe in England v France quarter-final

Kyle Walker has said he won't "roll out the red carpet" for Kylian Mbappe during England's clash with France.